Hilarious Repost: Awesomely Luvvie #BLAXIT

In the wake of police involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas last veer kid, tension has been high between the #BlackLivesMatter supporters and the #AllLivesMatter supporters. Some of these tensions have even led to separations of friendships and family. But what would happen if Black people REALLY exited American society??? A blogger I love, Awesomely Luvvie, has penned this hilarious discussion about what would happen if there were a #BLAXIT (Black Exit). Enjoy this comic relief!!

#BLAXIT: More Things We’re Taking With Us If We Leave

Keep it #PopStyle
~Ashlee Dawne

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#DadAdvice…lessons taught through #PapaPope words

My dad is by far the best living man I have ever known- he is the standard for which all men are judged.  Some people say we look alike, have the same facial expressions, mannerisms, and blunt honesty.  So in honor of my dad and Father’s Day, I am giving a shout out to my favorite #PopStyle father… the one and only Mr. Eli Pope from the hit TV show #Scandal!!  I have compared my father to #PapaPope since he first appeared on the show in 2013.  And through the use of gifs and pics, you will see the #DadAdvice taught to me by my father, yet eloquently put by #PapaPope….. Enjoy!

Dont Fight the Law:  I tried to go up against my dad one time when I was 16…. 1 time… 1 time!!  Let’s just say I tried to fight the law, my life flashed before me, and the law (my dad) definitely won. 

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A Little Fear Has Never Hurt Anyone:  When I saw this pivotal scene in Scandal season 3, I was 100% positive of 2 things: 1)  I have had this conversation with my dad in some way, shape, or form  2) I believed that is #PapaPope’s  could be the hell and the high water, then so could my father.     hell-or-high-waterMy brother and I have always said that we were not chastised by our parents a lot because we lived under a “healthy sense of fear.”  And as a grown woman living 2 states away from her parents, I still live under that “healthy sense of fear.”  

Work For it!!: My dad is the epitome of hard work (borderline workaholic).  But his relentless determination to simultaneously be in self-practice as a medical doctor for 32 years, a full time pastor fpapa pope 4or 16 years, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a support system to others, as well as, be a professional body builder, amateur landscape artist, tap dance learning, Muay Thai instructing, grill master, and all other endeavors he sets his mind to do is beyond motivating and inspiring. Continue reading

How to Get Ready for a Beyonce Concert

Im going to the Beyonce #FormationWorldTour on tomorrow (Friday June 10th) in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium with my diva ace/sister Arica.  And when I tell you I am STOKED!!!  I have been thinking about this concert for weeks!  It has kept me going through the 2nd half of my school semester!  Im about to be all #Yonced out!!  So here’s how I’ve been getting ready…

  1. GLOAT!!:  I randomly found a way to slip it in casual conversation that Im going to a Beyonce concert. For example, one said conversation went like this:

           Coworker Friend: Im so mad I cant go to Beyonce friday
           Me: Girl that concert is about to be lit!!  Im so excited!!
           Coworker:  (eye roll) (side eye) (overall hate look)
           Me: Sorry girl.  It probably wont be that good.  But then again it probably will. Shrug

2.  Outfit Selection:  I have gone through multiple outfit scenarios in my mind and have even tried some on.  My sister has sent 4 possible outfits herself for review. Shoot I even spent 2 hours at the mall looking for which Yonce I wanted to be!!  Do I wanna be Party Yonce?  Diva Yonce? XO Yonce?  Partition Yonce? Hold Up Yonce? Halo Yonce? 7/11 Yonce? Formation Yonce?  AAAAAHAHHHHHH!!!

3.  #Earworms and #Eargams:  Beyonce’s music has been on repeat all day and will continue to be so for the 48 hours (yes this means after the concert is over.  That way I can relive the moments on stage)

4.  Bye Family Pics:  I am known for running out of space on phone for having too many videos and pictures.  BUT NOT THIS TIME!!  I am erasing EVERY photo that could be deemed replaceable, unnecessary, bad lighting, or have “aquaintances” in the pic rather than real friends.  Sorry Charlie…. you’re out.. Beyonce is in!

