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Bravo’s Fashion Queens Talk Confusing Opinions With Messiness And Why Black Reality Shows Are “Lackluster”
If you didn’t know, Bravo has added some new “Queens” to their television lineup by way of socialite Bevy Smith and Miss Lawrence and Derek J who we’re sure you remember from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” The three personalities are the stars of a new show called “Fashion Queen,” which dishes on all the style and drama of our favorite celebs every Sunday night at 11:30pm, and as you can imagine sometimes things get a little messy.
When the trio came by the office we asked them how they separate business from their personal lives when they send people to “The Reading Room” — like Miss Lawrence did Keyshia Cole one week. And that’s when he told us you can’t confuse having an opinion with being messy — as he relayed his own “facts” about Keyshia Cole not being an A-list vocalist. They also told us why their show “Fashion Queens” isn’t like any other talk show on TV and how the Atlanta reality TV market has become over saturated and unauthentic. Check out the interview below. Do you agree?
Tried A Digital Mentorship? 3 Tips To Build A Relationship With Your Dream Mentor Outside Of Twitter
It’s almost like the golden ticket. Every career minded millennial woman nowadays is in the market for a mentor.
In the age of girl power so to speak, when we have woman, Janet Yellen, who was just nominated as the Fed Chair, and an awards program declaring that “Black Girls Rock,” you’d think a mentor would be easy to find. And yet research shows only 1 in 5 women in the US, just 19 percent, has ever had a mentor. And some of what women crave out of mentorship can now be replicated in digital form without even needing to know the woman in real life. I like to call it, digital mentorship. Following influential women on social media can serve as a form of mentorship. Many of these high profile women are aware that a lot of their followers are made up of women who look up to them.
“Anyone who has worthwhile insight or advice must share it where people are! In this day and age, that means you have to do so via social media, especially where millennials are concerned,” explained style expert and on air personality Tai Beachamp. “That’s where the audience is.”
Powerful black women are on Twitter and they’re engaging and interacting with their followers and sharing things almost like a mentor would share with their mentee. Tai Beauchamp recently announced in a tweet that she’s doing “#TaiTalks Wednesdays.” And Bevy Smith, who boasts 65,000 followers on Twitter, is another of the many influential women sharing her wisdom via social media.
“[M]entoring has evolved,” explained Beauchamp. “It’s no longer about having monthly or bi-monthly meetings–very few people have time for this traditional model. So I believe in speed mentoring both via phone and social media.”
Fans of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” will be excited to know that the sassy late-night show will be returning November 3 for another fashion-filled season. In anticipation of all the fun to come, we chatted with co-host Bevy Smith about the second season and her personal fashion tastes. For those of you not familiar with Smith, she’s a NYC-based writer and socialite who’s carved out quite a name for herself in the fashion world. Her alongside, Lawrence and Derek J dish out their six cents about personal style, Bravo TV stars and other pop culture related topics. Peep our chat with her below! On trends she loved last season (SS13): “I love the clashing prints. Just think Solange [Knowles] on any given day, any given print. Checks with florals, stripes with brocade. I love that Lucite heels have left the strip club and come onto the proper runway.”
On a fashion trend she hated this summer: “Overalls. It made me think of the ‘Beverly Hillbillies.’ It wasn’t chic to me. No one looks good in an overall if they are over the age of 12 or over 60 pounds. Everyone looks like a farmhand.” On a celebrity who’s had consistent good style this year: “Kerry Washington knows her body, has access to the best designers and knows that this is a business, so she comes out fully beat at all times when she steps onto a red carpet. It’s a part of her job to look that amazing and she nails it.” On the solution to seeing more diversity in fashion: “Having the conversation honestly and openly and not just amongst the people who are seen as diverse. Everyone needs to have this real conversation. They need to have more people in the casting office, in the communications office that are people of color.”
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How Can Your Natural Hair Not Be For You?! Derek J & His Side-Eye Worthy Statements On “Fashion Queens”
Last night Bravo aired a new tv show, “Fashion Queens” featuring hair stylist Derek J, fellow hair stylist and “Real House Wives of Atlanta” cast member, Miss Lawrence, and media and style maven and Bevy Smith. The three big personalities discussed things like haute couture, trends and what would a fashion show be without the shade that comes with discussing the most egregious fashion faux pas.
The show is primarily about style, so it was interesting Bravo chose Derek J. If you’ve seen some of his public appearances, you might have noticed that more times than not, he’s far from impeccably dressed. And I’m not referring to the fact that he wears women’s clothes, but more to the fact that he wears ill-fitting, tacky looking women’s clothes. But let me stop. That’s not what I’m here for today.
During last night’s show, I was otherwise occupied, catching up on “Girls” episodes and watching “Golden Girls.” But I jumped on Twitter for a hot second to see that Derek J, whose business is hair, made some interesting comments. He said that he’s “not a fan of the natural hair movement.” Ok, fair. You don’t have to like it. But then he took a step further saying:
“natural hair is not for everyone.”
