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Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton

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Back in March of this year, Louis Vuitton announced that Virgil Abloh will be the creative director. This is unprecedented, as Virgil will be the first designer of color to take the aforementioned position within the well-known luxury company.

For those that do not know who Virgil Abloh is, he is from Chicago and is of Ghanaian descent. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in ‘02 and the Illinois Institute of Technology in ‘06, he took an internship at Fendi in 2009, where he then met Kanye West. From there, his fashion career has taken off with accomplishments ranging from designing the cover for Jay-Z & West’s album, Watch the Throne, to recently being named in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.

Creating a series called Studio Visit on Louis Vuitton’s Instagram page, Virgil has given people a sneak peek into what his first collection will be, in addition to his first sneaker he will design for the company which is reminiscent of the Jordan 3. The first collection will be for the 2019 Spring/Summer collection and his first fashion show will be on June 21. Below is the third episode. 

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Why Teaching This Upholstery Class Is so Important

Because it has been a life dream that I didn't know I had...DUH! I've always loved interior design, especially working alongside Gam and watching her work. Her heavy influence of beautiful things that not only special pieces you could create on your own but also finding old treasures to revamp was so intriguing to me. 

After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's in Journalism I moved back to New York and worked in design and editing. I found a weekly class taught by HGTV's own, Matthew Haly in Upholstery. I immediately signed up and have been learning ever since. Taking it up a notch, from that I branched out from home staging to reupholstery to interior designing.

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I took a break for awhile to mainly do the skills for myself and own home. 

But I'm back and now I'm going to be teaching. I'm excited about getting to meet people who want to learn about upholstery and reupholstery (which is my favorite). So get ready, I'm anxious

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BUTT-NAKED With Sunglasses *Conversation Pieces Edition*

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This is probably one of my favorite mixes yet!

This summer I'll be teaching my very first Upholstery Class so of course I had to make soundtrack. This is very fitting for a living room when you have guests over and you want some good music to entertain them with. Plus you can make a chair while blasting it. Enjoy!

Kanye West's Announcement

So….. Kanye West has managed to set the world in fire in the last couple of days. He recently announced that he and Kid CuDi are pointing out a joint album, he’s putting out his solo album, Pusha T dropping his next album and Teyana Taylor’s next album is coming as well.

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First up to bat, is Pusha T. Pusha T has kept himself in the spotlight by becoming President of G.O.O.D. Music, popping up in the commercial with all major adidas signees (like Kristaps Porzingis, James Harden & Pharrell Williams), creating collaborative sneakers with adidas, overseeing careers and development of G.O.O.D. Music’s newest signees and popping up here and there by releasing random singles.

Now, the long awaited album, King Push (his follow up to King Push: Darkest Before Dawn) is finally seeing the light on May 25th. This album has high expectations as Pusha T himself has said that King Push will be 2018’s album of the year. Following up, and shortly after, Kanye’s next solo album will be releasing on June 1st.

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It’s been over two years since Kanye West released his last album, Life of Pablo. Since then, a lot has happened to him personally. He has had a public feud with Jay Z. He has had another child with his wife, Kim Kardashian. And he has dealt with some health issues. So safe to say, Kanye West has a lot to talk about. However, he has said (via Twitter), his album will only have seven songs on it. Shortly after the release of Kanye’s album, will be the joint album with Kid CuDi, releasing on June 8th, titled Kids See Ghost.

If people have followed Kanye West’s career, then they know about the relation between himself and CuDi, as they have gone from the best of friends to becoming the worst of enemies. Recently reconciling and reconnecting, they have been working on music. For fans of both Kanye West and Kid CuDi, just hearing them work on music together was a joy to hear, but the two of them put out an album is a huge surprise for them. With a history of putting out good songs together (Erase Me and Make Her Say), fans are eager to see what can create. And finally, Teyana Taylor is putting out an album on June 22nd, exactly two weeks right after the release of Kanye & CuDi’s joint album.

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Since the release of her last album, VII (released in July 2014), Teyana Taylor has been keeping herself busy and in the spotlight.

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She has put out a couple of collaborations with Reebok to more recently having a reality show with her husband and current NBA player, Iman Shumpert. Not much else is known about her next album, other than the fact that Kanye West is the executive producer of her album.

Not only is Kanye the executive producing Teyana’s next album, he also is the executive producer for Pusha T’s next album and the joint album with CuDi as well. But, that’s all that is known about the four albums that were announced. As the countdown for the dates of the releases of the aforementioned albums starts, hopefully details about those albums will be released. Until then, people will have to just sit, wait, debate and wonder.

