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Photos Using Enlight

Author: Tafari, Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 2:46 PM

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A few weeks ago, I downloaded the new photo editing app iPhone app, Enlight. I can’t stop playing with this app. Once you get the hang of the crazy amount of options, the sky is the limit when it comes to your creativity. Admittedly, I am not one who does or even knows how to do crazy photo manipulations but I am having some good fun with this little app. Images can go from mild to wild with a few taps and swipes.

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Photos from the weekend… 1.) Geisha seen at the Belt downtown Detroit by Hush. Did some photo mixing adding a little nature to the mix in Enlight. 2.) Urinal art seen while at the MOCAD for an Art X Detroit opening. The tones and details all pulled out with Enlight. Basic & very textured. 3.) A scene from my front porch while relaxing and enjoying a spring breeze. It. Vignette & DOF applied in Enlight. Totally worth the $3.99.

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Styling in Silks & Linens

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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Last week, I attended a Louis Vuitton V Collection launch party this week and wore an awesome silk scarf made by my friend Ellen M. She has some amazing & versatile designs. The scarf that I'm rocking as a cravat actually has so many colors that I can wear it with a variety of shirt/blazers color combinations. I had a hard time deciding what color shirt to wear because it worked well with so many of my brightly colored shirts. You will mos def see this again freaked out with some other fun bright hues for spring & summer. Check her out at Scarves by Ellen on Etsy. Use coupon code "tafari" for a special discount. You won't be disappointed! Photo Credit: Meghan Shkolnik of DSP Fotographie

Out On a Work Night

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 11:42 AM

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I am not a big fan of going out during the week, but when my girl Mayaeni organized a show, there was no way that I could not be there. She gave the standing room audience everything they needed and then some! And as an extra rock songstress bonus, she had Steffanie Christi'an on stage for the end of the set. It was a great night & I'm happy that I broke my rule.


U Street Afro Fashion

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:41 PM

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This past weekend, I was in DC visiting friends and then this happened... a street fashion show put on by Malindi Designs at Zawadi Gallery. I was excited by the African style prints and decided to pull out my iPhone to capture some of this goodness. Not only did I do photo but I got into more slow motion video. The video actually happened by accident but I happen to really like the results. Edited with iMovie. Edited with iMovie & Replay. Can't decide which one I like best. Art Credit: Model: Tiersa Sullivan Video 1 - Have You Seen Here by Just A Band Video 2 - Apartment 44 by Bahwee

Enchant Me

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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I walk past this wooded area severeral times a week and I always wonder where the paths lead. I wish I was adventurous enough to see but watching every release of Friday the 13th as a kid keeps me from finding out. So for now, I'll continue to wonder from afar. The title here is inspired by one of my favorite ambient songs, "Enchant Me" by The Amalgamation of Soundz The video is hot!

Conferencing, Networking, & Politicin’

Author: Tafari, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Earlier this week, I made my way to San Antonio, TX for the first time. I've wanted to visit for years after seeing various enticing shows on the Travel Channel & Food Network and as a history buff, I totally wanted to visit the Alamo and Catholic missions that are around the famed city. Well, this trip to San Antonio served two purposes; business & pleasure. Business: I was presented on a University of Michigan career development program at the 2014 CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) annual conference. Pleasure: Eating, sightseeing, & whatever else I could get into. The conference was AWESOME and my presentation went very well. I pretty much wanted to kick my feet in mid air after it was over.  I present frequently but this was my first time nationally so I'm feeling swell about this feather in my cap. Everything else on the pleasure side was what I wanted and more. San Antonio is such a beautiful city! Met some fun locals & many other conference attendees at networking events. Had amazing food but honestly, I over dosed on Tex-Mex and prickly pear margaritas. Upon leaving, I felt energized & empowered from the conference & certainly planning to go back to discover more of what the city has to offer. It was a great week & I rocked it out! Video done on the iPhone 6 with slow motion. Music credit: "Keep Up" by Slakah The Beatchild featuring Ayah See a few snapshots from my trip here

Wanderlust

Author: Tafari, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 12:05 AM

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Visions from a dreamer.

