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IDRIS ELBA IS A DADDY AGAIN (DETAILS)

In News on April 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

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British actor and every Black Twitter account users crush object is a dad, y’all!  The handsome actor and DJ broke the news on Twitter, writing, “My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing :+”

A photo, above,  accompanied his announcement.

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This is Elba’s first child. Previously, he disclosed that a child he thought was his was infact, not. This child, a boy, is with his girlfriend and make up artist Naiyana Garth, seen above at Glamor Magazine’s Women of The Year Awards earlier this year.

Congratulations,  Idris!

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#TBT OWN A PIECE OF HIP HOP HISTORY WITH NAS AND PUFFY (PHOTOS)

In Lifestyle on April 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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Nas and Puffy are having a moment. For Nas, the Queens MC is enjoying the 20th Anniversary of his seminal album Illmatic which recently received a film treatment in the form of a documentary titled Time Is Illmatic.  It premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and  film traces the making of Illmatic through interviews and archival images.

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PUFF DADDY WEARS BIGGIE TO COACHELLA (PHOTOS)

In Lifestyle on April 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

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The first weekend of the Annual Coachella Music Festival is a wrap and we missed the best thing ever: Puff Daddy attending the Samsung Lounge dressed in a Notorious B.I.G. longsleeved printed tee at the Neon Carnival presented by NYLON, Guess and Olay Fresh Effects .

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TOM FORD MARRIED PARTNER OF 27 YEARS (PHOTOS)

In LGBT on April 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

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While at an Apple store in London last night designer and director Tom Ford revealed to an audience that he married his partner of 27 years. Richard Buckley.

Via The Telegraph:

“We are now married, which is nice,” he said, proudly showing the audience his wedding ring. “I know that was just made legal in the UK which is great, but we were married in the States.”

Ford also discussed the recent Jay-Z track bearing his name:

“If you’re in the business of a brand it’s one of the best things that could happen to you,” he said, adding that hearing 60,000 people scream his name at a Jay-Z concert “freaks me out.”

Ford and his parter covers the May issue of Out.

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LUPITA NYONG’O: ME+ LANCOME THE SECRET’S OUT (DETAILS)

In Lifestyle on April 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

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Lupita Nyong’o stans got an early weekend gift when the actress and producer tweeted that she is the new face of cosmetics giant Lancome.

Nyong’o tweeted “@Lupita_Nyongo Me + LANCÔME. #TGIF The secret’s out. And it feels GREAT.”

Fans of the actress were pushing for a cosmetics campaign after the Yale graduate wowed us with her beauty on red carpets and fashion editorials after her incredible performance as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.  To our delight, Nyong’o went on to win an Academy Award last month.

Nyong’o is the first black ambassador for Lancome which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong’o said she was proud to represent Lancome, adding “beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”

Lancome ads featuring Nyong’o will start appearing this summer

 

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#BOLDBRAIDS IS TRENDING ON TWITTER (DETAILS)

In Lifestyle on April 2, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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White folks in the shape of corporations and powerful individuals are known for copying and discrediting black culture, twisting it so it’s unrecognizable so it becomes white regardless of its history. Last year’s Harlem shake, twerking and early rock and roll are just a few examples of whites taking from blacks things we’ve made. Hairstyles should be added to that list along with language.

Enter Marie Claire who praised Kendall Jenner for sporting “epic and bold” partial cornrows in her hair. See photo above.

Twat Marie Claire:

“@marieclaire Kendall Jenner takes bold braids to a new epic level: http://marie.cl/60199BHv http://twitter.com/marieclaire/status/451403750960562176/photo/1”

Twitter wasn’t gonna let that slide; birthing #BOLDBRAIDS in response to the slight.

“@Tidijii Welp RT @divinitymatovu: @marieclaire what’re your thoughts on fact that black women are reprimanded at work for wearing same #boldbraids”

“@MelechT Top 5 Tweet RT @desusnice The only #boldbraids we acknowledge http://twitter.com/desusnice/status/451446364904632320/photo/1”

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“@CGWacko I was gonna get a haircut tomorrow, but now I gotta go out and get #boldbraids outta spite. Thanks, @marieclaire! >.<”

“@zellieimani US military doesn't like #BoldBraids even if @marieclaire does.”

