Show Me How You Rock It 1.3 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Show Me How You Rock is back with another Little Black Dress! This week we’ll be exploring  a more casually styled LBD. So…

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Cormeshia @shebatty from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.

I have a cheerful disposition, for the most part. I love to laugh, and the word quirky fits me well. My overall style is Rocker Chic, lace and leather are my thing! But, I’m also known to switch lanes and rock Black owned/All black er’thang ethnic fashion. My goal is to always stand out when I walk into room and leave people saying, “Who is that? I like her style!”

What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?

I was headed out for a casual day with a friend and wanted to be cute, fashionable and comfortable. I’m almost forty, and at my age comfort is always key! I found this all black body con dress on sale ASOS a few years ago. I’m still working on body image issues, but I knew it’d be a good investment. For the outting with my friend, I opted for an eclectic “street” look. I wanted to give off a New York vibe, Brooklyn to be exact. The vibrant colors and street style of this look inspired me.

 How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

Overall, the look made me feel cute and energetic. My head wrap provided an array of vibrant colors. The dress and the stockings provided and element of sex appeal. I didn’t want to be too dressy, so I played the look down with wooden earrings and a rugged pair of booties. I added a splash of sass by applying minimal makeup with a pop of color on the lips.

Photos taken by @a.norell_mua

Ready for your feature?

1. Pick a look: little black dress, date night, brunch, GNO, Bad & Bougie, etc.
2. Answer the following questions:
Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.
What inspired you about this look?
How do you feel when you rock this look?
3. Select 4 to 6 pics ( mix landscape and portrait). Include a headshot (cause we want to see that beat too) and of course full-body.
4. Send to cormeshia@shebatty.com with the title SHOW ME HOW YOU ROCK IS SUBMISSION -YOUR NAME

HIGHLY PRAISED SCREENING OF ‘MANCHILD’ KICKED OFF ALL STAR WEEK WITH A BANG AT RALEIGH STUDIOS W/ CELEBRITY PANELISTS AND GUESTS

The screening of the inspiring story of the greatest pre-high school aged basketball player ever was an enormous success thanks to panelists Schea Cotton, Grammy nominated rapper Problem, and former NBA players Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton, w/ moderator WNBA’s Cappie Pondexter!

(Los Angeles – California) – ​On Monday February 12th​, Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story, ​touched the hearts of hundreds at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. ​Manchild ​tells the story of now retired ball player, ​Schea Cotton,​ who was once regarded as the greatest pre-high school aged player ever, even better than LeBron James.

Thanks to celebrity VIP guests and an all star panelists including ​Casey Jacobsen and James Cotton​, this story of ​faith, integrity, and resilience​ e​mpowered the audience through mentoring, education & sports!

Amongst the screening of the film itself, star of the documentary and ​founder and CEO of the Manchild Elite Corp.​, shined light on his amazing organization dedicated to empowering youth through education, basketball, and leadership. In service of the nonprofit’s mission, Schea brought over a dozen of young men to the screening where they got a firsthand look at the inspiring story!

To support and donate to the ​Manchild Elite Corp​ please visit Manchild Elite Donation HERE.

Follow Manchild on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

(L-R) Rapper Problem, James Cotton, Casey Jacobsen, moderator Cappie Pondexter, Schea Cotton and members of the Manchild Elite Corp.
Schea Cotton on the red carpet.
Schea Cotton and Moderator, Cappie Pondexter, on the red carpet.
(L-R) Schea Cotton, James Cotton, Rapper Problem, and Casey Jacobsen on the Q&A panel.
Audience member asking a question to the panel

Show Me How You Rock It 1.2 – Cape Fashion

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Capes are a cozy and comfy alternative to coats, and sometimes jackets or blazers. Add class to any outfit with a cape or poncho. On this Fashion Friday, we’ll be seeing a cape look! So…

show me how you rock your Cape Ms. Reiko @Godsfaveshoes from houston, Tx!

