Must-Haves: Home Essentials for 2018

Regardless of whether you are buying a new house and thinking about your dream décor, selling your current home and want to make it more appealing to home buyers or you just want to update your interior, it is always a good idea to incorporate some of the freshest interior design trends. While nothing beats…

How to Capitalize On Your Creative Talent

Talent is one of those terms that we’ve heard a lot either in reference to us or those around us. Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you can memorize pages upon pages of poetry. Maybe you’re particularly skilled at wood carving. We use talents in our daily lives, turn them into hobbies, utilize…

African Hairstyles Throughout History

The U.S. haircare market is enormous. In 2016 alone it was estimated to be worth just over $83 billion. Of that $83 billion, the African American hair care market made up over $2.5 billion. While that’s only a small piece of the hair care pie, it’s still incredibly significant especially when you consider the lengths…

Third Annual ATL Soul Life Music Festival ​Announces Line-up Ledisi, Eric Benét, Anthony David, and Raheem DeVaughn: Day 1 Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Avery*Sunshine, and Eric Roberson: Day 2

ATLANTA, GA (February 16, 2018)  The annual festival which drew over 10,000 music lovers the first two years will, once again, take place in Atlanta, GA on the scenic grounds of Wolf Creek Amphitheater. Twelve-time Grammy-nominated songstress, Ledisi and Five-time Grammy Award-Winning artist, Lalah Hathaway will headline this highly anticipated Memorial Day weekend event. On day one, the celebrated R&B recording artist,…

Premiere: GStampz releases new poetic freestyle “Symbols”

“We often see our life through the perception of symbols.” – Gstampz GStampz continues to bring poetry to life with beautiful lyrical content coupled with an awesome array of dope beats. During the month of January, he successfully reintroduced himself to the world with the premiere of his freestyle song entitled  “If I Could Meet…

The Best Spring Fashion Trends

The arrival of a new year may mark the beginning of life changes, but when it comes to fashion, hope and innovation definitely come with the spring lines. Winter does give us a masterclass in layering, but it is spring that swoops in with those vibrant colors, unexpected prints and patterns to shake us up…

Social Media Influencers Dazzle Offline at the BET Social Awards

Last night, BET Networks presented their first Social Awards. The event focused specifically on social media icons, from Instagram megastars to YouTube creators. Michael Blackson, a Ghanaian-born American actor and comedian, hosted the show, which included nominee categories such as Best Tea, Issa Wave, Social Hustle, LMAO!, Clapback, Best Podcast, Mood AF, and BaeWatch. An…

3 Trendy Looks for Curvy Women

When it comes to shopping, finding plus size fashionable pieces can sometimes be a chore. Although there are specialty stores that cater to curvy women, some may find the selection limited and/or boring. That’s why we decided to link up with former Southern Laced Beauty of the Week Chay Crews to give you three looks…

I sometimes get these moments: Personal Piece

“I already know that I must accept my differences, not as an ailment [as suggested by others], but instead to embrace that, though I am different with many layers, my diversity and uniqueness is not something to be ashamed of. Rather, it is something that I should cling to as it is and has always…

Get Your Wardrobe Ready for the Spring of 2018

Photo by Alex Sorto on Unsplash Every single year, designers keep surprising us with their ideas, twists and comebacks. And just when we thought it doesn’t go any further than this, the spring 2018 fashion week happened. With that being said and without further ado, here are this season’s must-haves according to high fashion runways….

The 2nd Annual Southern Laced Creative Arts Awards

UPDATE 2/19/18: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPATION. STAY TUNED FOR MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS. Southern Laced would like to recognize individuals who inspired communities through the field of arts in 2017. Awardees, which include artist working in literary arts, visual arts, theater, music, singing, design, and dance from the Jackson Metro Area…

INTERVIEW: Kendra Bell talks to James Mtume about activism during the turbulent 60’s era movements, years performing with Miles Davis, and chart-topping R&B years as founder of the band Mtume. ​

Composer, producer, writer and performer: James Mtume has carved an indelible impression on all sides of the music industry. For decades he has been putting out groundbreaking sound underscored by activism. A brilliant and informed orator, he has carved out a place as a political commentator and activist via the airways such as his popular…