Black Fashion Week Minnesota (BFWMN) Has Returned for a Spring 2019

Black Fashion Week Minnesota Returns

Black Fashion Week Minnesota (#BFWMN) is alive and right around the corner. #BFWMN is a platform that gives IPOC designers and makers a chance to showcase their talents and efforts. Attendees of Black Fashion Week MN also get the rare opportunity to truly surround themselves with a fashion industry made of members from our black, latinx, asian, and indigenous communities. BFWMN will showcase local talent and include nationally recognized names during its run from April 18- April 27.

Black Fashion Week MN is hosting five official events including the jump off event “The A-List Mixer” hosted on Thursday, April 18. This premier event will be held at the stylish boutique hotel, Moxy Minneapolis Uptown. The A-List Mixer will be an event where BFWMN attendees can rendezvous, sip a little somthin’, and meet other fashion & style like-minded folks before fashion events get underway. Tickets for this fashion-packed week will be sold on-site at discounted rates for events that haven’t yet been sold out.

The current event roster lists the Tim & Thom presents Black Hearts Ball (black & white formal event) taking place on April 19, Fashion Bazaar will happen on April 20, 40 Lux & Fashionable on April 26 and Black Man Magic with Karl Kani on April 27.  

There will be photographers (and people that be doing the most with their cameras and phones, much like myself) on shutter mode. BFWMN is definitely a dress to impress affair. When I reached out to ask about the dress attire for guests this what a representative had to say, “For any of the fashion shows you attend at Black Fashion Week Mn you can wear whatever you like...whatever feels fashionable, whatever you feel pretty in.”  

Before go time you should brush up on fashion show etiquette and stay updated on everything #BFWMN related by following @blackfashionweekmn on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out events & such  to stay in the know of the latest MN POC Community Events & Upcoming Opportunities at kissmypassion.com.

As always I will do my best to keep you updated on all of the latest MN POC Community Events, but I am only one person, please visit the events & such page to submit an event or updates, today.

Wanted: Twin Cities Local Events & POC Businesses

I am lover of all things beautiful and have an obsession with fabrics, textiles, and accessories. While communities of color tend to fuel the most innovative and creative concepts from fashion, food, technology, and in just about everything else in the world, there’s nothing more beautiful or powerful than sharing our own culture, narrative, fashion & style, art, ways of knowing, and ideas on our own terms. It’s just hard to figure out when and where we can connect.

Twin Cities Events Wanted

A major long term goal and my personal mission is to embrace, support, and promote what’s going on in our communities. I am more into the fashion scene, but I really want to expand into other areas such as art, conferences, POC owned businesses/brands/services, community events, recognition of the good things that are happening, fashion shows, etc.

This is my plea begging for information from you. If you have information on what’s doing down in our communities, please let me know so I can pass the info along. It’s cool if there are events that are promoted for everyone to attend, but again I am on a search for events that support communities of color. I am also looking for culturally relevant events that are taking place in the Midwest/ Heartland region, as well. Let’s get the word out. Send information my way via email, contact forms or comment sections. Be forewarned, last minute events may not get scooped. Timing is everything.

Open to Recommendations for Twin Cities & Midwest Events for POC

Please, remember that I am a little bit bougie (though, my bank account respectfully disagrees), so VIP is always appreciated.

I can’t wait to see what events are coming up. Thank you in advance for your support and suggestions. I will see you out there!




Happy Turkey Day!

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating.  Upon this holiday wish you moments of enlightenment and intellectual conversation discussing the history of the day you are celebrating. The historical lies that have been passed on as Truth are no longer effective, and they haven’t been for quite some time. Don’t fall for the narrative presented by colonizers look internally into communities of color to seek the truth.

Never forget.

In communities of color, we have a responsibility to ourselves, to one another to stop making excuses for the colonizers and their legacies. It is not our burden to repent nor apologize for. It is our responsibility to stop trying to distance ourselves from the reality and sugar coating the atrocities that have befallen us as though they are but small trivial.

Never forget.

Oral narratives are still very relevant and important in our communities. By continuing to tell our stories, tell our Truths is how we keep the colonizers and their legacies from erasing or editing the past, the truth, and our communities.  They fear the truth for a reason.

