inspiration+practice

  Portrait d'une négresse,  Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1800)

Portrait d'une négresse, Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1800)

  Creole in a Red Turban , Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans (1840)

Creole in a Red Turban, Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans (1840)

  Zamorka , Anton Ažbe (1895)

Zamorka, Anton Ažbe (1895)

Shockingly, in New York, there are 300 resettled children in federal custody. These kids are currently being sheltered almost 2,500 miles away from where they last saw their parents / guardians. If you’re inclined, you can help them by donating to the Mayor’s Fund:

“Donations will be used to support organizations that are working locally and nationally to provide help including: legal and social services, medical care, help with release from detention, and supplies including toys, food, and water.”

Donate

 Image via  @ruba

Image via @ruba

 Nairobi, Kenya   Visiting Africa for the first time was profound. This sounds cliche, but I seriously felt like I was at home. People  see  you. They acknowledge your physical and spiritual presence. Nothing is taken for granted.     In Kenya + Zanzibar, I saw and felt the people too. I felt the effortless way Africans connected with strangers and those they knew forever by offering a friendly smile and eye contact. Kenya's natural diversity and cinematic sunsets paired with Zanzibar's gorgeous beaches and cultural history made for unforgettable experience.   The magic of East Africa is real. 

Nairobi, Kenya

Visiting Africa for the first time was profound. This sounds cliche, but I seriously felt like I was at home. People see you. They acknowledge your physical and spiritual presence. Nothing is taken for granted. 

In Kenya + Zanzibar, I saw and felt the people too. I felt the effortless way Africans connected with strangers and those they knew forever by offering a friendly smile and eye contact. Kenya's natural diversity and cinematic sunsets paired with Zanzibar's gorgeous beaches and cultural history made for unforgettable experience. The magic of East Africa is real. 

 Pretty hanging arrangement. Seen in The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. 

Pretty hanging arrangement. Seen in The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. 

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 The animals see you too. 

The animals see you too. 

 Say Cheese. 

Say Cheese. 

 Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

 Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

 Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

 My 1st time in a tiny plane 😬 

My 1st time in a tiny plane 😬 

 Tim 👀

Tim 👀

 Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara, Kenya

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 <3

<3

 Yea, I was scared.&nbsp;

Yea, I was scared. 

 He's ready for his close up.

He's ready for his close up.

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 Breakfast in the Savannah

Breakfast in the Savannah

 A Tribe called Maasai Mara&nbsp;

A Tribe called Maasai Mara 

 The elder&nbsp;

The elder 

 Warriors come out and play.

Warriors come out and play.

 Masai Mara,&nbsp;Kenya

Masai Mara, Kenya

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 Zanzibar, Tanzania&nbsp;

Zanzibar, Tanzania 

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 Stonetown, Zanzibar &nbsp;

Stonetown, Zanzibar  

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As a native Brooklynite and natural hair care enthusiast, it was a great honor to direct and produce content celebrating Black beauty and natural hair care leader, Lisa Price. Price offered the mainstream a different standard of beauty. Carol's Daughter allowed women of color to love their curls and for that, we thank you. Happy 25th anniversary! 

Image shot by Timothy Smith. Text via Essence Magazine

References for cultural context:

The Last Time I Was Natural, I Was 3 Years Old—Here’s How It Feels To Go Natural 20 Years Later

South Africa’s embrace of natural hair care illustrates the movement’s power

Black Hair's Blockbuster Moment

Solange / Don't Touch My Hair

Thank you ancestors for passing down the gift of music. Thank you Mom for writing your name and astrological sign on your records, leaving breadcrumbs on your favorite jams. Selector's Note: This mix contains skips, crackles and pops. Enjoy the bumpy ride. 

Listen to my selections HERE

GLOW UPP

Not bad for my commercial directorial debut! Can't wait to share more info on this project :-D

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