Oh snap. When I got the request to appear LIVE on 106 AND PARK, you know I was bout it bout it! Like many, I spent years watching this show. To be apart of it is an honor. Although, I fantasized about being on Freestyle Friday, Style File will have to do…for now. Record or Watch it live at 6pm EST! Woop woop
This video is almost a year old, but I just found it and I am obsessed. I need to see them perform live…
Special thanks to my friend over at KNOW USE & ASTRO GAMING for having me DJ alongside DJ TROUBLEMAKER for their after party at the very hip and chic LINE HOTEL in K-TOWN, LA. It was a short trip, but a blast! I even got to hang with my friend Cherub Moore and her adorable babe Hunter! And as usual, I went to Cafe Gratitude because it might be my favorite place on earth to eat! Hunter!
Special thanks to Erika Mercado of Mex In The City and Diego Oseguera of Diageo for booking me in their hometown of Mexico City! Can I just tell you, I DJ’ed in a legit cave (La Gruta) an hour outside of Mexico City. It was insane and super cool. Like, out of a movie. Not bad for my first time in Mexico and Mexico City. But, I need to go back. I didn’t have time to see the ruins, pyramids or even Frida Kahlo’s house!
Grilled Cactus. This looks weird and not appetizing, but it totally was. You all know I’m a vegan/raw/sometimes fish eater, so I opted for a vegan meal this time, sans the tortilla (gluten). I know, no fun…but it was still delicious. Cactus is the bomb!
Wow, I have been so behind on my postings…my bad. Anyways, a month ago or so was a big birthday celebration for what seems like everyone’s loved and admired friend Ben Pundole. To know him is to absolutely adore him. Ben is a charming and sweet and extremely talented. Glad I could be there to ring in his birthday.Met Karl Justin for some pre-gaming, which entailed some Provence Rose and Raw Food via The Standard East Village – Gazpacho and Salad.
Later, Karl and I stopped by at The Bowery Hotel for a nightcap. I stopped by Oscar’s Party at Up & Down, which was one of the best parties I’ve attended in a LONG time. I ran into some English friends…
Talking to American Cab Drivers about what English Cab Drivers know as “The Knowledge”. Its this insane education of knowing any street and any cross section from memory. Something you rarely find elsewhere.
I am so thankful for Twigs. Sorry, not sorry…I’m bored by pop starlets who have the right creative team/stylists/song writers/choreographers, yet have zero art. This song and video is now on repeat and I’m so excited to see Young Twigs kill it. She’s like Sade meets Bjork, wrapped up in a baby-faced goddess.
The video was directed by the great Nabil. It has a slight similarity to the work of Marco Brambilla – specifically the Kanye West “Power” video…but with its own touch.
Haha, yes you read that right. Me and this jobless son of mine were asked to be in a feature about fashionable people and their cats. Among some of the other amazing people featured Karen Elson, Harley Viera Newton and MORE!
Back in May – I got asked to hoop with my Parisian Friends from Black Rainbow Agency, Jay & Greg, which was super fun. I never get asked to play with the boys, probably because the ones that live state-side know that I’m a dud when it comes to playing sports. I think my Parisian friends knew that too, but they were down for some fun-filled hooping. I was excited and super nervous, just because I feel like I always end up indirectly getting hurt. Anyways. It was good times. The Jordan Gym, Terminal 23, provides you with a uniform and Jordans – but, since my feets were too small I improvised and brought my own…literally
The space is incroyable! These photos are not
And another interview with your favorite bushy-browed lady boy! This one is even more amazing, because its INTO THE GLOSS which is top notch when it comes to fashion, style and beauty. Needless to say, I am stoked to be featured! Check it out, you can read about me and my organic beauty products as well as my holistic approach to beauty and wellness. Although, my Macadamia Beauty Products went a bit unmentioned because I was out – but, I use their leave-in for my messy locks.
My wardrobe and apartment are a Hypebeast Tween Boy’s Dream. I guess that makes me a Hypebeast Tween Boy…Oy vey!
Note to self…maybe never do an interview after 2 glasses of Rosé. Sometimes the perks of having a bartender friend that never lets your glass empty works against you in an interview. Ha, actually – it’s not that bad…I’m just being overly-critical I think. I got some good feedback from this interview on Twitter and Instagram, mainly from other folks who identified with a lot of what I said. I don’t know, you can be the judge…the judge to hear my annoying voice and more annoying ramblings.
Yikes. For someone who rarely talks that much to people I am not very familiar with…I rambled.
Thanks to Reggie Ossé and Premium Pete for a wonderful opportunity to sit and chat.
