Dear Fashion Fair…, An Open Letter

Dear Fashion Fair, When are you gonna step up to the plate and be the black version of Estée Lauder, LVMH, or better yet the beauty industry’s answer to “Wakanda”? It is the last day of Black History Month, and while I have spent months thinking long and hard about the importance of having moreContinue reading “Dear Fashion Fair…, An Open Letter”

Blackish: Why There Are Hardly Any Black Women Who Do Major Celebrities Makeup at Award Shows

A few nights ago I watched snippets of the Golden Globes on television, and on Instagram. Every time I saw a black female celebrity come across my screen, I looked at how she was dressed, I looked at her hair, and lastly I looked at her makeup! After I looked at all of those things,Continue reading “Blackish: Why There Are Hardly Any Black Women Who Do Major Celebrities Makeup at Award Shows”

Hidden Figures:Why Black Women are Flocking to Makeup Brushes Like Black Men Flock to Basketballs

We are three days into 2017, and this post is long over due!  Now some of you might have read the title of this post, and thought to yourself “Now what in the hell does the movie Hidden Figures have to do with makeup or basketball?  My answer is pretty simple, one word even.  TheContinue reading “Hidden Figures:Why Black Women are Flocking to Makeup Brushes Like Black Men Flock to Basketballs”

On the Black Hand Side:Why Black Women Should Consider Voting for Hillary

Last July was one of the most amazing times in my life.  I went on a “real” vacation for the first time in eight years and got to work an event where the first woman to be elected the democratic nominee for president happened. I was chosen by Diane Stevens, a fabulous hair stylist andContinue reading “On the Black Hand Side:Why Black Women Should Consider Voting for Hillary”

The National/International Makeup Artist, Does anyone still care about them?

In todays “What I Think Wednesday“, I want to delve into an idea that has puzzled me for quite some time.  I have had the opportunity to work for several major department store brands, and have observed “national/international” artists that work for those brands and wondered whether those roles are still relevant in this dayContinue reading “The National/International Makeup Artist, Does anyone still care about them?”

What I Think Wednesday:Nigerian Weddings and the Nigerian Economy: Can one save the other?

In 2005 I moved to DC to go to grad school for African studies at Howard University.  In the two years of course work, one of the things that I remember vividly are all of my professors, i repeat all of my professors who happened to each be from a country in Africa saying thatContinue reading “What I Think Wednesday:Nigerian Weddings and the Nigerian Economy: Can one save the other?”

What I Think Wednesday:Gifts With Purchase, Do Black Lives Matter?

Given everything that has happened in the last week, well past 300 years, my heart is pretty heavy.  The only way to be triumphant in anything is to keep pressing.  Since my blog is called “Make up in Black and White” and addresses gender, class, and race as those topics apply to the vast worldContinue reading “What I Think Wednesday:Gifts With Purchase, Do Black Lives Matter?”

My Natural Journey…or not!

This past couple days have made me aware of one major thing that I never really put much energy into.  I realize that because of the color of my skin, and the texture of what is on top of my head, my last statement is almost blasphemous!  If you haven’t figured out what “topic” IContinue reading “My Natural Journey…or not!”

Black Models Matter!!(Zac Posen says so!)

After Beyonce shocked America with her political Super Bowl performance, Zac Posen decided to make a statement of his own.  During this months New York Fashion Week, Zac Posen made the choice to use mostly black models for his show proving that black models are just as valuable to the fashion world as any other.Continue reading “Black Models Matter!!(Zac Posen says so!)”

The Oscar Effect: Should I boycott certain makeup brands?

A few weeks ago the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced and to many people’s surprise, there were hardly any people of color nominated! Oh what a surprise!!(sense my sarcasm?) Jada Pinkett Smith went on a social media rant proposing that people of color and especially black people boycott the show.  All this talkContinue reading “The Oscar Effect: Should I boycott certain makeup brands?”