What’s Poppington: Author Lataryn Rainey Perry

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Believe it or not, I’m not a huge reader for entertainment purposes. I read articles, magazines, and I surf the net for interesting finds from time to time. So, for me to actually pick up a book that doesn’t have anything to do with higher education or involves me obtaining the next steps needed to become a certified psychologist is pretty hard for me to do. Needless to say I have done just that. I have picked up a book to read solely for enjoyment purposes and I would like to take this time to say thank you, to Lataryn Rainey Perry, Author of a sizzling page turner and a fantastic read called Starting All OverIf you love suspense, sex, love, drama, and characters to adore and hate, I highly suggest that you log on to Amazon for your copy.

“After a horrible breakup Shanae begins to believe that finding an honest and faithful man is impossible. That is until she meets sweet and charismatic Troy Johnson who sweeps her off her feet with his charming ways. Life is becoming better for Shanae as her relationship with Troy begins to blossom until she realizes that lighting a candle to new love isn’t always paradise when an old flame is still burning.” 
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When ever I come across a new author I am always intrigued about the how’s, what’s, and why’s of they’re career and start. I interviewed Rainey and got all the details about when she decided to become an author, and I was able to get and inside scoop on what to expect from part 2 of her book, Starting All Over… Again.

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Jenifer: How long have you had your publishing company and What is the name of it?

Rainey: I launched my business Penwork Publishing, LLC in 2013 when I self-published my first novel. In the last day of 2015 is when I officially registered my business name with the State of South Carolina.

Jenifer: When did you decide that you wanted to be an author?
Rainey: I have always been in love with writing, but I realized that I wanted to be an author when I read my first novel by my favorite author in the world Eric Jerome Dickey. The book that kick started this hunger was called “Sister, Sister”.

Jenifer: What gave you your inspiration for your books and is there a part two?
Rainey: The first draft of my novel ‘Starting All Over’ was written when I was 16 years old. That story line was inspired by the relationships that I witnessed my sisters, cousins and friends go through. One of the main characters (that everyone just loves) Troy was created as an example of what I, as well as any other woman, wanted in a man/husband. Someone who would love them unconditionally despite what anyone else felt or thought. I wanted to depict a man that loved a woman so much that she was able to stop giving so much to her own flaws and be receptive of something that she needed most. Love.

Jenifer: What can you tell us about part two?
Rainey: Oh my goodness, ‘Starting All Over…Again’ will bring about many emotions. In this continuation, you’ll get to see the growth of some of the characters. You will be introduced to a few new characters and witness how each one of them deal with the different issues in their lives.

Jenifer: How does it feel to be an author and what do you want to do to better your craft?

Rainey: It feels great to be able to live out my dream. Nothing is more satisfying than the excitement of a person you encounter after they’ve learned what you do for a living. “I’ve never met an actual author before” those words never gets old to me. My goal is continue to enhance my gift of writing and inspire other aspiring writers or just people period, to pursue their dreams too.

Whats Poppington: Caroline Amine

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I don’t know if you all have seen the video for Caroline or have heard of musical artist Amine, but he’s pretty dope. That’s a passive description, so lets say he’s flippin awesome. The song has a very cool twist to it, instead of the typical woman bashing lyrics, Caroline talks about a female that’s very attractive who Amine want’s to have all to himself. Although the track is a bit explicit, it’s endearing at the same time and it is jammed pack with millenial swagg. Basically this is new music, by a new artist that has only put out two mix tapes in his entire music career. Don’t hate because he has the goods. Just sit back press play and enjoy

“Cause gray scenes might be gray But I love your bloopers
And perfect is for the urgent Baby I want forever” -Amine-

 

What’s Poppington: Toy Story Vans Collection With Fashion Tips

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Malibu Dollface is one of my all time favorite YouTube vloggers. Every video he does is slayed and done to perfection. While searching online for the new Toy Story Vans I ran across his Toy Story Look book that features the new Vans, Forever 21, and JoyRich pieces. If you are a sneaker head and you love unique fashion this post is for you. So, press play and enjoy.

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JoyRich Toy Story Collection

If you are interested in purchasing shoes from the Toy Story Van Collection I highly urge you to visit the Vans website. Most common sizes are sold out however, if you do a thorough search you may be able to find your size from other retailers online. If they are not available on the official Vans website try shopping on eBay for genitally used or untouched items. I ordered mine from an eBay seller. Good Luck!

