Karrueche’s 90’s-Inspired Jewelry Line Will Have You Pull Out Your Bucket Hat And 54 11’s

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Karrueche Tran is on her grind and I’m not mad!  The model and actress has been pretty low-key since the Covid-19 shutdown earlier this year. She’s used her social media platform to advocate for the rights of Black lives around the world, and she’s also given us a sneak peak into her daily living activities via her online show, Stir it Up. Now that the year is coming to an end, the pint sized cutie has rolled out a new project that will have you grab your Cross Colors bucket hat, and dust off your 54 11s.

On Saturday, November 14th, Karrueche will launch the Gold Mine collection from her new brand Kae by Karrueche. The jewelry line is inspired by the vibe of 90’s in LA. Thick gold chains, door knocker earrings, and small shell hoops are the look and feel of this retro accessory collection. The images for the Gold Mine collection were captured by the legendary Estevan Oriol, a Los Angeles photographer known for capturing the essence of Hip Hop culture in the 90’s.

 

Details of the Kae by Karrueche haven’t been made public. For now, the Gold Mine Collection is the first set of products to be released. It is not known if the brand will include clothing, shoes, accessories or just jewelry. Either way, the collection looks pretty dope! It reminds me of those summer days in Brooklyn when I’d slick my hair back in a bun with a side part, throw on some black lip liner and iridescent lip gloss, grab my door knocker earrings, and head out the door to play double dutch. Nostalgia at its finest.

You can keep up with the Gold Mine launch signing up for the Kae by Karrueche newsletter.

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7 Black Beauty Products To Buy This Week

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There is no better way to pledge our loyalty to Black creatives than with our coins. The beauty world has been offering some of the best products and that’s all thanks to our favorite brands.

If the Labor Day Weekend caused you to run out of your must-haves, we’re here to help you out. Gather your credit cards and follow our list below as we share the seven best beauty products you need to stock up on this week.

1. EVERYHUE BEAUTY

Finding the right shades to complement your melanin has just become easier thanks to EveryHue Beauty. The brainchild of ‘RHOP’ Gizelle Bryant, these lip glosses offer high shine, hydration, and long-lasting color.

2. DOSSO BEAUTY

Oil cleansers have become a beauty staple and Dosso Beauty’s Perfect 10 Cleanser ($24.95, Dossobeauty.com)  makes for a good pick. It’s formulated with a variety of natural plant oils that cleanse the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind.

3. PURE TROPIX

Give your skin the power of nourishment with the Pure Tropix Pearl Face Elixir ($45.00, Puretropix.com). Formulated with a combination of hemp seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, crushed pearl powder, and cucumber seed oil, this face elixir is designed to provide your skin with lasting hydration.

4.  GLOW BY DAYE

Keep your hairstyle intact as you sleep with Glow By Daye’s Satin Bonnets ($19.99, Glowbydaye.com). Designed with premium 100% charmeuse satin, these bonnets helps to protect your edges and your hair without an uncomfortable feel. Plus you can choose from different prints and patterns.

5. LUVMEHAIR

Step up your wig game with the help of LuvMe Hair. The brand is always delivering blowout sales that are kind to your pockets. From glueless wigs, 360 wigs, lace frontals, and more, the possibilities are endless.

6. LUV SCRUB

Get super-clean with the Luv Scrub Mesh Body Exfoliator ($18.00, Luvscrub.com). This bath cloth allows you to clean every inch of your body without the fuss.

7. BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN

Keep your melanin in check with Black Girl Sunscreen ($18.99, Blackgirlsunscreen.com). This sunscreen works double duty to moisturize and protect your skin from the sun without a white cast.

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TRIED IT: I Use Honey Pot’s Refreshing Panty Spray On Every Surface Of My Life

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43 days into my COVID-19 self-isolation and there is nothing more important to me than making sure that my personal surroundings are on point. 

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One of the ways I’ve been doing that is by using Honey Pot’s Refreshing Panty Spray ($7.99, thehoneypot.co) on everything but my underwear. Available in lavender and jasmine scents, the spray has all the qualities I love in a beauty product. It’s affordable, portable, and most importantly versatile! 

This product was designed to freshen up your lady parts but the label states it can also be used on other body parts. Once a few pre-social distancing cardio sessions proved that was true I got curious about what else it was capable of.

So I put it to the test by using it on every surface of my life. Today, the 4 oz bottle follows me from room to room spreading calming scents into my sneakers, throughout my closets, on my throw pillows, and on the newspapers I line my trash cans with. I even started spritzing it on the roof of my car. 

