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Looks We Love: Colin Kaepernick Bares All For ESPN The Magazine Body Issue

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The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was one of many athletes to strip down for ESPN The Magazine Body IssueIn the issue, Kaepernick addresses not looking like the standard NFL quarterback:

I don’t want to be the standard image. I don’t want to be that perfect mold of, ‘This is what every quarterback before you looked like. This is what you are supposed to look like.’  One of the biggest things when I first started playing was, ‘Oh, you have tattoos, you don’t dress the same way most quarterbacks do.’ To me, as long as I go out and play well, it shouldn’t be a problem of how I dress, or whether I have tattoos or not, or whether I’m rockin’ a snapback or beanie. To me, that’s just part of who I am.

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Other athletes featured in the body issue include John Wall, Vernon Davis, Kenneth FariedSydney Leroux, Kerri Walsh Jennings and more! Click HERE to view more pictures and athlete interviews.

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Jay-Z Announces New Album: 1 Million Copies FREE Via Samsung

I got on twitter during the NBA Game 5 Finals and saw someone tweet about Jay-Z making an announcement at 9:15 pm.  I am here for anything Jay-Z has to announce. Not only is he a great artist, but he has gotten it right when it comes to corporate partnerships so I knew it was going to be big!

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Through a 3 minute commercial that included Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Rick Rubin and Pharrell (can we say musical geniuses!), Jay-Z announced he’d be dropping a  new album next month, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Since he has a partnership with Samsung, 1 million copies will be available for FREE to Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 users on July 4th via the Magna Carta mobile app. This means, Samsung users will be able to download his album 72 hours before it is released.

Through this deal, Jay-Z’s album has already gone platinum. Samsung is paying $5 for each album that will be available for free. That’s right ladies and gentleman, Jay-Z made $5 million before anyone has heard one lyric off the new album!

Jay-Z has been one to watch if you want to learn a thing or two about expanding your brand. Not only is he a hip hop artist, but he is linked to a record label (Roc Nation), sports agency (Roc Nation Sports Agency), a clothing line (Rocawear) and some of the most visible corporations including Budweiser and Samsung.

I’ll take a class on marketing and corporate sponsorships from Jay-Z please!!

Check out http://www.magnacartaholygrail.com/ for more information about the album and the Samsung mobile app.

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New Talk Show: “The Real” Featuring Tamar Braxton, Tamara Mowry-Housley & More

When I first heard that FOX would be premiering a new show featuring Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, I thought “now that’s an interesting bunch!” Their personalities seem extremely different so I wondered if they would have great chemistry on a talk show.

I saw the teaser for “The Real” today and I must say this might actually work. The women are bold, outspoken and bring different perspectives to the table when discussing relationships, fashion, pop culture and more.

We haven’t really seen a talk show that features hosts in their 20s and 30s, so a show like this will be refreshing to watch.

“The Real” is set to premire this summer, July 17th on FOX in the following markets:

  • New York WNYW FOX5 at 12:00pm
  • Los Angeles KTTV FOX11 at 1:00pm
  • Washington D.C. WTTG FOX5 at 11:00am
  • Philadelphia WTXF FOX29 at 11:00am
  • Phoenix KSAZ FOX10 at 1:00pm
  • Houston KRIV FOX26 at 1:00pm
  • Tampa WTVT FOX13 at 1:00pm

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Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose New Show on Jay-Z “Life + Times” Website

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose (clients include Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige) may not be returning to VH1 but we still get to see her in action on Jay-Z’s Life + Times website. Ambrose signed on for an original video series titled “Style Boost with June Ambrose.” The first episode features Ambrose giving Life +Times internship winner Joyce Wright a makeover.

I have to admit, I’ve heard about Life + Times, but never really checked it out until now. Looks like I’ll be tuning in to watch June Ambrose in action and of course take a few notes (yes I watch styling shows and takes notes! You should never stop learning).

Her “Styled by June” show on VH1 was about giving celebrities, who hadn’t been in the public eye for a while, a new look. She worked with Jaleel White (aka Steve Urkel), Da Brat and Audrey O’Day (of Danity Kane) just to name a few. I’m interested to see the direction of this new series on Life + Times; will she be giving makeovers to non-celebrities only? Will she be helping to revamp someone’s image like she did on the old show? We will see!

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Ray J’s A Fool For This One: “I Hit It First” Video

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By now you’ve probably heard Ray J’s new single “I Hit It First.” When the song and cover art hit the internet everyone knew it was about Kim Kardashian. Of course, instead of owning up to it, Ray J denied it:

“It’s not about that, it’s about a concept. People going way too deep. They just gotta keep it on the surface. I’m not trying to create no war. It’s all love. Like its a song, we just having fun-that’s it.”

