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Ivanka Trump’s Jewelry Business Sought Visas To Hire Foreign Workers (Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:38:59 -0400)

Donald Trump has based his campaign on strident anti-immigration antagonism, promising to bring millions of jobs back to America, build a “great wall” to protect the southern border and save Americans from dangerous criminals here to take their jobs.

His daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, has offered a gentler, more polished version of his message, in an attempt to make the candidate sound less xenophobic.

But like her father’s clothing line, Ivanka-branded products are made overseas using cheap labor. And like her father’s businesses, which use the same guest worker programs he says keep wages down, federal immigration records show that Ivanka Trump’s jewelry enterprise has applied for guest worker visas to hire foreigners.

Between 2008 and 2013, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry applied for five H-1B visas ― which allow companies in the U.S. to temporarily employ foreign workers in certain jobs ― to hire public relations, marketing and operations staff at salaries from $41,370 to $45,000. In a March Republican Party presidential primary debate, Donald Trump said that he used H-1B visas in his businesses, but that the practice was bad for American workers and “we should end it.”

Ivanka Trump’s jewelry business also applied for a green card for a public relations analyst in April 2015. Federal records list the salary as $54,642 and the employee’s place of birth as Mexico. Enigma, a data intelligence company, flagged the visa applications for HuffPost.

Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club and Jupiter, Florida, golf course applied for 78 temporary visas to hire cooks, waiters and housekeepers under another visa program, H2-B, that allows businesses to hire low-skilled workers, BuzzFeed reported in July. Trump said he needed to hire foreign workers because “it’s very, very hard to get people in Palm Beach during the Palm Beach season.” (A state-chartered career services center told BuzzFeed it has hundreds of people qualified for the jobs.)

The H1-B visa program is usually portrayed as helping bring in highly skilled workers in the science and technology fields to work at companies like Google and Facebook. But the law actually allows for the visas to be used for any job that requires a bachelor’s degree, immigration lawyer Peter Roberts told The Huffington Post.

Companies are required to pay the workers they hire with H-1B visas the prevailing wage for a specific position or the salary they pay a current employee doing the same job, depending on which is higher. The prevailing wage is calculated using a national database.

While Ivanka Trump’s use of the H-1B program appears to meet this requirement, it is at odds with her father’s complaints about the decline of good-paying American jobs and his harsh rhetoric against immigrants. Trump’s immigration policy says that “immigration reform” is often code for “cheap labor,” and notes that H-1B visas undercut American wages. 

If elected, Trump would want to raise the prevailing wage companies are allowed to pay H-1B visa workers, and require companies to try to hire Americans before applying for visas for foreign workers.

In 2015, the number of applications for H-1B visas hit a record 233,000. Only 85,000 are granted through a lottery process. Published federal records list businesses’ visa applications, but not whether the application was given final approval or if the employee was hired.

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry did not respond to requests for comment.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Here's How To Look Like A Lisa Frank Folder This Halloween (Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:15:13 -0400)

Let’s get technicolor.

If you’re like us and want a Halloween costume that’s pure ‘90s, then here’s the idea you’ve been waiting for. The folks at have put together a Lisa Frank-inspired makeup tutorial that is so totally awesome.

Watch your childhood come to life with this @Lisa_Frank inspired look by @zachzenga Perfect for Halloween - Products used #suvabeauty #mehronmakeup #nyxcosmetics #pop_beauty #paradiseAQ - Video by #liveglam

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Take out your Caboodle and start blasting TLC because we’re about to get nostalgic.

To re-create the look on your own:

  1. Start with an eye primer (we recommend Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer, $20), then add some Nyx Milk to your lid and blend out the edges with a white eyeshadow to get a smooth white base.

  2. Using a shadow brush and a rainbow palette, start creating a rainbow eye above your crease and below your lower lash line. Blend all the bold, bright colors together. 

  3. For more glam, add a silver shimmer shadow, false lashes and winged liner. 

  4. Grab any bold lipstick in any color from the rainbow ― we recommend Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick in Breakfast at Tiffany’s ($18).

  5. To complete the look, opt for water-activated face paints (Mehron Paradise AQ is used in the video) and start rainbowing your neck, décolletage, jawline, hair, earlobes. Use a small buffing brush to apply the color in a starburst pattern, then beat it with your beauty blender to smooth the transition.

