Barneys, Bergdorfs & Bill$: An Amazing Read for an Educated “Queen”

 

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Okay, ladies listen up! How many of us can say we’ve taken our degree, used the information we’ve learned from class, and pressed out something that’s not as dull as a textbook? Sydney Hedberg took her double major in risk management and insurance and managerial finance from the University of Mississippi to create an amazing tool for educated “queens” to use for the rest of their lives.

In “Barneys, Bergdorf’s & Bill$: A Girlfriends’ Guide to Finance”, Sydney answers so many “real world questions” about finances that many women don’t learn from their parents. Usually, good ole mom and pop just push you out the nest and expect that you land on your feet financially. This is a broad notion for most of us. Young women don’t always know what credit is or how to discuss their 401(K) options with their new employer. This book definitely has taught me how to get started with managing my own budget, investments, and completing the dueling task of getting my own insurance. Doesn’t this sound exciting? I know this isn’t a subject us girls love to talk about. We’ve all been there with our parents checking our bank and credit card statements. It’s not the most comfortable situation. Our spending rituals get thrown in our faces and if you’re like me you don’t want to relive that money you spent over the weekend on brunch and mimosas.

I’m an avid book reader. Until I received this easy read, a finance book has never been put on my bookshelf. It’s a page-turner! In every chapter, knowledge just pours out of its pages. It’s filled with charts and figures to break down every concept. You will not feel like you’re being beat up by your financial advisor. You will find yourself having a meaningful conversation with a girlfriend. These are conversations that should be had on shopping trips and Saturday brunches. Financial stability is important. Statistically women usually allow husbands, fathers and other male counterparts handle their finances. After reading this book, you’ll have the confidence to tackle this task yourself.

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We all want to be girl bosses. This is a book that should be thrown in your bag all summer. It’s definitely in mine. It’s right next to my Chanel lipstick (one of my infamous guilty pleasures). You need “Barneys, Bergdorf’s & Bill$” by the pool, at the salon or even when your man is tuned into those boring sports this summer. Sip your tea and soak up some finances with it. We do not want to fall into the shadows of our husbands. So, let’s get into formation and take control of our own financial stability. We need this book. Get your very own copy of “Barneys, Bergdorf’s & Bill$: A Girlfriends’ Guide to Finance” and grab a fellow girlfriend a copy on Amazon! This is a major key!!

 

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Black history is our history, educate yourself!

 

BHS grew from a minor “Negro History Week”, that historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History innovated. These historians wanted to bring out of the shadows and darkness the pride they had in their peers for breaking through barriers to revolutionize our country. There shouldn’t be a question about why isn’t there a “White History” month.

White history is taught every day. Black History Month is important. It’s not only people of non-color, who are uneducated about black activists and intellectuals. Black people haven’t always been taught about the people and events in the civil rights movements. In any required history curriculum, black students can learn about prominent Americans of non-color. In most entry-level history classes, African American life is almost non-existent. The only evidence of blacks in these history books is that they were enslaved and set free by Abraham Lincoln. Curriculums dedicated to the studies of African American life are only electives. Students enrolled in American history should be able to learn in-depth about their beautiful and thriving heritage just, as deep as any other non-color student would be able to.

During secondary education, how many black names were taught in social studies class? Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are not the only black figures that helped breed a nation of inclusiveness. In many cases, black people associate being intellectual as being a white characteristic, because they don’t know of black intellectuals like Rayford Logan and his studies of post-Reconstruction America.

Again, Black History Month is important! It has always been shoved into the meager month of February. During a non-leap year, 28 days is all African-Americans get to flaunt our beautiful heritage. Every day black life, intellectuality and innovations should be celebrated. Black life is important. Remembering our struggles and how we’ve overcome is important. This should not be hid behind the controversial opinions of non-color individuals that this month is not important.

Netflix has created a resource for us to start our journey of analyzing our history. The online streaming service has provided us with documentaries, mini-series and movies that will allow audiences to go in-depth into black history. Everybody loves to “Netflix and chill”, why not use that time of relaxation to learn something and start a conversation amongst peers.

These are 9 historical pieces that will give you more activists and analytical perceptions:

  1. “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

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A documentary about the life of the classically trained pianist and dive-bar songstress, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” gives the world a broad lens into Nina Simone’s musical genius. Simone, an activist and black power icon, became the voice of the civil rights movement. Simone wrote “Mississippi Goddam” in response to the assassination of Medgar Evers.

