Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fierce and Fabulous has moved to LELAVICTORIA.COM

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to swing by and let everyone know that I will no longer be BLOGGING via blogger. I wanted complete ownership of my content online and additionally I wanted my own personalized website. I have owned the domain name for almost 3 years and never did anything with it. Yes I'm beyond lazy. I'm working on improving that and I have been BLOGGING consistently on my new website. Please head on over and check it out along with subscribing to my blog. I really appreciate those of you who have been dedicated readers of mines. Let's continue this journey in another realm and thank you for being a part of my blogging growth and development.

Remember To Always Be
Fierce and Fabulous
xoxo Lela Victoria

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Birth of a Nation trailer

The trailer for "Birth of a Nation" has finally been released. The story is a powerful one indeed and depicts the story of NAT TURNER and his will to fight back.

For those of you who are lacking a bit in the history of black folks in America, Nat Turner led a massive slave rebellion that ran rampage throughout the south. He was a good man who simply had enough of the mis treatment of himself and his people.

Watching this trailer literally sit chills through my body. I was waiting to hear what powerful song would be on the soundtrack and then I hear the majestic voice of Andra Day singing Rise up. I think they should also throw in Beyonce's song FREEDOM.  I am extremely excited for October and can not wait to go see this movie and I await the discussion pieces it will bring forward.

If you think this is just another slave movie, it is not. It is so much more than that. It is the story of our people and an American story.

Remember to Always Be
Fierce and Fabulous
Lela Victoria

Monday, June 6, 2016

Deshauna Barber wins Miss USA 2016 #BlackGirlMagic

Miss USA 2016 is the Beautiful 26 year old ( Miss District of Columbia 2016) Deshauna Barber. The new Miss USA is not only a beauty queen but also a soldier in the United States Army. Her willinglyness to serve in the military shows that she has no problem laying her life on the line for her country so why not have an awesome woman such as Deshauna as your Miss USA 2016. She slayed the stage. Her walk and her smize were on point and love how she remained true to herself throughout the competition. 

When Terrence J announced DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA as the winner, I immediately was overcome with joy and happiness. I know I was not the woman on the stage who had just endured an instense competition while millions judge her physically and from an intellectual standpoint. I may not have been on that stage but I am a black woman who competes in pageant. I am not just a black woman, I am a DARK SKINNED Black woman and lastly I am an Army Officer. I share many things in common with Deshauna so her winning really touched me deeply and left me not only inspired but hopeful and PROUD of my fellow sistah As a Dark Skinned Woman in America we experience a journey unlike any other. Our beauty is consistently challenged and sometimes diminished. Which in return leads to us having to work twice as hard to smile through the pain and criticism while having to uplift ourself and other women who look just like us 

Normally BEAUTY is not associated with the military. Many people don't see women who serve in the military as beautiful. I have been out and about on many occasions and when it comes out that I'm in the army some people get a bewildered look on their face and the usual statement " wait YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY " the conversation heads in the direction of "Wow you are too pretty to be in the Army" and I usually respond with well what do you mean by that because I'm a firm believer in the fact that Beautiful Women can and do serve our nation. Deshauana's win reemphasized how amazingly beautiful both inside and out that a military woman can be.

My favorite part of the competition was the on stage question. Deshauna was asked a question concerning the Army opening combat arms jobs to women. I literally feel as if it was by fate that she got this question. Her answer was flawless. 

" As a woman in the United States Army, I think...we are just as tough as men. As a commander of unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated, 'Gender does not limit us in the United States Army" 

Deshauna your win has inspired Black girls, Black women nation wide and Military Queens. Your #BlackGirlMagic is shinning brightly, we see you girl.  Your win is a win for us all and I will definitely be following your reign. I am excited for your upcoming events, interviews, the Miss Universe pageant, and all the lives you will positively impact during your year as Miss USA. 

Miss USA is a graduate of Virginia State University and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho. She has a Bachelor''s of Science degree in Business Management and currently works as an IT Analyst for the U.S Department of Commerce. She is currently a First Lieutenant in the United States Army where she is a Logistic Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade Maryland.