  6. After you achieve your desired level of rainbow, go back in with some black AQ paints or your liquid liner and add in the cheetah spots. Fill in a few of the spots with more bright colors until you look like the successful crossbreeding of a unicorn cheetah.

Now, go make yourself fierce!

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Kim Kardashian's Latest Sheer Outfit Might Be Her Most Bizarre Yet (Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:36:04 -0400)

When it comes to Kim Kardashian’s style, it’s anything but boring. 

On Tuesday, Kardashian was photographed leaving her New York City Airbnb rental en route to the airport wearing a sheer bustier top, bike shorts, fur sandals and an oversized draped jacket. 

Interesting choice, Kiki. 

Kardashian donned the outfit for Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour kickoff show in Indianapolis, where she hung out in the pit.

#kim #kimkardashian #kimkardashianwest #kimksnapchat #kimksnapchats #kimkardashiansnapchat #kkw #girls #beauty #london #paris #milan #newyork #la #miami #atlanta #snapchat #kimye #kuwtk #toronto #kanyewest #yeezy #saintpablotour

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Sheer is certainly a favorite of the 35-year-old, who wore a see-through Galliano dress to Sunday’s MTV VMAs.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it, right? 

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Miranda Kerr Reveals Orlando Bloom Was Embarrassed Over Nude Paddleboarding Photos (Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:30:39 -0400)

Now that the world has seen Orlando Bloom’s manhood, Miranda Kerr has finally spoken about the infamous nude photos. 

During an interview on Australian radio program “The Kyle and Jackie O Show,” the model, who was married to Bloom from 2010 to 2013, revealed that her ex gave her a heads up about the pics. 

“Oh, my God ― he texted me and he was like, ‘Um, I’m really embarrassed. Some photos are coming out. Just thought I should let you know,’” Kerr, 33, said.

The photos of Bloom surfaced online earlier this month while he was vacationing with his new girlfriend, Katy Perry. As a result, the internet went nuts

“I was like, ‘Hmm ... right, what were you thinking? Seriously, what were you thinking?’” she said of her response, before jokingly adding that she would send Bloom one of her new Bonds swimsuits for future outings. 

You can listen to the interview below (it starts around 1:05).

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The Smug New Neighbors (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:42:20 -0400)

Let's consider the empty house on the street where I live.

The house is empty because the owner, Sammy, a guy about 30, suddenly moved out after living in the place for 3 years. I remember the day he moved in. He came with his cars and bikes after his suburban parents bought the house for him. During his first weeks here some of the neighbors went out of their way to say hello but Sammy was aloof. He obviously didn't want to be bothered to get to know the people on the block.

What Sammy did for a living was a mystery, but his pattern was to leave the house everyday around noon and return in the early evening.

Sammy could have been living on a mountain top because he never made eye contact with neighbors. You could pass Sammy in the street and he'd have one of those Village of the Damned 'straight on' stares like he was sleepwalking.

Sammy's house was a large space with interesting room patterns. I know because I used to be friends with the couple, Walter and Betty, who lived there before their move to Washington State. Walter, Betty and I didn't become friends until their last two years on the street. Who knows why it took us so long to strike up a friendship. One day they invited me to dinner so I got to sample Walter's gourmet cooking. On warm summer days, Walter would invite me over for a swim in his pool. The pool was a fairly deep above ground monstrosity with a sturdy wooden deck, set among some of the largest trees I've seen in the neighborhood. After a swim, we'd catch an iced tea during which Walter would talk about his favorite poet, Gary Snyder.

I wasn't happy when Walter and Betty announced that they were moving west. I was getting used to going over there for dinner and swimming in their pool, and then inviting them over to my place for patio parties. Friendships like this don't come easily. You can say hello to neighbors, even chat with them on the street for years and still never be invited over to their place.

When Walter and Betty moved out the house wasn't empty for long. One day I spotted a suburban looking couple talking with the realtor. The couple had driven up in a Lexis, which spelled m-o-n-e-y. A week or two after that a big moving truck appeared, and Sammy appeared with his bushy black hair and an army of friends. The friends, all men, were scruffy in a hip way although they all had the same type of manufactured beard.

