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….

“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…

To live by . . .

Lately, I have been thinking I haven’t been living my life to its fullest potential and this post came just in time. #goodhabitsshortie Courtesy of onlinecounselingcollege: 1. Set yourself some daily goals. Keep them realistic and achievable. That will give direction – so you don’t fritter your time. 2. Read inspirational books and blogs; hang…

Happy President’s Day!

Happy Monday! Happy President’s Day! Take away some inspiration from the messages below! Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

Meet Chidinma Dureke

“My goal is to redefine the definition of blackness in the Diaspora, by using color, design elements to transcend physical material reality.” Thank God for the creators of Instagram! I am always finding amazing artists and this week we are highlighting an extremely talented female artist and her name is Chi-Chi. When people submit their work to…

A Message from Chris Terry

I follow an amazingly motivational Instagram account and I recently linked with the owner and he has agreed to send over some positive messages once a week. Enjoy and stay motivated my friends. “There’s no reason for a plan B! If you have a plan B, C, D & soon then that sends a message…

Meet Narel Argaw

“Art is all about expression, you will value your art when you drop a little part of you in it. You will be patient enough to perfect it.” Born and raised in Ethiopia, Narel moved to the United states at the age of 12. He attributes a lot of his foundation to his father, who discovered his…

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…

Note from Astu

Lately, with the growth of my blog, I have been so focused on interviewing, interviewing, and more interviewing. I have, effectively, stepped away from what my original goal was with the creation of the blog. With that said, I want, you, the reader to know that SDBUP will continue to give you “life” with amazing interactions with…

Group by Group

[Late post] I am sitting at my favorite chain coffee shop, Starbucks, and like always I am unintentionally observing the different groups of people. I have been here for about 3 hours, do not judge me, but I was cranking some work out for school and work was rough today. Anyway, I am not sure…

I’ve made it another year . . .

I came across this on IG and thought it would be an awesome way to start your week, with a kick in the butt of course. The writers information is below please feel free to connect with him and as always enjoy. I’ve made it another year, so that means it’s time for my annual…