Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sistah's Chat

I am so excited to host my first event for my Blog and during my special "Birthday weekend of Service"!! I am all about giving back and providing an opportunity for our voices to be heard. "Sistah's Chat" will be the first of many open panel discussions to come hosted by the blog in the next few months. These events will serve as a platform for girls and women to discuss issues that we face on a daily basis such as self esteem, bullying, violence, relationships, etc. Also to provide interaction with well known girls and women (and hopefully some Brothas) from across the country. Having open and honest dialogue with each other to help, inspire, and empower the masses.

I am blessed to have  a phenomenal Panel. .

Angelnetta Ulmer (Mental Health Counselor for over 25 years. Currently the Student Services Coordinator, Upward Bound Math and Science (PRISM), University of  Tennessee at Chattanooga)

DaNeitra Hall (Blogger/Event Coordinator, The Fairy Glam Mother, Mother to USA National Miss Tennessee Junior Princess, Kendall Joy Hall)

Deanna K. Burrell (Author, "Voted Most Creative" and "Single Girl Summer", Motivational Speaker, Marketing/Sales WVON Radio Chicago)

Natalie Newbill (Miss Black Tennessee USA 2012 and Motivational Speaker)

Prince Torrence (Top Hair Stylist "Haven of Bella", Event Coordinator, and Nurse)

Deanna Burrell will be on hand for the "Meet and Greet" immediately following the program!! You can purchase an autographed copy of  "Single Girl Summer"!!

This event is FREE to the public and we welcome everyone including our boys and men.

Also there will be a sign up sheet for the "Pearls Books and Tea: SophistKat Bookclub"!! Our Kick Off will be held in November!! 

If you have any questions or would like to be apart of our next "Sistah's Chat" email

Thanks for your continued Support!!

Thicker Than Water on Bravo

So. .Bravo is on a roll this fall and they are scheduled to release 32 original series. One that stood out to me the most is "Thicker Than Water"!! Of course I had to check it out with them being in TENNESSEE!! The show follows former NBA standout, minister, and award wining musician/producer Ben Tankard, his Wife Jewel, and their children Marcus, Brooklyn, Britney, Benji, and Cyrene.

Self dubbed as the "Black Brady Bunch we get a "birds eye" look into the life of the Tankard's.

I am excited to see this show because it will be the first to feature an ALL black cast on Bravo. From the preview above it shall definitely be worth the watch and interesting.

Check Out the premiere November 10th!!


Top 7* Must HAVES for Fall 2013

Now I am a very simple yet sophisticated person. I don't like anything over the top when it comes to Fashion, Hair, Shoes, etc. With me my style is my own!!

Here are my Top 7* "Must HAVES" for Fall 2013. .

#1 I am a lover a Big Bags and going into the fall why not keep color in your life from Summer and this is the perfect bag for every SophistiKat on the GO!!

IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway Genuine Leather Quilted Satchel in "Rich Red" $149.95

#2 The Perfect Mani and Pedi are a must at anytime of the year, however in the Fall/Winter months it is important to show extra attention and take extra care of your hands and feet. As the climate changes your skin and nails become dry and brittle. Try one of the colors from the OPI: San Francisco collection to keep that sophisticated flare going.

OPI San Francisco Collection: $9.00 per bottle

#3 Wayfarer!! Everyone just about owns a pair of the Ray Ban Classic "Wayfarer" in Black!! Step it up a notch and add a pair with color. .or pattern with pizazz

LITEFORCE WAYFARER ®TECH Crystal Dark Gradient Gray $185

ORIGINAL WAYFARER Havana Cyclamin Olive Brown $165

#4 The perfect shoe that can take you from days spent in the office to a night out on the town. .none other than the perfect loafer. Loafers can be paired with just about any outfit and WORK.

DV by Dolce Vita "Lake' Flat" $78.95 (Also comes in Green or Purple Suede)

#5 Scarves. .Scarves. .and MORE Scarves Now just me. .being honest. .I was never a fan of scarves until earlier this year. Now I absolutely LOVE them. They can make a plain shirt, cardigan, or any combo BETTER. Check out the site below for a few!!

#6 Jumpsuits!! Jumpsuits are back with a vengeance!! This has to be another versatile piece. It can be paired with a blazer or jacket for work and you can remove that and have a polished happy hour/night look. This item is featured on a dear friend  Marlena Toney's online boutique "Beyond the Moment". Check her out!!

Beyond The Moment OFF YOUR ROCKER JUMPSUIT $27.70

#7 Perfect Trench. Although most Fall mornings and nights aren't too chilly you still need the right thing to keep you warm. The Trench Coat is a classic and can be found on any "Must Have" list of the Fall/Winter. From the classic khaki to a bright red, you can find it in the right color to suit your personality and style.

Target Merona® Women's Trench Coat -Assorted Colors $17.48

I don't know about you but I was born in the Fall so I am READY!!

Leave your comments and share with me a few of your Must Haves. .


Dose of Soul

Earlier this week I read an article on HuffPost "Black Voices" that Jodeci had NEVER broke up!!