They moved in quickly and within days held a massive outdoor party around Walter's old pool. Sammy's friends built a large bonfire and started a barbecue. The party lasted until the wee hours. Then at 4 or 5 am I was awakened by a suburban girl, one of Sammy's party guests, crying under my bedroom window. She was so drunk she found it hard to put together sentences however I tried to make out what she was saying. In the end, I couldn't decipher her drunken valley girl 'up talk' although it seemed that some boy had dumped her.

I was curious about Sammy for a short time but after a while I stopped caring. There was no reason to say hello, especially if his response was going to be something like a smug nod.

Sammy's outdoor parties were becoming more and more frequent. Party guests, driving in from the western Main Line, were double parking on our tiny street. Sammy acquired strings of Japanese party lights and strung them along the tree branches so that from my house his yard looked like a massive house boat in New Orleans. The parties got progressively louder and wilder yet it was fascinating to see how every party began as low key events but as the night wore on, and as more alcohol was consumed, the voices got louder and louder. Eventually the voices became so pitched it sounded like twenty men screaming at one another.

If the screaming prevented me from falling asleep, I assumed that many of my neighbors were experiencing the same thing. I'd turn on the AC or put fans in my bedroom window to muffle the noise but like the racket from a plague of locusts, the voices would always resurface.

And among these voices there would always be the sound of a woman crying. .

"That makes 4 crying women in 30 days," I'd tell friends. 'What do they do to women over there?"

Sammy acquired a succession of roommates to help pay the mortgage. Generally the roommates were in their twenties and never stayed long. At first the roommates were part of Sammy's social circuit but then I noticed a change. They seemed to be living independently, especially the lost looking Irish guy who seemed to be terrified of strangers and whose large dog seemed to be his only friend. He would sit glum faced on Sammy's stoop staring into space. For a time I thought he was hearing impaired.

Some of Sammy's roommates moved out in the middle of the night although they were very quickly replaced with new roommates. At one of the parties, the invited guests double and triple parked on the sidewalk up and down the street, upsetting the neighbors. Somebody called the police, and ten of Sammy's party guests got parking tickets.

"These people have no idea how the city works," I told a friend.

Sammy acquired so many roommates I lost count of them. Prohibitive housing and rental costs were really impacting people in their twenties, and Sammy's house was proof of this. Nobody could afford to live on their own. I called Walter and Betty and told them that their former home had become a gigantic hipster commune complete with dogs, motorcycles, bonfires, and beautiful white women in long dreadlocks. "It's a sight to behold although nobody on the street has made friends with them because they don't seem to want to get to know anybody."

I told Walter and Betty that Sammy had decided to get rid of the pool and chop down the oldest and grandest tree on the property. Walter and Betty were meticulous home owners, but very soon Sammy began to let things slip. After all, it really wasn't his house. His parents found the house for him. They were the ones who appreciated the house but they probably had high hopes that Sammy would come to appreciate it someday.

It wasn't long before the house began to look shabby, although all the women who visited or lived there seemed to be the same type: they were tall and elegant looking with long beautiful hair. They also dressed like fashion models, mostly in long flowing dresses. Even if beautiful women are not your thing, no one could deny the astounding beauty of these creatures. They seemed to go in and out of Sammy's house at all hours.

The men, by contrast, were doughy looking with thick Clark Kent glasses and hairy necks. "This is proof," a comedian friend of mine commented, "that pretty women like money and power."

For a period of a year, especially in winter when there were no leaves on the trees, anyone walking on the sidewalk could look right into Sammy's front window and see somebody watching Homer Simpson.

The parties continued, the beer kept flowing, and the male chorus of voices kept getting louder and louder. Sometimes I could make out what was being said. There were stories about work but more often than not there was no smooth narrative at all, just discombobulated half sentences with long pauses as well as the overuse of the word 'like' (let's not forget beer burps), and finally unexplained yells as if someone had inadvertently sat on a possum.

"Like...I mean, but like....Yeah, you know. What the fuck!"

(Repeat 50 times and you have the party conservation).

A few neighbors, eager to build bridges, continued to attempt to make contact with Sammy, but to no avail.