And just for clarification she is MISS USA, not Miss America. They are two different pageant systems.

Enjoy your reign Queen and Good Luck at Miss Universe, I already know you're going to slayyyyyyyyyyyyy that stage as well. Keep making Black Women proud and being Confidently Beautiful. 

Remember To Always Be
Fierce and Fabulous
Lela Victoria

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Black Girl Magic at Miss USA 2016

It's that time of year again, that time where beautiful women grace the Miss USA stage representing their respective states in hope of being crowned the next Miss USA.  The chosen winner becomes the face-off our great nation with the chance of competing at Miss Universe and representing the fabulous USA. Every year as the state winners are chosen I keep my eye out for the melanin beauties who just so happen to win their state titles. As a young girl watching the Miss USA pageant I always crossed my fingers extra hard that a Black Girl would win because that meant that even a little dark girl like me could dream of one day being on the Miss USA stage and competing for the crown.

The last woman of African decent to win the title of Miss USA was Crystal Stewart of Houston Texas in 2008. It's about time another Black Queen earned the Miss USA crown, or they could just give it to Miss Alabama USA 2016 ( Peyton Brown)

Crystle Stewart

This year there are 7 lovely Black Women competing for the title of Miss USA and I am so proud of them for repenting their states and what it means to be a fabulous Black Woman. 

The District of Columbia is represented by 26 years old Deshauna Barber. She is a graduate of Virginia State University and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho. She has a Bachelor''s of Science degree in Business Management and currently works as an IT Analyst for the U.S Department of Commerce. She is currently a First Lieutenant in the United States Army where she is a Logistic Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade Maryland.

Being that Deshauna is a Black Woman who just so happens to be an Army Officer, y'all already know she has a special place in my heart. We have a few things in common and if I am not able to be on that Miss USA stage I am so proud she has the opportunity to do so.

The Miss Georgia USA title is held by the lovely Emanii Davis. She is a 22 year old Senior at Valdosta State University where she is working towards earning a Bachelors in Communication with emphasis in intercultural organization. Her favorite quote by Henry Ford is, " If you believe you can or you can't you're right."

Georgia has been one of the states that has no problem crowning minorities as it's title holders and they usually do very well at the national competition each year. Emanii will surely rock the stage.

The beautiful Miss Kansas USA is the lovely Victoria Wiggins. The 26 year old received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Lindenwood University. She currently works as a fashion merchandiser and has also worked as a model. 

I really love Miss Kansas looks and her evening gown from the preliminary rounds. After doing a bit of research turns out myself  and Victoria have a couple of friends in common as well. I wish her nothing but the best at finals.

The Bayou State (Louisiana) is represented by Maaliyah Papillion. The 21 year old is a student at McNesse State University where she is pursuing a degree in Psychology. Additionally she currently is a board member of the South West Louisiana International Club. 

First I must say that I adore Miss Louisiana's name. Just saying her name and the way it rolls off your tongue just sounds so elegant and graceful. I absolutely love Maaliyah's look and her gorgeous Black evening gown that she wore during the preliminary round of the Miss USA competition. I have never been a fan of black dresses on dark skin women. But Maaliyah's dress this year and Miss Maryland USA 2015 dress last year has complete changed my mind. 

Surprisingly enough New Mexico is also represented by a Black Beauty. The gorgeous Naomie Germain currently holds the title of Miss New Mexico USA. The 22 year old is currently a student at the University of New Mexico where she is majoring in Political Science. 

Interesting fact is that she was literally crowned about 30 minutes from where I am currently stationed in Texas. I almost got to witness her win. Honestly the New Mexico region has very few Black families so I was surprised when I saw that the winner of Miss Mexico USA was a black woman. It literally knocked me off my feet. I love how she dominated in a region where Black women are definitely the underdog. 

Oregon also has the honor of being represented by a MelanatedQueen. 25 year old Natriana Shorter holds the title. She is currently working towards a degree in Business Management and leadership. She created a program called "Triumph" that helps young people overcome peer pressure, low self-esteem and encourages them to triumph above adversity. 

Natriana is someone with a bubbly personality and such a free spirited woman. If she's crown Miss USA we definitely will be blessed to have her as our country's representative. 

