Last night I witnessed a speech that was absolutely legendary, necessary, and memorable by the one and only Jesse Williams. For those of you that don't know Jesse Williams is well known for his tv show role in Grey's Anatomy by Shonda Rhymes but he is also well known for his activist role within our humanity. Sunday night, Williams received the Humanitarian Award from the BET Awards of 2016 and let me tell you; it was well deserved. I was so mesmerized by how passionate he was about black lives, the world, and just life in general. He made everyone realize and reflect that we as black people have to continue to push through all our problems and barriers that we go through on a daily basis in order to live in todays society. The system that we live in today may have told everybody that we are "free" but in reality we aren't really free due to all the fiasco that has been going on such as police brutality, mass shootings, and racially profiling young adults. Williams definitely impacted me in a way where we as young adults can not continue to let the system take control over us. I am very proud of all the achievements that Jesse Williams has achieved so far within his life and he is definitely making his mark in history as a civil rights leader this generation that will leave an imprint forever.
I've come to the realization that I have become addicted to the art of selfie taking. I know that it may look vain and sad in a way but..... I feel like I've mastered it like never before. I realized that I was addicted to taking selfies was when just recently I ordered a LuMee Self Lighting Case for my new IPhone(CHECK THEM OUT) that I will be receiving by the end of the month (I have phone problems smh) and quite honestly I'm not ashamed. I've learned to love myself and love my distinctive features that the unknown has given me. LOL I'm not the only one that enjoys taking selfies on my spare time but remember to stop taking selfies at important events that you want to remember such as; thanksgiving, christmas, concerts. Hi my name is Aliyah Jones and I am addicted to taking selfies.
Everyone wants to be successful. Am I right or am I right? People always want to take the short cut route to become successful by some how magically becoming rich off the lottery; that would be wonderful but that could be a blessing and curse. I understand that money revolves us on a daily basis but at the same time we as humans tend to drift off on whats really important; our dreams and aspirations in life. We tend to forget why we are doing the things that we do within our career goals and etc. People tend to pick a job to play it safe so they are able to have food on the table but at the same time is it really worth having a job that you don't even like. Why not take the risk and finesse your way to something extraordinary? I know some people think I'm crazy or odd when it comes to me not becoming a doctor to play it safe in this world. I like art, writing, styling clothes, videography and just creating extraordinary things that could potentially help lead me to a career that I will be happy with for the rest of my life. Sometimes you just have to stop living up to other peoples expectations on how you live your life and honestly; you will feel so much better doing what you love. So take this advice and just finesse your way to success instead of taking the easy route and quite honestly their is no easy route to a lot things. Just take the time to evaluate who you are as a person and what you want to achieve in life because, trust me you will all make it if you just finesse. That's exactly what I'm doing; finessing my way to success.
One of my favorite music artists; Chris Brown has officially taken the time to expand his clothing company Black Pyramid. I've watched him piece together this body of work way back and sadly the clothing line would be put on hold due to him going on tour and etc which is understandable. For those of you that don't know Chris Brown is an phenomenal artists when it comes to being behind the paint brush and I knew his clothing line would be as successful as himself. His clothing line has a touch of bright colors which includes pieces of his artwork incorporated within his pieces. I'm digging the Cali vibe within his urban fashion line but I understand some of pieces have a touch of Virginia love(hometown). Check out some more pieces within the Black Pyramid clothing line by yours truly C-Breezy!
I'm all about young people paving the wave for other kids to follow their dreams and Tyler The Creator is a prime example of one of those young people that doesn't let anything stop him. A couple years ago, this outspoken young boy came into the music industry with a dream and he has definitely set the bar high when it comes to doing so. He is well known for having creative ideas and expressing a crazy sense of humor towards the people that he surrounds himself with; especially his family Odd Future. Just recently this young entrepreneur created a new clothing line called Golf Wang which includes bright colored pieces that resembled pieces back from the 90's which is pretty dope in my opinion. We are so used to having darker colors incorporated in other designers work but Tyler The Creator has taken the initiative to create with his own imagination which is the key to success. He inspires me to not listen to what other people have to say when it comes to having your own idea that you feel can lead up to different opportunities. Tyler will be remember as the rapper but his creativity will forever over power the title "rapper" due to the fact that he has inspired so many young kids to never let go of your creativity what so ever.