My exasperation is not simply directed at Derek, he’s not even the tenth person I’ve heard say something to this effect. It’s a commonly expressed sentiment in the black community. So, let’s just go ahead and explore this topic.
How can your natural hair, the hair genetics and God intended for you to have, not be for you? It’s yours. To me, it’s akin to telling black folk, melanin or darker skin is not for everyone. Yeah, that’s why the world is populated with people of different tones and hues. But, for whatever reason, that is not our lot in life. The skin tone, hair and features that occur in your appearance are yours naturally. Now, if you choose to alter these characteristics that’s your decision to make. But if someone chooses to embrace their natural features, their natural hair, it doesn’t mean that “the look” isn’t for them. In fact, it’s not just for them, it is them.
Maybe Derek J and the other folks who’ve made this comment mean to say that every woman doesn’t have to make the decision to wear her hair natural. Which I completely understand and agree with. But to say you don’t agree with the “movement” and then to follow it up with “it’s not for everybody,” makes it seem like you don’t approve of the women who are already choosing to wear their natural hair. We’re all entitled to our preferences; but sometimes said preferences, especially when they border on topics involving race and identity, don’t need to be expressed on national television. As women with free will, I don’t want to hear anyone or anything, man, woman, cat or dog speaking rudely about the texture, not the style or the cut, but the texture of my hair, relaxed, natural, texturized or jheri curled. It’s mine. It was given to me and I’ve made a choice to wear it a particular way. Is it really your place for you to tell me it’s not for me, when that’s what I was born with or that’s what I’ve chosen?
We could argue that women’s clothes aren’t for Derek J; but because that’s what he’s chosen for himself, as fellow human beings, we have to respect his choice to wear them. If we, women who are natural, relaxed and everything in between could get the same respect, that would be great.
To celebrate her new book Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Delivering Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences, author and EGAMI Consulting Group founder Teneshia Jackson Warner teamed up with Dinner With Bevy‘s Bevy Smith for a dinner party/awards ceremony/”discotheque” (Smith’s word) at New York’s Beauty & Essex. The soiree was also focused on the cause-related work of the night’s honorees: P&G’s program My Black is Beautiful; Budget Fashionista and founder of digitalundivided (DID), Kathryn Finney; Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond; celebrity stylist and host of ABC World News’ Cause Celeb with Phillip Bloch, Phillip Bloch; Disney’s Dreamers Academy, a program working in partnership with Essence and Steve Harvey to help high school students reach their career goals; and chef/reality TV star Chef Roble.
We’re going to have more from Warner about cause marketing and her book later this week. But the need for good works in the world is strong enough that we wanted to give the awards ceremony its own little shout out.
The 2012 Purpose Awards Dinner (#profitwithpurpose) was meant, according to the evening’s program, to celebrate with “a night of purpose” and “continue to drive the conversation.” The evening highlighted the social responsibility initiatives of the honorees, and the innovative approach with which they’re tackling their businesses, organizations, or passion projects.
When accepting his award, Bloch said, “When someone shines a light, we all shine a little brighter,” speaking to why it’s important for everyone to do what they can and then cheer that work to take it even further.
But before the accolades, one has to get started. In her acceptance speech, Bond said she only wanted to make a cool t-shirt when she started. Today, Black Girls Rock! has a televised awards ceremony that uplifts not just young girls, but women also.
When presenting the award, Warner thanked Bond for answering her calling. “We’re so happy that you said yes,” said Warner.
“We’re all connected and we’re all affected,” said Bond during her acceptance speech.
And if that wasn’t enough, there was good food, good music (Talib Kweli was DJing, with Bond jumping into the booth for a few minutes), and cocktails aplenty. Party with a purpose…
Essence Music Festival was truly a star-studded event but aside from the concerts and celebrity sightings there was a one booth at the convention center that was extremely popular among patrons. It was the "My Black is Beautiful" booth. We caught up with media maven and fashion expert Bevy Smith to explain why the booth attracted so many women and why the "My Black is Beautiful" movement is so important.
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Known for her vivacious personality, exquisite taste and charm, Bevy Smith exudes confidence and epitomizes the modern business woman: fearless, free and focused on success.
Proud of her Harlem roots, Bevy discovered at a young age she was destined for a life in fashion. She describes candidly the moment when she realized style was in her DNA, “…when girls in my neighborhood started asking me would I take them shopping.” It’s only right that “the first girl in Harlem to wear a cat suit” would grow to become a high-powered fashion executive at Rolling Stone, fashion editor-at-large for VIBE, TV personality and now Social Media Maven. She is also the creator of “Dinner with Bevy,” a brilliantly crafted dinner party series in which Bevy brings together influential people from across entertainment, fashion and media.
Adored and loved by all, Bevy Smith, a style icon in her own right tells us How She Made It.
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Just because you weren’t able to make it down to New Orleans last weekend doesn’t mean you have to be left completely out of the loop. We’ve got photos from the Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch With Bevy Smith Honoring “Shine On Sierra Leone” that took place that weekend.
Check the pictures below and see which of our favorite celebs made an appearance.