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This made me emotional for some reason. if you know me you know the impact that my twin sister has on me. she’s the first person i go to for everything. whether it be creative advice, for her to open something for me or just help me in general. i sent her this @bombandbrilliant logo tester earlier today then i get on instagram and see this! she made it her screensaver on all of her “gadgets” (that’s what she calls them) and then took this bomb pic that even included one of my homecoming queen crowns 😂 even though we argue literally every day, you’re so appreciated! the way you support me is amazing. you sit there and listen to me talk for hours about how i have “a lot on my mind” and even when you find out that “a lot” is in reference to my instagram feed and youtube channel you still listen 😂. continue to work on being more positive when you take pics of me tho... love you “pretty twin” you so bomb and brilliant #bombandbrilliant #dontletthemboxyouin

comment 9 star 134 2 weeks ago

🖤sometimes you gotta throw on some adidas and gooooo! #dontletthemboxyouin #whowearinheelseverydaylol #notmetholol #loner

comment 30 star 732 September 2017
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"we've been trying to tell you...deference is due." ~every woman of color on the planet *glory, grace and smirk captured by @naskademini * #beenmagic

comment 1 star 50 Yesterday

Me.. me also! 😇😆😜 #dontletthemboxyouin #openminded

comment 5 star 61 May 2017

I'm so happy right now !!! i'm featured on an album with two living legends 😍😍😍 omg 🙊🙊 see yall at #bluenile tmrw night 😘😘 @ruffinsbbq @irvinmayfieldjr it's a celebration 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 #neworleansstyle #dontletthemboxyouin #keepgrinding #createdaily #ising #allgenres #watchmysmoke 💨💨💨 #blessed #denisia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #neworleans girl #kermitruffins #irvinmayfieldjr

comment 3 star 858 September 2017
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comment 1 star 8 September 2017

"we've been trying to tell you...deference is due." ~every woman of color on the planet *glory, grace and smirk captured by @naskademini * #beenmagic

comment 1 star 50 Yesterday

This made me emotional for some reason. if you know me you know the impact that my twin sister has on me. she’s the first person i go to for everything. whether it be creative advice, for her to open something for me or just help me in general. i sent her this @bombandbrilliant logo tester earlier today then i get on instagram and see this! she made it her screensaver on all of her “gadgets” (that’s what she calls them) and then took this bomb pic that even included one of my homecoming queen crowns 😂 even though we argue literally every day, you’re so appreciated! the way you support me is amazing. you sit there and listen to me talk for hours about how i have “a lot on my mind” and even when you find out that “a lot” is in reference to my instagram feed and youtube channel you still listen 😂. continue to work on being more positive when you take pics of me tho... love you “pretty twin” you so bomb and brilliant #bombandbrilliant #dontletthemboxyouin

comment 9 star 134 2 weeks ago

For the ones who decided to buck the system, and a steady paycheck, to make their sole purpose about their soul's purpose. the @badgalriri s and tracees (@traceeellisross ) who have the unmitigated gall to show up in every space as their full selves..making "different" de rigueur.  the women who rock a #redlip to work, #workout and #werk because they know it commands space and your consent is not requested or required.  the rep. murkowskis, collins and #maxinewaters standing in the gap to ensure every voice is heard, holding elected officials accountable even when they refuse to be responsible. the #noladarling s and #beingmaryjane s who wield their womanly wilds with a taste of whimsy and a ton of wisdom, and could not care less if you die mad about it. the ladies with a #jackandjill cotillion under their belt  representin'  their evolution of a "graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood" but will still drop down and get their 'eagle on' to a mean #bassline . the danies (@daniebb3 ), gabbys (@gabby3shabby ) and ashleys (@theashleygraham ) who are radical enough to shun the perverted perception of stick figures as aspirational, because they know they represent the proverbial "hourglass"...with a few extra minutes. the gab unions (@gabunion ) of the world,  brazen enough to share their unabridged truth knowing it's not necessary to sainthood our stories to ensure being seen because we are still worthy, even with our frayed edges. and a slow clap for the @badassboz s, @ukonwaojo s and other corporate #creatives with the cultural dexterity to claim those c-suites, and the chutzpah to curate space for the many more colorful faces to follow.  #mavericks, this one is for you...and the folks who love to fan your flames. #travellight . "heads up and eyes open." #dsa2m

comment 18 star 175 3 weeks ago

Excited to let everybody know that the first episode of my new podcast @thepotenthour will be out monday! 💣💥 this should be interesting! lol #thepotenthourpodcast 🌿⏰🎙 #payattentionitsfree 💡 #dontletthemboxyouin#createnewbranchesonyourtree ✔️ #staytuned & #stayblessed 🙏🏽 #po10nt 💯

comment 18 star 185 4 weeks ago

It's time to see a balance between the #majesty and the mess. the media has the "mess" fully covered. thank you @lenawaithe and @directordavidrodriguez for keeping the #lights on. #thechi#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin