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BUTT-NAKED WITH SUNGLASSES *Coachella Edition* Weekend 1

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I'm so excited to say that it is officially Weekend 1 of the one and only Coachella Music and Arts Festival. This by far is one of my favorite weekends in the entire world (besides Bonnaroo WEEK). Not only does it scream, Yo, Tot, your birthday is around the corner (April 17th) but it's also a weekend filled with sunshine, glitter, love and a boat load of music.

Unfortunately, this year I'm not going to Coachella, but I know a few dope people, that I happened to be related to and best friends with since forever that will be attending. With so much new music out, not to mention music that reminds me of great times I spent at Coachella; it was only right to create a mix.

So if you're just arriving at the LAX, or driving from Las Vegas to Coachella, or even that drive from Los Angeles to Coachella; this one is for you.

If you're like me and not going and really want to get all the feels, this is especially for you.

BLAST it. Track list coming soon.

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Archives | Maya Angelou One of My Biggest Inspirations via Source Magazine

Today is the birthdate of a fellow Aries and one of my favorite writers of all time. Four years and two months ago I wrote about the legendary Maya Angelou for The Source Magazine. Take a gander and I hope you feel as inspired as I did writing it.

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Happy Birthday Maya Angelou.

Read More Here.


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The Unbanned Documentary

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Back then, in 1984, it was unheard of for a black man (Michael Jordan) to be the face of a huge company such as Nike. This not only caused huge waves in the media, but the entire country. Shortly there after, Jordan's very first shoe was released. 

Fun Fact: this shoe was banned by the NBA. Because of the color scheme (black and red or bred), David Stern (commissioner of the NBA at the time) had the shoe banned from all NBA games, as all shoes had to be mostly white.

As a result, this is the only shoe that was created during Jordan's playing days as a Chicago Bull, but was never worn by him. With Jordan bringing a more flashy style of play and his urban appeal, kids naturally already wanted the sneaker. But you know the saying right? People want what they can’t have. And that was the start of an empire, we know today as Jordan Brand.

Check out the trailer for the “Unbanned Documentary” below.

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Sean Wotherspoon's Air Max 97/1

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I love sneakers. I love how they tell stories. I love how different designs can attract someone’s eye. I love how one modification of a sneaker can instantly make me fall in love with a sneaker and I love how one modification of a sneaker can instantly make me hate it (i.e. Aqua 8s).

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However, there is very few shoes that people universally like and go crazy for examples, the Banned Jordan 1s and Yeezy 350 Boost. Seeing this phenomenon happen a classic silhouette such as the Air Max 97s, is dope.

Meet Sean Wotherspoon.

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“Who is Sean Wotherspoon?” you ask. Sean Wotherspoon is a co-owner of the vintage store, Round Two, also co-owner of a Youtube channel of the same name and a HUGE sneakerhead. More importantly, he is the winner of Nike’s RevolutionAIR program.


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Now, there was 11 more other winners, but as far as I know, his design of the shoe overall, in addition to how the shoe is built is the biggest standout by far. 

Check out how it’s put together below, Sean’s thoughts on the process here, as well as the unboxing of it as well.


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Butt-Naked With Sunglasses *Profe$$ional Homegirl Edition*

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From Yodak Bellow to Junie it's a celebration of Women! A special curation from The Professional Homegirl's Ebone'! I had so much fun making added a few songs to complete the cipher enjoy on your commute, jog, or your theme music when you walk into the office. After all it's still Butt-Naked With Sunglasses...Professional Homegirl Edition.

Check out the mix below.

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#NAILWEEK | Inspiration FloJo Style

I have such a love for art that is limitless! From the making of furniture to architecture to having some bomb a$$ nail art. One of my favorite memories was seeing Flo Jo's (also known as the fastest woman in world) nails. That really showed me you can bring yourself and your culture anywhere! Here's a few of her dopest nails and some of my other favorite inspirations.


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Stay tuned throughout the week for nail tips and inspiration!

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EYEPISSGLITTER Retreat • Yes It's a Real Thing • Jeju Sauna Time

Being productive and creative is all good until you find yourself procrastinating and even on just a drought of ideas. It happens sometimes but the fun part is it happening and getting out of it. Next thing you know, you're flooding your paper with words, ideas, art and pure focused vision.  

