Finnish craft brewery creates quirky beer ahead of Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki

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Trump Creates a Supreme Court Guessing Game That Would ‘Make P. T. Barnum Proud’

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If the lead-up to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination announcement feels like reality-TV drama, it’s because that’s exactly how it was designed.

But instead of a one-year contract as Trump’s errand boy, the “winner” on Monday night will likely nab a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land and a chance to reshape American law and jurisprudence for generations.

The high stakes of the announcement were nevertheless preceded by a day of wild speculation and tea leaf-reading, designed, some conservatives briefed on the nomination process believe, to prevent a leak of Trump’s decision by flooding the zone with contradictory information. It’s characteristic of a president who revels in the political press spinning its wheels, and is naturally inclined to the sort of primetime TV drama that he helmed as host of NBC’s The Apprentice.

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Lawyer Creates Website For Diversity in the Entertainment Field

Attorney Jaia Thomas decided that there needed to be one central location to find diverse talent when it came to staffing up behind-the-scene teams in the entertainment industry. Up until this point, one was left to put staffs together piecemeal, which for the most part, came by way of recommendations from industry peers.

Thomas launched the platform, succinctly titled, Diverse Representation, which is a comprehensive database featuring African American entertainment agents, attorneys, managers, and publicists. She has currently focused the list on the Los Angeles area but the plan is to grow and scale it nationally, hitting two other major talent hubs next. “Over the next several months the database will grow to include other markets such as New York and Atlanta,” stated Thomas.

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Diverse Representation was created to expand the conversation surrounding diversity in the entertainment industry. “Oftentimes, when we speak about diversity in the entertainment industry it is limited to the perspective of those names and faces we see on screen,” said Thomas. “Rarely do we speak about it from the perspective of those doing the legwork behind the screen who represent those talents by negotiating fair deals and fostering relationships for future work.”

There are still gaping racial disparities when it comes to those hired to represent talent and there are several layers to this. Not only is the lack of representation coming from the talent hiring a diverse team, but it also hails from the network and studio side. This list will hopefully provide awareness of who is out there.

Some prominent names found on the list include Dana Sims from ICM Partners, Nina Shaw from Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano, and Everett Johnson from Williams Morris Endeavor who have been known to represent some of Hollywood’s most successful African American talent.

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Power Couple Creates Unique Travel Experience for AfroPunk

AfroPunk has gained worldwide popularity for its music festival that celebrates black alternative culture, music, and art across three continents and five cities. The annual concert features a collective of indie acts and headliners like Solange, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and funk legend George Clinton. Now, the global live events company is expanding into the black travel movement space thanks to a new partnership with The Runaway Experience, a black-owned travel company that specializes in curating cultural experiences, connections, and adventures.

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The Runaway Experience was created in 2015 by Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin, a couple that met at church and started dating in 2013. At the time, Belizaire was a marketing executive who spearheaded campaigns for major brands like Boost Mobile, T.I.’s AKOO Clothing line, and McDonald’s. Meanwhile, Martin, a classically trained chef, was navigating a successful career in food science and media, making appearances on the Today show and Good Morning America. However, their lives took a drastic turn in March 2014 when they booked a last-minute getaway to the Caribbean to escape a harsh New York City snowstorm. “Have you ever gone on vacation and said to yourself, ‘I could live here?’ On a trip to Jamaica, Kalisa and I entertained that idea—and actually went through with it,” Belizaire told Black Enterprise in an email. “During the long weekend, the idea of [opening a bed and breakfast] came up and we thought, ‘Why not? It could happen, and it could happen right here in Jamaica.’”

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Four months later, the couple quit their jobs, relocated to Jamaica, and leaped head first into entrepreneurship in pursuit of their passion for food, culture, and travel. Together, they launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised nearly $ 47,000 as seed capital for their business idea. They then used the funding to launch their first outpost called The Runaway Jamaica, a community-oriented luxury bed and breakfast, in November 2015. “Kalisa and I made history by becoming the first successfully crowdfunded hospitality brand in the world,” says Belizaire.

The Runaway Jamaica brand became a huge success and eventually outgrew the four walls of the B&B. “In response to overwhelming demand, we were compelled to expand and host experiences all over the world,” he said. So, in 2017, they closed the B&B and launched The Runaway Experience, which hosts all-inclusive experiences for group travelers and partners with locally owned B&Bs and villas. The first pop-up destinations were in Cuba and Bali. The third will be in Brooklyn, New York, for the upcoming AfroPunk Festival in August.

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“We’re excited to enhance AFROPUNK Brooklyn by creating a travel experience that connects festivalgoers with the community and highlights the most exciting black-owned galleries, boutiques, and restaurants,” says Belizaire. The five-day, four-night experience includes a pop-up dinner with Bravo TV’s Top Chef finalist Chris Scott, an art tour led by art critic Jessica Lynne, a boutique shopping tour featuring fashion designer Debbie Hardy, and VIP tickets to see all of the acts at AfroPunk Brooklyn. This year’s performers include Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Janelle Monae.

