All posts by Dana Colon

I’m a Brooklyn native, currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies with a focus on Film and Television. I am the wild flower that grew through the cracks of the concrete.

Top Five Places to Take Your Girlfriend

1. The movies theatres; indoors or outdoors

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via Flickr/Sara Robertson

Out of all honesty, the most common place in the world is actually one of the safest yet enjoyable places to go. Around NYC, you can find a couple of local parks showing some featured films. Talk about romantic, enjoy a movie with your sweetheart as the sunsets. Bring a cozy blanket, have some popcorn to dazzle your date with. Or you can kick it indoors in the good old air conditioning. By the way have you seen the new Transformers film yet?

2. The Sex Museum

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via Flickr/Ðariusz

Explore the art of sex with your date. Who says you can’t have fun and observe sex in a different platform? If you purchase your tickets today, you can receive a discount! Filled with wild visual art, stroll over to the bar and grab a drink or two.  Beauty or you can say art, is in the eye of the beholder.

3. Bowling

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via Flickr/Ginny

Places like Lucky Strikes and Frames are fun and cozy. You can throw on a nice fitted blazer, a V-neck tee, some slim cut jeans while bowling in style underneath dim lights and good music. Play a game or two before the bowling alley actually become a lounge. Loser buys the first round of drinks.

4. Dave and Busters

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via daveandbusters.com

Explore your inner big kid. Fun arcade games, drinks and good food, Dave and Busters is a great affordable place to go on a date. It is also a fun date to break the ice if this is for your first. What is a better way to get to know someone than through cashing in all your winnings to buy them an arcade prize? Ring pops for two or a bag full of candy usual does the trick.

5. Casual Dinner

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via restaurantsinyc.com

Dine at places such as Soco, that serve their infamous red velvet waffles and chicken or Sofritos, where you can enjoy good quality Latin food. Have your girl throw on a nice dress and you compliment her style with a casual trousers and a pair of loafers. More importantly, intimate gatherings are what make dates memorable. Set aside the outside world and focus on just you and your girl. Sample each other’s food, while exchanging comments on how each other’s day was at the office was or what they did in class today.  Candle lights, wine or lemon and water are fine.

 

 

7 Destinations Every FashionMister Must Visit

Traveling is one thing that should for sure be on your list of goals for a lifetime. Explore the fabrics of the world and roam the streets where some of the most legendary designers have walked. Here are some places you should consider traveling to next!

7. Tokyo, Japan

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via flickr/aNto

Japan unleashes fashion at its wildest. Platform shoes to people dressed as anime characters. Fashion is not just clothes in Japan, but a whole new way to transform yourself. In Japan your outfit isn’t complete unless you hair is as funky as your wardrobe. Have you checked out clothing lines like Bathing Ape and COMME des GARÇONS?

6. Berlin, Germany

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via flickr/Mariano Mantel

Street wear is big in Germany. Edgy patterns and color blocking are a must here. Germany, in fact, houses two of the biggest sneaker brands; Adidas and PUMA.

 

5. Barcelona, Spain

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

Balenciaga sunglasses, Why not? Enjoy the warm weather and beaches in Spain.

 

4. Rome /Milan, Italy

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

These historic cities are one of the most crucial places to visit! Italy is known for having some of the best shoe designers in the world. This is Sightseeing fashion heaven filled with designers such as Versace, Valentino, and Moschino.

 

3. London, England

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via flickr/Anirudh Koul

A Burberry trench for the fall is a fashion essential for the London fog. Drive around London and pick up a pair of some Alexander McQueen shoes while you are there. Filled with dapper tailored suits and known for their beloved desire of hats. Do you remember Pharrell’s infamous Vivienne Westwood Hat?

 

2. Paris, France

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via flickr/Moyan Brenn

Discover the history of popular fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Walk around this fashion savvy city in your adored Red Bottoms soaking in the Parisian culture. Souvenirs? A great gift for your fashionista girlfriend would be a pair of these handcrafted shoes . Isn’t this a fashionMr Dream come true?

 

1. New York City/ Los Angeles, USA

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via flickr/drpavloff

“New York, New York.” The Big apple is ranked as the number one city on the fashion capital list. Be sure to grab yourself a cup of coffee from Starbucks, because this overly populated city will have you on your feet and waiting for a yellow taxi. The city contains 5 boroughs that each contains a selected trend of fashion.

