Stigma Is So Last Season!

HIV/AIDS, a lot of people hear the words and immediately begin to feel so uncomfortable. I get it; I realize that as humans we have a fear of what we don’t understand. When it comes to our sexual health we cannot afford to not understand something that is plaguing our communities, something that no one who is sexually active is immune to, something that effects the lives of people who haven’t even reached the age to engage in sex like children of those directly affected, children that end up getting directly affected themselves, family, friends, perfect strangers, we all are affected just by this disease’s existence.

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What Is Your Status?

So you're asking yourself, why do I need to read a post about knowing my status. I'm not talking about your marriage or financial status, but about your HIV status. Let me give you two BIG reasons. 

1. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1.1 Million people are living with HIV and 1 out of 7 don't even know they have it. 

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(PrEP)ping for Life

"Three letters took him to his final resting place." Those are lyrics from the ever famous song, Waterfalls by TLC. Upon its release and reign of popularity in 1994 and beyond, I had no idea what three letters could take anyone to a resting place, because...4 four years old (ha). But I heard those words, and I've come to know that the letters were in fact HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus. 

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Portait Mashup w/@portraitBHM

While scrolling Instagram one day, I saw one of the most fantastic images I'd ever seen. The model was striking and the photography was inspired. As a fashion designer, I clicked the profile to find out more about the model. But what came of it was awareness of one of Birmingham's newest and most innovative platforms for creatives, @portraitbhm. 

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Birmingham Art Walk 2017

When I was a girl my mom would often share with me stories about all the fun she had in downtown Birmingham in the 1970s. But during my teenage years in the 1990s I was hard pressed to find the magic in the Magic City. Nowadays, though, not only can I imagine the bustling Birmingham she described, but I can see it with my own eyes -- especially when I attend events like Birmingham Artwalk.

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Back Our Kickstarter!

Magic City Fashion Week Presented by Splashed by DKG is seeking the support of the Kickstarter community and our home base to help make this venture the amazing reality that it can be. We are a new organization and proof of who we are, what we do, and how we do it are essential to our success moving forward. We have to do this with excellence in order to ensure the sustainability of our efforts. So far we have hosted events to empower creatives in the city with money from our own pockets and they have been highly successful and well attended. But we need more financial support to bring our vision of a true street style Fashion Week experience to Birmingham, AL. 

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Where Fashion Met Art & Hip-Hop

Since the beginning of Hip Hop music in 1973 with DJ Kool Herc spinning on the 1's & 2's, scratch that, since the root of black music, art and fashion have collided to embody culture. The merging of art, fashion and music always creates something magical. Fast forward to the year 2017, literally five decades later, black culture is still elevated and embraced because of hip hop/R&B, fashion, and art around the world. We make a STATEMENT, we have a VOICE, we are CULTURE!   Last Friday evening, I was able to attend an event that was created by three millennial's, one female and two males called Ladies First: InnovateHERS located at The Ballard House Project in downtown Birmingham, AL.  

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Birmingham Designers Seek to Launch New Fashion Week

Daniel Grier and Derek Matthews are the talents behind Splashed by DKG, a brand that incorporates tie dye to create unique designs on normally drab clothing. In October, the duo will launch the inaugural Magic City Fashion Week, a platform for emerging stylists, bloggers, photographers, designers and models.

The event, which runs from Oct-24-28, was created to not only fill a void, but to open doors to what they consider Birmingham’s overlooked talent. It also falls on DKG’s fourth anniversary.

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A Mall Trip Turned Expo!

Last Friday, I was able to get off earlier than usual, so I decided to go to the mall (Riverchase Galleria - Hoover, AL). I needed to find some cute pant to wear to this event which I have coming up in the near future. Mind you I haven't been to the mall mid afternoon on a Friday in a long time. What I noticed was a lot more people, more than I would expected to see on a Friday during the day. There was so many families and individuals at the food court, people in and out of shops, conversations flowing and several people window shopping and browsing to pass time.  

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