Feminism in Comics: Elektra Natchios & Her Friends

TW: Sexual Assault, Campus sexual assault   Elektra Natchios was the first woman of color I saw as a badass in a comic book. In Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra, she is a Latina. In this comic, the author focuses on how Elektra and her friends address campus sexual assault as students at Columbia University. When…

Nails and Novels: Beloved

Beloved is special because it shows the constant impact of slavery on Black people by showing their humanity. In Beloved, there is a constant juxtaposition between how the characters are dehumanized and how they live through and with those experiences. Although this book takes place after the American Civil War, there are so many similarities…

The Joys of Being Black

Happy Black History Month! Being a Black person can be tiresome. We have to deal with unconscious bias, segregation, dehumanization, and so much more. Videos have been made to express how exhausting it is to exist as a Black person. Cue Solange’s Weary or Mad, Evelyn from the Internet’s Call in Black video, or Jill…

Show Me Love Introduction

I was solely interested in aesthetics when I proposed the idea for this film collaboration. Style has always been integral to my survival. As a kid who grew up being bullied for my appearance, I found joy in adorning myself with beautiful things. In particular, makeup became my indulgence and armor. I found a creative…

Best Time to Buy Beauty?

Originally posted on The Jasmine B. Perspective:
Some of my favorite places to shop are “off-price” department stores, such as TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, and Marshalls. On any given day I can walk into any one of these department stores and discover a beauty bargain or two. In the past few months, I’ve discovered…

Reflection Questions for Anxious Folks: 2019

Hi, this year I am actually excited for the new year. I answered my questions from the initial set of reflections questions I created. I add a couple of fun ones too. Please let me know if you use any of these questions. Congrats to you for surviving 2019! 1.)Who was I once the year…

Nails and Novels: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a masterclass on the art of storytelling. First off, Zora breathed life into her characters by writing their dialogue in a rural Floridian dialect. Every time I read their conversations, I felt amongst them. Secondly, she simply describes complex feelings. I have never seen someone use metaphors the way…

My Top Two Mantras of 2019

I can’t believe 2019 is less than two weeks away. It has been a transformative and challenging year for me. I wanted to share how two mantras have guided me throughout the year: 1.) “Capitalism is a distraction.” This mantra is a modification of a quote from Toni Morrison. Google “Toni Morrison racism is a…

Winning an Instagram Giveaway!

Originally posted on The Jasmine B. Perspective:
I’ve been entering Instagram giveaways for years and never thought I would win one. Then on December 17th, @stylenbeautydoc announced that I was the winner of her Charlotte Tilbury giveaway via instastories. The prize of this giveaway was Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Universe Advent Calendar. Included in the calendar…

My Current Thoughts on Defining Beauty

“What is beauty? Looking at yourself.” – quote from Vic Styles IG video. As I develop my healthy skincare habits, I’ve been paying more attention to my face. I’ve been noticing the dark spots, hormonal acne, and texture. Since I’m trying to “fix” these things, my first reaction is to see them as negative. I’ve…