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Toy Story Woody Denims Purchased from Ebay Midi Legnth Camel Brown T shirt Dress – www.bellabrownplus.com

What’s Poppington: Trinity The Ballerina and Hiplet A New Type of Balet

I have never had the opportunity to attend the ballet. However, I still can and I plan on seeing a performance soon. One question that constantly sticks out for me when I think of the ballet is, where are all the black ballerinas? Before doing this post I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t know if I would be able to find a black ballerina that I could interview and pick her brain about how she feels about the classical dance, and where she may see herself in years to come.

Well, I found one, or I should say I stumbled upon the cutest little ballerina by the name of Trinity Frost (her name is cute too).

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Trinity and I got first had information on how a young black women feels as a ballerina. I could only imagine how it feel to not see your own image in something that you love or even enjoy doing. It has to be discouraging at times. The more black people embrace the art of ballet the more common it will be. Living in the south, in Charleston SC a black ballerina is extremely uncommon, yet highly intriguing and a sight for sore eyes.

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Trinity Frost “The Ballerina”

Jenifer: How long have you been a ballerina?

Trinity: I’ve been dancing since I was 6 or 7 but I started ballet in 2nd grade.

Jenifer: What made you choose ballet?

Trinity: At first I wasn’t really interested, but then I was watching a movie with my mama called Save The Last Dance that’s when I became interested, but I didn’t know how I was going to do because my mama didn’t know where I could learn it, but then one day my principal at my school offered me an application to free ballet classes at Burke High School and that was in 2nd grade and thats how I started and chose ballet.

Jenifer: Are you going to continue to pursue your career as a ballet dancer until your adulthood?

Trinity: I don’t know yet, but most likely I am but if I don’t I would like to be a doctor or a psychiatrist.

Jenifer: Do you feel like young black girls are afraid to do ballet?

Trinity: I think they are afraid because if they do embrace it they would probably feel judged because of our culture being based mostly off hip hop and because it is a predominantly white genre of dance.

I came across a video on on Facebook that showed ballet dancers dancing a style of dance that resembled hip hop. Then I came to find out that the dance is called Hiplett, a mixture of ballet and hip hop. This form of dance was founded by Homer Hans Bryant a St, Thomas native and founder and creative director of The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Enjoy the videos below to learn more.

The Poppington Life: Work Hard Play Harder: Darryl Robinson Rio 2016 Olympics

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Darryl Robinson, an Air Force veteran, a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, has a ten year stretch in real estate making dreams come true in the greater Charleston Tri County area, and now he’s a broker with a successful company called Elite Palmetto Real Estate. With all that accomplished I’m sure Mr. Robinson stays busy, but not so busy that a trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympics is out of reach. He works hard, plays harder.

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While watching the 2016 Olympic games this year and wondering if people were getting infected with the Zika virus in record breaking numbers, Darryl and his friends (the trio) were enjoying boxing and  basketball along with other sporting events live and in person.

“We saw 2 days of boxing 10 bouts each and 2 basketball games. One of the basketball games was Team USA’s blowout win vs. Venezuela.” -Darryl Robinson-

 

Darryl explains that he “stayed in Rio for six days with a childhood friend Terrell Dunmeyer and another that he met while working in Iraq.”

“We found our condo Air BnB… Stayed on Copacabana beach which was the site of beach volleyball…. Saw no mosquitoes and no criminal activity.”  -Darryl Robinson-

That goes to show that you cant believe and hold true to everything you hear on the news. Meanwhile the 2016 Rio Olympics trio enjoyed Brazil, and added another experience of a lifetime to their resumes and another stamp to their passports.
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From drinking Cachaca, sugar cane sweetened rum, locally sold on the beach, to experiencing Rio’s night life with a Sao Paulo native, the trio experienced all sides of Rio.

“Night life was lit and we went to clubs outside of the tourist areas.  Even went in the hood to the Favela.”  

“The girl that took us up there was from Sao Paulo a few hours away and spoke Portuguese, but was also fluent in English and had one rule…”On the way down don’t speak because they will know that you’re not from here.”…We caught an uber on the way up.”

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I live for the Olympics and faithfully watch the Olympics every time it airs, but to actually experience it and bask in the ambiance of it all takes things to another level. I enjoyed living vicariously through pictures and Darryl’s descriptions of Rio 2016 Olympics. Who knows, in the next four years I may be posting from Tokyo for 2020 Olympics, or next month maybe we will be posting from the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago. Stay tuned and remember to get up and get out to live the poppington life.

