The offspring of Will and Jada are out here flourishing unapologetically on their own wavelength because...well, they can. Willow and Jaden Smith have become poster children for all things creative, uninhibited and carefree. Although both are using their artistry to carve their own paths, Willow Smith's natural talent for music has been evident since the tender age of 10-years-old when she charted her first Billboard single, "Whip My Hair."
On Thursday, the 16-year-old talent revealed a new simplistic, refreshingly honest acoustic sound all her own with the debut of her three-track EP Mellifluous on Soundcloud. With songs titled "Cave Wall," Little Shard," and "Need to Know," her new music is everything you didn't even know you needed in the world.
Although her distinctive artistry has caught some by surprise, Willow's utter dopeness comes as no shock to her 2 million Instagram followers who have been relishing in 60-second snippets of pure musical life for quite some time now.
For those oblivious to the low-key glo up, here are 11 Instagram moments that prove Willow Smith has been about this acoustic life:
1. This pure rendition of Frank Ocean's "Pink and White"
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 11, 2016 at 7:16pm PDT
2. This lovely ditty from the film Sing Street
this song is from the movie <SING STREET! > it's SOO GOOD
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Nov 15, 2016 at 9:01pm PST
3. This rendition of Kid Cudi's "CONFUSED!"
<Sending you love> @kidcudi
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 28, 2016 at 12:13pm PDT
4. This cover of Erykah Badu's "Appletree"
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 22, 2016 at 2:12pm PDT
5. This salute to Rebecca Sugar's "Crystal Gems"
❤️< @Rebeccasugar >❤️
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 19, 2016 at 5:15pm PDT
6. Marceline's, "Daddy, Why Did You Eat My Fries"
Marceline butt hurt over some fries tho ... <#nightosphere>
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 18, 2016 at 4:44pm PDT
7. This slowed cover of "Summertime" by Sex Bob-Omb (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Even though it's October <Summertime>
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:33pm PDT
8. This mellow rendition of "Adventure Time - Everything Stays," by Marceline
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 1, 2016 at 7:47pm PDT
9. This cover of "Ramona" by Beck from the soundtrack of Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Oct 1, 2016 at 1:47pm PDT
10. Willow Smith, who frequently collaborates with JABS, pays homage to the young singer with this live rendition of "All Good."
<All Good> / @jabs
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Sep 27, 2016 at 8:36am PDT
11. Willow slays the chords in this brief warm-up to Nirvanna's "Heart-Shaped Box."
A video posted by ≠GWEELOS≠ (@willowsmith) on Sep 19, 2016 at 1:23pm PDT
With this kind of undeniable talent and creative license, something tells me that this is just the beginning of many wonderful things to come.
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Halloween is always open season for the masses to give us looks and life simultaneously. Living in this digital insta-age, the desire to be "Best Dressed" in the costume department amplifies. We have to give credit where is due.
A slay is a slay and a win is a win.
So, after hours of scrolling, double-tapping, and retweeting, we rounded up our favorite looks year from the A-listers to the regular-degular-schmegulars.
90s nostalgia reigned supreme this Halloween season as many opted to pay homage to their favorite pop culture moments from the decade.
1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
F R E S H ✌🏾️ #FreshPrinceNYC
A photo posted by J U S S N Y C 🗽 (@jussnyc) on Oct 29, 2016 at 8:02pm PDT
What about your friends #TLC 🎃#crazysexycool
A photo posted by S.R.J (@soofficial_srj) on Oct 29, 2016 at 9:36pm PDT
3. A Tribe Called Quest "The Low End Theory" album art
Halloween 2016. #bonitaapplebum #atcq #lowendtheory #midnightmarauders #anthology #halloween
A photo posted by موجو ديسكو. (@mojodisco) on Oct 29, 2016 at 7:05pm PDT
Anything for SELEEEENNNAAASSSSSS 😢😻🙌🏾✨ #HappyHalloween (@lizzybott did it again with this costumeeee #gagging)
A video posted by Laurennnn Palmer (@kekepalmer) on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:07pm PDT
5. Missy Elliott
6. Bernie, "Waiting to Exhale"
WAITING TO EXHALE 🔥🚗🎬🎉 #halloween #bernadine #waitingtoexhale #angelabassett #costume #hw2k16 @im.angelabassett #getyoshitandgetout
A photo posted by cynyon [sin-yawn] (@nativebelleza) on Oct 29, 2016 at 7:45pm PDT
7. Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill
My sister and I. Badu and Lauryn.
But Devin really looks like Lauryn Hill! lol😩😍 pic.twitter.com/oOSEz4GAvg
— B (@JustBRI_lliance) October 30, 2016
8. Jerome, "Martin"
I say Jerome in the house, in ya mouth!!!!
