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Monday, February 29, 2016

W.E.B. Dubois...The FIRST African-American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University

credit: Wikipedia

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B.Du Bois (pronounced /dˈbɔɪz/ doo-boyz; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologisthistoriancivil rights activistPan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.
Du Bois rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Du Bois and his supporters opposed the Atlanta compromise, an agreement crafted by Booker T. Washington which provided that Southern blacks would work and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic educational and economic opportunities. Instead, Du Bois insisted on full civil rights and increased political representation, which he believed would be brought about by the African-American intellectual elite. He referred to this group as the Talented Tenth and believed that African Americans needed the chances for advanced education to develop its leadership.
Racism was the main target of Du Bois's polemics, and he strongly protested against lynchingJim Crow laws, and discrimination in education and employment. His cause included people of color everywhere, particularly Africans and Asians in colonies. He was a proponent of Pan-Africanism and helped organize several Pan-African Congresses to fight for independence of African colonies from European powers. Du Bois made several trips to Europe, Africa and Asia. After World War I, he surveyed the experiences of American black soldiers in France and documented widespread bigotry in the United States military.
Du Bois was a prolific author. His collection of essays, The Souls of Black Folk, was a seminal work in African-American literature; and his 1935 magnum opus Black Reconstruction in America challenged the prevailing orthodoxy that blacks were responsible for the failures of the Reconstruction Era. He wrote one of the first scientific treatises in the field of American sociology, and he published three autobiographies, each of which contains insightful essays on sociology, politics and history. In his role as editor of the NAACP's journal The Crisis, he published many influential pieces. Du Bois believed that capitalism was a primary cause of racism, and he was generally sympathetic to socialist causes throughout his life. He was an ardent peace activist and advocated nuclear disarmament. The United States' Civil Rights Act, embodying many of the reforms for which Du Bois had campaigned his entire life, was enacted a year after his death.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black Models Matter...Thank you Zac Posen!

Not only did Zac Posen shut it down at NY Fashion week with not one, two or three black models but a pleasant twenty-five black models gracing his runway show, but he sported this bag stating "Black Models Matter," just in case someone didn't get the point. Oh how we love you Zac!

This movement is spreading very fast. I hope the momentum remains. This drawing below by @riniadataram on Instagram as highlighted by @sinistar22x2 shows an artistic support.
I must buy a bag!


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Born On Leap Year? Get Your Free Pizza & Other Leap Year Deals on Monday February 29, 2016

Photo Credit: Villa Italian Kitchen

Leap Year happens once every 4 years and inevitably there are people born on February 29 every time it rolls around. This year, several places are offering deals and free food/items to anyone with the rare birthday of February 29th, one of these places being Villa Italian Kitchen and Villa Pizza. If you present your valid ID on February 29th, you will receive a complimentary slice of pizza at participating Villa Italian Kitchen locations (limit one per customer). 

Some additional companies that are offering Leap Year deals on Monday February 29, 2016 are as follows (birthdays may or may not be a factor in participation): 


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Poem Highlight: Nikki Giovanni "Alone" (Black History Spotlight)

Alone (By Nikki Giovanni)

i can be
alone by myself
i was
lonely alone
now i'm lonely
with you
something is wrong
there are flies
i go

About Nikki Giovanni (credit: Wikipedia)
Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr. (born June 7, 1943) is an American writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award,for her Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has recently been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s twenty-five “Living Legends.” 
Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African- American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the "Poet of the Black Revolution." During the 1970s, she began writing children's literature, and co-founded a publishing company, NikTom,Ltd to provide an outlet for other African American women writers. Over subsequent decades, her works discussed social issues, human relationships, and hip-hop. Poems such as "Knoxville, Tennessee," and "Nikki-Rosa" have been frequently re-published in anthologies and other collections.
Giovanni has taught at Queens CollegeRutgers, and Ohio State, and is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. Following the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, she delivered a chant-poem at a memorial for the shooting victims.

