B at the DNC...

The Democratic National Convention has taken over Denver, CO this week. The hope, the pride, and the promise of a new America all reside in the Pepsi Center. While I was working out, I got a little teary watching the excitement and energy built around this man - Senator Barack Obama. With only a few minutes to spare, here is a quick visual of what went down last night.








What: NV After Hours
When: Monday 8/25 at 6PM
Where: Barna - 365 Park Ave. South (at 26th St.)
Why: Drink specials and good company!

B quoted!

"It all translates; at the end of the day, we've all been picked on for some reason or another." ~ Mary J. Blige


B loved: Mixed Chicks!

Ode to the mixed chicks - or at least the ones who created the miracle concoction for curly coifs! For girls with curls it's a constant struggle to find the perfect product to de-frizz, define curls, and maintain some bounce without weighing down your hair. Mixed Chicks got it down to a science when they created this three step system (shampoo, deep conditioner, and leave-in conditioner). Give your ringlets a fighting chance and check out my favorite new haircare products at mixedchicks.net.


B out...for a good cause!

What: NABFEME (National Association of Black Females in Music & Entertainment) - Career Development Series - "Plan B: Changing Careers with the Changing Times"
When: Monday August 18 6-10PM
Where: AXA Financial - 1290 Ave. of the Americas (btw 51st & 52nd)
Why: Malik Simmonds, VH1 Human Resources Manager will serve as the ultimate resource
Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members

What: New York Urban League of Young Professional Social
When: Tuesday August 19 @ 7PM
Where: Sky Deck @ Red Sky Bar - 47 E. 29th St. @ Park Ave.
Why: Come support NYULYP's 3rd Annual Backpack Drive
Cost: Free for members; $10 for guests; Donations are encouraged!

B quoted...

“If my legs start going at all, the crowd will be my legs for a little while.” ~ James Blake


B-Spotlight w/Lorielle Broussard of BARACKAWEAR!

B-Spotlight: Lorielle Broussard of BARACKAWEAR
(Lorielle Broussard, Barackawear Inc. Co-founder)

Q: What inspired you to start the Barackawear collection?
A: Last summer, my brother was watching Obama's rally in Austin, TX on TV and saw a woman holding a Barack the Vote sign in the crowd. It was just written in marker, but he immediately thought it would be amazing to put those words with the old Rock the Vote logo. He told me about it and I thought it was a great idea, so I designed it, we put 700 bucks together, made 100 shirts and sold them to friends and family. We sold out in less than a week and one of those shirts got to CSI: NY star, Hill Harper. He loved the shirt and happened to be co-hosting Oprah's fundraiser for Obama in Montecito, CA. Two weeks after we made our first batch, and two days before his event, he called and said he wanted 250 shirts to go in gift bags at a private after party. Needless to say, we got the shirts made and they were a hit. At the same time, we had created a very basic online store, barackawear.com and were selling shirts. Barackwear, Inc. has evolved from that initial 700 dollar investment last August to over 500K in sales since then. We were never sure it would get this big, but we always hoped it would and we always planned for it.

(Hill Harper, Cornell West, Michael Eric Dyson)

Q: Real talk - fashion or politics? Which are you more passionate about?
A: Well, my heart has always been in fashion ever since I was little, so that's where the passion lays. I mean I'm interested in politics but I've never even been involved in a political campaign before this one. It's different this time around because we actually got inspired by Barack Obama to get up and help.

(Hill Harper & Ciara)

Q: How does your politically-inspired line differ from others being sold everywhere from the Internet to larger chain retailers?

A: Our line is different because we genuinely started it because we wanted to help get Barack Obama get into the White House. We never thought that it would be this big at all. We also give 25% of our net proceeds to the campaign and do events and fundraisers to raise awareness as well as
register people to vote.

(Hosea Chanchez, waitress, Coby Bell)

Q: How did you initially spread the word about the line?We started out by emailing our friends and family the site and told them
A: what we were doing. From there, they spread the word and so on. After we realized what an impact we could really make with our line, we started doing email marketing campaigns all over the country by using our resources (friends) in every state we knew someone.

(Justin Reese - Barackawear supporter, and my homeboy from N.O.!)

Q: Who has been spotted wearing your gear?
A: There have been a few spotted sporting some Barack the Vote gear.
Hill Harper, Perez Hilton, Will I Am, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez. Wendy Raquel Robinson, Eva Pigford, Lance Gross and others to name a few...