A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Oct 30, 2016 at 7:38pm PDT
9. Salt-N-Pepa, Spinderella
A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Oct 30, 2016 at 8:30pm PDT
10. Nino Brown, "New Jack City"
Sit! Sit! *Martin Voice* 😂😂😂#Blackandbeautiful #CMB4Life✊🏿
A photo posted by Tarel Naim Austin 👑 (@naimthydream) on Oct 29, 2016 at 9:53pm PDT
For the '99 and the 2000s (and Beyond)
Another period that received a lot of creative love was the 2000s. These folks pulled all the stops on their millennial looks.
11. The Plastics, "Mean Girls"
You can't sit with us #Meangirls #Halloween #ReginaGeorge #Plastics
A photo posted by M A R I A (@hailmaria) on Oct 30, 2016 at 12:45pm PDT
12. Jennifer Lopez
Don't be fooled by the 💎💎💎 that I got. (edit: I'm so tired of people commenting on my body depending on what angle I'm standing at. By now I would hope you guys know I consider myself body positive and any comments on my weight are inappropriate. You can literally look at photos posted within the last week and see that I have not suddenly lost weight. Or watch my snaps. I did not edit my body, it's the way I'm standing and the way the dress is flowing, but I understand why people do... because folks are constantly assessing as shown by comments here. Please refrain from commenting on strangers' bodies unless you know the comments are welcome--usually this means they will bring it up first. Thanks!)
A photo posted by Gabi Gregg (@gabifresh) on Oct 29, 2016 at 10:23pm PDT
13. The East Compton Clovers, "Bring It On"
💚💖~Clovers~💖💛 Our game is fierce and we are hip, so get on back, you can't touch this! Our game is bad, we're without peer, so get that weakness outta here! Tried to steal our bit, but you look like shit! But we're the ones who are down with it! @_kayylam as Isis @danielerideau as Lava @igot_thedooor_tor as Jenelope @halibee as LaFred #bringiton #threecheers #halloween #halloweencostume #twinzies #twins #beynika #onikamaraj #theshaderoom #omeeka #jayonce #meekmill #nickiminaj #beyonce #trinidad #trinigirl #triniqueen #queenbey #gain #gaintrain #gainpost #gainlike #gains #gaintrick #gainz #rihanna #rihannanavy #rihnavy
A photo posted by 👑Young Queen👑 (@queenboldjordy) on Oct 30, 2016 at 8:25pm PDT
Am I Mary or am I Mary?! pic.twitter.com/dfunMJYazb
— jasmine. (@Jt_frayshurr) October 29, 2016
A photo posted by Tyga / T-Raww (@kinggoldchains) on Oct 30, 2016 at 12:39am PDT
Up, Up, and Cosplay
It should come as no surprise that this weekend served as the outlet for geeks and superfans to let their flags fly proudly in the air.
16. Harley Quinn, "Suicide Squad"
A photo posted by katrina (@trinarockstarr) on Oct 30, 2016 at 1:51pm PDT
17. Negan and Glenn, "The Walking Dead"
— it was the baby. ❤️ (@arieella_) October 30, 2016
18. Cottonmouth, "Luke Cage"
"Everybody wants to be the king." @LukeCage pic.twitter.com/UeZFUXkppc
— Kar L. Stine (@karyewest) October 29, 2016
19. Stormtrooper and Jedi, "Star Wars"
A photo posted by Efuru (@jheneaiko) on Oct 30, 2016 at 1:41pm PDT
20. Sailor Moon, "Sailor Moon"
✨🌙"I am Sailor Moon, champion of justice! On behalf of the moon, I will right wrongs and triumph over evil, and that means you!" ✨🌙 #SailorMoon #SailorMoonCosplay #Halloween #halloweencostume #cosplay #afropunk @afropunk #blackboldandnatural #blacksailormoon #anime #animecosplay #blackcosplay
A photo posted by ♡ jazmin anita♡ (@jvzmina) on Oct 29, 2016 at 10:27am PDT
21. Chun Li, "Street Fighter"
Ive been in the #Halloween store the last 2 days tryna top this shit! I take costumes wayyyy too serious 😂 #ChunLi was epic there's nothing left 😩
A photo posted by Amber Cardi Grimes (@burrcardi) on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:18am PDT
Excellence, Opulence, Decadence
2016 has been a huge "year of yes" (shoutout to Shonda Rhimes) for the culture . What better way to celebrate those who cemented those major moments than to channel them during Halloween weekend?
22. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA Champs
Guess our Halloween Costume pic.twitter.com/1bkEFtpbcz
— ty (@LeBronHairline_) October 29, 2016
23. Solange, "A Seat at the Table
You know this hair is my shit, rode the ride. I gave it time, but this here is mine. 🌷
A photo posted by Jennifer (@adlt101) on Oct 30, 2016 at 7:55pm PDT
24. Harrison, "Atlanta"
When your fiancé kills his Harrison costume for the office Halloween party. Styled by moi :) @AtlantaFX #AtlantaFX #Atlanta #Halloween pic.twitter.com/kM9BrGhQ2g
— Mizzle (@HurtMEEZYSoul) October 28, 2016
25. Joanne the Scammer, Honestly and Truly an Eccentric and Adorned Online Personality
Nailed it, then I bailed!! I-CON-IC 🍸@iambranden
A video posted by Jimmy Neutch (@teyanataylor) on Oct 29, 2016 at 10:26pm PDT
Blavity Love the Kids!