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I’ve rage cleaned every inch of my place nearly a dozen times since outside was canceled on account of coronavirus and each time I don’t feel finished until I infuse the air with some of this panty spray.

The scent lingers without overpowering and because of the brand’s values it doesn’t wreak of suspicious chemicals. 

I’ve converted to the Honey Pot’s tampons and pads as well but this is by far my favorite product from the line and it will always have a permanent place in my home.

Convention be damned, it’s panty dropping time.

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How to Get Salon-Ready Nails During the Quarantine [Video]

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When it comes to maintaining our looks during this quarantine, we think we speak for women nationwide when we say, the struggle is real!

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With all beauty salons closed, it can be hard to fill your best when your beauty routine is thrown off.

But it doesn’t necessarily have to be especially with the press-on nails making a comeback.

What was once considered a 90’s fashion faux pas is now the latest beauty trend that is affordable and easy to use.

Did we mention that the process takes can be done in no time?

Seriously, you no longer have to be a nail technician to get salon-ready nails. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you!

Check out our video below to see how you can get salon-ready nails in less than 10 mins!

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Ayesha Curry’s At-Home Baby Hair Salon Is The Cutest Thing Ever!

Like many of us in the U.S., the Ayesha and Stephen Curry are home finding ways to make the time go by and spend some quality time together and with their children.
For the matriarch of the family and recent birthday girl, this is also a time to open up shop at home…the hair shop!
On Monday, she posted the cutest picture of her giving her 1-year-old son Canon a deep conditioner and scalp massage.

“Canon’s deep conditioning session 😂😍Sat still like a champ for me. He saw a newborn baby getting their first bath and hair washed in a video and wanted me to wash his 😩 📷by daddy.”

Baby boy is relaxed and chillin’!

 

Like many other sistas’, Ayesha is also rocking a head full of braids during the quarantine.

 

 

In addition, during this coronavirus crisis, the Currys are also putting their money where their mouth is, donating 1 million meals to Their Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation. According to CNN, the organization will work with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Oakland Unified School District on the initiative.

“We know the world is changing before our eyes in terms of dealing with the spread of coronavirus and we just found out that the Oakland Unified School District is closing the doors for the foreseeable future, so we want to intercede on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help anyway we can,” the Golden State Warriors player said in the video.

“The statistics are really staggering. At least 18,000 kids rely on at least two meals a day from the school system, so we want to make sure that we rally around everyone and ensure that these kids are not wondering where their next meal is coming from,” Ayesha added.

 

We love to see it!

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Social Distancing Skincare: 5 Clay Face Masks To Whip Your Face Into Shape

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If you’re the kind of person who makes it a point to get a facial every six to eight weeks, your skin is probably crying out for the TLC of your aesthetician. And since social distancing is in full effect until further notice, there is no telling when you’ll be reunited with your go-to beauty treatment again.

But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take matters into your own hands. Sure, you may not have the tools the professional use to perfect your complexion, but there are some staples that you can use to give your skin the attention it needs. The first tool we want to suggest is the clay face mask.

Clay face masks are skincare essential for some very good reasons. First off, they are a great way to remove dirt, oil and other impurities from your skin that your cleanser may miss. Depending on the mask, they can also help refine and restructure your skin’s texture, help alleviate redness and acne-prone skin and help reduce the appearance of large pores.

So are you ready to explore the best clay face masks have to offer? Here’s the tea on our favorite clay face masks so you can give your skin the royal treatment right at home.

1. GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask ($59.00)

 

If you’re obsessed with skincare, than you’re probably familiar with the brand GLAMGLOW. Known to provide a wide array skin benefits such as brightening, soothing, removing impurities and balancing skin, the brand has become a mainstay in the beauty industry. This clay mask is formulated with six exfoliating acids and charcoal, that work to purify the skin of dirt and impurities from skin for an unforgettable glow.

2. Camille Rose Flora Detox Detox Mask ($19.00)

 

Camille Rose has been killing the hair game and now she is following suit in the skincare world. With the launch of Face by Camille Rose, the brand has created a garden-inspired skincare line that can be considered food for your skin. With natural ingredients formulated to soothe and repair skin, you can’t go wrong by giving this brand a try. Case in point: this detox mask Packed with vitamins and recharging minerals, this mask gives your skin a glow that shines from within.

3. Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask ($38.00)

 

Another brand that we can’t get enough of? Ole Henriksen! This brand takes skincare to the next level. With formulas available to suit all skin types, you can count on giving your skin gentle and nourishing cleanse that looks as good as it feels. If you’re ready to put your money where your skin is, this face mask will suit your needs. Made with a blend of active botanicals, this offering gently purifies and smoothes skin.

4. Tata Harper Resurfacing BHA Glow Mask ($65.00)

 

Step into the lap of luxury with Tata Harper. This brand is all about bringing clean beauty to the masses and their product lines live up to the hype. With high-quality ingredients from around the world, including skin-soothing botanicals without any harsh chemicals, you can expect clean, happy skin with every use. Start off with this clay mask, which sloughs away dead skin cells and absorbs oils to revive and rejuvenate uneven skin.

5. Pure Tropix Jungle Clay Mask $15.00

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Speaking of clean beauty, no one quite does it like Pure Tropix! This all-natural beauty brand offers a variety of skincare staples that work to reveal healthy and refreshed skin. With the use of ingredients from the Caribbean that include natural extracts, nutrients, antioxidants, butters and oils, Pure Tropix is committed to giving you healthy skin without the gimmicks. And this face mask is no exception. Designed to target common skincare concerns like redness and acne, this chemical-free offering will give your skin the love it needs without the extra.

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CASSIUS Chats: Director X Breaks Down His Original Short Film Collab With Tinder, #BlackLoveIs

Director X & Tinder Come Together For New Original Short, #BlackLoveIs

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What does Black Love look like? What does it mean it to you?  The term itself is not a monolithic idea, and Tinder captures that with the help of legendary music video and film director, Director X, with a new original short titled Black Love Is.

The project made its debut Monday night (Feb.24) at a tastemaker celebration held at NeueHouse Hollywood, before its official launch today (Feb.25) on YouTube. In the roughly three-minute video, we follow a diverse group of Black people who each define what #BlackLoveIs to them.

Speaking with Director X, born Julien Christian Lutz, the former protegé of Hype Williams revealed how both he and Tinder came together for the collaboration that initially started out as a commercial but developed into something more.

“They reached out to my production company and said they wanted to make this commercial, and as we were developing it, I started to think we could do more than just interviews, we could really make it its own piece of art. So we got together.”

When breaking down the concept behind the short film, X explained that he wanted to push the limits with the project.

“Art develops, right?  Unless your Nikola Tesla, you don’t really start at the finished product. So we started at ‘hey we wanna do these interviews with real people and talk about Black love and the experience of Blackness and all these kinds of things.’ As I thought about it, I began to think we could push the limits here with how screens work and how edits work, and I think this should be more of a contemporary art film. This should be something in a contemporary art gallery theater, and they went for it.”

Around the 45-second mark, the film goes in an interesting direction when everyone involved in the project begins talking at the same time as they explain what Black Love is to them. X explained in that particular moment he wanted to touch on the “largeness of our community,” but at the same time, focus on the individual by essentially hearing something that sticks out to you.

“I wanted to speak to the largeness of our community that way. There’s many voices, you can hear it, in the mix you can also hear the individuals. You can hear these little glimpses of what each individual story is that’s making this loud noise. That was the point there, it’s not about HEY I did this, and you get everyone’s little clip. That’s what we did with the opening, that’s what the Black Love bit was all about. But that experience, what that’s like, we all have had that experience.”

As far as the diverse cast, which does an excellent job of showcasing the many forms Black Love comes in when asked what the selection process was like. X just wanted interesting people with unique looks who were articulate, have an opinion, and represent the community.

Finally, when  Director X was asked what #BlackLoveIs to him, he broke it down to one thing– the older generation learning to love.

“Black Love is learning to love, we gotta learn to love, especially my generation. There are still many issues with Black folks where it’s really not what it was. We progressed since I was a child. We had to learn. We had to learn to love ourselves. We had to learn how to love our people. We had to learn how to love our history. We had to learn how to love our culture. We were constantly learning to love ourselves. Black Love is learning to love.”

Well said X. You can watch the short film #BlackLoveIs below and feel free to let us know what the term means to you in the comment section.

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Hair Blogger Sabrina Perkins Pens Beginner’s Guide On How To Successfully Go Natural

Natural Hair For Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide To Going Natural Successfully!

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Going natural is such a big transition. It takes time, dedication, and money. Thankfully natural hair blogger and influencer Sabrina Perkins has decided to help the newbies out with her book, Natural Hair For Beginners: A Beginner’s Guide To Going Natural Successfully!