Two weeks ago in a bizarre replay of 3 years ago, the suburban parents returned in the same Lexis. Standing in front of the house they whispered to one another before knocking on Sammy's door. The parents had to knock a long time before one of the roommates answered although he didn't open the door but talked to them through an open slat.

Some sort of negotiation seemed to be in progress, but what?

The very next day at least two of the roommates moved out and the day after that it was Sammy's turn. Sammy left on his bike, never to be seen again.

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These Celebs Are Embracing The No Makeup Movement (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:52:01 -0400)

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Did Rihanna Wear Drake's Tuxedo Shirt As A Dress After The VMAs? An Investigation (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:07:03 -0400)

Join us on a journey through Rihanna’s past few days, won’t you? 

On Sunday, the singer was honored at the MTV Video Music Awards with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. After her final number ― she performed four times throughout the night ― rumored boyfriend Drake, dressed in a full tuxedo, appeared on stage to present the award to Rih.

And it was too good. 

Once Drizzy was done putting all your boyfriends to shame, the two kinda sorta kissed and the ceremony came to a close ... but that’s where our story begins.

Following the show, the duo partied the night away at their favorite club, New York hotspot Up&Down. They were pictured arriving and leaving the club together, and reportedly spent the night at the same hotel, according to The Daily Mail. 

The next day, Rihanna was spotted leaving the hotel wearing what appears to be the same exact shirt (!) Drake wore on the VMAs stage for a dinner date with the rapper at Nobu. 

It’s impossible to confirm that the garment in question is actually the rapper’s shirt, but a) It looks almost identical b) WOULDN’T YOU? c) It fuels the relationship rumors, i.e., Rihanna’s favorite activity outside of slaying your faves regularly.

Somewhere in between her hotel and the restaurant, Rih found time to work her sartorial wizardry and belted the oversized shirt before entering the establishment. 

Your queen, Rihanna, ladies and gentlemen. 

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Grandparents Have Dressed Alike For 52 Years -- And Twitter Loves It (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:18:38 -0400)

You know what they say: The couple that dresses together, stays together. OK, maybe not. But every day for the 52 years of their marriage, Anthony Gargiula (@AnthonyGargiula) says his grandparents have dressed alike. His twinning grandparents tweet blew up Twitter, being retweeted more than 20,500 times and becoming a Twitter Moment.

We’ve got to admit, they are pretty cute. See for yourself!

And even better was when Gargiula let his grandparents know that they were now famous:


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Don't Use Alicia Keys' Bare Face To Shame Women Who Wear Makeup (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:01:45 -0400)

Alicia Keys announced her #NoMakeupPledge back in May, but people still seem to have a lot to say about her bare face. 

On Sunday night, the singer-songwriter appeared on stage at the MTV VMA awards rocking a stunning red dress, an intricately braided bun, and not a stitch of makeup. Reactions to her continued dedication to avoiding cosmetics ranged from praise to complete disdain:

That last point from the ever-grating Piers Morgan encapsulates everything wrong with this makeup vs. no-makeup debate. Morgan comparing Keys’ bare face to Kim Kardashian’s nude selfies, calling it more “empowering” is just another example of how society polices and scrutinizes female expression. Instead of simply giving kudos to Keys for making a choice that works for her, people are acting as if her choice is a commentary on the choices of every other woman ever. 

Makeup, and the choice to wear makeup, is a complex and personal decision. Some women choose not to wear makeup in order to embrace a different side of their beauty (makeup-less beauty is not the only form of “natural” beauty). Other women choose not to wear makeup simply because they can’t be bothered, or they don’t know how to apply it, or they don’t even have access to it because of their economic background. 

A common defense of makeup use is that it’s all about making oneself feel “good,” that it isn’t about pleasing men, but about pleasing yourself. That’s one approach, but let’s be real. For some people, makeup is absolutely about giving in to societal pressures about beauty. And there’s no shame in that.

Makeup can also be about survival. Wearing it can allow some women access to spaces that they wouldn’t have otherwise (in the corporate world, for instance, where women are far more scrutinized for their looks than men).

