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millions of people, myself included, celebrated easter yesterday. pastel colored dresses, fresh suits, and shined shoes all came out of the closet for the resurrection sunday, and in addition to resurrection, people also celebrated “420”.  although the orgins of 420 are considered folklore, people happily and highly celebrated 420 yesterday also. because people wanted to look their best as well as feel connected with the earth, i decided to highlight the cousin of mary jane, hemp.  
hempseed oil contains omegas 3, 6 and 9 and also 9 fatty acids. they nourish hair and skin from the inside out, providing nourishment.   so here are my favorite 3 goodies that contain hemp! 

oyin handmade honey hemp conditioner

penetrates, detangles, detangles and softens hair


dr. bronner’s hemp peppermint soap

shampoo, body wash, detergent… you can use this for everything! 

occ lip tar
pigment on pigment on pigment, but with a little added hemp oil for smooth application. 
i hope you guys enjoy my suggestions! and i apologize in advance if you are looking for the “other” effects. the thc content in hempseed oil is too small to count folks!
stay beat boots beautes!
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director
pic credit: 7hemp oyin dr. bronner occ

millions of people, myself included, celebrated easter yesterday. pastel colored dresses, fresh suits, and shined shoes all came out of the closet for the resurrection sunday, and in addition to resurrection, people also celebrated “420”.  although the orgins of 420 are considered folklore, people happily and highly celebrated 420 yesterday also. because people wanted to look their best as well as feel connected with the earth, i decided to highlight the cousin of mary jane, hemp. 

hempseed oil contains omegas 3, 6 and 9 and also 9 fatty acids. they nourish hair and skin from the inside out, providing nourishment.   so here are my favorite 3 goodies that contain hemp! 

oyin handmade honey hemp conditioner

penetrates, detangles, detangles and softens hair

dr. bronner’s hemp peppermint soap

shampoo, body wash, detergent… you can use this for everything! 

occ lip tar

pigment on pigment on pigment, but with a little added hemp oil for smooth application. 

i hope you guys enjoy my suggestions! and i apologize in advance if you are looking for the “other” effects. the thc content in hempseed oil is too small to count folks!

stay beat boots beautes!

IVmichelle german

health + beauty director

pic credit: 7hemp oyin dr. bronner occ

 i’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview photography duo, francis and stephanie lane about their silent tapes project in vol. III of neonV magazine.
now,  francis + stephanie have started a kickstarter campaign to fund a five week photography workshop empowering 50 children to share their stories on growing up in the favelas of brazil.
 
the idea behind the silent tapes project is simply dope! i am truely in awe with the moments that francis + stephanie have been able to capture. check out their 50 kids. 50 cameras. campaign and support:
                                 
find out more about silent tapes: here
III: carmela wingfield
accessories, music + travel director

 i’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview photography duo, francis and stephanie lane about their silent tapes project in vol. III of neonV magazine.

now,  francis + stephanie have started a kickstarter campaign to fund a five week photography workshop empowering 50 children to share their stories on growing up in the favelas of brazil.

the idea behind the silent tapes project is simply dope! i am truely in awe with the moments that francis + stephanie have been able to capture. check out their 50 kids. 50 cameras. campaign and support:

                                 

find out more about silent tapes: here

III: carmela wingfield

accessories, music + travel director

“celibacy is not just a matter of not having sex. it is a way of admiring a person for their humanity, maybe even for their beauty.”

timothy radcliffe

current crush: rest.
ladies, we are master multi-taskers who chase dreams daily, while conquering obstacles along the way. with the ups + downs of being a successful woman, in whatever roles we play, it is imperative that we give ourselves the space to refresh.
for me, that means disconnecting: being alone with a lot of printed matter or in the studio painting without a phone nearby. how are we to ever stay in tune, if we’re too busy to connect with the person who matters most—ourselves.
yes, i am conditioned to believe that the aforementioned statement is selfish, but i am also trying to rewire that frame of mind too.
so, i’m off for some me time + i hope you all are taking care of yourselves in the meantime too.


