where to start (1/3)…

Wow. I felt amazing after writing those 200+ words the other day – like really amazing. I also started to overthink about when I run for public office will they find my confessions or grammatically incorrect pieces and drag it into some sort of campaign slander. Yeah that is how I think. I go from…

never needed permission…

I never needed permission. Hell I forged the majority of my permission slips in middle school. So why now? My confidence, my self-worth, my self-esteem were built Ford tough. So what changed? What shifted? I haven’t written a post or blog entry in nearly 3+ years. My writing whether it be good, correct, concise or…

Addis Perceptions

It was a Thursday. I woke up to the sounds of neighborhood roosters (my new alarm clock), gathered my things, and proceeded to my morning stroll through our top view neighborhood to catch a ride to work. All the while, ignoring stares at my fire red rain boots and smiling to myself because I couldn’t…

Stay Down Blaze Up teams up with #AMIExperience for Conversation & Cocktails

Stay Down Blaze Up is super excited to be media sponsors for the #AMIExperience Conversation & Cocktails event to take place June 2, 2016! For more information please see below and hope to see you all there. Press Release Am I The Experience: Conversations & Cocktails Digital Storyteller Nadia Marie, Lifestyle Brand Royal Dynamite, and…

Meet Samara George

“You have to be dedicated to doing it. You can’t just do a face mask once a month and you can’t just drink two glasses of water every four days expecting results…” -S.G. According to a 2016 Beauty Industry Analysis Report, just last year the beauty industry generated 56 billion dollars in revenue. It is no…

When the Diaspora is Lit (Part 2)

“All jokes aside, to the outsider looking in the Habesha* community is huge but for the average DMV Ethiopian/Eritrean person you are only one cousin away from knowing everyone.” According to a Migration Policy Institute report on the Ethiopian Diaspora, there are about 251,000+ Ethiopians living in the United States and roughly 35,000 call the…

Meet Ras Nebyu

Disclaimer: This past weekend, I attended the taping of the single “No Love” with every intention of siting down and interviewing the musically inclined Ambessa* himself: Ras Nebyu. Just five minutes into production, I realized there were two stories here – not one. So, with that being said this article will be a two part installation. The first,…

Haile Roots in Concert April 2

Haile Roots and the Fano Band are coming to the District and we are super excited to be covering the event this year! For those not too familiar with the Ethiopian reggae artist please check out his music here on itunes and get ready for a dose of feel good music with a dash of consciousnesses. I…