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THE 2017 CFDA AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS

The Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA) Awards brought out the best in the international fashion industry on Sunday, June 5th at The Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom. Those who were nominated have made outstanding contributions to American fashion in womenswear, menswear, and accessories, as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement.…

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NEW AVANT-GARDE: THE BEST LOOKS FROM THE 2017 MET GALA

May 1st marked one of fashion’s biggest night of the year, the annual Met Gala. Corresponding with the exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, the 2017 edition of the ball honored 74-year-old designer Rei Kawakubo with a Comme des Garçons-themed night. The star-studded event marked the first time in decades that a…

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2017 CFDA AWARDS WILL HONOR RICK OWENS & OTHER FASHION LEGENDS

At the upcoming CFDA  Awards, a major honor for Rick Owens will prove that you can stray off the beaten path and still be embraced by mainstream fashion. At the 2017 ceremony on June 5th, Owens, who is known for his radical runway shows and sculptural collections, will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Raf…

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ACTORS TURN AWARDS INTO AWARENESS AT THE SAG AWARDS – SEE THE SPEECHES

Actors spurred on by recent events (and perhaps by Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech) used the awards stage as a political platform at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 29th. Thankfully giving no heed to Donald Trump’s recent comment that “Celebs hurt the cause,” award-winning actors gave impassioned acceptance speeches that ranged from angry…

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DIVERSITY & LA LA LAND DEFINE THE 2017 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

A movie musical and long overdue recognition of black talent are breathing some life back into the Academy Awards. Oscar nominations were released today and the big news is that six black actors have been nominated in lead or supporting categories, marking a big departure from last year's #OscarsSoWhite fiasco. In the lead categories Denzel Washington…

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GET READY FOR THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Protest can come in many forms - art, music, boycott, writing, and countless other methods are proven tools in voicing opposition. Historically, the loudest method of resistance has always been the protest march and on January 21st, a day after the presidential inauguration and one day prior to the 44th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, a giant crowd of…

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THE TROPHY WINNERS & STYLE ICONS OF THE 2016 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

November 20th turned out to be a great night for musicians Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Drake, Zayn Malik, Justin Bieber and others who tallied up trophies at the 2016 American Music Awards. Malik was rewarded for his decision to leave One Direction in pursuit of a solo career by taking home the trophy for New Artist…

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AFROPUNK FESTIVAL IS ON THE WAY!

On August 27th and 28th, the llth edition of Afropunk Fest will bring live music and good vibes to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York. Feel free to let loose as artists like Tyler the Creator, Janelle Monae and Skunk Anansie rock the stage. With over 50 artists performing and with food and art being…

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DURAN DURAN RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘PRESSURE OFF’ FT. NILE RODGERS AND JANELLE MONÁE

Duran Duran released their first single "Pressure Off" from their 14th studio album, Paper Gods. In the music video the British new wave band are featured alongside Nile Rodgers and American vocalist Janelle Monáe.  The music video was shot in both Los Angeles and London by the famed English director Nick Egan. Egan has an excellent understanding of…

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DURAN DURAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “PAPER GODS” + TOUR DATES

The international multi-platinum band Duran Duran has set an official date for the release of their 14th studio album. Paper Gods, which is already available for preorder, will be released in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September 11th through Warner Bros. Records. Formed in 1978, Duran Duran has been topping the…

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MOCA GALA 2015

  The annual Musuem of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Gala was held on May 31st, presented by Louis Vuitton. This gala highlighted L.A. art scene at the downtown L.A. Geffen Contemporary Space. This year, they honored longtime museum partner John Baldesseri, in which he commented,  “When I moved to Los Angeles, I was talking to someone and…

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WARNER BROS RECORDS SIGN DURAN DURAN TO GLOBAL RECORDING CONTRACT

Warner Bros. Records recently announced they’ve signed a global recording contract with Duran Duran. Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor have just completed work in London on a new studio album, their 14th to date. The first single: "Pressure Off" from their upcoming release features critically acclaimed…

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DEEP COTTON TALK TIME TRAVEL AND AFROFUTURISM – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

“Write bad songs. Write lots of bad songs. Because to get to the good songs, you need to write the bad ones first.” - Deep Cotton Chuck Lightning and Nate “Rocket” Wonder comprise the American neo-funk duo Deep Cotton. As it turns out, they have written a plethora of really good songs. In addition to…

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JANELLE MONÁE THROWS SORORITY PARTY IN VIDEO “ELECTRIC LADY”

On July 30th Janelle Monáe unveiled the music video for her latest dance song, “Electric Lady.”  Produced by the Wondaland Arts Society, in the video Monáe plays a sorority girl from the Electro Phi Beta house alongside some recognizable faces as her fellow EPB sisters, including T-Boz, Estelle, Monica, and Kimbra. Not to mention an additional cameo from her…

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OLYMPIAN ASHLEY WAGNER NAMED NEWEST COVER GIRL

2012 Four Continents champion Ashley Wagner can add modeling to her quickly growing list of achievements. The contestant in the upcoming Sochi Olympics is the newest model for Cover Girl, bringing another athletic face to the brand's roster of models. As the United State's number one ranked skater and a natural modeling talent, Ashley Wagner…

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