For many, the most wonderful time of the year is also a season of excess. We go, do, and consume, in lavish form, for the sake of acquiescing to customs of holiday cheer. In this issue, AIF is exploring what’s
Like a Jodeci freestyle, the 90s are back. During Fashion Week, designers in Paris, New York, London and Milan unveiled collections inspired by the decade’s mix of grudge and uncomplicated androgyny.
When it comes to the natural hair movement, I feel like a fake cousin. I’m part of the family, but my connection to it always requires some type of explanation. Though a chemical relaxer has not touched my scalp for
For her legion of little monsters, Lady Gaga has served as a beacon of progressive thought and a unabashed champion of the underdog. On the eve of ARTPOP’s dawn, this stance has landed her in polarizing, yet familiar territory. Days
In New York City, there has been much talk about the changing face of Brooklyn. From odes to old neighborhoods to the debate around the Barclays Center to analyses of hipsters in Williamsburg, gentrification seems to be a running theme,
Written by Donald Conley. When I was a kid, I didn’t believe my parents loved each other. I never considered some ultra negative alternative but the relationship was void of public affection. It was what it was. Two grown ups
With the return of Justin Timberlake to the mic, there’s been an unspoken, media-induced rivalry between Mr. “Mirrors” and fellow purveyor of blue-eyed soul, Robin Thicke. Though that’s quite the trite phrase, JT and Thicke represent a small sect of
What will satisfy you? What keeps you from wanting more? How much is enough? Visual artist Wangechi Mutu asks these questions, and more, through her short film, The End of eating Everything. Santigold stars in the animated short as
One of the few benefits of being black is that I get to skip the line at church. Every Sunday, without fail, there are at least two dozen people lined up at any Harlem church I decide to attend.
The first day of winter isn’t until December 21st. But as soon as fall brings crisper weather, and activities become confined to indoor hangouts like game and movie nights, you start to hear a lot about “cuffing season.” Or, at