I: tanekeya word
editor•in•chief
art, literature + culture editor 

current crush: rest.

ladies, we are master multi-taskers who chase dreams daily, while conquering obstacles along the way. with the ups + downs of being a successful woman, in whatever roles we play, it is imperative that we give ourselves the space to refresh.

for me, that means disconnecting: being alone with a lot of printed matter or in the studio painting without a phone nearby. how are we to ever stay in tune, if we’re too busy to connect with the person who matters most—ourselves.

yes, i am conditioned to believe that the aforementioned statement is selfish, but i am also trying to rewire that frame of mind too.

so, i’m off for some me time + i hope you all are taking care of yourselves in the meantime too.

Itanekeya word

editor•in•chief

art, literature + culture editor 

from the archives of volume II… 

kohl

it’s chic— yet, goth. it’s the prototype— yet, avant garde. it can change the shape and emotion of its subject, it is not gender-specific, and has been around since 10,000 b.c. line it all, with… kohl.

see this and more goodies from volume II by clicking here for purchase. 

IVmichelle german

health + beauty director

conversations with june ambrose

friday, april 4th, marks a day that i will always remember. i met the fabulous, charismatic, and inspiring, june ambrose, for the second time! first time, was a quick chat after j. mendel 2012 runway show. she complimented me on my look (stoked) but more importantly she dropped a gem, “always introduce yourself using your first + last name.” this time around, june ambrose, dropped a few more industry gems for aspiring stylist, designers, marketing + branding strategist, etc. 

june’s gems

I: glamorize anything that you do in life

II: we are the ceos of our lives, do not allow society to dictate your life

III: revamp your style by taking things out of context (take things out of context, i like this one)

IV: assume that people are always watching

V: unbothered (she’s one of us)

VI: never harness creativity, honey

also, i “stanned” out when: i showed her an image of me reimagined as her for volume I, she was truly honored + selfies with her head assistant, tukie b (@tukie_)

photo source: kimee

here, there + everywhere

my homeboys at the sovereign space are starting their travel journey thru rome, naples + athens today and i’m super jealous!

but, jamaal + shep have put together a great lists of the top 5 travel apps and the top 5 souvenir ideas:

i am the worst at thinking of gifts to get while traveling and shep has some great ideas with a unique and personal twist:

follow their journey on ig @sslivewonderlust + www.thesovereignspace.com

III: carmela wingfield

accessories, music + travel director

live in neon.

ariana and anika are 20-something creatives living in different cities. anika spends much of her time making music, biking wildly, and reading comic books. ariana is something like a salsa aficionado who keeps fit by running. she also loves her kitty meeko. ariana and anika have been in a long distance relationship on and off since 2011.
when they are together, they frequent the cinema, get lost in compelling conversations (many of which are about their feelings), take walks, and keep their hands busy with puzzles.



ariana and anika are polyamorists. we chatted about their relationship.

(polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.)

0III: is this your first experience? 

anika: yes it is my first time being poly in a mutually understood and well thought out capacity.



ariana: i’ve tried ‘poly’ in different capacities that weren’t as affirming and as supportive. it really has to be a mutual decision. if not, emotions like resentment and bitterness can easily build.



0III: what lead you to the point where you would be open to having multiple partners? who proposed the idea?



anika: being poly is something that my partner initially introduced however it has also always intrigued me. usually in the past though i was not able to find someone that was emotionally mature enough to dialogue through the intricacies of this type of relationship. i also want to say that being poly is as much work as being monogamous, any kind of romantic relationship is work.



ariana: i actually took this “love poetry” class during my undergrad that discussed how a lot of cultures in support of monogamy really brand love or “the one”: someone you’re supposed to live with and someone you’re in love with. the class really highlighted false expectations and how those can be harmful and lead to things like breaking up or marriage. a couple months after i found myself in poly-friendly spaces where i learned how people navigate their own desires in triads, sweeties, primary relationships.



