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Friend Or Foe: The Tragic Death of Kenneka Jenkins

Yesterday while perusing my snapchat; I caught wind of a story developing out of Chicago. It was about the young girl found dead in a walk in freezer. The more details I discovered about the story, the more disturb I became.
It seems the young girl, named Kenneka Jenkins; a gorgeous brown skinned, petite, 19-year- old; life came to a tragic end after celebrating her friends’ birthday in a hotel room kickback. While, many details remain unclear, one thing that is clear is that this story is messy, and just heartbreaking. According to current rendition of the story, Kenneka was so inebriated that she staggered into a walk in freezer and presumably could not get out. Many have taken to the internet to conform theories and “solve” the case. However out of respect for her family, I will not add my version of what I think happened to that young lady. Only, the Lord and the people involved really knows, everything else is just reckless speculation.
However, what I would like to discuss are the many alarming occurrences that took place based off of the facts that we have been privy to from the social media post, and Facebook lives of the people with Kenneka in her final hours alive, that are making rounds.

First, as a mother, I pray, that we as mothers to young beautiful vulnerable females, understand that our girls are at risk. It was not even a year ago that the hash tag #MissingDCGirls trended based on oddly high number of missing girls in DC. Young African woman are disappearing at an alarming rate in this country. A member of the city council declared an “epidemic” of missing girls. Knowing that to be a fact, makes it more than okay to be that overbearing parent that sets very clear perimeters for our girls to live within. I’m not in anyway saying that Kenneka’s mom could have done anything any differently; I’m sure she never thought her daughter going to her best friend’s birthday party would result in her child’s death. However, what I am saying is, we as mothers have to be more vigilant over our daughters more than ever before. We have to take precautions and measures we never had to in recent history. We just do. Know where they’re going, with who, when they’ll be back, have other mothers numbers, friends numbers, drop them off, wait outside, drive around the block while you wait, text every 30 mins, or else I coming in to find you!

Secondly, I won’t write this and pretend like I have never been a carefree, boundary pushing teenager. In fact, I think this story resonates so much because I can remember being in some pretty sketchy situations alongside my friends as well as a youngin. Unlike, poor Kenneka, I survived (all glory to God). However, when I think about what made me escape the same fate as this sweet girl, the fact is that I grew up in a time when people weren’t entirely shitty. Even the bad guys had somewhat of a conscience in my time. Fast forward to these days, people are ruthless. The mixture of being high off all sorts of drugs, pills, etc; coupled with a dog eat dog mentally, this generation is just different. As I watched the Facebook live, the look on some of those kids faces are scary. Nothing phases them, or bothers them. Or at least that’s the way they want to appear. The chase of “turning up” supersede all moral judgement. It’s sad and scary at the same time to bare witness to.

Lastly, the question that a lot of people are asking this morning is; were any of those three or  four other girls Kenneka Jenkins with, really her friends? We don’t know what happened, but the fact that she was with four other girls, and no one knows what happened is disgusting. Let’s go with the version that these girls are offering and assume that they really don’t know what happened to this young lady. That in itself is a crime. We are so quick to call eachother “sis”, and egg  eachother on when it’s turn up twerking time; but we let things like this just happen?! If Kenneka was as drunk as is being reported, her more alert/sober friends should of took reign and gotten her to safety.

I just needed to get these things off my chest, because like I said this story has me bothered. This young girls life did not have to end like this. I pray her family, especially her mother finds some peace. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Sidenote: I neglected to touch on the young men involved because, we don’t know what happened. I only touched on that of which there is evidence to support. Again, I don’t want to speculate. However, if those young men were involved the moral of this story is not ‘”friend or foe”, but rather “raise men that don’t rape and kill girls”. smh!!!

2017 BET Awards Wrap Up: Fashion + Performances + More

Last night the annual BET Awards took place in the city of stars, Los Angeles, Ca. And all our fav’s came out to represent the culture of black music and entertainment.

Things sizzled from the red (actually grey) carpet, to the main stage.

There was no shortage of fashion moments. From the likes of Carbi B. to Lil Mama to La La Anthony, and everyone in between.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais kept things affordable in this Missguided frock that retails for only $240!! Gotta love.  You can grab it right here. 

While everyone stood out in their own right, there was one trend that was definitely repeated often: The blonde bob.

Rocked by Cardi B, Blacc Chyna, Kat Graham, Tamar Braxton, Karrueche, the blonde bob took home the award for most worn hairstyle, for sure!

If we had to choose, we’d say Cardi rocked the hairstyle best. Although, we might be a bit biased (Bx stand up!!!)

Speaking of bombshell reality stars, there was no shortage of reality TV starlets. From Tammy Rivera, who kept it cute and casual in a wide leg white pant, polka dot white silk blouse, both Diane Von Furstenberg, and a saucy red lip; to fellow Love and Hip Hop Atlanta co star, Tommie, who went for a more risque look in a sheer dress (no coverage on the boobies) and long blonde pig tales. Also on hand was new mom and reality show vixen Joseline Hernandez, who clearly has snapped back.