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What’s Poppington: Tika Sumpter Plays FLOTUS: Southside With You

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Our favorite devious The Have And Have Nots vixen is in demand. Tika Sumpter (playing Michelle Obama) has a lead role opposite of male lead, Parker Sawyers (playing Barack Obama) in the film Southside With You. If you haven’t seen the trailers for the new late Summer film you can check it out below.

Along with Tika playing FLOTUS, she will be staring in another life altering role that will change her world forever. Tika Sumpter will become a mommy. Yes, the beautiful actress has the blessing and joys of being a mom. This came as a surprise to me because I am a fan of Tika Sumter, but I had no idea she was pregers. To be honest, I’m glad she kept it a secret. I feel that It’s nice to see celebrities keep some things personal. They’re already in the lime light. A little privacy just make them seem real and more intriguing. Read Tika’s interview with Rolling Out Magazine as she explains why she has kept her pregnancy hush hush and how much the role of playing a young Michelle Obama means to her.

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I’m really selfish with my life. You want to share some aspects of your life. But, for me, I can’t give everything because then I have nothing to come home to and to have for myself and my family. And I need to store up on that love and all that stuff, in order to create, in order to act.”

“Sometimes when you let everybody in your business, I think it makes relationships harder than they need to be. Relationships are already tough. Raising kids is already tough. And then having somebody say something crazy or spread a rumor or say something that’s not nice and hurts your spirit — that I can’t deal with. And that’s why I’m very protective of my peace. I’m protective of my private life. Even getting pregnant, people are just now finding out, but it’s something that I wanted to keep for me and enjoy it for a while.” 

Tika continues and speaks about the importance of her playing Michelle Obama, and how it will impact her baby in the future…Is it a girl or boy? Continue reading to find out. 

“I just want her to see images of strength out there and of women who are doing something with themselves. I want to be able to dictate something about the images that my daughter will see and also [for her to] look up to me as a great mom and a great woman that she would want to one day hopefully be like”

“For me to play a woman like [Michelle Obama], someone that when I see her, I see myself. I see my future kids. What you can be, the greatness you can get to, it was an honor. And hopefully I do her justice and I pray to God that [fans] love this movie. Because I put everything into it so I give it to the world and hopefully you guys like it.

Tika continues and talks about intimidation, feeling overwhelmed and how she used those feelings to get into character while playing Michelle Obama. 

“[It’s] intimidating. Because you want to sound smart, you want to be smart. But you know, there were times as well where she felt overwhelmed by intimidation of certain things. There were people who told her that she couldn’t do things. She couldn’t get into Yale. She couldn’t get into her magnet school that she got into.

So I took the things that I was intimidated by and injected that [into my role] and said, ‘You know what? She had these same feelings at one point’ So I try to use that within there to get into character.”

Whats Poppington: Senegalese Twist Embrace Black Hair Culture

 

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Contrary to what’s becoming popular belief braids and/or cornrows is and will always be African culture. So, do not excuse the cultural appropriation when it comes to braids, cornrows or anything else that gets culturally smudged by white America. I’m not gonna sugar coat anything due to my need to call a duck a duck and not calling a duck a bird that quacks.

Any who, If anyone knows me they will tell you that I’m a braid girl. I LOVE braids. I get my hair braided at least three times through out the year. I choose Senegalese twist as the best braiding style simply because it’s my favorite style and I want you all to adopt it as your favorite too. I know that’s a little manipulative, but so what they’re beautiful, well kept, protective styling for natural hair and you should just take my advice. I would never lead you wrong. I have a few suggestions for you beauties if your deciding to take my advice and make your next braiding style Senegalese twist.

  1. Select a color that compliments your skin tone. You could go online to ikickshins.net and select colors for you extension install. If they don’t have what you need in the store shopping online works for braiding hair just like it works for buying bundles.
  2. Go to a professional. If you don’t know someone that braids well, and will braid to protect your hair opposed to braiding so tight until your eyes kisses your ears go to someone that will preserve your edges and help promote hair growth.
  3. It’s okay to wash your braids. Pull your braids up in a high loose pony tail or bun, and have your friend, sister, husband, mom or brother wash them for you, or figure out how to do it yourself. Focus on your scalp and use a CoWash product like As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner. By using a CoWash you will cleanse your natural hair and scalp without drying out your tresses.
  4. Enjoy your Senegalese Twist. Where them with pride knowing that your braids isn’t just a hairstyle to wear for fashion. Braids are apart of African culture and beautiful heritage.

