Tag Archives: black men

Beauty in Black Shades

Like Brown Sugar you are so fine. Suited with amours of Grace.

Brown Sugar you are love, strenght, courage and beauty.

A ripple in the ocean.

A diamond yet to be found.

Ataui Deng

Lola Falana

Obama and Michelle's Wedding.


Random beauty

Djebril Didier Zonga

Random Beauty

Adeola Ariyo

Daniel Lazaro

Ngo Okafor

Shakra Ledard

Megan Good

Modu Seye- Senegal

Kelenna Azubuike

Sonja Wanda

Lauryn Hill

Fayruz Abdiaman

Random Beauty Credit to The Trapezium

Random Beauty.

Salieu Jalloh

Ataui Deng

Cherif Ndiaye

Dorothy Dandridge with Harry Belafonte.

Mali beauty

Miriam Chemmoss

This photo strikes me as sad and beautiful at the same time.

Very Nubain-esque

Black Beauties in Style

Beauty in all sizes.   Style in all colors.  Enjoy this little portion before Friday’s post.  These are some of the women and men showing us their own way of being black and, beautiful.

Nnena from Top Model

Belinda Baidoo

Kiara Kabukuru


Teiko Dornor

Tomika Fraser

Ajuma Nasenyana

Courtney Taylor

Pierre Woods




Isa Rahman

Friday Feature: Robert Tyndale of Room 322

I recently had the pleasure to interview Room 322 Owner, and Creative Designer, Robert Tyndale who is, without a doubt, a very impressive Young Entrepreneur!  It was inspiring to get a fresh, “get focused” approach to business ownership, targeted at those who, like me, have never fit the mold of what is essentially conventional.  So when I got to hearing his start-up story, selling streetwear from his car and working hard to meet buyers and sales reps, it resonated  a similar beginning to FUBU mogul Daymond John.

Tell us a little about Room 322

Room 322 is a lifestyle boutique based in Edmonton, Alberta. Unlike the typical clothing store, we focus mainly on lifestyle brands that are based on the streetwear community.  Streetwear seems to always be interpreted in different ways, so to make things clear, “streetwear” is not your stereotypical fashion that is made for only “black people”, but actually the fashion that is formed and embraced from the streets. Room 322 offers a variety of different apparel, footwear and accessories that have roots and a history behind them.  Our customers love this and, this unique sense of history keeps them coming back.

How would you describe your style?

My style, over the last two years, has changed and is something that I constantly work on improving. My main style is a combination of streetwear and contemporary mixed together. When it comes to my combination I pay attention to detail. You will see me rocking a wooden, beaded, soul power GoodWood chain, with a plain v-neck, and Evisu denim and a loud pair of Jays. One thing that I truly have a passion for is footwear. Any outfit cannot be complete without the right pair of kicks on your feet. I am the type of person who will wear a simple, clean, outfit with some banging shoes on my feet that will turn heads.

Who are your favorite emerging designers and what is it that you love about them?

One of my favorite emerging designers is: Philip T. Annand who runs a growing brand called Award Tour. Besides his interesting designs, I admire the concept behind Award Tour; the concept that emulates a constant pursuit of enjoyment. Like Philip I am currently attending University while running a business, so when he talks about his challenges, I relate to them a lot. It is just a matter of time before he gets fully into the fashion world and Award Tour will be internationally known.

Who, or what has been your greatest fashion influence?

Initially one of the biggest fashion influences for me is one of the co-owners of Room 322, Nathan Tyndale. From day one he had a keen appetite to rock the latest brands; He is also, one of the select few when it comes to owning  unique pieces of clothing but, gradually, brand designers became a great deal of inspiration for me.  Learning about how each designer incorporate their lifestyles into a brand and the way they infuse their perspective of fashion into the brand draws people, including myself, to be drawn into the culture behind fashion.

Fashion tip for the season?

Men’s accessories should be made an “all guy’s new best friend”.  Beaded bracelets, leather bands, causal skinny ties, pocket squares, bow ties, clean watches, should all be make their way into your closet for 2010. Lastly, clean and fitted is the way to go. It has been this way for a while, but in case your still behind, wearing fitted tops and apparel is the way to go.  Big and baggy just looks old.

What would you say has been a fashion crime of the season?

I have to laugh there has been, so many fashion crimes in 2009 especially in my city, but the latest one is the shemagh scarf.  Recently it has finally died out, but at one point everyone, including their baby, was rocking one. Every time I see one, I just get upset because too many people have been wearing them.

What is your best attribute?

