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…

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…

adventures . . .

Soap, Powder, Bleach, Towels, Fabric Softner, Dollars, Change, Pants, Socks, Dirty Drawers I’m Going To The Laundromat First Wizards game and I fell in love with basketball all over again. My favorite room at the Renwick Gallery. This piece is apart of their Wonder exhibit.

Hello, September

Hey there lovely readers, I know. I know. Shame on me . . . I’ve been away for some time, so let me explain. My last year of graduate school is here, I have a demanding internship during the week, I work weekends, and I am the Vice President of my Graduate Association – cut me some…

#Bringbackourgirls

Dear readers, Hello! It’s me Astu. I am writing you today to bring about attention to a topic that has not only confirmed that women are still second class citizens but that Africa has a long way to go. Over three weeks ago, 234 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram….

SDBUP x YouTube

Stay Down Blaze Up is officially apart of the Youtube community! We are so excited to be taking this step in expanding our blog. Please visit our channel: Stay Down Blaze Up  and as always SUBSCRIBE!

“Am I too African to be American, too American to be African?”

As a child, children would blatantly ask me “what are you?” As a teenager, my peers would joke and say you are my African queen or Nubian princess. As an adult, I find myself tangled up in conversations about whether I am truly African-American, Black enough to be Black, or if I am too American…

Zaaf Launch Event

Stay Down Blaze Up attended Zaaf’s Official Launch, this past Sunday, and below is the entire account. Enjoy! Upscale, classy, and family/friend oriented, Zaaf’s Launch event was beautifully executed. People from all over came to celebrate, Abai Schulze’s up and coming company, and I was super excited to meet the mastermind behind the promising brand. I…

#AbovetheRunway

Thursday evening was a night to remember. I attended the first ever #AbovetheRunway fashion show with a girlfriend of mine and I had complete and total access to the behind the scenes. Created by both City Dreamz Entertainment and A-Quest , a DC socialite and owner of Nights of DC, #AbovetheRunway was an extremely elegant event. The runway…

#Artist4Charity Recap

The Artist for Charity organization hosted an amazing auction this past weekend and I had the pleasure of volunteering and helping out with the production. Local artists donated beautiful pieces and the DC community showed out for a wonderful organization. Thousands of dollars were raised and more importantly the futures of HIV positive orphans have…

Join the Movement

When I graduated from undergrad in 2012 I received a job offer towards the end of August in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I packed my things up and moved without hesitation. Now that I am in DC for graduate school I constantly reminisce on the friends I made and the amazing times I had in Wolf…

Project Beautify You

Ambitious, courageous, amazing, and a go-getter are all adjectives used by fellow mentors, Lara Adeleke, Mariatu Savage, Titilope Folayan, and Tasha McCormack, to describe Feyi Odukoya, founder of Project Beautify You. This past Saturday I had the pleasure of sitting in on a facilitated discussion called “Relationship 101” where topics of respect, sex, and healthy…