Will You Read Trouble & Triumph?

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TI has released the sequel to his first novel Power & Beauty earlier this month. I read Power & Beauty and seeing as it ended on a cliffhanger I’m actually quite excited to read Trouble & Triumph. Urban novels usually aren’t my cup of tea but I have made some exceptions in the past and won’t mind making another for Trouble and Triumph.

I wouldn’t call Power & Beauty a literary masterpiece but it did hold my attention and I did find it entertaining. Most of the books I start reading I never finish so the fact that I finished it at all speaks volumes. I have hopes for Trouble & Triumph.

What do you think? Have you read Power & Beauty? Will you read Trouble & Triumph?

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What Happened to the Put it in a Love Song Video?

Alicia Keys finally addressed why the video for Put it in a Love Song (a collaboration with her and Beyonce) never saw the light of day in Essence magazine. According to Alicia “the whole thing, for some reason or another, didn’t quite come together” so they “just decided to leave it”.  With an answer that vague I don’t even know why she bothered to answer the question to be perfectly honest. She might as well just said no comment.

Anyway I’m pretty upset the video never came out.  Judging from the pics it looked like it would’ve been a really nice video.  I think Beyonce and Alicia should give the fans what they want to release it.  What do you think.  Do you want to see the video for Put it in a Love song?

H.A.R.I. Launch Event

I went to Naturally Sexie and Natural Brown Beautie’s H.A.R.I. Launch event this weekend. H.A.R.I stands for healthy image respectful image. What I loved about this even was that it was about so much more than just natural hair. No topic was off-limits. They discussed everything from hair, to relationships, to health.

Also it was just great to be in the company of such great strong and powerful women. There was definitely a vibe of sisterhood in the building that day.

I was happy to run into a familiar face, Cassie Morales of Be Bonafide magazine.

She was one of the guest speakers and her magazine also happened to be one of the prizes in the raffle.

There was also a demonstration from Kinetic Fitness Studio. This is when I learned that you can get a full body workout in the comfort of your own home using only resistance bands.

Natural Hair stylist Debra Hare-Bey was also in the building for a Q&A session.

She stressed the importance of knowing the ingredients of your hair products. A lot of the chemicals that can be found in beauty products are actually carcinogenic (meaning they cause cancer). If you don’t want it in your body you shouldn’t be putting it on your body. What ever gets put on your skin (or scalp) gets absorbed into your blood stream.

There was also a very raw spoken word performance from poet Phantom Knoet (sidenote: I absolutely LOVED her outfit. That hat was fly!). Check out the performance below.

Karen of Karen’s Body Beautiful also stopped by for a Q&A session.

She stressed the importance of embracing your hair’s natural texture. The only way you can alter your hair’s natural texture is by using chemicals. There are no natural products that can turn kinky hair into curly or wavy hair.

There was also a demonstration on how vitamin c supplements benefit your health and a panel discussion on how the natural hair movement affects people’s personal relationships. Would you believe guys actually leave their girls over their hair?

Overall it was a great night for sisterhood, health, and of course natural hair.

Rihanna at the I Heart Radio Music Festival

I didn’t get to catch the live streaming of day 1 of the I Heart Radio music festival online but after seeing Rihanna post a few pic on instagram from the night I had to check it out.  I was absolutely crazy in love with her Jeremy Scott sequin jersey dress.

She looked absolutely amazing and does the tomboy look well.

As far as her actual musical performances go I know Rihanna gets a lot of criticism for not really going hard on choreography but I actually dig her laid back approach to performing.  I’m still entertained by her even though she plays it cool, or maybe I’m just biased because I’m half Bajan lol.

Anyways check out her performance of Where Have You Been below.

So what do you think? Are you loving Rihanna’s outfit? Are you loving her performance?

Check out the rest of her performances here.