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Belizaire says the partnership between The Runway Experience and AfroPunk developed through his organic relationships with AfroPunk co-founders Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper. “Matthew and Jocelyn have been longtime supporters of The Runaway Experience since its successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014,” he said, adding that the two brands share common values. “Through the years, a mutual interest in collaboration formed. When The Runaway Experience decided to launch a domestic travel experience, it made sense to partner with AFROPUNK. Together we created The Runaway AFROPUNK Experience to spotlight Brooklyn’s diversity, encourage cultural exchange, and to give Brooklyn festivalgoers an opportunity to form meaningful connections with the community.”

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This first-of-its-kind partnership will enable festivalgoers to connect with local communities through meticulously curated events, unforgettable dining experiences, and more. Belizaire says the strategic partnership also “further signals the rising tide of the black travel movement, which combats the stereotype that black people don’t travel when indeed the sector comprises a $ 48 billion market.”

 

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Patrick Grant Creates E-commerce Site for Community Clothing Brand

LOCAL COLOR: Patrick Grant is on a mission to create skilled jobs in the U.K. textile and apparel industry, and he’s taking his work a step further with plans to launch an e-commerce site for the not-for-profit Community Clothing label, which he founded in 2016.
Grant, who owns the men’s clothing brand E. Tautz and Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, launched Community Clothing with the aim of making affordable clothing, creating jobs and supporting British textile communities. It uses a direct-to-consumer model and offers basics for men and women, with a focus on denim and outerwear.
“We want to sustain and create a lot of skilled jobs in the textile and garment making industry. We think we can create 5,000 in the U.K.,” he said. “We’d like it to be big because the bigger it gets, the more jobs it creates,” Grant said. “The more efficient the factories become, the lower the prices, the better for everyone. We think the U.K. market for the product we make is huge, tens of billions, and most of the incumbents are failing to deliver.”
As part of his expansion plans, Grant will launch an e-commerce site early April that will also feature behind the scenes stories and interviews with British

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Privé Revaux Creates Capsule With ‘Riverdale’s’ Petsch

Eyewear brand Privé Revaux will launch its first capsule collection, a line with “Riverdale” star Madelaine Petsch, on April 9.
The Privé Revaux x Madelaine collection encompasses five styles intended to speak to the actress’ bold style. They are Street, retro round frames; Candy, small colorful lenses; Mister, an oversize cat-eye; Rogue, a modern aviator, and Clique, classic square sunnies. Each pair offers antiski screws, lightweight TR-90 and polarized lenses and the collapsible case will feature a pop of red.
All of the styles will retail for $ 29.95 each.
“I am beyond excited to share these meticulously and personally curated sunglasses with everyone,” Petsch said. “I have been obsessed with sunglasses for a very, very long time, so it was a natural fit for me to partner with Privé Revaux on my own collection. I spent a lot of time on the details of these pairs and I am so very proud of them.”

The collection will launch on April 9. 

The collection will be sold on the company’s web site as well as in select retail stores.
Petsch appears as Cheryl Blossom on the CW series “Riverdale,” a teen drama based on the characters of the Archie Comics. 

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Lancel Creates Capsule With Sarah Lavoine

IN THE BAG: French leather goods maker Lancel has teamed with interior designer Sarah Lavoine on a range of accessories, a rare collaboration for the historic label, owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont.
“Sarah Lavoine embodies contemporary Parisian lifestyle,” said Lancel chief executive officer Marianne Romestain at a cocktail to celebrate the tie-up at the brand’s Paris store Monday evening. “Our worlds are very complementary.
“We don’t often do collaborations,” Romestain continued. “We’ve spent time rebuilding a coherent world for Lancel, and now I think it’s good to express that now with people we think are close to our positioning.”
The lineup, intended to be largely unisex, includes carryalls in a range of sizes, wallets and card-holders and a suitcase, as well as interpretations of Lancel’s Pop cross-body purses, all in Lavoine’s signature green, vivid yellow, black and white color palette. There is also a notebook, a scarf and a travel jewelry box.
“It’s the first time I’ve done bags, and I think we’ve managed to combine my world with the quality and knowhow of Lancel,” said Lavoine, who has a growing lifestyle brand under her name offering a broad range of categories including furniture and tableware as well as recently introduced apparel.
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Kaiser Permanente Creates New Engaging Library Space at Underserved School in South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Kaiser Permanente is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new Upper Elementary Library at Barrett Elementary School in South Los Angeles.

With a team of community members and school volunteers, Kaiser Permanente staff transformed an unused classroom at the elementary school into an engaging space for third- through fifth-grade students. Barrett Elementary School Principal Jera Turner hopes the library will cultivate a love of reading and spark students’ curiosity about the world around them.

The unveiling event will take place at the school on Friday, March 9, featuring remarks by Wanda Austin, former chief executive officer of Aerospace Corp., a leading architect for the nation’s space program. Austin is one of the “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics” heroes honored on one of the walls of the library. The event will also include student presentations and a tour of the newly renovated space.

