A Midweek Meditation on Colin Kapernick’s Afro, Rupi Kaur’s Healing Art, Solange Knowles’ Street Style and Riri’s Latest Creations


Midweek Meditations is a weekly column written by Julia-Elise Childs where she rounds up her favorite happenings in fashion, art, culture, and beyond. We figure that despite living fast, we should probably catch our breath every now and again.

Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of personal evolution. Constant growth is a given for anyone, however I believe the most aspirational individuals inspire others to raise the means through which they evolve. This week, I slowed down and studied public figures who remind me the many ways in which I can grow. Through speaking up, through transcending hardship, through elevating personal style. Join me in my latest Midweek Meditation as I touch on Colin Kapernick’s excellence, Rupi Kaur’s personal growth, Solange Knowles’ continual fashion developments and Rihanna’s latest creations.

Colin Kapernick’s Afro

Sep 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, Colin Kapernick has decided to not stand for the National Anthem as a form of protest. Recently stating, “when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand” has caused a frenzy with both support and inexplicable hate. Athletes protesting has a tendency to strike a nerve, as many adoring fans want nothing more than for a sportsman to shut up and play. What do I love more than Kapernick exercising his freedom of speech? His afro.

Rupi Kaur’s TED Talk is the Most Empowering Thing You’ve Ever Seen

The brilliant light known as poet Rupi Kaur recently debuted her TED Talk. At just twenty-three years old, the author of Milk and Honey shares how she reclaimed her body after sexual trauma. Weaving the audience into her world after a soft spoken word piece, she explains how art became her solace, her home when her body was violated, an escape when she lost all hope. A luminous and empowering piece for men and women alike, this TED talk ranks amongst some of my most favorite.

Solange Knowles Becomes Face of Michael Kors First Street Style Campaign


It’s no news that Solange is the epitome of effortless cool and the pinnacle of aspirational street style. So, naturally, when I heard she was gracing Michael Kors’ debut #SideWalkSpotted campaign, I awaited its arrival with baited breath. Would she teach us a new way to layer patterns and textures? Will the campaign feel authentic? How would my style shift from what she reveals?

You know the pleasure you get from knowing exactly how your coffee will taste every morning? You’ll get a buzz, you’ll accomplish something that needs to happen, there may be minor surprises, but you know you’ll always have a great cup of coffee. That’s how I feel about Solange’s style. No matter what she does, she always does it well. My fashion taste, heavily influenced by her aesthetic bravado, shifts slightly thanks to Solange. She inspires me to wear the lipstick, to wear the pattern, to wear the heels and to feel like a goddamn gift from above while it all.

Riri’s Latest Collection is Everything


Last night, the Live FAST babes were granted an exclusive preview of the latest FENTY by Rihanna Puma Collection. Limited to 100 invites, Six 02 set up shop on Melrose Ave for an immersive shopping experience. Inspired by Japanese Streetwear, Rihanna’s latest collection is full of androgynous silhouettes plus an exclusive chance to purchase her creepers in their original colorways (Editor’s note: I’ve been waiting with baited breath for one year to have the opportunity to buy the oatmeal colorway and FINALLY they belong to me). In typical Badgalriri style, there was an abundance of champagne and luxurious do-rags. Absolute perfection.

A Midweek Meditation On Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

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