“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…

Just in case you were wondering . . .

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Rochelle Jordan

SDBUP’s Music Thursday focuses on Toronto songstress Rochelle Jordan. Jordan teams up with frequent Weeknd collaborator, Illagelo, for a mood driven alternative R&B song titled “What the Fuss.” Also posted is a video for “Follow Me.”No word on any future projects from Rochelle Jordan but expect big things from the Canadian who is developing quite a…

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…

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…

#DCFashionweek is here!

As you know, this blog highlights happenings in the DC area and this week is #DCFashion Week! Below are the detailed events. Enjoy! Monday, February 17, 2014 @ 7:00 PM Event Name: Kickoff Reception & Eco Fashion Show @ 7:00 PM Info: The official kickoff of the 20th fashion week in Washington featuring local designers . Place: Washington Harbour…

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 Lust For Life: So Far Gone’s 5-Year Anniversary

By:  Dequan Huggins      Graduating high school is supposed to be the focal point of a teenager’s life. Walking across the stage became more and more of a reality and it only led to questions that I wasn’t prepared to deal with— “You must be so excited?” and “What do you want to do…

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…