Barbie has evolved: Why we’re totally for it!

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


Barbie has evolved and we’re totally for it! If you’re anything like me, Barbie was frowned upon as a child. In fact, my parents thought that their body image was so unrealistic, that they were swapped out for Cabbage Patch dolls and Legos. Needless to say, the dolls have come a long way. Just a… Read more »

Miss Black US Ambassador Pageant launches Design Essentials Strength to Shine Empowerment Initiative

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


Design Essentials® launched their new community empowerment initiative, Strength To Shine, at the recent Miss Black US Ambassador (MBUSAM) Pageant held at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. The Strength to Shine Empowerment Initiative spotlights the accomplishments of women who give back to the community with strength, style and grace. Throughout the event, the Design Essentials®… Read more »

How to make over your apartment in 3 easy steps

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


While painting walls and installing new cabinetry are projects that seem a bit overwhelming among other summer priorities, we’ve created a short list with just three easy steps to spruce up your apartment, just in time for the hot summer season. Check out our tips below… Switch out your window treatments: Summer is in full… Read more »

#BringBackOurGirls rallies being held in New York and Washington D.C.

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

#bringbackourgirls Chibok Nigeria

For those of you who aren’t aware, while the United States was in an uproar about the racist remarks of Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, 234 girls in the Chibok region of  Nigeria were kidnapped on April 15th  by the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram. The translation of the terrorist groups name is “Western education is forbidden.”  It is… Read more »

5 Foods that fight belly fat

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


Apple Cider Vinegar contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and acetic acid that help curb the appetite and produce protein to help the body burn belly fat. Lemon Water can speed up your metabolism by aiding toxins flowing through your liver and out of your body. Fermented Foods like Greek yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and sourdough… Read more »

Plus size woman bares it all on Hollywood Blvd

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

Marquita-Pring-V-Magazine Amani Terrell is sick of Hollywood’s idealistic perceptions of what a “perfect” woman looks like. At 260 lbs. Terrell is far from what Hollywood would consider perfect but she doesn’t agree with them. Instead of venting on twitter or complaining about it, Terrell took to the streets to send the world a message of self… Read more »

Serena Williams wins 7th Sony Open

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


Congrats are in order for tennis champ, Serena Williams as she snags her 7th Sony Open title. On Saturday, Williams, 32, conquered her Chinese component Li Na, snagging her 7th Sony Open title at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla. This is the second consecutive year that Williams has walked away with… Read more »

And the winner is … Lupita Nyong’o

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


Beautiful, smart and talented, those are just three of the many envious traits Lupita Nyong’o carries. The “it girl” who has taken magazines and red carpets by storm has done it yet again. On Oscar night the dazzling woman took home the award for Best Supporting Actress. Stepping on that carpet in the diaphanous custom “Nairobi Blue” Prada gown,… Read more »

And the winner is… Lupita Nyong’o

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

Lupita Nyong'o thank you

In all categories, for all things humble, beautiful and talented, Lupita Nyong’o is #winning. Nyong’o has recently won  Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. What makes these awards even more special? 12 years a Slave was Nyongo’s first acting… Read more »

Jennifer Hudson wins Humanitarian Award at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

Jennifer Hudson and Julia Hudson

On Wednesday night’s People’s Choice Awards, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson stood onstage, accompanied by her sister Julia Hudson and graciously accepted her Humanitarian Award. Hudson and her sister were recognized for their work with the Julian D. King Foundation, an organization founded in memory of her nephew who was murdered in 2008. The organization is… Read more »

Savvy Shopper Sunday: Last minute Chirstmas shopping tips

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.


Feeling like a Grinch this holiday season? Running behind on picking up those last minute gifts? Well, we’ve got you covered. Check out the following last minute Christmas shopping tips to cure your shopping woes. 1.Deadlines: There’s still time to have gifts delivered to your loved ones by Christmas day. FedEx is your last chance… Read more »

Best professional organizations for black women

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

ELC WLF Minneapolis 7-10-12

With the year coming to a close and new year a signal of new beginnings, why not take an opportunity to challenge yourself and develop new or already existing skills. One way to get the process going is by becoming a part of an professional organization.   National Coalition of 100 Black Women advocates for women of color… Read more »

Highlights from the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

MAcys card

Every year on Thanksgiving thousands of people flood sixth avenue in New York City’s Herald Square to gaze in amazement at massive balloons in the form of their favorite fictional characters. For many it’s a tradition, either newly started or continued from generations past. If you weren’t in New York or unable to catch the… Read more »

Stores that will remain closed on Thanksgiving

Posted by & filed under Inspiration.

Nordtrom Tweet

Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks and sharing with those who mean most to us. Some retailers are turning the family oriented holiday into a pre- Black Friday shopping fest. Many consumers and retail workers are very upset with retailers who will be open on Thanksgiving, taking the focus away from the true spirit of… Read more »