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comment 3 star 114 last month

My brothers don't have to ask twice.. if i got it they go it.. this dude still hasn't been to the studio yet tho 🤔😂 . . #dontletthemboxyouin #brotherskeeper #goodpeoples #stillexist #bethechange

comment 10 star 81 last month

The high priestess of #soul has been holding court with the mastery of her #music since the age of six...and the isolation of excellence soon after. known for tackling emotions deemed taboo for brown hues, #ninasimone ' s  relevancy can only be rivaled by her reach. before #kaepernick and #johncarlos, there was a 10 - year old nina refusing to play until her parents were given proper seats at her #recital. a #maverick before we could name it. after 50 years of influence on everything from #broadway to #thebeatles , she may finally have her day in the #rock & roll hall of fame.

comment 1 star 39 October 2017

I'm so happy right now !!! i'm featured on an album with two living legends 😍😍😍 omg 🙊🙊 see yall at #bluenile tmrw night 😘😘 @ruffinsbbq @irvinmayfieldjr it's a celebration 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 #neworleansstyle #dontletthemboxyouin #keepgrinding #createdaily #ising #allgenres #watchmysmoke 💨💨💨 #blessed #denisia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #neworleans girl #kermitruffins #irvinmayfieldjr

comment 3 star 858 September 2017

#friendlyreminder : no need to #push, poke or play yourself..."a rising tide lifts all boats." even the ones segregated by a #forcedfield #thebarrel#flyboy#hebrubrantley

comment 2 star 32 September 2017

Born of a #christian mom, #muslim dad…it's only right her name is an acronym from the supreme alphabet. #sza, it works. #dope #writer for @badgalriri #riri and #bey, only lady standing shoulder to shoulder with the kings on #tde. part time #gymnast, full-time brigade leader of brazen brown girls who lack the energy or interest to create a filter. currently blasting through my condo...windows and terrace doors open. neighbors will deal. #saturdayvibes

comment 7 star 42 September 2017
comment 1 star 8 September 2017

🖤sometimes you gotta throw on some adidas and gooooo! #dontletthemboxyouin #whowearinheelseverydaylol #notmetholol #loner

comment 30 star 732 September 2017

Folks are usually much more of the things they conceal, than the stuff they show. it’s the duality of life. and to capture the true #essence of a full human being, you need the eye of a #photographer and the heart of an #artist. to see the #empath and the #ego, you need space. not gossip space, or soundbite space. trusted space. space for people to show you who they are, voluntarily and involuntarily. great #journalists are adept at creating this space. they know that anyone can write something worth reading twice, but the magic is in capturing the nuances that folks grasp at once. it’s personal, for the subject and the #source. @rapradar , @elliottwilson and @bdottm you deserve a round of applause for that #jayz interview. you delivered something special. astute #businessman with information to share. imperfect partner with a contrite heart. proud family man humbled by new life. world-class friend eager to celebrate someone else's win. and #fearless curator, connoisseur and creator of #dopeart. after two decades of listening to an artist tell his own story on the mic, it didn’t feel like a complete reversal of the person when you introduced us to him in his real life. #welldone

comment 4 star 60 August 2017
comment 3 star 26 August 2017

The responsibility of #parenting 4 kids under the age of 10 before her 10th birthday. a mother battling mental and physical illness without adequate armour. a step dad unworthy of the title. failing foster care for the formative years. followed by #homelessness, a string of relationships reflecting her reality and a marriage that discounted her worth. ending seems inevitable right?! insert unmatched #hustle, indisputable talent and a heart for god.  #tiffanyhaddish started doing stand up as a quick reprieve from the harsh realities of her life. bringing her brand of funny to baby showers and bars, alike. commited to sharing her gift without concern for favor or fear...small features and table reads were the seeds for prime time shows and box office gold($100 million and counting). and her own stand up show(tonight on @showtime ), followed by more opportunities with @realtracymorgan and @kevinhart4real on the same payroll, the 1st black female #comic to host #snl on her own and a whole country rooting for her rise and cheering her on. #spoiler alert: you #win in the end.  #trusttheprocess and #keepgoing#snl