Here’s how I am still rocking the cape look.
PC: @godsfaveshoes

 

 I’m not ready to let the trend go just yet.
PC: @godsfaveshoes
It’s still great for layering especially in Houston’s indecisive weather.
Ready for your feature?
1. Pick a look: little black dress, date night, brunch, GNO, Bad & Bougie, etc.
2. Answer the following questions:
Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.
What inspired you about this look?
How do you feel when you rock this look?
3. Select 4 to 6 pics ( mix landscape and portrait). Include a headshot (cause we want to see that beat too) and of course full-body.
4. Send to cormeshia@shebatty.com with the title SHOW ME HOW YOU ROCK IS SUBMISSION -YOUR NAME

Show Me How You Rock It 1.1 – Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, Just show me how YOU rock it!

Little black dresses are never out of season or out of style. The second installment in this series is   a glammed up little black dress look.

show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. alfena @a.norell_mua from Dallas, Tx!

Share a little about your personality and over all Style.
I am a laid back type of girl that really enjoys hanging out with family and friends. I love celebrating the success of my peers and I’m very nurturing. My style is somewhere between classic, relaxed and expressive. I really enjoy being comfortable and cute but I also like to play around with prints and colors as well. When it comes to attending events I always resort to a classic style. I like to switch it up from time to time and keep it fun.
What inspires you about this (lil black dress) look?
This look is inspired by my love for holiday looks. I like sequin and I think it adds just enough flare to spruce up a look for any occasion. Whether it be for date night or a company party.
How do you feel when you’re rocking this (lil black dress) look?

I feel confident and sexy when I’m rocking this dress.
To be featured?
1. Pick a look: little black dress, date night, brunch, GNO, Bad & Bougie, etc.
2. Answer the following questions:
Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.
What inspired you about this look?
How do you feel when you rock this look?
3. Select 4 to 6 pics ( mix landscape and portrait). Include a headshot (cause we want to see that beat too) and of course full-body.
4. Send to cormeshia@shebatty.com with the title SHOW ME HOW YOU ROCK IS SUBMISSION -YOUR NAME

Show Me How You Rock It 1.0 – The Little Black Dress

Some of us love fashion, others not so much. Whether you love it or not, we all have a sense of style, so why not own it -wholeheartedly, flaunt and share it with the world?  Show Me How You Rock It is my fashion segment within the blog, and I want to hear from YOU! How do YOU rock YOUR STYLE? The terms are simple…just be YOU. Don’t over think it, girl! Just show me how YOU rock it!
Kicking this thing off is the most popular item that every girl should have, the little black dress.

Show me how you rock your little black dress Ms. Desiree @sumcute from Dallas, Texas!

 Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.

I’ve never thought about putting my personal style into words. I rarely am ever on trend but I may throw in a few pieces here or there to make a statement. I frequent thrift stores and clearance racks, if I like it I buy it and make it work.

What inspires you about this look?
I’m inspired by the quirkiness of my little black dress look. It has sequin embellishments all the way down and across the front of the dress and double shoulder pads, it screams 80’s prom queen and I love that about it.
How do you feel when you’re rocking this little black dress?

When I first tried this dress on I was a little weary, I even posted a poll on my insta-stories asking what everyone else thought about it. Not to my surprise no one liked it…but I still bought it. Once i saw the way it hugged my curves in all the right places, it had to come home with me. I was actually shopping for a Halloween costume and came across this. I had no particular place to wear it but ended up wearing it to my company Christmas party. I felt confident, and cute. The dress is pretty conservative but it’s length and figure forming nature made me feel sexy. I received tons of compliments which boosted by confidence even more. I feel FIERCE in this dress.
Interested in being featured?
1. Pick a look: little black dress, date night, brunch, GNO, Bad & Bougie, etc.
2. Answer the following questions:
Share a little about your personality and overall personal style.
What inspired you about this look?
How do you feel when you rock this look?
3. Select 4 to 6 pics ( mix landscape and portrait). Include a headshot (cause we want to see that beat too) and of course full-body.
4. Send to cormeshia@shebatty.com with the title SHOW ME HOW YOU ROCK IS SUBMISSION -YOUR NAME

