The Fighter

When I hopped off the plane at LGA, I knew that I was in for something special. As the freezing air ate away the warmth in my finger tips  and my bones suddenly felt more fragile than ever, I felt hope for the first time in a while.

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Update: Holy Moly!

Is this thing still on?

I’ve been away and there’s a reason for that. I’m going to be an intern with Entertainment Weekly in New York. Let me repeat that – I AM GOING TO BE A FULL TIME PAID INTERN FOR ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY IN NEW YORK CITY. (Okay, not exactly repeating but still!) For a Florida native with a background in English, that’s a big deal!

So with a very small savings account and big dreams, I’m packing up my bags and moving. I’ve had people tell me how crazy this is but at the end of the day – I gotta do it. It’s my foot in the door. I’m doing it!

And as I make this major change in my life, I’m thinking about my time in Florida as well. I’ve made great friends and had some awesome times but now it’s time to move on.

New year. New journey. I’m ready!

My wish: Ferguson

My wish is for people to keep in mind the concerns of what people of color might be saying on your timeline. These issues didn’t just pop out of thin air. There is a problem with racism still prevalent in this country and the only way we can move forward is to address these issues and stop trying to invalidate people’s concerns.

Statements like “all cops are bad” and “those people are thugs” are detrimental and have no place in an open discussion for progress.

I also hope that when someone makes a racist comment, you speak up. When someone refers to black men as “thugs” you speak up. When a person of color says “I am angry,” you try to understand why instead of talking over them. I ask that you be as open as you can and to educate yourself as much as possible.

And keep in mind that silence and ignorance is in compliance with the status quo. Equality comes from addressing these issues and working to find a solution, not trying to sweep them under the rug or reverting to name-calling.

Cotton’s 24-Hour Runway Show

In celebration of the Miami Beach’s centennial, Cotton Inc. presented the  “24 Hour Runway Show” Nov. 7-8 on South Beach to break the Guinness World Record for “Longest Fashion Show.” The event was open to the public and featured Giuliana and Bill Rancic from “E! News” as hosts.

Additional hosts included Jason Kennedy from “E! News” and Michael Yo from “The Insider, ” with special performances by Jason Derulo, Trey Smith, Fantine, DJ Irie and Olivia Palermo.

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Iggy Pop – Punk Icon Turned Designer

He’s conquered the music world and now punk icon Iggy Pop is stepping into the world of fashion. In collaboration with Sailor Jerry Clothing, the legendary musician launched “The Flash Collection by Iggy Pop” Oct. 22 at the Garret in Miami. The event featured delicious cocktails with Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum and a special performance from The Jacuzzi Boys.

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The Jacuzzi Boys

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