While some looks were either really casual or really risque there were those few fav’s who manage to find the perfect balance of lady-like demur and sass:

How can we not discuss Remy Ma’s beaded blue fringed dress; a Karen Sabag number (same designer that  transformed Rem into a  princess for this years Grammys). I almost shed a tear. (More on Rem later)

La La, La La!!! All I can say is perfection. The dress , the messy high pony. The glam inspired dress is by designer Thai Nguyen Atelier. All we can say is DETAILS baby.

And then there was LeToya Luckett, who wore a floral flowy dress with leather details and a train that did not end!!

Not to be out done by the ladies, the fellas also came to kill em.

Future, gave me all the feels with the Mask On look he shared with his daughter. (love love love)

And Big Sean crushed the competition in a red crushed velvet casual joggers and matching jacket.

But it was The Migos and French Montana that let their feminine side shine in the floral.

#BlackLove was also in the air:

Big Sean and Jhene Aiko

Keyshia Ka’oir And Gucci:

And of course our fave #blacklove couple, Remy and Papoose:

The Performances:

The most talked about performance has certainly been the Xscape performance; in which, Kandi, Tiny and the other two ladies gave us all the nostalgia feels.

Then there was Mary J Blige. She made it clear that you gotta love yourself, before you love somebody else.

And the winners are…..
Hands down our favorite win of the night, went to Remy Ma, for Best Female Rapper. Her speech about second chances, coupled with her back story of  prison was just a moment. Are you DUMB??!!

 

There was also some international flavor in attendance with these African beauties; Ghana actress NanaAkua Addo, and South African Actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who wore a tribal inspired dress by Rich Factory.

And here are some other great looks for the night:

Michelle Obama Gives Us The Fashion Feels In Italy

There is much to miss about the Obama’s. However, what I miss most of all, are the undeniably, fabulous fashion moments former fierce FLOTUS used to bless us with, rather ever so effortlessly. Well, Mom must of sensed our fashion sorrow, and decided it was high time for a total fashion moment, while on vacay with the hubs in the Tuscan Countryside of (of course) Italy. Perfect timing, because current First Lady, has me at the verge of a fashion meltdown (one more gotdamn high waist pencil skirt, and I’m gonna pull my weave out).

First came the petal-pink one shoulder cotton-poplin Teija blouse that Michelle wore with distressed (yes, DISTRESSED) white jeans , Jennifer Fisher hoops, and a crossbody white leather bag. If this look doesn’t say: “Im a former First Lady, but I still got that sauce”; I don’t know what does! This look has me ready to go on vacay today. But first lemme work on these arms. 🙂 BTW, the best accessory Michelle is rocking, is good ole melanin. YASSS sun- kissed- healthy- glow- brown- skin!!

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Here is the same blouse, priced just under a cool $400. Grab it before it fly’s off the shelves in 5-4-3-2-1.

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As if that first look didn’t give us all the vacay feels, Mom decided to kill us softly just one more time. This time, while out and about with hubby, former President Barack Obama, Mich threw on an airy stringy Club Monaco top, paired with high waist, wide leg khaki pants and the cutest burgundy leather carry baggie. Let us talk! First, Mom is bra-less, and honey I’m here for it. Second, Mom is letting her straps fall on purpose. HERE. FOR. IT. Third, Mom clearly doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She’s on vacay!!

But we care. And we also LOVE.

While we thank you Mich for giving us these effortlessly fabulous fashion moments in Italy, it actually just reinforces one thing:

We Miss You Mom!!!

 

Dope! Beyonce Facetimes A Fan Battling Stage Four Cancer [Video]

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There is power in numbers in social media.

Just ask Ebony Banks; a teen bravely battling a rare form of stage four cancer.  After spending most of her Senior year of High School in the hospital, fighting  for her life; her local school district decided to throw a special early graduation ceremony just for Ebob -as she is affectionately called at the hospital-  earlier this month. After her kind classmates at Alief Hasting Highschool in Houston , Tx  got wind that EBob’s  wish was to meet the pop star, whom she idolizes, they decided to give Ebony the ultimate graduation gift, and  took to social media to light up the internet with the hashtag: #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE; hoping to grab the Queen Bey’s attention.

We started hashtagging it, tagging people we tagged the news. Mostly we tagged Beyonce we wanted to get her attention [……], said Shanya McKnight, senior at Alief Hastings and friend to Ebony Banks.

After much tagging, sharing and re-sharing  their little plan worked, and by Wednesday afternoon, Ebony was on Facetime with her idol, Beyonce. In the exchange posted on social media, you can hear Ebony telling Bey she loves her, and the sentiment is returned by the star, telling her fan “Love you too”: 🙂

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Ebony Banks is being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Kudos to Beyonce- pregnant with twins- for taking time out her busy schedule to show the brave teen some love!