All jabs and jokes at the Chris Rock ‘Hair’ Movie aside, Black women’s hair is serious biz – monetary and cultural. This docu-miniseries from Essence mag is focusing on the cultural side. The women are beautiful; Afro-Brizilian beautiful. But some of the stories and struggles they share… not so.
While producing our August global issue in Rio de Janeiro, we interviewed women who are celebrating the “Afro” in Afro-Brazilian. However, their hair journey has been a battle of personal, family and social acceptance because of Brazil’s complicated history with race and identity.
Start with Part 1 above, and continue with Part 2 after the jump.
In a word, three words: Championship. The pinnacle of achievement in a competitve endeavor. To symbolize and celebrate the against-all-odds achievement of King James and his Cavaliers, Baron Championship Rings (another three words) crafted the Cavs’ 2016 NBA Championship ring.
Until now, you probably thought about the ring for the five seconds you ogled it. Now you will see how much goes into one of these things.
Let me start this right: swimsuit model Ashley Graham is fine as f#ck! Plus-size? Well, that’s what they might call. I’d say about her body what she’d say about it… it’s exactly My Size (and hella sexy)! Watch her TEDx Talk on her body image challenges and triumphs. Wow, Ashley is incredibly beautiful and inspiring!
Internationally-known body activist, model and entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, describes her journey into fashion industry stardom. She doesn’t leave out any gritty details, as she describes the challenging and rewarding progression toward becoming her own role model. Inspiring body confidence in the next generation, Ashley expresses the need for the universal embrace of body diversity as beauty paradigms continue to shift.
(All lofty talk aside, though. Tell me Ashley’s body ain’t banging when he starts out talking to that mirror… wooooohooo damn!)
First of all, it’s sexy Serena on visual So it’s going all the way up! But let’s see what her answers are to the “73 Questions”… because she has put some classic on-camera moments down over the years, too.
On the set of her clothing line debut, Serena Williams talks about the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for her, that time she tried body bowling, and the one sport she’s actually bad at.
The answer on how to celebrate wins though…BAWSE!!
King Build-A-B!tch… BWAAAAAHAHAAA!! Floyd Mayweather is speaking on ALL topics and people – Pacquiao, Trump, Nelly, 50 Cent – no topic is off limits in this five-part series. Each part is about an hour-long. So many wowwww moments like:
Young Thug is extremely talented?
Future was supposed to be signed to Mayweather?
Mayweather Money ain’t like ‘other’ money; neither is his fashion. True Religion, Jordans, that’s for others.
Traveling… Ibiza…. San Trope…. Floyd’s been there and all of there. Not impressed.
To Kanye West: Keep up the good work …really misunderstood.
It’s not all about the money… but he is ‘Money’ Mayweather.
(Biggest ‘wow’ though: Melyssa Ford like WOWWW! Still sexy.)
For real? Pelvic floor exercises. Well, the ladies have their Kegels to do. Now, the technology exists for men to (pause) keep it tight (double pause). Nah, not saying any more here. Watch and let the video tell you what the hell these VylyV smart pelvic training shorts are supposed to do.
(Want to keep a strong schlong? There’s an app for that. BWAAAHAHAAAAA!)
Cam’ron goes Sneaker Shopping. A self-declared Reebok guy; but he loves Jordans. But do not twist things up… Cam is ’bout the biz. Shoemakers need to holler at him about his Killa Pink (the album and the color) coming soon. Watch him and Joe La Puma chop and check out what to step into.
Lord Jamar is a VladTV mainstay, known to get live for the camera. Now, in front of a live audience on camera, you think he’s gonna change up? Um… the answer is heeelllllll no! Dude starts this clip even keel but goes raw soon enough.
Earlier this year Lord Jamar sat down for a VladTV interview in front of a live audience and he remembered back to a time in rap when it wasn’t cool to wear big chains or be flashy. The Brand Nubian rapper explained that he stopped wearing jewelry because he didn’t want to promote drug culture, adding, “We wanted to be on some positive s***.”
Later, the conversation shifts to politics, as Lord Jamar shares his thoughts on why he believes Hillary Clinton was promised a presidency back when the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal hit. To hear more of what he had to say on the situation, including why he believes Trump is doing good whether he wins or loses, hit the above clip.
In his own words, he’got a lot on the table right now. Shout of mad respect to the G-O-D-M-C Nassir Jones. Streets been watching, with so much pride and admiration. Nas is the business! See him above talking about the biz he is handling (and all kinds of scoops).
It’s been about four years since Nas blessed the world with his last full-length album, Life Is Good. Despite this hiatus, he hasn’t stopped making music and developing new partnerships. The Queens rapper was recently featured on remixes with The Weeknd, Future, French Montana, and Kanye West, and this week he caught up with Complex News in Los Angeles to discuss his new collaboration for the Ghostbusters movie.