(Brandon (Barackawear Co-founder, Samuel L. Jackson, Lorielle)

(Will.I.Am and Lorielle)

(Wendy Raquel Robinson and Niecy Nash)

Q: Is presidential candidate, Barack Obama, aware of your company?
A: Barackawear, He loves it. He definitely is aware of our company. We actually met him and he loves our story. He was just greatly appreciative, he knew who we were and he encouraged us keep going strong because our effort helps. We had heard his assistants tell us that before, but to hear it from him was a "wow" moment.

Q: So wait, how did he hear about Barackawear?
A: Well, I am friends with a few people that work directly for him and a ton of the people on his staff wear our shirts all the time, so he was bound to notice that it wasn't his "official campaign gear.

(Future President Barack Obama w/ Co-Founders of Barackawear Inc.)

Q: What is "Barack the Vote" going to do as we get closer to election time? Anything special coming up?
A: We actually are going to the DNC with a crew of people to represent and support Barack Obama. Also, we have an event coming up with Hill Harper's foundation, Manifest Your Destiny, in late September. In the meantime, we are doing a few voter registration events at Spelman College in late August, but for any other upcoming events, check out the site, www.barackthevote.com, where we keep everything up to date.

Q: What's next for your company after the election?
A: We will have a new post election shirt and we are in the process of launching our new line of YOTOWN shirts. They're super fresh and I think they'll be as big if not bigger than our Barack the Vote shirts.
(Lance Gross & Eva Marcille)

Q: Where can The B-Life readers purchase Barackawear?
A: Www.barackthevote.com or any of the retailers that we have listed on our website. We actually just got into the store Against All Odds, they have 65 stores around the country.


B "like a boy"!

Today, my Prince (a la "Purple Rain")-inspired top motivated me to write this post. I couldn't help but notice that so many styles have taken the best of menswear and flipped for the modern woman. It creates a feminine edge that creates that perfect moment when boy meets girl.

Inspiration: Louis XIV
Robert Rodriguez Ruffle Tiered Dress (Dove) - Chick Downtown

Inspiration: Sailors @ Fleet Week
Yona Baraschi Silk Tie Neck Ruffle Sleeve Dress (Tangerine) - BlueFly

Inspiration: Sammie Davis Jr
Shift Collar Pencil Dress - Forever 21

Inspiration: Saturday Night Fever
Karen Zambos Vintage Couture U Neck Dress - Shop Bop


Bernie Mac - The Original Kings of Comedy

Bernie Mac
The Original Kings of Comedy - 2000

Isaac Hayes - "Shaft"

Isaac Hayes
"Shaft" Theme Song - Live 1973

B quoted & remembered...

"I came from a place where there wasn't a lot of joy... I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn't a lot of things to laugh about." ~ Bernie Mac, 1957-2008

felt what I had to say musically could not be said in two minutes and thirty seconds,... so I did my thing. If it was a hit, great. But I just did what I wanted creatively.” ~ Isaac Hayes, 1942-2008


Paris Hilton: Ready to Lead

As a direct response to Presidential hopeful, Senator John McCain, using Paris Hilton in a campaign ad to discredit Senator Barack Obama by indicating his "celebrity-appeal" is his only attribute, she poked fun at it by creating a commercial of her own. Is Paris Hilton really ready to lead? See below!


B Neon!

It looks just like candy! And we can always count on our favorite trendsetter to show us how to rock the latest. Summer is almost over, so make a bold move by giving yourself a nail-biting shock with an amplified neon lacquer.


Get the Look!
Essie - Mini Shorts - $7

Get the Look!
Chanel - Robertson Blvd. Collection - LA Sunrise - $40

Get the Look!
OPI - Mod About Bright Collection - Green-Wich Village - $8


AKA Centennial Boule in DC

Soror Rochelle McAllister has definitely been living the b-life! She graciously shared a few personal pics from fabulous weekend in D.C. for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s Centennial Boule celebration. Greek or non-Greek, it's hard not to appreciate this SERIOUS gathering of dedicated, purposeful women from all across the states!

PRETTY IN PINK!Sorors Deanne & Rochelle

Gotta love Nike ID!

Can't forget the pearls!

...With the Founders

AKA Lean

Soror Deanne w/ actor, Hill Harper

Bernadette Stanis (Thelma from "Good Times")


Alpha Kappa Alpha Certificate of Incorporation

Alpha Chapter - 1923

AKA Tree @ Howard University

Alpha Phi Alpha Plot @ Howard University

Founders Window @ Rankin Chapel

United States Capitol


The Women of Delta Sigma Theta showing support!