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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

Music Break: Ibeyi

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 7:29 PM
The visually stunning video for "River" by Ibeyi, a twin sister duo is enough to send me through changes but the haunting music & message really rock my world. If you're feeling "River" then you have to check out "Mama Says," which has an equally stimulating video & lyrical presentation. Get you some & vibe to their unique Afro style.

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.


Working With A Sheroe: Alice Walker

Author: Tafari, Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 7:20 PM

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Last week, I was contacted to photograph one of my favorite artists… ALICE WALKER. Needless to say, I was very excited & totally looking forward to the opportunity. Fast forward to the day of the event… I woke up feeling very bad, horrible, like death was upon me. It was strange because it just hit me out of nowhere. How could this be happening on such a big day…. It took a while to pull myself together and I rushed to get out of the door with all kinds of bags in tow only feeling slightly better…. Now..., I’m on the job setting up my camera and guess what… I left all of my memory cards at home. BUMMER… What was I going to do at the last minute other than panic. Then I noticed that I had another camera in my bag, which hadn’t been used in at least 2 years and it had a memory card ready to go for… A much needed surprise!!!! After all of this Ms. Walker entered the room and I was awestruck but composed… I introduced myself & sucked in as much as I could from her. Bygbaby.com Mindspill I’ll cherish this exchange forever: Me: Ms. Walker, give me a little more leg. Ms. Walker: Just one moment. (Positions leg and lifts skirt a little) In response to her creative process... "I don't allow anything into my mental and spiritual space that I don't want." In response to what she thinks the Black community needs... “The Black community needs more imagination.” “Turn off your TV and the images that tell you who you are and what you should be.” “Hang on to your books. All of your books.” Interesting Alice Walker Fact: The first thing Alice Walker saw on television was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being arrested. Yesterday was everything I needed as a person & as an artist! And I got my book signed. Ha! The little things in life.

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Disco Flashback

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Disco + Disco Spin + Wonder Woman = Totally damn awesome! Randomly stumbled upon this over the weekend and it is stuck all up in my head.

Baseball & Good Times

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 PM

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It’s a total bummer that the Detroit Tigers didn’t make it to the World Series this year after being shut down by the Boston Red Sox during the American League Championship Series. Although the loss was a let down, the season was great and I had some great experiences this summer. From hanging downtown on opening day with my boo.

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To working with and kicking it with Austin Jackson. An awesome experience. To hanging with my homeboys on my birthday at one of the last games of the season that helped land the Tigers in the ALCS. It was all good.

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Already looking forward to next year and more good baseball!

New York Fashion Week: Sitting This One Out

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 7:28 PM

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After my time at New York Fashion Week last February I decided to sit the fall season out New York Fashion Week out. Crazy right??? Although I will not be in & out of fashion related events photographing beautiful people, I did have some thoughts on fashion week that I shared with Sharifa D. Crawford of Disciples of Haute. Check it out here! And for the record, I'm never that excited about spring/summer collections. Being from the Midwest & a lover of all things autumn, I'm more excited about fall/winter collections. The colors, jackets, richer textiles and scarves of course.

A Real Bridey Wedding

Author: Tafari, Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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"Imitation of Life" (1959) is one of my all time favorite movies! If you’ve seen the move then you know how emotional the ending is & I love it. My favorite scene is actually the scene where Annie is on her deathbed where she says to Ms. Laura
“My pearl necklace... I want you to give it to Susie…for her weddin’. Give her a real bridey wedding… with all the fixins. Our weddin’ day… and the day we die… are the great events… of life.”
Any wedding that I’ve attend since seeing this movie more than 20 years ago, I hear Annie in my head saying these words. And who doesn’t love a good bridey wedding?

Hard to Win

Author: Tafari, Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 7:30 PM
My cousin recently hipped me to beat maker Bahwee... Since then, I've had Bahwee's albums, "Flavors" & "Flavors 2" in HEAVY rotation. This is the kind of music you just put on, have people over and just do whatever. It's that hype. Currently, I can't stop listening to "Hard to Win" from the "Flavors 2" album. I think I played it like 50-11 times today. I'm also super feeling "All" from the "Flavors" album. It's both chill and haunting!

Red Hot Shoes

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 7:00 PM

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A good pair of church shoes is a necessity in my life. I wouldn't consider myself obsessed with shoes but I spend a fair amount of time searching for styles and looking at trends. My research is aided by having Pinterest to host a collection of some of the hottest kicks that I stumble upon. One of these days, I will own them all! If you're into shoes like I am, check out and follow my "Shoegasm" board on Pinterest.

New York Fashion Week F/W 2013

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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New York Fashion Week is in full swing & I'm in town to take it all in as I work as a Fashion Liaison... Feels funny being here for Fashion Week and not working like a dog as a photographer. And I'm enjoying it. What is a Fashion Liaison? No one knows but I was flown out & put up to do it and like anything I do, I will do it well. Between attending events, I will have my camera in hand to snap some street looks. Hoping to see some outrageous stuff; that is if the weather permits. There's something going around saying that there will be 3-30" of snow this weekend. What kind of range is that??? Holla!