Black Excellence at the 2016 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes were Sunday night and #blackexcellence showed up and out that night. Starting off with the fashion, capes were the common theme. Taraji looked amazing in her white Stella McCarthy dress while Jada looked stunning in her emerald Versace number. Can we just talk about how flawless and ageless Angela Bassett looks? I just want 8 oz from the fountain of youth she’s drinking from. Just EIGHT OUNCES. Lol. Michael Bae Jordan looked so handsome as did, Will and Uncle Denzel.

I had THREE favorite moments of the night. Because they were too many to choose from. Of course Twitter makes any live shows 10 times better. Anyway on to my faves:

  • Jamie Foxx pulling a Steve Harvey by announcing Straight Outta Compton as the winner of Best Original Score. HILARIOUS! I love how comfortable he is with being his self. Even how woke he was to mention ‘ghetto’ after Quentin Tarantino used it in his acceptance speech. The most heartwarming part of it all was Jamie introducing his daughter as Miss Golden Globe. She looked gorgeous!
  • Denzel Washington accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award. First of all, this man’s body of work is PHENOMENAL and LEGENDARY. The montage created in honor  of him made me want to binge watch all the movies he’s acted in. He brings his entire family on stage. Halfway through his speech, he couldn’t read what he had written down and Auntie Pauletta was like you need your glasses. He was like nah I’m good. Still struggling, Auntie Pauletta leans to try to help him out. Then he asks her to help him read and she was like I don’t have my glasses either. LOL! It was such a cute moment because it not only reminded me of my parents trying to read something together but it made them seem so down-to-earth.
  • Taraji Henson winning for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. Taraji is just #blackgirlmagic. Like you can’t help but to love her. After her name is called, she immediately grabs cookies off the table and starts handing them out like Oprah, you get a cookie, you get a cookie, you get a cookie. Gets to the stage and starts her speech by being so #woke. Saying how she thought she would’ve won this award with a role like Queenie from Benjamin Button. Eluding to the fact that these awards shows only give awards to black people when they are playing subservient role. See Lupita for 12 Years a Slave. See Octavia Spencer for The Help. We are still mad about Will Smith and Denzel Washington for being snubbed for their roles in Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X respectfully. I digress.  The person working the teleprompter had the AUDACITY to wrap? Her clapback was just perfect. #yougonwait. Simple as that. Taraji you have officially become a #CMmuse.

That’s my recap! Did you watch the Golden Globes? What were your favorite moments?

PANTONE Color of the Year 2016

I always feel anticipation in December for the announcement of the following year’s color of the year. Being the design nerd I am, I couldn’t let this year roll by without talking about the 2016 Color of the Year. Last year Marsala was named as the official color of the year. And I have to say that it was one of my favorites. This year, eh. I don’t feel as strong about the shade selection but I have to admit the colors are growing on me. And I say colors because for the first time PANTONE selected two shades. Rose Quartz and Serenity. These colors remind me of a baby nursery. Very soft and tranquil.

Pantone specifically explains Rose Quartz “is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”. While Serenity “is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Regardless of my feeling of the color selection, I did find some dope items to include in this year’s Color of the Year moodboard.

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How are you looking to incorporate this color this year?

The Resurrection

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Happy New Year y’all!

I’ve decided to resurrect this blog one last time because 1) it’s a new year and 2) I really want to give this blog another shot. A shot with more effort than I exuded last year. In New Years fashion, I’ve decided to share my top 3 goals for Cultured Mosaic this year.

PROVIDE CONSISTENT CONTENT
I know I mentioned last year that I wanted to create new content twice a week. Clearly that goal was not achieved. All shade towards myself. So 2016 is the year of execution.

ATTEND ARTS EXPERIENCES
I hibernated in 2015. I didnt feel like going many places. But this year, I want to attend more art exhibitions, dance performances, concerts, orchestra performances. I’ve signed up for a ton of newsletters to stay updated on local performances. As a result, I hope to share these experiences on the blog as well.

SUPPORT BLACK ARTISTS
This blog has allowed to find some dope artists and of course I can support them by sharing their work on the blog but I would like to take it a step further by putting money in their pockets & purchasing their work.  

I hope all your dreams and goals come true and I hope that you work hard to make them a reality!

Finish Strong

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In August, I had this idea of blogging 2 days a week. Then I got a new job and that idea went out the window because I had no idea what I was in for. It’s been 3 months since my last post and ironically enough, also 3 months since I started my new job and I finally feel things are in a good place at work to ramp this blog up once again. (They say the third time’s the charm. 😉 ) However, with more intention and action and less talk that I did here and also here.

