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A new podcast has graced our presence featuring author Luvvie Ajayi and actress/comedian Yvonne Orji, who both proudly represent their Nigerian culture. According to the logline, the women are discussing everything they love, their life stories, and whatever else comes to mind in a fun and entertaining way.
The name? Jesus and Jollof, two things that the ladies say they can’t do without. “We need Jesus in our life,” says Orji, and “Jollof rice is a necessity,” proclaims Ajayi. According to their site, alternative options jokingly included, 2 Goat Queens, a play on Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s 2 Dope Queens.
The first episode is comedically titled, “The Five Nigerian Love Languages,” which highlights the way Nigerians communicate and show affection, but before they get into the details, Ajayi and Orji introduce themselves and explain how they met and became friends, and how the podcast came to fruition.
“We have Elaine Welteroth to thank,” said Orji. “We were at a party. We were at Bozoma Saint John’s house, it was her birthday and she was being a great host, [pouring everyone tea]. Here goes Elaine, ‘Boz do you have Matcha?‘ Me and Luvvie just went full tirade Nigerian on her.”
Sitting with a mix of extreme shock and foresight meets vision, “Elaine was like, you guys are ridiculous! The very next day she had a poll on Instagram and she was like, who thinks Yvonne and Luvvie should do a podcast? I think 3,000 people responded. 97% said yes,” said the hilarious duo.
After explaining their relationship, the ladies go deep into what they call, the Five Nigerian Love Languages, which are nothing like Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service and Receiving Gifts. Without giving it all away, based on the duo’s personalities, you can imagine what these love languages consist of.
To listen in full, check out their new podcast here.
Gucci launched their collaborative collection with Dapper Dan globally on Tuesday both online and in select stores. The collection is now officially available to the masses and y’all…it’s fire. The collection is currently headlining the website and I’ve been gathering my coin for months, so I can give myself and early birthday gift.
The collection, not surprisingly, has a Harlem feel. I’m glad that Alessandro Michele and House of Gucci corrected their wrongs and allowing Black culture to flow from the source straight to the runway back to the streets.
Personally, I love the Gucci Dapper Dan Tank Top ($ 550, Gucci.com) and the oversized Gucci Dapper Dan t-shirt ($ 550, Gucci.com), which is perfect for ladies (or men), that want to upgrade their casual wear and support the brand at an affordable (by designer standards) price. The bomber jackets, particularly the all gold jacket ($ 4,500.00, Gucci.com) as well as the oversized glasses. The $ 3,390.00 Gucci Dapper Dan Backpack is something that every city dweller needs to up their commuting game.
This is a collection that I’ll happily give all my rent money towards.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX’s first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.
It was an unusually busy Tuesday when it comes to tech events, as Xiaomi, Huawei, and then Apple unveiled a bunch of new products. The Chinese companies launched new smartphones at events in China and France, while Apple unveiled a new iPad in Chicago with a focus on education.
That’s why we almost missed a brand new product that we didn’t exactly expect. Known mostly for its smartphones, Xiaomi makes all sorts of other interesting hardware, including TVs, accessories, and — starting now — gaming laptops. That’s right, Xiaomi just unveiled its first-ever notebook that’s targeted directly at gamers.
Sadiq Khan speaks to Marie Claire about #BehindEveryGreatCity, a major new campaign for gender equality across London
‘We’re going to drive forward to make our city the best place in the world to be a girl and to be a woman,’ Sadiq Khan told us after the announcement of his new #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to champion gender equality across the capital.
The campaign coincides with the anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, and celebrates the fact that ‘Behind Every Great City is equality, opportunity and progress.’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will use this centenary year to work with London’s many leading industries – from culture, to business, to education – to support the continuing success of women and to push for greater gender equality for women from all backgrounds across the city.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced his major new gender equality campaign #BehindEveryGreatCity at Platanos College in Clapham Road. Photographer: Caroline Teo. Copyright notice to Greater London Authority
Here are our top take-homes from Sadiq Khan’s announcement this morning:
Parliament Square’s first statue of a woman
The first-ever (!) monument of a woman to stand within the central London location will be unveiled next year. Following Caroline Criado-Perez’s successful campaign – whose efforts also saw Jane Austen appear on the new £10 notes – a statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett (created by Turner Prize-wining artist Gillian Wearing) will be able to call Parliament Square home from next year.
