Saturday, September 23, 2017

New from Tangina Stone !

     Faint melodic tones fall onto your ears as Tangina harmonizes and opens with “I’m so insecure, all I need is more... confidence” a track about self-doubt and pressure from family and friends to be a big superstar once embarking on a journey. The journey Stone took over 6 years ago, moving to NYC to chase the dream. "Confidence" intro acts as a diary entry as well as an anthem for all those doubting themselves, all those who struggle with low self-esteem, especially independent artists. A short, sweet, and beautifully vulnerable intro to this album. The next track, "Anxious", is another personal account exhibiting spiritual and mental health when it comes to negative feelings that can accompany positive things in life.

“I’m still running from my dreams, 
burning down all of my trees,
wondering why I can’t breathe”. 

   She says "I know you’re gonna leave me, baby", a sentence that perfectly sums up anxiety attached to personal relationships and ultimately feeling like you’re all alone. Stress and Anxiety have found their way to the forefront of conversation, we as a people are finally at a point where we can say out loud I’m anxious, I’m nervous, I’m stressed out, I mentally cannot handle this. It is remarkable how Tangina can show this in her music as well. "By The Sea continues this narrative as Gina recounts a conversation with her grandmother at a time where she was truly ready to give up, yet from that conversation came great encouragement and inspiration for perseverance through her career as well as a great track. The album goes on an upbeat slow sound emotional roller coaster



     A stand out track is certainly the single featuring Nelly Furtado, "Exposed". A dreamy stroll into a tragic love story, the up and downs, the guilt and the blame that comes with unfortunate situations. Filled with raw emotions as they apply to the self as well as personal relationships, "Elevate" also takes a political tone with "Black Boy", another one of my favorites. A personal letter to Stone's father but also a general statement to the condition of the Black man in America, the systems that oppress Black men, as well as how that negatively affect the rest of us. Throughout this album, Gina takes intense worldwide concepts and approaches them from a personal standpoint. She tells each story in a way that fans can definitely relate to. I love this album top to bottom and I recommend it 100%.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Loc UPDATE

I had my hair washed, retwisted, and DYED(for the very first time). Here's my look:


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Reebok X NYFW X Tangina Stone

   Reebok's recently opened flagship store at Union Square filled up quickly for it's pre-Fashion week event Friday night. A DJ, live performances, gives away, discounts, and a fashion show; this event was perfect to get Lower Manhattan's mouth watering for what NYFW must have to offer. Mixing and mingling was ideal as the DJ spun a great mix of Hip-Hop and R&B oldies as well as contemporary music. Not to mention complimentary alkaline water from Essentia. The show kicked off with none other than the fashion show, a small stage heading the catwalk and models strutting their stuff while rocking head-to-toe Reebok gear, if the 25% off wouldn't have sold you, these models certainly would have, everyone looked amazing. There were also dancers and other music artists, including Tangina Stone. Check out my recap of the event as well as a performance from Stone.



Tangina Stone x Reebok x NYFW Recap from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.




Tangina Stone- "Anxious" @ Reebok x NYFW 9.1.17 from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.

Curren$y at Soultronica Music Fest

Sunday I headed down to Philly with Daz(touchofdaz.com) to film the Soultronica music festival at Trocadero Theater, as she hosted. A stacked lineup of local Hip-Hop artists, accompanied by headliner Curren$y. This show was intense, here's my recap:



Curren$y X Soultronica Music Fest 8.27.17 Recap from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.




Curren$y @ Soultronica Music Fest 8.27.17 from Kearah Armonie on Vimeo.

AFROPUNK 2017 Look !

    This year I was only able to attend AP Fest for Day 1, so I had to make my look worth while. My outfit was a one piece jumper I purchased from the International African Arts Festival earlier this summer, which could also be worn as pants, along with my black jelly sandals. What really completed the look was my hair. I did something old with a lil something new, bantu knots and twists at the sides. Photos and hair tutorial below! The festival was as enjoyable as usual, far more crowded, as expected. This is the 3rd year the festival has charged for admittance, which oddly has not hindered attendance. Personally I feel that a festival that was once free and once truly embodied the phrase "For us, By us" has sold out by charging now. That excludes people who cannot normally afford to attend your average lavish commercialized music festival, people who Afropunk represented. Though still representing "The other Black experience", AP is losing it's original genuine image, and starting to blend in the mainstream. Nonetheless, this did not stop the always extravagant Afropunk audience from turning out. Overall it was a great time.


Photo by @BOTBW2013
And here is my hair tutorial:


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