For the Culture...
If it's For the Culture... it's for Us!! We don't Define Culture by Geography or Color... or by Language or Area Codes - we Define Our Culture EVERYDay when We quote Lyrics from Our Favorite Artist... in the Intellect of a spontaneous conversation with a Friend about the current Economy.... in the Passion of a Friendly argument about Who's the Best Player in the League or Who's the Best Rapper in the Game at the moment. Our Culture is defined Each Time We put together a Fly Outfit comprised of Apparel You may have Picked based on Trend, or Budget, or Your Mood at the Moment .... Each Time we Incorporate a little Piece of All of the Things that make Us - Who We Are. in our day-to-day Routine
If you like to Keep your Ear to what's Going On....Here is Where You can Keep Up.... Everything We talk about Here is.... For the Culture!!
Plenty of Pink
If there is one Color that you don't have to question whether or not it's going to be right for the Season or the Occasion - is Pink! Everyone from designers like Valentino draping Queen Naomi in a couture gown... to Superstars like Pharrell in Chanel.. know this is the Year's Color Favorite.
Cardi B was on the West Coast looking luscious in her candy Pink pumps, paired with her vintage Chanel sweater and bag! Fab never disappoints. and always gives us OG New York swag.... while our girl Latto is giving the real chick from the South - soft era look.
No matter how you decide to pair your pink this season or this year - own the look and have fun with it.
This year's fashion has been refreshing... in the sense that many of the pieces for women have been a real statement - Power Suits!! Beginning with Our Forever First Lady - Michelle Obama.... who set the bar when she stepped out at a speaking engagement in an all white Balmain: Power Suit by Olivier Reusting. The loose fitting, pocketed pants with a contoured blazer.... was the statement of all statements for women - we are able to be soft while still being powerful and always ready!
Then Fashion week happened and we were reminded again of the Power we possess and the Power of a Good Suit!! Teyana Taylor looked absolutely Executive when she stepped out in a Thom Browne suit.... with Anna Wintour looking divine as usual in her long coat and signature bob. Listen... Brilliant Girls Link Up just wants to let the ladies know that it's okay to own your power and look exquisite while doing it.... Get Into It!
B.M.F. came back Strong - with a cast that we all Enjoy watching their characters develop. 50 Cent is a true businessman - and is doing a real t.v. takeover with all that he has on the screen and in production.
And all the way from the West Coast... we are looking forward to the return of Snowfall in the final season of one of our favorite shows - we are Ready to see how Franklin handles the Heat this season is going to bring.
snowfall - final season
One of our favorite videos that popped up on TikTok and caught our attention - is "Her Melanin Poppin' " from Starringo and Drey Stylez! We Love the concept and message of the song - Salute to y;all for SHowing Love
Tell.. Tell Signs of a Changing Economy
There is so much going on in the World - things that are harder to understand or explain as the seasons pass. In the midst of the constant changes (more so increases) in prices on Everything from eggs, to gas prices.. we should not miss that one of the major car dealers in the country is doing quite the opposite.
Tesla has cut the selling price for a few of it models in thus far in the first quarter of the year. Model 3 and Model Y Teslas are among the models going for as much as $5000 less than the average new car on the market. We just thought we'd share that bit of information with our readers; your dream car may not be as expensive as you thought it would be.
Super Bowl Babyyyyyy!!!!!!
The 2023 Super Bowl was memorable indeed - and B.G.L.U. is here for it!! There was much to discuss from the opening of the Game when Ms. Sheryl Lee Ralph sang the National Black Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing"! to the headline story of the Kelce brothers playing against one another for the championship! There was much excitement building up for weeks about this year's Super Bowl.... and we were not disappointed because there was not only entertainment and sportsmanship - but there was history made.
When the Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes to the field on Sunday February 12th, 2023.. they were stepping into their very own moments of greatness and history. Hurts and Mahomes were the first black quarterback to face off in an NFL Super Bowl game! But as we know the final word that matters most at the end of everyn season - is who holds the title; and while Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles came to Play.... Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs came to Win!! CONGRATULATIONS to the Chiefs for taking the CHampionship Title home!
Even in the middle of the most watched game on television each year... Rihanna managed to steal the show and not by herself. She not only performed for the first time in seven years... but she also took to the World stage to announce the expecting of her and ASAP Rocky's second child. After the show ended - there was more to see with the release of the Beauty Mogul's covering British Vogue - with her King and the handsome little Prince in tow.
Rih Rih - here at B.G.L.U. we are so happy for you.. Keep Shining Bright like a Diamond mama.
THROWING DEUCES UP TO DUSSE'
In Case you missed it.... JayZ is still out here making King moves - and making money. In the early part of February - Dusse' announced that the partners had agreed to a deal in which HOV would receive $750 Million to sell a large part of his stake in the company. We can pop a bottle of Ace of Spade to that!!!
NBA Players and Fans had a chance to enjoy some fun during the 2023 All-Star Weekend in Utah. Lots of stars were out - but the Players were just out there having a good time! The three point contest with G-League player Mac McClung was exciting to watch... and LeBron and Giannis had some interesting draft picks. Jayson Tatum still ended up being the Most Valuable Player of the game - and if you watched the game at all - you don't have to ask why!
People's Champ : Tobe & Fat Nwigwe
Brilliant Girls Link Up wants to recognize Tobe and Fat Nwigwe as this issue's People's Champs!! There re so many reasons to honor this beautiful couple as the People's Champs - but the one that stands out the most - is exactly what sets them a part in the industry,,,, their Authenticity! From the beginning of Tobe's career.. he has been adamant about the importance of Family and staying true to who is is and where he comes from.
This year Tobe and Fat started the year with Grammy nomination announcements.. and although they did not win - it was commendable to see how they took the loss in stride and showed gratitude for the environment that they were in and the amazing people that they met. Salute to you Tobe and Fat from B.G. L.U. for being who you are and for showing us that there is beauty in our blackness, impact born from individuality and Family is still Over Everything!!
HU$TLERS & HEROES
We have not quite made it through the first quarter of the year.. and there is no question that we might as well plan to see Jonathan Majors all over the screen this year!! After spending much of his childhood in Texas.. and getting into some trouble as a young man.- he attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts He was able to get into smaller roles after graduating but his career would take off sooner than later. Jonathan burst on the scene with film performances such as "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" back in 2019.. and followed up with films such as "The Harder They Fall" in 2021. He has been the the recipient of numerous awards - and has plenty more work in the making.
In 2023 - Jonathan Majors has a starring role in a Marvel film, The Ant Man and the Wasp; in addition to playing a lead in the highly anticipated sequel "Creed" - alongside MIchael B. Jordan. The actor is all over the big screen - but seems to enjoy staying off the scene if it is not work.. and we can respect that. We have to give Mr. Majors the "Hu$tler and Hero"award fin this Issue of B.G.L.U..... wee see you working hard.