Murals grace the walls that were designed by Helene Cobb, artist and retired Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, whose work can be seen at several schools in the area. They represent California’s unique range of ecosystems, as well as outerspace, bringing nature indoors in a 360-degree experience. Teams turned desks into works of art, creating colorful energizing work surfaces. Additionally, drought-resistant native California plants were placed in the kindergarten play area to attract wildlife and nurture an appreciation of nature.

The Upper Elementary Library was made possible by a donation of more than 4,000 books by Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre. In collaboration with LAUSD, Jordan-Locke network of schools, Educational Theatre has committed to present all three of their elementary health education programs at each of the 16 Jordan-Locke schools over the next three years, with follow-up support provided by Watts Counseling and Learning Center.

“We are happy to have been invited to transform this space into a special place that encourages a love of reading and learning.” said Gerry Farrell, director, Southern California Educational Theatre for Kaiser Permanente. “We hope it will continue to inspire students at this school for many generations to come.”

For information about the event, contact Jennifer Lounibos, manager of booking and communications for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Program, at 213-841-6759.

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419 W. 98th St., Los Angeles, CA 90003
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10 a.m. to noon

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Efisio Marras Creates Bridal Capsule for White Carpet Fashion Show

SAY YES TO THE DRESS: Si Sposaitalia Collezioni trade show has revealed a partnership between Efisio Marras, creative director of the I’m Isola Marras brand and Antonio Marras’ eldest son, and the Apulia-based Bellantuono Bridal Group company, which was founded in 1968.
The capsule collection will be showcased during the White Carpet fashion show, to be staged on April 6, the inaugural day of the trade show in Milan.
The designer is said to be developing around five looks for brides-to-be as well as for the wedding ceremony’s guests.
Five other designers are expected to join the project and stage their capsule collections in partnership with as many Italian bridal companies. Their names are yet to be revealed.
The White Carpet project is part of the new format the bridal fair revealed in November.
In keeping with the aim of enhancing the quality of the event and its impact on a global scale, the fair’s venue will feature a dedicated area showcasing a special exhibition. Named “What’s new by Il matrimonio dei sensi” [“What’s new by The wedding of senses,”] the exhibit will display innovative services to visitors and buyers.
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Jimmy Choo Creates Bejeweled Shoes for Gènavant Collection

CAMBRIDGE COUTURIER: In an unconventional fusion of stilettos and sapphires, pumps and pearls,  Jimmy Choo has added fine jewelry to his repertoire with Gènavant.
Choo has been working with his godson Reggie Hung on the collection, which was the subject of a one-day exhibition at the Cambridge International Art Gallery on Friday.
He and Hung unveiled a glittering selection of bejeweled shoes — and shoe-inspired jewelry — during the event, which drew clients, friends and family including Choo’s daughter Emily.
The shoemaker talked about the importance of craftsmanship and said Gènavant was created to keep the skills of fine jewelry alive.
“The main reason I’m here is for Reggie. The most important thing is the skill and I want to keep supporting the crafts and the craftsmen so they can create more beautiful things,” said Choo.
The shoes and jewelry on display were done purely for the show, and the exhibition is set to travel to London, Milan, Shanghai and Beijing.
The artisanal pieces were meant to evoke grace, peace and elegance, according to Choo. Heels were embellished with rubies, pearls, sapphires and other stones, making for some weighty shoes — with price points to match.
He said prices will range from 1 million pounds to 4 million

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Black Owned Fashion Brand Creates Subscription Box For Black Men

Here’s a new way for guys and the men in your life to keep looking fresh and on point.

The Harrison Blake Apparel is a men’s fashion business that specializes in accessories like ties and bow ties, according to Black News.com.

Owned by Richard Taylor, the company makes subscription boxes filled with apparel and accessory goodies.

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In an interview with Black News, Taylor explains why he wants to reach out to men and help them look stylish no matter what.

“Through our subscription box service, we aim to help men build an impeccable wardrobe, which will make them look stylish, and polished, at every occasion. We pledge to continue to offer high quality men’s accessories, by continuously adding innovative designs to our growing product range,” explained Taylor.

There are three types of monthly subscriptions to choose from. The Monthly Dapper Club has a box with one necktie and four accessories.

You could opt for the Bow Tie Club box which features two bow ties and the Floral Tie Club box. Everyone who subscribes to the box receives it the first of every month.

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The company was named after the founder’s son and was first established by an executive in the industry. Blake’s family members now works the business alongside him.

He talks extensively about the importance of Black businesses and what it can do for communities and their economies.

“As an African-American-owned and operated company, we feel strongly about contributing towards building a stable economy for our community. Thousands of men have already tried, and loved, our products, which is the greatest testament to our success,” said Taylor.

For more information on Taylor and where you can sign up for a subscription box, head over to http://www.harrisonblakeapparel.com/.

