Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rachel Vinson

Photo Courtesy Of Rachel Vinson 

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I’m in Los Angeles right now. I’ve lived in a few other cities for short periods of time for school and work, like New York, Seattle, and St. Louis.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
Born and raised in Los Angeles! Also known as the best city ever also known as my favorite place in the world.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
Growing up I loved that L.A. was this eccentric playground. People are weird, artsy, wonderful and whatever they want. I love that I can do anything and be anything in L.A. And lately, that’s made me feel unbelievably happy, free, and full of love and really just so content with life.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
Since I was 10 years old I’ve wanted to be a judge.

WHY HEALTH AND FITNESS?
I had a real sugar problem as a kid. My parents and doctors were surprised I didn’t have diabetes. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow out of that as I’ve gotten older, and it’s made me more mature about my health and fitness. I’m also into personal growth and I like to challenge myself. I think I have the kind of personality that makes eating healthy and working out fun instead of a chore.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND TRAINING?
I like to be fit but extreme circuit workouts and classes just aren’t for me. I take a simple but effective approach so working out: an hour walking on a treadmill with a 15-30% incline, minimal weights for my arms and legs, and abs.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO RIGHT THIS YEAR?
Stop drinking soda! Fortunately I never liked soda, but if you want quick, easy, and effective results in your health stop drinking soda! Stop eating fast food, except for the occasional In-N-Out of course.

WHERE DO YOU FIND THE BEST WORKOUT GEAR AND APPAREL FITTING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
Cotton On and Forever 21 have workout sets that are super cute and comfy but aren’t ridiculously priced. I also like fun colors and street wear that I can wear outside the gym too.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
I put lotion on after I get out of the shower every single day! And I try not to wear makeup if I don’t have to so my skin can breathe. Beauty comes from within too so I drink lots of water, try to get enough sleep, and exercise.

ANY HOBBIES?
I love curating my Instagram (follow me @RachelVins); watching a lot of TV; and playing board games.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
Netflix and chillin by myself (with wine and my puppy too).

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Winter

Photograph Courtesy Of Rachel Vinson

Don't know about you, but I'm done. Over it.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Music

Di'Ja


Photo Courtesy Of Di'Ja

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Currently in Lagos, Nigeria now.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
They are both filled with the dreams of amazing hardworking people! The towns are alive!

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
To be breastfed by my mum. I’m joking. To be relevant but now as an adult relevance is objective.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
Having children.

WHY MUSIC?
Music is life. It encompasses ever human emotion and can allows you to be free even if you are in bondage of some sort. Allows you to travel the world without leaving your house. Allows you to open your mind when everything else is closed.

HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR SOUND?
Smooth and sassy

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE THROUGH YOUR LYRICS?
Love, life and everything in between.

IS THERE A SONG OR MUSICAL PASSAGE THAT NEVER FAILS TO MOVE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
Most songs by Tracy Chapman. The ones about love whether good love or bad love.

WHAT OR WHO HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My mother.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
Pregnancy brings out the beast in a woman.

HOW WOULDYOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
It’s personal and doesn’t care for trends at trendy moments. I wear "trends" any year any season. 

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I just like anything that brings me peace and doesn’t have me over thinking.

ANY BEAUTY RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?
Praying to God I wake up healthy and drinking a shit load of water. Oh and I love black eye pencils! Must be a northern thing.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
Making sure my son doesn’t hurt himself while climbing everything!

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
I pray, and move away from people especially those that I can sense don’t have my best interest at heart.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Baddest Bitch On The Block


Image Courtesy Of Warner Bros

Monday, January 29, 2018

Christina Faith


Photo Courtesy Of Allen Johnson Jr. For Creative Thought Media

WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I live in Philadelphia, PA and I’ve lived all over New Jersey and Philly. My mother calls me a country city girl.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised all over South Jersey.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CITY OR HOMETOWN?
Since I moved around a lot I don’t really have a home town but I rep Camden, NJ because I lived in that area and Woodlynne, NJ the longest.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
I wanted to be a entertainment lawyer! I swore I’d be signing contracts and checks until I was about 22 years old.

WHY WRITER AND DIRECTOR?
I write in order to create and share the message I’ve been given. Directing comes naturally to be. It allows me to bring together people and technical equipment to make real life stories a reality.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND TRAINING?
I have no background or formal training in film, writing and producing. I often jest I got my BA from Google.com and MFA from Youtube University.