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What’s Poppington: Dope & Rare’s Bae Trippen

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 Dope & Rare launched there new app/game Bae Trippin earlier this month (Aug 2 2016). This is a fresh spin on a game app in my opinion and in some cases real life to those guys that have experienced having their belongings thrown outside by “bae”. Bae Trippin is a witty spin on what could be a frustrating situation. It’s a fun way to pass time while bobbing your head to a Mossberg Montana produced beat.

“When Mossberg released the ‘Chicken Chicken’ back in May, the internet went crazy. It was truly a proud moment for [Charleston],” Wages added. Moments after it was released on Soundcloud, we called ThatLevel. The [‘Chicken Chicken’] trend became the official instrumental for our game.” ~Justin Wages~

The game was developed by ThatLevel with the concept of collecting yo shit after its been thrown out. No, you don’t have to be a master mind to know how to play this game. All you have to do is jump and grab.

Jenifer Vanderhorst Plays Bae Trippin from Pretty-N-Poppington TV on Vimeo.

Along with dropping an innovative pass time, Dope & Rare’s founder Justin Wages knows the value of supporting his followers and giving back to show gratitude.

“Our followers are dope, “said Wages. “The iMac Giveaway was a way to express our gratitude, and share our very first project. Not too many people, companies or organizations would giveaway items with such high value…for free.  But we live by the motto ‘that it’s better to give than to receive’.” ~Justin Wages~

Bae Trippin is now available at the Google Play Store as well as iTunes.

 

What’s Poppington: Save and Slay On Your Wedding Day

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I hear wedding bells in the air. Black love is near and on its way for a few lucky ladies and gents. One in particular hits home on a personal level and I can’t wait to walk down the aisle in my bridesmaid dress at my baby sisters wedding. I bet for a second you all thought it was me getting married. Ha!!! Not this time, maybe next year, well see where life takes my relationship.

Any who, what do you all think about having a luxury wedding on a budget. That’s not possible some may say, but I strongly disagree. There are several ways to save,and slay on your wedding day.

Tip #1 Choose any day except Saturday. By choosing a Friday or a Sunday your ruling out the crowd and going against the norm, so prices will be fairly lower then usual. Also keep in mind days like presidents day and other holidays where schools, banks and most businesses may be closed during a week day.

Tip #2 Think outside the box when it comes to arrangements. The wedding industry has became really chic over the years. Flower arrangements for decor is a bit old fashion now days and they can also be very pricey. Drapes, diamond and pearl accents, crystal ornaments and embellishments are all great ideas for cutting the cost of floral arrangements, but If floral is a must for you, think about ordering them wholesale. 

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Tip #3 Think about gift cards. Instead of making your bridal registry the only option for gifts inform your wedding guest that you except gift cards as well. Think of something cute to say when sending your save the dates and notifying guest where to purchase gifts. If they don’t know you’ll except gift cards then you won’t get them.

“We thank you for excepting our invite to witness and celebrate our day of true love. For your convenience we are registered at Nordstrom and we are also excepting gift cards. Thank you for your love, and we can’t wait to share our life beginnings with you.” -Jenifer Vanderhorst-

Tip #4 Be particular with your guest list. I know that you want to invite the world to your special day, but lets be honest, everyone doesn’t want to see you get married and everyone you know shouldn’t be there. If you have to think twice about a person your inviting to your wedding then that lets you know that they do not need to be in attendance.

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With these four tips I’m sure you will be well on your way to planning a beautiful wedding on a budget. If you think of more penny saving ways to have a luxury wedding leave a comment I would love to share your ideas.

What’s Poppington: Who Will Snag The Host Spot On The Real

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I hope by now that everyone has heard about Tamra Braxton and The Real’s feud. If not here’s a quick rundown. Tamar was released from her duties (fired) as one of the host of the daytime talk show The Real, and it wasn’t a very amicable separation. Now there’s an open slot and one out of these four beauties will be the new face of The Real. Will it be Ashanti, Mel B, Monica or Eve?

Who will be chosen as the new host? Who do you want to be chosen? Do you think the show will be able to survive without Tamar’s outgoing personality? Questions, questions, let me know and leave your comments.

What’s Poppington: Lets Go To Other Countries, Don’t Be Afraid.