To learn more about Nikki Giovanni visit her website:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fur, Textures, Patterns and Shimmer on the Runway #NYFW #FW16


Monday, February 22, 2016

#MusicMonday The Ragbirds (Music and Tour Dates Inside)

Today the IDEAL Magazine features the music band "The Ragbirds." The band's music — a hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world — is as broad as their audience, which stretches from the group's hometown in Michigan to the shores of Osaka, Japan (where they scored a number one pop hit with the song "Book of Matches"). Show by show, in venues ranging from rock clubs and performing arts centers to festivals encompassing everything from bluegrass to electronica, The Ragbirds have developed a reputation as a dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music.  

To promote their upcoming album "The Threshold & The Hearth" the  the group is going on a tour. The official album release concert will take place on March 25th in Detroit, MI. Although the group is not coming to the DC area, The IDEAL Magazine just might be able to make the show in Columbus, Ohio (just might). The full tour info is below, but first, take a listen to their song "Bully," which is currently personal favorite from the group. To learn more visit their website at: 

The Ragbirds are planning a hometown-area album release show at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI on March 25th.  Additionally, the band plans to tour in support of the album (see tour dates below).  
2/26/2016 - Terre Haute, IN / The Verve
3/12/2016 - Grand Rapids, MI / Chili Blues Festival
3/24/2016 – Columbus, OH / Woodlands Tavern
3/25/2016 – Detroit (Ferndale), MI / The Magic Bag (official The Threshold & The Hearth album release show)
4/2/2016 – Lansing, MI / The Loft
4/6/2016 – Nashville, TN / 12th & Porter
4/8/2016 - Knoxville, TN / Rhythm N' Blooms Festival
4/9/2016 – Brooksville, FL / Stringbreak Music Fest
4/10/2016 – Brooksville, FL / Stringbreak Music Fest
4/15/2016 – Grand Haven, MI / Tri Cities Museum
4/16/2016 - Traverse City, MI / Sweet Earth Festival
4/29/2016 – Indianapolis, IN / Mousetrap Bar & Grill
4/30/2016 – Goshen, IN / Ignition Music Garage
5/20/2016 – Berea, KY / The Moonshiner's Ball
5/21/2016 – Yellow Springs, OH / Peach's Bar & Grill
6/25/2016 – Alden, MI / Grass River Annual Benefit Concert
8/16/2016 – Rockford, IL / Tuesday Evening in the Gardens

A special thanks to Krista Mettler of  Skye Media & Rock Ridge Music

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Holly Fulton #AW16 London Fashion Week

Holly Fulton owned the runway at  London Fashion Week #AW16. Below are the Editor's Picks from the Autumn Winter 2016 collection. 


House of Holland at London Fashion Week #AW16

House of Holland was winning on the runway at London Fashion Week #AW16


We Adore Teatum Jones Autumn Winter 2016 Collection (London Fashion Week)

We absolutely Adore the Autumn Winter 2016 AW16 Collection shown during London Fashion Week #LFW. There are so many of these looks that The IDEAL Magazine would feature in the best of AW16 Fashions. Below are the Editor's favorites.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

NY Fashion Week Looks You Can Actually Wear To Work

New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) is a mix of creative, artistic and eclectic fashion trends and fashion blends each season. While it is always cool to see the most creative fashion designs come down the runway, it is always appreciated to see pieces that sophisticated and chic business women can be seen in at the office. Below are The IDEAL Magazine's  Editor's Picks from the Fall/Winter 2016 collections (Derek Lam, Lela Rose, Chiara Boni, Georgine).


Friday, February 19, 2016

Nicholas K #FW16 Collection: #NWFW Runway Show

It is always an honor to have The IDEAL Magazine and Ideal PR Media invited to view the Nicholas K collection during fashion week and other times of the year. We enjoy the creativity and energy of the line and runway show. The terms "urban nomad," mixed with a desire for new experiences, travel and a connection to nature is how this line can be described.  Macadamia Professional International Creative Director and celebrity stylist, Gianandrea developed  showstopping hairstyles on each model using the Macadamia Professional hair care line.

 Below are images from the 2016 Fall/Winter Collection.

images are courtesy of IMG Worldwide

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