Last but not least the lovely Desiree Williams represents the Old Dominion State ( Virginia). 26 year old Desi is a graduate of Hampton University ( HBCU on deck) She has a Bachelor's of Science in Health & Physical Education and a minor in Leadership Studies. She also has her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Hampton as well. She currently works as a faculty member at her collegiate alma mater as an Interim Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She also has co-authored an published a book entitled "Love Affair with my Hair: Why Black Women Cheat on Health" 

Y'all I have to say out of all the ladies, Desi impressed me the most. Her credentials are off the chart and she definitely is a well rounded woman who will continue to excel at everything she sets out to accomplish in life. 

I present to you all the Beauty Black Women who will rock the Miss USA stage tonight. Please make sure you guys watch the Miss USA competition on Fox 5 June at 6c/7e. Let me know who you are rooting for and if you will be watching. Good luck ladies, you have already made your community proud. Keep being stellar and inspiring Black girls and women nation wide.

Remember To Always Be
Fierce and Fabulous 
xoxo Lela Victoria

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Why Black women need to get in FORMATION, and have a sip of LEMONADE

When BEYONCE GISELLE KNOWLES CARTER says get in #FORMATION ✊🏾 you do not hesitate, you do not ask questions, you do cont contemplate, you do not think twice about that order. You simply grab your sister on your left and right and assume the position. I am a firm believer in positivity and uplifting your fellow sisters to your left and right. I am simply not a fan of negativity. Negative thoughts and view points get you no where. The act of simply getting in FORMATION to me represents making sure you are on your (A) GAME, along with assisting your fellow sisters to get on hers as well. Getting in FORMATION symbolizes having a DREAM and being willing to work hard and believe in yourself to accomplish that DREAM or goal you set for yourself. In order to be successful you must first believe in yourself and your abilities.

I think FORMATION is something that is definitely needed in the BLACK COMMUNITY. Sometimes I do not think we are as close knit of a family as we should be. I see so many of my sistahs trying to compete with their fellow Black Woman when in reality she should stand PROUD alongside her. She should encourage her when she is down. She should wipe her tears when the world seems to be getting the best of her. She should continuously offer her a shoulder to cry on and a backbone to build her back up. FORMATION symbolizes not being what is expected of you, but instead be something GREAT and PROFOUND.

While me and my friend ( sister) Jasamine aka Jazi were in Houston for Beyonce's Formation World Tour we decided to explore PARKWOOD PARK and let our creative spirits run free. PARKWOOD is the place where as a young girl and teenager, Beyonce consistently worked hard to get in FORMATION. She also mentioned that her athletic wear line IVY PARK is inspired from PARKWOOD along with her her company PARKWOOD Entertainment.  Jazi is a great friend of mines who is now a sister to me. I could not have thought of no better person to get in FORMATION with than Jazi.

Throughout life in order to get in FORMATION you might have to deal with a few LEMONS that are placed on your table of life. I although these LEMONS may have an abstract taste and might not necessary soothe you from within, you should use though LEMONS to create LEMONADE. 

As a Black woman in society we are seen as a double minority and have to always work twice as hard in every area of life to prove that we are just as good. We are given lemons from the initial start of our journey, and are definitely accustomed to having to flip it, switch it, and turn our difficulties ( lemons) into success ( LEMONADE). This necessary can not be done alone and requires assistant from our sisters.


In closing I would just like to say that I am so here for the FORMATION movement. It's great to see black women celebrating one another and uplifting her fellow sisters. Either you get with the program and get in FORMATION  or you get left behind. Continue to prove others wrong in all that you do Black Women and keep making that bomb LEMONADE, and if possible share your recipe with your fellow Black Woman if she just can not seem to get it right with life. 


Check out the rest of the photos from our FORMATION/LEMONADE Themed photoshoot at ParkWood Park in Houstonhe . Jasamine ( @JaziFresh) create our outfits. Tphotos symbolize 2 strong women who have overcame tremendous hurdles and will not let nothing stand in their way. We are drinking our LEMOANDE

Remember To Always Be
Fierce and Fabulous
xoxo Lela Victoria