Friday, May 28, 2010

Nomad•ness Eps. 8: Taj Mahal

Nomad•ness Episode 8 takes us to the mecca of India, and one of the World Wonders, the Taj Mahal. This one monument was the whole reason this trip was planned in the first place. Join us as we deviate off the intended itinerary and end up in the desert on top camels...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Will and Jada Wisdom: a relationship business plan...

In a world of oversexed, overexposed, readily extinguished love affairs, marriages, and relationships, I have still held fast to the concept of the power couple. After not being in a relationship for the better part of the last five years, I find myself now trying to cultivate the roots to establish a power relationship of my own.

Three of my favorite people, two of which make up my proclaimed power couple (Will, Jada, and Oprah) were on Oprah discussing the approach they have taken to achieve a 12 year strong marriage, with three children, and envious careers.

My followers know I turn to Will for personal insight as well, but nothing beats their relationship knowledge.

Watch this clip from Oprah as they speak on the creation of their relationship business plan...I dig it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Profile: Akira-Adel

Who is Akira Adel? (Teaser) from Jinesis on Vimeo.

Akira-Adel Profile
Writer. Video/Photo Editor: Evierobbie
Photos: EMA Photography
Coordinator: Jinesis
Location: HK Nightclub NYC

Some may argue that the world doesn't create women as it used to. With the recent passing of the likes of Lena Horne there’s a void presented by women whose legacies were based on a mix of class and spark, work ethic and dignity, a fighting spirit and natural beauty. Times have changed. Yet, the factors that produce the prototype of this type of woman branch through generations. Even Janelle Monae’s anticipated “Android” album gives a glimpse into the future, while preserving the rooted attributes of the past, within the performer. This is precisely what gives model, and entrepreneur, Akira-Adel her edge over the industry proclaimed competition.
A New Yorker, with both African-American and Greek ethnicity, Akira was born exotic. Currently represented by House of Dolls Management, she is best noted for her underground runway strut, infectious smile, high-fashion portfolio, magazine spreads, music videos, and work as a Bubble Girl background dancer for Raye 6. She’s got her hands in it all, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
From the age of fourteen, Akira’s unknowing fixation with the world of makeup would be the gatekeeper to her presently budding modeling career. As an adolescent she’d stalk the counters of MAC and study the ins and outs of makeup application and timing. This created a love that would bloom into a huge career asset during the production of runway shows and photo shoots.
Acquiring a fashion design degree from the Art Institute, the education aspect wasn’t left to dwindle on MAC countertops in Macy’s. Akira made it her business, to understand the business of fashion. Her relentless quest for hands on knowledge has put her in the position of model, make-up artist, and even show producer. She has a vision people trust.
Akira has the versatility to be the face of your brand, make-up artist for your talent, and producer for your runway show. That packaging is what she looks to catapult her career to the next, international, level. Within minutes of conversation, it’s apparent that Akira’s sights are going to require a passport. She’s currently searching for the right network connection to get her abroad, and shopped to modeling agencies outside the United States, with a personal emphasis on Asian markets.
Akira can be seen in Spaceball Magazine, the Bubble Girls calendar (months January, April, and August), the Shade of Black female art project, and music videos for both Scenario and Alejandro Sanz’s video featuring Alicia Keys titled “Looking For Paradise.” On a performance basis, she can be seen on stage with the ever eclectic, Raye 6.
For Booking Akira-Adel: Contact Rachel Seigel at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lena Horne: Remembering a Legend

Class. Beauty. Love. Angelic Voice. Enjoy the old video of 'Stormy Weather'.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I'm back in NYC, after an amazing weekend in South/North Carolina. To be specific, I'm keyless, trying to get into my apartment, stuck in the corridor between my front door and the prison gate the leads to my actual apartment. Waiting and thinking...remembering my house has wireless.

In this empty hallway, I understand how full this weekend was. Many times I wanted to write through my journey, but felt the need to really be in it. Video footage was taken, and Nomad•ness will have a future treat for sure.

I am proud to have watched my younger sister accept her first college degree. Furman University, and their self-righteous crowd were blown to bits at the applause my family designated just for her. Donning an Africa cutout on her cap, Sarafina is officially a college graduate.

I haven't been down South in years. I believe the last time, I was dating Reg, and anyone who knows me personally knows that one has been done a long time ago. In reality it's been about six years. Six years since I've seen the old land plantations, heard that southern drawl I mimic certain family members for acquiring, since last witnessing the big bellies and fried heart attacks served on plates at restaurants, and most importantly since seeing my grandfather.

My roots in the South run deep. With my father as the unofficial family (and Black History) historian I've always been very aware of my ancestry. Down the street from my grandfather's home is the family cemetery. It acquired this label for generation after generation of Robinson and Brevard occupants.

Yesterday afternoon, my sister, grandmother, aunt, and I all drove down the street and walked through the tombstones of my great grandparents, great uncles, great aunts, and great cousins to name a few. This burial ground houses many of my relatives born in the late 1800's. It's not big, but it's well known.

Along with the cemetery, the road my grandfather lives on is jokingly called Robinson Road. Literally, an entire street, leading to that cemetery, is housed with my relatives, in some way, shape, or form. Our roots go deep...

But this particular weekend was not about the men. It was the women. From my sister being the honoree of the day, to Mother's Day, the women were the powerhouses of this weekend. Within the safe confines of the female discussion, I learned many things about my family that I didn't previously know. Some of the trails were worse than I imagined, while the triumphs were praised. My sister and I are only the second generation in our family....all those roots, to go to college. A particularly poignant moment for my grandmother who looked on as, this year, Furman also announced the 50th anniversary of the class of 1960. As one would imagine, there wasn't an African-American face in that crowd. During this visit, I learned a lot about my grandmother...her loss, decisions, and strength. This woman I've always been close too, amazes me more.

So I'm back. As per usual, trips to the South always mold me immediately after. With this trip so soon after returning from abroad, I now not only have a sense of the world but also my roots...

Friday, May 7, 2010


You are supposed to do at least one thing, everyday, that scares you.
What is the one thing you could do to test yourself, define yourself, push yourself, right now?
I am at a point in my life where I am aware of the preparation I'm enduring in order to be able to approach the opportunities that will set me up for the rest of my life.
The rest of my life...such an vast time frame.
Everything is happening as it should. The Universe is helping to shape me and direct me as to where I'm supposed to be. My eyes and energy are wide open.