A couple days ago he had his first fashion show for his brand Golf Wang which modeled very bright and aesthetic colors which definitely caught the audiences attention. Guest that attended the fashion were given free sneakers that Tyler created which are called Golf Le Fleur and he also debuted his new song "My Ego" which was only written for the show and it will never be played or performed again. This unique show will go down as one of my favorite fashion shows that I have seen up to date! Check out the video down below to see this Creator's vision come to life!
Over the years I used to not enjoy looking at my body, my hair, my long oval face but just recently I realized that I'm unique in my own way. I don't have to look like the Victoria Secret models that have perfect bodies for days and not starve myself. It took me a minute to realize that it's okay that I have tiger stripes on the side of my thighs because; that's what makes me a women today in America. I know everyone wants that "perfect body" but sadly is it really worth it? It took me a while to embrace my oval face (my face is very ovally and I HATED IT) but then I realized that's what makes me unique in my own way. It took me a while to love the height that God or shall as say "The Unknown" has given me throughout the years. I was always known as the tall black chick that graced the halls in elementary, middle school, and also high school. I realized it is okay that I'm taller than all the guys that aren't attracted towards tall girls due to our unique physic. They just can't handle the tall girls (that's what I would always to myself when a guy used to say they wouldn't date a tall girl).
My body is my temple. I will cherish it forever and I can proudly admit that I didn't like my body for a long time. It's sad that within the media celebrities have to look a certain way to get that perfect look within the public eye. It's sad that people in our society try to mimic what they see on social media which triggers them to act on things that they shouldn't be doing; copying that perfect body. So I would like to tell everyone all around the world (including guys); love the body that you are in because trust me your the only person that can rock it out. Your the only person that can carry your body and physical features that make you unique! Own it ladies and gents! In order to love your body you have to love yourself first.
I have been MIA for over 3 months due to trying to make it out of high school without failing any classes. I am so happy to announce that I have finally made it out of high school with a 3.0 GPA (thank the lord jesus!!!). I've been waiting for this day to finally come because high school sucks. I mean it was fun and all but I moved during my senior year which really sucked but I managed to meet some pretty awesome people. I can't wait to go to college and be broke but I'm just happy that I have a level of sanity again (just for now until life starts to hit me). I have no regrets and like I would tell anyone TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES IN HIGH SCHOOL so you can look back on all of your memories. This whole year I wanted to do so much with my website and brand and I finally have time to do them since summer is here and I actually have TIME! YASSSSSSS. Stay tuned for upcoming changes and ideas that I have within my brand Hifash Magazine and upcoming collaborations. Let the games begin!
Recently this year, Kylie Jenner has taken the world by storm by creating her own lip collection that has been selling out left and right. I've heard great reviews on her lip collection when it comes to how long it lasts and how it looks natural on our physical features. I give props to Jenner on creatinga lip collection that everyone can buy due to the collection having a reasonable price for consumers. What are your thoughts?
"Anti" singer Rihanna has just dropped sensational news about her upcoming collaboration with high fashion company Dior. She will be creating unique sunglasses that will definitely sell out just as fast as her Puma Creeps and also her MAC makeup collection. Rihanna posted on Instagram earlier last week with sneak peak pictures of one of her signature sunglasses that will be a part of the collection. Be on the look out everyone because I know these sunglasses will sell out within seconds.
Beyonce has done it again; only this time she is not playing no games. A couple weeks ago the Pop diva surprised her fans with a visual intimate album called Lemonade which caused a lot of talk within the press. I've have to admit her album is phenomenal (I recommend everyone to listen asap) but her visual album of Lemonade is absolutely breathtaking. She speaks on social issues, her personal issues and also the art of being a black women in todays day in age. If you really really want to listen to the album I suggest downloading the app Tidal by the one and only Jay-Z to listen and visually watch Lemonade. You won't regret it.
I have a big heart. A big heart for people but, sometimes my heart just can't take no more. You know? It's said to witness friends go in a different direction that you weren't expecting them to go into but; hey it is what it is. When people start to say that you've changed you have to start thinking in the mentality where the people that are saying you changed;they actually changed. So in that exact moment you have to decided; do you want live with these people for the rest of you life or do you want to let go of them and find new people? It's your choice to decide to let go but remember your decisions matter and they affect every aspect of your life. So you choose? What's your pick?
Let go. Before it gets worse.
Rihanna is BACK! She's back! I've waited so long for her new album Anti to come out and shut down the whole world. And guess what? She did! How do you surpass Micheal Jacksons number one hits on the billboard charts???? Bruh!!! Don't even get me started with her clothing line that she has partnered with Puma!? She killed Fashion Week with her first collection and it was killer. I watched the fashion show on my phone live on periscope and it was just crazy dope. This is her year! Love you Rih! What's your favorite song on her new album Anti?