“@madphury "@German_Chocl8: *spits out water* OMG 😫 RT @DarthShada: Star Jones gave you #BoldBraids @marieclaire http://twitter.com/DarthShada/status/451445403951841280/photo/1"”

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And so on, forcing the magazine to apologize for the slight.

“@marieclaire We didn’t mean to offend or imply that cornrows were new. Our tweet was poorly worded.”

“@marieclaire We thought her hair looked great and recognize women have been styling their hair like this for ages.”

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WATCH: FIRST TRAILER OF JUPITER ASCENDING (VIDEO)

In Lifestyle on March 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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Fine ass Channing Tatum is everything in this new trailer of Jupiter Ascending, the new sci – fi intergalactic thriller by the Wachowski Brothers, siblings who gave us the Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas. The film is set for a July release and will no doubt speculate on the nature of man, our place in the universe and yada yada.

Mila Kunis plays a  janitor who is also Queen of the Universe. Tatum is her ruggedly handsome bodyguard going Pew! Pew! Pew! with his penis… I mean laser guns.

Fun!

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REFLECTIONS ON THE GEAR 2 & THE GALAXY S5 (PHOTOS)

In TECH on March 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

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Last month I was one of many thousands of journalists who were on hand to check out Samsung’s new flagship phone the Galaxy S5 and the new iteration of the Galaxy Gear watches, the Gear Neo and the Gear 2, updates of the original Gear smart watch launched last fall.

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JAY Z, BIGGIE COVERED NY MAG YESTERYEAR ISSUE (PHOTOS)

In Lifestyle on March 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

 JAY Z, BIGGIE COVERED NY MAG YESTERYEAR ISSUE (PHOTOS)

New York Magazine posted images of its annual Yesteryear issue and Jay Z and Biggie made two of the seven covers. Hova was photographed at the age of 29 in 1997. Really feel the colors of that cover. The Biggie cover isn’t that interesting.

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Louis Reed, Billie Holiday and others can be seen on the other covers which hits newsstands this week.

MissInfo

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SPANISH PHOTOGRAPHER FLESH OUT PANTONE COLORS (PHOTOS)

In Lifestyle on March 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

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Pantone, the world authority on color, sets what colors most of the fashion and design world will rock during the year. This year its Radiant Orchid so expect to see tons of purples.
Curious about how Pantone’s swatches compare to human skin, Spanish photographer Angelica Dass began Humanae, an ongoing project where volunteers, found via Tumblr and Facebook,  are paired and photographed with Pantone color backgrounds. For example, Dass takes an 11×11 pixels sample of the subject’s face skin tone to determine the background color then makes a portrait.

Dass’s work is represented by Max Estrella Gallery.

Samples of her work found below.

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DESIGNER L’WREN SCOTT HANGS HERSELF IN NYC APARTMENT (DETAILS)

In News on March 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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Noted designer and girlfriend of Mick Jagger, L’wren Scott was found dead by suicide this morning in her NY apartment, reports multiple sources. One of Scott ‘ s assistants found the designer hanging by a scarf around 10 am today. Police do not suspect foul play.

Scott, born Luann Bambrough, was raised by adoptive parents in the US state of Utah.

She began her career as a model in Paris, then moved to Los Angeles to become a fashion stylist, according to a biography on her company’s website.

She and Sir Mick, the singer of the Rolling Stones, began dating in 2001.

More to come.

NYDN

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2 DEAD, 20 INJURED IN HARLEM BUILDING EXPLOSION (PHOTOS)

In News on March 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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Below are photos from Twitter which shows the aftermath of the apartment building collapse brought on by a gas leak this morning.

Residents of the two buildings, a piano store and a church with over two dozen apartments above them, said they smelled gas the previous evening but could not identify where it came from.

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