Holiday season is here & I’m shopping early with the help of JC Penney! 🎁 I got the chance to head into my local JCP and pick out some gifts for my loved ones! These are some of my favorite picks, #AllAtJCP!
Fragrances always make a wonderful gift! I picked out this scent by Versace my dad loves and gifted it alongside a light wash denim jacket by Arizona! 💙
JCP carries tons of baby lines, including one of my godson’s favorites — Carter’s (‘BLAST OFF’ sweats)! We paired the sweats with an out-of-this-world hoodie 💫 by Okie Dokie! 👶🏽
Watch sets are an easy gift that my friends always love. 🕑 JC Penney is dope because they have a bunch gift sets with tons of different combos and colorways, making it the perfect gift for anybody.
Saturday October 6th, 2018 -- the streets of Downtown LA were filled with hundreds of people for the 4th annual Amber Rose SlutWalk. The day was filled with moving speeches, live music performances, amazing sponsors and as expected, some watered-down advocacy. For this blog post, I've brought in a dear friend of mine that constantly educates me on the subject at hand.
Check out the guest blog post & photo gallery below!
PHOTOS BY: Dario Tejada [@d.vision_] & C Torres [@ctorres.xyz]
GUEST BLOG POST WRITTEN BY: Mikaela [@missmikaela__]
My experience at the Amber Rose Slutwalk 2018 was both gratifying and infuriating. I attended the march to advocate the rights of sex workers, more specifically non-cisgender sex works and sex workers of color. I did not go alone, for I sat in alongside with the Los Angeles chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project. SWOP is a national grassroots social justice organization that dedicates its time to speaking up for sex worker communities regarding decriminalization, destigmatization, safety, education, and standing with other movements (i.e. BLM, LGBTQI+, trans liberation). It is run by current and past sex workers and I was fortunate enough to be alongside with them during the march. Our main objective was to cause a visual and audible disturbance to capture the attention of those attending. Instead of focusing on twerk competitions and selling lingerie, we wanted the people in the crowd, more specifically non-sex workers, to understand that human rights and social justice revolves around the advocating for decriminalizing sex work. It was upsetting in how many girls came up to me and my associates during the march asking us why sex worker rights matter; however, it did allow me to educate people on the importance of not shaming those who make money performing sexual services. I also challenged these women to drop the brand of “feminism” that Amber Rose and other people who participate in diluted, “free-the-nipple,’’ one-sided white feminism. True feminism is not about allowing Instagram to post female nipples. Real feminism is intersectional and highlights the histories of those groups who have been oppressed for so long. What SWOP-LA represents is giving reparations and opportunities to trans, Indigenous, Black, Xicanx, Southeast Asian, and other marginalized folks who have been victims of discrimination, criminalization, and Westernized nationalism. While I may not have been happy with the Slutwalk overall, I did feel that SWOP-LA and myself as an individual were able to educate people who were ignorant to these issues.
A weekend full of unity and love, located in the heart of SD. San Diego PRIDE Weekend at Balboa Park is one that I will never forget. A few weeks ago I attended LA Pride and left pretty much disappointed in the entire thing, so when it came time for SD Pride I wasn't sure what to expect! From the moment my lyft dropped me off (super easy drop off btw) I was blown away at how put together the event was. I entered the festival and right away was greeted with smiles and tons of colorful flags! There's something so beautiful about being in an environment where you feel safe and welcome!
Sometimes it's tough for us that are part of the LGBT+ community to feel that.
Some of the other artist I got to photograph were Jojo & TLC! It was so hard trying to take pictures and not dance/sing at the same time! LOL. See some of my favorite shots below! Overall, SD Pride was an amazing experience and I definitely will be back next year!
We Rise LA is an inspiring 10-day festival of art, music, & community building in LA, centered around mental health for youth! The festival kicked-off Saturday at the We Rise LA Rally! From food trucks, performances, live art, open community talks, & speeches; the event was a special one that left me feeling empowered & aware. Mental health is a serious issue that 1 in 5 teens in LA deal with. We as a community need to be held accountable and start working together to reimagine what’s possible. Rapper Common shed light on the issues by saying we need “to make sure we stay open to mental wellness... & remember we’re gonna be alright.” The rally was definitely an awesome start to an amazing 10-day festival. Be sure to check out the full calendar of events, over at WERISE.LA and stay connected on social media: @werise_la ! Made possible by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Photos from the event below! Featuring Parkland High School Students (March for Our Lives), Ty Dolla Sign, GFBF, Will.i.Am, Raja Kumari & more!