Because ... awww!
26. Ed and Dexter, "Good Burger"
Happy Halloween Welcome to good burger home of the good burgers, can I take your order? #GoodBurger #KeenanAndKel #Nickelodeon
A photo posted by @a13clark on Oct 28, 2016 at 4:41pm PDT
Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess #Beyonce #BeyonceCostume #Formation #Halloween #BeyHive
A photo posted by J. Coop (@jascooper) on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:57am PDT
28. Agnes, "Despicable Me"
It's so FLUFFY Agnes #despicableme
A photo posted by Jennifer (@funfashionfhotos) on Oct 29, 2016 at 4:34pm PDT
29. John Orozco
Moses decided to dress up as @johnworozco his favorite Olympic gymnast. I have lost track of how many times we have watched the Olympic trials over the last few months but it has been pretty much a daily occurrence. The other day when I was putting on his shoes for school he said "John Orozco never gives up" and that could not be more true. @becauseofthem #rolemodel #usagymnastics #nevergiveup #johnorozco #becauseofthemwecan #halloween2016
A photo posted by Maura (@fosteringawareness) on Oct 29, 2016 at 7:00pm PDT
What other ghouls, boos, and baes set the bar super high this year? Share some of your favorite looks below!
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At 24, John Boyega has achieved more than most. Star Wars is just a piece of his growing resume, which includes Pacific Rim 2 and a drama based on the '67 Detroit riots. The actor once described himself as a grounded and confident black man. It's evident from his Instagram page filled with uplifting and entertaining quotes that this is true.
Boyega has worked hard for his success and believes you can do the same. Here are nine times he was the motivational speaker you needed.
1. He wants you to be the star of your own movie.
Wish people well because you just never know! Individual potential doesn't start perfect. #Randomthoughts
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:13am PDT
2. Don't compare yourself to others. Be the best that YOU can be.
When people ask me what has changed the most I always say personal development. Trying to be the best you can be is hard especially when you realise that you may be your own worst enemy! But striving for excellence and constantly having the right people around you really helps. #Beingthebestyoucanbe picture taken by the quick and stealthy @gavinbondphotography
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on May 5, 2016 at 12:23am PDT
3. Never forget where you came from. He hasn't.
Quick message! ❤️❤️❤️ (typos expected! I'm getting changed)
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Dec 14, 2015 at 4:00pm PST
4. What's Instagram inspiration without a Mandela quote?
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on May 23, 2016 at 2:45pm PDT
5. Service is key. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Food for thought #truth
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:58pm PST
6. There's nothing wrong with starting from scratch.
Effective action has a divine process and sometimes it starts with the simple things.
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Jul 8, 2016 at 9:23am PDT
7. He gives a special shoutout to the ladies on International Women's Day.
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Mar 8, 2016 at 12:27pm PST
8. Can't forget the kids. Boyega loves the kids.
A time to be thankful. From what you hold in your hand to the potential in your mind, you are a king young man. X 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Jan 9, 2016 at 5:55am PST
9. Good vibes all around!
This image represents my feelings right now. 😊! Wishing you all a firm foundation of happiness as you go through ups and downs. #lovetoyouall
A photo posted by BOYEGA (@jboyega_) on Jan 3, 2016 at 4:48pm PST
Aww, John. You're the best.
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A friend and I had a discussion recently about why we and other “old millennials” struggle with the state of social media today.
We talked about his slightly younger girlfriend and her willingness to share her workouts on SnapChat. A rather benign activity as far as social media goes, he went on to sarcastically imply that her Snaps were effective lies, or at best, mischaracterizations of her true dedication to physical fitness. (He knows she only works out twice a week, on a good week).
But in that moment I realized, being slightly younger than us, my friend’s girlfriend did not equate sharing her workouts with implying she is some kind of workout queen dedicated to the daily pursuit of physical fitness. She was simply sharing what she was doing at that moment. Nothing more, nothing less.
Grandpa No. 1 and Grandpa No. 2, however, view those exact same social media posts as the intention of presenting a consistent, authentic and true narrative about who she is and what she’s about.
Please excuse the MySpace generation
There is a segment of the millennial population who has been born having always had access to the social media experience. It’s always been accessible on their phone, through a tablet or — God forbid — on a laptop computer.
But I am from the MySpace generation.
MySpace was the first iteration of what social media is today, allowing you to create a space that was comprehensively representative of who you are.
My profile was high-school-Ben-Carter in the truest sense; the color palette was blue, black and white. I had a picture of my favorite football player, Deion Sanders, wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey and the music video for “You Got It Bad" by Usher playing on a loop.