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I came across an article on XO Necole and it truly hit home for me. All to often I am hesitant to travel to other countries because they’ve gotten bad press and I think I’m going to be killed in some crazy terrorist attack. Why not conquer our fears. Lets go to other countries and become even more cultured and well traveled. I’m not saying lets go to the heart of the battle grounds in Africa, but why not travel to parts of other continents where we could experience the beauty that Egypy, Paris, or China has to offer.  Black women travel and I am beginning to become one of them. At age 33 I feel like I am getting a late start, but as long as I am living and able it’s never to late.

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As a financially strapped college student, I used to think that traveling was a luxury only afforded to the rich. Still, that didn’t deter me from finding awesome flight deals and packing my bags to destinations all around the globe. In total, I have been to 11 countries. Growing up I always visited Kenya at least once a year or every couple of years, and so it surprises me to see so many people hesitant on visiting the beautiful nation due to the terrorist attacks that have recently been reported in the news.

The media has a wonderful way of painting less fortunate countries as dangerous every time there is a terrorist attack, and it’s something that cripples the economy of those countries. Many people fail to realize that the odds of being killed by a terrorist organization is slim, and that they have more chance of getting hit by a car in their own city.

I visited Kenya in 2014 just a couple of months after the Westgate Mall shooting, and when I got on the plane it didn’t even occur to me that it happened months ago. We landed the next day and I enjoyed my vacation. I stayed in a Kenyan village with some of my family and took time to see some of the sites and native animals. It didn’t once occur to me that I could die at any moment; I was too busy immersing myself in such a beautiful country. I thought to myself, If I had decided not to come out of fear, I would have missed out on the giraffes and gazelles and the experience of being with my family.  Sometimes our fears are driven by what we hear and see on the news. I’ll admit that at times it’s valid, but many times they’re illusions. ~Evelyn Atieno~

Please read the rest of the article. It’s a great read and I’m sure you will enjoy and relate to Evelyn Atieno’s outlook on international travel.

What’s Poppington: Tawana T The Best Publicist In Charleston

 

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Last week I listed 5 ways to become a boss, well, I have another way you could explore your boss dreams and that is to be like Tawana T. A few days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the best publicist in Charleston SC, Tawana Tolbert. As Tawana and I spoke over brunch,  we discussed her business as a publicist. She touched on how she has to exert herself as a boss in the male dominated hip hop industry, and in true boss fashion when representing others in the public eye, Tawana spoke more about her clients then herself. She is a professional, she knows her craft, and her clientele list is extremely impressive. Conducting this interview was a pleasure and I’m sure this is just the beginning of interviews to come.

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What’s Poppington: 5 Ways To Become A BOSS B!TCH

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There are many ways to get the title “Boss B!tch.” One way is to really be a bitch. Then, put some stank on it, and be extremely rude and bossy, but I doubt that’s what the term is supposed to mean. According to the Urban Dictionary, the term boss bitch means ” A female that is extremely successful, stunting, and has plenty of power.” There are many ways to live up to the true meaning of the term and I have 5 ways that you can become a Boss B!TCH and take advantage of the top rated careers for black female professionals.

  1. Pharmacists- You could become a real pharmacists. Not a street pharmacists, but a legit doctor of pharmacology. From personal experience, I was on the road to becoming a pharmacists (notice I said was) this route takes dedication, LOTS!!! of studying and a whole lot of school involving math and science. I fought the good fight and tapped out with about three years of biology classes and a bachelors in business administration. If your a math or science freak or the type of person that can get through anything just by studying a little go for it.
  2. Chief Executive- Who doesn’t want to be dubbed a CEO. FYI, the word dubbed means to be given an unofficial name or nickname to (someone or something). To become a real CEO you would want to work for a real company, making real figures and have behind you a real degree. Most CEO’s have MBA’s (a masters of business administration) and/or years of proven monetary company growth. A CEO is a top-ranking corporate position, responsible for overseeing operations. Often the company’s president, the CEO reports to the chairman of the board and board members.
  3. Lawyer- Become an officer of the law, or court. I don’t know which phrase is correct , but you will definitely be consider a boss b!tch by becoming an attorney. This career path also requires schooling, but it is certainly attainable. 
  4. Nurse Practitioner- Shouts out to all my nurses. I know a lot of nurses and I can say they are phenomenal. They work hard, get paid well, and they are always in high demand. 
  5. Computer and Information Systems Manager- I truly don’t know a lot about this field however I do have an ex-boyfriend that is in the field of computer technology. I would say he’s a computer or IT nerd. If you didn’t know that’s a complement. They make a comfortable living, 9 out of 10 they have beautiful women as wives or girlfriends and they are the ones that have IT start ups and become billionaires. So, ladies if your pretty good with computers find your niche in that field and get it popping.    