5.  Glamourize yourself:  This stage cant take place until the day of the concert because it includes your hair style, nail polish game, accessory selection, and final outfit touches.  I’ll keep you posted on this.

So for all of you going to the concert, or have been, or will be going…. LET’S GET IN FORMATION!!!!

~Ashlee Dawne
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I salute my #PopMoms on Mother’s Day

The world just celebrated Mother’s Day ….. so happy belated Mother’s Day!!  I honored my own mother through a card, a prayer, a facebook/instagram post, a phone call, and some well wishes (I’ll make it up to her I swear).  All mothers are deserving of our love and honor…. and this is not to exclude those women who have also had a hand in raising, shaping, supporting, encouraging, and inspiring us along the way that may not be related to us.  So we salute the mothers, grandmothers, best friends, aunties, sisters, teachers, mentors….. and here at PopStyleBlog.com I also honor the #PopMoms who have done all those things as well.

I have a few #PopMoms.. NONE of which will EVER replace my real mother (please understand my mom is the best one out there)…. but I wouldn’t feel right without giving them some kind of shout out.  So here’s to:

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  1.  Lady Gaga (duh) aka Mother Monster …..for her fearless and courageous perspective on living life as her authentic self.  You inspire me to be brave and bold and also be authentically me.  You are my ultimate pop culture mother figure because I am your Little Monster!!  I am a #Monster4Life because of you and I thank you for giving me a a place to belong.
  2. debbie-allen1Debbie Allen for being an example of black dance, theatrical production, creative endeavors, and humble talent.  You motivate me to take my gift of dance to another level and provide avenues for other children to experience dance the way I have.

  3. Britney Spears.… yes… Britney Spears.  I’ve been a fan since 1998 and I continued to be a fan even through your dark days and times.  But your will to get help and get healthy for the sake of your family anbritneyd overall happiness, and then your pursuit to get back to your art of performing and creating encourages me in my dark times.  We all go through them… but you are an example that you can come out better than you were before.  You betta work Brit!
  4. Angela Bassett…. you are the inspiration for of my body goals!!!  You carry yourself with poise, grace, elegance, and strength that you comAngela+Bassett+Dresses+Skirts+One+Shoulder+r6nf4N_N7d6xmand the room/red carpet/screen whenever you arrive.  Thank you for showing everyone that strength, physical health, beauty, and brains are not only achievable but admired.

  5. Gwen Stefgwenani…. I just think you are probably one of the coolest mom’s I would ever meet.  You have been my #1 girl crush since I secretly started to listen to No Doubt back in high school.  I’ve admired your femininity mixed with your “hang with the boys” confidence.  You know how to rock a runway while remaining chill, cool, vibrant, and down to earth. Thank you showing us girls that we can be one of the boys but still remain a girl.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!! And happy Mother’s Day to my #PopMoms!!  Without them, I would have missing pieces.  Thank you for filling in those parts of me that my real mother whole heartedly and fully supports in her daughter.  LOVE YOU MOMMY!!!  Til next time…. keep it #PopStyle!!

~Ashlee Dawne
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#PopStyle #Monster4Life #PopMoms

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY GAGA!! 8 reasons you are my inspiration!!

TODAY IS THE ONE, THE ONLY LADY GAGA’S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!  The Queen of Pop, the Mother of Monsters, the ArtPop Innovator herself is turning the big 3-0!!  First let me start gaga venusby wishing my artistic muse and inspiration a happy happy and blessed birthday today!!

