It’s been too long since I’ve compiled a list of Links I Like. And honestly, there’s no excuse because this is one of my favorite types of posts. It allows me to give you a taste of the things that I’m currently obsessed with. Whether it be fashion, travel, holiday or race related.
I’m honored to be in a Facebook Group with Lola Akinmade. She was recently named the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers and it’s easy to see why. Not only are her images visually stunning. They prompt you to want to learn more about the subject. The who, what, where and why of it all. If those aren’t signs of a stellar photographer and artist, I don’t know what is.
Photo via Lola Akinmade
Who doesn’t love a good before and after photo? It’s so fascinating to see how time changes things. These 28 Before and After Pics of some of the most iconic place on the planet are intriguing. Especially considering I’ve visited a few of the locations on this list and had no clue what they looked like in the past.
Moulin Rouge, Paris, France, 1900 – 2016
Representation is so important. As a black girl growing up in a white community it was a challenge for me to love everything about myself. I was surrounded by girls with long luscious locks that moved with the wind. I, on the other hand often had braids with beads or barrettes in my hair. Constantly answering the question “how did you get your hair like THAT?”. That’s why this Afro Art series by CreativeSoul Photo is vital. The Baroque-Inspired Portraits Celebrate the Beauty of Black Girls’ Natural Hair and capture the essence of Black Girl Magic.
Photo via CreativeSoul Photo
Let’s talk about colorism! I was recently discussing this topic with a new travel friend. Traveling through Asia it’s blindingly obvious that white is right! From the skin whitening agents in almost every beauty product (including deodorant). To the blatant whitewashing of models in commercial and advertisements. The preference for lighter, European features is not subtle. However, colorism in minority communities is just as prevalent and rarely discussed. So when I was explaining the Beyoncé effect and the brown paper bag test to my new friend I could tell they were shocked. This video about colorism in the Afro-Latino community tackles the same issue.
Tracee Ellis Ross is 45, single and childless. She’s also a bold, independent kick-ass enlightened lady. Not to mention a Golden Globe winner. So why does she sometimes feel like a failure? The same reason many of us single, independent, childless women feel that way. We are taught that Husband + Child = Woman. Those are the only two things that make women worthy. I’ve been asked many of the same questions as she has. Especially, “Why is someone like you still single?”. My single, childless friends and I have discussed being single mothers. But the idea of “Doing it on my own” just doesn’t appeal to me. Neither does rushing into something just to say I did it.
So many of the things Tracee said resonated with me. “My life is mine” brought tears to my eyes. I’m obviously not looking for permission to live my life. But being single and childless at 32 does bring judgment from others. When Tracee mentioned being “perceived as alone and broken and having to find family, love, and support outside of the traditional places.” I felt like she was speaking to my current experience of traveling through Southeast Asia. Alone, but rarely lonely. Her speech is witty, hilarious and honest. Something that every human needs to hear.
When you stand for nothing, you fall for everything. I was not only surprised that the Miss Peru 2017 Beauty Pageant became a protest. I was shocked by the staggering statistics. Instead of their measurements, contestants shared facts and stats about violence against women in their country. There is nothing more powerful than using your platform to raise awareness of important issues.
Although Movember is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that your man should shave his beard. He can continue to raise awareness of men’s health issues and make a fashion statement. Que Beardaments, a company that helps men get their beards ready for the holiday season. Because beards can be beautiful too!
Photo via Beardaments