Restoration Rocks Music Festival

October 8, 2011
12PM -5PM

Save the Date for our premier presenting event, Restoration Rocks on October 8, 2011. Entering its fifth year, Restoration Rocks is a FREE day-long music concert of some of the most dynamic emerging and established artists performing on the Brooklyn stage. Artist line up for 2011 will be announced soon. Restoration Rocks is a part of the Bed Stuy Alive events.  Click here for a list of Bed Stuy Alive Events!

Live Performances by
Idle Warship (Talib Kweli & Res)
Pharoahe Monach
and many more!

Special Appearance by
Brooklyn Philharmonic
Featuring Mos Def

Past Artists

Tamar- Kali
Jean Grae
Cubic Zirconia
DJ Remarkable

Toshi Reagon and BIG Lovely
Blitz the Ambassador
John Forte
Jesse Boyking
Qool DJ Marv
Hard Hittin’ Harry

Manchild Black
Tamar- Kali
DJ Rainy

Red Lights to RIO
Tamar- Kali
Martha Redbone
Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe
Shrine for the Black Madonna
Game Rebellion
DJ Rainy
Dubstin Brothers

Restoration Rocks 2010 from Clarisa James on Vimeo.


I Get Faded @jackflawless

“I get faded baby, watch the line-up, ain’t it crazy baby”

I Get Faded (Official Music Video)

Featuring Jack Flawless 

Produced by: Boi-1da

Directed by: Chuck Ortiz

Jack Flawless did good on this one, I’ve been listening to it ever since it landed in my inbox. What do you think????

Thanks to Marvin for sharing this with us!

Make sure you download The Flawless Files!

peace and love



Review: New @Facebook Timeline

The other night I began telling my roommate about my Cover Photo on Facebook’s new Timeline (which I got early through the developers’ page) and was met with a blank stare…

She’s pretty up on things, so I was surprised that she hadn’t heard about the major changes to FB, which are set to launch publicly some time this month (exact date is unknown due to FB’s ongoing court battle with

Many people may have thought the recent changes to the News Feed and the addition of the real-time “ticker” that began rolling out on September 20 were the extent to what FB had in store for us–but indeed, our friends at FB have much bigger plans up their sleeves!

The new Timeline is a completely redesigned FB page, which chronologically lists all your activity on FB since you joined and even allows you to fill in your life story all the way from birth (in case you have a massive amount of idle time on your hands).

At first I was annoyed when I heard the news.  Who is FB to dredge up the past several years of my life and put it on display for all to see?  But after perusing my new Timeline, I was pleased with my relatively conservative ways on FB–basically, I’ve never posted anything I wouldn’t want my friends, family, “not-my-real-friends,” and colleagues to see, anyway!

However, if perhaps you were an over-sharer and one point and have since tightened up your sharing habits, you might have a bit of cleanup to do once you get the new Timeline!

I really like the Cover Photo, which is a combination of your profile photo and a larger cover photo.  This allows increased creativity and options for personalizing your page. Mashable recently highlighted some really cool Covers Photos.

And here’s mine!

If you’re an early adopter, you’ll have to do it by hand, but I’m sure that within a couple weeks of the public launch there will be tons of Cover Photo generators to do the work for you.

Overall, I think the new Timeline is pretty cool.  It has a neat, sleek layout and it was actually quite nice to take a stroll down memory lane.  It is a little more complicated, but you do have control over the privacy settings for just about every individual post (and settings from your current page do not change with the new Timeline).

What are your thoughts?  Does anyone have the new Timeline?  If so, feel free to share a link to your Cover Photo in the comments section.


kisses, Olisa




Why I Love @LanaDelRey

Indie-beauty Lana Del Rey is getting ready for her hits, ‘Video Games’ and ‘Blue Jeans,’ to be released on October 9. Lizzy Grant, her real name, has influences such as Nina Simone, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and many more.

Have you seen her hit YouTube video?

The smoky sounding singer became a star online when she posted her music video. Growing up in Lake Placid, NY, Lana Del Rey has made a place for herself in the world. Remember the name and voice ‘cause this girl isn’t going anywhere.

‘Follow’ Lana Del Rey on Twitter and ‘Like’ her on Facebook.


R.I.P. Steve Jobs


“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.”