0III: would you continue polyamory if you lived in the same city? 



anika/ariana: yes, that is the plan


0III: what are the parameters within your personal relationship? 



anika: we have core principles that are in place regardless, they have more to do with us than anyone else.  early on we both made separate commitments about what we valued and what we wanted to bring to the table.  those were written down then clearly stated to one another, communication is key.  i also always try to understand that dialogue operates in flux, we can agree on one thing then agree to rework it a couple days later or a couple weeks or a couple years…so we use those (our principles) as our guide and essentially work within those parameters unless otherwise discussed.

ariana: any romantic relationship has parameters and i like to think of mine like high school. anika represents all of my classes, i.e. science, math, history, etc. everyone else thereafter is an extracurricular activity after school. school comes first before basketball or volleyball and i can’t play any of my sports unless i’m passing my classes. if i’m on the honor roll then i’m good to play after school and vs.

0III: is it strictly physical or are you able to have an intimate emotional connection with other partners?

anika: i would like to think that if i am being physical with someone then i also have a emotional connection with them.  it may not be as intense or have the longevity that i have with my partner but i’m an introvert so if i decide to leave my shell it’s not just for a physical connection but because something about the individual intrigues me.

ariana: emotional connections with other folks involved is kind of inevitable when your casually hooking up or seeing people and i think its healthy to have crushes and sweeties. what ends up being an issue is when your secondary or sweetie, doesn’t adhere to the parameters of your primary relationship. they too have to consent to the primary being first emotionally. i’ve come across folks who first say “it’s okay” and tell me they agree, but have other intentions to seduce/convince me otherwise. we have to be cautious with the people we are engaging and make sure they respect our relationship just as much as we do. 


0III: do you still get jealous?



anika/ariana: yes, emotions are natural and like any relationship (poly or otherwise) i process how i feel with my partner.  we have great communication and it is my favorite part of our relationship.



0III: how do you deal with that
anika: process & cope.  repeat as necessary.



anika/ariana: we dialogue a lot and try to affirm one another whether that be insecurity, miscommunication, etc. it’s hard to deprogram everything we’ve learned about love and relationships.



0III: would you all consider dating the same person together?

anika/ariana: hmmm well that’s a new one!  i think it depends.  i think that would take a lot of time & talking to get to a good space.  things such as boundaries, favoritism (potentially), mutual levels of comfort & safety would be important to figure out.  we agreed early on that trial & error is not the path that we would like to walk.  i try to be as intentional as possible with all my words, attitudes & actions that i bring to the table.


0III: how has this lifestyle benefit you individually and collectively? 

anika/ariana: it opens the door to new experiences.  i don’t have to feel inadequate or ashamed for not being able to be every kind of person or provide all the things that my partner may require.  i love her but i know that i would only hurt her if i tried to be all those things.  i would rather be the best version of myself and give the good things that i have to offer uniquely from me to her.

0III: will you always be a polyamorist?

anika/ariana: most likely.  i think it all depends on what we decide is best for us mutually.  for now, this is the plan.  also she is my partner for the rest of my life.  that to me is more important than any title or label we have.  so i will go as far as to say that whatever sustains us will be what i am. 


0III: elise peterson
lifestyles journalist + assistant art director

ariana and anika are 20-something creatives living in different cities. anika spends much of her time making music, biking wildly, and reading comic books. ariana is something like a salsa aficionado who keeps fit by running. she also loves her kitty meeko. ariana and anika have been in a long distance relationship on and off since 2011.

when they are together, they frequent the cinema, get lost in compelling conversations (many of which are about their feelings), take walks, and keep their hands busy with puzzles.

ariana and anika are polyamorists. we chatted about their relationship.

(polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.)

0III: is this your first experience? 

anika: yes it is my first time being poly in a mutually understood and well thought out capacity.

ariana: i’ve tried ‘poly’ in different capacities that weren’t as affirming and as supportive. it really has to be a mutual decision. if not, emotions like resentment and bitterness can easily build.

