Clandestina Is Cuba’s First Independent Fashion Label. Its Founders Want ‘Global Domination.’

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Idania del Rio, co-founder of Cuba’s first independent fashion label Clandestina, wore a recycled T-shirt to the recent opening of her New York pop-up. With a ripped neck held together by many safety pins, the refurbished black Cincinnati Bearcats jersey resembled a sort of gender-neutral take on Elizabeth Hurley’s famous black Versace dress.

A publicist for the brand was quick to whisper that the salvaged top, like most Clandestina pieces, was “sustainable.”

The s-word has emerged as one of the Planet Fashion’s buzziest trends, with major players like Levi’s, H&M, and Kering pledging to release eco-friendly designs and initiatives. In Cuba, recycling clothes isn’t just in vogue—it’s been a way of life for more than half a century.

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Papa John’s Picks Shaq as Pitchman After Founder’s Racist Controversy

(NEW YORK) — Papa John’s has a new pitchman: Shaquille O’Neal.

The chain says basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and promoted Papa John’s in other ways. He will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Papa John’s is trying to revive its image after the company’s founder and namesake, John Schnatter, was reported to have used a racial slur during a media training session. Schnatter, who was the face of the company, has apologized for the slur and the company scrubbed his face from the company’s logo and advertisements last year. Schnatter is still the Louisville, Kentucky-based company’s biggest shareholder.

Papa John’s International Inc. says it will pay O’Neal more than $ 8 million in cash and company stock for a three-year endorsement deal.

Wall Street seems to think it’s a winning partnership. Shares of Papa John’s soared more than 4 percent Friday.

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Chamillionaire Set To Donate $10,000 In A Black Founder’s Company For Black History Month

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Chamillionaire has opted for tech ventures over slabs but the Houston every man is still finding ways to give back. Cham announced on Twitter Friday night that he’s set to donate $ 10,000 to the founder of a black company for Black History Month.

“I was with my circle of peers, a lot of conversations about better ways to support black founders and entrepreneurs,” Cham says in the video. “More ways we can invest more money back into our communities. And since it’s Black History Month, I want to kick it off by donating $ 10,000 in a black founder’s company. Of all the money being raised out there, companies with black founders make up %1 and companies with black women founders make up .2% so we gotta do better.”

Cham says he’ll reveal more details soon but this is an amazing look, especially for a black start-up looking to make waves.

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