Women’s art is coming to the London Underground
Art on the Underground, Transport for London’s public art programme, has commissioned a year-long programme of works from an international selection of exclusively women artists to mark the momentous year. There are almost six million journeys on the London Underground each day and women artists are being brought to the forefront of Art on the Underground, which Khan calls ‘probably the world’s biggest public art gallery.’
Sadiq Khan on the gender pay gap
Recent data from the Office of National Statistics showed that in 20 years, the gender pay gap has gone down by only half a percent. In the words of Sadiq Khan: ‘There’s no excuse for there to be a gender pay gap’. Following their first ever gender pay audit, City Hall is implementing plans to reduce the gender pay gap, with initiatives such as training senior managers to ensure recruitment processes are as fair as possible, offering mentoring and increasing the availability of part-time and flexible working options.
Including men in the gender equality conversation
Gender equality is not just for girls. Sadiq Khan said, ‘I passionately believe this can’t just be a fight for girls and women, it’s got to be all of us that join the fight.’ He went on, ‘We need to have more boys and men getting it and understanding why it’s important. Not just because they happen to be the fathers of daughters or because they’ve got sisters they care about, because we’re going to benefit as a society if woman have gender equality.’
Sadiq Khan reveals his female inspirations
We learnt who Sadiq Khan thinks is London’s greatest woman: his mum. He told us, ‘She raised eight children, seven boys and a girl, twenty-three grandchildren and in our family, we did the hoovering, the cooking, the ironing – there was no issue about gender stereotypes and she’s still going strong. She’s the matriarch of the family.’
He went on to talk about his other choice, Doreen Lawrence (campaigner and mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence). ‘In my lifetime, I’ve seen a Londoner, who’s a woman, change the narrative around ethnicity, change the law, be a formidable fighter for this issue and she’s still working really hard at the House of Lords.’
There was slight confusion, as the alleged launch time was dated for Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Most of eastern Australia, except Queensland, is currently on daylight savings time (AEDT). Read more…
Brittiney Jones emancipated from her parents at 16 years old. “At the time, I struggled with financial literacy, confidence, speaking in public, and finding a mentor or role model to help guide me,” says Jones. However, my mom always stressed the importance of higher education, so I knew college was the best route. In college, I searched for a similar community of people but I noticed there weren’t many people who were like me. I also learned about 10% of former foster care youth will attend college, and only about 3% graduate from higher education institutions—I was one of them.”
CYOI has not only received recognition from the community and governmental leaders in the Chicago area, but the Obama administration contacted them to discuss academic needs, and best practices to assist the growing underresourced foster care population.
Black Enterprise caught up with Jones to learn more about CYOI’s mission to make sure every CYOI student graduates from high school and seeks higher education or a career-related field.
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How are you working toward making changes happen within the social service arena in Chicago??
Within the city of Chicago, and nationwide, there are correlations between abandoned youth, mental illness, drug abuse, homelessness, and gang affiliation. We believe by creating safe spaces for youth that provide guidance and promote self-love you can address the issue of abandonment. Our youth development program is based on a holistic approach that includes:
A mentoring program for our students, as well as a series of events, focused on the knowledge, skills, and resources to achieve their personal and academic goals.
A career expo which gives youth in our program an opportunity to network with career professionals in the Chicago community. Our students also get to share their stories, goals, dreams, etc. and receive feedback, as well as learning and job shadowing opportunities from our presenters.
What do you think schools, parents, and state agencies can do to improve the lives of foster youth living in Chicago?
We recommend that educational and social service leaders value the social-emotional growth (i.e., confidence-building, identity, self-esteem, etc.) of students to the same extent that academic growth is valued. Without a strong foundation and sense of self, it is hard to achieve anything.
We’ve covered the SmartOmi Q5 True Wireless Earbuds a number of times here on the site, and they’re insanely popular each and every time we cover them. Why? Because they offer sound that’s on par with Apple’s AirPods along with a design that actually stays in your ears when you work out. Oh, and did we mention they cost $ 120 less than AirPods? SmartOmi just launched its popular Q5 buds in a new white color, and they’re available at the same killer $ 39.99 price as the black version. But while supplies last, you can use the coupon code KID9T3XU at checkout and save an extra $ 8, dropping the price to just $ 31.99!
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In 2011, Carla Christine was working as an electrical engineer for the Department of Defense and suffering from crippling anxiety. Her condition was affecting both her professional and personal lives and led Christine to self-medicate with alcohol, cigarettes, and hookah.