0III: what lead you to the point where you would be open to having multiple partners? who proposed the idea?

anika: being poly is something that my partner initially introduced however it has also always intrigued me. usually in the past though i was not able to find someone that was emotionally mature enough to dialogue through the intricacies of this type of relationship. i also want to say that being poly is as much work as being monogamous, any kind of romantic relationship is work.

ariana: i actually took this “love poetry” class during my undergrad that discussed how a lot of cultures in support of monogamy really brand love or “the one”: someone you’re supposed to live with and someone you’re in love with. the class really highlighted false expectations and how those can be harmful and lead to things like breaking up or marriage. a couple months after i found myself in poly-friendly spaces where i learned how people navigate their own desires in triads, sweeties, primary relationships.

0III: would you continue polyamory if you lived in the same city? 

anika/ariana: yes, that is the plan

0III: what are the parameters within your personal relationship? 

anika: we have core principles that are in place regardless, they have more to do with us than anyone else.  early on we both made separate commitments about what we valued and what we wanted to bring to the table.  those were written down then clearly stated to one another, communication is key.  i also always try to understand that dialogue operates in flux, we can agree on one thing then agree to rework it a couple days later or a couple weeks or a couple years…so we use those (our principles) as our guide and essentially work within those parameters unless otherwise discussed.

ariana: any romantic relationship has parameters and i like to think of mine like high school. anika represents all of my classes, i.e. science, math, history, etc. everyone else thereafter is an extracurricular activity after school. school comes first before basketball or volleyball and i can’t play any of my sports unless i’m passing my classes. if i’m on the honor roll then i’m good to play after school and vs.

0III: is it strictly physical or are you able to have an intimate emotional connection with other partners?

anika: i would like to think that if i am being physical with someone then i also have a emotional connection with them.  it may not be as intense or have the longevity that i have with my partner but i’m an introvert so if i decide to leave my shell it’s not just for a physical connection but because something about the individual intrigues me.

ariana: emotional connections with other folks involved is kind of inevitable when your casually hooking up or seeing people and i think its healthy to have crushes and sweeties. what ends up being an issue is when your secondary or sweetie, doesn’t adhere to the parameters of your primary relationship. they too have to consent to the primary being first emotionally. i’ve come across folks who first say “it’s okay” and tell me they agree, but have other intentions to seduce/convince me otherwise. we have to be cautious with the people we are engaging and make sure they respect our relationship just as much as we do. 

0III: do you still get jealous?

anika/ariana: yes, emotions are natural and like any relationship (poly or otherwise) i process how i feel with my partner.  we have great communication and it is my favorite part of our relationship.

0III: how do you deal with that

anika: process & cope.  repeat as necessary.

anika/ariana: we dialogue a lot and try to affirm one another whether that be insecurity, miscommunication, etc. it’s hard to deprogram everything we’ve learned about love and relationships.

0III: would you all consider dating the same person together?

anika/ariana: hmmm well that’s a new one!  i think it depends.  i think that would take a lot of time & talking to get to a good space.  things such as boundaries, favoritism (potentially), mutual levels of comfort & safety would be important to figure out.  we agreed early on that trial & error is not the path that we would like to walk.  i try to be as intentional as possible with all my words, attitudes & actions that i bring to the table.

0III: how has this lifestyle benefit you individually and collectively? 

anika/ariana: it opens the door to new experiences.  i don’t have to feel inadequate or ashamed for not being able to be every kind of person or provide all the things that my partner may require.  i love her but i know that i would only hurt her if i tried to be all those things.  i would rather be the best version of myself and give the good things that i have to offer uniquely from me to her.

0III: will you always be a polyamorist?

anika/ariana: most likely.  i think it all depends on what we decide is best for us mutually.  for now, this is the plan.  also she is my partner for the rest of my life.  that to me is more important than any title or label we have.  so i will go as far as to say that whatever sustains us will be what i am. 

0IIIelise peterson

lifestyles journalist + assistant art director

kelis
…because she is so everything and this new hair is going to get copped sooner rather than later. period. 
IV: michelle german
health + beauty director

kelis

…because she is so everything and this new hair is going to get copped sooner rather than later. period. 

IVmichelle german

health + beauty director