If you haven’t noticed, the trend in each one of these career fields are time and education. Education comes with hard work. Whatever you do in order to be successful you have to work. To get respect in your field you have to be diligent and professional in order to be taken seriously. Every career path doesn’t always require traditional education, but I can assure you that you will need to have vast knowledge in your chosen field along with consistency, progression, and determination. Anything is achievable if you want it, so if you want to be a boss b!tch don’t talk about it be about it and get to work.

 

What’s Poppington: 10 Black Owned Fashion Companies To Shop

If you haven’t been watching the news lately or surfing informative content on the web, then you may have missed H&M’s little apology in regards to their marketing/advertising and who they feel delivers a more positive message: H&M apologized last week for a comment on Twitter that said white models portray a more “positive image” for the brand,according to Eyewitness News.

In light of H&M getting exposed (and many others will follow) I felt that it was most necessary to provide my dear readers my top ten list of black owned fashion companies to shop. I picked ten companies to feature that has an array of selections in the fashion arena. if you don’t like my selections please feel free to pick your own and spend your money with a smile and pride while knowing that your not being viewed as a negative influence.

Bôhten’s mission is to establish an eyewear manufacturing supply chain on the African Continent. Through this we inspire to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, sustainable employment, social responsibility and environmental awareness in fashion globally. -Bohten-

Bohten is high quality online shopping from the mother land its self. If you like the finer things in life and like being asked that ego stroking question, “where did you get that”,  exclusive eye wear shopping is one click away. Bohten.com

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Established in 2011, CanDid Art Accessories is inspired infinitely by research and affinity with African visual culture, indigenous design vernacular, and cosmic geometry.  Each piece is handcrafted and is created for the fearless fashion enthusiast who desires to make a statement without saying a word. CanDid Art designs are known for their use of various chains, assortment of metals, semi-precious stones and recycled materials. -Candid Art-

Candid Art has sensual body jewelry and accessories made by hand and obviously designed with taste as well as technique. These statement pieces should be added to your collection. Don’t wait shop now. Candid Art

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Fly Jane is one of my all time favorite online retailers to shop from. Can you say fashion, fashion, fashion! While typing that I was smiling the whole time. So imagine how elated I was to find out that they are black owned. Do not wait on this one guys, check out what they have immediately. Fly Jane

The top three companies are my three favorite picks out of the ten. I’m more then sure you will find your top three or maybe you will fall in love with them all. Enjoy shopping for your new black owned fashion company to support. This list will help you on your journey.

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Whats Poppington: Black Girl Magic

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Have you ever started your day out at work with tons of questions in regards to your hair. For example, OMG! How did your hair get so long, or wow it looks so natural, how did you do that and my all time favorite, your hair is so curly and short, I didn’t know you could get it that straight with so much length.

If you know anything about black girl magic then all of these comments and questions relate to you. Black hair is a blog in itself. There are tons of topics to discuss when it comes to black hair, but to be particular I want to talk about the natural movement vs creamy crack (a relaxer) .

I was natural for years, so long that I cant remember the year I went natural. About three months ago I cut my hair short and ran back to the relaxer.

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Both styles are natural I have a keratin treatment in one picture and a natural wash and go in the other

I made the decision to go back to a relaxer because as a new mom I could not keep up my natural hair. I LOVED it I honestly did, but keeping it healthy takes a lot of time and dedication. Lotioning, oiling, twisting and braiding every night for an hour was not working. And, If I had to wash my hair that day, well lets just add an extra hour to my hair care mayhem. So, tie all that in with having a new baby and see what you come out with. For me it didn’t work and I opt for a cute relaxed tapered cut.

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These are before and afters. Naturally curly hair and then relaxed and cut hair.

Every now and then I hit my co-workers with a little black girl magic. It’s fun and I love different looks. Just because I where a weave from time to time or relaxed hair does not mean that I don’t love my color or my natural mane. If you ask a few of the “woke” bothers and sisters that question, get ready to have a seat and listen to the how, what and whys of how black woman should not relax or weave their hair. F.Y.I just because your awake now (as am I) that doesn’t mean you can preach to anyone about how they decide to where their hair. Natural, weaved, or relaxed it’s all beautiful, just maintain healthy hair and choose for yourself your needs to suit your purpose.

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The long hair is a weave and the other is braided extensions.

In every picture I look different, hair will do that for you, and I enjoyed every look. So, there you have it folks, that’s why it’s called black girl magic.