It would be crazy, almost irresponsible for me to have a blog called ‘N A Perfect World, be a young woman of color in America and not talk about this election. Via text, phone calls, at my local watering holes I feel like I’ve spoken about it ad nauseam with friends and family. All with a sense of doom and gloom. Yesterday, in NYC it was grey and rainy. There was definitely a depression, a deflation if you will in the streets. We were emotionally exhausted. At a time when we need to come together, the divide in the US feels greater than ever, and that divide, while not created by this election was opened, picked and prodded at. So now we have a President-elect who has openly displayed acts of bigotry and misogyny, who is supported by the KKK and is simply a grade-A asshole. Great reality TV-star, but a great President? The leader of the free world? I would definitely trust Kim and Kanye more with nuclear codes than him. I have to have …
So Chanel does Havana with their latest resort collection and the Kardashians are the latest in the celeb onslaught heading down to the island of Cuba. Want to plan Cuba for your next vacation? Check out my previous videos on how to get there and more details about planning your trip. Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. It’s hard to please everyone and Khloé Kardashian just got slammed on her Instagram for posing under a sign that says Fidel and graffiti championing the revolution. Never thought I’d say it, but Obama and Khloé had similar plights, when people slammed him for giving a speech at Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, under an image of Che Guevara. Watch the video for my thoughts on that, the homes and my wrap up to what was an awesome Q&A with you guys!
Here’s part 3 of my Periscope on my trip to Havana, Cuba. I’m talking about watching an arrest, the deal with wifi and digital detox while there, Afro-Cuban population, racism and classicism in Cuba, Cuban-Americans, education and the arts. Subscribe for more!
This is a photo diary of Brussels and neighboring city, Antwerp from a trip I took there in 2013; before security checkpoints, before Paris, before it gained attention in the media as being a “Europe’s hub for Islamist radicals.”
It’s been a fast growing year of ‘N A Perfect World; I haven’t even had the time to put up half the content that I’ve wanted to. From just an idea to this, it was wonderful to reflect with Lucia and Vogue Italia about what I have accomplished and what my next steps are.
I’ve spent this past week at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic on a press trip researching for an upcoming story. I must admit, I had initial trepidations about going there; they quickly dissolved as soon as I was greeted by the many smiling and kind Dominican faces at the airport. The DR is a beautiful country, and from my previous experiences in Cabrera, and recent experience in Punta Cana / Bávaro, filled with kind hearted people. However, much like the US, it has a history scarred with systematic racism. Much like the US, it continues today, however, it’s blatantly enforced by the government.
In the decadence of fashion month, with its medicinal injection of thrill, fancy and indulgence, celebrating your own hard work as a designer can be somewhat hard to swallow. Designers might not be global policy decision makers, but we are all humans with the capacity to activate change, raise awareness and pique compassion. From donating to a charity to volunteering – NJAL looks to designers aiding the refugee crisis in practical and accessible ways.
I honestly can’t tell you where or how I met our latest ‘Nomad, Ola Abayomi. Every time I see Ola’s bright smile, I think to myself, “I need to hang out with her more.” We cross paths a lot — from random events to working in the same building at one point — my crystal healer would say that Ola is definitely on my frequency map. Recently, I saw Ola’s instagram posts about a trip to Cuba. As Cuba is the number one place I’m dying to go, I knew I had to find out more. When I reached out, I was happy to hear that this renaissance, well-travelled woman was not just an ad exec by day: she had started an accessories line, Dual Citizen! Check it below, we dual citizens* 😉 dish on Cuba, being black while traveling and of course the label, Dual Citizen. ’N: Where are you from? Ola: I was born in Boston but grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. I’m first generation Nigerian-American. ’N: Where do you live now? Ola: I …
I thought I’d share a super interesting fact I learned from Ola about African prints. I’m a big fan of prints and definitely cringe when I see one of my favorite brands, Stella Jean, lumped into a “tribal” trend story. But did you know that the term “African prints” isn’t that much better of a term to use?
You may recognize those piercing eyes from a fashion campaign or magazine but upon first meeting Kyleigh, I can guarantee you’ll walk away feeling one thing: happy. That genuinely happy feeling that makes you think, “Wow, some people are pretty awesome.” Whether it’s a late night dance party where she’s breaking it down Cali-style or an event raising awareness for one of her philanthropic endeavors, Kyleigh is in a perpetual state of paying it forward. Her drive to do good is contagious. In a special edition of ’N’s Nomads, in honor of Kyleigh’s birthday, I caught up with her about her latest campaign, #87daysofvintage. ’N: Where are you from? Kyleigh: Marin County, California –15 mins North of the Golden Gate. I also lived in Alaska for 3 years as a tot. ’N: What did you study at Berkley and how does it impact your work now? Kyleigh: I studied Peace and Conflict Studies. We focused heavily on structure vs agency–identifying what systems and beliefs are held within society and imagining ways you can exercise your …