About the Sample Tote

The hood ain’t 4 sale …

… is low key a mantra that plays in my head every time I walk past a new building or coffee shop with an artistic renditions of Biggie or Basquiat on the wall. The simple fact that I can’t seem to face is that Harlem as we knew it or know it is changing and GENTRIFICATION seems unstoppable.

Of course gentrification has it perks, of which I will not list because I’m not here for it and I’m sure there are folks who’ve created long list to counter act their gentrifying guilt. Nonetheless, gentrification is taking us by storm and we need to remind gentrifiers that our people spent too much time building our communities and cultural enclaves for them to be bombarded with bars and strangers who are unfamiliar with our history and contemporary issues.

More to come on Thursday, July 11th!

Big Feet Blues: Tips for Finding Shoes for Sizes 10 & Up!

Secret #927: I have big feet! Ever since I can remember my feet have been clown-ish, long, big. My mother would buy me the nicest kicks but I wouldn’t wear them because they looked like clown shoes in comparison to my small body.  Imagine being 8 years old and wearing an 8 in women’s shoes. Up…

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There is truly nothing like New York in the Summer. The yellow taxis accenting the bright colored printed pants and the summer breeze giving life to chiffon blouses and linen pants. The smell of Halal street food and roosted peanuts in combination with fresh air is everyones questionable perfume. And oh! You can’t forget about the…

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I Can’t Afford My Style!

I ask my self ,“Why the expensive taste?” and I reply, “You are a Queen! You must dress the part! “ What I wear is not my [desired] style. It is a compilation of what I can afford and signature sap green, flamingo pink and mustard yellow pieces I cannot possibly pass up! Growing up, I was always fly.…

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