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Boob Tube Withdrawal

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 6:18 PM Mindspill

It’s been two weeks since American Horror Story: Coven wrapped up for the season and I’m still going through withdrawal. Everything about the season was awesome, well except that masturbation scene with Gabourey Sidibe. I really wasn’t ready for that. In fact, I had a night terror after seeing it. The one thing that I can’t shake is how much I loved Myrtle Snow and the way she talked, and how she talked about entertaining, food & where she got her hair. She went out like a G in the end. Shit, who screams "BALENCIAGAAAAAA!" while being burned at the stake? I am also still tripping/laughing about the Seven Wonders. - Telekinesis: The ability to manipulate objects with the power of the mind - ConciliumThe ability to control the mind of others - Pyrokinesis: The ability to control and conjure fire - Divination: The extra-sensory awareness of things - Transmutation: The ability to move instantaneously from one location to another - Vitalum Vitalis: The balancing of scales between one life force and another - Descensum: Spiritual decent into the netherworld/purgatory or afterlife For giggles, I came up with the Seven Wonders for Black Witches & Warlocks - Foodation: Unfry a bucket of chicken Drinkupa: Turn a pitcher of Kool-Aid into a 5th of Remy Martin Freedom: Get Kwame Kilpatrick released from Prison Vitalum  Negro: Bring Johnny Cochran back from the dead El Musica: Make Black radio relevant Tea Party: Locate Barack Obama's original birth certificate Good Bless The Child: Cure Kanye West of his retardation Mindspill

Anyway… I’m looking forward to the next season and more witty quips from Jessica Lange after her return from her hell that included a pissy smelling shack decked out in knotty pine!

Music From The Diaspora: Just A Band

Author: Tafari, Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 11:30 AM
This remix of "Have You Seen Her" by Just A Band has been musical crack to me for the last week or so. I cannot stop listening and have had it on auto play & non-spot repeat. So soulful, so beautiful, so black. Cop a download here....

African Men: Hollywood Stereotypes

Author: Tafari, Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:30 AM
This video is AWESOME!!!

2012 Hot Mess Oscar Winners

Author: Tafari, Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 4:00 PM Mindspill

Forget best & worst dressed Oscar picks! I've come up with my own hot mess Oscar winners based on last night's performances? Like to hear it? Here it go.... - Best Stunt Queen performance during a red carpet interview - Sacha Baron Cohen / Although funny as hell, he goes over the top way too much. - Worst wig on a Black woman during a video montage - Gabourey Sidibe / What was that on her head, a mangy wig or a Persian wool coat? - Best white person rocking black face during a movie vignette - Billy Crystal / I was like really? It was too much but it was funny. - Best partially exposed nipple during an award presentation - Jennifer Lopez / At first I was like is that a nipple or a shadow of a nipple, then I realized that it was not a shadow, just a straight up nipple. - Best attempt to be sexy while looking malnourished during an award presentation - Angelina Jolie / She killed me doing her leg. I felt her thought but she looked like she needed healthy meal.

Groove Is In The Heart

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 5th, 2012 at 2:46 PM
This is one reason why I love NYC... I mean, where else in the world can you assemble a mass amount of people for the purpose of song, dance & soul??? And to be fair, Everbody knows..... that I came up with the idea for a Flash Mob last Wednesday:
"I'm calling for all of my fellow Americans to join in a flash mob Soul Train Line to celebrate Black History Month & the life of Don Cornelius... Meet me on MLK Blvd." ~ Tafari Stevenson-Howard

Street Photography Mystery: Who’s That Girl

Author: Tafari, Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 12:09 AM Mindspill

I don’t watch many shows on television. Maybe like 4 or 5 shows weekly and then, I’m mostly watching via DVR. When I bumped into Marshana Dahlia Ritchie pictured above, I believe she told me that she was on “The Bachelor.”   I never watched the show so I was totally out of the loop about her but I can now say that she was pretty nice and had great teeth. I like nice teeth! I did do some web surfing on Black contestants or lack there of on the "Bachelor" & "Bachelorette." Pretty interesting reading on the diversity front. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Slices Feature: Osunlade

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Everybody knows that I LOVE house music & everything that it stands for! One of my favorite house artists without a doubt is Osunlade! If you read my 2011 wrap up then you know that seeing him in Chicago last summer was all that & more. This video interview offers a nice window into Osunlade's world! Kinda tripped out to know that he lives in Greece. That was unexpected. I was further amused by saying that he was planning on releasing his music at a much slower pace because after Pyrography was released last year, he said in an interview that he was done all together. So, I guess this is some good news here!