“Although a doctor prescribed me an anti-depressant for anxiety, it was without an evaluation,” she says. “A friend became worried and recommended yoga. I couldn’t see how twisting and bending could heal my body and mind, but I agreed to try it. It was the best advice because yoga has aided me in self-healing and self-study.”
Later, Christine solidified her interest by becoming a certified yoga teacher and launching the Yoga Green Book (YGB), an online wellness studio and membership platform providing access to unlimited yoga and meditation videos to transform your mental and physical health.
(Image: Carla Christine)
“Since YGB’s creation, over 1,000 people have accessed our online teachings,” says Christine. “Business is conducted virtually, which enables my husband and me to connect with other yogis of color worldwide and have location independence. We have traveled to more than 20 cities worldwide and currently live in Medellin, Colombia.”
Christine also found the courage to leave her six-figure salary job to share yoga’s transformational power full-time. We caught up with Christine to learn about her startup process.
Tell us about the market need for YGB.
With racism, trauma, mental illnesses, and diseases that disproportionally impact our community, tools like yoga are needed now more than ever. When I first started practicing yoga, I discovered how difficult it could be for yoga students to find and connect with culturally affirming teachers in their communities.
I created an online platform for yoga because it’s an encouraging entry point for those who are new to the field as well as a means for seasoned practitioners to continue to evolve their practice regardless of their location.
How did you know there was a market and audience for YGB?
There are other successful yoga streaming sites but it was rare to see a black yoga teacher on their sites even though I and other yogis had subscriptions to these sites. We can all benefit from holistic practices, so yoga should reflect our image and be available to us all.
I launched and advertised the site and a five-part beginner yoga series in a way that unapologetically portrayed blackness to see if there was any interest. When there were steady sign-ups, I knew there was a market.
(Image: Carla Christine)
What’s your best marketing tool for attracting customers?
Our free 21-Day Beginner Yoga Challenge teaches foundational yoga poses. Most challengers go on to sign up for a YGB studio membership. Our online yoga studio has a 30-day free trial that includes access to unlimited yoga and meditation classes, optional one-on-one video consultations, and exclusive resources and tips.
In May 2017, Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, founder of the Strange Roots Box, and Lauren Bates an employee of Quicken Loans met at a Maintenance & Mimosas event in downtown Detroit. Two months later they joined forces to launch Black Metro Eats, a seven-day event spotlighting black-owned dining establishments serving cuisines ranging from French to West African and more in the Metro Detroit area.
Image: Lauren Bates and Kwaku Osei-Bonsu)
Black Enterprise caught up with the trailblazing duo to learn how they launched Detroit’s first restaurant week.
What were your first steps in turning your vision into reality?
Kwaku has a background in web development so he built out the website, restaurant recruitment packet, and all digital collateral that would act as marketing support for the week. Lauren created a list of potential participating restaurants so that we could strategize a plan of action. Lastly, we created a compelling press release that would rally the media around a community-based inaugural event.
Surprisingly, it was tough to get restaurants to participants. About two weeks prior to the week we only had two restaurants registered.
Why? We attribute the lag to a few things:
Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week is new and not necessarily something that restaurant owners within our community were familiar with. In retrospect, they aren’t generally asked to participate in Detroit Restaurant Week. Some restaurants needed a bit more of a push, so they received in-person pitches. Many who were initially unresponsive expressed interest after seeing other notable establishments register.
Many thought by participating in “Black Restaurant Week” it would deter their “non-ethnic” clientele. While a valid concern, the purpose was to highlight the owners of 60 black-owned dining establishments in the Metro Detroit area—not exclusivity to black patrons.
What were your proudest moments during the week?
We brought 12 distinct establishments a consistent flow of first-time patrons as well as exposure to Detroit, a city where black-owned restaurants are often left out of the narrative.
Another proud moment came while we were passing out flyers at the Detroit Public Library. We met a woman named Francis who lived through the civil rights era. She was teary-eyed after finding that such an event was not only happening here but was being launched by two young millennials. That was sobering and reassuring that we were on the right path.
Here are all of the new beauty products that launched this week
Overwhelmed by all the new beauty products that are out? Never fear, fellow makeup maven. HelloGiggles’ Beauty Editor, Marie Lodi, and Associate Beauty Editor, Alyssa Morin, will be rounding up all of the best launches from the week in one place — in our Beauty Bulletin! Check back at the end of each week to find out which releases we need to get our perfectly painted claws on.