Sabrina Perkins is the founder of the successful beauty blog, Seriouslynatural.org and natural hair blog naturalhairforbeginners.com. She has been researching and writing about natural hair for over ten years. Her knowledge of natural hair, products for transitioning, and styling methods make the guidelines of this book easy and fun to follow.

Over the last decade there has been an influx of Black women embracing their natural hair. This movement has forced corporate America and the school system to address their prejudices with how people of color choose to style their natural hair. Anti-discrimination laws have been put in place so that afros, locks, and braids can be viewed in a positive light. This book reinforces the beauty and love for the strands that grow out of our head.

As people continue to transition, books like this make the process easier. Believe it or not, there is a correct way to transition. This step by step guide will answer every question you have about how to manage your hair as it enters into it’s new state.

Natural Hair For Beginners is on pre-sale and will be released in Tokyo, Japan on February 18, 2020 and published by Reality Plus – A Next Chapter Imprint. It will be available on Kindle for $3.99, Paperback for $8.99, and Paperback in Large Print for $9.99 in the U.S.

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It’s National Lash Day: 5 Tips On How To Perfect The Strip Lash

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It’s national lash day! Today, we celebrate those glamorous strips that can enhance any beauty look in the most glorious of ways.

We get it, lashes aren’t the easiest makeup staple to perfect. It took us a while too. You might be intimidated by the process or overwhelmed by the many options in the lash lane at the beauty supply store. Feeling defeated? Your digital girlfriend is here to the rescue.

Let’s break it down 5 tips to make you a lash success!

  1. You’re bound to make a mistake and misplace your lash while trying to get it on in the beginning. Make sure to use a glue that dries clear rather than black! This way once you get the lash on, the areas that touched the glue are unnoticeable.
  2. Allow your glue to get tacky. When you initially put the glue on your strip, it’s too wet to adhere. Let it sit for a few seconds before attempting to apply the strip.
  3. Cut your lashes. Lots of women find lashes to be uncomfortable. More often than not it’s because they’re lash isn’t fitting properly! If it hurts when it’s on or it’s jabbing you, it needs to be cut. Just take some scissors and cut from the outside of the lash.
  4. If the band of the lash is too thick, it’s harder to put on. Try using a lash that has a clear band in-between each little cluster of hair so that it’s more easily pliable and easier to stick.
  5. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. I know it sounds impossible but you’ll get the hang of it! When you’re closing one eye to put on your lash, you’re likely clenching it shut. This makes the skin closest to your natural lashes inaccessible. With your eye open, you can more easily access this skin getting the lash as close to your natural lashes as possible to make the lash appear more natural.

Ready to give it another try?

We’ve got an exclusive offer for our HelloBeautiful readers! Head over to Luv Lashes and use discount code “HelloBeautiful” for 10% off of their 3D faux mink lashes! Their “Dallas” lashes are my FAV!

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Since ‘Hair Love’s’ Oscar Win, Three More States Are Closer To Passing Their Own CROWN Acts

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It’s always great when art can imitate life, but even better when life can take its cues from art.

Whether it’s a coincidence or not, since Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver’s Hair Love won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, three more states have either passed their own versions of a CROWN Act in the legislature or introduced a bill. (Currently, only  CaliforniaNew York, and New Jersey have passed laws banning employers and schools from discriminating against hairstyles and textures including afros, braids, locks and twists.)

First up last week was Colorado, whose state House passed the CROWN Act on Feb. 12, which made its way to the state Senate introduced the bill the next day.

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“Expressing your identity and culture through hairstyle is empowering, and Coloradans should never have to fear reprisal in the workplace for doing so,” Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) before the bill was voted on and passed.

 

Then on Thursday (Feb 13), the Washington state House passed a similar bill, like Colorado moving to the state Senate awaiting a vote. Then, on Feb. 10, the day after the Oscars, Minnesota introduced similar legislation, KARE 11 reported.

“The bill here is modeled after New York that passed and became law. It extends the definition of race to include hairstyles and hair textures, including braids locks and twists,” Rep.  Rena Moran on the Gopher State’s proposed bill.

“It will become a human right. Any violation will be a violation against human rights.”

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Perhaps these states heard Cherry and Toliver’s call to action during their speech that stressed the importance of representation, the normalization of Black hair and the need to pass a federal CROWN Act.

“We have so many people that worked hard on this, it was a labor of love. We have a firm belief that representation matters deeply, especially in cartoons because in cartoons and movies it’s how we shape our lives and how we see the world,” Rupert Toliver said on the Oscars podium.

