Hair Talk!!
Jul23

Hair Talk!!

Written By Leah T. Johnson / ColorBlind Magazine  Ladies, This summer, I’ve gone crazy ordering wigs. My good friend and CB Mag Contributing Hair Writer, Genell has helped me to appreciate the value that wigs provide. In the long run, they save money as you’re not running to the hair salon every week, or even every other week. Also, they provide variety to your look! Hope you enjoy my silly, yet informative video!...

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The Other Side of FLOTUS
Jul23

The Other Side of FLOTUS

Written by Leah T. Johnson/ ColorBlind Magazine You know an interview is good when you are glued to the screen for 40+ minutes at 2 a.m. TWICE. Recently, the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama held the United State of Women and FLOTUS was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. The duo talked about the importance of knowing yourself, things Michelle Obama looks forward to post living in the White House, and how she maintains a balance. Check out the full Video And if you are interested in a little karaoke, this is the latest video with FLOTUS.            ...

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There’s a Wedge Between Us
Jul15

There’s a Wedge Between Us

By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  So, I’m mostly a high heel type of girl. Not outrageously high, but high enough to add some height to my current situation of being vertically challenged. However, I’ve recently been showing a bit more love to my wedge heels. 1) I don’t own that many pairs of wedges (hint hint, time to go to DSW), and 2) I forget how comfortable they can be, especially for work. They add a little flair to an outfit, and can be worn with skirts, capris, or even cropped pants. I also think wedges can be a playful shoe just as much as the classic high heel…. click here for rest of...

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Do YOU See The Flag?
Jul08

Do YOU See The Flag?

Written By Leah T. Johnson  The NAACP flew a flag that read “A Man was Lynched Yesterday”  in New York City on Fifth Avenue to report lynching until 1938. I wasn’t around at that time to know what it was like to see that flag as a reminder of what was going on; the murders of African Americans. I can only imagine. But, wait…? Do I ONLY imagine? No, unfortunately I don’t have to imagine, as murders against African Americans have taken on a more common form- that of guns, and shootings by police. Not only do I not have to imagine it, I also don’t have to walk to lynching sites to investigate and see my ancestors not as humans, but as strange fruit, tarred and feathered in most cases. My “Shero”, Ida B. Wells did that. At some point, it probably numbed her to see another lifeless body swinging from a tree. But, somehow through that numbness she felt something, and that was what spurred her onward in her anti-lynching campaign. I wonder how she would feel knowing that in this modern world that boasts of fancy technology that all it takes its a simple swipe, or scroll, and you are instantly informed of the killings of black men. But not just black men; men who were fathers, spouses, young adults, teens. Yes, HUMAN black men. You don’t have to go to a lynching site when you can, in essence, hold it in the palm of your hand and view it from a screen. Lynching uploaded, downloaded, retweeted in a matter of seconds. This is the reality of our modern world, and for two mornings in a row, I woke up, scrolled and swiped as usual, but was left feeling as if I had witnessed a lynching. The recent deaths  of two African American men were the major news of the morning, the topic of conversation at work, and this time it was the comments, hashtags, and videos that broke the internet, not Beyonce. Now, I didn’t say I watched the actual footage. I didn’t have to be warned that it was graphic and violent. My eyes just can’t take it. Reading the accounts was already overwhelming. I can’t stomach to see it in action. Perhaps I’m letting my “Shero” down- Ida would probably watch the videos. And then she would investigate further, write about it, and publish it. Still, I hope she would be proud of me. Proud that I am relying on my passion for writing to serve as an opportunity to inform  and connect with others who are worried, angered, frustrated concerned, and confused while simultaneously...

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June Favorites: Hair, Entertainment, Education
Jul01

June Favorites: Hair, Entertainment, Education

Written By: Leah T. Johnson  Makeup and Hair  For the month of June, I was OBSESSED, yes OBSESSED with purchasing wigs. I think for the Summer time, wearing protective styles is the way to go. I’ve purchased different styles of wigs- bobs (long and short), curly, straight, ect. I’m not a fan of long hair, so I end up purchasing them, but cutting them to my liking. One of my good friends, who is the QUEEN of hair/changing hairstyles is so proud of me because she has always said “the key to wearing wigs is to make them suit you/your style.” Revlon lipstick has also been a favorite of mine for the month. I bought a pinkish color (honestly on a whim) at the drugstore, and ended up liking it. It’s often hard for me to find a lip color that I like so when I find one, I stick to it.   A little R & R  For entertainment, I watched a lot of episodes of Cupcake Wars as baking is one of my hobbies. Seeing these pastry chefs whip up creative cupcakes speaks to my creative side. Not to mention, I’m always up for a sweet treat, so it gives me ideas for the next time I’m in the kitchen. I also stumbled upon an old movie that I LOVED while I was in middle school- Bring it On. I know I liked this movie because it’s all  about cheerleading and I used to cheer (and won competitions- but that’s another story for another time…). Watching Bring it On was nostalgic and I also watched Bring it On- All or Nothing for the first time. Education/ Technology  Are any of you trying to learn a new language? If so, Memrise is the app to use. I’m learning Japanese and the app allows you to set daily learning reminders, you can set a goal for the number of new words you want to learn each day, and also do daily reviews. I’ve learned that even spending 15 minutes/day help when learning a new...

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