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Cremieux Opens Second U.S. Store, Creates New Label for Dillard’s

Cremieux has embarked on a dual-pronged growth strategy as it works to increase sales.
The French brand, which got its start in Saint-Tropez in 1976, has opened its second store in the U.S. and has also created a new contemporary men’s brand for Dillard’s, its longtime American retail partner.
On Dec. 1, Cremieux opened an 800-square-foot boutique at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Fla. This joins the company’s SoHo store on Mercer Street that opened nearly four years ago.
A Florida store has long been on the wish list for Stephane Cremieux, chief executive officer of Cremieux and son of founder Daniel Cremieux. “Ever since the brand was founded, we wanted to open a store in Florida,” he said. “So when this opportunity came up, we took it.”
He said the recently renovated Royal Poinciana center is “a special place” with a curated assortment of luxury brands. “You can’t call it a mall. It’s like being in a summer house with fountains, lots of green and palm trees.” The center is home to 30 stores including Cynthia Rowley, Hermès, Magasin, Orlebar Brown and Serenella.
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Charlotte Moss Creates Collection for Ibu

By Women, For Women: Charlotte Moss is spreading her wings.
The interior designer and lifestyle authority collaborated on fall clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for Ibu, a three-year-old brand offering artisanal wares handmade by women in 34 nations. Moss and Ibu founder and creative director Susan Walker showcased the goods Wednesday and Thursday at Ceylon et Cie in Dallas.
From a Panamanian mola clutch to a cream and black felted wool coat made in Kyrgyzstan, Charlotte Moss for Ibu merges ethnic motifs with urban sophistication.
“It’s almost evergreen,” said Moss, gazing at a rack of the designs. “A caftan is forever. I often look at it as, ‘How do I justify certain prices for fashion when you know it’s done next season?’ Now I want to dress like this. We’re a global world, and it’s global attire.”
Walker is a former minister and trained weaver who got the idea for Ibu while visiting Timor and noticing that tourist shops sold soulless trinkets instead of native craftwork.
“There are people who want to pay for the real deal,” she said. “Women were putting their stories into textiles, and it’s a cultural language. I wanted to save that and put money into the hands of the women

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ESPRIT by Opening Ceremony Creates Bold Patterns for Winter

Opening Ceremony pairs up with ESPRIT for the year’s second collaborative drop. After releasing a pastel line in spring, this release looks towards college co-eds for inspiration.

Focusing heavily on plaid and leopard-printed comfy staples like sweatpants, the collection combines comfort with the bright colors ESPRIT is known for. Puffer jackets, sweaters and hoodies make up the range’s outerwear, all boasting a variety of bright patterns. Without catering to masculine or feminine cuts, the line is essentially genderless, aided by the loose-fitting outerwear and oversized jackets.

The collection is available through Opening Ceremony and ranges in price from $ 30 USD to $ 475 USD.

In related news, Opening Ceremony released its follow-up “Torch” collection last week.

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Creates Co-Working Space for Beauty Industry Pros

Entrepreneur Wilson Nolley Jr. had a mission: To help beauty industry professionals prosper.

He set forth on his mission and founded Salontra Select Suites—a 35,000-square-foot space that houses 135 suites for salon professionals. The business is still thriving 10 years after launch.

Call it a “co-working space for stylists,” if you will; Salontra allows beauty professionals to lease their very own salon suite within a larger community of fellow professionals.

 

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Professionals using the space include cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, nail technicians, and more. As with other co-working spaces, Salontra Select Suites offers those using the space a number of amenities such as concierge service; café with complimentary Starbucks coffee bar; and more. This community has grown rapidly over the last 10 years and it all started with Nolley’s vision.

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Black Enterprise caught up with Nolley, the founder, CEO, and president of Salontra Select Suites and Salontra Property Management, to learn more about his entrepreneurial journey and his venture.

 

Who is Wilson “Mr. Will” Nolley Jr? 

I am a visionary with a strong emphasis on making life better for the members of my community through entrepreneurship.

Where were you born and raised? 

I was born and raised in Baltimore City: Projects of Mt. More Court (West Baltimore); Harford Road (East Baltimore); and Poplar Grove (West Baltimore).

How did you get started in entrepreneurship? 

I was inspired at an early age. At the age of seven, I began working with my dad who owned his own business. My father owned an ice cream truck, and at the age of 11, I was making $ 100 a day…that was 1975…a lot of money for a little boy…good money for any boy now.

How did you come up with the concept? 

The concept had been around about a decade before I came along. I wanted to make the suite concept work for my community. I took the concept and added amenities that were relevant to my community: drop-in center for children; catering services for the busy stylist and client; hospitality service for stylists and clients; and retail vendors. In short, we allowed smaller businesses within our community a place to expand their businesses without the high overhead of opening a brick and mortar.

How did you come up with the name “Salontra Select Suites?”

Early in my career, I learned that catchy names and phone numbers were really important to retail businesses. So, I had to come up with a name that would flow off of everyone’s tongue.

What preparation did you take prior to launching your business? 

Months of interviewing stylists and cosmetology professionals in my community to determine what they were missing, and what was going to help their business grow.

What was the biggest challenge you faced launching Salontra Select Suites? 

The biggest challenge was convincing national real estate companies that this was a viable business concept.

How many locations do you have to date? 

Three: Catonsville, Maryland; Laurel, Maryland; and Bowie, Maryland.

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting their own business? 

Research. Research. Research.

What’s next? To open locations nationwide through partnerships and private equity.

You can take a virtual tour of Salontra Select Suites here.

