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Black Love

a·lum·nus /əˈlʌmnəs/ [uh-luhm-nuhs]
noun, plural
1. a graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university
2. a former associate, employee, member, or the like

Last week, I traveled "home" for my friends and my 3rd annual SUPER Reunion and Morehouse/Spelman Homecoming. This is what I dawned to the young alumni party, Black Love...

$5 Herringbone Blazer (Goodwill)
$2 Shirt (Goodwill)
Watch (borrowed)
$1 Knit Tie (thrift)
$12 Brown Belt (GAP)
$20 Levi's Jeans (Sante Alley, DTLA)
$60 Sperry Topsiders (Nordstrom)
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Kanye West x Runaway

Kanye West is a genius.

You've probably already seen this and if you're like me you've watched it over and over, at complete and utter awe. I've had countless conversations with friends over the past week discussing all the intricacies of this work of art.

In true Michael Jackson "Thriller" form, Ye has totally redefined the concept of music video for this generation. And like Mike I believe he's reaching a level of pop star that we have not seen since the late great King. We have so many celebrities these days who we praise in the arts that act, sing, rap and...in some cases do nothing at all (i.e. the endless list of sex tape toting socialites). However, I'd argue that we won't be talking about more than half of them in the next 20 years --- thoughts of the past. Sans Kanye. I'm willing to wager he's slowly muscling his way into the history books.

I can't remember the last time I anticipated an artists work in so much! I literally cannot wait to see what Kanye has up his sleeves, whether it has to do with music, fashion or cinema. I was so inspired when I watched this movie, I've had an unrelenting wave of natural energy that has gone through my body since. I think it proves now more than ever is the time for those of us who have that child-like sense of creativity, full of imagination and untapped wonder, to relish in our ideas and share them with the world without fear of being judged.

I'm ready. How about you?

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30% off at Acts

Attention all Angelenos! Acts Thrift Store is offering customers 30% off all merchandise (with printed coupon below) every Saturday from 10am - Noon! See coupon for location!

From the company: Acts Thrift Store recycles and sells donated clothing and usable goods, which generates income for LACF. Sales benefit at-risk kids, disadvantaged families and the homeless. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, Lake Avenue Community Foundation is unleashing the God-given potential of at-risk youth providing the tools necessary to thrive academically, emotionally, economically, and spiritually. We Serve in Pasadena, CA.

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con·duc·tor /kənˈdʌktər/ [kuhn-duhk-ter]
1. a person who conducts; a leader, guide, director, or manager
2. a person who is in charge of the conveyance and its passengers
3. a person who directs an orchestra or chorus, communicating to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands his or her interpretation of the music
4. a substance, body, or device that readily conducts heat, electricity, sound, etc.

All the Halloween sales in LA have afforded me the opportunity to expand my collection of obscure hats. The latest of which is The Conductor. I LOVE it! It's important to remember to have fun when getting dressed. Just one of my little quirks and philosophies --- love it or hate it.

Make your personal style, personal!

$10 Conductor hat (thrift)
$5 Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt (thrift)
Scarf (gift from Egypt)
$12 Camoflage Shorts (Old Navy)
$30 White Watch (Aldo)
$White Converse All-Star (swapmeet)

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heardemsay buttons


Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with my brother-from-another, Lorenzo Diggins, Jr. of Essential Man. He asked me to give him a quick crash course on successful thrifting. Before we parted he blessed me with the newest buttons (pictured above) from his collection, heardemsay™.

If you've seen me in the past 3 months it's likely that you've seen the first button from the collection on my shirt pocket or the lapel of my jacket. It's definitely become one of my essentials and now I have 5 more to chose from.

Make sure you stay tuned with heardemsay™. Pieces will be available soon!
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Check Out :: Faith, Damani & Diggy


If you follow me on Twitter you're already aware of the fact that in addition to my own work, I also serve as assistant to brilliant celebrity wardrobe stylist, Monique Scott. Among her list of clients is one of the reigning Queens of R&B, Faith Evans! I've had the pleasure of working with Miss Dunaway on everything from her promotional photos to music videos for her long awaited return.