comment 8 star 43 August 2017

I don't know about you, but the 24hr news cycle is full of faux leadership, fear mongering and all around foolishness. if you blink,  you'll miss the good stuff. so, here are a few pieces of dope ish you might have missed...this week. 1) it's safe to say no one missed the release of #444 and the vulnerability of a seasoned #emcee committed to moving the #culture forward. he's the best, don't fight me on this. however,  in your celebration of #hov don't miss the "1 half of a 2- piece dark" who goes by the name #noid. if  #jayz created a #vision, then no.i.d. curated the #art. 2 middle-aged brown men with the heart and chutzpah to tell their truth. imagine the genuine genius it requires to pull the best from an #artist who could easily rest on his laurels and satisfy the masses with much less. that's no small feat. it's one thing to be fearless, it's a whole different animal to free others. i imagine no. i.d. was thinking of that sage advice he once received from the prolific street #poet we call @killermike , "one day you gonna wake up dead and say, i wish i was..." i guess he decided to do it now. 2) #cantstopwontstop : a bad boy story was everything i expected and more. we all know the face of the braggadocious brand but the #documentary gave us a glimpse into the man and his singular focus: excellence. @diddy was not built to play it small. the autobiographical offering is a love letter  to every person fearful of being seen "starting from the bottom". meet the man who introduced the clothing line at a vegas trade show...that now grosses upward of $400 million annually. start somewhere. 3) #2chainz and the #streetexecs mixed flash and fun to capture the eye, added dope #vibes and vocals to connect the heart, then fed you substance for sustenance. bravo. the #pinktraphouse was a  masters-level course in elevating your brand. you had the world talking, praising and getting tested. #dope 4) the 1st #philandocastile scholarship was awarded to college-bound marques watson. the young student has already forged a relationship with castile's mother. they took his life, but emboldened a #legacy. #creatives#bealight#dsa2m#dontletthemboxyouin

comment 5 star 41 July 2017
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@misahylton , @samiranasr & @markseliger "put their thing down, flipped it and reversed it". @missymisdemeanorelliott is proof that #dope will withstand the test of time . *honorable mention to the ever clever @jenniferfisherjewelry for that new-age #earcandy. those hoops are delicious.* #dsa2m

comment 5 star 37 May 2017

Me.. me also! 😇😆😜 #dontletthemboxyouin #openminded

comment 5 star 61 May 2017

He has something...i can’t put my finger on it, but there is an “it”. maybe it stems from watching his father secure a living as a technician while encompassing the soul of a #creative , or experiencing a mother who adored the beauty of cinema but was relegated to the business of the craft. maybe his ability to tell a story with #sartorial splendor emits from his background in #costumedesign or the years spent soaking up the colorful culture of camden lock and the northside. or maybe the whimsy and wonder lie in his affinity to 5-finger rings and enough antiques to put magic don juan to shame. i don’t know. it could come from years of working behind the scenes to promote someone else’s vision, planning your exit for other opportunities only to have what started as a breakup culminate into a marriage after being offered the job you never applied for. or that thing that awakens when you are tossed into the big leagues after your boss abruptly leaves, and you know the show must go on…so you create and curate in 5 days what your contemporaries couldn’t deliver in an entire season. from collaborating with #trevorandrew (#troubleandrew) to marry #guccistories with #graffitiart or utilizing transgender models before it was en vogue, he has made “different” de rigueur. he’s brought a new vibrancy and verve to a century old brand by simply being himself. while i'm still unpacking my feelings about the new campaign...i can't ignore his conviction to #individuality , #diversity and #inclusion. #alessandromichele is as #gucci as it gets. *dope visuals by @_glen_luchford * #gucci#prefall2017#dsa2m

comment 1 star 63 April 2017

It's a very special aries birthday today! happy 30th birthday @nard____... talking greasy about him will cause you to catch these 👊👊👊... my only male cousin who been here since day 1... love him dearly...enjoy your weekend... always admired you were different... keep up the good work... #dontletthemboxyouin #thinkoutsidethebox 🍾🍾🍾🍾

comment 2 star 47 April 2017

#words have meaning, and #ideas become things...you are your best thing! #intellectualproperty#inspo#keepgoing#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin

comment 1 star 23 April 2017

This world can be cruel sometimes, stay graceful, stay kind and most importantly, stay you. #dontletthemboxyouin 📺

