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Esface Shows at Chillin’ Productions Holiday Show

Posted in Community, Entertainment, Fashion on November 30th, 2009

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Chillin’ is back again and Esface is in the building with Holiday Specials and new releases.

180 Painters/Photographers
80 fashion Designers
Video Installations

Live Painting by:
Steve Javiel (
Daniel J. Valadez (
Rob Harris (

Music by:
DJ Deevice (Pirate Cat Radio, GridLock)
DJ Felina (
Dirtyhertz (
Rondo Brothers (
DJ Eddy Bauer (KALX, Go BANG!)
Irene Hernandez-Feiks (
+ more

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Good Hair, Bad Skin

Posted in Community, Entertainment on November 29th, 2009

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a scene from Chris Rock's "Good Hair"

By Ajani Husbands

Kudos to Chris Rock. He’s a beloved entertainer and casual social commentator that has taken the plunge into social documentary, only to be deeply criticized by those who he represents. Chris Rock is Spike Lee, specifically he’s Lee after the unveiling of School Daze. If you don’t remember, Spike Lee was kicked off the campus of Morehouse College midway through the filming of School Daze and had to finish elsewhere. One of the most poignant (controversial?) parts of the film is the Good and Bad Hair song sequence, which had dark and light-skinned Black women in musical opposition to one another: the jigaboos vs. the wannabes.

Spike Lee became a bit of a pariah after School Daze for airing Black laundry in public. No one is supposed to know we have hair issues and skin color issues, but we do, so why not tell the story? Chris Rock reminds us of this in Good Hair, which he lovingly made to cheer up his daughter who already felt the pressure (unfairly) of having her hair represent her identity. Rock’s film could not have come at a better time, premiering just weeks before Sammy Sosa unveiled to the world his own skin issues.
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Swagger on a Budget

Posted in Fashion, Uncategorized on November 17th, 2009

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By Ajani Husbands

The same day I read about the ten percent unemployment rate in America, I read about ordinary Americans who became millionaires through basic financial savvy.

Financial times are tough for all.  500,000 workers lost their jobs in January alone (that’s the entire population of smaller countries), and those numbers continued for months.  If you are fortunate enough to still have employment, being financially savvy is no longer a lifestyle choice; it is a must.  At the same time, read about the people in the article above.  They all made certain lifestyle decisions that paid off massive dividends in the long run.  Just as importantly, tightening your belt doesn’t mean losing your day to day swagger.  Here are a few simple tips on reducing your overall expenditures while maintaining the same, and possibly better, lifestyle.

Your Work Outfit:

Dry clean the suits.  Wash and iron the shirts. Dry cleaning costs can add up quickly.  Even if you are hitting up one of the “same day, $1.25 per shirt” stores, you’re talking at least 5 shirts a week (7 if you’re going out on the weekends) and 1 or 2 pairs of khakis.  That’s almost $9.00 each week, $36 a month, $432 a year.  Yea, that’s a cross-country plane ticket.  Now you see what I mean.

While suits are absolutely dry clean only, you can always throw your shirts in the laundry and wake up an hour early to iron them yourself.  Besides, you’ve been running late to work anyway, and with people losing jobs left and right, you might as well start coming early.
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D Wade Signs with Jordan and Wade honors Jordan vs the Cavs

Posted in Athletics, Entertainment, Fashion on November 13th, 2009

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posted by The Ambassador
Possibly one of greatest acquisitions of the year, Jordan Brand signs Dwayne Wade after Wade wastes several years with the lackluster design team of Converse. I gotta say D Wade is one of the most electrifying players in the NBA and coupled with the fact that he’s a Chi Town native, safe to say he aligns with everything the Jordan Brand represents and it is about time he gets what he deserves….great sneaker game to match his on court greatness. Finally, his fans can start really supporting him by copping a pair of D Wades because I know exactly ONE die hard Heat fan who has EVER purchased the disrespectful shoes Converse has been associating with a player so great.

Jordan was so excited about the pick up, yahoo news explains how he honors Wade with the Jordan 25th anniversary shoe debut said to release February 2010. Wade went agains the Heat last night with Jordan looking on like a proud son as he posterizes Varejao for one the best dunks of the year so far…with some J’s on..woowww Click here for yahoo article.

From Corner Stores To Health Joints

Posted in Community on November 12th, 2009

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By Ajani Husbands aka Esface Black

I used to live maybe four blocks from Howard University, on 9th and U street.  It’s an area where, a few years ago, taxi drivers would hesitate to take you there, or just say no altogether.  The yearly Caribbean Parade would be eagerly attended, along with murmurs of “don’t stay past dark.” And now, almost the entire length of U Street is considered urban chic; it’s the place to be.   Every other establishment is a lounge, night club, or overpriced (but appropriately atmospheric) restaurant.  Patrons walk the streets day and night and everyone stops by Ben’s Chili Bowl (rest in peace) for a late night meal.

On U Street, there are two CVS stores, one 7-11, and one Rite Aid.  There is also a grocery store maybe 15 minutes away walking.  Yet, every couple of months I rented a Zipcar and made the cross-state trek down to Pentagon City, VA to shop for groceries at Costco and the nearby Harris Teeter grocery store.  Why?  Quite simply, I like healthy-looking fruits and vegetables.  I like having a variety of bread.  I like being able to buy ingredients I need to make varied, and healthy, meals.  This isn’t to say that the grocery store near Howard University did not have stocked shelves, but the produce was often set in pitiable quality.

Regrettably, inner city grocery stores are not havens of healthy food options.  Candy bars, potato chips, and juice substitutes (aka drink) reign supreme.  And quite frankly, those items are far cheaper than whole wheat pasta or brown rice.

Thankfully, there is a budding movement that aims to change all of this.
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The Esface Blog Welcomes Ajani “Black” Husbands back to the scene

Posted in Community, Entertainment on November 12th, 2009

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Esface co-founder Ajani Husbands (second from left) is back on the esface scene as the newest/freshest contributor, keeping you abreast on pertinent issues effecting everyone from the American urban community to our counterparts on the continent of Africa aka “the Motherland”, where he currently resides. Ajani has always been a passionate and outspoken spokesperson for his people here and abroad, with a mother from Barbados and growing up in DC, his exposure to different cultures has shaped his outlook from an early age. Graduating from Stanford University where he left his mark in the black community as one of the most prominent “community activists”, he spent time studying and immersing himself in South Africa before going on to pursue a career with the State Department and currently is posted in Eritrea (east Africa). While in South Africa, he founded the Mamelodi Project ( that aims to “promote a positive image of Africa” by documenting/broadcasting aspects of the beautiful country/continent rarely shown in mainstream media.

Enough said.. you get the point, the boy is serious business and will be providing powerful commentary on interesting topics serving to educate and even entertain you at times because I forgot to mention his witty sense of humor that will have you rolling out of your chair while sparking some serious thought. Check the blog EVERY MONDAY for the Ajani aka “ESFACE BLACK” post.

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