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The Vyne Must Do List: Black History Month


Photo Courtesy of the Atlanta History Center

It’s Black History Month, the month that we celebrate and remember people from the African Diaspora who have made the greatest impact on our country. Below we share some “must do” events this month in a city near you:


Must Watch:
40th NAACP Image Awards, Feb 26th

Must Do in Atlanta:

Atlanta History Center exhibit, “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” (through April 25th)

Fine Art + Fashion event for National Black Arts Festival, Thursday, February 25

Must Do in Chicago:
Freedom’s Sisters exhibit at DuSable Museum (through April 4th)

Must Do in Dallas:
Haute Africa Fashion Week, February 24th – 28th

Jazz Saxaphonist Tom Braxton at the Dallas Museum of Art, February 18th

Must Do in DC:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site: Celebrating Frederick Douglass’ 192 birthday, February 14, 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Must Do in LA:
Celebrating Black History Month Event at the California African American Museum, February 7th

Must Do in New York:
Harlem Opera Theater Concert, February 26th
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Basie and the Blues, Feb. 11 – 13

Must Do in Philadelphia:

Finding the Children of Slaves: A Generation’s Untold Story
Monday, February 22 at the National Constitution Center

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The Vyne Reader Spotlight: Rakia Reynolds


Rakia Reynolds of Skai Blue Media

This week’s Vyne Weekly Reader Spotlight is Rakia Reynolds. Besides being our producer extraordinaire and one of the most fashionable people we know, Rakia is a talented woman on the move! Get to know her below:

Name: Rakia Reynolds         

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Roles you play in life: I am a wife, mother of 2 (soon to be 3), daughter, oldest sister of 3 girls; President of Philadelphia Women in Film & Television; Secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of NAMIC; Director of Public Relations at Skai Blue Media; Business Consultant to some of the cities most thriving businesses; Fashion Ambassador of GPTMC, Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation/ Philly 360 campaign.

Hobbies: This is always a funny question to me :o) I don’t really have hobbies anymore. My life is consumed with work and family. When I am not working, I am playing mommy and wife to my family. There are brief moments that I would consider my hobbies to be finding great vintage finds, SHOPPING, and styling!   

Education: I graduated with a degree in Marketing and International Business from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University.

What is the last movie you saw?:  I just TRIED the 3D experience of A Christmas Carol with my children… When one of the ghosts who visited Ebenezer Scrooge jaw fell off while he was talking, my husband and I quickly grabbed our children and decided that a park outing would be more appropriate.

What is your favorite TV show?: Since I rarely have time to watch TV, my only options are Sunday evenings. I’m embarrassed to say that I am currently into Desperate Housewives, DESPITE their lack of brown woman representation on the show 😦

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: SUNSHOWER, by Dr. Buzzard and The Original Savannah Band

What is your favorite travel destination?: In a perfect world, I’d say Paris or The Virgin Islands, but for now, I’ll say Miami because IT IS NY on water

What beauty product can’t you live without?: I most certainly without a doubt cannot live without my concealer and mascara

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: usually resort to retail therapy OR more often call my daddyJ

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: I am not really inspired by any current celebs fashion except for Mrs. Obama’s undeniable and detailed look, but I have always been intrigued with the wardrobes of Cyndi Lauper & Madonna,

What is your favorite restaurant?: As a foodie, I have no favorites. However I adore Canoe in Atlanta, Gotham in NYC, Touch in Miami, and Olivier’s in New Orleans

What words do you live by?: No weapon formed against me shall prosper

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Philly Swim Club Kicks Kids Out Of Pool


(Photo Courtesy of nbcphiladelphia.com) Dymire Baylor

(Photo Courtesy of nbcphiladelphia.com) Dymire Baylor

If you live in Philadelphia then chances are you’ve heard about the group of 6o inner-city youth (black and hispanic) from the Creative Steps Day Camp who were recently kicked out of the exclusive Valley Swim Club just outside of Philadelphia. The children reported hearing patrons of the club make racist remarks.  Regarding why the children were kicked out, club President, John Duesler, had this to say: “there was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club”. The club patrons say it was a safety issue but the children say otherwise. Check out the video for the full story and let us know what you think.

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