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…

Day Trip

Yesterday, I woke up and went into DC. I went straight to the MLK library did some reading and went right over to the one of the “Smithsonians”, I learned a lot! For example, when in a museum you do not wear your backpack on your back but rather hold it by the handle and…

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…

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…

Thank you all for being dedicated readers. We have reached 514 SUBSCRIBERS – can you believe that?! We are so thankful! #SDBUP is your new connect! Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

Just a T I P . . .

I am surrounded by so many creative people it is sometimes unbearable.  This week I’ve made some great connections with people and after speaking with a few I wonder to myself where do people go to get moral support – that support that really keeps them going. It has to be hard living in a…

culture x mainstream

Just turned 22! And I finally wore my “Axum in DC” tank a creation of the Yohannes Aramde  Line.  Super excited to support the young entrepreneur. I paired the tank with a pair of dark-wash Madewell jeans, a Forever 21 navy blazer, and my brown 4 inch heels. Here is a link to an interview conducted…

the key or so they say . . .

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold H. Glasgow Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

My people . . .

A quote that resonates every time I see media coverage of minorities “black culture is popular not black people” #ZimmermanTrial #PaulaDean #VotingRightsAct . . . Are you informed? Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

Did it in 3

It’s real! My undergraduate years are over in less then 2 weeks – May 2012

obsession out of control.

everyone normal wants a dog, cat, a frog, or maybe a rabbit – me I want a baby elephant. Yeah I know weird but imagine a baby elephant, growth hormones stunted, that could fit in the palm of your hands – ahhhhhhaahaha come one science lets hurry up and invite a shrink RAY! Until then…