If Ray J really wanted people to believe it wasn’t about Kim K. (which I doubt), he didn’t do a very good job in his new video. There’s a Kris Humphries look-a-like in the beginning of the video and his leading lady resembles Kim K. They make a PG rated sex tape, fly around in his jet and at the end, “Kim” is being followed by paparazzi on the F! network (her show ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ is on E!). Ray J is a fool for this one! Someone is really in need of attention right now! Is he mad Kim K. is more popular than him? Is he secretly still in love with her?

Ray J, it’s been over 5 years. Let it go already! You really don’t need to remind us why she’s famous. Everyone is aware. And I’m pretty sure you did not “hit it first.” Who in the right mind finds the time to write a song about an ex girlfriend who has clearly moved on and is now pregnant? The song is lame.

If Ray J released this song to get everyone’s attention it definitely worked. The internet has been buzzing since the video dropped yesterday. I just wonder how supportive he thinks people will be of his future endeavors following this mess. I mean he was given the side eye when he was looking for love on VH1 ”For The Love of Ray J” but this right here takes wack to a whole new level.

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Looks We Love: Luke James For “Stuff Fly People Like” April/May Issue

If you haven’t heard of Luke James, please get familiar!  Luke James is a songwriter and R&B singer. He has written for Chris Brown, Justin Beiber and Brittany Spears. Last year he opened for Beyoncé during her concert at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City. He has released two mixtapes, Luke and Whisper in the Dark, and currently released a new single I.O.U. Luke James has an amazing voice and he’s definitely one to watch on the R&B scene!

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He recently teamed up with Stuff Fly People Like for a Harlem Renaissance themed photo shoot for the digital April/May issue. Check out pictures from the magazine and highlights from his interview.

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For those who aren’t familiar with you, in one sentence, who is Luke James?

I don’t know who Luke James is. He is an entertainer and an artist. He is an actor, musician, a songwriter and a lover. That could all change tomorrow. I could become a billionaire!

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If you could change one things about the current state of R&B/Soul music, what would it be?

I would change radio and the people who are running things. I think they need to be more open to music and play different types of music and artists. Some artists will never be known or get their music heard beyond their hometown and I think if we can get to a place where we are open and allow others to express themselves and be heard,  someone would love it. I just wish radio played more variety in their songs and not the same 7 songs all the time. I wish the old heads would be more open to us and what we are offering. We want and are striving for more.

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What would you like someone to say about you and your music 10 years from now?

I would like to people to say it inspired someone to be who they are. Be who they want to be and not what everyone else wants you to be. If you want to be in love, then be in love. Whatever is, do it if that’s what you feel. It would guide them in that direction. Be in love with something that’s forever.

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Love the theme of this shoot! To read the entire interview, click HERE.

Photography by Jerome Shaw and styled by Louis Johnson.

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A$AP Rocky: Dark-Skinned Women + Red Lipstick Don’t Mix

ASAP Rocky Red Lipstikc A$AP Rocky: Dark Skinned Women + Red Lipstick Don’t MixA$AP Rocky is the latest entertainer to cause quite a stir with misguided comments about women.

In a recent interview with The Coveteur, A$AP Rocky shared his thoughts on red lipstick:

“But for real, for me, I feel like with the red lipstick thing it all depends on the pair of complexion. I’m just being real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that. Just like if you were to wear like-f*cking for instance, what do dark skin girls have that you know fair skinned girls cant do…Purple lipstick? Naw, that looks stupid on all girls! Purple lipstick, guys! Like, what the f*ck…”

I really hate reading rapper interviews because they never speak in complete sentences. But I digress…

Does anyone else think this is a form of colorism?? A$AP Rocky needs to leave beauty advice to the experts because he clearly knows nothing about red lipstick. Last time I checked, red lipstick comes in a variety of shades that compliment every skin tone! And don’t get me started on purple lipstick. Purple lipstick is gorgeous; especially a dark plum shade that can be worn during the fall and winter season. I LOVE my purple lipstick. It’s a great alternative to red and looks gorgeous against dark skin women.  As the Huffington Post pointed out, ASAP’s Rocky’s fellow Harlem-native rapper Azealia Banks is making a pretty penny off her purple-hued pout.