And for some femme trans women and other feminine-identified people, makeup is not only a form of self expression, but a form of self actualization that allows them to navigate the world easier, that keeps them safe. Some women with severe scarring (acne hyper-pigmentation, accidents, burns from acid attacks), use makeup to help them feel more comfortable facing the world each day. 

Wearing makeup isn’t just about “hiding” one’s “natural” beauty, or being “fake.” So many of the “Alicia looks so beautiful without makeup” comments on Twitter came from men like Piers Morgan, praising her while pitting her against other women who choose to wear makeup. 

As YouTuber and blogger Rian Phin succinctly put it in a recent video about makeup, this is a prime example of how society (and listen, mostly men) will rush to praise a women who doesn’t wear makeup ― but only if she is already “pretty enough.”

“Like, you don’t want someone to show their natural acne and scars and natural hyper pigmentation,” Phin writes. “You don’t let women have their natural mustaches, chin hair, beards, and unibrows without shi***ng on them.” 

That’s why both the positive and negative commentary about Keys is so completely absurd. It’s ignoring the fact that women wear or don’t wear makeup for a myriad of reasons. So why are we so preoccupied with what one woman chooses to do with her face?

On Monday, Alicia Keys tweeted a response to the criticism she received over her face, writing:

Do. You. It’s probably the most succinct approach to this entire debate. Alicia Keys started #NoMakeupPledge as a way to embrace who she is, free herself from a preoccupation with looks, and inspire others who have grappled with similar issues to follow suit. And that’s great. But that doesn’t mean that people who love a beat face, or who feel they need makeup to feel comfortable in the world, are any less beautiful or any less valid in their reasoning. 

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A South African High School Has Banned Girls From Afros And Natural Hairstyles Because They Are “Untidy” (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:33:42 -0400)

Black South African girls as young as 14 have resorted to public protests for the right to wear their natural hair at a prestigious, formerly whites only school. The image of a schoolgirl sporting an Afro and standing up to a white man went viral on Monday (Aug. 29).

Soon an online petition was launched asking South Africans to support the girls by demanding the school review what critics say are racist school policies. When education authorities met with students, parents and teachers, some of the girls cried as they recalled their experiences.

“I have a natural Afro, but a teacher told me I need to comb my hair because it looks like a birds nest,” one girl told the provincial head of education. Another said her mother forced her to cut her hair because she “didn’t want trouble” at the affluent school.

The students also said they were discouraged from speaking African languages. Some said they were compared to monkeys or told they were too concerned with race and politics to achieve the academic excellence the school demands. Some said they were told they belonged in schools in black townships, which are still poorly funded and on the outskirts of the city.

Pretoria High School for Girls has not yet commented, but the school’s code of conduct (pdf) dictates that cornrows, dreadlocks and braids may not be more than 10mm in diameter (just about a third of an inch). The code of conduct does not mention Afros or hair texture, but the girls say the rule that “all styles should be conservative, neat and in keeping with school uniform,” has been used to oppress black students.

A final year student at the school penned an essay for The Daily Vox, a youth-oriented news site, describing some of the incidents girls at the school have experienced. In one, black girls speaking their mother tongue were told to “stop making those funny noises,” and in another incident students were forced to comb their hair before being allowed to eat dinner.

“Our schools undervalue blackness and focus more on containing us than nourishing us,” wrote Malaika Eyoh. “Racially charged incidents between students and staff members are commonplace, as are sweeping these issues under the rug.”

This article originally appeared on Quartz Africa. Sign up for the Quartz Africa Weekly Brief — the most important and interesting news from across the continent, in your inbox.

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Alicia Keys Isn't 'Anti-Makeup,' She Just Doesn't Want To Wear It (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:50:32 -0400)

We can’t stop fallin’ in love with Alicia Keys.

The songstress made a serious splash at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday when she arrived sans makeup. 

Social media was up in arms about Keys’ appearance, despite the fact that she looked as gorgeous as ever. The Grammy winner took to Twitter to sound off on the commentary, blowing a kiss to her haters in a makeup-free selfie.

The mother of two has been vocal about the #NoMakeup movement, and intends to keep her bare-facedness going during her appearances on the TV show “The Voice.”

To all of this, we say: GET IT GIRL.