As many of you know, I am a huge Lady Gaga fan, follower, lover, advocate, and all around stan…. like a big one!!!  I own so many t-shirts with her face on it, my students and coworkers think I’m a walking cliche!!  I go off on tangents with family, friends, coworkers, students, and strangers on just how wonderful she is and what she means to me.  I cant help myself!!  I’m a Little Monster to the core (the name of her fans) and I AM PROUD OF IT!!!  So in honor of her birthday today…. I want to list 8 reasons why I love her so much. This will certainly answer the question “Why do you like her so much?”87th Annual Academy Awards - Show

  1. Getting technical training in your art form is necessary….. Gaga studied voice and piano at NYU and continues to use her training to confound the foolish…. As a dance
    r, some people don’t see the validity to traditional training… it builds our foundation as artists!!
  2. Family support for your artistic decisions are necessary…. I am very close with my family and as much headache and confusion I’m sure I’ve put them through pursuing dance in college and refusing to find a career path that did not involve it (even to this day), I appreciate them so much for supporting my artistic journey.
  3. Using yourself as motivation is enough…. She was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 as saying “When I wake up in the morning, I feel like any other insecure 24-year-old girl. Then I say,’Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.”  If a super star like her can look within herself to draw motivation for the day. then surely I am good enough to draw motivation from myself too.
  4. She uses her passion and calling to help others…. As a teacher, I know I am called to help the younger generation, to expose them new experiences, ways of thinking, perspective, challenges, and triumphs.  As a dance teacher, I use my passion and art to make that happen.  I may not have a foundation like the Born This Way Foundation, but I definitely know that my art and calling is not just for me.
  5. Lady Gaga is not afraid to take risks…. I was the spontaneous child who would do anything for the thrill of it.  I lived life like I did not have any limitations or restrictions.  The more structured I became, the more confined I felt.  I need to take risks to feel free… to feel like me.lady gaga
  6. She’s not afraid to show the world another side of her… Many people, especially in the past year, have felt Gaga is “moving away from” or “shedding” her old self to be more refined and classy.  But that’s not true!  She’s simply showing the world another side of herself that they refused to see before… I want to keep the world guessing… I want to keep revealing new levels, aspects, and depths to who I am… There is more to me than what you see.
  7. Lady Gaga speaks her truth, whether it’s accepted and or not…. One thing I admire the most about her is that she speaks from her experiences and her experiences only.  She does not try to emulate others or claim others’ stories… she uses her own feelings, stories, memories, experiences, etc to tell her story.  I admire her vulnerability to be that open and free so thhttp://gagaimages.orgat others may hear her truth.
  8. She’s unapologetically secure in the fact that she is supposed to be her EXACTLY THE WAY SHE IS!!!  Many times I think to myself “I’m awesome”  and I mean it.  I am!!  My parents raised me to feel confident and secure and instilled in me a mindset that I can do ANYTHING that I believe I can or should do.  To see someone else live out that persona of being “Unapologetically Me” is inspirational, motivated, and confirms that I too should continue to be no one else than Ashlee!

There is plenty more I could write but it would turn into a book. HAHA  So until next time…. keep it #PopStyle.  AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADY GAGA!!!!

~Ashlee Dawne
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The Year in Review- #PopStyle 2015

Well folks the New Year is upon us here in America.  HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of those around the world who have already celebrated!!  It’s been a great year in the world of #PopStyleBlog.com and I am very thankful for all the views, visits, shares, retweets, mentions, and likes.  As 2016 is on the near horizon, I want to review the top 10 #PopStyleMoments of 2015 that stuck out to me.  So without further ado…..

Top 10 #PopStyleMoments of 2015:

  1. Taylor Swift ruled the world…. literally… a world tour, video premieres, and all of her envious #SquadGoal pics on stage and at award shows.  #SwiftiesRiseUp
  2. Adele sang her way back into our ears even though she never left our hearts.  Her album #25 broke every record known the man and music… nobody can deny that
  3. Beyonce was silent…. and I was thankful for that…
  4. 2015 was not the year for Romance.  From Gwen/Gavin to Piggy/Kermit to Miranda/Blake, everlasting love just not in the cards for 2015.
  5. Kendrick Lamar brought back the essence of hip hop with “Alright”.  Finally a message with the music.. the way it was meant to be!
  6. Got Beef??  Drake/Meek Mills… Nicki/Miley… gotta love a good twitter smack down
  7. Black Twitter… if you don’t get it, you don’t get it.
  8. One Direction is no more.… its the end of an error ladies and gentlemen… Boy Bands are official on the decline.
  9. Celebrity kids.… How many times can we see a pic, video, vine, or meme of Riley Curry and North West??  They’re cute but come on….
  10. Highly anticipated video premieres.  Rihanna, Madonna, Nicki/Beyonce, Drake, etc all released videos that kept us teetering with the idea of paying $20 a month just to be the first to see them… no thanks

Til Next Year….. Keep it #PopStyle and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!  #2016

~Ashlee Dawne
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Where Music Videos Started- MTV we salute you!!

The MTV Video Music Awards are scheduled to air today Sunday August 31st and let me tell you…. I AM SO STOKED!!!

As someone  thoroughly engrossed in the pop culture world, award shows are my bread and butter. They give me a glimpse into the over the top, exuberant, exciting, alter ego world of entertainment that I secretly long to be part of (ok well I guess it’s not a secret now).  And the MTV VMAs are no different… Except for one thing:

THEY ARE THE EPITOME OF POP CULTURE MUSIC AND HAPPENINGS!!
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Yes, I have stated before that the Grammy’s are the 1 music show I will not miss… But the VMAs are the one music show
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Happy Birthday Michael!

Today is Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday. Even though he is no longer with us, we celebrate today for what he did for all of us.  I don’t know anybody who wasn’t affected in some way by him.

Personally, I looked up to him as a performer icon. Michael was flawless on stage, innovative in his videos, and made dancing look so effortless. He created the Moonwalk for goodness sake!! When he passed, I cried a little knowing that there would be many imitators but no duplicators. Chris Brown, Ciara, Tinashe, Mario, Ne-Yo… U can all thank Michael for your careers. Actually, I can thank Michael for my career- for inspiring me to try new things, dance from my core, and to stay grounded and innovative. 

We love you Michael. Happy Birthday!!

~Ashlee Dawne

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Clueless Turns 20!! Best lines from this classic film!

cluelessIn case you did not already know, I am a HUGE Clueless fan.  This 1995 classic film not only introduced to Cher, Dionne, and Ty (my imaginary friends and icons of my teenage years), but also it helped me to discover a new parts of myself…. my love for pop culture, fashion, and the southern california hollywood lifestyle.  I considered myself to be the black Cher and nobody could tell me otherwise.  It was after watching Clueless countless times that I began to sketch my own fashion designs, wear knee-high socks and wrap skirts weekly, paint my nails bright colors, and incorporate slang like “As If,” “What-Ever,” “Classic,” and “Sporadically” into my speech (to the chagrin of my proper parents).

So on its 20th Anniversary it is only write to repost an article from CNN Entertainment listing the Top 20 Classic lines from the movie.  My favorite lines are #2, 5, 8, 9, 15, and 16.  I must admit… I can recite the movie (dialogue, movements, scenes, and hand gestures) without even looking at it… AND IM NOT ASHAMED!!  Enjoy the witty banter and dialogue from the classic film!!  #PopStyle

(Text is copywritten from the CNN Entertainment website…full link here)

Here’s a look at 20 of “Clueless’ ” funniest lines and exchanges, in no particular order.

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Cher (to Dionne, who is wearing a flamboyant hat): “Been shopping with Dr. Seuss?” Dionne: “Well at least I wouldn’t skin a collie to make my backpack.”

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Dionne (to Cher, who is driving): “Hello? There was a stop sign.”

Cher: “I totally paused.”

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Cher (during a classroom debate): “So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, ‘What about the strain on our resources?’ Well it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I put RSVP ’cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not RSVP I was like totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.”

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Cher: “As if!”

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Cher: “Would you call me selfish?”

Dionne: “No, not to your face.” Continue reading