Kat Tat co-hosts 5TH ANNUAL “GIRLFRIENDS & CHAMPAGNE” February 16th -NBA All Star Weekend

This annual event, hosted by Shar Jackson, Cherie Johnson, VH1’s Kat Tat, Amina Buddafly and more, will also feature special performance by Mathew Knowles’ group “Blush” and “That 3”

Celebrity event director Helecia Choyce will kick off All Star weekend with her 5th annual​ “Girlfriends & Champagne!” ​The star studded event is set to take place on February 16th from 3-8pm at Castaway: ​1250 East Harvard St. Burbank, CA

This years hosts include: VH1’s ​Kat Tat Jackson,​ Actress ​Shar Jackson​, Singer songwriter Amina Buddafly, ​Actress ​Cherie Johnson​, Entrepreneur ​Helecia Choyce ​and special performances by: ​BLUSH

Adding a new spin on the popular red carpet event, this year boasts a​ ​Girlfriends and Champagne Self Worth​ ​themed mixer where guests will be able to enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvre.

Like past affairs, there will be vendor booths including ​Manly Handz massages, L & L Boutique, Queen of Massage Atl, Priscilla Psychic Reading, Cigar Rollers, Shoe Shiners, Photo Booth, Casino Tables​ and many more, ending​ with a raffle giveaway with some amazing gifts including an all expense paid vacation to Las Vegas!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Slay – From Office To After-Five

Dallas MUA A. Norell created a Valentine’s Day look that’s sexy, time efficient and will carry you from day to night. The look was completed four different ways with modern, yet classic fashion from Ivywood Lane Boutique.

“With this look I wanted to do something simple with a pop of color. Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday and women might not have a lot of time to do their makeup. This is a look that can be done in 30 mins or less,” A. Norrell.

Before & After

What did you use to achieve the look?

Foundation:Mehron Celebre Pro HD cream in MD 4, Contour: MAC NW 50, Concealer: LA Girl pro concealer in Cool Tan, Setting powder: AJ Crimson Bamboo, Face powder: MAC NW 45,
Eyebrows: Dollar General eyebrow kit, Contour: Covergirl Queen Ebony Bronzer, Blush: no name palette color pink, Highlighter: MAC (discontinued),Eyeshadow: Morphe palettes Second Nature 3502 and 35R Ready, Set, Gold. Liquid Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Ultimate (black), Mascara: Maybelline Stiletto Lash (black), Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies, Lips: MAC Chestnut lip liner and Ruby Woo lipstick

Where can This look be worn?

This look can be worn anywhere. It’s natural enough for the work place but just enough drama for date night with that special someone. I’d suggest a nude shade or soft pink lipstick for day time and transition to a bold red lip for night.

 Ivywood Lane Boutique

These Pop of Polka black and white polka dot hight waisted pants are a fun selection for the day of love. The red jacket and red lips provide a perfect pop of color.

Polished and ready for business. This look pairs the Modest but Arrogant pop over Jumpsuit with the sexy Floral Kimono Blazer.

This all black Modest but Arrogant strapless pop over jumpsuit will lay the foundation of any look. Dress it up or down with accessories, a jacket, shawl or shoes.

After five and all the way live! Paint the town red in this sexy, fun and flirty Shaggy Fringe Cardigan.

For bookings email A. Norell at A.NorellMua@gmail.com

Model: Andrea Jackson

Fashion: Ivywood LanePictures curtesy of A. Norell.

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s Powerful Directorial Debut, “The Counter: 1960” Selected To Be Screened At Pan African Film And Arts Festival

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd’s “The Counter: 1960 illustrates underrepresented narratives and boldly sparks dialogue of racial equality.

After 27 years of working as casting director for famous music videos, TV, and films including Being Mary Jane, Fruitvale Station and Southside With You, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd releases her first film as a director and producer, The Counter: 1960.

