Saturday, September 23, 2017


Black Excellence is a term that I noticed as an insta trend (hashtag phrase #BlackExcellence) on instagram circa July 2017.

As you an see from the image above, there are now several iterations and the phrase itself has over 1 million posts.
I observed that it was being primarily used by Diddy (aka Sean Combs) around the time that #BlackGirlMagic was circulating. There was also #BlackBoyJoy and #BBJ around the same time, and I figured adult, "black" males, were seeking a hashtag that they felt represented them and that was also savvy enough to use on social media platforms.

Who better to flood the block with the phrase, than the hard working, master business man Diddy. Who was just named 1 of 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes. 100 Greatest Living Business Minds, Sean Combs individual page for more information on his accolades.

As I analyze the term #BlackExcellence, I begin to question, why isn't it just #Excellence? Doesn't excellence come in all shapes, colors and sizes? Why is it important to call out the #Black in the #excellence? When honestly, we all know that the race labels we have come to associate with such as black, white, etc were created and used by the power structure for the means to control. Yet, it is still important to use when communicating with a group.

Why is it important when communicating to be specific and use the word "black" when calling out the "excellence"? Well, if you are speaking to a person or group of people do you not address them first? In doing so, it will at least get the attention of every single person, place or thing that identifies with the word "black". It is also similar to any social grouping that has its own frequently used terms and practices, as a part of that group - the members (or those affiliated) identify with it. This is the initial desire, for those whom you are speaking to - to be aware that you are speaking to them.

What does #BlackExcellence mean to me? It means for those who identify with blackness to strive for greatness. To aspire to be the best! Whatever the best may translate to in your industry, in your heart, feel free to define excellence for yourself, motivate others to do so and remember that excellence is achievable and required. 

#BlackExcellence is a movement. An expression of a group of people that feel boxed out and oppressed but have very strong willingness and passion to achieve, succeed and refuse to remain in the shadows. Check out the #BlackExcellence hashtag on social media to get your fix. 

Until next time Notable Stallions!

Written By: Nicole McClain
Images: All rights reserved

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Featured Recipe: Savory Salmon!

Greetings Notable Stallions!

Brace yourself, as we head into the land of the unknown, together and excited for new adventures. In an effort to raise our generations communal meter, Notable Styles is expanding our horizons to cover ideas, information and articles that you may not have read on this platform before. Yaay!! 

If this is your first time to the bog site - WELCOME. And if you have been here before, thank you for returning. My job is to make it worth your while and I am hopeful that this new push will do just that.

Today's Recipe
Grilled Lemon Pepper Salmon
(cooked and prepared by Erika Burton)


2 lbs salmon
2/3 cup of soy sauce
2/3 cup of dark brown sugar
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tbs of lemon pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
3 cedar planks for grilling


Prep: Cedar planks need to be soaked for at least 1 hour before placing on grill.

1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder.
2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar,  water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
4. Lightly oil cedar planks. Place salmon on planks, and discard marinade.
5. Add remaining Lemon pepper over salmon or taste. 
6. Cook salmon for 10 to 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Bon Apetit!

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Photo Credits: Erika Burton

Monday, September 18, 2017

Swizz Beatz x Bally Collaboration!!!

There is a bombshell 💣 that has dropped in the luxury fashion sector in the form of an accessories and ready-to-wear line, titled 'The Bally Collective' curated by Swizz Beatz.

The products are available for pre-order now and cover a range of items such as backpacks, wallets, sweatshirts, polo shirts, varsity jackets and more! The price points for the items are $125 - $1000+ and the powerful designs make those prices well worth it. 

The artwork is developed by Ricardo Cavolo and represent his interpretation of freeing the spirit animal inside, resulting in a vivid collection of otherworldly drawings. "Working with freedom and no borders means to work with that animal inside of us," says Cavolo. "These characters are sort of gods or shamans with his/her spirit animal as totems."

See below for product images and visit the website to pre-order.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Glam Jackets for the Upcoming Season!!

Greetings Notable Ones. I've missed you all so much. I've been working on things in the background and maneuvering my schedule to find time for making blog posts again. And not only will I begin making consistent posts again, but I am going to kick some major flavor - per usual, notable style.

Up next I am going to share some glam jackets with you. Fall 2017 is approaching and I want to share some ideas with you that will keep your style on point.

I have selected three different glam jacket styles for your viewing: Soft Glam, Casual Glam and Edgy Glam.

Soft Glam
Blush sequin detail bomber

Casual Glam
Mira Mikati sequin bomber with rainbow sleeves

Edgy Glam
Dsquared Glam flash leather jacket.

Photo credits: Miss Selfridge, Browns Fashion, Farfetch and Luxury Zappos.