I’m super excited to share content with you all! I’m focusing on having more fun with it this time around. I’m also taking a course to help me out with this whole blogging thing.

Above everything, I want to finish strong.

National Black Arts Festival 2015

The National Black Arts Festival is an annual event in Atlanta that provides amazing programming highlighting arts disciplines such as music, visual arts, performance arts and much more. This year’s season focuses on dance! Y’all know I’m hype right?! The festival kicked off in July with a beautiful gala and continues through September with tons of events celebrating generations of dance and dancers.

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One of the events I’m super excited yet bummed about is the Step Afrika performance on August 29! I’m excited because I would love to the see the first performing company dedicated to stepping but I’ll be out of town that weekend. There are at least two events every weekend until September and I plan to attend at least two of them!

Are you going to any of the events? Let me know if the comments.

Designer Spotlight: Jason Dempsey

One of the reasons I started this blog is to give graphic designers of color a platform to share their work. As a graphic designer of color, I know the struggle of showcasing your designs to the world. I also couldn’t find a space that celebrated us in the art, design and culture space. I’ve been told if you don’t see what you want, then create it.

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Kicking off this feature is graphic designer Jason Dempsey based out of Atlanta. I found his work through Alex Elle’s company with her daughter called Balm and Co. The product branding is what lured me in. The aesthetic is so clean and modern. It feels like a mainstream luxury brand. Of course, I had to see more where that design came from and the excellence continued.

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Of course this is my favorite of his designs! Not only is the quote one of my favorites [Quality not quantity], but the type treatment is just DOPE!

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Check him out for yourself on his portfolio site: www.jsndmpsy.com or follow him on Instagram: @jsndmpsy! He’s available for hire so let him get your brand identity together!

Images Courtesy of Jason Dempsey’s Instagram 

Audible Pleasures: Another Round Podcast

The past Audible Pleasures features have been solely focused on music but that’s not the full scope of Audible Pleasures. You can expect anything audible pleasant for this feature. Enter: podcasts! I am a huge fan of podcasts! When my commute was over an hour one way, podcasts saved my life because if you know anything about Atlanta traffic, you know you are one minute away from having negative Jesus! One evening on my way home, I decided to give Heben and Tracy of Another Round a listen and these ladies did not disappoint! They are both unapologetically black and I am HERE for it! It is inspiring! When I listen to them in my car, I laugh uncontrollably or I am screaming yassssss girlah!

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You can expect: hilarious stories from Tracy with a strong co-sign from Heben, awesome guests like Chirlane McCray, Issa Rae, and Desus Nice and drunken debates! It feels like I’m listening to conversations that I have with my friends from serious issues to latest news in pop culture! Convinced to listen yet? You should! You can find Another Round on SoundCloud or you can subscribe via iTunes!

Take a listen and comment below with what you think!

National Black Theatre Festival 2015

Prior to my new current position, I worked for a performing arts center and I loved it! I learned so much about the theatre culture and Broadway. I also learned that they were few people of color that occupied the theatre space. I came across this theatre festival and was intrigued! The National Black Theatre Festival starts today with their Opening Night Gala in Winston-Salem, NC! The festival continues through August 8th, showcasing over 120 productions performed by black theatre companies from across the country.

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Festivals attendees can also expect workshops taught by professionals for aspiring playwrights and youth activities to encourage and foster their interests. The festival was founded in 1989 by the Leon Tamlin and is produced by North Carolina Black Repertory Company.  If you are in the Winston-Salem area, get your tickets to attend this awesome festival!

BlackStar Film Festival 2015

The 2015 BlackStar FIlm Festival kicks off today in Philly! The festival celebrates and showcases work in cinema created by people of African descent, along with offering many workshops and panels for those interested in building their craft. I first learned of the festival through one of my favorite designers/bloggers, Andrea Pippins of Fly Girl Blog. She was commissioned to design all the collateral for the festival! Such a huge fan of her work!

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There will be over 60 films featured at this weekend’s film festival from short documentaries to feature narratives. Awesome, right?! It’s so important for us to continue to share our stories in varying mediums. And we all know that cinema is one of the most effective ways. If I were going (maybe next year as a social media correspondent?), my top two must see films would be August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand and Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee. If you are in Philly this weekend, you should check it out!

Consistency

I’ve been watching so many Periscopes lately about intention and consistency. If you are not familiar, Periscope is new app that allows people to broadcast live, very similar to Ustream but a better interface. No shade.  Anyways my intention to blog is there but the consistency, eh, not so much. Consistency is where I struggle but what helps consistency is preparation. Or as Mattie of Mattieologie.com says, consistency is the direct product of work ethic. Continue reading