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via flickr/Neil Kremer

They say “California girl are unforgetable” so add LA to the top of your list as well. Ranked right beside New York City, LA has produced some of the most iconic fashion movies and TV shows. The legendary Alfred Hitchock loved to bounce back & forth from LA to NY filming some of his classics. Plus, I’m sure you’d love to shop down Rodeo Drive !

 

 

Beat the Summer Heat in Style – Affordable Fashion Ensemble

With the weather permitting, it is still very much possible to flourish your fashion fiend addiction under 90 degree weather. Paying attention to the material your clothes are made of is fundamental when hitting extreme temperatures. Light linens, easy breathing fabrics as polyester or cotton to keep cool. Here are some summer saves while updating your closet.

G-Star RAW 2 Pack V-Neck Tees -$35

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via revolveclothing.com

Simple and casual, and classic v-neck shirts will always be in style. You can wear them with almost anything. You receive two shirts in this bundle with over 19 different colors to chose from. G-Star makes these shirts with a polyester and cotton blend, guaranteed to help keep cool. Other alternatives can be found at an abundance of stores like H&M, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s or Tjmaxx.

Zara Faux Leather Combination T-Shirt With Seams-$22.99

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via Zara.com

This Faux Leather shirt is good to add flare to your wardrobe. Dark colors tend to track more heat to your body in the sunlight so at night this is a great fit.The best part about leather is that is is guaranteed to always look good on you.

H&M Short-Sleeved Denim Shirt- $19.95

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via hm.com

Denim is fun but heavy, but this shirt is actually a denim printed shirt made out 100% cotton. It has a distressed pattern to it giving off a retro vibe.

Club Monaco 10 ½” Jackson Short- $69.50

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via clubmonaco.com

These cotton shorts come in two calm colors of navy and red. Designed for warm weather, these shorts are flexible to the occasion. Pair these with boats shoes, Vans, Converse or Puma Sneakers.

Bonobos -Straight Leg Washed Cotton Chinos -$43.98

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via nordstrom.com

 

For a business casual look, straight leg chinos are a great investment. They are even on sale now at Nordstrom in 9 different shades. These pants are also light and 100% cotton. You can find alternatives at Zaras, Macys, and Revolve Clothing.

H&M Chino Shorts- $19.95

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via hm.com

These cotton shorts are a classic straight cut. They are meant to go slightly above the knee and are available in nine vibrant colors. These shorts are great for color blocking with a graphic tee or tank.

Cole Haan -‘Grant Mto’ Driving Shoe-$87.98

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via nordstrom.com

This half leather and suede shoe is on on sale right now for 50% off at Nordstrom. It also comes in three different shades. A versetile shoe can be worn for different occasions. Reviews about the shoe express “..Very comfortable, like walking on air!!!!”

Topman Suede Gibson Shoes.-$70.00

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via topman.com

These casual brown shoes, detailed with beige stitching is a great way to seal an outfit. It is a 100% leather and is accompanied with a rubber sole. Some pastel linen trousers, cuffed at the bottom and a white v-neck would go really smooth with these shoes.

Adidas Ciero Sneaker- $75

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via urbanoutfitters.com

Turn your day outfit around with these low cut Adidas. These comfortable sneakers are classics and are go to’s for many men. The red stripes give a pop of color on the simple suede beige sneaker. With hints of lime green on the back and front logos, the lightweight rubber sole finishes off the design. You can find this shoe online at Urban Outfitters.

Puma Super Classic Suede Sneaker- $59

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via urbanoutfitters.com

Another sneaker alternative is this Classic Suede Puma Sneaker. The lightweight soles are great for everyday wear. Available in red, blue, black,and gray. You can find these at Urban Outfitters or Pumas offical website.

 

 

Kors Planning $1 Billion Men’s Brand

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via fashiontimes.com

CEO and Chairman of Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, John Idol, previously mentioned to WWD, that he would be expanding on to the menswear aspect and he indeed is following up with his words. A report in seekingalpha.com, earlier this year mentions that Michael Kors Holdings is growing fast into a global luxury lifestyle brand. The woman’s line is indeed affordable, but at the same side grants a high end casual approach. The shift towards menswear was inevitable.

Carried in over 450 stores in 35 different countries, big things are happening for Michael Kors. With the new global menswear president being Mark Brashear, former Hugo Boss Americas CEO, 2015 shall be a promising year for Kors.

