Things That Gave Us Life: The '#SolangeWedding' Edition
Words: mater mea
Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.
Singer Solange Knowles' wedding won every possible superlative one could attach to weddings, style, photography, and love when pictures from her New Orleans wedding to video producer Alan Ferguson started filling up everyone's newsfeed and timelines last Sunday.
We loved the impeccable style and thoughtful touches (the baby's breath Beyoncé placed lovingly in Solange's fro, the white bicycles the bride and groom rode to the ceremony) seen throughout this week. Not even Solange's reported allergic reaction to seafood could stop her on her big day: two hours and a dose of Benadryl later, she was ready to blow everyone away again with her choreographed dance to "No Flex Zone" with her son Daniel Julez.
Solange's wedding also gave us life because it highlighted the incredible talents of photographer Rog Walker. (He took the vast majority of the photos you've seen over the week, including that badass wedding party picture.) We've been incredibly fortunate to have Rog photograph a few of our past mater mea moms and families: CNN executive Geraldine Moriba (pictured above), sommelier Judia Black, National Urban League's Zuhirah Khaldun-Diarra, and etiquette expert Inga Watkins.
Our forever girl crush ballerina Misty Copeland is getting a reality TV show on Oxygen! "In the show, prospectively titled The Misty Copeland Project," the Huffington Post reports, "Copeland serves as a guide to a group of talented and diverse amateur dancers trying to make it in New York. Think America's Next Top Model meets Center Stage." Now see this is the type of reality television programming we want to see more of.
There's a lot of ugliness in the world today, but stories like this give us hope. Seven-year-old violinist Leah Flynn of Sanford, Florida wants to bring peace and happiness to Ferguson, Missouri—the town rocked by the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson—with her music.
"In her eyes she believes that she can create some sort of change in the atmosphere down there," her mother Paula Flynn told local station WOFL. For more of Leah's story and to hear her play, visit the Root.
- The New York Times breakdown of Thanksgiving recipes inspired by all 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico) makes us hungry—and even more excited for our favorite holiday.
- This Daniel Wellington watch is on our Christmas wishlist (hint, hint!) for being so masculine and feminine at the same time.
- Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) has a new project: a biopic of singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. McQueen will be partnering with Henry Belafonte to tell Robeson's story.
- Erstwhile fashion magazine Pop'Africana is back as a zine. The first issue is devoted to hair, and the photos are gorgeous in their extreme detail. (h/t Fly)