K-Ci stated "We are not getting back together, simple reason is we never broke up!! (YES Lawd!!) We have a vault of CDs that we could just put out at any moment. But just like when Jodeci first came out, nobody expected that. And we’re just going to keep it that way. But for now, with the love from Dalvin and DeVante, they’re pushing me and Jojo. They’re like “do what you gotta do,” DeVante said; “I’m going to let y'all know when I’m ready. But y'all continue doing what y'all doing.” And actually, we’re in the studio right now. We record new Jodeci material every chance we get… So we’re just waiting on DeVante’s call."

For a Jodeci fan such as myself that is AWESOME news!! And WOO!! Glory. .DeVante and that voice. I had been trying to figure out who Trey Songz voice (not singing but his normal voice) reminds me of and it's DeVante!! When that man comes on to ANY Jodeci track. .GLORY!! Trigga has the same effect.

Anywhoo. .check out the video for one of my FAV Jodeci tracks for your Sunday Dose of Soul "STAY". .


Friday, September 20, 2013

Seeing RED

Deitrick Haddon one of my FAVorite gospel artist has released his new album "RED"!!
AND it debuted at #1 on Billboards Gospel Chart!! Go HEAD!!

RED= Restoring Everything Damaged  is filled with powerful and uptempo ballads that anyone in their walk with Christ can relate to. I have been a fan for a few years now and this man NEVER disappoints. I enjoy music and artist such as he because this provides a dynamic that I don't experience in my Sunday worship. I am Church of Christ (no instruments, no choir) however I am a lover of all types of music and my family has ALWAYS listened to the Gospel genre despite our denominational affiliation.

I have listened to every track on this album since purchasing (Yes I have the DELUXE edition!! Boaw) and it is a testament to how far Deitrick has come creatively and as an artist.

MY FAVorite tracks are:
Feel A Breakthrough
Handle This
Just As I AM* (This has been on repeat!!)
Church Rock

One thing I admire is that this man has faced a lot of challenges publicly and not once did he run to hide from the media or press. He faced everything head on from day one and told the TRUTH!! He has not let anything stop him and pressed forward with his head held high. That is truly commendable!! That is a true testament that in any form the devil can show up and try to steer you from your walk with God but no matter what you can never doubt nor stray for God. We must all continue to hold tight to HIS hand and believe HIS word.

"No man can stand in the way of what GOD has for you".

I am excited to see Deitrick and a few other well known men of God on Oxygen's "Preachers of LA" premiering Oct. 9!! So be sure to check your local listing for channel and time information. #Support these men

If you don't have the album RED you need to GET IT NOW!!

Also be sure to Follow him on Twitter @deitrickhaddon

Enjoy. .

The Butler. .MY Take

Lee Daniels: The Butler. .

I have been waiting a few weeks to write this post. .I  have had to marinate (yes I said marinate) on a lot of my thoughts. During this time I have checked out a few other Blog post and of course heard the critics reviews of this movie. Via Facebook I have read a lot of post from Black "conscious" pages as well. .with that being said here goes. .

I enjoyed the movie!! From the heart wrenching beginning to the very prideful end. I went to see the movie with my mother who experience the Civil Rights movements as a teen first hand. A lot of accounts that where faced in the movie by some of the young people, my mother did not face. That didn't mean that she was not aware of many of the treatment of torment of blacks during the movement. .a brave group of Howard High School students helped to desegregate the downtown lunch counters right here in our city. Our city was actually the first to use the water hose tactic on young black protesters before Birmingham.

The movie overall ended up being better than I thought. I knew the movie was going to be good but it was absolutely GREAT. I had been following the movie since production started and read every piece of information I could find about Mr. Gaines.

It left me with a sense of pride because we were able to watch 2 generation deal and cope with being Black in America. You had Cecil Gaines who had grown up under oppression and Louis who grew up in an era fighting for equality and change. Both very different but strong in the sense of how they dealt and overcame each challenge that presented itself.

I have heard MANY people state that they are tired of seeing such films as "The Help" and "The Butler" come to the big screen and that we as a people need to boycott movie that depict blacks as "domestics", "hustlers", "slaves", etc. In reference to movies like "The Help" and "The Butler" that was our reality and for some it still is today. The maids and butler put most of our parents and family members through college with those said jobs. Helped our parents to understand and know the true meaning of hard work. Raised them to be the most confident and educated people we see today. My family for instance had a few women who were "domestics" and that is something that has always been discussed openly. No one is ashamed of that. The circumstances that we faced from day one in this country were not brought on by us. We must not be ashamed of our past but in a way acknowledge how far we have come and instill in the younger generation a sense of pride. Being prideful of being BLACK. Remembering and praying for all the souls who lost their lives for us to be EQUAL. Letting them never be forgotten. Continuing to march forward.

I commend the whole cast on an outstanding performance. I honestly feel that this movies should receive "Best Picture", "Best Actor: Forrest Whitaker", "Best Screenplay", and "Best Director". If stories like this aren't told. .our history will continue to be lost. In regards to The Butler. .to Lee Daniels I say "Thank You"~*