Plans for a $1 billion dollar goal with the welcoming of the new CEO. The line shall include watches, apparel and other leather goods to be on the look out for. Have you noticed the popular iPad cases? Although, Michael Kors is adored by many woman, will Kors dominate the Menswear industry?

 

 

5 Places You Should Add To Your Summer List!

1. 230 Fifth

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via 230-Fifth

2. Sugar Factory American Brasserie (New York, Las Vegas Paris & Las Vegas Towns Square , San Diego , Brooklyn *Coming Soon*)

You might as well call this place candy land.

With four locations, you can spot some of the hottest celebs drinking one of their signature candy infused goblets. They have over 10 different signature chocolate martinis.

Their menu ranges from breakfast, brunch and dinner. Options from waffles, crepes, pancakes all the way to chicken tenders. Having a birthday soon?

Make a reservation at Sugar Factory and get a packaged deal with their party menu.

3. LIV night club (Miami)

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via Liv Night Club

“Your momma used to live at the church on Sunday
You just go to LIV after church on Sunday”

Yes, Rapper Drake said it and it really is true; LIV is the place to be on Sunday.

LIV is considered one of the most popular clubs at Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. They are known for having the hottest DJ’s and GoGo Dancers. Beware, this place is pretty pricey! Other than that, you are guaranteed to be partying with A-List celebs, athletes, and socialites.

Are you ready to Party?

4.1 Oak (Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, South Hampton *coming soon* )

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via 1 Oak NYC

5. Hudson River Café and Lounge (New York)

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via Hudson Cafe and Lounge

 

 

 

The Empire State will light up silver for 50 Anniversary of Warhol’s Empire on 7/25

“I never liked the idea of picking out certain scenes and pieces of time and putting them together, because… it’s not like life… What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment.”

The late American Artist, Warhol stated this after producing the most unique film of the 20th century. He was known for his ambiguous productions of art. He stuck by his own visions and perception of beauty and gave his viewers a journey through his eyes. His love for the Empire State building was so grand; he created an eight hour filmed dedicated to the building.

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via moma.com

All throughout July you can catch a Viewing of the film Empire in the Empire State building. Also details of the artist and his creations will be accompanying this tribute to Warhol and the building.

On July 25th, the building will be will filled with thousands of white lights dedicating the honor of the film’s anniversary in 1964.

Be sure to hashtag #WarholEmpire while tweeting your pictures!

 

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Tupac Inspired Broadway Musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” Closed!

The hip hop infused broadway musical “Holler If Ya hear Me,” delivered not only a love story but realistic emotions of the streets to Broadway.

Although, some were very critical of the use of Tupac’s music and lyrics, others seemed to embrace the show and Tupac’s more poetic side. Sad to say, the production’s last show was July 20th. So if you didn’t get a chance to see if, you probably missed out on a gem.

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On opening night, Broadway.com interviewed the cast, director and couple celebs after the performance. One of the interviewees was in fact Tupac’s brother, Mopreme Shakur. He briefly shed some light that he and the late rapper were well involved in the arts at a young age.

Rolling Stone writer, Jason Newman, grasped some insight from cast member, Saul Williams, on why the production didn’t last long.

Williams said, “One of our producers came in really angry because he had spoken to one of the TKTS people [who man Broadway ticket-selling booths] — not saying she was a producer — and asked them, “What about Holler? Should I see that?” And the response of the person who is supposed to guide tourists to plays stated that ‘It’s a bit of a downer. It’s not necessarily as fun as’ whatever other play they mentioned.”

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Furthermore, he led into a comment that Harry Belafonte told him after the show, expressing that “you took an afrocentric-themed play and placed it on a eurocentric stage. The problems you’ll face are larger than you think.”

Is the reason for the production closing early deeper than just financial issues?

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Overall, cast members emphasized on the shows huge success inside the theatre. With standing ovations after every performance; a crowd sing-a-long to “California Love” had the atmosphere grooving. The talented cast seemed to have had enjoyed the experience while it lasted.

More importantly, to even have Tupac’s work be brought so far from a lyrical aspect to an actual live show is something worth noting down as another accomplishment of Hip-Hop.

 

Watched it? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Cultural Appreciation, Fashion and Music with Solange Knowles

Cultural appreciation is frequently exhausted through media. Rather it is through a simple tweet, an art piece or a visual for a music video, culture is everywhere. A case in point of cultural appreciation is an artist’s expression shown through music. Solange’s hit song “Losing You is a funky and vibrant song with an inimitable visual.