While Cherry used his brief time to raise awareness around the need to pass a federal CROWN Act that would make it illegal for people to be fired or suspended from school because of how they choose to wear their natural hair.

“Hair Love was done so to see more representation in animation. We wanted to normalize Black hair. There’s a very important issue out there, it’s called the CROWN Act and we can help get this passed in all 50 states and help stories like Deandre Arnold, who’s our special guest tonight, to stop that [from happening,” Cherry said.

Deandre Arnold, the teen mentioned in Cherry’s speech, was invited to attend the Oscars by the Hair Love team, including Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade after news hit that the 17-year-old was suspended from Texas’ Barber Hill High School because of his dreads. Even his graduation status is being threatened because of the dress code policy his school has in place.

 

This is so inspiring, but here’s what’s even better: These three states are not alone.

According to CNN, “at least 22 states are considering the legislation, and local jurisdictions like Cincinnati, Ohio, and Montgomery County, Maryland, have passed it too.” We just need for these state bills to passed in their senates and sent over to their prospective governors to sign into law. In the meantime, a federal CROWN Act has been introduced but has yet to be voted on in the House.

In the end, our hair shouldn’t be looked at as a distraction and it has nothing to do with learning in classrooms or productivity or appearances at the workplace. Most importantly, how we choose to wear our hair shouldn’t be used against Black folks to stop us from succeeding or living out our dreams.

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Mattel Releases New Doll In Honor Of First-Ever Black Barbie’s 40th Anniversary

Just in time for Black History Month, Mattel is releasing a new doll celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Black Barbie.

According to Uptown’s Lifestyle Maven, “there had been Black dolls in the Mattel line since the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 1980 that one of the dolls was named ‘Barbie.’ Previously, those Mattel dolls with their melanin popping were just friends of Barbie, like Christie and Francie.”

Wow! I never knew that.

Earlier this month, Mattel debuted the Barbie Signature 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie Collector Doll ($39.99) on social media and baby, she is beautiful and as elegant as ever! Donning a gorgeous crimson ball gown with cutaway sleeves, a perfect red lip, and a glorious afro, this melanated stunner finishes off her ensemble with matching red heels, a gold clutch, and necklace.

Perfection!

“Because representation is everything.❤ Making her debut in 1980, the first-ever black fashion doll to have the name #Barbie sparked a new era of possibility for girls everywhere. #BlackHistoryMonth,” the company wrote on its Instagram page.

 

 

Kitty Black Perkins who was the designer back in the 80s told Uptown that she wanted to go against the grain of how the past and current blond, slim white Barbies were designed when creating her Barbies aimed for African-Americans.

“I wanted her to reflect what the [B]lack culture was, and what was familiar to our [B]lack collectors and children that actually played with Barbie dolls.”

That, and the doll was inspired by none other than iconic singer Diana Ross.

“I was just in awe of the way they dressed – the dignity, the fashion, and everything that they would wear was just special to me,” said Perkins.

While in 2010, Mattel reissued the first Black Barbie on its 30th anniversary, this time around, designer Bill Greening wanted to do something different, give it more of an updated look.

“We didn’t want to do another reproduction, since we had already been there and done that,” Greening stressed.

“So it felt like this was a good time to pay tribute to the original design but with an updated look to it. And we wanted to make sure that the key elements of the original Black Barbie were in the new design, paying homage to Kitty’s original design inspiration.”

Barbie New Additions Vitiligo, Disabilities

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It cannot be denied that over the past decade, especially in the last couple of years, Barbie has raised the bar when it comes to representation.

Nowadays, these not all of the dolls are stick-thin and blond, perpetuating a limiting and oppressive white standard of beauty. This new crop has real curves and thighs; fros, twists, and purple hair; and come in a range of skin colors from the lightest cafe au lait to the deepest of melanin. Not to mention, our babies can have dolls that embody some of our most cherished Black sheroes, such as Rosa ParksAva DuVernay and Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson.

Most recently, they launched a new line that celebrates different body types and issues such as vitiligo, alopecia and more. This is the change we like to see and it’s awesome to see where it all started from with the original Black Barbie.

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If Gay Men Want To Wear Skirt And Heels, Wendy Why Do You Care?

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Man, Wendy Williams keeps putting her foot in her mouth.

First, it was right after the Superbowl when she got on her show and basically told Beyonce, JAY-Z and little Blue Ivy that they were disrespecting America for not standing for the National Anthem and now she’s come for her fanbase: the LGBTQ community, specifically gay men.

