I live for a good ole fashion “read”, yes I do. I’m not talking about a good book either. I’m talking about a finger waving, head swaying, heffa don’t get slapped read. If it’s warranted and deserved, to the point wear it’s clear that the person who’s getting their ass handed to them deserves it, I’m all for it. In this case Nykhor Paul did the reading, and unprepared so called professional makeup artist are the readies. Nykhor Paul is upset and vocally displayed her frustrations in an instagram post about “professional” industry makeup artist not having her shade of foundation when its time for her to get her makeup done for a professional shoot. First off I understand how she feels 100% and second of all I consider myself and industry professional makeup artist and I would NEVER ask the talent, client, or model to bring their own anything. That’s so unprofessional, It’s tasteless and pathetic, And I’m insulted as a makeup artist and a women of color. If your Casper white of blue black and your a professional industry artist or consider yourself a makeup artist in general you should have all shades covered across the board no excuses. If not, your slack and your craft is weak. I’m a little hard on this topic because it’s simple and the world of fashion and entertainment is full of an array of skin shades. So take this as a lesson learned and step your game up to where it’s supposed to be.
Dear white people in the fashion world!
Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up wtf! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black its 2015 go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup forever, Iman cosmetic, black opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. there’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do there research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally? “ ~Nykhor Paul~
I’m a track and field fan. Partly because I was a track and field superstar back in the day…in elementary school that is. Stono Park Elementary all day. Anyways, I came across this clip of a young lady being featured on CNN for her stellar speed and the road she travels leading her to the Olympics. Candace Hill is her name and running with speed is her gift. Setting a new world record of 10.98 in the 100 meter sprint is why this 16 year old is so popular. The high school athlete is a beautiful and talented young lady that has been thrown in front of the camera for all to see. This is just the beginning for Candace, so while she gets use to the camera we’ll get prepared to watch her career climb to “Olympic” heights.
Joshua J-Vive Harper a super talented musician in the classical and contemporary sense. This man plays instruments, (Don’t ask me how many, just know its a bunch) he can sing…sang! and he is a conscious lyricist. Why conscious you one may ask, because he cares about the lyrics that comes out of his mouth. They mean something.They’re not just a bunch of words that rhyme with word play mixed with a catchy tune. Lets be real that’s the basic recipe for a lot of these mainstream and some indie rappers today. With all his talents we can officially call him an artist, due to him being multi faceted in several areas of the arts and entertainment. Below is the video “Carolina All Day”, Charleston South Carolina that is. If your aware of current events and what takes place in US news then you’ll know that our city has been involved in quite a bit of issues lately. This song speaks to that and it has a cleaver twist at the end. Check it out leave a comment.
There is so much hurt that’s taken place in Charleston this month. I’m a Charleston SC native and I currently live in Charleston and I’ve been asked by several people if I was going to write a post on the church massacre that took place at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston SC, My response was no. I will not post about the shooting because I didn’t want any personal gain from the horrific incident that took place. People want information, they want to know whats going on. I feel that my site is a personal blog for entertainment and culture. I would rather gain hits for talking about Kanye West inappropriately stage jacking someone verses me gaining hits for being one of many bloggers of media outlets that hopped to the chance to cover a story due to high interest of current events. It seems extremely disrespectful to the nine people that lost their precious lives due to hate and wicked acts of self indulgence housed by a boy with a pathetic soul. What’s going on in the world right now and in my city is sad, It personally hurts and its scary to wonder or think about what tomorrow will bring when the future right now doesn’t look any greater than America’s past. I was watching this clip of an interview from an elder Charleston activist and he put a lot of things into perspective for me in regards to the current race war status of America. Hopefully it’ll help you as well.
Rachel Dolezal is the number one topic of news outlets across the US. For obvious reasons. If you don’t know what those reasons are well just keep reading. Some people feel that her identity issues has helped the black American cause, when in all actuality it’s not her identity that’s helped black American causes it’s her body of civil work that’s supported black Americans and the issues they face. So why couldn’t she just remained a white woman while fighting the good fight? Was she taking advantage of her passion for black equality by disguising herself as a black woman or does she truly identifies herself as black and has a server identity crisis that requires her laying on a sofa with a licensed mental health professional? Personally I feel that she’s passionate about aiding in anyway possible towards the ”black struggle,” however I do feel like she has an identity crisis. No one should have to change their natural born race for any reason, or circumstance at all. Passions, and good causes aside, I think Rachel Dolezal needs to lie on the sofa. She’s clearly going through a sever identity crisis that requires professional assistance. None the less she has done her due diligence with helping and portraying herself as a natural born black women, now maybe she can do the same and seek help for obvious identity crisis.
Please forgive me and come back to me, I’m speaking to the 20k readers that frequent PrettynPoppington every month. I have good reason for my departure. I had a child, my first, a sweet little boy whom is dearly loved. Now, I know that warrents some forgiveness. As I ease my way back into the blog life a few things have changed, I will be focusing more on urban culture, and entertainment due to me being a radio personality on an internet based station called Kinetic HiFi and urban culture and entertainment is extremely broad, so I will have much more to rant about. The radio show I’m on is Those to Watch Radio, (my radio name Ms. Keep it Pretty) we cover emerging stars in indie Hip-Hop and R&B music. It’s internet radio so we can say whatever we want, and you can imagine how crazy things can get from time to time with myself and three men as fellow co-host. With that being said I’m sure to lose followers and gain new ones in return. Those who decide to stay and come back to me I thank you. I will post new articles every Saturday, thats one new post a week and as I get acclimated back into the blog life you will see one new post go to three, three go to five, and so on and so fourth. Check back with me on Saturday June 13th to checkout the newest post from PrettynPoppington.
