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AfroPunk Brooklyn

AfroPunk Brooklyn

August 26th 2018 – Day 2

My awesome friend Kim invited me to attend AfroPunk and the entire day seemed to be a culminations of firsts for me.

It was my first time:

  1. Attending AfroPunk
  2. Having a Badu Live Experience
  3. Seeing Janelle Monáe perform
  4. Attending a festival or concert without having a press pass
  5. Drinking RedBull

I must say, it was a positive experience standing in the hot crowded field, befriending strangers and just having a genuinely good time.

The group of people that surrounded me seemed to be handpicked to make an already amazing experience even better. We laughed, sang, screamed, complained about the heat, took turns fanning each other, finessed our way into getting free water for our entire section, protected our space in the crowd by ensure that no one walked on “our” blanket while wearing shoes (long story) and in the end we all shared a moment in time together never to be repeated again.

That was priceless.

I put together an Instagram Highlight with some cellphone footage that I collected throughout the afternoon.

Below are some photos that I took while walking around. I asked Kim to choose my photo subjects (all of the posed images). Otherwise, I captured moments as I felt moved to.

 

 

Image Credits

If you use any of these images, tag me on social media @jaylabastien or link back o this site.

If you recognize anyone in the photographs, please share in the comment section. I’d love to tag them.

 

Before You Leave, Share Your Thoughts

Did you attend AfroPunk? How was your experience? Were you pleasantly surprised about anything? Any other event that you think I should attend?

Let me know in the comment section below.

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3 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Skin w/ Honey

3 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Skin w/ Honey

You might use honey in your coffee, tea or favorite food recipe, but have you ever considered using it for your skin?

Providing that you aren’t allergic, adding honey to your skin care regimen can lead to healthier clearer skin. Here are three surprising ways that honey can help you boost your skin care.

Moisture, moisture moisture

It’s well known that a moist skin is an ageless skin and being a natural humectant, honey draws moisture from the air directly into your skin.

  • After washing your face in the evening, try spreading a dollop of raw honey on your face, let it sit for a few minutes then rinse away with lukewarm water.

Dark Spot Eraser

A great way to decrease the appearance of scars and stimulate tissue regenerations Is by adding the following honey-rich concoction to your daily routine.

  • Mix a quarter sized amount of honey with another quarter sized amount of coconut oil together into a paste. Then massage the paste into the areas on your face that you want to treat for one minute. Rinse a washcloth in warm water and place over your face. After five minutes wipe the paste off your face. Repeat every day.

Sweet Exfoliation & Acne Fighter

Honey turmeric mask is the perfect antioxidant, anti-inflammatory mask to help you rejuvenate your skin.

  • Mix one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of turmeric into a sweet paste. Massage the paste into your face. Let the mask remain on your face for five minutes, rinse of and repeat the next day.

Have you tried any other holistic skin treatments? Leave them in the comments below, I might give it a try!

 

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Read This Before You Quit Working on Your Dream

Read This Before You Quit Working on Your Dream

Ideas are beautiful

Once in a while we get ideas that seem like rare gems. Because of this, we sometimes hold on to these ideas so intently that we inhibit them from thriving.  This behavior is sometimes due to a lack of understanding concerning the true nature of an idea.

Ideas are not meant to remain the same from inception to maturity.  They are designed to transform, grow and blossom.

Ideas are not meant to remain the same from inception to maturity. They are designed to transform, grow and blossom. Click To Tweet

In truth, ideas are meant to lead you on a fun—and sometimes scary—journey of exploration and experimentation. When we place expectations on how ideas should manifest, we’re essentially stunting their growth potential.

Failure is Good

So, how do we know when it’s time to allow our ideas to level up? In short, failure.

Sometimes, we can be so dedicated to an idea that we continue to pour energy and time into it, even after noting that there aren’t any signs of growth. 

To avoid going down this path, it’s important for us to create a plan for our ideas. We should also establish growth timelines that are reflective of the energy and resources that we’re pouring into the development of our ideas.

This will make it a lot easier for us to track our failures. The quicker we are able to identify our failures, and change our methodologies, the faster we can bring our ideas to successful maturity.

In essence, failure is a not a red light— it’s a green light for pivoting.

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Pivot, Pivot, Pivot

The book, “Fail Fast and Fail Often”* offers some solid business advice. However, instead of failing fast, it is much more useful to “Pivot Fast and Pivot Often.”

In fact, the more radical our ideas are, the more pivoting we have to do—this is especially true if we’re working within an innovative field, where we must create our own pathways.

As soon as failure is detected—usually by a missed checkpoint on our growth timeline—we should move into pivoting mode.

Pivoting calls for us to reassess our growth methodologies, tweaking a few processes and taking note of the results that are yielded due to those changes.

Calling it Quits

When we’ve done the testing, market research and pivoted countless times with no viable results, is it time to call it quits? Not quite.

If our idea has failed to reach a notable point of maturity after multiple rounds of pivoting, we should consider moving the idea to a back burner. This will ensure that we do not allow frustration, resentment or low-energy to fester throughout our work.