Never forget.

This Turkey Day let us acknowledge the wrongs of the past and make a pledge to be better moving forward. This holiday season take the time to learn the truth and pass that knowledge on to the next generation so that no one is allowed never forget what was and we can hopefully prevent it from being what will be.

Never forget.

Muchos besos,

xX mahina Xx

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Mahina

An online personality and storyteller in the realm of fashion, local Twin Cities life, and the empowerment of women of color and supporting communities of color. Generally spotted around town snapping photos, riding buses, and attempting to mind my own business.

mylife 003

I had the an amazing opportunity to connect and speak with a brilliant designer & creator. After speaking openly as two women of color (well, as openly as you can in a predominantly white space) about being a woman of color in Minnesota I was inspired to share more of my thoughts as an activist, advocate, writer, and storyteller.

As an activist and advocate I am fighting for the rights and well being of communities of color. I am marching, writing to politicians, boycotting, producing commentaries, using my buying power, promoting specific brands/companies/ organizations and presence to stand behind my communities. I have pretty much decided that I am tired of being silenced. Having a high profile job just isn’t in my cards given how outspoken I have chosen to be about my political beliefs.

As a writer I am always thinking about how to use my words. I try to be intentional and rational, but my emotions don’t always play by those rules. I am passionate about being true to one’s self and acknowledging the goddess within; the creator, educator, and healer that we have within us. When I write I am using my narrative as a spiritual woman of color to invoke and inspire conversations with and between other women of color. As horrible as it may sound my content may not be for white women that come across this blog and that’s okay. There needs to be more content created to connect with those that are marginalized and disenfranchised.

As a storyteller I use my narrative to express my experiences and share my knowledge. I use my voice to to challenge status quo, to agitate, educate, and provoke emotions and critical thought. When I share my narrative I am also creating a space that allows me to do my part in creating peace and bringing positivity to others. Call me old school, but I am aware that in order to get the good parts we have to acknowledge sometimes muddle through the not so good parts. In my journey I have been able to clearly state that I am no longer willing to let someone else share my narrative on behalf without my permission. When we get down to the root of it all, No one knows my story better than I.  

As long as I am blessed to be on this earth I am going to do my part in sending out positive vibes to the people around me. I will use my knowledge of resources to help as many people as I can. Contrary to popular belief I don’t have to choose between being serious and having fun. I am going to educate those willing to learn something new and even challenge what I think I know. I will use my connections and ways of knowing to further support communities of color and help us stay united and strong. It’s just a way of life. I hope that you also have a chance to be who you are without having to feel stifled or apologetic about it. Treat yourself and others well, mi gente.

Muchos besos,

xX mahina Xx

 

mylife 002

On this day October 10, 2018 I am making some life changes.  It’s time I get my sh*t together. Not only am I overhaulin’ my health,  I'm also re-examining my skin routine, sleep routine and my blog approach. Kid Fury (in the last podcast from The Read) was right I need to step up my game and be a go-getter (even if it is a year later). If I want to continue claiming to be an Online Personality then my behind needs to be out here and make my online personality known! If I’m sayin’ I’m out here trying to support communities of color I can’t only show up to events that are hosted by Black and Brown People. I need to expand my horizons and support People of Color and their events.  My focus is still in Style & Lifestyle, but I’m about ready to start building my MN MOB Directory underway for 2019.

I can admit that I haven’t been doing what I need to and it’s about time to. I know I have to work harder and stop with all the lame excuses.  I am back on the quest to get back to me one area at a time. Yeah, my finances have been extra tight lately, but that doesn’t excuse why I haven’t been taking care of my health or why I have disengaged from my spirituality.  I have become someone that I don’t recognize and it’s time to get it together.

So this is my stance and declaration.  I’m fin-to level up starting with my spirituality and health. I’m going to own my schedule and follow through with plans. I got a plan and I’m going to make it work. No more excuses!

My plan is this and only this: Get my sh*t together.

Muchos besos,

xX mahina Xx

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Mahina

An online personality and storyteller in the realm of fashion, local Twin Cities life, and the empowerment of women of color and supporting communities of color. Generally spotted around town snapping photos, riding buses, and attempting to mind my own business.