See, on last Friday’s show (Feb. 13), the iconic talk show diva went on a strange homophobic and transphobic rant when discussing Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day, a day where girlfriends celebrate one another before Valentine’s Day.

When she saw men in the audience clapping, she, in turn, clapped back.

“If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this. I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t [menstruate] every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through…Stop wearing our skirts and our heels. You’ll never be the woman that we are, no matter how gay!” Williams said during the segment.

Huh?

Not surprisingly, folks flocked to Twitter to express their frustration and anger with Williams’ offbeat and hateful comments.

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After the news hit about the swift and persistent backlash, on Friday (14), Williams issued a tearful response, apologizing for her comments.

“I deeply apologize,” Williams said in a video shared to social media.

“I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show. I did not realize until I got home and watched the second running of our show…And one thing I can tell you right now is that I never do the show in a place of malice. I understand my platform in the community.”

“I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. I’m just having a conversation. I’m 55-years-old and maybe I sounded…somebody out of touch,” Williams continued.

“I’m not out of touch except for perhaps yesterday for saying what I said. So, I deeply apologize and I deeply appreciate the support that I get from the community. I will do better. I appreciate you supporting me. Thank you.”

 


Listen, being 55-years-old is not always an excuse to say things like this.

Wendy has spent YEARS in this industry constantly surrounded by the LGBTQ community, mostly Black gay men who either work with her or for her. She lives in one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the world and is very well versed in the culture and supports multiple LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations. Most likely, she has spent PLENTY of time around gay men in heels and probably told them how fabulous they looked.

So despite this apology, she knows better. What’s really the tea?

I’ve said this before and I will say it again: Why are folks so pressed about what other people are wearing? No shade to Williams, but with everything going on in her own life and with everything that is going in the world, the last thing she needs to be up in arms about is what gay men are rocking.

Sadly, this type of homophobia isn’t new or rare. We’ve seen it with rapper Pastor Troy who was upset that Lil Nas X wore pink at the Grammys (God forbid!), we see this every time Billy Porter wears a dress or something feminine on the red carpet and we continue to see this with Zaya Wade for either coming out as a trans girl and wearing nails.

The idea that that Black queer folks want to embrace their feminity, whether with their fashion and/or mannerisms, is a problem or some conspiracy to rob straight cisgender Black men of their masculinity or women of their feminity is delusional and quite dangerous. That, and it’s tired.

Let people live (and live their most authentic lives) without all this unnecessary judgment and projection. Because for folks like Wendy, how is what the LGBTQ doing and wearing directly impacting your lives?

Oh right, it’s not.

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Listen Sis: Being Single On Valentine’s Day Is Not The End Of The World

