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Juneteenth: A True American Holiday

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In “Juneteenth Picnic” By Arthello Beck via blacksouthernbelle.com This year, LCM is honoring Juneteenth. June 19th, 1865 is probably one of the most important and pivotal dates for Black people and the soul of America. On that day in Galveston Texas, it was announced by General Gordon Granger that slaves were free, a whole two and a half years after Lincoln had already signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Many enslaved people were unaware of their 2-year old freedom, therefore…

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9 Black History Movies & Documentaries Teaching The Black Experience

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Black History Movies & Documentaries 1. Africa’s Great Civilizations By PBS First on the list of Black history movies is actually a documentary. However, it is the most amazing docuseries I have ever watched. Narrated by Henry Louis Gates Jr., this 6-part series highlights Africa’s ancient history, religion, kingdoms, trade, culture and so more. Take your time watching this. Give yourself days, weeks, months to get into it. What you gain from taking in the information slowly is invaluable. I’ve…

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God’s Grace On March 16th, 2020

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  “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Ephesians 1:2   God is always at work. But there are some days that God’s grace appears more obvious than others. You see, on March 16, 2020, I had seven stops to make. Yes, seven. And to put it into context a bit, this was already 3-4 days into California’s “social distancing” order due to Covid-19. While I knew that I should be away from…

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Styling Annju’lia Smalls Wearing Zadig&Voltaire – Piet Mondrian Inspired Color Blocking

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  Model: Annju’lia Smalls @annjuliasmalls Makeup: Chevy Player-Tucker @cheverlyhillz Photography: Sheldon Botler @sheldonbotler Wardrobe: Melissa Goodwin @liveclothesminded Wearing: Zadig&Voltaire Leather Pants, Creole Amour Cathedral Earrings, Urban Outfitters Out From Under Sheer Blouse, French Connection Loafers   #WearWhoYouAre See more here, styled in Carbon 38.…

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Cats & Mats Yoga @ The Feline Good Social Club – Long Beach

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Long before Cats & Mats Yoga, I’ve Loved Cats. It may be news for some, but for those that know me well, know that many moons before Cats & Mats Yoga ever existed, I’ve loved my little feline friends. As a kid, my mom and I would unconventionally rescue street cats in Oakland. I couldn’t resist their cuteness, and my mom couldn’t resist my love for them, so she made it possible for us to find a way to save…

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My 8 Favorite Things About Rihanna

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@badgalriri love… Because she is amazing, and loved by many (myself included), it’s only right that in honor of her birthday, February 20th, I share 8 of my favorite things about Rihanna on LCM. Keep reading to see if you concur with my 8 favs… My 8 Favorite Things About Rihanna 1. Rihanna’s Sense Of Style Rihanna has always been a queen in the fashion world. Whether she’s rocking the latest trends or setting them for the future, Rihanna can…

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LCM Recap – Social Media Hiatus, New Hair Goals, Kobe + More…

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Goodbye January and all of your madness… January 2020 was one hell of a month. From the impeachment trials to the coronavirus to the passing of Kobe Bryant… what is 2020 really about, God? I’m paying attention to the times we are in, doing my best not to fall into any of the mess, but it’s clearly everywhere, so I’m watching my steps. Rest when you’re sick… duh. I spent the first two weeks of the year being sick. It…

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LA’s Grayest Day – A Poem Dedicated To The Life Of Kobe Bryant

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LA’s Grayest Day A Poem Dedicated To Kobe Bryant In Regards To His Passing Did you hear what TMZ said? Is what the text read, when we realized the world was about to be flipped upside down, emotionally paralyzed.   I typed in your legendary name, as if I was searching for some F.A.Q.’s. Wishing the first article to pop up wasn’t confirming today’s truths.   No! Was my first word. A shed tear was my first action. At this…

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