The Counter: 1960 is a short film inspired by and motivated to bridge between all races, cultures and generations. Co-written and co-produced by Ashley Jackson and produced by Kimberly L. Ogletree, The Counter: 1960 hopes to create a change within the film industry by bringing light to such less represented narratives.

The film has been selected for screening in the 26th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, as well as the 10th Annual Jaipur International Film Festival in India. In addition, it has received Gold and Silver Awards at the LA Shorts Awards and the NYC Indie Film Awards in 2017.

About The Counter:1960

Based off of a true story, the film begins with three North Caroline University students, Joseph (Jerod Haynes), Diane (Ashley Jackson), and Franklin (Etienne Maurice), who are completely frustrated by a constant string of police killing of unarmed black youth. They decide to meet and think of what it is students like them can do to contribute to positive change. The film’s plotline unravels through a bridging between different temporal backgrounds and settings.

WHEN  & Where to go

Screenings:

Tuesday, February 13th @ 6:25PM

Thursday, February 15th @ 3:30 PM

WHERE:

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90008

VH1’s TATTOO EXPERT KATRINA ‘KAT TAT’ JACKSON TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT SECOND ANNUAL “PAINTING WITH THE PRO’S”

The NFL Players Association Will Hold A Special Event During Super Bowl Week Where Kat Tat Will Lead An Instructional Painting Class For Minneapolis High School Students.

Katrina ‘Kat Tat’ Jackson made her mark as an artist at while still in high school at the age of 16! Read more about her story HERE!

Katrina ‘Kat Tat’ Jackson, ​Super bowl-winning ​defensive back ​Duane Starks​, former ​Washington Redskins​ All-pro kicker ​Chip Lohmiller​, and several other former NFL Players including ​Brandon Archer, Peter Campion, Cliff Crosby, Omar Gaither, Bradie James, Jon Melander,​ and many more!

WHAT: Second annual “Smocks and Jocks: Painting With the Pros,” a special community event hosted by the ​NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation​ and ​Painting With A Twist

 Friday February 2, 2018 9:30AM – 11:30AM

Roseville Area High School

1240 County Road B2 W, Roseville, MN 55113

Katrina Jackson – The Softer Side of ‘Kat Tat’


I’m literally just a regular girl from a regular neighborhood -tried to go off to college, but found my passion in art and tattooing, and I took a risk to make that my career and I made it happen. ”
-Katrina (Kat Tat) Jackson

Meet the ARtist

If you were asked to provide an opinion about the artwork of Painter, Katrina Jackson, you may have to search the name, but what if you were asked about that tat-girl, Kat Tat? Kat Tat, from VH1’s hit reality series Black Ink Crew Chicago? Or Kat Tat, the tattoo artist who went viral after tattooing a portrait of a vintage burlesque dancer on her own thigh? Jackson is an artist -a painter and tattoo artist. A fact solidified over a decade ago when the, now, 27 year old entered an art show at the age of 16.

Jackson recalls the childhood experience that helped shape she today.

“I’ve always kind-of possessed the talent of being able to draw. When I was 16, I think, I was in junior in high school and one of my drawings won first place in Illinois, and they flew me across the country to Florida to compete in nationals with like 3,000 other students around the world. That showed me that I could really do something with this art. If I can be in high school and one of my sketches sends me across the country; That shows me that I have some serious talent.”

Flying to Florida served as an eye opener to her talent, but a broken heart would spur on her love for painting and tattoo art and tattooing -earning her the nickname Tat Girl.

“Going into my senior year is when I got the interest in tattooing, and when I really stepped out and started finding myself. I had this boyfriend that I was madly in love with.  I thought my life would just be being this guys wife and my senior year in high school is when I had my first break up -my first heartbreak.

from breakup to breaktrhough

So,  after the breakup I really started to find who I am and explore things that I want to do, and that’s actually when I got my grades up. It was just like ‘Ok!, Let me focus on this art a little bit. Let me see where this will take me,” she says

Creativity spurred on through the pain of love loss. Imagine that, and who can relate? By college, Jackson’s interest in tattoos grew from paper sketching  art work for classmates future  tattoos, to freshman-year dorm room “skin work.” Her work, again,  proved itself and Jackson became known around campus as “Tat Girl!”