These things represented who I was and what I cared about most.
MySpace was also something you only had access to at home or while on a school computer. MySpace (and early Facebook) for a time were tertiary considerations — something you only thought about after the fact. If you had a good time at a party and had the presence of mind to take photos, you might try to upload them to your MySpace or Facebook page. Of course, this was only possible if you could figure out hot to transfer the images from your prehistoric flip phone to your computer. Sometimes it just wasn’t worth the energy and effort.
By natural selection, images posted to MySpace and Facebook became true, genuine moments in time you wanted to share. Photos were unedited, unfiltered representations of who you and your friends were.
Manufacturing the moment
We’ve now moved ahead into a world wherein it's common knowledge that “if you did not share it, it did not happen.” A culture made possible by the totally mobile interfaces of Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook mobile, we live in a world where, when you get married, your wife changes her last name on Facebook, but has never bothered to go to the social security office to notify the government of her name change. I’ve been married for over a year and my wife is still known officially by her maiden name… Do you think it technically qualifies as a “maiden name” if you never change it? But I digress.
By making social media entirely mobile and making online sharing a part of our everyday experience, we’ve also elevated the need for these shares to be funnier, sexier or more beautiful. For every photo taken we have to consider how many likes it will get or how many new followers it will net.
Every wedding party wants to pose in windows, wearing solid colors, staring blankly into the camera to get close to the “Solange look.“ Every travel photo must have the most grandiose backdrop possible. Every picture we take with our significant other has to illicit thoughts of Disney movie romance, even if we just got through arguing about how he continues to leave his dirty socks and underwear in the middle of the bedroom floor.
My reaction to images like these is of feeling they are contrived, overdone and dare I say, desperate for attention.
There-in lies the difficulty I have with social media of today. Everything feels staged, gratuitous and likely a misrepresentation or oversimplification of who a person is.
There is so much more truth in the days of my Usher-backed MySpace page. It was clear. It was pure. It was me. Or maybe I’m just a Grandpa… A millennial Grandpa.
Ben Carter is the Host of Manage Your Damn Money, Creative Director at MYDM Creative and author of Fictitious Financial Fairytale: A Completely Untrue Story About Money, Friends and Moscow Mules.
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The first day of school can be hard for anyone. From elementary school to college (and even as a teacher), you don't always know what to expect. You might instantly make friends or have to go into defense mode if those around you are bullies. To help her son prepare for his first day, Instagram and Twitter sensation Wuzzam Supa decided to teach him about the art of roasting.
Take a look at the video as she prepares her son to take on his first day of school with power and confidence (and a side of roasting genius).
1st day of school📚🍎✏️ Teaching my boy how to roast EARLY🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ll8esRDwgP
— Wuzzam Supa (@WuzzamSupa) August 11, 2016
Her son seems like a quick learner, and we hope to see more funny videos from the adorable duo in the future.
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It’s 2016 and everyone is starting to finding their voice. Some of voices that were once silenced back in the day, are now at the forefront of the conversation. As a plus size style blogger, it warmed my heart up when I saw Danielle Brooks as the face of a Christian Siriano's collection for Lane Bryant. It’s taking us some time, but we are finally getting there.
As much as I want to sit here and relish in the strides the plus size industry is making, I would feel remiss if I didn’t put some shine on our big and tall brothers. Plus size women are celebrated more widely in the fashion community. We might not be on the runways of Paris Fashion Week, but we have an empowering network of bloggers, brands and body positive advocates. Unfortunately, there aren’t many spaces for big and tall men to be celebrated because society has ludicrous gender role expectations. Men need to be celebrated and empowered too.
With a little bit of research, I'm happy to say things are on the up-and-up for the big and tall fashion scene. Slowly, regimes of fashion-foward brothers who are killing the game are emerging, and you have to check them out. Here are 6 big and tall brothers who are killing the fashion scene:
1. Kavah King of The Gentlemen’s Curb
This Brooklyn native runs The Gentlemen’s Curb, which promotes fashion and tips for big and tall men, as well as how to incorporate fitness into their lifestyle.
Pic one of the #Photochallenge for the month of March. #Art #Blog #Blogger #Fitness #Fashion #PlusMaleFashion #PlusMaleModel #GentlemensCurb #MalePlusSizeModel #BloggerLife #MalePlusSize #PlusSizeMale #PlusMaleBlogger #Photography #BigAndTall #BigAndTallFashion #effyourbeautystandards #Fatshion #BigAndTallBlogger #BignTallBlog #BigMenFashion #KingCurvy #BHK #CelebrateMySize #PlusModelMag #PlusMaleModel #PlusMaleRevolution #PSBlogger #MenOfWeight #BigAndTrendy
A photo posted by Gentlemen's Curb (@gentlemenscurb) on Mar 2, 2016 at 1:54pm PST
2. Michael Anthony-Spearman of Big Fashion Guy
The Detroit-based menswear designer and stylist behind The Big Fashion Guy covers big and tall menswear, fashion design, grooming, health and fitness.
|#TheBigFashionGuy| Look Details👌🏾#DetroitBeards
A photo posted by Michael-Anthony (@thebigfashionguy) on Jul 18, 2016 at 9:04pm PDT
3. Kelvin Davis of Notoriously Dapper
Based out of Columbia, South Carolina, Kelvin runs the blog Notoriously Dapper, a body positive style guide for men.
