Saturday, January 23, 2016

This Week In Chic - January 23, 2016

So I'm trying something new in 2016. Combining my love for all things fashion, and the one thing we all have in common, can't escape, and should be all be paying constant attention to in these... interesting... times: The News.

Snobbies,  I present to you:

This Week in Chic
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Lets start with your girl Stacey Dash... You may remember her from the 90s Teen Essential Movie Clueless. You may also be currently familiar with her role as pundit for Fox News.  This week, she made some not-so-chic comments in response to some of Black Hollywood's decision to boycott the Academy Awards next month:

“We have to make up our minds, either we want to have segregation 
or integration,” Dash said. “If we don’t want segregation then we need 
to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image 
Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other
 way around, we would be up in arms, it’s a double standard.”

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Does she not remember that Awards shows like the ones she mentioned were created because of the lack of diversity in mainstream award shows? Accredited and relevant Black actress (ahem, Stacey) and 2015 Emmy Award winner Viola Davis definitely said it better when she she raised the thought provoking question: " You can change the academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?”  Maybe the  B(lack)Party -- Jada, Spike, and Will -- should base their movement off those types of questions.  How many Oscar worthy movies were actually created this year that starred minorities?  Is the Academy really  the root of  Hollywood's lack of diversity? Is Jada a supportive wife AND sore loser?  Will did seem a bit reluctant in joining the boycott up until a few days ago... #IJS

And now for the FASHION of it all...

What to wear to your Bestie's Oscar party when you had every intention of boycotting, but the red carpet, Pinterested appetizers you've been dying to try, and Martian-tinis are calling your name:

This audacious ensemble by way of Versace's Spring/Summer 2016 collection boasts red, black, green, and gold which are the colors of Mother Africa's soul, according the Black Enrichment summer camp I attended back in 5th grade.  Give that Oscar party a Concussion with your look inspired by the Mother Land while simultaneously showing love to all of your homies that couldn't (or wouldn't) attend the night's festivities.  Throw a little shade at the Oscars by wearing these Blacked-out power sunglasses from Zazzle., $93

Next we talk Flint.  Michigan that is... And how it relates to Pantone's standout color of Spring 2016, Fiesta.

In efforts to save money in the finacially strapped town of Flint, Michigan, city officials decided to run water to its residents from the Flint River -- known for its polluted, bacteria infested waters -- while it waited for a new pipeline system from the cleaner waters of Lake Huron to be constructed.  Since this change, residents in this poverty stricken area have been forced to drink, cook, and bathe with water containing high amounts of lead and endangering the physical and mental health of thousands of children who are more susceptible to lead poisoning

This would definitely be the opposite of a fiesta.

After more than a year of poisoned residents, neglected complaints, bottled water drives that helped little to no one, and the discovery of a simple $100 per day fix that could have diverted this whole crises went totally ignored, Governor Rick Snyder FINALLY declared a state of emergency for Flint, allowing the National Guard to provide aid and clean water to the city's residents.  This also brought national attention from concerned Americans, activists, and celebs like Cher, rapper Big Sean, Magic Johnson, and comedian Sandra Bernhard, who grew up in Flint.


Rock your Fifty Shades of Flint (Water) in these StellaSport by Stella McCartney for Adidas athletic pieces.  Whether you're dashing your Deer Park to the nearest donation facility, writing a check, or donating online, StellaSport has something chic for you to wear while you're feeling charitable.  Check out her latest collection here.  It's super dope, featuring pieces almost too cute to wear to your hot yoga and black light spin classes... ALMOST!  And best of all, most of the pieces are on sale NOW!!!  

If donating in person, I encourage you to emulate this model's parkour-esque stance on your way to the nearest facility.  Our fellow Americans need YOUR help!

That's all from me for now.  See you next time for

This Week in Chic

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