Monthly Archives: November 2010

Soul Food: Nourishment – Integrity

KRAVE Integrity

Here at KRAVE, we are renowned for being the go to fashion guide for today’s Man. After 5 years, we remain the only fashion lifestyle and entertainment magazine for all men of color.

What you may not know is that KRAVE equally embodies a set of core values that keep us looking as good on the inside as we endeavor to look on the outside. It’s been often said, “Clothes make the man.” There is truth in that statement. Certainly, what we wear makes a tremendous difference in how we are seen and judged by others, but what DEFINES a man cannot usually be captured in a photograph or measured by a tailor.


I’m not what most would consider a style or fashion guru, but I have been given the distinct pleasure of helping wardrobe your personality, enhance the look of your attitude, and challenge your way of thinking.

With that said, allow me to share a secret with you… I know something that looks good on EVERYONE! It’s sure to get you noticed and you will certainly stand out. It’s something every man should have but it doesn’t come cheap.

It goes well with denim, and still looks great with a blazer. Dress it up or down… it even goes great with a hat. African, Asian, bald, tall, overweight, or muscle head, this is definitely a “one size fits all.”

To be without it would be like having a bright and beautiful smile and terrible breath; or having on the finest linen suit, in the summer, and not wearing deodorant.

It’s Integrity.

Integrity is adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

Being known for your sense of style and swag can open many doors and provide you with access to many places  Your integrity is what will help you stay there long enough to take advantage of those opportunities. Our pants and socks shouldn’t be the only things that match. Our words and actions should be consistent with what we hold as personal convictions and values.

Integrity…how does it look on you?

Anthony Roberts

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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Soul food


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Event: Marsha Ambrosius + Deonis in concert! 12-18-2010


The Brown Sugar Suite presents Marsha Ambrosius’ solo debut in Dallas! Also featuring Deonis and DJ Viz. This will be a show you won’t want to miss!
Brought to you by V’s Vibe Spot!

Purchase your tickets here!

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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Events, Music


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Events: Red Pump Project “Shoe Show!”

The Red Pump Project is now a national initiative that is doing work on the ground and online to ensure that women are empowered with knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the issues surrounding it. We have 30 ambassadors in 20 states “Rocking the Red Pump” to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls.

In honor of World AIDS Day, Red Pump Dallas is hosting our First Annual Shoe SHOW benefitting A Sister’s Gift**!

The event will be at DUVAL’s Penthouse on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 7-10:00 pm.

Admission is $10 and parking is $3.

The Shoe SHOW is a shoe design/decorating competition and footwear fashion show. The winner will receive a designer messenger bag filled with gifts!

TO COMPETE—submit a new pair of shoes you’ve given a red pump makeover on 11-27-10 Duval’s Penthouse (1700 Commerce St., Dallas, Tx 75201) from 12-3pm

TO SUPPORT— attend the Shoe Show reception on 12-1-10 at Duval’s Penthouse (1700 Commerce St. 18th floor, Dallas, Tx 75201) from 7-10pm and vote for a chance to win your favorite pair!!

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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Events


KRAVE Talent: Olivia Nezey, Interior Designer

As part of KRAVE Magazine’s initiative to provide opportunity and garner exposure for much deserving individuals and groups, periodically we will be featuring various talents on the blog site as well as in the magazine. With that being said we would like for you to meet the very talented and beautiful Olivia Nezey.

Olivia or Liv as most of her friends call her is one of Georgia’s finest interior designers. She is a Louisiana native with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Before taking on the venture of establishing Liv BY Design Interiors, Inc. she served as an Interior Designer for one of Atlanta’s most distinguished interior design firms.

Throughout Olivia’s career she has achieved such accomplishments as becoming a nationally published interior designer as well as receiving an American Society of Interior Designer’s Design Excellence Award. She can also be seen on the nationally televised program Wealthy Manor in which she guides viewers through the most beautiful of homes.

Here is an insight into the interior design world of Olivia Nezey. If you’d like to see more of her work or would like to contact Liv By Design for a consultation, click here:

How did you get started in your profession as an interior designer?