Back in the good ole SC. I'm loving the throwback 80's vibe of this shirt!! What do you all think?! #80sbaby
A photo posted by Kelvin | Notoriously Dapper (@notoriouslydapper) on Jul 16, 2016 at 4:14pm PDT
4. Marv Neal
Marv Neal hails from Detroit He showcases his styling on Instagram, but also gives a look at some of his personal style.
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeve, some turn up their noses, some don't turn up at all @jeanousdenim Shooter: @davidefoto Edit : @lolabeestudio
A photo posted by Marv Neal (@marvneal) on Jul 10, 2016 at 2:23pm PDT
5. Claude Michelle
Claude Michelle is a Haitian-American designer based out of Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014, he started his own self-titled line which featured items including gowns, suits and everything in between.
"A day without laughter is a day without joy. So laugh as much as possible to enjoy that joy." - Claude Michelle #cmquote #claudemichelle #designer #quote #fashion #joy #laughter #laugh #happiness #success #passion #love #life #luxury #lifestyle #lovewhatyoudo #designerlife #focus #smile
A photo posted by Claude Michelle (@claude_michelle) on Oct 27, 2015 at 8:58pm PDT
6. James R. Sanders of Styled by James
James R. Sanders is a fashion journalist and stylist. He works in New York, but publishes in fashion capitals such as London, Milan and Paris.
That glow is curtesy of none other than my #wcw @kinshasak for giving me #kemet natural #Realness I was smiling because I finally finished the first season of my very own #TalkShow and the finale was every bit of #Fabulous that I thought it would be. #bearfashion #StyledbyJames @southmoonunderphilly @southmoonunder
A photo posted by James R. Sanders (@jamesrsanders) on Jul 6, 2016 at 2:56pm PDT
Give it up for these guys. They are all trailblazers in their own lane and making their mark!
Who was your favorite? Know any trailblazers of your own? Let me know in the comments below!
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16 years after Kids Say the Darndest Things has ended, we have social media to bring the cutest, realest kids out there to brighten up our days. They say some of the most inspirational, heart-warming and downright truthful statements with no hesitation. Here are 11 times kids kept it way too real— adults, take notes.
1. This kid who speaks on the importance of knowledge vs. material possessions.
Don't raise your children to be materialistic ! TAG FRIEND'S #Kingnahh #inspiration #motivation #motivationspeaker #sneakers #Jordans #LeBronJames #KevinDurant #StephCurry #materialistic
A video posted by MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER (@kingnahh) on Jul 31, 2016 at 1:49pm PDT
2. This young Jamaican boy who sets the bar HIGH on working hard to achieve your goals
This kid got my life together in less than a minute pic.twitter.com/SqiHkiYLit
— Pablo Baecasso (@DalaiMamaa) July 29, 2016
3. This little girl who kept it TOO real about police brutality on the 4th of July.
4. This little girl dancing to "Sorry" by Beyoncé.
5. This little boy who knows just what to say to make anybody's day.
My new favorite video on the internet pic.twitter.com/O3t8D7kNu2
— Nay (@OMGImNay) April 19, 2016
6. This little girl (Baby 'Milah) who's all of us in the winter when the sun goes down at 4 p.m.
She's mad at the sun for going down #minimilah pic.twitter.com/wN9qb4N8tq
— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) April 9, 2016
7. This blessed baby who showed her dad the realness of having thick hair.
8. This little girl who cried because President Obama will be leaving the Oval Office.
9. This little girl who perfectly acts out how to react to boys and their cooties in elementary school.
10. This little girl who has a message for every 'two-faced' person out there.
11. This little girl who is every person who needs attention 24/7.
When you've been with your girl all day and you try to leave pic.twitter.com/Y6Lkiz8pYd
— Cute Black Babies (@Lilblackbabies) February 19, 2016
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On Tuesday, Instagram launched a new update with a new feature that has our interest piqued. Why you may ask? It seems to be a lot like Snapchat. "Instagram Stories' allow IG users to share photos to their timelines, and they can customize the pictures with text, drawings and more. Just like Snapchat's story feature, Instagram's stories remain visible to other users for 24 hours, and you can view who has looked at your story. You can view someone story be simply clicking on their profile picture.
A post on Instagram's official blog reads in part, "Instagram has always been a place to share the moments you want to remember. Now you can share your highlights and everything in between, too."