Glossier’s newest release is named Wowder, and for a pretty good reason. It’s a multi-featured product with some pretty good ~wow~ factors. Wowder is not only pore-blurring setting powder, but its formula is also lightweight, so you’ll get that clean, matte finish without having to worry about it looking caked on, ‘cause who in the hell needs that?! Surely not *I*. — Marie
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Becca Cosmetics really know how to make products that leave us looking *and* feeling like a goddess. Every product is made with glowing skin and an airbrushed finish in mind. This new liquid-to-powder blurring primer vanishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections — just what I like to hear. — Alyssa
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It’s always a goddamn PLEASURE when Benefit adds to their Benetint line, and their latest addition to the family honestly, truly speaks to me. This new tint is cherry red, aka my forever signature lip shade. Plus, it’s adorably named Gogo, which simultaneously reminds me of Inspector Gadget, Tiny Toons, and ’60s mod fashion, of course. Can’t go wrong with any of that. — Marie
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Want your skin to have that lit-from-within glow or look as if you were naturally born with angelic skin? Say hello to your new best friend, FAB’s Multi Sticks. The cream-to-powder complexion sticks are infused with mango butter, shea butter, Vitamin E, and (best of all) micro-pearls. Yeah, you’ll be gleaming in no time. Pop this on your cheeks, brow bone, lips, and shoulders for that luminous glow. — Alyssa
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Anything Muva and Flirt Cosmetics serves up, I’m ready for it AND asking for seconds. Flirt’s latest, the Kajal Eyeliner, is a cone-shaped longwear liquid liner that is meant to last through a night of wild shenanigans. Who wants to test it on a night out with me? #SheReady. — Marie
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Inglot’s new palette is aimed at decreasing packaging waste which, well if you have ever ordered a tiny thing from Amazon Prime or bought something from Costco, you know it can be a problem. Their Flexi Eco palette is made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, and is ECO-certified. If you hit pan, don’t throw this earth-friendly cutie away, simply buy a new pan to refill it! — Marie
Do I have any squalane fans in the house? Are you like WTF is squalane? Scientifically speaking, squalane is a mega-moisturizing molecule. The human body produces its own version of this good stuff, but it starts to decrease after you get older. So, Biossance did a cool thing and invented a plant-based squalane made from sugarcane, making it the brand’s hero ingredient. Not only do their new biodegradable cleansing cloths remove makeup easily, but they’ll also help to condition your brows and lashes while keeping your skin hydrated. So if you’re at the gym or traveling and forgot to pack your moisturizer, you’ll be able to wipe off the day from your face and still make sure it gets taken care of, hydration-wise, at the same time. — Marie
Leave it to Drybar to infuse their new shampoo with the hottest ingredient in skin care. If charcoal is great for our skin, then it must be good for the rest of our makeup, skin care, and hair needs right? The charcoal purifies and deep cleans your hair and scalp, while the vegetable protein strengthens and treats damaged or chemically-treated hair. I’ll take this shampoo just how I take my drinks, thank you very much. — Alyssa
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Doesn’t this collection remind you of Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Maybe it’s the mint-colored packaging or the baby pink blush that makes me want to channel Audrey Hepburn and walk into the jewelry store. Either way, this collection is too cute to pass up. The bundle comes with two liquid matte lipsticks, two eyeshadow duos, two eye crayons, two blushes, and a free makeup bag. While you can buy all eight pieces separately (ranging from $ 18-$ 25), you’ll definitely save some mula if buy the bundle. — Alyssa
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If you’re new to Melt Cosmetics, then their Hot Box collection is the perfect starter pack, as it includes lipsticks, eyeliners, lip liners, eyeshadows, and a makeup pouch of your choice. And don’t the shadows and lipsticks have you wishing for fall weather and pumpkin pice lattes? It’s Friday, babes, and it’s the perfect day to treat yourself to some new products. — Alyssa
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Bath and Body Works must have heard our cries, because they added two new productrs to their fan-favorite CocoShea Body Oil collection: cucumber and honey. If your skin is feeling this transitional weather, then this cucumber body oil is just what the doctor ordered. It’s vitamin-packed with cocoa butter and shea butter to give your skin the ultimate hydration throughout the day. — Alyssa
In case you missed last week’s makeup and skin care launches, read all about them here.
Preppy style just got a chic upgrade with Reese Witherspoon’s latest collection from her Draper James line. Allure
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