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”


Don’t settle. Steve Jobs digitialized music. He changed the music industry forever. He was a buddhist, a music fiend, and a humanitarian. He was 56, a college drop out, with a passion for minimal design. He was survived by his wife and immediate family. He died peacefully but with complications from his pancreatic cancer.


RIP Steve Jobs – you’ll be remembered forever


E.L.F. Mineral Makeup Brushes Review

I recently purchased brushes from @eyeslipsface‘s Mineral Makeup line. I got the All-over Eyeshadow Brush, Contour Brush, Blending Eye Brush, and Angled Blush Brush. Their website describes them to be:

“This antibacterial Taklon bristled brush is 100% cruelty free, luxuriously soft and can be used with wet or dry products and is ideal for e.l.f. Natural Mineral Makeup. The natural and sustainable bamboo handle fits ergonomically in your hand for comfort and precise application. The recycled Ferrule is eco-friendly for guilt free beauty. Because beautifying yourself and the world is a beautiful thing!”

I must say I’m actually a bit disappointed with these brushes. They’re $5 a piece which is more than their Essential AND Studio brushes. The bristles are pretty soft but don’t apply product amazingly (their cheaper Studio line brushes are better, in my opinion.) For the eye brushes I got, they’re all shaped about the same as my professional brushes except the feeling when you drag them over your fingertips or on your eyelids don’t feel the same. I can’t quite put my finger on how to describe it. I think these brushes remind me more of soft craft and painting brushes rather than makeup brushes.

The All-over Eyeshadow brush was probably my least favorite of the bunch. I found that I had to apply more layers of shadow in order to get the color payoff I wanted. Sweeping the brush gave you a pretty even sheer color depending on the eyeshadow you used. I would say pressing the brush on to your lid would result in better color payoff. Overall I felt that even for the price of this brush, there’s way better ones out there even from their Studio collection.

The Contour Brush, to me, is just like a large pencil brush. It’s usage is described to be for “detailed contouring and blending in the crease and corners of the eye” but maybe because I have relatively small lids and an even smaller crease area (because I’m asian) it doesn’t really work for me. I tried applying my outer corner color with my regular pencil brush and blending with the Contour brush and it seemed to do the job. It’s got a stiffer point than the Blending brush but it works.

The Blending Eye Brush was my favorite of the eye brushes I purchased. It’s the softest of the brushes and does a good job of blending. I actually found good use of it to apply my darker outer corner color as well. I like to dip it in a bit of color like a black or brown and spin the brush between my fingers on the outer corner of my eye to get a soft but opaque color (then blend out the edges of course).

The Angled Blush Brush was pretty good actually. It picked up color pretty well and distributed product evenly. Comparing it to my Essence of Beauty double ended Blush and Powder brush, I actually think this brush is better (even though it doesn’t have a powder brush side). Given my Essence of Beauty Blush and Powder brush is really old now it didn’t stand up as well as my Essence of Beauty Foundation/Concealer brush or my Eyeshadow/Blending brush. The reason I think the E.L.F. Angled Blush Brush will stand up better is because the bristles seem to be softer than the Essence of Beauty one and with good care and washing, should last you a while.

Overall I still prefer professional makeup brushes over these E.L.F. Mineral brushes any day! These brushes took time to get used to and just didn’t apply product as good as I’d hope. I’m not saying E.L.F. brushes are a no go in general though. I happen to really love a few of their Studio brushes (which I will review when I get to it :)) I do think that these brushes are not the top brushes from E.L.F. and for being brushes for Mineral makeup, I’m not quite sure how these would apply mineral makeup better than regular makeup. I would think that if these brushes aren’t AMAZING at applying regular makeup, they most likely won’t give you the greatest color payoff or the look you desire with minerals. I have not tried these brushes with mineral makeup yet but if you have let me know how it works for you.

If you’re into the cruelty-free and recycled part of the brushes I’d definitely say try these. These would probably be good brushes to use for a few months and replace and with the affordable prices you can definitely replace them as often as you want. I recommend replaces brushes especially face brushes every few months for those with acne or problem skin (bacteria lives and grows in your makeup and makeup brushes, reusing dirty brushes just spreads around the acne/problem causing bacteria).

Find these brushes and the rest of E.L.F.’s products online or at your local Target!

xo, June 🙂

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