So basically, we have Snapchat stories through Instagram now?
instagram running out the snapchat headquarters as they copy their entire setup pic.twitter.com/AQQDebCu3C
— The Black DaVinci (@meechonmars) August 2, 2016
#InstagramStories@Instagram: We are introducing a brand new update that will change the way you share your media! pic.twitter.com/VJxXrvkr6S— Kameron (@beyoncesson) August 2, 2016
Snapchat: This platform allows our users to post photos to their personal stories for 24 hrs Instagram: pic.twitter.com/vV2VJcxCB8— ⚡️ (@The__Prototype) August 2, 2016
Most of us still just want our chronological timelines back.
doiKeep your #InstagramStories, @instagram. Just give me back my chronological timeline.
— Jordan-Risa (@jordanrisa) August 2, 2016
If @Instagram really wanted to "battle" w/ Snapchat they'd put our timelines back in chronological order. @Kevinhttps://t.co/hcLZH4D4sV
— Sakita Holley (@MissSuccess) August 2, 2016
The plot thickens even more as Instagram is kind of giving credit kudos to Snapchat, telling TechCrunch, "When you are an innovator, that’s awesome. Just like Instagram deserves all the credit for bringing filters to the forefront. This isn’t about who invented something."
Will you be using Instagram's story feature, or will you stick to Snapchat. Maybe both? Let us know in the comments!
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Celebrities such as Idris Elba and Jidenna have brought the idea of the dapper (or classic) man back to the forefront in mainstream culture, and I'm here to give you some great Instagram accounts to get your daily serving of man-slay. If you love fashion (either for yourself or the other men in your life), these accounts will be great inspiration.
The Posh Standard
The Duke of Bishop
He Slayed JM
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I think #BlackGirlMagic in the kitchen needs a moment of its own. It's nothing short of amazing how these women can transform simple ingredients from the earth — well, mostly — and create beautifully-crafted, decadent dishes. From vegan to flexitarian, these black women can be found cooking up a storm and sharing their masterpieces for us to drool over and replicate with hopes of similar success.
Here are 11 black women chefs to follow:
1. Chef Lauren Von Der Pool
Who's hungry #NEWORLEANS? #AvocadoToast anyone?
A photo posted by I AM Chef Lauren Von Der Pool (@queenofgreen) on Jun 30, 2016 at 7:29am PDT
2. Chef Latham Thomas
Glow Foods- Rooftop Garden Greens and edible flowers and herbs. Straight out of Soho, NYC. Just picked these and have a few pounds more, wrapped in cloths in the fridge. It's growing so abundantly. So glad I don't have to go to the Farmer's Market and pay $12 for a 1/4 pound of greens and lettuces. We are so blessed to stay hooked up all summer with such a variety. I will be making seasoning salts, marinades, pickled veggies and special summer dishes and sharing tips on green kitchen and the summer- stay tuned. #glowfoods #summergreens #vegan #salad #edibleflowers #herbs #greens
A photo posted by Latham Thomas (@glowmaven) on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:17am PDT
3. Chef Ahki
Thanks to everyone who joined me on Live stream and periscope yesterday for Sunday dinner👍🏼
A photo posted by Chef Ahki (@chefahki) on Mar 21, 2016 at 11:31am PDT
4. Chef Carla Hall
I'm gonna get my daily dose of oatmeal in one way or another. This is my I'm-running-out-the-door-but-I-can-still-eat- well version. #quakerflats #RefreshAndRenew #breakfast #snack
A photo posted by Carla Hall (@carlaphall) on May 10, 2016 at 6:29pm PDT
5. Chef Yoli Ouiya
Tiny cleansing salad: cucumber, red pepper, red cabbage, carrots, celery, water chestnuts, sunflower seeds, collards. #WellthyHome #WHHamptons ....... #Montauk #Hamptons #salad #foodie #foodgram #travel #cleaneating #food #travelgram #healthyeating #nofilter
A photo posted by Yoli Ouiya (@yoliouiya) on Aug 1, 2015 at 2:21pm PDT
6. Chef Dee
Let's call it "the lunch special" Lemon Grass glazed Chicken with brown Jasmine rice and stir fry Veg #ijustcantstopchefingitup
A photo posted by Chef_of_the_year🍴🔪#Zphi (@chefdee305) on Jan 28, 2016 at 11:19am PST
7. Chef Kay Kay
Teriyaki Salmon #postworkoutmeal
A photo posted by Kayla Greer (@chefkaykay) on Jun 28, 2016 at 8:30pm PDT
8. Chef Angela
#Buttermilk brines are the way and the light. Juicy, tender, seasoned all the way through. You have probably tried buttermilk for fried #chicken, now try it for #bbqchicken! 🔥🔥🔥 #kitchenista #Chicken #grilled #smoked #bbq #bbqsauce #marinade #brine
A photo posted by The Kitchenista Diaries (@thekitchenista) on Jul 5, 2016 at 7:38pm PDT
9. Chef Alisa Reynolds
Return of the Mac @my2centsla
A photo posted by My2Cents (@my2centsla) on Jun 9, 2014 at 3:55pm PDT
10. Chef Q
I ask for #strength and #God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for #Wisdom and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for #Prosperity and God gave me a #Brain and #Brawn to work. I asked for #Courage and God gave me #Danger to #Overcome. I asked for #Love and God gave me #Troubled people to #Help. I asked for #Favors and God gave me #Opportunities I asked for #Forgiveness and He did. I asked Him to shine thru me and He is. #CantYouSeeIt #KeepWatching #Oprah #HaveOne #Cajun #Shrimp #DevilEggs #TBT #Chefism #TBCE #1000plate #ChefLife #Mayweather #Chef #BeYou
A photo posted by CHEF Q (@chefism) on Jun 30, 2016 at 9:46pm PDT
11. Chef Sunny Anderson
Sunny's Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach with Fettuccine. #sunnyrecipeyo look it up xo. One Pan Plan! Pasta served in a pie pan. Sue me.
