Cardi B Scores 1st Rolling Stone Cover

This has truly been the breakout year for Ms. or should we say now Mrs. Cardi B, from landing a number 1 hit on the Billboard charts, getting engaged and she has just recently scored a cover on the Rolling Stones, Hot Issue. 

Cardi who is just 25 years old discusses how she is adjusting to fame, the pressure of following up to Bodak Yellow and not being another one hit wonder. 

The hip hop star also states how she’s feeling “muted” and can’t say what is on her mind as much due to the controversy it might bring. 

Rapping has always been something she’s always been into. It was either college or making money. Of course, Cardi chose stripping as a way to make herself some cash. During her strip club days, she garnered over 1 hundred thousand followers on Instagram. Releasing her 1st mixtape Gangsta Bitch, caught the attention of producers and she signed her record deal and starred on Love and Hip Hop New York, while the rest is history. 

When asked where she sees herself in 25 years she jokingly replied, “Cursin’ at my kids.”

Cardi B & Offset Get Engaged Onstage

Cardi B has been winning all around. Recently, gaining a number 1 billboard hit with Bodak Yellow. Now the ex Love and Hip Hop New York star is officially about to be off the market. 

Rapper Offset, from the rap group Migos popped the question to Cardi B during their performance over the weekend at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse concert October 26th in Philadelphia. 

Here’s Cardi’s reaction to her surprise on stage engagement. 

Check out @lmCardiB’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/lmCardiB/status/924125310077063168?s=09

The Night of Vivid Fashion Couture

The first extravagant Monday in May, is the biggest iconic nights in the fashion world. It’s called the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, that raises money for the Costume Institute; basically the fashion department of New York. Celebrities, film starts, politicians and business guests are invited to the event. The exhibit for 2016 is called “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” with the honorary chairwoman of the gala, Anna Wintour.

From the star studded stars, there were many who were very well dressed and others who dressed up in their own world. Starting off with one of the best dressed guests is Claire Danes. The designer of her dress is Zac Posen and he truly created a masterpiece. It is a walking Disney dream, which lights up in the dark. The structured silhouette of the dreamy gown fits to the occasion of glamour and high fashion. The next best dressed celebrity was Demi Lovato, who wore a sequined Moschino gown by Jeremy Scott. This gown matched her edgy style of clothing and personality. As well as the exhibit, using the printed gold detail of the dress, most likely using technology. Lastly, Kate Hudson was another celebrity whose outfit choice was fabulous. It seems her dress is laser cut by the design and shape of bodice. Overall, it was a statement design by Versace!

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Pictured above: Claire Danes in Zac Posen 

Some celebrities who dressed in their own world, their outfits were interesting but not too elegant. To start off with is Michelle Monaghan, whose gown was unflattering. It looks like the designer just threw ideas onto a dressed and sewed it from there. The design is too wild with the ruffles, metallic bodice, and uneven straps. Another celebrity is Lady GaGa; with her sky high heels, fishnet tights, and geometric bodysuit and jacket. The whole look is messy because too much is going on and doesn’t look professional. The last celebrity who did not wear her outfit gracefully is Michelle Williams. Her short black dress is not flattering at all because it makes her torso look short and stout. It also looks like she is uncomfortable by looking at her posture.

May 1st is a night filled of glamour, exquisite design, and vivid fashion. Thank you to the designers who create intriguing and magical designs!

Sources:

www.usmagazine.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/fashion/what-is-the-met-gala-and-who-gets-to-go.html?_r=0

Written by: Karina Bran

 

Rihanna’s Bringing Puma Back 

Rihanna’s Bringing Puma Back

By Kristen Brinati 

 

   
Rihanna brought street style to a whole new level at her Fenty by Rihanna for Puma show this past New York Fashion Week. With head to toe sporty-fierce, yet glam looks, Puma is out of the shadows of Nike and Adidas. 

