Happy Creativity Thursday – Celebrating the Artwork of Tanekeya Word

Photo Credit: www.tanekeyaword.com
Photo Credit: http://www.tanekeyaword.com
Photo Credit: http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/daily-news/2012/09/milan-fashion-week
Photo Credit: http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/daily-news/2012/09/milan-fashion-week

Happy Creativity Thursday! Happy First Day of New York Fashion Week too!

Today, I am celebrating the power of art and fashion by featuring Tanekeya Word, one of my favorite artists who has created artwork and a personal brand that celebrate fashion, popular culture, and her life experiences. She is also a fellow Howardite (Howard University, Class of 2006). I discovered her amazing artwork and purchased several prints in 2008. Word defines herself as a Hybrid Chic Afrofuturist Visual Artist. Currently, she serves as the managing editor, creative & art director, and literature & culture editor of neonV,  a biannual magazine for the contemporary peculiar woman that provides a compelling storyline of traditional and innovative content by exposing the cultural and subcultural continuums in fashion, art, beauty, and travel. Click here to learn more about Word and her incredibly stunning work.

Tanekeya Word's self portrait painting - Photo Credit: www.tanekeyaword.com
Tanekeya Word’s self portrait painting – Photo Credit: http://www.tanekeyaword.com

Here’s one of my favorite pieces of her work. It’s called “Issa Rae. Awkward Black Girl. Comedic Genius.” It represents Issa Rae, screen writer, actress, producer, and founder of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl webisode series.

Photo Credit: www.tanekeyaword.com
Photo Credit: http://www.tanekeyaword.com

Happy #InternetGeek Tuesday – #BlogHer13 Recap #2: Amazing Women Owning Their Beauty

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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

This month, I am using my Internet Geek Tuesday blog posts to share my BlogHer 13 conference recaps. Just in case you didn’t know BlogHer is the Web’s largest community, conference, and leading guide to the hottest news and trends among women in social media. It is also one of my favorite online communities and conferences!

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Today’s blog post features my reflections on the second annual BlogHer Fashion Show (one of my favorite conference events). The theme was “Half Woman. Half Amazing.” I think it should have been “Amazing Women Owning Their Beauty” because the women who walked the runway gave the audience the gift of seeing what happens when a group of sixteen sassy, soulful, and stunning stars shine their beauty from the inside out as they strut what the universe gave them in fabulous clothing and make up.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

They reminded me of actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn’s beauty wisdom: “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”  Check out some of their photos below.

Disclaimer: All photos are from BlogHer.com.

Afrobella, co-hostess of the BlogHer fashion show (photo from Blogher.com)
Afrobella, co-hostess of the BlogHer fashion show (photo from Blogher.com)
Luvvie Ajayi, co-hostess of the BlogHer fashion show (photo from Blogher.com)
Luvvie Ajayi, co-hostess of the BlogHer fashion show (photo from Blogher.com)
Grace Hwang Lynch (photo from Blogher.com)
Grace Hwang Lynch (photo from Blogher.com)
Vikki Reich (photo from Blogher.com)
Vikki Reich (photo from Blogher.com)
Isra Hasmi  (photo from Blogher.com)
Isra Hasmi (photo from Blogher.com)
Lianne Farbes (BlogHer.com photo)
Lianne Farbes (BlogHer.com photo)
Meseidy Rivera (photo from Blogher.com)
Meseidy Rivera (photo from Blogher.com)
Katherine Stone (photo from Blogher.com)
Katherine Stone (photo from Blogher.com)
Kareisha Questel (photo from Blogher.com)
Kareisha Questel (photo from Blogher.com)
Natasha Taylor Nicholes (photo from Blogher.com)
Natasha Taylor Nicholes (photo from Blogher.com)

Aren’t these women owing their beauty? To learn more about them, see the list below.

Photo Credit: Louise Carey  http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Be-Your-Own-Kind-of-Beautiful-Posters_i8424072_.htm
Photo Credit: Louise Carey
http://www.allposters.com/-sp/Be-Your-Own-Kind-of-Beautiful-Posters_i8424072_.htm

My greatest takeaway from the fashion show is that all women have the power and right to define and express what beautiful means to them. And that’s exactly what I did after  the show when I asked my dear digital brother Tyrone Farley, founder of TrueFashionistaNow.com to style me. With one small touch of moving my hair to one side, I got a new summer look that truly reflected how I felt: simply beautiful and grateful for a wonderful BlogHer conference experience!

Photo Credit: TrueFashionistaNow.com
Photo Credit: TrueFashionistaNow.com

PS: Check out TrueFashionistaNow.com’s blog post featuring some of BlogHer 13’s best fashion conference moments.

Re-Cap of DC Digital Sisterhood Focus Group on 12/12: How Women in Social Media Discuss Beauty, Fashion, Hair & Lifestyles

 

Photo of Digital Sisterhood Focus Group Panel on 12/12/10

Day #12 of Digital Sisterhood Month was a special digital diva day for me because I moderated the Digital Sisterhood Focus Group on how women in social media discuss fashion, beauty, hair, and lifestyles at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The dynamic digital sister panelists included:

1. LaWanda Amaker, Founder of L.A. Beaute Beat and Media Mingle;

2. Monica Byrd, Founder of Fashionista Flea Market, Pregginista, and Charm Chat, and DC Women’s Style Examiner;

3. Kelly Collis, Founder of City Shop Girl;

4. Glory Edim, Founder of I Hate My 9 to 5 blog;

5. Sheena D. Franklin, Founder/CEO of Bella Bush;

6. Aisha Massac, Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and Founder of I.C. Faces;

7. Courtney Powell, founder of ThinkandGrowChick.com;

8. Laquita Thomas-Banks, Founder of All Naptural blog and DC Natural Hair Examiner; and

9. Dana Williams-Johnson, Founder of The Art of Accessories.

Many thanks to Xina Eiland for serving as the event videographer, Sharon Malachi for serving as the event photographer, and Glory Edim’s mother Ms. Henrietta for making “Digital Sisterhood” cupcakes (they were yummy) for the ladies!

  • Click here to see photos from the event.
  • Click here to listen to my audio blog recap of the event.
  • Click here to watch a video (21 minutes) that introduces the panelists and their blogging passions.