GMO Editors Column (18)
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy and live in the presence of both the election and re-election of our country’s first African-American executive commander-in-chief, one would think times have changed. Indeed they have, but subtle and some rather blatant incidents and comments linger to remind me slightly of what generations before me experienced, questioned, challenged and fought for.
As the summer season comes to a close, a part of me looks forward to the fall season. I love to wear blazers, scarves, slim pants and riding boots (not winter boots, but riding boots – don’t get it confused). Fashion is my favorite part of fall, but the cool weather reminds me that winter is near. I must admit it also spares me from seeing the rainbow of colors of bra straps that young ladies insist on exposing through their sundresses, tank tops, tube tops, bandeau tops, halter tops and others that call for another form of upper body support.
From my Chicago living room, I could hear the gasps from millions of viewers all over the country when Lauren London’s character Keira Whitaker in the BET hit series The Game revealed she was a virgin. In fiction and reality, we’ve come to a point in our culture where this virtue is not socially accepted by the vast majority and is often ridiculed.
GlossMagazineOnline (GMO) was a recent media sponsor for wardrobe stylist and philanthropist Aaja Corinne’s She’s In Color “Girl Talk” panel discussion, which featured Six Brown Chicks. Social media and how black women are portrayed in today’s society were just a few of the vast array of topics mentioned. Moderated by Bionce Foxx and Jetta Bates, this lunchtime symposium offered more than a plateful of food for thought.
“I need new music!”
I sent that text early this morning to a close friend. Of course the response was laughter in the form of “LOL” but I was dead serious. It’s no laughing matter as far as I’m concerned.
Every once in a while in life, we’re forced to assess what’s important in our lives. Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been tested with a situation that ultimately led me to evaluate what I’m worth to myself and others. When the enticing opportunity that catapulted this test initially presented itself, it was attractive because it was something new and refreshing. It made my adrenaline rush, but I realized that “different doesn’t mean better” and the “grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” Life taught me to love my grass and to nurture it in order to make a fertile environment.
The start of 2013 marks the beginning for new opportunities. As one year ends and a new one commences, celebrating a new year is always a great opportunity to reflect on how you much you’ve grown or achieved, mistakes you’ve made, lessons you’ve learned and new goals you aspire to achieve. You measure how far you’ve come and assess your next steps.
Some may hate on gray, but it’s actually a beautiful color. From a fashion sense, it compliments every color of the spectrum and looks magnificent with bold shades, such as orange, red and yellow. It can also be subdued and paired with earth tones and its predictable partners: black and white.