Jackson found her love and passion for painting and tattooing taking over and her grades quickly fell to the back burner yet again. On the other hand,  due to her determination and work ethic, her artistry was taking her to places beyond her wildest dreams.

“I tried to go off to college, but found my passion in art and tattooing and I took a risk to make that my career and I made it happen. I don’t really believe in being a starving artist. It may not even be art that’s your passion, but whatever your passion is, it’s important to go out and chase and it and really make it work for you! I’m out here trying to get it and inspire girls that are just like me. I’m just a very very hard working artist,” she says.

2015 was an explosive year for Jackson, showcasing two shows at Miami’s Art Basel and making her television debut as part of the 9Mag Tattoo Studio crew on Black Ink Crew Chicago.

She explains what it was like having two exhibits in Miami’s Art basel and the inspiration brought on by that experience.

“It was great! It’s every artists dream to go to Art Basel and showcase. For me to have two shows in one year it felt amazing. It made me feel like I was doing something right to have my paintings show across the country and it was such a nice, classy event. It’s just another step forward in my career.”

therapy through art

Art is therapeutic for most, Jackson shares with us which creative style is more therapeutic when comparing painting and tattooing.

“The best way to explain it is, with tattooing I’m providing a service, so it’s always that -not even pressure, because it is what I do, but you have to make sure that it’s perfect. You’re providing a service for that person you’re taking their idea and bringing it to life. With painting, it’s mine. It’s whatever I want to do. So if I want to get away from tattooing and do something grip [sic]. If I want to sip on a little wine while I’m painting and see what I come up with it’s a little more relaxing.Tattooing is more my second nature, painting is less pressure -you know, I don’t have to worry about if I mess up.”

keeping it sexy

Jackson explains the importance of sensual and sexual artistic expression, and owning it.

“I think that women are beautiful and I think that it’s ok for women to own their sexuality and feel beautiful and just be feminine and sexy. Me being a tattoo artist, I want to change the stereotype of tattoo artists and the whole tattoo industry, cause people think biker and edgy. So my latest collection was painting women with tattoos and still making them look soft and exude sexiness and focus on their beauty and show that they can wear these tattoos without distracting their beauty.”

Jackson has to proven herself as an artist since high school, quickly rising to fame with 9Mag and Black Ink Crew Chicago. With fame comes with money, power and influence. Jackson details how fame and the experiences that come along with it have affected her artistically?

fame, focus and the future

“I have stayed super super focused while still being transparent on TV, like I go through some stuff on TV. But when we got this opportunity I was like, ‘I’m gonna make it. I’m going to work my ass off during this short opportunity, cause TV can be here today and gone tomorrow.’  So it has put me in full throttle -not the pressure but the platform made it very important for me to put out my best work. It really pushed me and it showed me what I’m capable of and It’s enabled me to work to my full potential, it’s even shown too. When I tell you I go through some stuff on this show, but when I put out my work people don’t care. They’re like, ‘Yeah, she’s this, but she can tattoo.’ Or ‘oh yeah, she acts like this, but she can paint her ass off.’ So my talent overshadows it.”

As for the future, Jackson will continue tattooing portraits and black and gray realism, but plans on learning a new-school “neo traditional” type method of tattooing.  And if you want a “tat” from Kat?

“It’s very easy, just email Kat@kattatgirl.com, you can google Kat Black Ink, and my website and everything will pop up and there are direct links, and everything will take you to my email. On Instagram I’m @kattatgirl. Just send me an email and you’ll get an automatic response with everything you need, then just decide how you gonna book.”

Kat’s latest paintings, modeling pictures and her portfolio can also be found at www.kattatgirl.com.

All pictures courtesy of www.kattatgirl.com and @kattatgirl