(There was also not so great feedback, which is always funny…)
After the success of the first VIOLETTE VINTAGE COLLECTION, which focused on Sportswear – we bring to you another batch in the form of 90′s Bustiers. Inspired by 90′s Supermodels and Fashion, here is “YOU BETTER WORK” shot by AMANDA LOPEZ.
Makeup by TAI LOTSON (@TaiLotson) & Hair by GABI CORNEY (@GabiDoesHair).
Vic Mensa, a 20 year old Chi Town native and 2014 XXL Freshman, is a new age lyricist with fresh perspectives that chemically blend to retain his lone, but worldly frequencies. This legend… in the making… has expanded the subject matter in hip hop by highlighting the limitless adventures of being young in the digital age, the gritty political culture of Chi Town and surviving rotten luck. With the spotlight on him, Vic Mensa is packing heat (musically, I mean). In July 2010, he released his debut mixtape “Straight Up” and of course gained unzipped Internet buzz. It’s Mensa’s 2013 mixtape “INNANETAPE”, with guest appearances by Ab-Soul, Thundercat, Chance The Rapper and Rockie Fresh, that is the A1 sauce to his come up. And recently, Mensa announced that his new ingredient/EP “Street Lights” will be coming soon. I’m obsessed and I’m excited…special thanks to my friend and booking agent James Rubin for putting me on (once again).
Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck Dir. by Ben Dickinson (my friend!)
The life and times of the great literary prophet Dr. Maya Angelou has sadly come to an end. At the age of 86, the poet, essayist, novelist and actress died Wednesday morning in her Winston-Salem, North Carolina home. While this news generates great sadness and universal loss, Dr. Angelou’s life and achievements will always be celebrated. And without any debate, she will be remembered not only for her poetic work but also for her vision of equality, tolerance and peace. Historically, Dr. Maya Angelou is the literary eyes and ears of the Civil Rights Movement and for that we salute her.
A Maya Angelou Event Timeline
You can hear the Mr. Softie truck and other New York City sounds from this deserted island/ secret hiding place, according to photographer Christopher Payne. After being abandoned for more than 50 years, North Brother Island is now trending and showing New Yorker’s what nature will do to our melting pot once we no longer exist. Imagine the city with no people…and just dense forests and wildlife (super spooky). I promise you, you’ll be in awe when you watch this BBC News video…
A few weeks ago, Angelo, Rafael and Elle took me to a lovely belated birthday dinner at our favorite place. It was cozy and creepy, as usual. I love my familia!
- Sade is a singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, and mother.
– Sade was born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria on January 16, 1959.
– She didn’t plan on becoming a singer and started out only to help two friends in a group and later became a background singer for the Latin funk group “Pride”.
– Today, Sade is the best selling solo female artist in British history.
So you guys might have seen the video of this impromptu jam session in Iriving Texas gone all the way right, which went super viral a few days ago. Basically, a street musician is just chilling and playing his guitar and singing (quite exquisitely) and then a stranger comes by and starts to freestyle sing and then another stranger comes by and he started freestyle rapping. The original made me teary eyed, but this Jimmy Kimmel clip made me all the way cry while smiling. Ya’ll know I’m a big baby!
This clip shows a re-enactment of the scenario, supported by Trey Songz, Juicy J and Aloe Blacc! It is amazing. I’m so happy for those 3 random dudes and I hope someone signs Jessie or all 3 of them!
Last week we rocked our Webster Hall Thursday residency! Our friend Jay Smith aka Oulala Jay Smith of Black Rainbow Agency was in town from Paris and DJ’ed a set. Q-Tip came through and so did Andre 3000!!! I watched him walk in and then I bounced. Yeah, like “Why Vashtie? Why did you leave?!”. I have no idea, but I was tired. Anyways, I heard that Tip and 3 Stacks just kicked it in my room all night…Amazing!!!
From time to time, the rooms empty out because the crowds move around from room to room. This is our room here, emptied out for a little while. At first glance, there is nothing to report here, but I took a deeper look that night and saw two preppy white dudes dancing with two hip black girls and it made my night. Not only is interracial grinding a rarity (in the United States at least), it is even rarer for different social groups (even of the same race) to integrate. I took a picture and told Oscar and he told me that apparently those preppy white boys tried to dance with some white girls and they stuck their hands up in their faces and said “Ewww. No!”. It made this moment even more special to me! I love it.