I was fortunate enough to have heard the new album months ago and only one word comes to mind --- DAMN! Faith and her music are definitely what the world of music has been missing. Her powerful, sultry voice along with the seductive melodies on the album have all the makings for yet another classic.

Click here and purchase Something About Faith on iTunes!

01. Something About Faith Intro
02. Still
03. Way You Move feat. Snoop Dogg
04. Gone Already
05. Worth It
06. Real Things
07. Party feat. Redman
08. Right Here
09. Your Lover (Part I & Part II)
10. Can’t Stay Away feat. Keyshia Cole
11. Sunshine
12. Everyday Struggle feat. Raekwon
13. The Love In Me
14. Change feat. Mary Mary
15. Troubled World feat. Kelly Price & Jessica Reedy


Talk about shock and awe! While obsessively watching Run's House in college, I definitely expected young Diggy Simmons to make a name for himself in the fashion industry, but if you'd told me he'd be a dope hip hop artist too, I would have laughed in your face. Well, five years later Digg is definitely the one having the last laugh. To my surprise, after a few years and puberty Simmons has recently released one of my favorite mixtapes of 2010 --- working with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams.

Click here and get Airborne!

01.Airborne ft Winter Gordon (Prod by Black the Beast) (Intro)
02.Thinkin Bout' u ft Bei Maejor (Prod by T-Minus)
03.Big Bad World ft Colin Munroe (Prod by Black the Beast)
04.As I Am ft Shianne Phillips (Prod by Black the Beast)
05.Put You On ft Chris Brown (Prod by Black the Beast)
06.Super Hero Music ft Raekwon (Prod by Boi-1da)
07.Oh Yeah! ftKupe Fiasco Pharell (Prod by Omen Black the Beast)
08.Airplane Skit
09.No Gravity ft K2 (Prod by Black the Beast)
10.You Got Me Now ft Jacob Latimore (Prod by Kane Beatz)
11.The Vision ft Ghostwridah Eric B (Prod by Neako)
12.This Feelin' (Outro) (Prod by Deputy)
13.Great Expectations ft Bei Maejor (Bonus Track)


You might remember a few months ago I did a post on West coast music and the climate of it. One of the most frustrating things as a native Angeleno is not having the world recognize the evolution that Westcoast hip hop has taken on in the last 20 years. It seems as if every other region has gone through their changes and received widespread praise. But everyone still believes our story and sound can be summed up by the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and The Game alone. That couldn't be further from the truth!

One of the most unrated West coast rappers, hailing from Inglewood, is lyrical heavyweight Damani! Although he's worked with the aforementioned artists, he's differentiated himself with...well, substance. He tells stories of an LA-native with a totally fresh approach.

Click here and check out his work!
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Sign-Up for Gilt!

First, let me offer my sincerest apologies for taking such a long leave of absence. But I promise you it was not in vain. As usual, I've been working on a few different projects. My 2011 is looking really bright and all my hard work is finally going to come to light.

Even though I left, you guys know that I always return baring gifts and dropping gems. New to some and familiar to others, I wanted to put you all up on Gilt Groupe --- and for the life of me I can't figure out why I haven't done this before (but better late than never, right?). By now you know my M.O. I'm all about high style on a low budget. Gilt does exactly that!

About Gilt:
Invitation Only Shopping
Gilt Groupe provides invitation-only access to highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Each day, Gilt offers its members a curated selection of merchandise, including apparel, accessories and lifestyle items across the women’s, men’s and children’s categories. In addition, we provide the best in home decor and entertaining essentials, along with luxury travel packages and fantastic offers on local services and experiences. Most sales start at noon ET and last only 36 hours, making Gilt.com an exclusive shopping destination for luxury at up to 70% off.

First Come, First Served
All sales take place only on www.gilt.com and our full collection of merchandise is always available at the start of the sale, so be sure to log on early.

Advance Preview
To introduce each brand, our designer bios and reels give you a preview of upcoming sales, must-have pieces and featured designers.

Click here and sign-up now!