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What definitely helps is surrounding yourself with people that believe in themselves and your vision as well. Long story short, Jeju Sauna provided the vibes of relaxation, productivity and the state of just being. After almost eight hours of workshop and heat and food I can definitely testify this second trip to Jeju was worth it. The EYEPISSGLITTER Retreat is real and needed. It wasn't just work but focused activities that lead us to get started on executing campaigns. This will definitely be a once a month trip...if not twice.

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This was one of my favorite rooms. The Jewel Sauna! 

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Vinyl of the Week: Nas • ILLMATIC

The sound of Life's a Bitch on vinyl is like no other. But the crazy thing is that it took me almost a year to open it. I wanted to almost just have it to look at. I have a dope record player so it was finally time to crack it open and listen to the crackles on full blast.

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Each week I'll present a record straight from my very own vinyl collection. You never know what I'll find. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram.com/EYEPISSGLITTER where each and every Sunday I'll play the Song of the Day via my record player. 

Enjoy! 

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Gearing Up For The Be Dangerous Documentary

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To see something you've had in your head for years to start evolving into that exact idea and more is nothing short of a gift from God. Story telling has always been my favorite thing to do, that includes reading out loud in class (yeah I'm that one) and just writing my thoughts. Can't forget the Tyco video camera I got for Christmas in fourth grade that I knew would just give me access to the world.

But that ain't this...and this ain't that &...you know the rest. *Jeezy voice*

I think the most special part of this documentary is that as I type this, it's not even done. But again, I'm trusting the process because it has gotten me this far. So cheers to that and cheers to Alyx, Tiara, Toni, Chardonne, Dice, Kathy, Reci, Fred, Cord, Woo, Nikki, and Sandy who have helped make this possible.

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Five Things You May Not Have Known About Breast Cancer

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October has always been very special month to me. Both my Grandpa (29) and Gam (17) were born this month. Health wise, October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My Gam was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 10 years ago along with gastrointestinal cancer a few years after and Alzheimer's seven years ago. It'll be eight months since she's been gone. Her breast cancer began to progress back in January after years of chemotherapy.


Being the only grandchild and her primary caretaker I learned a lot of things that I wouldn't have known unless I saw it first hand. Even after there are still things that I didn't know, especially when it comes to getting checked. Here are five things I found out below.

  • Men can get breast cancer. I've heard of this but to actually see the numbers was even more shocking.
  • Most with breast cancer didn't inherit the disease.
  • Alcohol is linked to breast cancer. It raises certain hormone levels and by damaging DNA in cells.
  • Black females are more likely to die from breast cancer. This is due to lack of detection in the early stages and unequal treatment.
  • White women are more likely to get breast cancer more than any other race.

Find out more here and please be sure to do a self check and if you're unsure visit your doctor for a check up.

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Be Dangerous Profile: The Multimedia Designer & The Actress Travel Blogger

As we get ready to unveil this dope Be Dangerous Campaign, we want to make sure you know just enough about the young ladies involved. With so many professions, it's a sure thing you'll relate to someone. This first week, we introduced you to Anooluck Sengsouvanh and Tiara Deshaun.

From their favorite songs, to books, to a snippet of what they'll be discussing on this project. Each week we'll provide you with a recap of what you may have missed. Stay tuned as you get to know what it really means to Be Dangerous...It's Careful Out There.

 

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Tiara Deshaun

Representing The Ladies: Top Five Videos From

-Rihanna -Cheers

-Missy Elliot- Sock it to me

-Mya- Like whoa

-Beyonce- all videos lol but Crazy in love

-Janet Jackson- Pleasure Principle

Time to Read: Favorite Books

-The Alchemist- Paulo Coehlo

-Oh the places you’ll go- Dr. Seuss

-Harry Potter collection- JK Rowling

-The five people you meet in heaven-Mitch Albom

-You are a Badass- Jen Sicero

What Keeps You Motivated?

"Knowing that somebody, somewhere needs my gifts and knowing I'm inspiring someone." -Tiara

 

 

 

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Anooluck Sengsouvanh

Representing The Ladies: Top Five Videos

-Missy Elliot - Sock It To Me

-Lil' Kim ft. Lil' Cease - Crush On You

-Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)

-Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes

-Foxy Brown - Oh Yeah

Time to Read: Favorite Books

-Good To Great By Jim Collins

- Who Moved My Cheese By Spencer Johnson M.D.

-The Art of Seduction By Robert Greene

-The Time Traveler's Wife By Audrey Neffenegger

-Decoded By Shawn Carter

What Keeps You Motivated?

"The youth and the community. They were the first to believe in me so I want to continue to teach and motivate them that it's possible."