Christopher George Latore Wallace was born on March 21, 1972 and would have been 42 years old today. Due to unfortunate and untimely events, he was murdered March 9, 1997. Biggie was raised in Brooklyn where he became a #1 figure for the East Coast Hip Hop scene and after releasing his debut album Ready To Die in 1994, he gained mainstream success. Biggie went on to release a collaboration album, Conspiracy, with Junior M.A.F.I.A in 1995 and two years later he dropped a second studio album entitled Life After Death. The New York rapper was acknowledged for his work in award nominations from Billboard, The Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, Soul Train and The Source. While we do know Biggie for his lyrical talents, there are definitely a number of things we didn’t know.
- This is the last photo taken of B.I.G. on March 7, 1997 (a day before his murder) when he attended the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles California. Here he is backstage with Diddy.
- Before his death, Biggie was chosen to play a drug lord alongside Robert Deniro and Christopher Walken. He also appeared in the cop drama “New York Undercover”.
- A soul food restaurant “Big Poppa’s” was almost opened up by Biggie in the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“However living better now, Coogi sweater now”- Big Poppa (1994)
- Biggie, Busta Rhymes and Jay Z all attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn.
- The name “Biggie Smalls was inspired by the 1975 film called “Let’s Do It Again”. In the film there were a group of OG’s led by a hustler by the name of Biggie Smalls.
XXL Pays Tribute To Biggie in March 2012 Cover
The Notorious B.I.G “Sky’s The Limit” directed by Spike Jonze
I’m so excited to finally announce this! I am featured as one of the faces of MACADAMIA BEAUTY, alongside babes Maria Papathanasiou and Camila Morrone. The brand is amazing and I am honored to be apart of it. They literally cater to all kinds of textures and I love how universal it is…
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember these posts…which were some shots from behind the scenes of the shoot.
Now that it has been announced, you can follow @MACADAMIABEAUTY on Instagram for…#BTS Images from Macadamia Photo Shoot, Beauty Tips & International Hair Inspiration.
They also sent me the bomb birthday package of products!
Peep the VIDEO from the Photoshoot.
So, I designed some graphics for I AM OTHER and now they are everywhere! First of all, I was honored to even be asked – but since I am of an “Other” nature it made sense. After my last trip to Paris (April) there was a launch party at Uniqlo NYC Uptown. I stopped by for a minute to hang…
Interview by Shaina for The Source
Checking out my designs…
Below are the shirts that I designed for the collection, but you can buy that and more here at UNIQLO.COM
whistles teams up with Garance Doré for #bellesandwhistles
Whistles, the British contemporary fashion brand, has teamed up with Garance Doré to direct
a short digital video titled #bellesandwhistles. The video—which kicks off the brand’s further expansion into the US and French markets—features an inspiring cast of women living in the US, UK and France that embody the qualities of a Whistles muse—modern, sharp and stylish women who are carving their own path.
Both the title #bellesandwhistles, and the cast, represent the brand’s British roots mingling with American and French influences. The featured women include Yasmin Sewell, a London-based fashion consultant, Elle Strauss, the Fashion Director of Shopbop and Brit living in New York, Vashtie Kola, an American artist and DJ, Jeanann Williams, an American stylist, French actress Rebecca Dayan, and French DJ and creative consultant Cecile Togni.
“I am delighted that we are working with Garance Doré on a digital first for Whistles. We see a great synergy between the aesthetic of both Whistles and Garance, which has been brought to life in the #bellesandwhistles film. To have such inspiring women working on and in the film is representative of the brand’s DNA, it’s like working with friends who understand you.”
Jane Shepherdson, Chief Executive, Whistles
The video will air on the Garance Doré website on May 19th and shorter versions will be posted to Instagram using #bellesandwhistles. Consumers will also have the opportunity to submit their own “whistling” video to Instagram for a chance to win a luxury shopping spree at Whistles. Whistles, which already ships to both the US and France through whistles.com, recently announced the opening of their first brick-and-mortar presence in the US, with a concession
at the Bloomingdale’s 59th St. flagship in New York. In addition to an already established concession at Le Printemps, the brand lands in Le BHV Marais this month and will roll out a French language website this summer.
The brand is known for seasonal must-have pieces as well as staple items in luxe fabrics such as shearling, cashmere and leather and will debut a men’s collection for autumn/winter 2014. The product offering at Bloomingdale’s and BHV Marais will include a hand selected edit of Limited Edition pieces from Whistles’ London Fashion Week collection.
Creative Direction by Garance Doré. Styled by Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster of La Marque. Hair by Adam Markarian at Bryan Bantry. Make-up by Tatyana Makarov at WSM. Behind the scenes photography by Samantha Goh.