Produced by Dev Hynes and Solange, the song originally released on October 2, 2012 off of her EP True and grabbed headlines and the attention of many. Coming in at No. 22 on the UK Indie charts, the public loved her sound. Solange mentions with an interview with the South African Sunday Times that the influences of the song are from the 80’s and African percussion instruments. It is indeed a song of Rhythm and Blues also with a dash of electronic wave.

The visual of “Losing You” was directed by Melina Matsoukas; director of Grammy Award Winner “We Found Love” by Rihanna. Matsoukas’s resume is pretty dope, filled with projection done like Ne-Yo’s “Because of You,” Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction”, and many videos for Solange’s older sister Beyoncé. Did you see the On the Run Tour Promo video yet? Yes? It was done by Matsoukas herself.

Moreover, the video was directed in the township of Langa in Cape Town, South Africa. It was inspired by Italian Photographer Daniele Tamagni’s book Gentleman of Bacongo.  The book is filled with photos from Le Sape Society, also known as Society for the Advancement of People’s Elegance. The VIBE Vixen mentions that she was styled by Ty Hunter and selected by Elle South Africa fashion director Asanda Sizaniwas. Solange wears bright colors and exciting patterns by Suno, KenzoDiane von Fürstenberg, Opening Ceremony, and J. Crew in the visual.

via Daniele Tamagni
via Daniele Tamagni

The video is a combination of fashion and cultural tributes to African culture and also to correlate to the lyrics of her song. The words express someone who is realizing they are losing their lover. She sings “Tell me the truth boy am I losing you for good, We used to kiss all night but now there’s just no fuse, I don’t know why I fight it, clearly we are through.”

Her awkward placement in the video gives viewers the vibe of when something is going wrong with your love life and your feelings start seeping through your pores. You become still, you become out of touch with reality but yet you yearn for someone to notice you. She sings blankly in the camera while people move around her not realizing she is standing there or yet alone dancing in their work places. She identified herself not as Beyoncé’s younger sister, but a woman who walks to the beat of her own drum. She has received positive feedback from MTV’s Buzz Worthy Blog, where its mention only Solange could pull off this style.

Observe and absorb the cultural appreciation of Solange’s creation.

 

 

Brooklyn’s Hip Hop Festival 10th Anniversary

In honor of Hip-Hop, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival shut down the scene in Williamsburg, in a positive way. From July 9 to July 12, the festival held some of Hip-Hops greatest moments. Not really a surprise, this was such successful turn out because it is consider one of the biggest events acknowledging the Hip-Hop cultural in all of the five boroughs.

Similar to Hot 97’s Summer Jam or, 98.9’s Power House, or Rock the Bells. Since 2005, BHF has been sponsored by Brooklyn Bodega, alongside founder Wes Jackson joining the team in 2006.Every year they draw more hip hop legends and up & coming artist for the BHF.

Daily Motion recently collaborated with Brooklyn Bodega to help stream the BHF live for viewers who couldn’t join this year. And the results were outstanding. Hosted by Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae, with performances by Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica, CJ Fly of Pro Era, Cyhi the Prince, DJ Rob Swift, The Audible Doctor Kydd Jones and many more artists.

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via bkhiphopfest/Instagram

If you didn’t get the chance witness the three J’s come to Brooklyn, then you missed out on history. The goal for Brooklyn Bodega was to have the three J’s come to Brooklyn; J.Cole, Jay Electronica, and Jay-Z. With hashtag #WEMADEIT trending on Facebook and twitter, performances struck the BHF online streaming so hard, it crashed the network. Thanks to technology, you can actually view the performances online.

Getting rapper Jay Elec wasn’t easy, but likes it’s said, patience is a virtue. “Eventually conversations with Jay Elec started up again and while he rejected offers from Coachella, Governor’s Ball, Bonaroo and others he accepted our offer.” said on an updated post of the BHF on their website. The rapper came through with special guests Mac Miller, J. Cole, Talib Kweli and The Boss, Jay-z. Jay and Jay-z even shared a moment when Jay-z takes off his NGE Chain and put it around Jay Elec’s neck.


Jay Z and Jay Electronica Rock The Brooklyn Hip… by BKHipHopFestival
 

It was a blissful day in Brooklyn, especially when legendary Raekwon touched the stage bringing out Brooklyn rising star Bobby Shmurda, Papoose, AZ, Troy Ave, and Lil Fame of M.O.P.

Enjoy some of BHF Best Clips here!

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