One of my best attributes is my perseverance of doing things the best I can and after. improving on them. Once, when I am finished a project, I always think of ways how I can make the next one better, or, how to convey a message more effectively. This gives me motivation to always outdo myself and constantly grow.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Rather then advice, one of the best quotes/quotes I have ever read are:

1. “Get use to getting Used”~ j.Sakiya

2. “Quality or flaw… I love Djing, and I will continue to follow my passion”~ DjO Nonymous~.

People always associate getting “used” in a negative aspect, but if no one want to use you then you’re basically useless. The second quote is more inspirational that keep me focus and on track.

Excluding yours, what company or brand do you admire the most?

One of the most aspiring brands I have come across lately is Brooklyn Circus. It a clothing store based in Brooklyn that features a “in house” brand called BKC, which is a clean streetwear that has a strong history and foundation. I admire the founder Ouigi Q. Theodore (aka The Bearded Man) because of the passion and dedication he has in fashion. A lot of his pieces you will see the great attention to detail he puts in.  Details makes BKC stand out from the average person.

Favorite lyrics from a song?

I know it’s easy to imagine, but it’s easier to just do,
See if you can’t do what you imagine,
Then what is imagination to you?

~KiD CuDi

Word you live by?

Creativity… the simple textbook definition is someone who is artistic, or imaginative, but creativity in practice has a much deeper meaning. Having the courage to follow your passion, or idea, even when everyone around you is against it is an extreme challenge to overcome. Whenever you try to do something very creative and original you will have an uphill battle. So, everyone who is truly creative I respect you for what you do and encourage you to aspire to it.

Take a Trip Inside Room 322

Inside the store @ Room 322

There’s a Circus in Brooklyn

Who doesn’t like a circus?  Especially when the circus eludes a world full of color, sights, mystical ventures, sounds and unique characters. Truly, I am speaking about a world of tight-rope walkers and unicyclists all of whom are fearless risk takers!  So in sum, Brooklyn Circus takes style to a level of individual, unique, creativity.   A sense of  “we are not all going to dress like the mannequin”.

I would say it’s a mixture of Afro-punk, urban influence, vintage and eclectic pieces.  Brooklyn Circus has a diverse team that works together to bring unique influences on the whole look of the Circus.   Located in San Fransisco,  New York, and Chicago, all are convenient hubs to catch all the moving demands for street wear and other fashions.  I would say that this circus is one full of artistic, detail-oriented, artists.  Check out their acts and creations:

Gentlemen of Style

Spike Lee is a fan.

Teamwork and creativity

All photos Courtesy of The Brooklyn Circus

Friday Feature: Delon Charlton

My name is Delon Charlton I am originally from Jamaica I am 23 years old. I have been modeling for 3 years now.  Modeling is something that captured my attention, since my high school “dress like your favorite star”.  I chose Tyson Beckford.


Teachers in high school would always tell me “you should model” and I would think to myself, “I don’t think I have what it takes” until one day, I realize I do have what it takes. I was in a Daffy’s department store and an older lady came up behind me saying “omg omg omg” and I though to myself,  ‘what I am I doing wrong?’ She said “wow you are FORD!”I said “what’s Ford?” She said “Ford Models”

She proceeded to tell me I need to go and get myself a Ford Magazine and look in the back of the magazine and call them when I got home. And I went home and didn’t do it. After a few months I looked into it and I said if people see it why I couldn’t see it! I went to a few modeling agency’s when I was in my teens.  I never got an answer back.   I remember going to one agency and the lady took my pictures and went in the back and all I heard was laughing in the back. I didn’t let that stop me from what I want.

Tell me about yourself… (e.g. what you like most about modeling, what you like least, where you live, where you’d like to live)

M name is Delon Charlton and, I model.  My most favorite thing, about modeling, is being on the runway and feeling free and having fun. The one thing I don’t like about modeling is, when the show comes to an end. I also don’t like being exhausted. But, in the end, I just love it.  There are many places that I would like to live but,  I would enjoy somewhere were it rains most of time and were I can raise a family (when I am ready) but, right now, I would choose Europe, Germany, Italy,  London or Paris.

2. What is your best attribute?

I would have to say my eyes and, the love I have for my nieces and nephews.

3. Favorite lyrics from a song?

I have some songs I like because music is my zone but I like a few artistes such Keyshia Cole, Ray Charles, Jennifer Hudson, The Temptations, Mary J Blige,  Avant and, of course,  John Legend. So, I would choose lyrics from John Legend’s Ordinary People, We’re just ordinary people
We don’t know which way to go
‘Cause we’re just ordinary people”

4. What are your future goals?

My future goals is to change the modeling industry and to shed light on the black models that are trying to make it and getting turned down by so many agency’s.  I also want to be the black male model to be on the cover on America Vogue and I WANT TO BUY MY MOM HOUSE.