Jeanann Williams wears the Louise Vest Top in Coral, Stretch Leather Pants in Black (shop similar), and the Lena Slip On Trainers in Pale Blue. Elle Strauss wears the Split Hem Tee in White and Layla Culottes in Black. Cecile Togni wears the Split Hem Tee in White, the Ivy Stripe Midi Skirt in Blue Multi and the Fee Block Heel Mules in Grey. Rebecca Dayan wears the Lulu All in One Jumpsuit in Black and the Bonnie Block Heel in Nude. Yasmin Sewell wears the Ocelot Print Dress in Grey Multi and the Bonnie Block Heel in Nude. Vashtie Kola wears the Morgana Midi Dress in Pale Pink and the Daria Lace Up Trainers in White.
After a long weekend of traveling and DJ’ing in Vancouver and Los Angeles, it was an early Monday shoot with fashion phenom Garance Doré and Whistles UK. I was featured among a handful of incredible other women…
Yasmin Sewell, a London-based fashion consultant, Elle Strauss, the Fashion Director of Shopbop and Brit living in New York, Vashtie Kola, an American artist and DJ, Jeanann Williams, an American stylist, French actress Rebecca Dayan, and French DJ and creative consultant Cecile Togni
It was a fun and easy shoot. All I had to do was whistle, dance and jump around on camera…you know, all the things this camera shy and introvert loves to do. Regardless, I did my best…I may be introverted, but I hate nothing more than to waste other peoples time and playing shy would have ultimately wasted my time too. So, I did what I had to to and enjoyed it in the end! Garance teaching me a thing or two…
May 2nd & 3rd I did double duty. A Friday gig DJ’ing at Republic in Vancouver and then Saturday day DJ’ing in LA. Then it was back to NYC Sunday night for a Monday morning shoot with French Fashion Blogger Garance Doré and UK Brand Whistles. More to come on that today!
As soon as I landed in Vancouver I worked on my set and took a nap. Then it was dinner with the promoter/DJ and my friends, Jay Swing and his boo Bre Wallace (with their adorable little one).
I plugged my phone into the rental for some tunes and this song popped up. I was like, “whoa, am I still in Paris and what station is playing this song?” Then I realized it was my phone because I own this song. So bizarre.You know I stopped at Cafe Gratitude for some food. It’s my favorite place in LA to eat.
Some Facts About MISSY ELLIOT:
- Missy Elliot is a rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer.
- Missy Elliot and her childhood friend, Timbaland, first found success through songwriting and producing projects with Aaliyah, Total, SWV, and 702.
- In the early 1990′s, Elliot formed an R&B Group called Fayze with friends La’Shawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman, and Radiah Scott.
- She is the only female rapper to have six albums certified “Platinum” by the Recording Industry Association of America.
My boo Alex Sossah told me and Jay Smith about the super secret and VIP performance that ASAP Ferg was having the night before and we couldn’t miss that. I was with Elle all day and we met Jay outside UP&DOWN (formerly The Darby) for a good time. Sydney Reising was also holding down the cool people invites, so you know all the right people were there.
Me and Elle went home for a tipsy night of a vegan feast. We stopped at my favorite 24 hour deli that has vegan options and we went in.I also forced her to make her fruit compote ver almond milk ice cream because I had strawberries in my fridge.
So, yes…my birthday was April 23rd and no…I’m not one of those people that makes their birthday a month long celebration. I do, however, work a lot and travel (lately) so I have to break up birthday dinners with friends over time. SO…last Friday I had a lovely dinner with my friends that were in town from Paris, London and Boson at Jack’s Wife Freda…including the dudes from BLACK RAINBOW and my management team – Jonny Shipes, Druha and Noha. It was a really great time.
Jay Smith of Black RainbowDruha and Noha, these guys hold me down on the daily!
Later that night we went to see my boo thang, Alex Sossah, who was also in town for a blip. It happened to be at a gay club, but hey – I’m not complaining. I think I was a gay man in my past life.Alex Sossah and Vashtie.
After, we got a cab and went to the Bowery Hotel where we were told it was closed to non-guests of the hotel – but, my friend works there and we got on. A lot of people think you have to be well-known or super cool to get into nice places, but really – it’s all about who you know and sometimes who you know are just regular cool ass people that work in super chic places. Just some advice.
Moncler 2014 Summer Backpack Collection. (HYPEBEAST)
10 Educators Who Went Above & Beyond For Their Students. (BUZZFEED)
Supreme x Vans 2014 Spring/Summer Collection. (HYPEBEAST)
Akomplice x Originals Kids Capsule Collection. (HIGHSNOBIETY)
Tommy Hilfiger Discusses Hip-Hop’s Influence on the Brand. (HYPEBEAST)
I always describe my weekly 1992 Party at Webster Hall as “an exciting nightmare”…because it is. 19 years old and up added with 2,000 – 3,000 entries a night mixed in with 4 different parties throughout the club makes for a hot, fun sweaty mess. Every week is exciting despite it all because I get to meet new people and get more experience DJ’ing…which I absolutely love!!!