Messages like this by folks like A$AP Rocky only emphasizes why campaigns like ImREDy are so important. Women of ALL complexions need to embrace their beauty and not be afraid to wear whatever they want. Red lipstick is fun, fierce, bold, sexy and helps women exude a confidence they may not always show (At least it does that for me. I hadn’t worn red lipstick for over 10 years until I decided to participate in the ImREDy campaign). All it takes is a little trial and error to find the correct shade.

In response to this foolish statement about dark-skinned women and red lipstick, Clutch Magazine offers some great advice on finding the perfect shade:

  • If you have a warm, golden undertone (think Gabrielle Union), reds with a yellow or brown base will work for you.
  • If your skin is more cool and you have a red undertone (think Viola Davis) or blue undertone (think Alek Wek), deep reds with a blue base are your best bet.
  • If your skin is olive based (think Lauryn Hill), reds with a neutral undertone are the best way to go.
  • Bonus: If your lips are dark, dab some concealer on them to even out the tone before applying lipstick.

In the words of Tamar Braxton, A$AP Rocky “TRIED IT!” My advice to him: stick to rapping and modeling in magazines.

Read his full interview here.

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Kim K Is NOT Fat. She’s Pregnant! Some Fashion Choices Are The Problem

I wasn’t going to write a Kim K. post but after seeing a picture yesterday of her latest fashion choice, I had to add my two cents!

I’m slim (not skinny) and have never been pregnant. So I don’t know what it’s like to carry another human being and watch my body change in order to bring the gift of life into this world.  I know women, especially those in the  spotlight, are under a lot of pressure to always look their best. Celebrities are stalked by paparazzi 24-7!  And unfortunately, Kim Kardashian is one of those celebrities that have been in the spotlight non-stop for her maternity fashion choices.

It was to be expected that every paparazzi known to man would try to get pictures of Kim while pregnant. After all, she’s a celebrity (for reasons I still don’t understand). Prior to Kanye West, her fashion choices were always on point. Since dating Kanye, she’s had a few more fashion misses than we were used to seeing, but there’s no denying that she and her sisters have a great sense of style.  They embrace their curves and dress to flatter them.  A true example that beauty and being sexy is not defined by being a size 0.

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So while we see other celebrity moms-to-be out and about looking cute and fashionable with their latest baby bump accessory, I, like so many others, expected Kim K. to do the same. I just knew she was going to bring it! Now I am not here to bash her; after all I believe in women supporting women. But I also believe that women call each other out when things are wrong. And Kim, some of these maternity fashion choices have been wrong!

Instead of embracing her baby bump, it looks like she wants to hide it.  It looks like she’s trying to dress for the body she used to have (see pictures above). The clothes are extremely tight (as they have been for a while before becoming pregnant) and she looks downright uncomfortable at times. Maybe it’s the maternity Spanx. I don’t know. What I do know is that trying to squeeze into the latest designer frocks that were not made for a woman 6 months pregnant is not flattering at all. I won’t go as far as saying she’s fat, because she’s not.  She’s pregnant. Embracing a new body is a challenge!

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Some women don’t like the idea of wearing maternity clothes. There’s nothing wrong with that. I have a friend who was pregnant last year and I don’t ever remember her wearing maternity clothes. The key is to wear things that show off the baby bump, flatter the new body while staying true to one’s individual style. Kim’s all black look at the movie premiere of Temptation: PERFECTION! The maxi dress paired with a cream blazer and flats: FLAWLESS! Those are the type of looks that really make her look like she’s enjoying her pregnancy and flatter her figure.

Message to Kim: you are approaching your final trimester.  You can still be fashionable! Embrace the fact that you’re pregnant and relax! Throw on a maxi dress and bad ass biker jacket; opt for a dress with an empire waist to show off the belly. You can get back to squeezing into pencil skirts after your baby is born.

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Lil’ Kim Is In Denial About Her Plastic Surgery

I miss the Lil’ Kim of the 90s…

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Last week a photo surfaced of Lil’ Kim looking like this.  And she blames the media and photoshop for this mess picture:

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Years & years they have been photoshopping pics of me & sabotaging my image. I’m not putting up with that sh*t no more. All they have been proving is im THAT b*tch with or without an album out & they always want to attack & bring down the real ones. Today was the last straw. You saw me on TV, people were posting pics all day… None of them looked the way that fake picture looked. Here is a side by side that shows the sh*t they did & a few more raw, unedited pics. You guys f*cked it up for all the Paps. F*ck outta here. None of y’all Paps is getting a pic now.