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Valentine’s Day and Side Piece Day (the day after Valentine’s Day have come and gone and while love and romance may still be lingering along with the stench of BS, that accompanies Side Piece Day, I feel hella comfortable having a serious conversation.
As a courtesy of your observance of “love day,” I opted out of sharing my two cents or maybe I should say fifty cents because some of you single ladies had me ready to get the strap. Listen, sis, being single on Valentine’s Day or any day is not the end of the world.
Being single is especially significant when you consider the drama that many women encounter courtesy of toxic relationships. While you are wasting time and energy worrying about being in a relationship solely for the sake of saying you have a valentine or are attached to someone, women are praying for the drama of their relationships to cease (been there done that) or planning their exit route from a situation-ship that forced them to be number two or three on someone’s roster (been here too). Then you have those that are empowered enough to consciously uncouple, for whatever reason. So please understand that being single may have been the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.
Now before I go any further, let me be clear, I am not shading love, Valentine’s Day or relationships in general: I am here for all three when they are done correctly. I also have to state something that should be obvious, while Valentine’s Day is about love, love exceeds Valentine’s Day. I know most people see this day as being all about romantic love, but Valentine’s Day is about all love. Oh and, love is not about flowers, stuffed animals, or jewelry; it is an emotional connection that is so much greater than one day on the calendar and cheesy ass gifts. Yes, love is a feeling, but it evokes actions, it produces joy, and it demands respect, every day, and if that is missing from your relationship, you might as well thug it out alone.
The issue is that society has made being single a bad thing for women, and because so many women buy into society’s bull-ish, they feel inadequate without a relationship. Please note that I said, “a bad thing for women” because men are praised for being single while dividing and conquering thighs and everything in between those thighs. Girl, society is the same “they” that says women can’t maintain friendships with one another, black women are angry, and that size makes you beautiful. The point I am trying to make is that “they” don’t have a clue.
Honestly, being single on Valentine’s Day creates the perfect opportunity for you to focus on the most essential love, self-love. I said it before and I will repeat it, no love trumps self-love. Self-love creates a foundation that every relationship you have is built on, and without it, your relationships are it romantic or otherwise, will lack stability. I think that all women wrestle with self-love at some point; because we aren’t taught to love ourselves the way we are taught to love others. Growing up, girls are taught to be responsible for everyone but themselves. Be a good wife, be a good mother, be a good friend, and a good daughter, but we are never urged to be kind to ourselves. Why? Because that is selfish and being selfish is wrong, or is it?
My truth is that it wasn’t until I learned to love myself that I was able to be happy in a relationship. I, like many other women, was a walking statistic that proved individuals who lack self-love tend to be unlucky romantically. I housed insecurities that lead to jealousy and a host of other problematic issues. I felt like an F*^k boy magnet because I found myself in one dead-end situation after another with men who only brought drama and disappointment to the table. I tell women all the time, some of these men only have d*&k and dynamite to offer and most times homeboy is fresh out of dynamite. Then I realized I was the problem; men treated me like I wasn’t a priority because I treated myself like I wasn’t a priority. Their lack of love was a reflection of my lack of love for myself, among other things.
So yeah, Valentine’s Day is tough for a lot of single ladies who want to delight in the bells and whistles of  “love day.” You may feel slighted by the absence of romantic love, and you may have the desire to serve up some sexiness for that special someone.
Trust me; I get it! I just want you to digest the fact that self-love makes room for all of this and it eliminates so much drama.
I guarantee that self-love will shine a light on you that will be undeniable and before long, you will either meet your match or be so happy with you that having a bae won’t make or break you.
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Real Hair Girl Ish: All The Times Megan Thee Stallion’s Hair Was Goals AF

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Megan Thee Stallion is nothing short of a talented, eclectic mega star on the rise! Her bars are fire. Her style is crazy. And the hair…it’s just next level.

When it comes to the hair game, Meg may be on another level than a lot of her peers. It’s like, she can rock any color, texture or style and make it look flawless AF. One Twitter user wrote: “i was just daydreaming earlier today abt what megan thee stallion would with short hair and now look omg,,,,,megan if you’re reading this thank you and i am free to hang out any time.”

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The girls are inspired by Megan’s flexible wig game. But don’t sleep! Her natural hair is just as flawless and goals giving.

For Black women, our hair is our crown. It’s an extension of our personality and mood at any particular point in time. And for Megan, we have her hairstylist and frieeeeeen Jonathan to thank for her gorgeous hair moments.

 

In honor of the hot girl turning 25 today, let’s take a look back at some of her bestest hair moments that made us drool.

Celebrity MUA Tatiana Ward Was Pregnant When The Father Of Her Child Went To Jail

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My grandfather told me to marry for money. My mother told me to marry a God-fearing man. My father told me to marry a man who wasn’t an idiot and my grandmother told me to marry a man who wouldn’t cheat. I’d accomplished great things in my career as a celebrity makeup artist working on Hollywood sets. I teach makeup techniques in both live settings and via a successful Youtube channel. But even with all my success and seemingly glorious life, I ended up pregnant and in love with a man who is currently serving time in jail.

When we first met, I gave him the name “Ten In The Penn” because he immediately admitted he was fresh out of prison after doing a 10 years bid. His honesty was the first thing that attracted me to him. He had no money and his goals were simple — he just wanted to work a steady job and reconnect with the son that he’d lost touch with due to his incarceration. I was new to the New York area and he was charming, muscular and had a undeniable happiness about nothing and everything.

“Ten In The Pen” and I texted for weeks after our initial interaction. I was taken by his intelligence, his sunny disposition coupled with his truthful approach to life was all it took to make me fall in love with who he was rather than what he had or didn’t have. It wasn’t long after we met he told me the story of his parentless childhood. He was left in the care of a family friend who tried her best but had her own children to raise, which often times meant his street life went unnoticed. Those same streets raised him.

His story reads very much like that of many incarcerated men and woman who’ve committed crimes because of lack of resources. When your mother cannot afford a babysitter, you end up caring for yourself. When she can’t put food on the table, you end up feeding yourself. His biological mother never once visited him during his 10 year prison bid. In fact, nobody really did. By the time he and I met, abandonment issues ran deep within him and his daily movements. However, I was captivated by his joy. He was happy to be alive and to be free. He was happy that I loved him and I was happy that he loved me.