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Men’s Wearhouse Creates Video for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, Men’s Wearhouse is doing its part to shine a light on U.S. servicemen.
The specialty retailer has created a video for its web site and social media channels featuring a former Navy SEAL, as well as U.S. Army and Marine Corps veterans, fitted them in Awear-Tech suits from Kenneth Cole and asked them to work out while wearing the suits. As part of Operation Tailored Heroes initiative, the company made a donation to the charity of their choice.
Awear-Tech uses 37.5 Technology, a patented process that removes moisture in the vapor stage before liquid sweat can form, and is made from elastic fabrics that help the suit move.
The company brought the veterans to a CrossFit box and filmed them running on a treadmill, doing squats, dead lifts, ropes climbs and other exercises.
Kenneth Cole is also featured in the video detailing how a percentage of all sales from the Awear-Tech line is donated to various veterans organizations including Hire Heroes USA, an organization that helps U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses succeed in the civilian workforce. Cole said that since the line launched, nearly $ 2 million has been donated to the cause.
The line is available exclusively at Men’s Wearhouse stores.

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Residents across Greenwich borough have been asked to not sweep their leaves into the streets as it creates extra work for the council.

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Lenox Corporation, the oldest and most prestigious maker of crystal and fine china in the United States, has designed and created the Inaugural gift for the incoming president since 1989. For each Inauguration, the Lenox team of experts work for months to create a gift that encapsulates the spirit of the American people and the new presidency.

After working on this project for more than five months with master glass-cutter Peter O’Rourke, Timothy Carder, Lenox Vice President of Design, handed over the stunning pieces of craftsmanship to Senator Roy Blunt at an intimate ceremony held Monday on Capitol Hill in the Rules Committee Hearing Room.

“It is my pleasure to accept Lenox’s official gift for the 58th Inaugural Ceremonies,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugurations. “Lenox has once again created a thoughtful and beautifully-crafted gift fitting of this historic occasion, and I look forward to presenting it to the President and Vice President on behalf of the American people.”

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Netflix Creates Weed Strains Inspired by Service’s Original Shows

Netflix will briefly enter the boutique weed business with a line of marijuana strains tailored to accompany the streaming service's exclusive series.

This weekend only in Los Angeles, Netflix is teaming with the city's Alternative Herbal Health Services for a pop-up event offering "The Netflix Collection," 10

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OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott does not believe that the absence of running back Ezekiel Elliott will create additional pressure for him. Elliott, pending an appeal that could come as soon as Tuesday, is staring at a six-game suspension?for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy based on a domestic violence incident involving a former girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio. "We have great running backs," Prescott said. " Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris. Those guys have had a lot of success in this league for a long time. It’s just an opportunity for them to come in and get more reps in that time off." McFadden has two 1,000-yard seasons in his career, including 2015 with the Cowboys when he finished fourth in the NFL in rushing. Morris has three 1,000-yard seasons, but the last one came in 2014 with the Washington Redskins. As much as the Cowboys believe in them, neither is as…
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How “Raising a Mogul TV” Creates Entrepreneurial Kids

Tamara Lewis is a mother of three children, one of whom—Zandra Azariah Cunningham—is a young mogul and the founder of Zandra Beauty, a natural bath and body product line targeting young women. At just 9 years old, Cunningham was hit with the entrepreneurial bug. Yet with little business experience, Lewis and family have grown the company beyond products and into a lifestyle brand featuring empowerment workshops, STEAM beauty camps, and spa parties.

Zandra Azariah Cunningham (Image: www.zandrabeauty.com)

 

Recently, Lewis launched Raising a Mogul TV, a platform to share her lessons learned from raising a teenpreneur and support the journey as moms of young moguls. The radio show airs weekly on Tuesday evenings at 8 PM EST. It will also live stream to Facebook, Periscope, YouTube and record via podcast. Here she shares her journey and talk show format.

Beyond your experiences raising a teenpreneur, what inspired you to launch Raising a Mogul TV?

 

I want to make life a little easier for moms that are where I was five to six years ago. At that time, I was single, climbing the corporate ladder, and struggling to hold it all together. My children were my reason. I had three children who I knew were destined for greatness, however, that greatness needed to be nurtured, positioned, and fine-tuned before it could manifest. I had no idea where to begin.

Were you prepared for the growth and success of Zandra Beauty?

 

I wasn’t. When Zandra started there weren’t many resources available. I knew business but when you’re raising a 9-year-old entrepreneur, it adds a new set of challenges. I felt very alone on the journey.

Today, there are programs that will help children launch a business, however, there is nothing specifically designed for the parent managing that child. From my unpreparedness and confusion early on, Raising A Mogul was born.

Tamara Lewis Tamara Lewis (Image Courtesy of Tamara Lewis)

 

What types of content can we expect?

 

I am curating a league of moms that have raised successful young moguls, some are well-known, others are just getting started. We’ll discuss topics such as parenting, business education, mentorship, time management, and self-care and how to raise driven and confident children.

I will also provide moms a platform to share their personal success stories and businesses so they might profitably build collaborations for themselves and their moguls.