HOW DID "SINGLE AND ANXIOUS" COME ABOUT?
I was writing a blog about not wanting to be single and anxious back in 2006, and it turned into a book. Around 2012 I was bored with writing non-fiction and wanted to branch out. Around 2014 I turned it into an actual show and did my first run at it. It was absolutely horrible and we took it down. In 2016 we decided to re-imagine and re-create the current version.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FROM CONCEPT TO CREATION?
The concept normally starts out by an idea. I write it down in notes and then unpack it in a pages document. I flesh out the characters and then invite my writing team into the process. We spent a nice amount of time discussing ideas and where the characters can go. I partner up the writers and we all work on episodes with an outline , episode themes and titles. From there we sent it out to the actors, do a table read, rehearse, begin pre production, principal photography and then spend one to two months in post production. It’s generally a six to eight month process from concept to post production.

WHAT OR WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Well Jesus forms my worldview. Ava Duvernay encourages my hustle. Spike Lee pushes me to be more creative. Toni Cade reminds me to write from my heart.

WHAT SOCIAL THEMES ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
My biggest passion is bringing authenticity to characters and showing the struggles of humanity.

WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED CINEMATIC GENRE?
Drama and time pieces.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
7:3-8a.m.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
At home with a book, film or just hanging with my husband and our homies.

Orla Kiely

Photographed By Karen Burgos

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Edwidge Danticat

Photo Courtesy Of  Edwidge Danticat

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
Right now, I am in Miami, Florida. I have not always lived here. I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I moved to Brooklyn, New York, when I was 12years old to join my parents who had migrated there. I lived in Paris for a year when I was 18. I did my junior year abroad there. Then I lived in Providence, Rhode Island, when I was in graduate school. I moved to Miami about sixteen years ago and have lived here pretty much since then.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
Haiti then New York.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The weather for sure, except in July and August when it can get pretty muggy. Then of course hurricane season is no fun. For the last two years, we’ve barely escaped two possible category five storms, Matthew and Maria. The other great thing about the city is the mix of cultures. There are people from all over the world here and tons of great food and music.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I always wanted to be a writer. My parents didn’t approve of that so I told myself I could be a nurse or doctor who also writes. There are a lot of wonderful doctor writers now. Maybe I could have been one of those. I went to a high school named after Clara Barton, who was the nurse who started the American Red Cross. Everyone at my high school was supposed to go into the health professions. As part of my education I had to volunteer in a hospital two days a week. I volunteered in what was then called the geriatric ward and every time a patient died, I was inconsolable. That’s when I realized that the medical profession was not for me.

WHY AUTHOR?
Because I deeply, deeply love writing and feel quite unhappy when I’m not doing it.

WHAT'S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
I have a Bachelor’s in French Literature and Translation from Barnard College and a Masters of Fine (MFA) Arts from Brown University.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU SEEK TO EVOKE IN THROUGH WORK?
I try not to think in such broad terms with my work, but people tend to do it for me. I suppose one would say that I address issues such as immigration, dislocation, mother-daughter relationships and our (I guess me and a few other folks) relationship with memory and history.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
It’s kind of all consuming at times. If I have an idea, I try to pin it down and hammer at it, that is work on it, as much as I can until I finish. This can be a bit disruptive to a normal life. I am trying to be more scheduled about it. My body does not recover as quickly so I have to try harder to compartmentalize better and trust that the work I have begun will be there for me when I return to it.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
My parents. They left my brother and me with family members in Haiti when we were two and four to go work in New York. Even in their absence they were colossal figures to me. I had to imagine how they might have been parenting me and my brother every day for them to remain our parents in my mind. The sacrifices immigrant parents make for the future of their children are often underestimated. Even I didn’t fully understand it until I became a parent. Sacrificing being with your child in the hopes that they might have a better life later or taking your child on a boat or all the things immigrant and refugee parents do are extraordinary acts of love that is perhaps not easy to understand from the outside.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?
I like things pretty simple. The easier it is the better for me, so I make the least demanding choices in pretty much everything, including clothes and make up etc. If I like something, I'll buy a couple so I don't have to think too much about needing that thing for a while. The simpler the better really.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
I used to try to paint, but now I mostly follow my kids around, even though they are not in as many activities as some other kids. The big complaint from those who love me is that I always seem to be working. It’s hard for me to take a full weekend off for example and not write. But when I'm not working, I am mostly with my husband and two daughters and a hanging out with a few friends.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
Same as above. Sometimes reading quietly with my girls at night is a fantastic way to end the day. Writing is also how I unwind. Next year when I turn 50, I would love to be able to say that I also unwind by sleeping more or by doing yoga or something like that. That is at least my intent and my goal.