February 27, 2018

Here's a special shout out to the most epic Black History Month I can remember in recent years. I started my #BlackHistoryMonth with a bang at the Historic Ali Cultural Arts center in Pompano Beach at the amazing exhibit of 3D original art by prolific Nigerian Artist Adewale Adenle whose work addresses important figures in African Diasporic history {~on exhibit through March 29, 2018~}. Then my friends and I bought o...

May 10, 2016

So I know it's been a while Mavens! No excuses though.....except [~silently screams with excitement!!!~] my wedding photography business INNOVATIVE ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY has been totally taking over my timeline lately, [~in a really really good way~]. I don't know about y'all but I have been in need of some MAJOR cultural fashion inspiration for summer & in my search for a dark & lovely beautiful culture maven, I reached...

September 8, 2015

Don't we all just love looking at how celebs rock our favorite fashion trends! I for one know that African Fashion is not a trend but a staple that all of our wardrobes need like the breath of life itself. Here's 15 of my favorite celeb looks.


Jill Scott


Alicia Keys

 Kerry Washingston


 Angela Bassett

 Michelle Williams

 Halle Berry


Garcelle Beauvais


 Lady Gaga

 Lauryn Hill



Nicole Ari Parker

 Tatianna Ali



August 9, 2015

I don't know about you but I most certainly am missing the old Erykah Badu's unapologetically regal fashion styling. I know I know, artists are ever evolving beings who cannot stay trapped in a box, I get it, it's so meh. She still pays the occasional homage to the Motherland with hair styling, ankara fabric & tribal inspired makeup but I'm just saying though....am I the only one who's tired of seeing Ms. Badu in ove...

April 28, 2015

Now I have to confess that while everybody was jumping on the "Queen Bey" band wagon in high school, I was always the skeptic. I was really just SOOO OVER all of the sexually charged lyrics & choreography all the time like, how much sex can 1 teenager take!?!?? But in my maturity & expansive love for fashion, art, and culture as a whole I cannot deny that Beyonce is clearly an icon of the most accomplished breed. Whe...

April 27, 2015

So it's been quite a while since my last post & my true MCM's have wondered where I've been :) (Thanks a mil for asking!) I was totally consumed in the works for my partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. The foundation's annual art gallery fundraiser takes place on The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage cruise. I premiered 15 pieces in my new original art series called "The Vision Project", while on board and I receive...

February 18, 2015

Most people who have ever relocated in their lives, will have experienced some form of culture shock in the new city or town they relocate to. For me, as a native New Yorker & Chicago resident of 6 years, the shock was far more than climatical. Within 2 months of moving to Miami, I realized just how much I began to miss continental Africans.  On any given day, in NYC or Chitown, I can easily go to my favorite Ethiopi...

January 6, 2015

Miami Culture Maven: Hi Loreal so nice to sit with you to talk a little about your line Goddess Fashion Factory, you know you're one of my favs in Miami. So please tell us how you got started.

Loreal Banks: Well in 2003 I got my first sewing machine & I actually started learning to se in my church. Then in 2005 I attended American Intercontinental University to study fashion marketing & fashion design. So I've been in...

January 5, 2015

Out To a dinner date with your beaux!

Noteworthy: Guatemalan Jade Earrings [www.ArtByGod.com] local

Gold Plated Stacked Rings [www.Nordstrom.com]

To Accent Your Professional Attire

Noteworthy: Burgundy Faux Fur Flats [www.Aldo.com]

Black Faux Leather Jacket [www.HM.com]

Street Style

Noteworthy: Tortoise Shell Sunglasses [www.GAP.com]

Denim Culotte Pants [www.shoplolablack.com] local!


January 4, 2015

Seeing the beauty of African inspired makeup has always instilled a sense of pride within me. A pride that wasn't always so easy to claim. As a young African-American woman with roots in Jamaica, we often hear black skin & thick hair being related to things of ugliness & shame. I cannot find the words to express how grateful I am for the fashion phenomenon that is African inspired makeup. 


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