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Inspired by Queen Tut and Q The Sun’s avant-garde juke single “Cantaloupe”, this lookbook’s visual and sound is yet another declaration of Queen tut’s true-to-self-image, smooth lyricism, and passion for her art. This lookbook personifies the femcee’s lyrics through bold prints, soft pastels, bright neons, and whole lot of black girl/boy magic! There’s eclectic influences, deep synths and high booms throughout the entire audio track creating this bold visual presented before our eyes.
Cantaloupe: The Lookbook was shot by MKE based photographer Mahdi Gransberry, whose fresh interpretation of Wisconsin hip hop renaissance has gained him recognition, and inspired this collaboration. Tut promotes individuality, black beauty, and personal style in this unique, boundary-pushing editorial. With the assistance of Fashionable Demand’s creative set-director Michael Ja’Ameer, plus the aid of multi-talented artist & choreographers Britell Higgens & Shaverick Allen, Queen Tut steps closer to the goal of bridging Mke’s music scene with the waves that are happening throughout New York City.
The full Look book is featured on Queen Tut’s Instagram !
Less than 5 short months away, I will be turning the BIG 3-0. So as I start to reminisce over the last decade of my life. Honestly…truly (in my Joanne the Scammer voice) I can say that it has been a complete (thrill) ride. As I go into what I know are going to be the best years of my life yet! It is with pleasure that I give an ode to being 29 or as I fondly call it, “The Wonder Year”.
Maybe some people have reached this level already, but at 29 I am actually comfortable with people not liking me. In fact, it has become increasingly amusing to me that there are people that just aren’t going to like me or understand me for absolutely no reason. I seriously get a chuckle at the fact that others’ insecurities cause them to dislike me so much that they actually put energy into not liking me. Which I have summarized is a source of power and I’ll take it.
In contrast, I find myself crawling out of my twenty-something selfishness becoming sensitive to the pain and struggles of others. My interests no longer center around my own happiness, rather I want everyone to be lifted to their greater sense of self. So open-heartedly I dive into the recesses of my mind, use my spiritual guidance and utilize the resources around me to impart wisdom when necessary. Or give knowledge and/or resources where needed.
After almost three decades I can see the results of poor decisions or even great decisions. What is even better is that I have enough life experience to not fall into those life traps again. Yet, I am still young enough to believe I have time to still struggle with finding my voice, work towards my passions and eating healthfully.
My greatest blessing so far, is that after 30 years I still have some of the greatest people around me. My parents! I am ever so grateful that they are the best people in my life. They have worked so hard to provide a stable and nourishing life for me. Forever I am indebted to them for sacrificing so much, working tirelessly so that I can have a solid foundation. As they near retirement my only wish is that they enjoy it. Take big risks. Travel. Live lavishly as possible. Also, I wish that they would not worry so much about me and trust that they have instilled within me their very best, which I promise to use every ounce of. I (kind of) got this and if I don’t I am blessed enough to still have their counsel.
Twenty-nine revolutions around this earth has surely grounded me a bit. Yet, I am more ready for where the next 29 will take me. So I’ll bid ado to my twenties and enter into my grown and sexy thirties.
From a very early age I was taught that when you go into work put on your polite, unfazed black girl corporate face and voice. I’ve held onto that sentiment for almost over a decade that I’ve been in the working sector. Constantly, I have coached myself to push down my feelings, be extra helpful and smile.
However, I am beginning to think that is not the wisest of advice or at least my strict adherence to it has not been the wisest of decisions. Constantly, I find myself in this position where I am unhappy at work, while mostly in the past I’ve blamed it not working in the field/industry that I desired. Now that that is no longer true, I have been more introspective on how and why I feel the way I do. I have narrowed my unhappiness to three reason and/or causes.
Proudly, I proclaim that yes I am unhappy and I am glad for it. It lets me know that I am not complacent and that I value myself, my work and my intelligence. Reminds me that I am alive. Reminds me that there is something new and challenging on the horizon. It’s the fuel that propels me to constantly chase after my goals and use my natural talents.
Soooo yea I am unhappy right now, but change is just right around the corner.
Written by: Chelle
I have been on an unplanned,but perhaps needed creative hiatus. Unbelievably, its been a year since any type of creative inspiration has coursed through my body. A slow, yet continuous death of creative sensibilities in both visual and written forms. I cannot truly say that I am 100%, nor as eager as I once was to create beautiful imagery. Yet, I am pushing myself to try again to regain and rebirth that which was lost.
So I am going to kick things off where I left them, MKE Spirit. I have to apologize to the creatives who gave up their time, talent and beauty to this project. The deadlines I had promised and missed, it is unlike me to not deliver.
This installment of the MKE Spirit project is waaaaaaaay over due, truly the woman who is spotlighted for the publication of this MKE Spirit portrait shoot, Jasmine, has since moved on to accomplish bigger and better goals. However, during the shoot I did take some time to interview Jasmine. What resonated the most to me was her goal to,
“change the lives of people who are nearest to me.”
That is the essence of this project, to be an inspiration to others in our city. To remind the creatives of the city that your art, your voice, your influence deserves to be heard outside of Milwaukee city limits and out into our nation…the world.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize Darianne for her photography and editing work on this shoot. She is a talented photographer, graphic designer and advertiser.
Like many people on my Facebook timeline I am very much over the whole, “New Year, New Me” statuses. While I believe that there is a certain sense of renewing that happens to us at the beginning of each New Year. I also truly believe we all have the right to start over and begin again, whether that happens January 1st or August 1st.
So… just like we refresh our minds and our goals. We also need to refresh our closets.
Step 1: Clear the Clutter
The best way to see where you are going with your wardrobe is to; clear your closets of items you can’t fit or you are not going to wear anymore.
Step 2: Fill the Gap
In order you have a fully functioning wardrobe you must keep some staple items. This will make mixing, matching and coordinating outfits easy.
Step 3: Use the 3-7-14 Shopping Rule
To prevent your closet from junking up with unnecessary clothing items, adhere to the 3-7-14 Shopping rule. You can read my article about the rule by clicking here.
Happy New Year Fashionable Demand readers! Please expect to see more art and blogging from us in 2016 as we continue to take our brand to new levels.