Pictures speak like a thousand words…
Hear what this moving picture is saying. Richie Rich kids putting it all into the lens. A trip to Fiji – just because you’re bored – is rich! And these kids are that bodacious, audacious, in-your-face rich. And they want to share… on Instagram… suckers! Watch and ache with hate, or ‘aw wow’ with amazement (or a little of both, most likely).
You got a favorite pair of shoes? Well, a sidechick is like the other pair of shoes…that you leave by the door.
– Royce Da 5’9
HA ha! Never heard it put that way, but excellent! This whole video is Royce on some real talk at the level the kids can understand; not watered down, just broken down. Interesting how a talk with the kids (DJ and Zay Zay) can cover such adult-oriented material. Clever. Worth the watch.
Dez gots aaalll the Jordans. Dez cops aaalll the Jordans (hence, he stays having all the Jordans). Sure, he is Team Cowboys; but watching this, you KNOW he is Team Jordan Brand. This ep of ‘Sneaker Shopping’ is another one for folks who get their kicks from copping kicks.
Take ’em to court then! Maybe it’s an elaborate ruse or something, but this… this ish roight heeeere ninjaaaa… be it real or ‘real slick marketing’… There can be no hug-it-out reconciliation coming any time soon. Hopsin took it too far. It’s gonna take NWA vs. Ice Cube cool-down time for Funk Volume head honcho Dame Ritter and Hop to to find a new bridge to cross. Hop dropped this “Ill Mind Of Hopsin 8” video and burned this bridge AND both toll booths the f#ck down. ‘Shots fired’ is such an understatement! Could a song with such an understated title come with this much heat?? YES! In the tradition of prior “Ill Mind Of Hopsin” releases (or anything Hop drops), this 8th one goes HARD to the BODY!
(Actually, I know it is. Hopsin spills that and ALL the facts and haps on what happened with him and Funk Volume and what’s next and more – a three-part interview!)
Destiny Jones Speaks On Her Life And Career Aspirations, Her ‘Lipmatic’ Line, ‘Moupies’ And More (Video)
Damn, Destiny Jones is HOT – from the voice, to the obvious outward sexy (such delicious thickness), to the business sense (‘Lipmatic’ lip gloss, nice), and more! Watching this vid is a mesmerizing experience. Bonus: Interviewer Jennifer Le got a lotta lot going on with the sexy, too.
Oh, and Destiny, when I step to you, it’s on some me & you stuff. Your dad (Nas aka Nassir Jones) is one of the dopest, but YOU… you have my FULL attention. I’m nobody’s moupie (male groupie).
You know, about 20 seconds into this, you’ll probably have formulated how you think this is gonna go. Hang in there. It’s sorta cute, sure. But actually… well… just watch. It’s good.
Legendary Hip-Hop artist, B-Real, joins the kids to answer “What’s a Bong?” See the kids decorate some shoes while Dr. GreenThumb spits some knowledge. See it all in this week’s episode of All Def Digital’s Arts and Raps.
Wait, wait! Don’t click off like this is some schoolwork on a weekend. School’s out, but class… that’s always in. Remember that. But this is a chance to learn something. It’s a doc vid on Black skateboarders. Ahhh, right? Now, you see the whole title: “The BlackBoard.”
“The Blackboard” documentary film was produced and directed by attorney/indie filmmaker Marquis Bradshaw. The film aims to challenge what it means to be Black in America by examining the issue of acceptance within the Black community through the lens of skateboarding culture. “The Blackboard” stars prominent Black pro skaters Jabari Pendleton, Karl Watson, and Ron Allen (one of the first Black pro skaters and one of the first skaters to ever receive major corporate sponsorship). As it relates to pop culture, skateboarding among Black people has only in recent years become socially acceptable, beginning with artists such as Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams.
Mmmmmm but where’s the lingerie though? Different league? Okay. But these ladies are in a league of their own. Yeeep.
The Angels are back in the game—and they’re in it to win it. Join Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes and Taylor Hill, and their new coach, TV Personality Erin Andrews, as they kick off Valentine’s Day 2016 with a football game and some no-fail advice: this year, score more!
That first pair of custom sneaks. We all remember getting those, right? Anybody? Well… if you do… treasured memory forever!
King James shows us the holy grail of his wardrobe, dishes on his new signature sneaker–the Nike LeBron 13–and warns competitors about the mental edge that lets him “bust your a$$.”
Raekwon speaking on how a business opportunity led to the design of his Diadora N9000 shoes. See the interview above with him at the release event. He also talks about the possibility of a Wu-Tang Clan documentary or film; as ‘Straight Outta Compton’ opened that lane, documenting N.W.A. from back in the day.
Joe La Puma went sneaker shopping with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at District Footwear in Alameda [California, USA].