 

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How Seeds of Fortune Creates Economic Empowerment Opportunities for Young Women of Color

As a high school senior, Nitiya Walker, was met with a challenge that many students face—”I have dreams of getting a college education, but I can’t afford it.” 

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“I met a young lady who earned $ 150,000 in scholarships to Spelman College. Her mom assisted her, so I asked her mother to work with me. She helped me win $ 250,000 in scholarships. I thought to myself “What if I never met the young lady in my Girl Scout troop?” It sparked a desire to want to help other girls gain access to free money. From this experience, Seeds of Fortune was born.

Seeds of Fortune is a scholarship program focused on creating the next generation of financially empowered young women of color. With more than 40 young women enrolled in the program, scholars have garnered $ 6 million in scholarship offers from top universities across the country and accepted more than $ 1 million in scholarship offers.

Black Enterprise: When it comes to being successful, what do you think is the most undervalued skill? 

Nitiya Walker: The ability for people to communicate their story and decisions behind their future goals and dreams. We help our scholars prep for interviews as well as intensive college essay development so they can share their stories with stakeholders. We also teach them critical thinking skills. This helps them decide which colleges are more cost effective, the career paths that align with their interest, and how money can be used as a tool to make it happen.

BE: Why did you decide to include an entrepreneurship component to your program?

NW: Entrepreneurship is the No. 1 way to build wealth in America. It is the third pillar of our values, as we believe that young women of color should be able to control their destiny and use their resources to create opportunities for themselves.

BE: Can you share one piece of advice to financially empower young women?

NW: It’s important to build savings, as savings brings security, and it will help to start your investment capital. In turn, investments build wealth. Also,

  • Pay yourself first. Then divide your accounts between a short-term savings account and a long-term savings account.
  • Select a second savings account that is difficult to access like credit unions, small banks, or digital banks.

 

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How Gebeya Creates IT Professionals and Increases Career Opportunities Across Africa

User Interface (Image: Gebeya)

There are so many technical coding schools, boot camps, and recruiting platforms for underrepresented minorities in the U.S., but I was curious to find out more about the companies that were tapping into Africa’s tech talent pool.

With this in mind, BLACK ENTERPRISE connected with Amadou Daffe, the CEO and co-founder of Gebeya, Inc., a fast and secure online marketplace that connects African IT experts with other businesses to develop technology solutions. Daffe not only introduced us to his platform, but he was also kind enough to further elaborate on why Gebeya is beneficial to the African marketplace.

 

Amadou Daffe (Image: Gebeya) (Image: Amadou Daffe Photo Courtesy of Gebeya)

 

Black Enterprise: Tell me about your background. Why did you decide to start Gebeya?

Amadou Daffe: I have two passions in life: Africa and software engineering. I hold a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Management Information Systems from the U.S.

Over the last five years, I have traveled to Africa, searching for top software engineers. In the process, I acquired a lot of knowledge on the IT landscape in Africa, and the opportunities it presents. I have seen the potential of software improving African economies and solving socioeconomic issues. However, it is my belief that more work needs to be done.

Africa still lags behind in software development and engineering, yet software continues to empower millions of people and businesses in developed countries, creating revolutionary concepts and winning business models. This motivated me to co-found the pan-African company, Gebeya, Inc., which nurtures a self-sustainable ecosystem by training, hiring, and incubating African IT talent.

 

Black Enterprise: Let’s dive deeper into the product; what type of talent is it intended to target?

Amadou Daffe: “Gebeya” means “marketplace” in Amharic, the national Ethiopian language. Therefore, [we want people to] think of Gebeya as a platform where professionals can find and acquire legitimate work.

Currently, we are training, placing, and incubating software engineers, DevOps, API engineers, mobile app engineers, back-end system engineers, user experience designers, and user interface designers. With time, we will expand to focus on other professional areas, such as video production, photography, accounting, and so forth.

 

Black Enterprise: Why do you think Gebeya is especially important to the African marketplace?

Amadou Daffe: Gebeya [aims to] shape a robust, African IT industry by nurturing a strong, self-sustaining, African IT ecosystem. It accomplishes this by providing advanced, practical training, to increase the number of professional software engineers and developers in Africa. This will help increase job opportunities for IT professionals, and ultimately will produce more innovative startups in Africa.

I think that if Africa is to compete with the world’s leading economies, it is necessary for Africans to cultivate the right digital skills in order to meet the increasing demand for IT professionals and gain access to the tech industry.  This will, in turn, increase the positive impact software has on Africa’s economy, and position the continent among leaders in the global software industry.

 

Black Enterprise: What is your competitive advantage? 

Amadou Daffe: Gebeya’s training has a holistic curriculum, which is practical by design, ensuring that each student graduates with both soft and technical skills. We produce razor-sharp domain specialists, not coders.

Furthermore, Gebeya’s executive team has spent the last five years working in several African countries, to better evaluate the continent’s technology landscape. As a result, we’ve managed to recruit African IT professionals, creating an internal network of over 2,500 developers.

 

Training Interface (Image: Gebeya)

 

Black Enterprise: What type of traction are you seeing with Gebeya so far? How many clients do you have?