A photo posted by Sunny Anderson (@sunnyanderson) on Feb 25, 2015 at 11:23am PST
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Makeup has taken on a life of it's own with it's power to literally snatch noses and change face shapes. All you need is a few brushes and coordinated techniques. Recently, this video of a makeup transformation has been blowing up on social media for it's uncanny resemblance to a well-known rapper from Canada.
The look was done by Magali Beauvue, a seasoned cosmetic industry professional who has been creating dramatic face transformations that are so good, they could probably destabilize facial recognition software.
Voila!!!! new #makeuptransformation is done... Dylan , 5 years old, into... #minidrake @champagnepapi 🙌🏽🙌🏽... he is sooooo #dope and #cute ... he makes me laught sooo much when he start dancing like @champagnepapi 😂🙌🏽🙌🏽💕💕💕 all the process is on my #snapchat : "makeupmag" ... u have to look a it... its sooo cute ... i couldnt put everything on that video!! tag @champagnepapi if u love it!!! 💕 #makeupmag77 #teammakeupmag #sintmaartenartist #sintmaartenmakeupartist #makeupartist #transformist #transformation #toocute #sintmaartenbabyboy @theshaderoom
A video posted by Magali Beauvue (@makeupmag) on Jun 29, 2016 at 5:15pm PDT
Beauvue has been a makeup artist for 16 years, and her expertise is clearly showing itself in the numerous Instagram and YouTube videos she shares. Take a moment to watch one of her videos and it's almost as if you're watching a magic show, because the illusions and transformations she is able to make on literally any face is incredible to see.
easter on the beach was fun!!! #happyeaster #me #makeupmag77 #sintmaartenmakeupartist #sintmaartenartist #teammakeupmag #sintmaarten #pinklisptick
A photo posted by Magali Beauvue (@makeupmag) on Mar 28, 2016 at 4:59pm PDT
Her face has been used as the canvas to transform into Kendrick Lamar.
#tbt when i was @kendricklamar 😁 #makeuptransformation #me #myface #myart #extremecontouring #contouring #sintmaartenartist #sintmaartenmakeupartist #teammakeupmag #makeupmag77 #transformation #transformist #kendricklamar #hiphop
A photo posted by Magali Beauvue (@makeupmag) on May 19, 2016 at 4:02pm PDT
Also, Nicki Minaj.
for those asking me to do @nickiminaj #makeuptransformation , i did it 4 months ago.... just scrolled to see the #videos and more pics 😁✨✨ #fbf #me #myart #myface #makeupmag77 #makeupartist #sintmaartenmakeupartist #nickiminaj #transformation #transformist #sintmaartenartist #contouring #extremecontouring
A photo posted by Magali Beauvue (@makeupmag) on Mar 18, 2016 at 2:02pm PDT
If you loved her take on a Baby Drake, she even made Baby Rihanna.
press play ▶️▶️ i put the step by step on my youtube channel ( link on my bio 🖕🏼) i did my lil friend Rishayah #makeuptransformation into @badgalriri with @maccosmetics and @wolfefaceartfx face painting !!! that lil girl always ask me for some lipstick ( pink!!!) and nail polish lool so today i give her the biiig #makeover lol 😂 ... she couldnt sit for 5 minutes.... what a challenge! but sooo much fun ... she plays miss #rihanna for an hour and fell asleep just after 💤💤💤... she still a baby... 3 years old... was just a lil makeup play ... nothing more... like we all use to do when we were small with our mommy's stuff 😂😁💅🏿💇🏽💄💋👠👡 tag @badgalriri if u like it!!! 🙌🏽 #lilgirltobiggirl #fun#extremecontouring #contouring #makeupartist #makeupmag77 #sintmaartenmakeupartist #sintmaartenartist #caribbeangirl #caribbeanbaby #babygirl #transformist #transformation #sintmaarten
A video posted by Magali Beauvue (@makeupmag) on Mar 16, 2016 at 9:06pm PDT
She's taken her face from pretty to presidential in this Barack Obama-inspired makeup look...