70’s Inspiration

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 at 10:51 PM
If this song doesn't make you happy, dance, or do a disco spin then you have some issues in your head!

Exposure.Detroit at The Woodbridge Pub

Author: Tafari, Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at 11:30 AM Mindspill

My friends at Exposure.Detroit have invited me to exhibit at the upcoming photography show at the Woodbridge Pub.  I'm really excited and nervous because the date is rapidly approaching. I really need to get my materials together. I know what I want to show but... So much to consider. I have 2 weeks to work my magic... Date: 12.10.11 Time: 7pm Location: Woodbridge Pub | 5169 Trumbull, Detroit, MI Hope to see you there!

Pompadour, Lashes & Personality

Author: Tafari, Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at 1:08 PM Mindspill

I was in the media riser photographing the Tracy Reese runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week when I spotted Brooklyn based singer “Raye6” in the audience. From her serious pompadour, you can imagine that she was not easy to miss. After the show, I quickly packed my camera so that I could get a quick photo up close & personal. As she made her way outdoors, all kinds of cameras were whipped out. I actually watched a camera team interview her about her look etc. She broke it down from head to toe. It was fun to observe & I enjoyed how she batted her flirty eyes with those super lashes. So of course, when I got back to my room, I did some Googling & found some great photos & good music of Raye6. Looks like she is really doing her thing on the New York scene! Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Take Me to the Game

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 6:25 PM Mindspill

Yesterday, I photographed the “Parade Day at the Park” event for The Parade Company at Comerica Park.  This was my 2nd time working this event for TPC, with the first time being last year. Last year was one for the record books because it was soooooo super hot! When my assignment was over, you could wring out my shirt & get a cup of sweat. When I was contacted to work the event again this year, I had heat flashbacks that made me sweat. Parade Day at the Park is very fun as a spectator and from my angle as the photographer. Kids all over the place, face painting, clowns, a marching band, parade floats, beer, baseball etc. Mindspill

One of the cooler points of the event is being able to go onto the baseball field to catch the ceremonial 1st pitch. Yesterday, Makayla McCoskey, the reigning America’s Thanksgiving Parade® Queen tossed out the 1st ball on behalf of TDC. I met Makayla last year when I was one of the TDC’s “Princess Scholarship Program” judges. I was very happy when we learned she winner was because Makayla is quite a force in her academics, charity work & volunteerism. Mindspill

Some of the perks from winning the Princess Scholarship Program include:
  • Four Court members receive a $250 scholarship
  • The final candidate is named the America’s Thanksgiving Parade® Queen in addition to receiving a $1,000 scholarship
  • The Queen and her Princess Court ride in the America’s Thanksgiving Parade®, (seen nationally in 74.6 million homes)
On a related note, I was asked to come back as a judge again this year for the program. This time, I will be prepared with a little experience under my belt. Anyway, the other fun item from the day was the kids. I think they were kindergartners. I took a photo of one of the kids after his face was painted. Next thing I know, I’m surrounded by kids asking me to take their photo. Do me! Take my picture! Let me see! It was funny. Mindspill

After my camera was packed away, I relaxed with friends and enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5 to 4. It was a great nail biting kind of game... And for the record, I am not a sports fan.

Runway Talk

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 12:33 AM Mindspill

This time last year, I was nervous as hell about photographing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for my friends at The NYLA Report. I had an idea of what to expect but that did not settle my anxiousness at all. You may remember me talking about it non-stop. With two seasons of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week under my belt now, I am relaxed. Perhaps, I may be too relaxed because I have not contacted many designers for access, which means that I will be emailing my butt off over the next few days. Right now, these shows are on my schedule to photograph: Thursday: Nicholas K BCBGMAXAZRIA Tadashi Shoji Candella Friday: Electric Feathers Luca Luca Rebecca Taylor Concept Korea Saturday: Lacoste Pink Tartan Jill Stuart Vivienne Tam Farah Angsana Rafael Cennamo Venexiana Sunday: Lela Rose Derek Lam Tracy Reese Diana Von Furstenberg Tommy Hilfiger Monday: Carolina Herrera Rebecca Minkoff Tuesday: My regular life begins again…. T-8 days before it all goes down!