So I've been MIA. I have my reasons;
I'm still getting my life together
COLLEGE (HOWARD PLEASE IM THE ONE)
You know this soon to be adult life is already kind of hard but, I'm not trying to think to hard about it because it's only going to cause my anxiety to get worse. I finally got a new camera so I can shoot some style videos and videography!!!! I'm hype! I hope everyone is having a blessed day and I promise to post more! Shout out to everyone that comments on my Instagram @aliyahjonesss and states "post more on your blog!" You guys give me hope and guidance. I promise. Sorry for the wait lovelies.
Finding the Light When Your Drowning in the Dark
I understand that people go through things on a daily basis during the course of their lives. Some people go through depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and even fear. People then turn to abuse and they think they are unable to function in life and they always think they have no where to turn to. Mostly likely, people that have negative thoughts are drowning in the dark and they are not able to see the light anymore. They often start to think that what ever is going one with their lives that aren't right, they think it's the end of the world and they can't function anymore and they're ready to give up. Their connection to the light has disappeared and their unable see it anymore. If you are in a dark place currently, listen here; it is not the end of the world. I promise. You have to let people help you because, you can't always help yourself. Don't shut people out! Let them in and let them help you. Think about the positive outcome to certain situations that you are currently going through. Don't think about the negatives because your just digging a deeper hole within your self. It's okay to cry and release your emotions to other people that you are close to because, in reality your not alone. Your not the only one going though whatever situation that you are currently dealing with. Lastly, just remember to breathe because you don't want to keep suffocating your guilt within yourself. Close your eyes and think about all the positive things in your life currently. When your ready to open your eyes to see the light again be committed to it. Don't look back towards the darkness because you don't want to be there anymore. Focus on that light that can help guide you to your new beginnings in life.
J.Cole HBO Road to Homecoming Review
If your not a die hard J. Cole fan like myself: your missing out. Recently, J.Cole has had the privilege to collaborate with HBO to do a documentary called Road to Homecoming. What's really neat is that he's given his fans the opportunity to watch 20-30 minutes of each part of the documentary through Vimeo; an online video media platform where people post creative videos and pieces. This is why I highly respect him as an artist and as an individual. I was surprised and not surprised that he let us as fans go behind the scenes with him when he was about to debut his album "Forest Hills Drive 2014" and etc. I always wondered how he pieces together his canvas (music, life etc).
You know what's really crazy, you can tell that he really cares about his fans opinions and outlooks on what he does musically. The way he connects with his fans through his performance is so memorizing and it put you in a trance musically and mentally. He even let some of his fans listen to his album secretly (that's crazy and all of them kept a secret for that long! That's dedication right there). Not a lot of artists actually lets their fans listen to an album that hasn't been released yet. That was the most beautiful part about this documentary. He actually cares about the people surrounding him that has been with him since day one. I loved how he took one of his childhood friends under his wing to be a part of his journey. He even gave him a job to be a part of the Dreamville team. Now that's a friend right there. He has given many people the opportunity to see a different viewpoint in life. By taking his crew around the world to see amazing things that not a lot people get to see is the most extraordinary experience in the world.
In the documentary, you get to see how he pieces together his thoughts into pieces of music that turns into art. This creative soul shows viewer that if you put your mind and soul into something that you are passionate about; you can be anything that you want to be. You don't need to have a board full of people to tell you what sounds good, looks good and etc. You have the power to know what feels good and looks good. You have your own eyes, mind, heart and soul. You must protect it because, you don't want other people to get into your head and tell you your dreams are not measurable. When I was watching each episode on Vimeo, he made me realize that if I keep speaking things into existence ; everything will gradually happen in a chain of reaction. We can't all rush things to happen. He made it very clear that us as individuals have the power to make things happen ourselves. We may need the help of other people but, that doesn't mean that you have to depend on them for your own lifetime goals. I can go on and on, on all the things I've learned through watching his documentary. I would suggest that all of you guys to go watch it. I guarantee that you will become inspired by how he interprets life and dreams in general. Shout out to Scott Lazer for capturing these moments with J. Cole and the Dreamville team. The way Scott has visually captured these moments is incredible and he's definitely going down on my list of favorite film directors of all time. Literally. Check out the link below to watch all parts of the documentary. You won't regret it.