I was always an artistic person and knew that I would be doing something that involved the use of creativity. When I was in high school there was an interior design show that would come on after school let out which featured Christopher Lowell. I would race home to watch him and from there my interest was piqued. I enrolled in my first interior design class at the Art Institute of Houston, while in high school, and it taught me the technical side of interior design which intrigued me even more.

What are some of your inspirations?

Now that’s a tough question because inspiration can be drawn from so many places. Some of the sources of inspiration for me are life, nature, and fashion. I often take walks in the back yard by the lake and can be inspired by the simplest things of nature such as a flower.

What would be your dream interior design job or goal?

Well, my goal was to own my own company and a little over a year ago I have succeeded in doing so. I also am interested in production design which involves doing interior designing on movie sets.

My overall, ultimate goal is basically to create beautiful spaces and change lives. As a future endeavor I would like to have a division of Liv by Design Interiors that does charitable work.

Who are some of your favorite interior designers?

Sheila Bridges would be my biggest inspiration. She is one of the most well-known African-American interior designers in America. It’s always great to see another African-American female in the industry accomplishing great things.

Are there any tips for those in the industry?

“Go for it!” Most of the time people are hesitant to follow their dreams based on fear. They just need to set a sight and go for it! Work on establishing contacts and networks in the industry and start to collect inspirational photos. Tear out spaces you like and that will help you to develop your own style. Find out everything you can about the industry and seek various internships.

What’s next for Olivia?

I am currently hosting a TV show called Wealthy Manor which is nationally broadcasted and featured on the Resort & Residence Network; I act as a guide through the most elegant of homes.  More TV hosting and production will be my focus. I am also working on a television series where we take blogs and use them as maps to the city and/or show ways that you can draw inspiration from them; basically using blogs as a tour guide for design in the city.

Liv By Design Projects

Small Space Living

Small Space Living

Small Space Living

World Traveler - Living Room

World Traveler - Study

World Traveler - Dining Room

-Nina, Fashion Team


Posted by on November 29, 2010 in KRAVE Her


Music: New Mix from DJ Frances Jaye

Check out the amazing new mix from our friend DJ Frances Jaye for Neo Soul Cafe.  Music that gets your head right!


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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Video: Lanvin For H&M

We’ve all been dying to see the Lanvin collection for H&M and now here is the official footage from last nights runway show!



-Kenny, Creative Director

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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Fashion+Style


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Events: GQ Men of the Year

GQ Men of the Year awards


Fashionable stars from all areas of the entertainment world came out for the 15th annual GQ Men of the Year awards. Above are Omarion, Melanie Fiona and Drake, draped in stylish garbs.  Kudos to them for their fashion representations. Its kind of funny though that credited Omarion as Brandon T. Jackson in the photo on their site. 

-Kenny, Creative Director

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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Events


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KRAVEHer: Vanessa Williams Ebony Cover

Vanessa Williams, EBONY Magazine


Vanessa Williams is covering the holiday issue of EBONY Magazine, dressed only in a fur trimmed coat and bow heels. She looks STUNNING to be the 47 year old mother of four.

Be sure to check out the upcoming issue.

-Kenny, Creative Director

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in KRAVE Her


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Event: Presents “Makeup Battle”

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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Events


KRAVEHer: Beyonce “I Am…” tour exclusive clip

Courtesy of Columbia Records

True…we are fans of Beyoncé, the little girl from Houston who grew up into a worldwide supernova of talent, but in addition to showcasing her masterful performances and upcoming DVD, there’s another reason we’re posting this.

Shaun Walker.

Shaun Walker, Photo: Maya Guez

Shaun will be featured in the upcoming KRAVE Fit magazine, talking about his experience dancing with Beyoncé, his new music career and just exactly WHO IS SHAUN WALKER. So stay tuned for that!

Shaun can be seen in the clip below dancing with the black hat on. He toured with Beyoncé and has also appeared in videos, movies and more BUT…you’ll just have to stay tuned for the rest!

We’re super excited about the upcoming DVD release from the “I Am…” tour but definitely saluting Shaun for doing his thing. Check him out on his website,

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Posted by on November 9, 2010 in KRAVE Her


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