Red Coat Series: Sayoko Yamaguchi

It’s thirsty Thursday and the weekend is coming, what’s the mood?

Photographer: Antonio Lopez

Radio Raheem: Potential For Our Love

The potential for our love to create a macro impact on the world is based on the amount of love we are able to put into our micro connections.
Because all of our actions hold energy, everything we do has the power to affect another person.

How do you treat others?
How do you talk to people?
Whether it is your best friend or a stranger, be someone who sees them, who affirms their dignity, and who honors their humanity.
Be the person who gives someone the relief of knowing that the world ain’t so bad after all.

Via: Caffeine And Hip Hop

Sex Esteem With Samantha

Be Samantha Jones bold when it comes to taking control of your sexuality. For centuries and still, depending on your cultural background, there’s been a stigma surrounding sex. Purity, especially for women, being valued over pleasure. When I started the liberation leg of my sex esteem journey, a pastry chef, Theresa, called me a slut. After confiding in her of my weekend escapades. Pointing out Julian, a co-worker/friend does worse, she replied “So he’s a boy.”
“How ridiculous,” I opined, holding her accountable, to assess our actions by gender. If I’m a slut, he’s a slut and she’s sexist. Why do women have to be judged at all? I asked before walking away, leaving her mouth agape. She didn’t have an answer to something she never thought about. Theresa was merely regurgitating what society taught her, no questions asked. Are you guilty of mindless herd mentality when it comes to sex and other areas of life? Or do you examine and question why thing are? Via: Capsule 98

Fred Hampton Friday

“I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do.

I believe I’m going to die high off the people.

I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.”

Artist: Fabiola Jean Louis

You’re Staring At The Sun

I am the conscience clear
In pain or ecstasy

And we’re all weaned my dear
Upon the same fatigue

You’re staring at the sun
You’re standing in the sea

Your mouth is open wide
You’re trying hard to breath

The water’s at your neck
There’s lightning in your teeth

Your body’s over me

Photographer: Andrew Kung

Mama Cass Flower Aesthetic

April showers bring May flowers; rejoice in spring with Mama Cass an iconic figure with an amazing voice. When I’m high listening to her sing it feels like my ears are being massaged in the best way. Just crystal. Which shoot would you recreate? Photographers: Henry Diltz, Jerry Schatzberg, Getty Images & Retro Hippies

Supermodel 101: Beverly Johnson

Gorgeous almond shaped eyes, chiseled cheeks and a jawline that could cut diamonds and bitches, Beverly Johnson is babelicious. In her youth she wanted to be a professional swimmer, switching fields she pursued studies in criminal justice at Northeastern University, where she tried out modeling for a summer. After being rejected by agencies due to racism, she got her big break working for Glamour, where she booked the cover, breaking record sales in 1971. The cultural icon continued to shape the fashion industry, making history as the first black woman on the cover of American Vogue and French Elle. The Vogue shoot led to an influx of black models being hired.

The foxy disco diva went on to grace over 500 magazine covers (Ebony, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan…), strut down major runways (Halston, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein), became the face of countless campaigns (Danskin, Capri, Revlon, Versace) and has done her signature hand on the hip pose for iconic photographers Francesco Scavullo, Irving Penn and Arthur Elgort. A knockout, she went on to acting after studying with the great Lee Strasberg, getting roles in Martin, Meteor Man and Crossroads.

Not only was her memoir a NYT bestseller, but this mother of one who shares a kid with producer Danny Sims (the man behind Bob Marley’s hits), has a successful luxury brand. When the camera calls though, this beauty still makes time to hit those angles henny.

My favorite part about this badass queen is her activism, expressing her truth about racism in the fashion industry and the difficulties she’s faced. Using her position of power to create change. I’m going to do something different and attach articles to this piece. Beverly deserves to be heard and not just seen (even though she’s fine af). Thank you for your candor and legacy. Which Beverly is your current mood? Photographers: Francesco Scavullo & Getty Images

Fashion Industry Still Racist:

Trauma Of Black Modeling:

Anna Wintour:

Make A Career Of Humanity

It will enrich your spirit as nothing else can.
It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man.
Make a career of humanity.

Make it a central part of your life.

Via: Diaspora Art

Creating An Abundant Mindset

When we trust that we live in an abundant universe and allow ourselves to give freely, we raise our frequency, strengthen our faith, and feel awesome, thereby putting ourselves in flow and the position to receive abundant amounts in return.

When we’re in fear, we hold on to what we’ve got because we don’t trust that there’s more. We pinch off the energy, we’re scared to share, and we focus on, and create more or, the very thing we’re hoping to avoid, which is lack.

Artist: “Energy” Aaronya Paintss