1 // Love Is…
The latest television series by screenwriter and producer Mara Brock Akil that airs on Tuesdays evenings 10p EST/9p CST on OWN; Mara has previously brought us hit shows like The Game and Being Mary Jane. Now every Tuesday night, I stop whatever I’m doing to watch what will happen with the characters Nuri and Yasir. Beyond it’s entertainment value, I always appreciate the thoughtfulness that Mara Akil Brock brings to each of her projects. Her shows connect with viewers on a more intellectual level, and she portrays her characters, who are people of color, in a ways that television has not historically portrayed them, which is pretty next level.
This year has so many emerging artists that I’ve been vibing to for a while. However, the fact that Bruno Mars will be there is already enough for me.
3 // Meet Cutes IRL [In Real Life]
It was described the best in the film The Holiday during a conversation between Walter and Iris. However, it can best be described as the scene in which a two characters meets for the first time in a movie. This scene is a staple in most romantic comedies. I’m pretty sure I love hearing about them equally (if not more) as much as I love experiencing them. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures! Also, if you haven’t seen that movie, I suggest that you add it to your list.
4 // Dance Challenges
Every summer a new song comes out that basically becomes a Summer Anthem. I’m just going to put it out there and declare Drake’s song “In My Feelings” as the 2018 Summer Anthem. Since he released the song, a new dance has emerged that has swept the internet. Between the In My Feelings Challenge and the brand new Level Up Challenge I’ve already been and will continue to bop around all summer long.
5 // Protective Hairstyles (featured in these photos)
To promote healthy hair, my stylist and I agreed on a protective hairstyle that allowed me to give my hot styling tools a rest for the Summer. This decisions has saved me so much time, and completely eliminates any chances of me damaging my hair. One of the best compliments that I received since doing this was being told by someone that they I’ve found my look, and I couldn’t agree more!
Allie Appel Photography