Tuesday Night Epiphany

After singing (okay, screaming) along to all the songs at the lovely @epiphanygirl (bka Chrisette Michele's) concert tonight at the 9:30 Club  in D.C  I have reached an epiphany of my own. The sounds of the songstress scatting and serenading the intimate audience stirred up some of that old stagnant energy within me that wasn't being used to its greatest potential. I finally made a little "To-Do" list (read, blog, practice guitar, call madre, and yoga) helping me to get organized, relieve stress, and work on my crafts (Taylor who?).

Photo Courtesy of Mya Aaten-White

The talented Ireland born singer Laura Izabor was also on the ticket and performed her radio hit From my Heart to Yours  in additon to a few exclusive songs. At the concert Michele revealed  a "litte crush" of hers, a "dark skinned  brother" with locs, who's physical description sounded just a little bit like Wale, the DMV rapper with hit songs Pretty Girls  and Chillen ft. Lady GaGa.

The two artist have worked on several projects together including Rising Up with The Roots and Fragile.

Photo Courtesy of Mya Aaten-White

 The show was sponsered by BET's new station Centric and was sheerly amazing. Here are a few of my favorite songs featuring Michele:

1. Your Joy
2. Blame it on Me
3.If I Have My Way
5. Be Ok
6. Lost One- Jay-Z ft. Michele
7. Rising Up (Wale, Michele, The Roots)

Peace, Power, and Love

Expanding the Definiton of Beauty

Tyra Banks is stepping outside the bounds of her two highly successful TV shows America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Show to continue her fight against size discrimination, this time targeting the teenaged demographic.

The former Victoria's Secret Angel turned media mogul has broken barriers numerous times in her dynamic career. With her newest venture Tyra hopes to inspire the world by hosting a Plus Sized Model Search for teens. Teen girls interested in participating must be between the ages of 13 through 19, wear a dress size of 12-20, and be built at a height of at least 5 feet 9 inches (at 5'1 I'm sadly counted out of the running).

Fighting to expand America's insufficient perception of beauty, Tyra Banks, age 36,  is offering the winner of the Fiercly Real Teen Model Search publicity and sever prizes including:

 (a) a one year modeling contract with world renound top modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models
 (b) a fashion spead on Tyra's Magaline, shot by Tyra
 (c) a cover photo with Tyra on Tyra's Magaline
 (d) a spread in Seventeen Magazine

Tyra is credited for launching the careers of two plus models, ANTM (America's Next Top Model) Cycle 8 winner Whitney Thompson  and ANTM Cycle 3 contestant Tocara Jones.

Whitney Thompson, ANTM Cycle 8 Winner

Tocara Jones, ANTM Cycle 3 Contestant

Visit the Tyra Show website for further details on how to enter.

Peace, Power, and Love

For Your Love

Just in time for Valentines Day 2010 hipster fashion magazine, V, released its “Size Issue” featuring both clothed and nude plus sized models.

In addition to the “Size Issue” that hits newsstands on the day of love, V has featured several other editorals showing off the sensual curves of  plus models representing body types beyond that of the normal 32-24-34 measurement. Famed plus supermodel and author of the highly acclaimed book of personal memoirs Hungry, Crystal Renn was also recently featured on the pages of V in an editorial demonstrating that “one size fits all”. Renn was featured in the editorial wearing the same attire as the super slim Jacquelyn Jablonski.

Big shouts to V Magazine for taking the leaps in the right direction for both the fashion industry and the "average" woman everywhere.

Photos courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com and V Magazine

Peace, Power, and Pink