Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012


Lauryn Hill- "I Find it Hard to Say"

"I find it hard to say, that everything is alright
Don't look at me that way, like everything is alright
Cuz my own eyes can see, through all your false pretenses
But what you fail to see, is all the consequences
You think our lives are cheap, and easy to be wasted
As history repeats, so foul you can taste it
And while the people sleep, too comfortable to face it
His life so incomplete, and nothing can replace it
And while the people sleep, too comfortable to face it
Your lives so incomplete, and nothing can replace it"

Thursday, March 29, 2012


When I was younger my home schooled friends used to call me, "Scary Spice"...I guess 'cuz I have big hair and I'm black?  They were fairly to moderately ignorant on matters of race.  But I forgive them.

Just in case your wondering I was home schooled for 14 years. Yup. Fun little fact.

How to get this look:

                                            Kente Clothe Bow Tie: Self Made
                                            Blue Rock Necklace: Consignment
                                            Looney Tunes Denim Button Down: Thrift
                                            Gold Watch: Gift from the Bf
                                            Wooden Bracelets: From Africa, gift from a cousin
                                            Dark Wash Denim Skinny Jeans: TJ Maxx
                                            Black Combat Boots: TJ Maxx
                                            Super Messy Big Hair: Don't take care of your hair ever and you've
                                            got this look. Done.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


"Oh Penelope
Are you filled with air
Swallowed oxygen
That makes you float up?

Is it dropsy?
Will your lungs swell?
It’s depressing me
To see you struggle"


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I freaking LOVE Kelis. Her style, her music, her swag (as they say), I love it all. I'm gonna start saying "Flow" Instead of "Floor". As a matter of fact, I'm gonna drop the last consonant off of every word. I'm just gonna leave vowels bear naked. I mean, why complete a word? Really why?



My friend sent me this recipe from 101 Cook Books, it changed my life. Tell your taste buds to get good and ready to be satisfied. Let's go.

Sesame Almond Brown Rice Balls

Because brown rice has all the stuff that can go rancid still intact - bran/germ, if you can find organic rice labeled "new crop", go with that. And, in case you want to make a larger pot of rice, use ~1 1/2 cups / 360 ml water for each cup of rice - perhaps a splash more.
2 cups / 14 oz / 400 g brown sushi rice (stubby, short grains)
3 cups / 710 ml water
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/4 cup / 1.5 oz / 45 g sesame seeds (white/black mix)
3 tablespoons toasted almond slices/slivers, chopped
1/4 cup / 4 tablespoons minced green onions
Optional: things to tuck in the middle: avocado cubes (toss in lemon juice first), tofu, etc. (I cut up extra firm tofu and seasoned it with Lauries seasoning salt, fresh ground black pepper, gluten free soy sauce, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce)

-In a colander or fine-mesh strainer, rinse the rice briefly and drain. If you have time to soak the rice for an hour or two, do it. If not, just proceed. Bring the rice to a boil over medium-high heat in your thickest-bottomed pot. Dial the heat back so the water is just simmering actively - low-med. Cover with tight fitting lid, and try not to peek too often.

-Cook the rice until the water has been absorbed and the grains are cooked through, usually about an hour, less if you've soaked the rice.If the grains have cooked but there's still water to be absorbed, dial the heat up to medium-high until the pan dries out, being careful not to scorch the rice at the bottom. Remove the rice from heat and let rest, covered, for at least 15 minutes, preferably a bit longer. Fluff with a fork, then gradually add and incorporate the sesame seeds, almonds, and green onions. At this point, taste, and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt if needed. I let the rice cool quite a bit before shaping.

-To form the rice balls, line a small cup with plastic wrap, sprinkle the plastic wrap with a dab of water, then fill the cup 2/3 full with rice mixture. No need to pack it down. You can tuck something in the center at this point if you like. Gather the plastic wrap like you would a ponytail, and twist at the base of the rice. Make sure there is no air trapped, and use your opposite palm to shape into a ball (see photo up above). Carefully remove plastic wrap and set the rice ball in a parchment lined container or on a plate. Repeat with the remaining rice.

-A couple tips: If your fingers get sticky, dab with water. And if you run out of steam making rice balls, just cook up a couple eggs into a thin omelet, cut into shreds, and toss with the rice - makes for one of my favorite quick lunches.

Makes about 2 dozen small rice balls.

Prep time: 20 min - Cook time: 60 min


Monday, March 26, 2012


Last weekend I was talking with a good friend who (being white) expressed feelings that she truly had the soul of a black women. Like there's this powerful black women just waiting to emerge from underneath her freckly skin. Without thinking yesterday I created this art piece, as a manifestation or homage of sorts to our conversation.

Really we all have something or someone deep inside waiting to break free.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Weekend Wars: Got my septum pierced this weekend. Regarde-moi! 

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Artwork for a mix tape I made this weekend. 

"Me I'm a cre-a-tor,
Thrill is to make it up"


So true, every time! Make it stop.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Amazing photographs from etsy


Think about this: buying a disposable camera, destroying it (just like scratching the lens, exposing it to water, throwing some colorful saran wrap over the lens) and taking photos. What kind of photos would you get from that, what kind of experience would you have? Magic. DIY here I come. (By the way that word is so abused, right? DIY. 'Cuz everyone's doing it.  Kind of annoying, kind of cool)

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Miss Olson looks really lame with this purple hair...but I'm thinking about doing something like this (less lame, more tasteful of course). Brown gets so boring. Right? 


Tattoo ideasssss. 

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