Monday, December 8, 2008
Nas sampled Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" for "Bridging the Gap", a collaboration with his jazz musician father.
The Beach Boys "borrowed" the music from Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" for their chart topping classic "Surfin' USA".
Kanye West sampled Etta James' version of "My Funny Valentine" for his masterpiece "Addiction".
"Little Red Rooster" by Howlin Wolf' has been covered by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors among others.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
It's time to partay! And this Thanksgiving I am wearing my "attitude of gratitude." It fits just right. Let's all celebrate what is good and great in our lives! There isn't any time to spare. Smile, laugh, eat and be merry! And give thanks for that because that is plenty. . .
Love Life, Love Fashion!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I remember my dad and grandma who are no longer physically with me but I know they’re grinning where they stand about how far this country has come. I remember the stories told to me of my mother’s childhood. Her family is from Georgia – the south - where the brunt of racism took place. She would visit them for the summers and not be able to use the same restrooms as whites or eat in the public dining areas. Her grandfather was a runaway slave who never thought that the day would come where black Americans could vote, much less the country elect one. One summer my mom caused so much “trouble” by making her elderly grandmother sit in the front of the bus, she was sent home to New York early. My dad participated in the March on Washington of 1963 and heard Dr. King deliver his famous speech live.
I thought of all the black history that I have been a witness to in my short 28 years. When I was 14, Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. General Colin Powell was the first black American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first black American to be the United States Secretary of State. Condoleezza Rice was the first black American woman to be the United States Secretary of State and the list goes on. But never did I think that a black American would run my country in my lifetime.
I have to say that I have never been so proud to be an American. This country has truly turned a corner. We have fulfilled Dr. King’s dream. We have judged based on Obama’s competence, future plans and the fact that we were tired of the way things have been run for the last eight years. The color of his skin wasn’t the issue; the way he planned to run the country was. Today, I still smile with wide, tear filled eyes every time I see his face on the news or a picture of him in the newspapers. I have a feeling that my reaction will last for a while. President-Elect Obama has a huge job ahead of him, a lot of hard work, but my faith tells me that if we all work hard, things will get better.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Life should be about exploring opportunities, not missing them. At Sorta Kinda Enterprises, we believe that opportunities are the universe's plan to move us forward to the next level - a successive step in progress. Two years ago, Wilbur was inspired to send a custom gift basket to the pop superstar, Mariah Carey. Although he was sure that she received hundreds (maybe thousands) of gifts and offers, an appeal to collaborate on a philanthropic proposal, he felt, was justifiable. After all, her philanthropic work is of renown. Unfortuantely, it was not the right time for such an endeavor. But Wilbur believes that a collaboration of some type is inevitable. Last week on Good Morning America, the pop diva announced a contest. The winner would design a gown for her that she would wear for a red carpet event that would later be auctioned with the proceeds benefiting a charity fighting breast cancer. Another opportunity has presented itself. But this time, we need all of you, our readers and subscribers, to help us out. Below are links to the 3 designs SK Wilbur has created with Mariah Carey in mind. Please vote for your favorite by November 14. Just click on the image that you like best and it will take you to the voting site. And remember, when opportunity knocks answer the door WIDE.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For centuries women have been the mainstay of our communities and families. Let's nurture each other. Let's educate ourselves, spread the word and put it into practice. We are our sister's keeper as much as we're responsible for our own actions.
Love Life, Love Fashion!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Love Life, Love Fashion!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I'm stepping down from my box...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Listen, we are bombarded with images of celebrities who are "the SO fabulous." Everywhere I turn, from the internet and magazine stands to billboards and the sides of buses, I am spoon-fed Access Hollywood-type minutiae of the fantabulous glitterati from La La Land to the Big Apple. I mean, the most intimate details about goddesses like the spicy Victoria Beckham, the sex-girl Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmy award winner Katherine Heigel, and Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria Parker greet me as I wake and kiss me goodnight as I count sheep. And frankly, it is overwhelming.
Don't get me wrong - the aforementioned ladies are fabulous in their own right, but what about us? There is so much focus on the celebrity lifestyle - what they buy, who they marry, what emotional breakdown they are having now, who recently checked themselves into rehab that I believe it is time for all my sister girlfriends and me to reassess this whole notion of celebrity. Why shouldn't we consider ourselves celebrities? Hell, we are fabulous! And that is without the drama and DUIs or Photoshop, personal trainers, and perfect lighting. And maybe we are wearing SKWilbur, Old Navy, or even thrift store frocks, but we are uniquely divine. We are living our lives to the fullest and we love it! We are balancing it all; very nicely thank you, without handlers and private tutors and magazine covers. So please step aside as I take another long look at myself. Hey, looking kinda cute, Ashanti! Yes, we may be the "Look At Me" generation, but in this day and age why is that such a bad thing? I sure don't think it is...