Here’s why we shouldn’t quit just yet:

Some ideas are so ahead of their time that even after doing all that is possible to stimulate their growth, the timing might just not be ideal.

The good news is that, ideas love company. So while, our amazing ideas is simmering on the low fire, it’s important that we stay open because another idea will be bestowed upon us in due time.

Share your thoughts. Have you been struggling to breathe life into an idea without pivoting? Share your story in the comment section below.

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10 Free Minimalist Font Combinations Using Google Fonts

10 Free Minimalist Font Combinations Using Google Fonts

I’ve put together a short list of font pairs that not only compliment each other but would look amazing in any of your designs.

Click the links below to download each font.

 

Playfair Display x Source Sans Pro


 

Roboto Slab x Roboto


 

Oswald x Noticia Text


 

Open Sans Condensed x Open Sans


 

Montserrat x Cardo


 

Roboto Slab x Open Sans


 

Josefin Sans x Merriweather


 

Poppins x Noticia Text


 

Oswald x Open Sans


 

Poppins x Source Sans Pro


 

So…what pair is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Top 5 Free Stock Photography Websites

Top 5 Free Stock Photography Websites

(Updated to Add: Pikwizard.com)

If you’re still using Google Image Search to find photos, this list is for you—because getting sued for copyright infringement is not the goal.

A decade ago, I vividly recall how tedious it was to get free, good quality, digital stock photography online. Thankfully, this is no longer an issue. While this list of free stock photography sites could easily be fifty options long, for now I’ll only share the top five free stock photography websites that I use regularly—for everything from personal project to client-work.

At the time of writing this, these websites allow you to use the photos for your projects and commercial work without giving credit—although credit is encouraged. Feel free to visit these sites, Evernote or bookmark them and add them to your stock photography rotation!

#1 Unsplash.com

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#2 Pexels.com

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#3 Pixabay.com

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#4 PicJumbo.com

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#5 StockSnap.io

 

Bonus: PikWizard.com


 

Honorable Mentions

While these free stock photography websites also have great quality shots, I tend to use the less frequently that those listed in my top five.

Death to Stock

Burst by Shopify

Snapwire Snaps

 

Do you still want me to make a list of fifty websites where you can get free stock photos? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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10 Visual Artists to Follow on Instagram

10 Visual Artists to Follow on Instagram

I absolutely love logging into my main Instagram account and seeing my timeline flooded with gorgeous visuals, art and just all around creativity. This is why I follow accounts that keep my visual reserves filled.

If you also want a never-ending flow of gorgeous photographs flowing down your Instagram feed, then you need to follow these amazing visual storytellers as well.

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@SUNFLOWAYZ

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@ADRIENNERAQUEL

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@SUPERDUPERSLEEPY

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Happiest human. Hungriest, always. No burrito. But this is better. 🦄✨💞

A photo posted by denisse. (@thugnanny_) on

@THUGNANNY_

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@PHOBYMO

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Self-done. 2016. #yagazieemezi #Liberia

A photo posted by @yagazieemezi on

@YAGAZIEEMEZI

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Growing up I was fortunate to have a choice. I didn’t have to do the things my cousins did as a means of survival. Going to the farm was a fun field trip for me but a means of survival for most of my family members. When I got tired of digging holes when I accompanied my grandmom to the farm she allowed me to take breaks. I was fortunate to see life from both perspectives and embrace the beauty in being rich and poor. To have a choice of eating bread and tea for breakfast but also garri and soup or no meal at all. To have warm water come out of the tap but also know how to fetch water from the well to shower every morning. To be knowledgeable from being educated but also know that wisdom isn’t contingent on education but experiences. Being home has touched me in so many ways. Never forget to count your blessings. This was shot in my grandfather’s cocoa farm. 🌴 #seeingafricadifferently

A photo posted by Asiyami Gold 🇳🇬 (@asiyami_gold) on

@ASIYAMI_GOLD

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this visual is so stupid. lololol. #naturalhair #VSCOcam #chicoloured #chicago

A photo posted by deun (dee • yawn) ivory (@deunivory) on

@DEUNIVORY

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@MALINFEZEHAI

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Bend don’t break y’all. With your fave @ju1ie_oye

A photo posted by CHRISTINA NWABUGO (@bynwabugo) on

@BYNWABUGO

 

That rounds off the list this time around.

Are there any fav’s that you think should be featured on the next list? Leave them in the comment section below.

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10 Free Sans-Serif Fonts for Your Next Project

10 Free Sans-Serif Fonts for Your Next Project

Typefaces speak volumes.

If you’ve been using dated sans-serif fonts in your projects, no worries, I’m here with an update. The right typeface can take your design from basic to fabulous.

Today, I’m sharing ten of my favorite free sans-serif typefaces—I especially love using these for minimalist designs.

 

Geo Sans Light

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Arcon

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Walkway

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Homizio

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Steiner

Download Here

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Aqua

Download Here

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Axis

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District Thin

Download Here

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Montserrat

Download Here

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Aovel Sans

Download Here

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Do you have any other free sans serif font favorites?

Share them below.