In a co-ed show, models walked the runway in edgy, monochromatic looks. With an array of mixed media, from fur jackets to boxing shorts, and dresses to wind-breakers, her styling of separates is what brought her flawless show to a masterpiece. Audience members and fans were captivated by looks like model Ana Christina’s; consisting of a sexy-sheer, lace corset under a knit hooded shawl, with velvet wide legged sweats, and black lips peeking out under a birdcage veil. Rihanna’s looks that were unordinary translated to extraordinary.

 

Riri herself has now collaborated with Puma and released her own sneakers. She also selected her favorite Puma pieces displayed under her collection’s link on Puma’s website. Plan to see Puma sported all over the streets in Spring/Summer 2016! Rihanna concluded her show as she work, work, work, work, worked it down the runway herself in a killer finale piece.
Link to the February fashion show. 

Rihanna at Fashion Week

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Essynce Moore, Is A Teen Business Mogul On The Rise

essynce coutureEssynce Moore started designing clothes at the tender age of 6 with just for fun doodles in her school binder and notepads. Her passion was and still is, to find her own style and to share her creative UPSCALE clothing ideas and styles with youth around the world. Essynce is a “TWEEN” that has turned her passion into a business for 2013, with the launch of her official clothing line branded Essynce Couture, LLC with the motto “a child’s passion for fashion.” Essynce Couture also has a natural body product line for children, tweens, and teens labeled “Wynk” by Essynce Couture.

Essynce is an entrepreneur, children’s stylist, child’s fashion designer, author, actress, “local” celebrity, motivational speaker, and fashionista that brings a positive vibe to her peers and others. She’s been in numerous fashion shows, pageants, and karate tournaments. Essynce launched her first book 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles and will be in the movie King of Newark in 2015. In 2014 she has SHOWCASED at both NY Fashion Weeks and Atlanta Kids Fashion Week while also ripping the runway. In addition, in 2014 she was interviewed and featured on NBC (Channel 4 News), Jeff Foxx of WBLS FM, BuzzFeed, Yahoo, Verizon Fios Channel 1 News, NBC Channel 4 News, she was awarded “2014 Young Emerging Leader” by Alpha Kappa Alpha, she’s been featured in the 2013 TIME for Kids Magazine, Honored 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Vashti School for Future Leaders, she’s been seen on the Uncle Majic Commercial (BET, VH1, Channel 11, etc), HBO (Bored to Death), and has involved herself with a host of other events and projects. In 2015 she has now launched her Essynce Couture, LLC Spa and Boutique EXCLUSIVELY for Children, Tweens, and Teens for the youth to come and be pampered, attend workshops, be styled by Essynce personally and so much more.

Essynce is also a member of the New York Youth Chamber of Commerce (NYYCC).  This young “phenomenon” is BUZZING and she can’t wait to see children wearing her Essynce Couture brand all around the world.

YUV had a moment to catch up with the new business mogul on the rise and this is what she said.

 

Young Urban Voices: Tell me in your words what is the “Essynce Couture” brand?

 

Essynce Moore: The Essynce Couture brand is everything associated with Essynce Couture, such as Essynce Couture publishing, university, LLC, and finally the Essynce Couture Spa and Boutique.

 

YUV: How did you get started in the business world at such a young age?

EM: I would have to say that my mom always included me in what she did at work was the start to me being brought into the world of business.

 

YUV: Who is your biggest inspiration?

 

EM: My absolute biggest inspiration is my mom. She’s the person who’s always been there to support me and what I do.

 

YUV: What inspired you to create the Essynce Couture clothing line?

EM: My love of fashion inspired me to create my clothing line, Essynce Couture.

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YUV: How did the Essynce Couture, LLC Spa and Boutique get started?

 

EM: The Essynce Couture LLC Spa and Boutique started when my mother and I finally decided to open up a place in which all of my Essynce Couture products and services could be of use.

 

YUV: Can you tell us about your book, “6th Grade Middle School Chronicles,” published through your own division, Essynce Couture Publishing?

 

EM: My book 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles is about my first year in middle school and my 6th grade experiences. I wrote the book when I was 11 and it was inspired by the crazy events that occurred throughout the school year.

 

YUV: Are there any future publications in the works?

