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Things That Gave Us Life: The "We Want That Home" Edition

J. Quazi King for  mater mea

J. Quazi King for mater mea

Things That Gave Us Life: The "We Want That Home" Edition

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Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.

Past mater mea mom Nasozi Kakembo is a woman of many talents. We're obsessed with her line of African wax print and mudcloth home goods, Origins Style by Nasozi, and her sense of style is very model-off-duty fabulous. She's now combining her two loves as a contributing photographer for Apartment Therapy, giving us renters some serious home envy. Check out some of the beautiful homes she's snapped for the site (our personal favorite is "Kai and Dan's Lovingly Restored Brownstone Flat").

Just saw the trailer for the Ava DuVernay helmed "Selma," the Martin Luther King biopic, and had so many feelings. If the trailer is any indication, this movie has Oscar written all over it.

  • Our love affair with Erykah Badu is pretty well documented, and this week her Facebook posts gave us even more reasons to respect her fresh: She wrote a very loving birthday message to her mother that gave credit where credit was due, and posted a sweet video of her and her daughters covering Colbie Caillat's love yourself anthem "Try." 
  • "Beyond the Lights"–Gina Prince-Bythewood's latest movie, which follows the love story of a cop and pop singer on the brink of stardom / emotional collapse–comes out today! We can't wait to see it.
  • "You have these dreams... Dreams without goals remain dreams, and ultimately fuel disappointment. Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency." Denzel Washington schools us all in this moving speech to a group of young actors. (h/t My Brown Baby)
  • Black students are suspended at a higher rate than white students–three times higher to be exact. Minneapolis superintendent Bernadeia Johnson decided to get to the bottom of this trend in her own school system by "enact[ing] a new policy where every non-violent suspension of a Black, Hispanic, or American Indian student will now be reviewed by her office before they are approved," Atlanta Black Star reported. We think we can all agree that the only word for this news is "Yes."
  • If you're not following Columbia University grad student Amy Sall on Instagram, do it now. Then head over to to read an interview in which she breaks down her impeccable style, which has been informed by her Senagalese roots.
  • Robin Wilson, the founder of an incredibly successful line of allergy and asthma-friendly home goods, gave us some great advice that we think everyone should hear again:

    As a black woman, there have been moments when people doubt me and have put doubt in my mind. They might wonder how I got a particular job or they might say, “Do you really think you can do that?” However, I think sometimes being underestimated is the best position to be [in] because you know what you can accomplish and they don’t. You just have to work to achieve that. Being a black woman is an advantage, not a disadvantage. People remember you when you do a great job.