Celebrate Black History Everyday

It’s Fashion Friday’s ladies & gents! It’s also New York Fashion Week. Are you attending shows, parties? Have a great time if you get into the mix! It’s also Black History Month. Lots going on, right.

In honor of our history let’s celebrate Charlotte E. Ray today, first African American female attorney in the United States. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1872. She was also the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. We walk in her footsteps. Thankful you paved a way for us Black Women Attorneys 🙏🏾.

We created this look last year. If you haven’t grabbed it yet, we still have it stocked. Celebrate our history everyday.


Danalee Francesca 💋


Black History Month: Alma Thomas – FLOTUS

The First Lady unveiled the newly renovated dining room at the White House, adding a dash of modern decor. This is the first time a First Lady has introduced 20th Century art to the White House. Highlighting this great room are several modern pieces by American artists and artisans. One particular piece that Flotus spoke of is by Alma Thomas. She is the first African-American female to have her art shown in the White House. The piece chosen is called Resurrection, which is fitting wouldn’t you say. Kudos to Flotus for inspiring us to uplift and support other women as you have here.


Alma Thomas at Whitney Museum Exhibition Opening. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Ms. Thomas attended Howard University in 1921 and earned her BS in Fine Arts in 1924. She was the first graduate from the university fine art program. In 1934, she earned her Masters in Art Education from Columbia University. An Expressionist painter and art educator, she was the first African-American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and within the same year an exhibition was also held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1972.

She tried a new kind of painting. Painting everything she saw in her garden. She watched the changes her garden went through. That influenced the ways she could change her paintings, to be more like that fascinating world she saw outside her Washington D.C. window.

“I got some watercolors and some crayons, and I began dabbling,” she said. “Little dabs of color that spread out very free…that’s how it all began. And every morning since then, the wind has given me new colors through the windowpanes.” I think Ms. Thomas would be happy to know that her happy garden is sitting in the White House Dining Room.

May the wind bring you new colors everyday, as it did Ms. Thomas


Dedicated to Vanessa and all the women that support and uplift one another.

Black History Month Trivia and Events!

Fashionistas, can you name the first African-American to become President of one of the best design schools in New York City? Can you name the school? Post your answer below in the comments section. First person to post the correct answer will win a little something, so be sure to include your name and e-mail me your address so I can mail your gift!

A few events to keep in mind this month, click on links below to get further information about each event:

-Africa to America, Visual Reflections on the African Diaspora, recently opened at the Iona College Council of Arts . The exhibit will be open until February 26th, featuring my friend, Artist and Fashionista Shervone Neckles, along with several other artists! Join the Artists for a discussion about their artwork at The African Burial Ground National Monument, on February 21st at 2p.m.

Brooklyn Museum first Saturdays, you can watch the film Lackawanna Nights, take a guided tour of the works of African-American artists, join the African Art Gallery Talk or just hang out at the dance party, featuring funk music!

The Harlem School of Arts has a host of events, starting Thursday evening, February 5th. Check it out!

The Arsenal Gallery at Central Park presents The African American Experience, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, ceramics by various artists. Admission is free.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has a listing of events at the Center and at various areas in Harlem, including films, performances and more!

The Garden State Bar Association is co-sponsoring the New Jersey State Bar Association Minorities in the Profession Section in celebrating Black History Month on February 25th, at the New Jersey Law Center.

Do something different this month to awaken your soul!