Stylin’ in the streets: New York Fashion Week, Sept. 4, 2014

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IMG_1104-bwThe weeklong fashion fiesta better known as New York Fashion Week has come to an end, but style lives on.

While people scurried to get into shows by top designers, the streets was where most of the excitement thrived. It was the intersection of emerging and established bloggers, designers, photographers and the like. It’s where culture really came alive, new friendships brewed and unforgettable conversations took place.

Here are some of my favorite street style captures and moments from Day 1 (Sept., 4, 2014):


Alexandra Dieck, a fashion designer and style blogger, shows us that black is still boss.


All white is all right. (Fashion blogger Alyssa Lau)


Nothing’s boring about Daisy Nash, a hair stylist and makeup artist, who brought a little spice to the streets with this warm-hued dress.


Leather is better… in any kind of weather. (Fashion blogger Daniela Ramirez)


Danijel Vukoja knows how to beat the heat with a cool fit and a matching drink.


Pink? No problem. (Recording artist Dante Blakeley)


Igee Okufor keeps it clean in camo.


Friends are for selfies– but with style, of course.


Hats off to this lady who kept it simply chic.


Have fun captioning this…


Can you say GQ? (Steven Onoja)


Modern cinderella


You can’t help but smile for this photographer… Say cheese!


The wait aka “photographer’s corner”


Buggin’ for a taxi


Lia Pellerano is schoolin’ us for sure.


Style comes effortlessly for fashion stylist Ni’ma Ford.


Brazilian photographer Rafael Euterio wears her camera well.


Fresh in prints (The RX Boys)

taye and nikia-e

Pals in patterns (Taye Hansberry and Nikia Phoenix)

Me being interviewed by the wonderful Abi

Surprise! Me being interviewed by Abi Ishola.

Stay tuned for my top captures from days 2, 6 and 8 (yea, I missed a few days), and for even more, follow the blog on Instagram @pensandpumps.


VIDEO: ESSENCE takes fashion week to the streets

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Essence Magazine took New York Fashion Week to the streets yesterday with a family-friendly block party in Brooklyn.

The free event, hosted under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo, celebrated street style with celebrity guests such as Jazmine Sullivan and ESSENCE Street Style Closet Crush Award recipient Tracee Ellis Ross, who strutted down the stage during a street style fashion show.

Essence Street Style Block Party #NYFW #essencestyle

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Ron Bass at Essence Street Style Festival

Ron Bass poses at the ESSENCE Street Style Block Party in Brooklyn on Sunday, September 8, 2014, next to a 2015 Chevy Cruze he styled.

The work of Brooklyn-based artist Ron Bass, who “artistically styled” a 2015 Chevy Cruze, was also on display alongside clothing, food and jewelry vendors, a face painting station and live hair and makeup sessions.

And there’s no such thing as a block party without a dance off. Attendees were invited up on the stage in pairs to showcase their moves as DJ Oliva dropped the beats.


VIDEO: Spike Lee, Brooklynites celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday

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A Michael Jackson impersonator entertains a crowd at Spike Lee’s “Brooklyn Loves MJ” celebration on Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Happy Birthday, Michael!

Today marks what would’ve been the King of Pop’s 56th birthday. Last weekend, Spike Lee hosted an annual celebration at the Bedstuy Restoration Plaza to commemorate him.

Borough President Eric Adams made an appearance and spoke about how the star impacted his life.

“Michael taught me something that really internalized in me: don’t live by labels,” Adams said. “Everybody wanna tell you how to live your life. Live your life the way you want to live it so you won’t have to live life in regret.”

With each iconic song that played, people couldn’t help but move their feet. A dance circle formed in the middle of the crowd, and there were even a few MJ impersonators around to usher in the mood.

Lee also used a few of Michael’s songs to honor Mike Brown, John Crawford III and Eric Garner– unarmed black men who had been killed by authorites.

People waved illustrated signs of the young men side to side as the DJ played “They Don’t Care About Us” and “Man in the Mirror.”

Lee said he felt like they were songs that “Michael wrote for what the situation is today.”

Tell us how you’re celebrating Michael’s birthday and share your favorite song! And check out where people are using the hashtag #MJWeAreOne on Instagram to honor him.



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Thousands of people without a care in the world flocked to Brooklyn this weekend for AFROPUNK Fest.

The multicultural festival, which caters to young people who deviate from the norm, celebrated 10 years at Commodore Barry Park with another awesome round of musicians, artists, designers, food and more.

We’ve captured some heart-warming memories in motion during the two-day fiesta.

And here are some of our favorite stills from the event:












YouTube stars celebrate 6 years with free BBQ party in Philly, address depression and Ferguson shooting


Kevin of the Skorpion Show

Kevin, founder of the Skorpion Show

I took a last-minute trip to Philadelphia on Saturday with a good friend to attend an annual barbecue hosted by YouTube stars Kevin and Makael who are celebrating six years of their Skorpion Show.

I had never heard of them before, but they have a large following, and the excitement that bubbled from the faces of the attendees upon seeing them in-person for the first time was amazing.

YouTubers are increasingly becoming the most influential people online with all of their tutorials, reviews, entertainment segments and more.

The pair, that has more than 135,000 YouTube subscribers, attracted a crowd of at least 100 people from all across the nation– places such as the Carolinas, Maryland, Chicago, Detroit, Texas and L.A– to indulge in food, dance and networking.

North Philly Stompers

The North Philly Stompers

Although the day was dedicated to showing their fans appreciation, the duo made sure to set aside some time to address some current issues: Robin Williams’ suicide and the fatal shooting of unarmed Ferguson teen Mike Brown.

The two topics especially hit close-to-home for Kevin who said he fell into a year of depression after his nephew was killed (by a black person).

“Depression is some real s–t! When my nephew passed away, I was depressed,” he said. “I moved back home, and I still ain’t move back out since he passed. And people might judge you, but they don’t know your story. I need my family more than anything.”

“If you see one of your friends slipping, talk to ‘em,” he continued. Don’t let nobody kill themselves. I say everybody’s life is a story.”

When addressing the Ferguson case, he noted that “a lot of us pre-judged.”

Emmanuel Zidor

American Idol contestant Emmanuel Zidor

Mike Brown, who was black, was accused of stealing cigarettes from a convenience store before being shot dead by a white police officer, and his death sparked racial tensions and protests all over the nation– there has been a awful history of young, unarmed black men who have been killed by white police officers.

“But nobody should die over cigarettes,” Kevin said to the Black crowd.

“As a race, I want us to do better,” he continued. “I want us to be outraged when somebody black get killed by a black man. Don’t just protest ’cause a white person killed a black person. Protest because it’s violence and we shouldn’t be killin’ nobody. We all deserve to live.”

The festivities resumed with a performance by this year’s Top 30 American Idol Contestant Emmanuel Zidor who was invited to sing at the gathering. He sang Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” and an original track with a Caribbean undertone.

There was also a performance by the North Philly Stompers.

Check back for video.