Welcome to my continued coverage of amazing Black designers, founders, influencers, brands and creators who are reinventing the rules of the fashion and beauty industries. Today I wanted to highlight 5 Black Maleย Fashion Designers Who Are Slaying The Game! The fashion world is one of the few industries that has traditionally been dominated by women … Continue Reading

We finally got that summer feeling after going to the beachย ย this weekend ๐Ÿ–โฃโฃโฃโฃWe didnโ€™t want to take public transit to get there so we packed light and jumped on our bikes for a 1.5-hour ride to this hidden beach in New York – Fort Tilden Beach which is an extension of Rockaway beach. It wasnโ€™t … Continue Reading

Welcome to my continued coverage of amazing Black designers, founders, influencers, brands and creators who are reinventing the rules of the fashion and beauty industries. Today I wanted to highlight 6 Amazing Black-Owned Beauty Brands and the women behind them who perfectly fit that bill. All of the women on this list dared to challenge … Continue Reading

This post was originally published on March 28th, 2020. I wish I was writing this article under different circumstances. As the weather gets warmer , I always start to look forward to biking season – when I can jump on my trusty iron horse, load Pluto into the basket and go out there and start … Continue Reading

Itโ€™s been an enlightening yet encouraging past few weeks. Enlightening to see the responses of Brands and Personalities alike revealing their stance on the matter of injustice or lack thereof by staying silent AND encouraging to see the vast amount of people from every race under the sun showing up and standing tall against injustice … Continue Reading

Hi Gem! Yes, you, I think youโ€™re a Gem and you should get used to this because I believe all you beautiful souls in my community are precious . Hereโ€™s a bit about me: Iโ€™m Opal and I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to NYC when I was about 11 years old (so Iโ€™m … Continue Reading

I was still processing #AhmaudArbery and now itโ€™s #GeorgeFloyd. Which black man will be next? And next after that? Is there a blueprint for the lessons you teach little black boys and girls on how to react if they are approached by a cop?! Racism in America is unfortunately very real. It takes a toll when you see … Continue Reading

Today let’s talk about creativity and different brain types. Do you ever wonder why some people are obsessed with taking notes and others operate much better in their head without putting anything on paper? Or why some people are morning people and some are night-owls (๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ)? Some people rely on constant feedback from others and … Continue Reading

Before quarantine, I hardly had time to pick up a book . I was more interested in reading quick opinion pieces and short stories online. Now that Iโ€™m home all day, Iโ€™ve been diving deeper into reading and enjoying picking up a physical book to read. My sister Vickie, who is a more enthusiastic reader … Continue Reading

โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃHow was your weekend Gems? I hope it was a relaxing one! Iโ€™ve been trying to develop a weekend ritual for myself where I detox from social media, put away my phone, and do 3 fun things. So this weekend, I went for a bike ride around Brooklyn, sketched some designs I had in my … Continue Reading