Nicki Minaj interviews with Angie Martinez on power 105.1 in what I think is her most personal and organic interview ever. This is the first time I feel like I’ve ever related to her in an interview. She expresses her feelings about going through a tough and current break up with her long time boyfriend Safaree. Nicki shares intimate thoughts about her life in a way she never has before. I’m a Nicki Minaj fan so I enjoyed and appreciated this interview. I feel like it was also a great interview because Angie Martinez is a dope ass interviewer . I’m sold, definitely going to get the album. Check out What she has to say below.
This is the very controversial interview with Azealia Banks on Hot 97. I loved listening to her views and felt every emotion she felt. I love her. I’ve been listening to her since she dropped, before she became super popular. She is the truth. One of PrettynPoppingtons favorite people. She has a voice and she’s not afraid of who hears what she has to say. In my opinion she is a true definition of hip hop in an uncut and raw sense, not this watered down mainstream bullshit that gets pushed to the masses as a facade and/or stolen images and portrayals of hip hop from corporate America. Check her out. You may or may not like what shes saying, but keep in mind, Hip hop is Black American culture and no matter what mainstream hip hop says or try to erase, that’s where it began with black people in the streets of New York. Shes passionate about her views. I say rightfully so, and I’m with you.
I have been so inspired to do a post on The Original Charleo for a few months now and I feel like now is fitting especially with the holidays peeking around the corner. What is The Origin Charleo you may ask, well to answer your inquiry, it’s the authentic and official Charleston clothing brand that speaks volumes in the 843 as a whole and has now taking larger strides to other states with the interests of celebrities rocking Charleo gear for all to see. I LOVE the love and exposure Charleo Clothing is getting.
I love it because this one dream and/or vision of an official clothing line that was cultivated by the founder or founders has brought unity and support to a culture (urban culture) and city of people that is hard as hell to get support and love from. The Charleston hip-hop and entertainment scene is one that you would have to know about to speak on. If you know anything about the hip-hop and urban music scene in Charleston you would know that unity and support of fellow artist is as cold as an Antarctic draft. Since The Original Charleo has launch I see and feel consistent love and support of the brand and a culture of people has finally pooled together to support their own through the love of being fresh to def and the culture of hip-hop.
Brianna Davis, who is Brianna Davis? Well, she is another dope ass indie artist that has a VOICE, meaning, she has bars for days, clarity in her rhymes, and lyrics to go along with beauty and a unique swag. We interviewed Brianna Davis on our radio show, Those to Watch Radio . Her interview was awesome due to the fact that we got to see her personality, which is very official and assuring. Not only that, her music, is sick!!! For real. I’m going to stop writing about it now and post the video you see below so you can check it out for yourself. To check out the interview with Brianna Davis on Those To Watch Radio, Click here
Kanye West announced a couple of weeks ago that his next “Yeezy” sneaker, and first since signing with adidas, will be releasing this upcoming November. Mr.West made the announcement during a performance at his tour in Australia where he stated that his fist sneaker with adidas would be more widely available compared to his previous Yeezy sneakers that were released with The Swoosh.
Christian Louboutin Gold Gortik Glittered-Patent Leather Ankle Boots
Rita Ora has caught my eye again with one of her many looks. I’m not sure if she’s exploring different stylist or just have a need for changing things up, but what ever it is I like it. Her hair is bed time sexy, she’s wearing the plunging neck line extremely well, and most important her shoes are killer. That’s why they are posted first. I simply Love this look, Rita Ora is Poppington.
I’ve been waiting for new music from Jazmine Sullivan. Her sultry, mature, gritty voice pierces my skin and gives me the she can sang goose bumps. I love this woman she’s super talented and a vocal power house.
Sullivan told Billboard in May that “Forever Don’t Last” is her most personal song on her forthcoming fall album, Reality Show.
“The most personal song is called ‘Forever [Don't Last],’” she said. “I’m basically crying on that song. It’s a ballad, and that’s classic Jazmine. It’s a letting-go song which is why it’s so personal. I feel like I came to a point in my relationship where [I needed] to let go and move on. I just had to do it.” ~Billboard.com~
After reading that I can certainly relate. Now I’m really anxious to hear more from Jazmine Sullivan. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see your favorite artist or celeb go through emotions and situations similar to your own. It makes them real. Then you think to yourself if she overcame hurt, and heartbreak so can I. At least I think that way…everyone’s human and I love entertainers that aren’t afraid to show it with taste.
The highly anticipated Firerella EP by Miami Blaize is set to drop September 23rd. A few months ago I gave you an ear of whats to come from the petite hip hop lyricist and soon you will gain even more. I will post where to get the EP when it’s released so you can experience real hip hop, but for now check out another snippet below.