I found out I was pregnant in December of 2018. Life seemed to have hit a sweet spot for us. I would watch him asleep in my bed and be thankful that I could be a safe space for him. He made me feel wanted and reassured my beauty and talent. He encouraged me to get back into the beauty space. What little he made from his landscaping job, he gave to me without hesitation and he never missed a doctor’s appointment for our baby. He never had a family so he trusted my guidance and let me lead.

Not long after we met, he told me he wanted a daughter who he would name “Myair” (pronounced “my-air”). He came up with her name in jail. He yearned for unconditional love. His little girl and her big brother would be his only reasons for breathing motivation to imagine anew future.

Myair. I liked the name.

We found out we were pregnant with a little girl. He was over the moon. But our joy was short-lived. I was well into the swing of my third month of pregnancy when one evening, he called me sounding very rushed. “Baby, I gotta go outta town really quick and I have to turn off my phone. If my parole officer comes to the house, don’t answer.” This was the last day that I would see him outside of prison walls.

I was devastated. He had made a desperate decision before we met, that came back to haunt us. Desperation leads to desperate choices and desperate choices are never anything that we can be proud of. A man fresh out of prison has nothing. A man with very little family to help him has even less than nothing. Nothing but choices. I don’t regret the choice I made to make him my friend and then my lover. I don’t regret that Myair will be here any day now. More often than not I’m thankful to have found him and be able to love him then and now because it was the realest thing I’d experienced in a long time. I’ve never met a man more deserving of love.

My child is not fatherless. She very much has a Daddy who dreamed of her before we ever met and wants to be in her life. The first time I visited the detention center where he’s being held, I cried and cried. There were at least 60 other people in the room in rows of visitors side by side and prisoners side by side. I cried like no one was watching because frankly, they weren’t. They too were fixated on the face of the loved one sitting right in front of them, who could not come home with them. Not even on that day or the many days after when I’d go to visit him would I regret that I loved him. If you could ask him however, he’d tell you that he had so many regrets. He’d tell you that he feels like a fool. He’d tell you that he can not eat because of the shame that eats away at him.

I want Myair to grow up understanding that there are consequences to everything we do both good and bad. I want her to be compassionate and kind to those who come from walks of life that she has not traveled. I want her to make it easy on herself but to also understand that life and love is not easy at all. Most-importantly I want her to always make the best of every pitfall and mountain top. God willing, through all of this her father and I will show her better than we can tell her.

*Update*

It’s almost been a year since Myair’s father went in to serve his bid. He is still awaiting his sentencing. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t express to me the humiliation he feels. His crime was committed weeks before we met. It was a desperate and stupid. He fresh out of prison and had an immense amount of odds stacked against him.

Myair was born in August. She’s 5 months old now and she’s a dream come true for both of us. No matter the outcome, I believe in his redemption. This is why few weeks pass without Myair and I going to see him. Life is now nothing without her and she’s the only thing that keeps him going.

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Colin Kaepernick Announces He Will Be Dropping A Memoir Through His Own Publishing Company

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Colin Kaepernick put down the football and picked up a pen. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback turned activist announced that he is dropping a memoir that will be released later this year that 32-year-old professional athlete announced on Thursday (Feb.13).

Also announced in the press release, Kaepernick Publishing, which was founded in 2019 has inked a  multi-project deal with Audible to produce audio projects boost the voices of “notable authors, creators, and other influential figures.” The goal of Kap’s company is to “give power to Black and Brown voices globally, offering unprecedented ownership options to collaborators and bringing greater diversity and representation to literature and spoken word.”

As for what we can expect from Colin’s book, it’s described as  “part political awakening and part memoir,” and will detail what lead to the polarizing athlete deciding to begin his silent protest during the NFL preseason in 2016 by respectfully taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Kaepernick touched on his protest that sparked a nationwide debate that even had the orange menace, Donald Trump reacting.

“My protest was the culmination of years of thought and experiences, of learning and unlearning. I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action.”

“I am excited that through this groundbreaking partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and Audible, we can elevate Black and Brown voices who can empower future generations.” 

The memoir will be published in audiobook form by Audible, and in print and ebook form through Kaepernick Publishing in partnership with Melcher Media. The book will be distributed by Two Rivers Distribution.

Are you guys looking forward to it? It definitely sounds like a GOOD READ to us.

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