 

EM: Yes, the sequel to my first book, 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles is currently in the making… 7th Grade Middle School Chronicles.

 

YUV: How was appearing at NY Fashion Week?

 

EM: Appearing at NY Fashion Week was definitely an inspiring and memorable experience.

YUV: Do you make time to sit back and be a kid?

 

EM: I feel that it is very important as a kid for me to sit back and make time for me to be one. Therefore, I make occasional plans with my friends consisting of movie nights, ice-skating, and simply regular days at the park.

 

YUV: What are your goals for your business ventures within the the next five to ten years?

 

EM: Five to ten years from now I see my business, Essynce Couture going global and being a name that is familiar to society.

 

YUV: Have you decided on a college to attend?

 

EM: A particular college I have wanted to go to since I was little would have to be the performing arts university, Juilliard.

 

YUV: Where can people find your clothing line?

 

EM: My clothing line can be found on my website http://www.essyncecouture.com.

 

YUV: How can your fans reach you?

 

EM: My fans can reach me through my multiple social media accounts, essyncecouturellc, and also my website. They can join me on my “ask Essynce” segment that I do monthly.

 

YUV: How are you handling success at such a young age?

 

EM: I would have to say that I am handling success pretty well at my age, it’s a part of my dream coming true.

 

YUV: What advice would you give to other aspiring teen entrepreneurs who would like to do the same thing?

 

EM: My advice to other aspiring teen entrepreneurs would have to be that your age is just a number and it isn’t something that should stop you from pursuing your dreams.

 

YUV: How did you win the role in the film,”King of Newark”?

 

EM: Like any other actor or actress, I landed my role in King of Newark by auditioning.

 

YUV: How does education play a role in your brand?

 

EM: Education allows my brand to break down the steps in becoming an entrepreneur; Essynce Couture educates kids and teens about education.

 

YUV: What is your ultimate goal in life?

 

EM: I would have to say my ultimate goal in life is to make all my dreams come true and support everyone who supported me while doing so. Oh yeah, also to inspire other children.

 

YUV: If you don’t mind sharing, how old are you?

 

EM: I am 13 years of age.

 

YUV: How do you handle “haters”?

 

EM: I handle haters by simply ignoring them, haters to me are irrelevant and I pretend as if my haters don’t even exist.

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Black Power: Why I’m Fed Up With BET Networks

  BET or Black Entertainment Television use to be a force to be reckoned with. Once owned by Bob Johnson, use to display positive and powerful programs like Video Soul with Donnie Simpson, BET NEWS, also one of my favorites that they need to bring back for this lost generation is Teen Summitt. A youth talk show geared toward giving African American teenagers an outlet to share their voices on topics that most concern them. 

Nowadays, BET shows a constant rerun of the same movies and nothing really positive for the African American audience it targets. Lately, the network has picked up the show The Westbrooks. Which from the commercials I’ve seen is just a black watered down version of The Khardasians.  Has our society gone so far into this social media game that we are praising young ladies for being popular on social media instead of being an intelligent and educated young woman. I suppose so with the term, “hoes be winning”. 

Come On, BET what happened to College Hill, Baldwin Hills and several other shows. I noticed the Book of Negroes, lasted not very long. 

Black People in power stop giving away your damn power for a measly buck! Johnson sold BET Network to Viacom some years ago. Just like Dr. Dre sold Beats by Dre to Apple. If black people weren’t so brainwashed perhaps we could do better. We will always be at the bottom of the totem pole for that reason alone. 

I just hope that for the ones with power we help take care of each other.  As for BET a non black owned station could careless about making positive images in the black community because they want to keep us ignorant and dumb. 

  Wake up black people! BET or VH1 don’t give a damn about black people. There was a time when VH1 wouldn’t even show blacks on their network. Now all you see are blacks.  Because they’re capitalizing off of our ignorance with shows like Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop. Shows that potray us as being over sexualized and catty to other black women. Men cheating on their women because one just isn’t enough.  We need to wake up to see the tricks being played here. 

  
Pick up a book instead of a remote sometimes.