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Nicka K 23 Perfect Matte Colors

I enjoy makeup blogs even if I don’t like wearing makeup often. Because I don’t wear makeup often, I don’t want to make large monetary outlays to procure product. For me, expensive makeup just doesn’t make a lot of sense. I will buy reliable powders and foundations but I’m not spending over $15 per item. (My goal is to be able to custom create these items for my skin color, tone, and shade.) I buy all of my eye shadows, mascara, liners, lipsticks/glosses from beauty supply shops, dollar stores and hood clothing stores. I don’t always know how to create new looks. I tend to stick with a look that is minimal based on my high school look of liner, mascara and gloss. Most makeup blogs tend to be a bit pricy for my taste. They also tend to use every product known to the makeup world. That is why I am so glad that I found the Beauty By Sidd blog. While some of her looks fit right in with the rest of the crowd, she also has some minimalist looks. And no matter which end of the spectrum she’s playing in, the products are always affordable to a stay at home mom of seven or a 16 year old high schooler.
This particular post was inspired by an eye shadow palette that cost around $4. I really like the look. It is light and natural. The colors call to mind the hazy colors of late spring or early summer. Best of all it looks easy to do. Check it out.

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Hello Beauties! I recently got my hands on the Nicka K 23 Perfect Matte Colors palette and I decided to create a look with it. It cost about $4.00 and the colors are super pigmented. You can only find this palette in certain stores but there are similar palettes on the website. If you’d like to see the look, keep on reading!

First prime the eye and set it with a neutral colored eye shadow. Take that color all over the eye and up into the brow bone.

You then want to take a transition color into the crease of your eye. This will help the other colors blend effortlessly.

Starting from the inner corner and moving out, place a golden yellow, a rich orange in the center of the eye, and red on the outer corner.

Define the crease further by adding a dark brown color.

Repeat the process…

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Source: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty According to Entertainment Tonight, Prince’s body was cremated after being released to his family on Saturday. The results from the autopsy will be released in a few days. Hours after the autopsy was completed, Carver Country Sheriff Jim Olson held a press conference to talk about the investigation into the Purple…

via Ashes To Ashes: Prince’s Body Cremated After Being Released to Family — HelloBeautiful

Gods of Egypt is the most racist film ever.

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“Oh, I knows. I knows. I’m just a worn-out ol’ man what don’t do nothin’ but tell stories. But they ain’t never done no harm to nobody. And if they don’t do no good, how come they last so long? This here’s the only home I knows. I was going to whitewash the walls, too, but not now. Time done run out.”

– Uncle Remus, Song of the South (1946)

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When Stargate came out my boys and I went to see it on opening day at the Eastland Cinema 8. Our black consciousness was at peak levels and the trailer for Stargate looked like a black nationalist’s wet dream: pyramids, Egyptian gods, ancient technology, confused white folks…it looked to be awesome. Back then, the world wasn’t able to spoil everything months before it came out, or warn us that Stargate was going to be on some Chariots…

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“How Blacks have Irish Last Names”

I had learned of indentured servitude among the Europeans. I never heard of Irish chattel slavery until the last few years. It started with a video of the Black Irish of Montserrat. From there I started seeing more videos and posts speaking on Irish slavery. I always thought that the Jamaican dialect sounded like a version of an Irish dialect. I assumed it had transferred from plantation owner to slave but instead it seems like it transferred from Irish slave to African slave.
Even though our histories converged and should have caused extended cooperation between the groups, Irish Americans have become stereotyped as extreme racists. Some of that comes from atrocities visited upon African Americans during the 19th and 20th centuries such as the union riots that rocked many northern urban centers. Or the violence committed by Irish American youth against POC in places like Boston and New York.
Whether the stereotype is based on truth or not, I have no personal knowledge. I just know that it opens a lot of questions as to how groups behave based on class status. It is also fascinating to see that American society changed its caste system from strictly class based to skin based in just a couple of centuries.

Don't Sleep On This

Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. white-slave65a

Irish descendants

They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had…

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Why I Won’t Criticize Beyonce For Appropriating Desi Culture

28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball

Just in time for Black History Month this wonderful researcher, writer and curator shared a list of books. They reflect the everyday moments that turn into personal history. Although, one book seems to be actually about History with a capital H. The author includes a link to another curator.
I hope that you use that link and at least some of these books year round, not just during February. All children benefit from learning about diverse people and scenarios. They benefit by learning new ways to think. They benefit by developing empathy for others. The children who resemble the characters benefit by having their lives normalized. Children who don’t resemble these characters benefit by learning even though people may look different they can have similar experiences. I mean who doesn’t have cherished family memories, love for music, and/or big imaginations? But the best benefit for sharing diverse books is instilling the love of literature in a child. Have a look.

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A few years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month. Being a Black librarian I relished the opportunity, but I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s books: boycotts, buses and basketball. We’ve picked up a few other hobbies since the 1960s, and there are hundreds of books to show for it. Here is a humble sampling of some just in time for Black History Month. 28 children’s picture books, most of them featuring Black children doing what all children do: play, make up stories, learn life lessons, and dream.

I picked titles that came out within the last ten years (or so). I also tried to spread out the gender of the protagonists, as well as put some light on some typically ignored aspects of Black life in…

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NYX Makeup Review

Nyx makeup review

Source: NYX Makeup Review

I always love to see swatching done on skin tones similar to mine. It helps me to avoid the disappointment of buying makeup that does not work for me. Most beauty bloggers are quite a bit paler than I am. So you can bet I am quite pleased with the Beauty by Sidd blog. Not only does she match my skin tone but so far her reviews have been for those of us who are watching our budgets. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do.

Holiday Look #1: Golden Cranberry

The first in a series of holiday looks that i’ll be doing.

Source: Holiday Look #1: Golden Cranberry

Sylvester Magee (1841-1971) The man who lived 130 years



Sylvester Magee may have been the last living slave in America, and the oldest person who ever lived! Born a slave in North Carolina, he was the son of slaves named Ephraim and Jeanette, who worked on the J.J. Shanks plantation. At age 19, just before the Civil War, Sylvester was purchased from a slave market at Enterprise, Mississippi by Hugh Magee, whose surname Sylvester eventually adopted. Hugh Magee owned the Lone Star Plantation in Covington County, Mississippi. One source indicated that Magee was in time sold by Magee to Victory Steen, who operated a plantation near Florence, Mississippi. Sylvester eventually ran away from the Steen plantation and joined the ranks of the Union Army. Magee obtained his freedom after the fall of Vicksburg and served with Union troops. By the mid-1960s, due to his advanced age, Sylvester Magee became nationally famous. On his 124th birthday the citizens…

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Have You Been Called? Understanding African Cosmology and the Calling Amongst African Americans

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Hope all is well. This is something that has really been on my mind since Malcolm X’s birthday is nearing and the rising disturbing actions and behaviors perpetrated by our youth in their desperate attempt to make money.  I have also wanted to address this issue about because some people have been asking if Kamta is a New Age thing.  So I have been letting this subject run around in my mind for a minute in order to address is appropriately.

Kamitic priest in leopard pelt Kamitic priest in leopard pelt

Because shamanism has become such a very popular term to throw around by anyone claiming to be spiritual and not religious or refusing to follow the order of organized religion. I have decided to write this post to clarify, specify and distinguish Kamta from the New Age shamanistic movements. Please understand that I have nothing against New Agers because everything has…

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