Every spring, the most prominent fashion designers come together to showcase their fall collections to the press, stylists, celebrities and the general public. Each February the four fashion capitals of the world—New York, London, Milan and Paris—host week-long fashion shows, in that order, by various designers and their latest inspirations. This is called fashion month. Aside from the glamorous lighting, celebrity-filled seating charts and the perceived frivolous conversations that surround the events, fashion month serves a significant purpose in which it contributes about 1.2 trillion dollars to the global economy. As fashion, modeling and the commercialization of art began to … [Read more...] about Fashion Month: What Is It?
“Because you are beautiful and smart, there will be lots of people who don’t like that, and they will show you that they don’t necessarily like that. Do you know what you’re going to do?” she asked. “You’re going to smile and wish them love…and then you’re going to keep being beautiful and smart—because that’s what you’re good at.” I was 6 years old when my mother explained this to me. It was her “haters are gonna hate” speech. It was and still is my favorite teaching by her. She’s the type of woman you want by your side when things hit the fan. This is slightly due to her ability to step up to the plate when it gets tough. As the oldest of six children, she was essentially … [Read more...] about Introducing Our New Series: Women of Invisible Empire
Within days of one another, both Hulu and Netflix released documentaries that covered the 2017 infamous Fyre Festival disaster that scammed thousands of attendees, staff members and investors. Eventually, it resulted in a $100 million dollar lawsuit against festival founder and con artist, Billy McFarland. Long story short: self-proclaimed entrepreneur, Billy McFarland—with the help of confused Fyre Media employees, Jerry Media strategists, event planners, numerous supermodels, perplexed Bahamian staff members, and a questionably sober Ja Rule—announced the debut of an extremely luxurious festival that was to be located on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Customers who purchased … [Read more...] about Double the Fyre, Double the Fraud
“Miralo, ella tiene un nopal en la frente…” This statement has followed me everywhere from supermarkets when I’m purchasing a copious amount of masa to my own place of employment when a customer asks where the nearest dressing room is. It translates to, “Look, she has a cactus on her forehead…” This statement essentially aims to describe Mexicans who waltz around with the intent of pretending that they aren’t Mexican. As a cactus on a forehead is obvious, the physical appearance of some Mexicans—such as skin tone or facial features—may be obvious at times too. Therefore, denying your ethnicity when it’s so apparent is as equivalent as strolling around with a cactus on one’s … [Read more...] about I Promise I’m Mexican
On February 8, 2019, CSUSB hosted its 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Conference in the Santos Manuel Student Union that hosted presentations by Melissa Abad, Bob Bland, Tamika D. Mallory and a leadership panel that consisted of various prominent working women throughout southern California. The event commenced with Elle Magazine’s We The People video that showcased newly elected women of Congress reading the preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Dr. Claudia Davis, a professor in the Department of Nursing at CSUSB, gave the opening remarks and the introduction of President. Dr. Tomás D. Morales. Upon welcoming students, staff, affiliates and faculty to the … [Read more...] about Women’s Leadership Conference: Women are Achieving Higher Education Degrees and Certifications
On Jan. 29, Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist and poet, Omar Offendum, shared his talents and story with students, staff and faculty of CSUSB during Syrianamericana: A Nation-State of Mind in the Santos Manuel Student Union. The event stood to be equal parts presentation and conversation, Offendum was on a mission to share his abilities to transform Hip-Hop and Arabic poetry into a discussion that focuses on hybridized identities, immigration, refugee crisis and his passion for equality, his family and the culture of Syria. “You allow people to see the humanity in you and you in them through art,” said Offendum, when asked about how his work in hip-hop allows his audience to connect with his … [Read more...] about Syrianamericana: A Nation-State of Mind
Black nail polish, red lipstick, gold hoop earrings, a pantsuit and a skirt. These items have more in common aside from their relevance at department stores or fashion magazines. They are mediums of communication that aim to make bold statements and challenge status quos. They are eye-catching, they are scrutinized, and they are used by women to alter the narrative of what “should be.” In the new wave of feminism where women aim to redefine themselves, fashion is used as a tool of voice in political and social issues leaving followers with the question: is … [Read more...] about Fashion Reporting Isn’t Sexist