...not to mention the Biggie Smalls, Big Sean, Beyoncé and Steve Jobs teasers she gave us in this video.
lazy lundi!!! 😬( lundi 🇫🇷= monday) .. i wanted to do a new #transformation but im too lazy today... but tomorow i ll do it ... and dont miss the cute one on wednesday!!! process ll be on my #snapchat : " makeupmag" for now a lil mix of some of the #makeuptrabsformations i did ... tag your favorite one !!! #extremecontouring #sintmaartenartist #sintmaartenmakeupartist #teammakeupmag #transformist #fun @beyonce @troubleman31 @champagnepapi @kevinhart4real @cassie #tupac #notoriousbig #stevejobs @bigsean ...
A video posted by Magali Beauvue (@makeupmag) on Jun 27, 2016 at 2:37pm PDT
THIS WOMAN HAS SKILLS.
From a person who struggles to get their eyeliner in a straight line, I can't help but admire the sheer artistry that is seeping from this woman's fingertips. If you want to see more of her amazing work, check out her YouTube and Instagram accounts and give this woman her props!
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Springtime is over, and summer here in Houston lasts for practically eight months out of the year. Even though spring is long gone, it’s not too late to do some spring cleaning! But I’m not referring to spring cleaning your house, I’m referring to spring cleaning your social media following lists. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, etc. — whichever social media accounts you use should be cleaned periodically!
Why should I spring clean my social media?
I believe spring cleaning your social media following lists is critical for your mental health. You’re probably thinking it’s not that serious, but it honestly is. Your brain is ALWAYS unconsciously absorbing information 24/7. Your brain is connected to your soul, your essence, and it, of course, controls your mood. Scientists, doctors, parents, annoying adults in your life have told you at one point in time that you have to be careful what you feed your mind by filtering the music that you listen to, the books and news articles that you read, etc. But what they never told you is that you have to be careful about what you see online, because social media didn’t exist and/or wasn’t “poppin’” when they were young adults.
Social media can affect your mood
I know I'm not the only one who has ever expressed any kind of emotion from what I've seen on social media. Negativity proliferates on social media. It seems like all of the negative people in the world own a Twitter or Facebook account. They are unhappy and want the rest of the world to wallow in unhappiness too. Negativity might as well be classified as a disease, because it’s contagious as heck, it’s airborne, and no one is immune from it. If you read negative posts all day long it WILL affect your mood, even if you don’t recognize that it does. If you see people posting about their baby daddy/mama drama, boyfriend/girlfriend issues, complaining about their job, etc. every single day, you will loathe seeing their name pop up in your timeline/newsfeed. Utilize that delete button, block button, hide posts button, anything! Seeing their daily negativity does not increase your daily productivity and it doesn’t add any extra commas to your bank account.
But they’re my family/friends!
I don't care if they're your family, friend, or foe — you need to remove them from your following list! I’ve personally removed family members because they were getting on my last nerves. Do I still speak to them at the family get-togethers? Yep, I’m cordial to everyone! If it’s a friend that's being a Negative Nancy, you can mute them on Twitter and unfollow their posts on Facebook. However, let’s keep it real, if they are your friends that are constantly being negative and dampening your high spirits, you should probably cut the cord with them and kiss them goodbye. Love ‘em from afar, if you can love them at all. I honestly only have one person that I communicate with on a friend level. It’s much better to be alone than to deal with people’s shenanigans, but I’ll save that for another post.
Now, follow the right people
Now that you have cleaned your following list, you should probably follow more positive, impactful people. If you feel like your life is a bit stagnant at this point in time, you can't expect for your life to change without absorbing insight from positive people. Your net worth is your network! Also, don't forget that your net worth also encompasses more than just your income. I’ve heard this a thousand times and it will remain true forever. My mindset is forever evolving because of the people I have connected to in real life and online. Find someone who “gets it,” someone that you aspire to be, and follow them. If your life doesn’t begin to change from altering the information that your brain absorbs, you still aren’t doing something right. Keep on trying.
I recently cleaned my following lists because I’ve made some life changes and can't tolerate negativity. Can somebody cue "No More Drama" by Queen Mary J. Blige?! I barely wanted to use social media because I was so tired of seeing drama on my timeline/newsfeed every day, but I needed to start utilizing it more since I started my online bakery business, and several months later I started my blog. I’m trying to brand myself and I needed to find a way to make social media more enjoyable for myself. Spring cleaning my following lists has definitely made my social media browsing time more pleasant. Following knowledgeable, impactful people has actually made me eager to open my social media apps.
What I want you to do today is take some time to analyze the people you follow and determine which ones should stay and which ones you should virtually kiss goodbye! Your mind and soul will thank you later. Don’t forget to follow new, more positive people and watch your mindset evolve.
What tips do you guys have for filtering your social media accounts? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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