Not one to hold her tongue, Wendy Williams addressed the photo on her talk show:

Do you want to talk about Lil’ Kim and that face of hers? *sips drink and almost spits it out laughing* Okay. Lil’ Kim has been making headlines because of her dramatic new look. It’s not necessarily a new look, it’s been over a course of maybe the last decade. She’s just been getting stuff it looks like done, done, filled, filled — it’s pulled so tight now Kim it looks like a pin would just pop ya. Kim is claiming that the blogs have been altering her pictures and have been sabotaging her image for years. Let me just say I agree with Kim on this particular one and then I will dial it back and tell you what I really think.

Kim, in my mind I knew your goal was to always look like LaToya Jackson. You’ve out-LaToyaed LaToya in your new look. Don’t blame photoshopping, blame your plastic surgeon girl.

The picture may be photoshopped (click HERE to see a picture of her earlier that day in the same outfit) or it could be a bad angle. But at the end of the day, regardless if the picture was photoshopped or not, her plastic surgery is horrible! As I searched for photos to include in this post, all I could say was “DAMN” when looking at the images on Google. It was like looking at the evolution of her face. The drastic change in her appearance is quite sad. Where were her friends to tell her no more?!?!

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No amount of photoshop can turn the “Crush on You” Lil’ Kim to a Lil’ Kim that looks like LaToya Jackson’s cousin. To proclaim that the media has photoshopped her pictures for years really speaks volumes to her denial on how she really looks. My guess is she used plastic surgery to hide some serious insecurities. There are some deep issues that triggered her to get surgery after surgery when she should’ve stopped a long time ago. Unfortunately over the years, plastic surgery has taken focus away from who she is as a person and her music (rumor has it she’s supposed to be releasing new music this year). When I look at Lil’ Kim, I don’t think of “one of the biggest female rappers of the 1990s.” All I think is “why did she do that to herself?”

Ladies, let this be a lesson to embrace your natural beauty. If you feel you absolutely have to have plastic surgery, please see a therapist before doing so to determine the REAL reason you choose to alter your appearance.  I’d hate for a nose job to turn into 10+ years of surgery where you become unrecognizable.

I want the old Lil’ Kim back….

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Celebrity Fashion Lines Are Overrated

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Big Sean is the latest celebrity to add “fashion designer” to his resume. He recently announced the launch of Aura Gold, a fashion and lifestyle company. The first label under the company is a fashion line called Finally Famous.

Finally Famous will feature tees, sweatshirts and varsity jackets.  Big Sean says:

“Launching my own label is a dream come true for me. Even though I have a lot to learn about fashion and the industry, I do know what I like and the small details that make something stand out to me. I look forward to evolving the line with more colors, fabrications and offerings to show the other dimensions of my style progression over time.”

I’ll admit, when I saw that Big Sean was creating a fashion line the first thing I thought was “Do we really need another celebrity fashion line of tees, sweatshirts, and varsity jackets?”

Celebrities, specifically musical artists, have been expanding their brands into the fashion industry for decades.  J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez), Rocawear (Jay-Z) and Sean Jean (P. Diddy) are just a few fashion lines from the 90s that were successful during that time.  But if you think about it, a select few were able to venture into the fashion industry.  Those that did were at the top of their game and having an “urban” fashion line expanded their brand, allowing them to reap the benefits for years to come (global success, expansion into others areas of endorsements, etc).

Nowadays, EVERYONE and their mama have a fashion line. And although that was the thing to do in the past, is that really the next logical step to expand one’s brand now??? Having a fashion line does not seem exclusive anymore and they don’t appear to be accepted very well in the industry, no matter how big the artist is (Kanye West and Rihanna).

Celebrity fashion lines are overrated. I am more interested in high end designer collaborations with mainstream retailers (i.e. Jason Wu + Target), although that too may become overrated if collaborations continue to happen more and more often.  But celebrities need to realize that being fashionable and taking risks with one’s style does not always translate to becoming a fashion designer/contributor for a fashion line.

I am not in the position to give advice on how someone should expand their career, but I would hope that celebrities really think about the decision to enter the fashion industry. Fashion stylists creating a fashion line makes sense.  But a rapper who wears jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts? Maybe not. Instead of a fashion line, maybe partnering with a beauty brand or favorite electronic brand would make more sense.  There are very few celebrities  (Jessica Simpson, Victoria Beckham, Olsen Twins) that have been able to start a fashion empire, be successful and remain relevant.

When it comes to expanding their brand, it might be time for celebrities to think outside of the fashion box.

What do you think about celebrity fashion lines?

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