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iPhone Power Survival Tips

Author: Tafari, Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 3:38 PM Mindspill

As a rule of thumb, I follow these steps when I'm out & about away from a charger. Works every time! If you’re in Hurricane Sandy’s strike zone, these six quick tips will mos def prolong your iPhone battery life in case the power goes out…. 1. Disable LTE if you have an iPhone 5. If you have an iPhone 4s or earlier, drop down to 2g Settings > General > Cellular 2. Lower your brightness setting. Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper 3. Turn off Location Services Settings > Privacy > Location Services 4. Turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings Settings > Wi-Fi / Settings > Bluetooth 5. Turn off all of your push notifications Settings > Notifications > Set your apps up accordingly 6. Change your mail setting to Fetch manually Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Manually

In Ypsilanti: Pure Michigan Statewide Singalong

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 6:30 PM
A few weeks ago, I participated in a Pure Michigan Statewide Singalong for the city of Ypsilanti. It was very fun & I was paid with sandwiches!!! I love sandwiches! If you look super close, you will see me behind Elvis at 3:21.

Colored 5K Runners

Author: Tafari, Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 PM Mindspill

This morning, I surprised myself by waking up at the crack of dawn and heading downtown Ypsilanti for The Color Run.

When my friends told me, I was intrigued. When I saw the website & promo video, I got a little hype. And... When I arrived on the scene, I was surprised, no overwhelmed to see so many people. According to The Color Run organizers, approximately 15,000 registered to run the 5K. 

That’s pretty big for my small town. Mindspill

I walked the route and tried my best not to get covered with the bright powders but I was not successful. I just hope that the color washes out of my clothes. And I wish that I had a mask to cover my face because the dust still has me sneezing but it’s all good.

To see a few images from the event, check here.

Resurrection in NYC

Author: Tafari, Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at 7:55 PM Mindspill

I was on my way to a show in NYC when I spotted her. I said “hot shades.” She repeatedly shouted back. "Resurrection! Resurrection! Resurrection!" She was quite excited and animated. Later that day, I learned that she was actually referring to Korean designer Ju Young Lee’s Resurrection line of fashion accessories. I’m slow but that’s OK. One of the first shows that I ever photographed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (2010) was Concept Korea where I became familiar with Lee's work. You can see the images here. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Style Icon: Red Suede Shoes

Author: Tafari, Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 11:10 AM Mindspill

Blue suede shoes may be more popular thanks to rockers, Carl Perkins & Elvis Presley but everybody knows that red suede shoes are hotter and much more versitile...

More Wind, Bitches

Author: Tafari, Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 11:21 AM Mindspill

When I’m walking and the wind hits me just right, I feel a little sexy as my locs flow. Kinda like homeboy pictured here. As soon as I saw this image, I almost felt like I was looking in the mirror at my alter ego, Mufasah Jenkins. I’m just saying! Photo Credit: Unfortunately, I wasn't able to locate ;(

Perfect Accessory: Scarf Game

Author: Tafari, Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 12:28 PM Mindspill

My homie Fave sent this to me yesterday & I just about died! Everybody knows that I love scarves. And I love BIG scarves. Art has imitated my life and this is so damn awesome!
"Whether it’s to protect their voice or make a fashion statement, it hard to find a soul singer these days that’s NOT wearing a decorative scarf around their neck. APNF and crew are faithful soul music lovers and follow the trends faithfully…this time to a fault. heh. Step yo’ scarf game up, people."
Art Credit: Trel "Fave" Robinson ~ 2012 Check out Fave's A Pug Named Fender here.

Spotting Model Miriam Odemba

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 10:39 PM Mindspill

It’s not often that you get to see a statuesque Tanzanian beauty strolling around NY waiting for a close up so I was lucky to bump into model, Miriam Odemba recently. I attempted to talk to her but her manager/sister said, "I do the talking for Miriam."  I was like damn, really? Never mind then. I’m not into having an intermediary when trying to talk my game in the streets. Nevertheless, Miriam gave me a moment of her time & it was the right time although it was not the nighttime. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

On Making The New York Times

Author: Tafari, Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 1:49 PM Mindspill

This afternoon, I was out shopping for a few items for a dinner party that I’m hosting this weekend when I get a text from my Los Angeles boo, Asia Willis. I wipe my iPhone on my pants before I read the message (because it was super greasy but that’s another story). She said “You made the street style blog in the NY Times!!!” I then screamed out WHAT??? People started looking at me in the store. Then I screamed out “I’m in the NY Times, BITCHES….” I just came out. I then called & was like what??? Asked if I looked good. What was I wearing? Blah Blah Blah. All the while, I’m like, me? In a style blog? In NY? The NY times??? I’m not even stylish. I’m just a husky Black man of leisure, who knows how to mix & match the right pieces to look half way decent. Anyway, when I saw the photo, I laughed. It was taken my final day in NY for Fashion Week. You remember the look… Shit, I never thought that I would make the NY Times but I did, just in a different way than I expected. I may be going through a nasty divorce but the rest of my life is fucking AWESOME. I’m in the NY Times BITCHES!!!! This little bit of news is helping me to kick off my weekend in a good way. The Scarf (hand knit vanilla) was a 59th St Bloomingdale's exclusive and only 3 were available. I got the last one. Holla!

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.

Milk Studios: Libertine

Author: Tafari, Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 3:06 PM Mindspill

After my first Fashion Week experience a few years ago, I had a desire to attend/photograph shows & presentations that were not at Lincoln Center. Although I wanted to, logistically, it was difficult for me to make that happen with how my schedule was set. This past season, I made it my business to attend some off site shows. The first off site show I photographed was Libertine at Milk Studios, which I was very excited about. I had heard that Milk Studios was the place to be because many up & coming as well as established designers show there. And honestly, I have to say that I had a better experience at Milk Studios than all of Lincoln Center in terms of the media riser. So I arrive at Milk Studios for backstage coverage only to find that my access was not in place. I felt shot down like a mofo. Minutes later the contact told me there was a mix up then she invited me backstage & the party was on from there. I mixed & mingled a bit. Met models from as far a Australia to Central Africa. After I was done with backstage coverage, I made my way to the media riser, which was already packed but I managed to weasel my way into a great position. As I was setting up my equipment, I accidentally dropped my monopod mount & it flew into the back of a woman’s head. And it flew hard. I actually heard it smack her. Then it hit the ground with a loud thud. Many of the photographers in the media riser were like DAYYYYUUUUUMMMM. It was really that bad. I rushed down to apologize and she said no problem but she moaned and moaned. I felt so bad. Really bad! If you were following me on on Facebook & Twitter, you know that it was a hot mess. Then I had to cuss her out but that’s another story….. The show eventually started. I photographed it. It was all that I had hoped. So happy that I made this work! You can view photographs from the show here.

Falguni and Shane Peacock

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 10:51 PM Mindspill

One of the more interesting shows I photographed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last season was Falguni and Shane Peacock. They presented some interesting cuts, patterns & embroidery but most interesting was the make up. I was not sure what to make of the super exaggerated eyebrows. Kinda like some type of Joan Crawford-esque, kinda alien-esque situation. After the show wrapped, I left feeling a little pumped (thanks to the music) and excited to look at my photos to see if they were as good as I had hoped. Of course they were though. I’m just saying. You can view photographs from the show here.