September 22, 2015

Now we all know that Rihanna has transformed the way we look at fashion all together. Her fiercely bold attitude and risque choices inspire us all to do what resonates most with us, no matter what others will think. My favorite Rihanna moments are when she goes Indigenous/African/Roots inspired in any way shape or form showing the world that she knows where she comes from and unapologetically embraces her roots. Now...

September 16, 2015

The Soultry Speakeasy is a fine dining experience that highlights the prohibition era ‘Harlem Renaissance’ culture featuring a culinary pairing of food, wine & spirits reminiscent of the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem in the 1920s thru mid-1930s. During this period New York City’s Harlem district was transformed into a fabled cultural center; inspiring a legendary creative movement...

September 8, 2015

As all Jamaicans worldwide know, one of this century's funniest men in drama is without a doubt Jamaican lauriat Oliver Samuels. My people know & appreciate good theatre & we go out in our stylish fashions when we shwo full support of our cultural happenings. I caught a glimpse of some beautiful end of summer / Florida fall trends on our favorite runway...the streets of course! Here's a few of my favorite audience me...

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



September 3, 2015

One of the best parts of traveling is the reading time it affords. So seeing the super thick issue of September's VOGUE at every marketplace I went to before leaving Miami had me practically salivating on command {~ lol ~}. I grabbed a copy for the plane ride to Kingston and was obviously brimming with glee to open it's first pages. There is always such endless inspiration for image makers in the iconic publication t...

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 I the only one who's tired of seeing Ms. Badu in ove...

May 21, 2015

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon during Ankara Miami Fashion Week 2015, at the Alessandra Gold Concept Store's Ankara Miami Pop Up Shop, an idea was born. I walked into the AGCS photography studio where a most interesting conversation was taking place. Erika Everett or "E" of Unapologetic Presence was enveloped in dialogue with the creator of Plateau Fashion Magazine, a local publication that stratgeically provides a...

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...

February 6, 2015

Since moving down here to South Florida 5 years ago, I have met some wonderful individuals & families. One of my absolute favorite sister-friends is Ngozi Selassie. We met through her husband's yoga class & remain connected, she's the only one who does my hair and she really became like instant family. I have been buying hand-crafted jewelry from Ngozi for years so I figured it was time for a major shout out.



January 13, 2015

Never underestimate the power of a good gemstone from a great person! Felicia Woods is the owner of Enchanted Jewelz, my favorite beading & gemstone store in South Florida and she recently gifted my boyfriend and I some of the flyyest gemstones ever. She gave me a Carnelian, which is an excellent stone for entrepreneurs as it promotes "motivation and endurance, leadership and courage" (1).

Enoche received Agate the mo...

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...

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