Last night was nothing less than Guess…it was great. If you live in New York or close, come. If not, schedule your overdue New York trip and hang!!!
DJ Clark Kent came in with his legendary self and I screamed seeing him next to me as I DJ’ed. He told me that I shouldn’t let his presence make me nervous and he told me that he was very proud of me for DJ’ing on turntables. Yay.My friend Maurice came in with a tall beautiful girl that I thought was Jourdan Dunn, but wasn’t too sure. I stood there having small talk with Maurice and then asked her what her name was again and she said “Jourdan” with a cute British accent and then I was like “Oh, Jourdan Dunn…yes. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.”
Then I peeped this…
Some Facts About TONI BRAXTON:
- Toni Braxton was born on October 7th, 1967.
- She has won six Grammy Awards.
- She is often known as the “Queen of R&B” and has sold over 66 million records worldwide.
- Braxton has four sisters, Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar who all performed together as “The Braxtons” in the late 1980′s and were signed to Arista Records.
The night before I got a little out of hand, but can you blame me? It was my birthday for goodness sake. I woke up at 3pm the next day and had no time but to eat, practice my set and then head to the clix-ub. This time around it was Elle that had all the fun. Before we headed out, we went to visit my friend Alex Sossah who was also staying at our hotel…Hotel Amour.
Elle and I woke up super late after a terribly fun and hilarious night/early morning in our hotel rom. We stopped by the Nike x Pigalle Exhibit where I met a photographer who wanted to take my portrait. He was funny and sweet…
Later, at Club Nano – we celebrated me and Stephane’s birthday! It was a teeny tiny club and there was a super fun/gay party happening there called House of Drama.
I showed up to DJ and they didn’t have any equipment I could use at all. I was bummed and almost decided to call it a night. One of the dancers we met was so sweet and loved that me and Elle (Americans) were there. He tried to help me figure out the system and introduced me to the owner…Christophe Arak. He was a super sweetheart and decided to teach me how to DJ using a USB stick, since he couldn’t accommodate the system I needed.
It was exciting, frightening and amazing all in once – learning a new DJ system on the fly in front of people who wanted to dance. Christophe was so patient and positive, I am forever thankful for him and that night. Glad I decided to roll with the punches and try something new – rather than call it quits.
The face of me learning.
Our last day in Paris was a quiet Sunday. Elle slept in while I had an Americano with my friend Alex Sossah. We had a nice chat about the Orient Express, Cannes and taking long overdue breaks.
Later – Elle and I ran into Tremaine and Hadarrah checking out of the hotel and we had a nice little lunch with them. Tremaine ordered the Bagel Burger,which we were all amazed with – s0 much that I forgot to take a photo of the crew before we all departed.
Oh, Paris! You were good to me as usual. Je t’aime!!!
Bounty Hunter Just Dropped a “Deadly” Summer ’14 Collection. (COMPLEX)
15 Charts That Perfectly Illustrate How to Properly Pet Animals. (BUZZFEED)
“Star Wars Legion Art Show” by Neff @ Robert Vargas Gallery. (HYPEBEAST)
16 New & Returning TV Shows Worth Watching This Summer. (BUZZFEED)
nonnative x Office Creative Italian Cow Leather Dweller Daypack. (HYPEBEAST)
Friday, April 24th was the big day. Nike invited International Influencers, mainly Euros, for a day of events. Those are always tiring, but amazing because you meet people from all over the world who are always super interesting. A bus picked us up from Hotel Amour and we were on our way to a private lunch.I stopped by to get Alex from his room. He was working, of course.
Afterwards, we headed to the exhibit. Needless to say, it was breath-taking. I won’t even explain it, just google it all. I’m so proud of my friend Stephane and the Pigalle Crew for making the best collaboration I’ve seen in FOREVER. Seriously. It re-invented how people see Basketball and made me wish I was a baller.
The craze outside.
After the exhibit, we got back on the bus and headed to Hotel Amour for dinner…which was lovely.
Later we toasted some Moët in my room and headed to the after party at Folies Pigalle.
Elle Clay, Jean Paul Paula and Me!
The party was madness! So amazing! We wished the music had been slightly better, but it was cool. Then there was the after-afterparty in my hotel room, which happened by total accident. Jean Paul Paula was waiting on a taxi and well, a party happened. It was cozy, because I got to lay up in my bed the whole time.