The Guggenheim: Two Ways

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 8:06 PM

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Road Tripping

Author: Tafari, Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 2:07 PM

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Cousin Dee & I took a quick little road trip to NYC this past weekend for a needed break and to attend José Vilson's, "This Is Not A Test" book launch. The trip was hype. Ate at some of my favorite spots, discovered some new spots, kicked it with great people, took a lot of damn pictures. Best of all, I was able to check out the Carrie Mae Weems exhibit at the Guggenheim and the Black Eye pop up exhibit in TriBeCa, where I had a very unique interchange with the exhibit's curator, the beautiful, Nicola Vassell.   Interestingly enough, Carrie Mae Weems and Black Eye contributor Rashid Johnson have given me inspiration to do a series of introspective photos of myself that will most likely be centered around my body, my vulnerability intersected with cultural identity to share a narrative that will hopefully push me further as an artist. We'll see how this plays out…

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Take Me To The Game

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 9:27 PM

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Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers is certainly a grand Detroit holiday! Tailgaters everywhere! Debauchery everywhere! Chaos everywhere! People doing way too much everywhere! I had a great time celebrating the opening of the season with my boo, my friends, and a whole host of randoms in my orange fashion sweater that they all love to hate. For some reason, I felt like I was Ferris Bueller, minus the car situation & the sister with the scorching case of herpes. It was all good! Pictured above is Detroit Tiger, Austin Jackson. A great player and a great person all the way around! Here's to a great season!

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Every thing about this photo here screams 1980s Jet magazine Newport ad. I love it & I'm so not into cigarettes!

Being Cool

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 7:05 PM

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Last weekend, I went down south to visit my momma and relax. During the trip, we did some thrift shopping which is when I copped this red linen blazer for $3.99 (I decided to wear it out...). After thrifting, we decided to see the movie, "Divergent" (HORRIBLE, BORING, WASTER OF MONEY). After we got our tickets, I jumped in the concessions line to get my momma some popcorn (with extra butter). While I was in line, I noticed a little boy who looked Ethiopian staring up at me. He was maybe 6 or 7 years old. He pulled on his dad's shirt and said "I've never seen anybody like that. His hair is so cool." His father (non-Negro) apologized. I laughed and introduced myself to the boy named Marahek & shook his hand. He had good firm handshake for a kid. I told my momma about it and she said that you don't see too many people with locked hair where she lives. Maybe so. Maybe not… My thought was maybe he possibly was not exposed to many people who look like he did, brown with nappy hair in various shapes and forms. Whatever the case, it was an interesting exchange that made my day & I hope that Marahek knows that he is a cool brown boy too.

Me and the Devil

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 4:22 PM

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I was strolling down Rue de Bagnolet late one Monday night in Paris headed to Mama Shelter to enjoy some music & martinis when I came upon the intersection of Rue de Bagnolet & Rue de Lesseps. I stood here for a few moments and realized that the streets were almost dead silent. Silence was not something that I noticed much in Paris. I find the city to be lively somewhat like NYC but. SOMEWHAT. Being a city guy, I have no problem with city noise... people, cars, honking horns, sirens…. But this silence was interesting and comforting at the same time. In my wonderment, "Me and the Devil" crossed my mind & took me to a place. A memory of a dream years ago where I was visited by the Devil. He came to me while I was half asleep & he sat in my  bedroom chair offering me an opportunity. I wrote about it here. Later this evening at Mama Shelter, I ran into a motley crew of Parisians who befriended me. We laughed & talked the night away where the night ended at Le Gambetta, a Reggae bar where things got really interesting to say the least. I spent the following day laughing at myself and how I manage to connect with the most interesting people and have the weirdest encounters in the most random places. Side Note: Mama Shelter is fairly popular and they have great food, awesome music, & drinks but the service leaves a lot to be desired. I won’t go into detail about how the bartender attempted to serve me a drink in an unchilled chilled glass that had a jagged rim…