Just In Case

March 1, 2010

Today I stumbled across a post about the perception of women handling the condom situation, by bringing their own supply. This eventually led to my discovery of Just In Case, a company that makes these super cute compacts, for chicks to store their stash inconspicuously. The compacts come blinged out (above), in black, pastels, reds, or metallics.

I’m all for women protecting their health, and not relying on the dude to do it for them. However, some people think a woman who comes prepared is what we call a “working girl”. Really curious to hear your thoughts…leave one!

*Update: Just In Case founders would like to offer a discount to you guys. Just type in code LOVEWELL at check out.

VV Brown @ Hiro NYC

February 25, 2010

Last week I got to catch VV Brown Performing at Hiro hosted by Giant Step. I don’t have much to say about the event honestly, so I decided to let a video do the talking. Above is Ms. Brown doing her rendition of Drizzy Drake’s “Best I Ever Had.” Excuse the first few seconds I had to find a good angle :)

Lemonade

February 19, 2010

Lemonade– Lifted

This video makes me feel like I want to feel on any given friday. Wanted to share that feeling with you.

Valentines day!

February 12, 2010

Its currently New York fashion week, PARTY PARTY PARTY! For those of you staying in for some V-Day cuddle time, I wanted to share an idea with you to actually make it worthwhile.

It’s my personal belief that Valentine’s day is not a day to take from your significant other, but to show them how much you appreciate them. This post geared not to only the ladies, but the dudes out there, who will probably be footing the bill of an outing. Its a recession, isn’t going out for dinner getting a bit redundant. If you insist on food to celebrate, keeping it home made is your best bet. So I created a little menu for the lovers in you.

Appetizer:
Apple salad.
Its exactly what it sounds like. Apple slices over some mixed greens with a vinaigrette. Get a couple apples (go for pink ladies for the crunch, tartness and pretty color, you can sub with granny smiths) with the skin slice them keep the skin on, toss them in a bed of mixed greens, drizzle a light vinaigrette over it (you can use a fruity vinaigrette, for an extra kick) shake it up and your done. Remember its a romantic dinner. Keep it light, for after dinner activities:)

Entree:
Maryland lump crab cakes with a side of mixed greens .
Two reasons for this one. Crab is said to be an aphrodisiac, even if its not, it will be by glass #3. Secondly, its not a messy eat, ribs or wings are not cute for any “romantic dinner”. I also think crab cakes are the most delicious things in the world.

1 lb lump crabmeat (you can use crab from the can)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (try Panko crumbs)
2 eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise (do not use dressing)
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard

1. Mix together eggs, mayo, old bay, pepper, worcestershire sauce, and mustard, until creamy.
2. Add bread crumbs, mixing evenly.
3. Add in the crab meat, being sure to mix evenly.
4. Shape into cakes.
5. Makes 6 large or 9 medium crabcakes.
6. Saute in pan over medium heat with a little butter for about 5 minutes on each side.

Dessert:
Grilled pineapple and maraschino cherry skewers.
Pineapple’s also an aphrodisiac. Yes, you’re catching on, I’m trying to get you laid. Get some fresh cut pineapple, cut them into smaller chunks. On bamboo skewers alternate the pineapple and cherries. Heat up a little butter in a pan, and toss the skewers in there, for about 3 minutes, or until the pineapple has been caramelized. This is painfully simple, exotic, and it’ll look like you put lots of thought into this.

Drank: Pair this with a good champagne (just say no to Korbel), or prosecco, bubbles have a way of doing funny things to people.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to wrap it up!

From Jump by Shauna Barbosa

February 7, 2010

For some time now I’ve been aware of the the blog Let’s Just Eat Cheese brought to us by Ms. Shauna Barbosa. I’ve skimmed the blog here and there, my ADD preventing me from sticking to the same tab on my browser. Last week however, a twitter post guided me back to the blog. Before my ADD kicked in I noticed a downloadable compilation of short stories from Ms. Barbosa, which I decided to print out for a late night read.

It suffices to say, that the compilation was devoured within the hour of the first page flip. With bare emotion, and introspection Ms. Barbosa captures the essence of moments, generating the sensation of being present in the very space they unfold.

Through the medium of From Jump, we experience the thrill of a late night rendezvous, the insecurities accompanying unrequited love, and the calm of solitude.

Download From Jump here.

Nneka on Letterman

February 4, 2010

Its been a big week for Nneka. From the US release of Concrete Jungle to a performance on Letterman. Straight up to the top. So proud of her!

Shyvonne

February 2, 2010

Photos by Ray Kairos

Today, February 2nd, 2010, marks the release of Kingdom’sMindreader” on Fool’s Gold Records. Dance blogs will be abuzz with word on the Brooklyn based producer. If you’re paying attention though, you will questions the origins of the big bad voice carrying the track.

That voice belongs to none other than Harlem-based singer/songwriter Shyvonne. A workhorse with a kung-fu grip on the balls of her destiny, Ms. Shyvonne is on an indomitable quest to capture some space on your iPod.

I caught up with Shyvonne, to hear more from the singer. Afterall, would you have enjoyed the track as just an instrumental? Didn’t think so.

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Miles: The Autobiography

January 29, 2010

For a year I lived with a bunch of musicians. Coming into the house, I thought I knew music, only to find out, what I knew was rudimentary at best. My year turned into an initiation into the world of music, being forced to learn at least one chord on a bass, guitar, andshort lived rigorous drumming exercises. Although I doubt I remember any of those chords, something I did get out of it, were some incredible reads, including Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis as told to Quincy Troupe.

Upon reading the first pages, Miles undoubtedly comes off as the misogynistic asshole, with an affinity for cursing. One could even be tempted to close the book, but once you accept Miles for Miles, the book begins to unfold as a comprehensive history of Jazz in America, citing stories with legends like Charlie “Bird” Parker, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Dizze Gillespie, Billy Holiday, and I’m not even beginning to scratch the surface.

Miles Davis was a cocky dude, who pioneered several movements in jazz, beat an addiction that many at the time fell prisoner to, and when it came to playing the trumpet, many would agree, was a baaadd motherfucker.

So far I’ve listened to Birth of the Cool, and Sketches of Spain, and I’m not mad at what I’m hearing.

Ms. Dynamite

January 29, 2010

Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but the last time I received word of Ms. Dynamite, was when she lightly grazed the U.S. market in ’02/’03. The other day I stumbled across this simple yet catchy tune, with no idea of who the voice behind it was, and thought to myself, “This makes me feel like dancing!!” Then lo and behold, today I discover not only a video, but that “Wile Out” is from non other than Ms. Dynamite, one of the pioneers of the U.K’s female rap/grime scene. So I would like to say: Hey Ms. Dynamite, maybe you never stopped doing your thing, but welcome back to my universe, love the outfit!

MTV Staying Alive

January 26, 2010

I just started guest blogging for MTV’s Staying Alive Campaign, which focuses on HIV-prevention among young adults. Its currently the largest youth focused campaign, and I’m honored to be able to contribute to the program.

Here’s my first post.