10142017 .../ i like it when a place has been around long enough that there is a kind of tension between the way it was originally designed to look and the way it looks now. thanks to @freersackler for renovating + improving upon the freer gallery while maintaining a sense of familiarity at the sackler. this weekend's #illuminasiafs grand reopening festival was full of spectacle + wonder! oh, plus the outdoor asian street food market of my dreams. *see my insta #story for more w| @djqbert + the host with the most @drzzl + live #mural painting from @maspaz @misschelove @superwaxx + screen printing from @soulandinkcrew + "a perfect harmony", a wondrous light projection by tony award winning design studio, #59_productions. the festival continues tomorrow from 11a-5p. go visit! \... pictured with @subodhguptastudio's monumental installation, 'terminal' captured by @tonygyerr. #xodvf #wdc #freersackler #smithsonian #nationalmall #artfestival #foodfestival #freeindc #instagood
10152017 .../ the practical + the fanciful. \... caputured by @nephie._ w| @latenightdinnerfix post lecture on mexicos nobodies: the cultural legacy of the soldadera and afro-mexican women by dr. christine arce, assoc professor modern languages and literatures, university of miami. #xodvf #fieldday #vintage
10092017 .../ it's a new season, take cue. // celebrate the human, the marks people make on the world. treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric and the ordinary- whatever is made out of caring. respect what people have built for themselves. find beauty in nature- she teaches us about ourselves. embracing the new moon in aries and ready for the harvest. \... #tbt to hiking w| @filson1897 @prettygirlshike shot by @laurametzlerphoto. // vintage mammy pot holder reimagined as patch from @blkmktvintage.
10092017 .../ never stop learning.
10052017 .../ if my life journey has proven anything to me it is that i am capable. every season has brought immense opportunity for growth- spiritual, mental and emotional. my story is far from over but i am grateful to my creator for seeing me fit to carry these experiences. it's my belief that our experiences are not merely for our suffering but perhaps an opportunity to show others that they too can survive. tonight, i am an invited speaker at the school of international service at @Americanuniversity. i'm grateful for every opportunity and humbled time and time again. to my village, you know who you are, THANK YOU! xo \... photo credit: @gokateshoot at @kreegermuseum
"i am so tired of waiting, aren't you, for the world to become good and beautiful and kind? let us take a knife and cut the world in two and see what worms are eating at the rind." langston hughes // feeling the weight + being ever protective of my tender spirit. #xodvf
10012017 .../ *warning, #issa #politicalpost . read at your own risk. \... i interviewed with think progress, an editorially independent project of the center for american progress action fund, this morning. asked to explain my stance on the hypocrisy that is immigration, i impeled the journalist to consider a few points- 1. that europeans, the so called "white" man, is also a foreigner. 2. the united states' economic dependency on the prison industrial complex and that immigrants are the new market. and lastly, 3. we cannot discuss immigration without getting at the crux of the matter and the reason why people flee their home. melanated bodies who leave "home" and emigrate do so as a direct result of u.s. imperialism- war, famine, economic disturbance, genocide, etc. i ended the interview referencing @wu_shire's 'home'. i encourage you to read + digest it. #linkinbio /| ever mindful, i am thankful for the place i call home as so many are without.|\ photo credit: @vrs.photo for @framebridge.
09302017 .../ it is fitting perhaps that these fluid, wide leg, velvet pants with its vibrant avocado green- the color of 1960s linoleum are my favorite pantaloons of the season. |/ in collaboration w| @grayurban x @latenightdinnerfix \| shop the look on @modcloth #linkinbio
to the women who walk unconventional paths. who build foundations with the bricks others have thrown at her. i appauld you. for the women who create to remind themselves, of themselves. i appauld you. we all carry our past. some refuse to be burdened by it. congratulations, @iamcardib #cardib / photo credit @icanonlybekat for @fashionbombdaily
09252017 .../ a summer comprised of a litany of the politic and the poetic so enfused it demands its own vocabulary. | as the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of a new season, both in nature and my own life, i scheduled time to ruminate on the last several months- accounting for what i've achieved, released, learned and how i've evolved. the exercise allows me to exist fully in the moment feeling immense gratitude for restoration + clarity + community. // this photo captured at @emiliaferraradc's #magworld reading at @theapollodc, perfectly depicts my current space- fully enthralled with all that life throws my way, exhibiting a calm grace knowing i am equipped and entirely unbothered by the noise. \\ how did you grow this summer? oh, that glow? cc @caudalie! #xodvf #theapollodc #summer17
09232017 ../ not entirely sure i want my lips to continue on the matte red-orange hue trajectory. @fentybeauty's universal gloss bomb paired with @hm's hey day threatens to become my new signature. // many thanks for the gift #fentybeauty. #xodvf #beauty #blogger
i grew up in the margins, i inherited all the value of the margins. i know from all my living that extraordinary things happen on the edges — the changes happen, the rituals happen, the magic, the suffering, the forgiving for want of a better world, happen on the edge of things. everything is possible at the edge. it's where the opposites meet, where difference and sameness can come together. // many thanks for the invitation to speak truth to power @tedx_official @tedxmidatlantic and the Office of Human Rights; #linkinbio. \\ wardrobe: @nyorhagwe.us x @andotherstories x @numeroventuno | makeup: @chescaxoxo #xodvf #tedx #publicspeaker #immigration #humanrights #aboriginal #indigenous #sierraleone #trinidad #daca #tellthetruth
09172017 ...// the overt sexuality of instagram adverts has become almost a parody of itself. am i bieber yet? ha, in #mycalvins. the original never goes out of style. restocked on my forever favs at the @calvinklein shop. use the link in my bio to get 30% off when you shop loungewear + yoga gear + undies @calvinklein in georgetown. #xodvf
09152017 ...// i was inspired to become a member of @hirshhorn under the leadership of @melissawchiu and elizabeth duggal. consider access to @yayoikusamas, #nickcave, #ragnarkjartansson, @theastergates in performance, @aiweiwei_studio in lecture- each show has proved the hirshhorn’s ability to balance interactivity with a memorable visitor experience deserving of a world class art city. much to my excitement, those experiences will now expand beyond the hirshhorn walls. #HirshhornintheCity, a new initiative to exhibit international contemporary art beyond the museum walls and connect artists and curators with the city’s creative communities. yesterday, we experienced the world debut of a new large-scale public-art mural by artist @yokoonoofficial along @unionmarketdc's 6th street n.e. exterior wall. - dare i say, washington dc is artsy af! *view my instastories for more. #xodvf #hirshhorn #yokoono #art #acreativedc #unionmarketdc