I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in the little village – also known as the hood – of Princeton Park. As a child I loved to dance, roller-skate, eat fried chicken, and of course be silly.
During my formative years in ATL at Spelman College I explored many different avenues of the African-American culture. As an English major and Sociology minor, I was influenced to participate in a variety of projects from conducting research on reality television to roller-skating at the BET Hip-Hop Awards to shooting music videos and documentaries.
Introduced to the world of fashion by my mom and stepmother, a semester spent abroad in Ghana sparked my creative streak and an intense love for African textiles and patterns. I returned from that trip determined to explore various avenues in fashion and culture, hence my move to to New York City two weeks after graduation from Spelman.
I began my career as a stylist with Patricia Field, followed by various assistant gigs with New York City stylists, designers, and photographers such as Yoanna Baraschi, Jerome Lamar, Third NYC, and Nick Whitehouse. Eventually working as a bridal consultant assisting women from all around the world “say yes to the dress.”
When I’m not busy being funky and fabulous, you can find me in my Brooklyn apartment, exploring ideas, cooking southern and Jamaican food, and twerking in my bra and panties, because sometimes a girl’s just gotta cut loose. I enjoy many genres of music but mostly funk, R&B, rock-&-roll, a little country, and trap music. Of course I love spending time with close family and friends.
I envision myself as a cutting-edge stylist, roller-skater, and casual blogger. I’m building my career in the fashion industry and just trying to live my best life all in the process.
This blog is inspired by the play which I read, viewed, and studied “The Colored Museum”, written by George C. Wolfe, which explores the experiences and identities of African-Americans in their rawest form while exposing historical stereotypes, the black image and issues within the entertainment industry. After watching a remount of the play I was inspired to create my own ‘colored museum’ to expose the beauty of “Blackness” and highlight experiences of people of color.
I want to inspire all the creative people out there, those who enjoy art, fashion, and Black culture as much as I do. This is for you. This is for us. All love.
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