Amadou Daffe: We’ve been pleased by the warm reception and market demand for professional IT software engineers and developers.

Currently, Gebeya is incubating one product in the health sector, SEW, as well as two startups. Gebeya has also generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue in the past six months, both from training and the marketplace.With an average of 15 organic client requests per month, Gebeya completes dozens of client projects.

In addition, Gebeya has received over 500 applicants for training in just four months, and it’s [placed] 140 highly talented IT professionals in the marketplace. Our first successful cohort of 70 professional software engineers and developers [recently] graduated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Gebeya has a presence in three strategic locations: Kenya, Ethiopia, and the U.S. It’s also signed a significant partnership agreement with Smart Africa. The partnership aims to fuel three of Smart Africa’s flagship initiatives, including Smart Africa ICT Industry Development, Smart Africa Digital Literacy, and Smart Africa Digital Economy.

 

Black Enterprise: Where are you finding your talent, and how to you vet applicants?

Amadou Daffe: Generally speaking, we locate talent through our advanced training programs, hackathons, universities, digital media platforms, and our corporate clients. Every month, Gebeya organizes events to attract more talent to our campuses in Kenya and Ethiopia. These events give us the advantage of discovering talent at an early age. Recruitment events are our first point of contact, with potential talent, because at this stage, they are still potential trainees.

Those who are interested in what Gebeya has to offer can then submit an online application, to see if they qualify for our professional training program. Qualifying applicants then begin our rigorous vetting process, and if they manage to pass this initial phase, they are then invited in for a face-to-face interview. If the interview is successful, applicants are then invited to enter our practical training program, which lasts about four to six months. At the end of the program, students are expected to deliver a full-fledged, functional product. Those who succeed at this then qualify for job placement on the platform.

 

Black Enterprise: What other regions do you plan on expanding to, and what are your plans for scaling this business?

Amadou Daffe: Our first strategic targets are multinational businesses and government institutions across Africa. In the next five years, Gebeya will continue developing existing IT talent across the major hubs in Africa, including in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Ivory Coast.Our hope is to eventually expand into the European and American markets, to source for more international clients and find more professional, qualified, and affordable IT talent.

This production of talent will subsequently fuel Gebeya’s ability to meet the global demand for professional IT talent. It will also promote innovation by incubating more startups.

 

Black Enterprise: What criteria does one from those regions need to fulfill, in order to sign up and join?

Amadou Daffe: They would need to identify whether we are [already] present in their location; we are currently present in Kenya and Ethiopia, but we will soon be in Rwanda and Nigeria. After going through Gebeya’s vetting process, those based in the other countries have the option to come study on our current campuses, or they can wait until we launch in their countries.

 

 

For more information about Gebeya, visit its website.

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Fed-Up Artist Creates Very, Very, Very, Very NSFW Trump Troll Doll

This could possibly be the best way to troll President Donald Trump.

Chuck Williams, a 56-year-old who resides in upstate Wisconsin, has created a vinyl Donald Trump troll doll with a disturbingly visible penis.

The 4.75-inch tall and 4-inch wide toy also comes with a little Android cell phone in hand so President Troll is always Twitter ready.

Best part?

You can totally preorder one on Kickstarter for $ 25 a pop.

Williams, the former senior staff sculptor for the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California, has sculpted professionally for film, theme parks, toys and collectibles for 30 years. After Trump was elected, he found himself sculpting the commander-in-chief in order to deal with his emotions.

“I was as surprised as everyone else that Trump was elected,” Williams told the Huffington Post. “I just found myself sculpting a caricature of him to release some steam.”

And there are a few reasons as to why the doll is a little more graphic than your average troll doll.

“I sculpted him NSFW to make it clear that I sculpted the entire figure and did not simply sculpt a head on an existing toy body,” Williams explained. “And I wanted to be a bit insulting. Tiny hands you know.”

After Williams created a sample of his Trump troll doll, he posted a photo on Facebook and discovered that so many of his friends wanted one that he decided to start a Kickstarter campaign to cover the manufacturing of so many figures.

At the moment, the dolls are only available for preorder, being that Williams wants to find a quality factory to make them. He hopes the dolls will begin being made and distributed in the next few months, but it could take up to a year.

But Williams promises HuffPost that “we are moving ahead” on the project.

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Guy Creates Trump Inauguration Flyer We Should All Start Passing Out

We’re all very excited for Trump’s inauguration, in the same way one is excited to watch their drunk uncle try the Slip ‘N Slide. Like, “This is a bad idea. A very, very, entertaining bad idea.”

To get you pumped for this event of a lifetime ― maybe one of the last events of our lifetime …

TV writer Josh Greenberg designed the Trump inauguration flyer that we all had pictured in our heads.

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Mom Creates Comic To Teach 7-Year-Old Daughter To Accept Her Natural Beauty

When 7-year-old Natalie McGriff struggled to embrace her natural black beauty, her mom was the first one to encourage her to love her hair and her beautiful brown skin and to apply the confidence that comes with self-acceptance.

But it wasn’t easy.

Natalie didn’t see herself reflected on TV and among the toys she owned — and because of this lack of representation began to describe herself as “ugly,” said her mother, Angie Nixon.

