FUN….ROCK LIKE A GIRL on April 5th


One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide 

 Black Girls Rock!

Presents Rock! Like a Girl featuring MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Miri Ben-Ari, Ana Tijoux, Be’la Dona, Rapsody, and DJ Beverly Bond with a special appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill

The multi-talented visionary, DJ, founder, and CEO of Black Girls Rock!, Beverly Bond collaborates with the Kennedy Center to present Rock Like a Girl, a signature Bond-Vision Media production that celebrates women’s contributions to the art and culture of hip-hop.

The program includes performances by a diverse group of female artists from around the world, including legendary rap artist MC Lyte, critically acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae, Grammy Award–winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, French Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, North Carolina MC Rapsody, a special appearance by the multi-talented Grammy Award–winning MC, singer, and song-writer Ms. Lauryn Hill, and other special guests! D.C.’s own all-girl go-go band, Be’la Dona, serves as the house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the ones-and-twos. Together, these women show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Please join us for a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media.  


Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

From past experience I recommend getting in line by 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 





Here are a few leather(faux) skirts every lady should be able to pull off. Don’t hesitate to “tweak” with your own personal style.

Add a Chunky sweater, glitter pumps, a fatigue jacket of your BF oxford. Whatever you do- be FRESH



Nasty Gal Grazia Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, $58, available at Nasty Gal.

Svek Orange Bound Pencil Skirt, $110, available at Avenue 32.

Leith Pleated Faux Leather Town Skirt, $78, available at Nordstrom.

Miss Selfridge Cream Leather Zip Detail Skirt, $140, available at Miss Selfridge.


Erdem Aysha Floral-Print Leather Pencil Skirt, $2,900, available at Net-A-Porter.

French Connection Nevada Leather Skirt, $298, available at French Connection.




People deal with their dreams in one of three ways. They accuse, excuse, or they choose.

Accusers spend their entire lives blaming others for why they haven’t achieved their dreams.

Excusers make excuses for why they are not living their dreams.

Choosers do what it takes to live their dreams. Choosers take the responsibility for their choices and the direction of their lives. They don’t blame others or make excuses. Instead of complaining that you haven’t achieved your dreams, take the responsibility for what hasn’t been done. Your good and bad choices have a far greater impact on your ability to achieve your dreams than any other factor.

I’ve met people who were given nothing in life but achieved far beyond their dreams. I’ve also met people who were given everything they needed and wanted on a silver platter and yet wasted their lives.

You can’t control your circumstances. You can control how you respond to those circumstances.

Make the choice today to do something about the dreams God has given you.

Food for thought:

What one step can you take today to move closer to a long-lasting dream in your life?


Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC



Feelosophy …….


This is an ah-hah moment- When you have conflict in your life, focus on reconciliation, not resolution. There’s a big difference in those two words. Reconciliation means re-establishing the relationship. Resolution means resolving every issue.

Resolution probably isn’t going to happen, because you’re never going to agree on some things. Nobody on this planet agrees with you about everything, so you’re never going to have resolution on all your issues.

Can you have a loving relationship without agreeing on everything? Of course you can. If you learn to disagree without being disagreeable, that’s called wisdom. If you learn that you can have unity without uniformity, that’s called wisdom. If you learn to walk hand in hand without having to see eye to eye, that’s called wisdom.

We r wise!!! IJS

You don’t have to agree on every issue to come to reconciliation. If you focus on the relationship and not the issues, you’re going to find that some of the issues you’re arguing over are just not that important. Some things just aren’t worth arguing about. You need to let it go!

One of the greatest things you can do with your life is be a bridge builder, not a wall builder. Most of us do this with out knowing our power! IJS

It’s always more rewarding to resolve the conflict than to dissolve the relationship. It’s not easier, but it’s more rewarding. There are people in your life you want to just wash your hands of because the struggle is not worth it or just fucking challenging beyond your means. You can do that, but you don’t get any rewards. You don’t get any character growth and development for that. It’s always more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship, in some cases.

Feelosophy 101


Feelosophy …..

ImageToday we live in an age of irresponsibility, where no one wants to admit that their problems are their own fault. We’ve all become victims. No problem we have is ever considered our fault anymore; it’s always somebody else’s problem. We blame others. We blame the government, the media, our parents, the schools, our DNA, and the environment..everything but ourselves.

The truth is that you brought most of your problems on yourself. You just need to accept responsibility and quit blaming others. Every time you blame somebody else, you’re not admitting what the real problem is.

If you’re facing temptation right now, you’re never going to find freedom until you stop fixing the blame and start fixing the problem. Stop blaming other people! Even when other people have hurt you, it’s your reaction that’s causing the problem.