comment 2 star 40 March 2017

There is chatter of a collaboration between fearless #creatives @ava and @robingivhan , and i can't imagine a better duo to speak truth to this story. everyone needs to see how the #battleofversailles changed the landscape of brown faces in fashion, from the perspective of 2 people who know the difference between a web search and research . how the #brooklyn-born "buffalo soldier" for #inclusion, ms.@bethannhardison, became known as "mom" to an entire generation of #artists...from #beckford to #basquiat. and how an event that unfolded over 4 decades ago on a snowy november evening continues to challenge the evolving perception of #beauty around the globe. #eleanorlambert#bethannhardison#stephenburrows#avaduvernay#robingivhan#cfda#billieblair#alvachinn#patcleveland#jenniferbrice#normajeandarden#charlenedash#barbarajackson#aminawarsuma#ramonasaunders#sprezzatura#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#americahasbeengreat#dsa2m

comment 4 star 46 January 2017

I graduated high school, in my cap & gown with my one year old on my hip! from the day i had her, she was pure motivation. i vowed to not be a statistic "teen mom." i built my own portfolio, in the corporate world to give her everything and more. she's the reason, i never think small minded when it comes to life & success! seeing my baby, dominate the stage was beyond inspiring! my fearless girl, my perfect sweet babygirl ❤️ #teenmom #youcandoallthings #dontletthemboxyouin ...... #vinichiminyon#ootd#details #trendy #accessories #shop#fashionista #online#clothing #editoral #instafashion #instastyle#blogger #fashionblogger #fashionstylist #fashionmagazine

comment 19 star 177 January 2017

Still reeling from @moonlightmov . i don't know if it was the way @bandrybarry and @octarell_again carefully unpack the misery and magic of black masculinity. or the delicate hand @mrjameslaxton used to #miter saturation with a color scientist to illuminate the "beautiful nightmare" known as #libertycity . or how @mahershalaali (as juan) brilliantly reveals the nuanced duplicity of an uncommon hero masquerading as a drug dealer. or  the unrelenting task of @ashtondsanders / @_trevante_ (as #chiron) to simultaneously display vulnerability and virility without rest. or the daunting peace @naomieharris (as paula) finds at the end of a pipe, as a quick reprieve from living a life without #hope . or the pauses. the pauses. the pauses that capture the palpable pain of any kid attempting to navigate a world where "different" means deficient. #welldone #moonlight#moonlightmovie#filmmaking#independentfilm#indiefilm#redemption#atonement#cinematography#tarrellalvinmccraney#bestpicture2017#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 3 star 46 October 2016

When your "taste is contagious" and you never learned to play it small...#alessandromichele #decadence#gucciss17#fauxvintage#fallthrough#streetstyle#sprezzatura#headwrapsandherringbone#hisveinspumpgucci#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#itsgucci#dsa2m

comment 0 star 29 September 2016

Curator of creative cool-girl chic, purveyor of panache, brigade leader of brazen brown girls everywhere, and now #emmynominated #actress...@traceeellisross #traceeellisross#dopenessisherdefault#blackish#mirabella#girlfriends#motivationalspeaker#performer#parttimelyricist#tmurda#caliopechampignon#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 2 star 39 September 2016

...when the #storytelling is so purposeful and passionate it becomes poetic. @directher- in the words of titan #tonimorrison, you see "the pieces we are, gather them and give them back to us in all the right order." #thankyou#queensugar#own#avaduvernay#annieliebowitz#superb#visionary#onward#smallbutmightytribe#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin

comment 0 star 15 September 2016

"it’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. i’m not alive for that purpose. my existence is not about how desirable you find me"#warsanshire ...@aliciakeys , so unabashedly woman and #free ... and kudos @normanjeanroy for requiring the eye to listen before it 'looked' #inspo#photographysouls#normanjeanroy#aliciakeys#citizensofhumanity#dopeart#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin

comment 4 star 34 September 2016

#verawang dedicated nearly a decade to a singular mission as an ice skater with an #olympic goal , then quit. studied at a parisian powerhouse, then graciously swept up hair and ran errands for #ralphlauren. she spent nearly 17 years cultivating a coveted career at the holy grail of #fashion, then walked away after being passed over for the top rung (enter #annawintour). started something new with little more than frustration and fortitude while forging into her 4th decade of life...and still #won "none of this has been easy. there's an old #skater's saying: don't be afraid of falling. it's 90 percent falling — otherwise, you don't master anything. you might hurt your ass. or break your ankle. or c***k a rib... have the #courage to try. otherwise, what are we here for?" ~vera w**g #wondercrushwednesday#inspo#startsomewhere#keepgoing#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 4 star 28 August 2016

When your life and your living level up...from boston road barber to #branding artige. watching @therealswizzz is like a #masterclass in "graduating your brand" #artlife#nocommission#thedeancollection#interiors#inspo#keepgoing#swizzbeatz#trustedkeeperoftheculture#whenartimitateslifeimitatesart#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 4 star 27 August 2016

