What’s Poppington: Rapunzel is Actually a Pair of Identical Black Twins

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First of all, LOOK AT THAT HAIR! Look at it. Observe it. Love it.Image result for cipriana takenya quann

Cipriana (above, left) and Takenya “TK” (right) Quann are two sisters who are bringing more awareness to the beautiful capabilities of black hair. Having both previously felt that their hair was a barrier, the sister duo turned their self-created hair confidence into a lucrative, yet socially uplifting platform.

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From grade school to the modeling industry, the Quann sisters have felt, like many of us, the resistance to and prejudice towards black hair. Instead of continuing to let it lower their self esteem, the pair decided to embrace their natural state. Along with friend Nikisha Brunson, the Quanns created their blog Urban Bush Babes. Their original intent was to create a place for women of color to feel comfortable with themselves while simultaneously dismantling derogatory stereotypes. The two have been making moves and turning heads ever since.

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In a time when black people’s hair is still misunderstood and chastised by a large part of society (remember when the U.S. government banned dreads for it’s employees?), it is important that people like the Quann sisters have a big platform. Representation plays a big role in social acceptance. Personally I’ve never seen natural black hair this long nor did I think those lengths were even possible. Let’s not forget the ignorant, but widely believed sentiment that black people’s hair just doesn’t grow at all (I can’t tell ya how many times I’ve actually heard this). The majesty of the Quanns’ hair makes it extremely difficult, to further believe anything negative about black hair and that’s the kind of inspiration we need.

Here’s a few more pictures because, why not, the Quanns are fantastic.

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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.

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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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: 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: 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.

 

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.

What’s Poppington: Jenifer Vanderhorst The Blogger

 

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Hello there, I’m Jenifer Vanderhorst the blogger. Pretty-N-Poppington is an outlet for me to explore and discuss urban culture, entertainment, and lifestyle. Everything that is posted on PnP comes from that expressive space in my head that’s always itching to get out and talk about any and everything. I am from Charleston, SC born and raised, and I love to post and showcase independent artist of all genres, local events, and eatery’s, from the Charleston area. Charleston is a beautiful place to live and it was more beautiful growing up . We have a tremendous amount of black culture, success, and beautiful life here in Charleo, and It means a lot to me to showcase the black positivity that my city has to offer.

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I started PrettynPoppington back in 2010. I started it because I lost my creativity. I wasn’t working for MAC Cosmetics any longer (after a seven year tenure.) I wasn’t practicing as a licensed esthetitian (I’ve been licensed now for thirteen years) and I was no longer traveling and working in the entertainment industry as a freelance makeup artist. So, I didn’t have that much needed outlet of expression. I yearned to get back into something that revved my quirky engine, so PrettynPoppington is here and now it’s a thing.

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Every now and then you might see a beauty or fashion post from me, because those are also loves of mine. When PnP first got started we were a beauty and fashion blog and we did very well. I decided to go another route because I lost my fashion blogger and did not want to search for anyone else (he was absolutely amazing.)  Secondly my industry changed along with my life. Suddenly lifestyle and culture became more important to me, along with supporting my community. I truly hope you enjoy my website and my opinions on all things urban culture, entertainment and lifestyle with a Charleston flare. If you have any suggestions leave a comment. Thank you.

 ~Jenifer Vanderhorst~

The Poppington Life: How To Choose A Bottle of Wine

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Wine can be that cocktail in disguise that makes you feel that its okay to drink 4 to 5 glasses, then when you least expect it it sneaks up on you and your loaded with liquid fun. Whenever that happens I’m at a friends or with family. I never seem to be the one to pick out the wine for special events or get togethers. When I drink wine I have three go to’s that I choose from, Riesling, White Zinfandel, and Champs (Champagne). As you can see I’m a white girl, well a white wine girl that is.

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I personally do not know a lot about wine. All I know is what I like and what I like taste good. So, if your anything like me the knowledge that goes with choosing wine along with the how’s and why’s you know nothing about, and your lost like a missing needle in a hey stack. I have found a few tips on choosing a bottle of wine for the first time. I’m more than sure that these tips will help you on your wine purchasing journey because they have helped me.

Read the label

I know the bottle is pretty and the price may be a little fancy, but read the label.

While wines that say “table wine” or “California wine” might be perfectly delicious, they also raise red flags. “These wines are composed of grapes from a very large region (a state or even an entire country) and, although sometimes just fine in quality, tend to be noticeably bland or unbalanced,” says Turley.

Know your adjectives

Know what sweet, fruity, dry and other descriptions mean.

“There is a difference between a sweet wine and one that is fruit-forward,” notes Turley. “Sweet wines, like a port or some Rieslings, tend to be more syrupy, which is wine’s way of exhibiting sweetness. But a wine may have a nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle but, upon tasting, are crisp, clean and wash out the mouth in a quick flush.”