Nixon was determined to teach her daughter valuable lessons on self-image and self-love.

“I started a Facebook group called ‘Natalie You Are Beautiful’ where strangers and friends could post positive affirmations for her,” Nixon told The Huffington Post. “She enjoyed reading them but it still wasn’t helping her.”

Invested in her mission, Nixon took a more creative approach. She hit on the idea of a comic book that would portray the 7-year-old as a superhero with crime-fighting afro puffs. The hero’s curly hair, a trait that Natalie found hard to accept, became her crowning glory that came with special magical powers.

Natalie was immediately on board. She gave her mom story ideas for the comic and the two made the book together.

Shortly after, the pair launched The Adventures Of Moxie Girl, a comic starring a fictional Natalie who activates the superpowers in her magical puffs to fend off book-eating monsters that attack her local library.

“I was hoping to improve and raise the self-esteem of my daughter. I also wanted to instill in her a love for reading,” Nixon said. “I wanted her to realize how powerful she is and that she shouldn’t have to change for anything.”

moxie girl

Nixon submitted the comic book to a crowdfunding festival in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where attendees cast ballots on who would take home the large cash prize.

It turned out Natalie wasn’t the only one who fell in love with Moxie Girl — voters championed the idea and daughter and mother took home $ 16,400 to put towards a larger print run for the comic. The book will come out in June, Nixon announced on Instagram.

Now Natalie has much stronger self-esteem — and so does Nixon. She advises other parents to always feed their children positive affirmations and model the self-respect they want their kids to have.

“How can I tell my daughter her hair is beautiful in its natural state, if I alter mine?” she said. “I have to embrace my natural beauty before I am truly able to tell her to embrace hers.”

“We have to work on ourselves as parents first. We have to model the behavior that we want to see in our children,” Nixon said.

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Brandon Scott Wolf Creates Dating Website For Himself Only

Finding love online can be difficult when you are just one of millions actively seeking a partner.

So Brandon Scott Wolf has found a way to increase the odds in his favor. He’s created DateBrandonScott Wolf, a dating site where he is the only dating option.

The website claims to be “America’s No. 1 Online Dating Site for Brandon Scott Wolf.”

Women interested in dating the 25-year-old Brooklyn-based bartender and comedian simply need to fill out a profile and write an essay between 500 and 1,000 words about “an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.”

In return, Wolf promises to be the perfect partner for a woman seeking a serious relationship, which he defines as “being able to lay on a couch together while wearing pajamas and watching ‘Bob’s Burgers’ (LOL).”

So far, Wolf has received more than 45 applications, including one all the way from India, Fusion.net reports.

Wolf is cautiously optimistic he might find lasting love from one of the applicants.

“Half seem real, a quarter seem VERY real,” he told Elite Daily.

Since Wolf is a known comedian who contributes jokes to the “Weekend Update” segment on “Saturday Night Live,” you’re forgiven if you’re not sure he’s serious.

Neither is he.

“People have asked me, ‘Are you serious? Is this a joke?’ And my only response is, ‘I’m not even sure,'” Wolf told Mashable. “There’s a part of me that’s hoping someone is going to get this 100 percent, and won’t catfish me, and then I’ll ask them out on a date.”

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‘Boob Goddess’ Takiko Shindo Creates Bust-Enlarging Rake

A Japanese woman known as the “Boob Goddess” hopes to rake in cash with a modified rake that she claims can firm a woman’s bust and even enlarge it.

Takiko Shindo is known for something called “Oppai Taisou,” which roughly translates into English as boob exercise massage.”

Her latest advancement in the bustling field of bust enhancement is something called the “Oppai Taisou Hand,” that is basically a pink rake for stroking and brushing one’s breasts, according to Rocket News 24.

The rakish product sells online for between $ 41 and $ 54. A commercial suggests it can increase a woman’s bust by three centimeters.

The so-called “science,” according to Shindo, is that ligaments holding up breasts need to move. Otherwise fats in the same area settle down around the chest muscles, and causes breasts to sag, Rocket News 24 reports.

As titillating as it sounds, Shindo’s theory flies in the face of modern medicine, according to Dr. Barry Handler, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in San Diego.

“There are ligaments in breast tissue that stretch over time,” he told HuffPost. “But once they stretch, they don’t snap back. Ligaments aren’t like muscles — there’s no contractible property.”

But Shindo’s mammary massage device may not be a complete bust, according to Dr. Bruce Lee, a Beverly Hills-based gynecologist.

“Usage of the breast rake upon oneself actually does accomplish several things that theoretically could alter the perception of breast size and shape,” he told HuffPost by email. “When holding the rake in the right hand and massaging and lifting the left breast, one is actually exercising the right pectoral muscles, which lie beneath the breast.”

Lee says these muscles, when exercised, will enlarge and tighten and add shape to the upper body. He also says mechanical breast stimulation can increase breast growth in both men and women.

“Certainly, the breast hand or rake is a novel stimulus for the manufacturer, who, no doubt, is smiling. And, pardon the pun, handily raking it in,” he said.

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