5. Word you live by?

REAL, Family, honesty, loyalty

“I went through with it because it just made me want it more. Being darker than all the others in school, and friends, I stood out.  I didn’t think I was good looking because I was being maid fun of but, I got pass it. No matter the rejection that I may get from some agencies I know there is more to come and some that are going to say yes”.

When most people see me they say “are you a model?”.  Some times I say yes and some times, I say no. And, some people would say “you should model”.  I usually blush and say Thank you.

Friday Feature: Max Philisaire

Max Philisaire

Max Philisaire

From the moment Max reached out to offer to help me promote The Fashion Records to the moment I learned about his background in the US Army, I just knew Max is, uniquely, helping others along the way to the top.  Max Philisaire is a Haitian U.S Army Veteran, Fitness Model, Actor, and Celebrity Trainer. Look for him on the second Season 2 of Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior.

Did I mention he has a killer “body of work” that reveals flexibility, intuitive eating and…a fascinating sculpture.  Check out this Hot Choclates and Muscles man in his Essence feature.

Find Max On:  His Website, Facebook

Workout with Max on Youtube.

First off – can we have a little background information – Where you live? How old you are? What motivates you? Inspires you?

I live in Los Angeles, CA.  I’m 25 years old.  Life motivates. Everything between its beginning to its end.  People that live a great live inspire me to live better and people that have a rough life inspire me to help them live better.

What is your best attribute?

My best attribute is my mind.  Everything about me starts and ends there. It’s my sense of purpose.

How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?

I market myself online through my website, social networks such as Facebook, Myspace, and twitter.  In person marketing has been the most successful because I’m able to engage the consumer.  I’m able to make a connection in person, which makes more an impact on a consumer.

You are also a celebrity trainer. Who are some of the celebrities you have worked with?

I have worked with Movie directors, Actors, Singers, models. The names of clients I’ve worked with are confidential.

Your story is unique once we realize that your family left Haiti to come to America for a better life. What can you tell us about the most challenging part of moving to a new world to pursue your dreams and how you overcame that?

Moving to the states didn’t feel like much of a move at all.  As long as I was with my family I was always at home.  I’m sure that wasn’t the case for my parents since they had more responsibilities than I did at the age of 8.  Some America children ridiculed me at school because I was from a third world country but I knew how to handle myself.  That didn’t make moving here more challenging.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

That is a tough one, since I have been given such great advice.  Treating others the way you would want to be treated is a great one.  That would make the world a better place if everyone felt and lived that way.

You are basically a brand. You do so many things.  How do you achieve balance in your life?

I achieve balance through self-awareness.  We all have our gifts and are capable of achieving different things.  Getting to know yourself and coming to grips with your purpose allows things to fall into place. What I do may seem a lot to some but feels just right to me.

What are some of the stresses and pressures involved with your business?

The entertainment business is very superficial but you get used to it.  It’s entertainment, not real life so I’ve learned not to take certain things too seriously.  There is less work for a black man in the industry but I believe that we have the power to provide more work for ourselves.  Although there is stress and pressures, we have the ability to deal with them if we find it in ourselves.

Excluding yours, what company or brand do you admire the most?

I admire P. Diddy because he didn’t get comfortable with the music industry.  He branched out into fashion.  He is first a businessman.  I like how Kim Kardashian took over the scene.  She wasn’t in the entertainment business but saw an opportunity to capitalize on exposure in the media.  Unlike many socialites, she has partnered up with GNC, Carls JR, E Reality TV, clothing store and a fragrance.

Give us 4 fitness/health tips……

1. Work smarter and not harder by doing a little bit of research and not working towards a goal clueless.

2. Diet will make or break you, so eat lean complete meals.

3. Health and Fitness is a lifestyle, not a race.  People tend to rush to failure or stress over not seeing results by the date they would like to see a certain amount of change.

4. More exercise doesn’t mean more results.  Like everything else in life, there needs to be a balance between exercise, rest, and diet.

The secret to getting achieving great results is that there is no secret.  Like Nike says “Just Do It”

Favorite lyrics from a song?

I don’t memorize lyrics as much as I’d like to but off the top of my head I will quote T.I in the track “Live your life”- “Unhappy with your riches cause you’re piss poor morally.”

What are your future goals?

My future goal is to be in a better position to use my gifts to make the world a better place.  To be on a bigger platform, so I’ll be able to reach more people.  I’m achieving my goals today but 5 years from now I would like to have opened fitness facilities in poor cities throughout the states.  I’d like to set up a program that will motivate homeless people to take better care of themselves.

Word you live by?

“Love and be loved”