Jan 23, 2015

Roots & Rhythm: "I Can Love You" - Mary J. Blige F. Lil Kim

"Some people say the 90s made them.  I say I made the 90s." -Misa Hylton

This week, the ultimate 90s baby turned 21 and celebrated with a nod to the decade that made him and his parents.  

Sean "Diddy" Combs and Misa Hylton celebrated their son Justin's 21st birthday with one of the most appropriate birthday themes ever: a 90s Party.

Misa Hylton
Even if you disagree with Misa that she made the the 90s, she most certainly brought her share of fabric and thread to the table.  With clients like Mary J. Blige, Lil Kim, Lisa Raye, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah and Diddy (probably known as "Puffy" at the time) her fashion sense inevitably inspired of all at some point.  More recently, Misa has moved into the role of teacher, mentor and life coach through Misa Hylton Fashion Academy, continuing her influence on fashion and styling.  

Mary J. Blige, LaTonya Blige, Misa Hynton, and Faith Evans. Original 90s flavor.
Music videos seemed to come alive in the 90s through producers like Hype Williams and stylists like Misa.  The shift in the culture of music that began in the 80s with the birth of rap and a conscious artistic culture was fully realized in the 90s.  While many feel the conscious energy of the music has shifted, those who were the catalysts of 80s culture also realized that their craft and a luxurious lifestyle could go hand in hand.

And here we are today, watching the grandchildren of that movement reach 21 and continue the legacy of their parents and grandparents before them.

The 1990s version of Lil Kim.  Things were a bit simpler for all of us then.
While it is a controversial topic for many, most would agree with the thought that our gifts make room for us.  And many artists from this era used their magnetic personalities, personal style and creative energies to secure the legacy of their children.

Here's one of my favorites from two women who ruled the 90s.  Both of them shared a freedom that helped to revealed the many facets of womanhood to me during some of my most formative years.

What are your favorite moments from the 90s?

The 90s version of Mary J. Blige.  Classic Mary in combat boots with the face to match.

Here's one of my favorites from two women who ruled the 90s.  Both of them shared a freedom that helped to revealed the many facets of womanhood to me during some of my most formative years.

What are your favorite moments from the 90s?


Jan 20, 2015

HAIRLUST: Big Bold Hair

What can be said about this model's hair that can be better than just looking at the photo? Her big bold hair is one to be sought after. I'm sure she has her hair difficulites, like most of us, but still her hair is just GORGEOUS! I love when kinkier textures can be shown in a longer lengths. Just beautiful!

Jan 19, 2015

Meet our new writer - JOMILLA

"This is not my first year being natural but it is my first year rocking it and I'm excited to share it with NIN every step of the way"

This has been a long time coming - at least six months, but we finally found a new writer. When I knew that Amber was moving to Georgia, I knew we needed to fill her spot. I received plenty of submissions, but the person I selected has exceeded my expectations. Ok, NIN readers, meet . . . JOMILLA!

Jomilla is an MTSU Grad, newlywed, new mom, and experienced writer. She's written for many local papers and edited at MTSU. Personally, I've known Jomilla since she was in high school, but I never knew she had this gorgeous head of natural hair and grand writing experience. She's also a new mom of a gorgeous little girl, so she'll have some mommy advice to share as well. I'm so happy she's agreed to share her natural hair experience with us.

As stated above, Jomilla's not newly natural, but this is the first time she's embraced the natural hair lifestyle. Often, when you wear wigs and weaves, your real hair kinda becomes a memory. It's important to let your real hair breath and play around with it. You can't have perfect hair every day, but you can have healthy hair all the time if you learn to take care of it.

I'm excited to see Jomilla's hair grow and her experience being shared with you. This year Natural in Nashville hopes to be the source of natural hair inspiration - in Nashville and beyond. Join me in welcoming Jomilla to our team! Say "Hi!" to her in the comments section!

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Jan 16, 2015

Roots & Rhythm: "I Learned From The Best" - Whitney Houston

This weekend, Lifetime and Angela Bassett will give us the Whitney Houston story. Lifetime Movie Network hasn't been too trustworthy when it comes to biopics (The Aaliyah movie) but they've scored some hits (The TLC Movie) - so, many people are tuning in to see if it's either a trainwreck or a triumph. I'm hoping for the latter.

When director and close friend of Whitney, Angela Bassett, casted Yaya DaCosta as the lead for the movie, the judegments continued. But the gorgeous model appears to hold her own in previews of the movie. Yaya burst on the scene in the glory days of America's Next Top Model. She was one of the first models to rock her natural hair and natural flaws on the show. She perservered, making it to the Top three and going on to have a nice career in movies.

Today's video, "I Learned From The Best" is one of my favorite Whitney Houston songs. Plus, the visuals added an extra dimension to the song. Whitney is filmed, reality show style, singing her song and rocking the most amazing afro. Staring straight in to the camera, peering through the audience and into her lover's heart, Whitney takes back the hurt and turns it into strength. 

I hope this weekend, her movie will do the same. We know all about Whitney's troubles and triumphs. But I hope that Angela crafts Whitney's story into a tale of deliverance. Until then, we have her music, the thing she was BEST at.

Jan 12, 2015

Hair Lust: Naturally Nashville

Browsing through instagram last night I stumbled upon this photo shot by Nashville photographer, Ernie Passwaters. It floored me! This year I vow to share more NASHVILLE on Natural on Nashville. 

This gorgeous photo was shot by a Nashville photographer, using Nashville models, and a Nashville makeup artist (Char Braden). If you didn't know that Nashville was a powerhouse in the arena of hair and beauty, you should know now. 

Make sure to support these beauty professionals. Stay tuned for more Nashville collaborations on Natural in Nashville. 
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