This past summer, on August 6th 2016, I helped my brother Carter throw his annual Feed The Hood cookout at Riverbank State Park in Harlem, NYC.

Every year Carter buys a ton of food and provides free food to anyone who is in which ever park he has the cookout. This past one, we took it a step further and included bookbags with school supplies for kids and free t-shirts for guests, along with various food selections and tasty treats.

Despite the weather (a whole 5 minutes of rain) we were prepared with a huge tent for guests to stand under while the short shower passed over. Once that was finished, we continued to feast and fellowship.

We will be throwing one this summer in 2017. The date we’re shooting for is the first Saturday in August. If you would like to help out in anyway, please feel free to contact me via comments or email (which can be found in the “Contact” section).

Here are some pictures from the event:

#Photography – Tanya Wright (@Hairiette) #VisualsByAshleyJ

Funny things happen on Saturday nights.  I decided to take my camera out last night and just randomly take pictures.


I stumbled into an event by Tanya Wright for her new book “I Found God In My Hair.”


Thankfully she allowed me to snap photographs of the event and she even signed a copy of the book for me! I obviously was honored and appreciative.


You may have seen Tanya on shows like True Blood and Orange is the New Black, but you should check out her new series “Hairiette” which showcases her natural hair care product line.


I’ll have more pictures of the event this week, so stay tuned!

#TechTuesday – Iphone 6S Camera Review – #VisualsByAshleyJ

So I’ve upgraded from an iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6S due to ridiculous battery issues, otherwise I would’ve held out longer.  I’m not mad at the upgrade as the newer phone has a way better camera. It is 12 megapixels, it takes 4k video and apparently when you take a picture, it records for a few seconds giving you a live picture with motion.

Dope right? Try it out at your nearest apple store and that alone will probably be your deciding factor.

So I took my new rose gold iPhone 6S out to snap some shots of Harlem. Check out some of the original unedited photos along with the same photos retouched in Adobe Photoshop.

Original Photos: Shot with iPhone 6S


Edited Photos: Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS6

#Photography – #HovDay – #VisualsByAshleyJ

Listened to this gem that he gave my Mother way back when. Tape number: ROC 002.  Happy Birthday Jay.

#SoleSunday – Jordan 1 “Gucci”- #VisualsByAshleyJ

The Jordan 1 sneaker is the first design which launched in 1985. One of my favorite “colorways” of the Jordan 1 sneaker is the one called “Gucci” which was released towards the end of 2012. Apparently, it was one of the last styles out before the sneaker transitioned to the “Air Jordan Retro High OG”. When I pick my Jordans out though? I don’t think about any of that.


My fascination with the sneaker or with any of the sneakers I end up buying is of the design and the color. How those two styles work together and how I can co-ordinate it with whatever current wardrobe I have make or break whether or not I will actually purchase a sneaker.


That being said, the Gucci I’s caught my eye. When I look at them I see an obvious homage to the high fashion brand Gucci. The Black, Green and a touch of Red (or as my mom calls it “Intensified Pink”) creates a visually appealing sneaker for someone like me who often wears all black.


I actually decided to wear the pair on Black Friday because they were the only pair of sneakers I own that remind me of the African American Flag.