 

  1. The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

https_proxyWritten and presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” explores the evolution of black from slavery to the first black president. In six-hour series, Gates shows how African Americans forged their own history, culture and society against mind-boggling odds.

  1. The Black Power Mixtape
    MV5BMjEzMjI0ODgzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDQyMDkyNg@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Released in 2011, The Black Power Mixtape focused on anti-war and black power movements. Filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson discovered the archived footage and decided that it was his responsibility to give a glimpse into the people that developed an era of convulsive change. Mixtape takes viewers on a musical journey into black communities.
  1. Mississippi Damned

Mississippi_Damned_PosterStarring Dear White People’s Tessa Thompson, this is a tale of three black youth in rural Mississippi, whom are damned by their families’ abuse addiction and violence.

 

  1. Hate Crimes in the Heartland

24314366Filmmaker Rachel Lyon explores the countless hate crimes committed in America. Hate Crimes in the Heartland tell powerful stories of survivors, leaders, activists and community members, who witnessed these crimes.

 

  1. The Trials of Muhammad Ali

imagesThis documentary follows the legal battles of Muhammad Ali against being conscripted into the United States military during the Vietnam War.

  1. Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train Comin’

hear-my-train-hendrixThe film unveils unseen performance footage of the famous guitarist and uses his own words to tell his story.

  1. Through a Lens Darkly: African American Photography

cover.jpgThis film brings to the light hidden and unknown photos of black life and families taken by black photographers. Opening a window into the African American perspective.

 

 

Black Women’s Art: ‘Freedom’

Since, we have come to the end of Black History Month and entering Women’s History Month, these versions of ‘Freedom’ are all about black female empowerment.

From the motion picture “Panther”, ‘Freedom’ a song that may have inspired Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ takes on the issues of black liberation and womanism through two different versions.

Lyrics like “Ladies, you got to demand what you want, and what we want is respect, right” are demanding that black women, who have always been left behind in civil rights, be heard and get the same respect as our counterparts.

Versions, rap and songstress, featuring various artists including: Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, TLC, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, Aaliyah, and Mary J. Blidge.

 

 

#BringBackOurCurls Collaborated With Dove’s Love Your Curls

Today marks me wearing my natural hair for a full month!! *queue the confetti* When I first “big chopped” in November, I was very discouraged about how my hair would react to not receiving relaxers. I was terrified of not wearing weave, because I wasn’t sure I trusted my features enough to be just totally bare and exposed.

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Today’s society has black women kind of brainwashed to think we’re only pretty with extras added. This is a lie. I found myself digging deeper into myself as woman by letting my hair do exactly what it was made to do. It flourished. It’s healthy. This is my authentic self.

So, to encourage other women to be their authentic selves I started a social media campaign that would start a conversation. #BringBackOurCurls will be able to transcend across all social media platforms. We’re planning to receive at least 100,000 submissions from followers we’ve earned from the planning stages on our social media accounts.

My team and I collaborated with Dove’s Love Your Curls campaign. With the help of Dove, the campaign will be able to generate and reach a bigger audience.

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Dove embodies the same passion and mission statement that my team and I does. We want women to embrace their natural curl patterns and put away their straighteners. Encouraging women also helps to reach younger girls, who struggle with the same lack of confidence in their hair.

Make sure to follow this journey with the hashtags #BringBackOurCurls and #LoveYourCurls. Submit pictures and videos of you and your curls by hashtaging your posts.

Disclaimer: this was a class assignment; I’m not affiliated with the Dove #LoveYourCurls campaign or Dove.

Tracy Reese S/S 2016 Collection Is Already Inspiring Me

African-American  designer Tracy Reese debuted her Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection at Art Beam gallery on Sunday, September 13.

The collection was filled with fluorescent, retro cut pieces. Compared to her Spring 2014 collection, the designer did not stop herself from letting loose with the structure of her pieces for 2016. The 2016 collection is so fun, dramatic and gives me 70s disco on so many levels. I wish I was around to play dress up.

Everything from the make-up to the shiny patent leather boots, the collection has already impacted and inspired my spring wardrobe. I love the funky patterns and bizarre shoulders featured in the collection. My closet is already filled will bell bottomed pants and chiffon tops, which does not compare to the silk seen on this runway.

Here are my favorite looks:

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