BLF does NYFW- Beverly Johnson and The Face that Changed it All!


Ok, now THIS is how you kick off Fashion Week!

You are not allowed to make fun of my fangirling, I have laughed enough at this picture for the both of us!
You are not allowed to make fun of my fangirling, I have laughed enough at this picture for the both of us!

On the eve of New York Fashion Week,  Beverly Johnson and over 300 of her friends gathered at the Museum of the City of New York for a celebration of the life and memoirs of the accomplished supermodel.

Johnson, whose Vogue cover in August of 1974 broke grounds and opened doors for models of color in the US and abroad, graciously hosted and mingled with the impressive crowd of entertainers, fashionistas, executives and die-hard fans at the stunningly decorated venue, which boasted signature cocktails and tasty bites over two floors.

I got mine!!!
I got mine!!!

The star-studded gala, attended by the likes of Clive Davis, Mikki Taylor, Cheryl Lee Ralph, CeCe Peniston and more was quite the family affair; she was flanked by her daughter and best friend during her note of thanks, a short speech was also given by her long-term partner and we were treated to a musical performance by her nephew!

When I wasn’t fangirling it out I did take a few pictures, so check out the rest below. And you can get your own copy of Beverly’s “The Face that Changed it All” on Amazon. Here’s to a fun fashion week!

The Fix-It Shop Closes its Doors; Sonia Manzano to Retire from Sesame Street


Sonia Manzano, or “Maria” as most of us know, is retiring after 44 years on Sesame Street.

My childhood!

sonia-monzano-sesame-streetManzano made the announcement at the American Library Association’s Conference in San Francisco. Many fans of the beloved character expressed their sadness at the news of her departure, white Sonia remains positive an upbeat, assuring us we haven’t seen the last of her;

Many fans have had the honor of growing up with Maria, as Manzano weaved her own life into the character. Her real-life pregnancy was written in the show, even going so far as to explain breastfeeding in one episode. Viewers saw Maria date, marry, become a mother and a business owner, all while singing along with their favorite puppets.

Sonia’s memoir, “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” is slated for release later this year, and I’m certain this is just the beginning of what will be an exciting new chapter. I’m certain she’s not done giving us life lessons, and I wish her the best!

Donald Trump-Media Pariah After Voicing ‘Derogatory’ Views on Latinos


In what has turned out to be a real-life version of “A Day Without a Mexican“, Donald Trump has found himself on the receiving end of his famous “You’re Fired!”


After a week which saw him commenting on border control with gems such as “They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”, then doubling down once confronted, “The Donald” has since had a front-row seat to the crumbling of his cushy media empire.

For the past week Trump has steadfastly refused to budge as he “lost” his Miss Universe contract with Univision (which he responded to with the pettiest of panache),  and saw both hosts, performers and judges for the Miss Universe Pageant resign with just weeks to go before the telecast. But apparently the final straw floated down to NBC after his clarifying statements on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, as the network has released a statement cutting all ties:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett‘s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

Trump famously has been very vocal on social media regarding his stance on immigration and his recent comments. We will definitely be watching to see what the “presidential hopeful” has to say now that he has discovered when it comes to Latinos in America-you mess with one, you mess with the whole family.

UPDATE: Donald Trump has responded NBC’s statement with one of his own, again using social media:

Statement on Relationship with NBC-

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burden of a black woman: an afro-latina tale


I had the pleasure of writing for [now a word or two]’s “Burden of a Black Woman” series. I wanted to highlight the challenges Black Latinos face in the US, especially as first-generationers. You can always read more on here by clicking the “thoughts and musings” tag. Happy reading!

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[ed note: i’m pretty proud of the ‘burden’ series. that people remember it and want to submit their words. it’s NEVER too late and i’ll always share because it’s important. we need to now more than ever before].

here are Amaris’ words.

Let the records show now and forever; I am Black.

No one can ever define my Black; remove my Black, invalidate my Black. Black is not my burden. Black is what I Am.

My burden is in spaces where I am not allowed to individually exist. Where I am expected to “be” Black. Where my Black is a performance art. Where my Black is no longer my own. Where it must be proven or fit into a box. Where it is traded and swapped like a card in an ever-elusive deck. Where my Black is challenged or defined for me.

In spaces where my Black is somehow labeled…

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New York’s Native Elianor Launches the Beauty Box Expo Series Tour Catering to the Wedding and Beauty Industries

NEW YORK CITY— Native Elianor,  the highly successful New York-based hair and make-up industry professional and CEO of GlamMuaHds, announced the launch of her newest venture, The Beauty Box Expo, International. A series of beauty and bridal centric events, the Beauty Box Expos (BBE) are one day events designed to showcase and educate attendees through interactive experiences featuring new and established brands alongside the most innovative products and services in the wedding, hair, cosmetics and skincare industries. The series kicks off with its inaugural events in New York City on June 7th and 8th at Shadow Boxers, located at 215 West 40th Street in midtown Manhattan.

“From a very young age, fashion has been my life,” says Beauty Box Expo Founder, Native…

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