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Billie Holiday


I am amazed that someone who lived and died several decades before me still intrigues me so. I wonder what Billie would be doing in a world where everyone has a reason to seek rehab? If I had lived in her time and hung out in her circle, I would have tried to help her move away from her demons. I would have been that exhausted friend who could sing a bit, but would never match her genius. And I would have been disappointed that she needed the fix more than me. Perhaps I will wear a gardenia in my hair today.

Billie Holiday


Why I’m Missing Candice Glover!


Well, American Idol sure sucks so far this year. And I am so confused… I am waiting for some breakout surprise act, but until then, there’s always Candice Glover!! #musicfriendsofTenaciousM enjoy!

I Choose to Follow My Dreams


Happy Friday! Today seemed like a good opportunity to remind myself and my readers of the real TenaciousM!

Egos & Buffaloes

In most cases, I would confirm that I am definitely not a follower.  However, I recently found myself in the midst of some serious self-evaluation.  I wondered: “Am I really following my dreams or am I chasing them.”

As I look at the difference, to follow means that the dream is real and I own it.  But to chase a dream says that on some level I’m not really convinced that it’s obtainable.  As I follow dreams/goals that are decades or days old, I feel empowered to know that there is already a connection to that dream. For instance, I shared with a friend recently that I am going to Paris in April. There, the goal has been verbalized and now I follow my path to fulfilling that dream.  Although I have been to Paris several times, each time I visit increases the value of the first dream I had many years…

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American Black History Month Celebration…WITH A PARISIAN TWIST


The Supremes in Paris

The Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts. They toured the world, becoming almost as popular as they were in the U.S. By 1965, they were international stars. You can watch a fun video of The Supremes (trying to avoid traffic) singing “Where Did Our Love Go?” in the streets of Paris (circa 1965) here.

By 1967, Berry Gordy renamed the group “Diana Ross & The Supremes” and in 1968, they went on a record-breaking European tour and taped a television special for France’s M6 that was solely for French audiences. Highlights included a rocking medley of their hits that opened the show. (There’s even a part of the interview when the girls tell the host their ages – only 23 years old at the time – and Ross responds to the host in French.)


Lupita Nyong’o is Fun & Edgy for Vogue Italia’s February 2014 Issue


I absolutely love me some Lupita Nyong’o (Actress, “12 Years a Slave”)! Her ascent to the top of the sartorial sphere has been an amazing transition to watch. Check out her latest spread for the February issue of Vogue Italia, shot by Tony Munro. In it Nyong’o sizzles in some of Spring 2014′s hottest looks. And in case you’re not on the Lupi-train yet, maybe this fun and edgy editorial for Vogue Italia Magazine would convince you.

Showing her excited yet edgy side, Lupita has been featured in the issues’ February 2014 fashion editorial styled by Patti Wilson. If for some bizarre and very unlikely reason acting doesn’t pan out for Lupita, modeling is so her forté.

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Balmain Pre-Fall 2014 Collection


I am excited about some of the designer clothes being shown for 2014. My affection for animal prints, ethnic and multicultural influences remains predominant, and I am happy to see the look evolve in such a sleek, understated chic manner. A true Parisian powerhouse, Balmain was founded many years ago by couturier Pierre Balmain, and was kick-started back into fashion-prominence in 2005 by the valiant Christophe Decarnin. Now with Olivier Rousteing at the helm as Creative Director, the label continues to deliver decadent rock-inflected glamour with ultra sexy, severe and distinctive collections for both women and men. I really like the styling of the garments which gives me ideas to reinvent items already in my closet.

Our love for Olivier Rousteing only deepens with the launch of his Pre-Fall 2014 collection. His aim was to push the idea that his brand is for women of different cultures, ethnicities, and price ranges.

The result was a sort of safari-meets-hip-hop aesthetic, which pulled inspiration from Peter Beard’s photography of Iman in Africa, back in her early modeling days. We can definitely see his muse Rihanna rocking the little miniskirts. Enjoy!

By Charlotte Pratt for Style Pantry
On January 21, 2014




Happy Thursday and the second day of what is to be an amazing year!! Thank you all for supporting my blog. Free your minds and embrace positivity. Now let’s get this party started…

I’m Still Excited! TenaciousM Cannot Be Edited


I am reflecting on the occasions when I have been told to “tone it down” or edit the flash. Why? What is wrong with my big color and glamour? I think that the most important feature in anyone is authenticity. So, why should I dim my candle to make others comfortable with me? If God wanted me to be meek and unimposing, I figure He would have rethought the six foot tall height and instinctive desire to make everything around me bold and beautiful. The holidays give me a great opportunity to decorate my world from hearth to heart! Love, love, love the parties and chances to shower the people I love with gifts and gratitude. I am so very fortunate to belong to the amazing family and friends of mine. As for my gift from them… I am cool with the unconditional love that I receive throughout the year just for being me!


STEPPING OUT LIKE A DIVA… A good lipstick is like a good friend. It’s there when you need it, it’s always good for a confidence boost, and when you find a great one, you want to keep expanding your circle. Which is why you’re going to love this roundup of the newest lipsticks that are hitting shelves now. With formulas and colors this sumptuous and luxurious, you’re going to need a bigger makeup bag for the holidays and all year.

Over the Hump Old School Sound Check


Happy Thursday!! Who else is feeling free like me?

Love is alright with me today, but I am going to let Ms. Patti tell you guys…

Mad Love for the LEL Population!


Don’t get me wrong, I love my vertically changed sistahs, too. But for the “Gambs Galore” women like myself, get with Long Elegant Legs! They are fashion forward especially for jeans, pants and leggings. Celebrate your fierceness!