@pharrell is #other . period. *dope display by @simplicityxstyle #nmd#adidasnmd#connect#getfree#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin

comment 0 star 14 July 2016

The notoriously private #voiceofnewyork and unofficial pulse of #hiphop is releasing her book on tuesday, and i can't wait to read it. @angiemartinez has kept us dialed - in for over 2 decades and now folks will get a chance to see the blueprint for her storied career. i'm interested to hear the stories behind the stories...but one in particular has peaked my interest. i have a personal connection to the #bestofbothworlds debacle that ended on that fateful night in #nyc . hustling between night courses @fitnyc and my day job in #baltimore created a brutal commute...."and i remember vividly what those streets did to me." i was stuck in horrendous traffic on the #brooklyn bridge when #hot97 interrupted the music to report the pepper spray melee. #angiemartinez promised an exclusive immediately following the show at #madisonsquare with #jayz...and after several false starts and what seemed like an endless wait.. she delivered. trapped on the bridge with traffic at a crawl, i witnessed a rare glimpse of a bothered jay. he was tight, and his normally cool and collected demeanor was canceled out by the thought of his beloved borough getting played by the pied piper of rhythm and blues. it was #epic. typical angie mar. btw...we know that you have a #newyorktimesbestseller on your hands, and all that's great...but we are still gonna need those #tupac tapes. #maverickcrushmonday#angiemartinez#yesitsarepost#butitsmine#becauseican#mypagemyrules#myvoicethebook#author#entrepreneur#entertainer#visionary#girlboss#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 1 star 32 May 2016

One thing is for sure, "life for 《shakasenghor》 ain’t been no crystal stair. it’s had tacks in it, and splinters, and boards torn up, and places with no carpet on the floor— bare." abused and discarded as a kid, shaka was selling and using drugs by 14, shot by 17, and the shooter by 19. his willingness to trade violence for validation led him to serve 19 years in federal prison and subjected him to over 1600 consecutive days in solitary...a system designed to break most in less than 90. yet, shaka chose to focus instead of fold. searching for a brief reprieve from the unflinching violence inside prison, he chose to journal his thoughts onto scraps of paper left behind in his cell. he allowed the worst version of himself to serve as a floor, using his experiences to pen a #newyorktimesbestseller shining a light under the floorboards of the only billion dollar industry with a 70% failure rate. his advocacy work for #prisonreform and #massincarceration resonates with key opinion leaders around the globe. from violent offender to #mit fellow, #shakasenghor exemplifies the resiliency of the human spirit. his story of #redemption requires us all to challenge our own perceptions about punishment and the insidious cracks in a #prisonsystem built to warehouse animals, instead of #rehabilitate humans. and if you are of the mindset that prisons are rightfully operating as hellish housing for perpetrators of crime, please note it's only gladiator school for the 600k being released soon to a city near you. #maverickcrushmonday#shakasenghor#becauseican#mypagemyrules#writingmywrongs#cut50#theatonementproject#beyondprisons#writer#lecturer#universityofmichigan#massachusettsinstituteoftechnology#tedtalks#author#activist#mybrotherskeeper#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 6 star 27 April 2016

Known for his prolific pen game, as well as "proclivities to thuggery" #killermike / #michaelrender has harnessed his power to leave a daunting presence in the political world. as a full human being, he has never diluted the duality of his life. he proclaims his penchant for protecting the interests of the poor with the same panache used to express his love of the $5 s***p club. his depth and breadth of knowlege on the social ills plaguing our country has garnered the attention of everyone, from #hiphop heads to #policymakers on #thehill . clearly, he learned at a young age that to "make it out the ice cold streets of the city you better have a christopher word game, witty/ you better have a dance game similar to diddy/ or play b-ball above the rim like smitty" an honorable mention to the mrs. whom i will shout out by name , @shaybigga , because we all know behind every dope guy is an even more dope dame. #maverickcrushmonday#killermike#becauseican#mypagemyrules#lyricist#entrepreneur#activist#runthejewels#theswagshop#dungeonfamily#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin#dsa2m

comment 7 star 73 March 2016

We can take over the block or wall street.. #dontletthemboxyouin

comment 0 star 10 March 2016
comment 2 star 43 March 2016

#outkast : the coolest mutherfunkers on the planet, unabashedly creating without consideration of your critique #belikeoutkast#outliers#inspo#sippinmilkshakesinasnowstorm#creatives#dontletthemboxyouin

comment 4 star 9 February 2016