When in doubt? Go for a rosé

Yes! Lets take the lead of Rickie Rose’ (Rick Ross the raper) and pop a bottle of rose’

“A crisp, dry rosé will have refreshing acidity and lively effervescence to help accent most dishes,” says Turley. “Rosés also work especially well with cheese plates.”

I hope these few tips help with your next wine purchase. Lets stay on this wine trip together and learn more about the world of wine. Check back with PrettynPoppington on our lifestyle page for more wine post.

What’s Poppington: The Black Cultural Smudge

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Do you all ever wonder where the originators of hip -hop dancing went? I’m talking about the original you got served style of dance. The Omarion and Marcus Huston type dancers before things, “changed”. What about the beginners of authentic rap music and  hip hop before it became “mainstream” and replicated by the “masses”. How about the authentic ethnic beauty features of a black woman like the beautiful and cornbread fed Porche Williams, full lips, full hips, and plump derrieres, before the Kim K’s, and Kylie’s bought and attached those features to their bodies and made it “a thing.” Do you ever wonder what happened to these people, the originators of black culture? Well, we’re still here living and still having our culture smudged. Is it okay to become obsolete in specific areas while other people adopt, and/or steal our culture? Does it affect our identities? What do we do about the black culture smudge?

What’s Poppington: 25 Summer Getaways For The Black Professional

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Are you ready for that much needed Summer vacation? Are these two plaguing questions, where to go and what to do, stopping you from figuring out where the black professionals go to cut loose and have a good time. Well, worry no more. I have found a list of 25 top getaways provided by www.idontdoclubs.com . This top 25 list of festivals, parties, solo getaways, and conferences will satisfy your need to “duck off” for summer vacation is one you should bookmark.

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, MA

August 8 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival 2016Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.
mvaaff.com, @mvaaff

NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington, DC

August 3 – 7, 2016, add to your calendar
NABJ Convention 2016National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annually holds the nation’s largest journalism convention and career fair each summer with plenary sessions and workshops for career and professional development. This year they’re partnering with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
nabj.org/event/nabjregistration2016, @nabjofficial

National Urban League Conference in Baltimore, MD

August 3 – 6, 2016, add to your calendar
National Urban League Conference 2016An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.
The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), is a National Urban League volunteer, member, auxiliary that targets professionals ages 21 – 40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.
nul.iamempowered.com, @naturbanleague

Oakland Art and Soul Festival in Oakland, CA

August 20 – 21, 2016, add to your calendar
Oakland Art and Soul Festival 2016Two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.
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Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, PA

June 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Odunde Festival 2016The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment.
odundefestival.org, @odundefestival

One Music Fest in Atlanta, GA

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
One Music Fest 2016One Musicfest brings together different artists to perform on their own terms, setting the stage for music genres to bleed into one another. One MusicFest creates the magic of a unique urban music experience inspired by alternative culture, sound and thought.
onemusicfest.com, @onemusicfest

Parlour Magazine’s #TravelFly Solo Weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands

June 9 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
TravelFly Solo Weekend 2016The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is a 5 day/4 night self-care inspired trip that is dedicated to whatever your heart desires. Designed as a “solo trip,” there is no large crew required, just you (and a bestie if you wish!), our “solo” guide to the islands and no group-think or pre=planned itineraries.
parlourmagazine.com/2015/12/the-travelfly-solo-weekend, @parlourmagazine

The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA

June 4, 2016, add to your calendar
the roots picnic 2016The Roots want to “break you off” at their annual event in it’s 9th year.
rootspicnic.com, @rootspicnic

Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD

May 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Sweetlife Festival 2016A two-day festival featuring over 22 hours of music and more than 25 of our favorite artists. “Sweetlife” is about meaningful living and authentic relationships.
sweetlifefestival.com

UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Napa Valley, CA

July 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival 2016Enjoy a uniquely curated, 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture with private vineyard tours, wine tasting, golf, yoga, live music, spa, comedy and culinary delights prepared by renowned chefs.

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What’s Poppington: Jessie Williams Guns Fired and Drop The Mic Amazing Speech

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Jesse Williams, man oh man, I was left speechless along with thousands of others after watching the 2016 BET Awards Humanitarian recipients’ speech. This man is more than a fictional character suited in medical scrubs and a lab coat as seen on Grey’s Anatomy. Jessie Williams is for the fight and for the uplift-meant and equal rights of black Americans. He stands on the front lines supporting, and fighting for equality that’s much needed still in 2016. Watching him speak made me feel like I was apart of something great, he spoke like a passionate activist ready to employ change by any means necessary. Click play and watch Jesse Williams in action.