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Controversial Photographer Terry Richardson to Release New Book (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:21:41 -0400)

This article originally appeared on artnet News.

The controversial fashion photographer Terry Richardson will launch a new book during New York Fashion week, which starts on September 8.

Titled Skinny, the book is a tribute to his assistant and girlfriend Alex “Skinny” Bolotow, and features intimate images of the couple’s private life. Unlike his previous work, which has drawn heavily on candid, sexualized imagery, Richardson will share some of his more personal, family photographs in his latest publication.

For example, the book features photographs of Bolotow breastfeeding the couple’s five-month-old twins, swimming, and reclining on a couch with the couple’s pet dog.

first family vacation

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According to Page Six, publishers Angela Hill and David Owens of Idea Books encouraged Richardson to put together the publication, which will be on sale in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

Skinny presents a markedly different image than that portrayed in Richardson’s previous publications including Terryworld, and Kibosh, which also included explicit images of Bolotow performing sex acts on Richardson.

Consequently, a 2014 exposé published by New York Magazine called Richardson “a proud pervert,” and described his work as “misogynistic,” “extremely explicit,” and “pornographic,” and reported that the photographer has faced numerous accusations of exploiting young models. Bolotow has always defended Richardson, however. “I think part of being a strong woman is owning the decisions that you’ve made in your life,” Bolotow told New York Magazine. “Trying to put the onus onto someone else for your own decisions is really cowardly and kind of dishonest.”

Somebody call the wahhhmbulance

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Despite the accusations, Richardson has enjoyed sustained success driven by the fashion industry’s desire to be associated with the candor and rawness of his imagery. Meanwhile, the art world has also supported his forays into fine art, and he has recently enjoyed solo exhibitions featuring his portraits at Galerie Perrotin in Paris in 2015 and Hong Kong in 2016.

HuffPost Editor’s Note: You can read more about Terry Richardson’s history of sexual abuse accusations here, here and here.

Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

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Willow And Jaden Smith Are Trying To Figure Out If This Is 'Real Life' (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:22:17 -0400)

Jaden and Willow Smith are truly living in their own universe. 

The teenagers, who are 18 and 15, spoke with the ever-evolving Pharrell Williams for Interview magazine’s September issue and gave us all another peek inside their fascinating minds. The two teenage philosophers opened up about wanting to make the world a better place, helping fans achieve their dreams and whether this is all really “real life.” 

The interview starts out with Pharrell asking a simple question (”What’s on your mind, Willow?”) and turns into something much greater. 

“This morning actually was pretty intense because I was thinking about the world and my place in the world, things that I have made or want to make,” Willow said. “I was thinking about all the things that I could do that I don’t do. But, you know, I was just thinking about the world and everything.” 

Yup, same.

The two siblings bounce back and forth, getting candid with the “Voice” coach and talking about their inspiration (their parents), their personal style (”rambunctious”) and sibling rivalry (Jaden says Willow is better at everything).

But there’s one area where Jaden shines above the rest ― philosophy. The 18-year-old, who has no problem comparing himself to Galileo, jumps at the chance when ― surprise! ― Pharrell asks if he has any philosophical questions he wants to share. Um, is his dad the Prince of Bel-Air? The answer is always yes. 

“A question I would like to present to the world is: Where is the love? And what are we doing?” Jaden pondered. “Who’s making the decisions that are putting us in the predicaments that we are in, with all of these people losing their lives around the world in so many different ways?”

The two continued on about fame, social media and the impact they want to have on their incredibly large audience. Jaden explained that he flew up a fan to NYC with him “to just to, like, witness a lifestyle, see that anything’s possible,” while Willow described a more out-of this-world encounter with one of her followers. 

“A fan came up to me in New York a couple days ago, and they’re like, ‘Is this real life?’ And I looked at them, and I go, ‘I don’t think it is,’” Willow said. “It was a crazy moment because I actually, like, looked into her eyes and thought, “She’s actually asking me this question. Like, she’s not BS’ing me. This isn’t a joke. She’s actually asking me, ‘Is this real life?’ And I’m giving her my truest answer, which is, ‘I don’t think it is.’”

But just in case this is real life, Jaden made sure to tell Pharrell that in 10 years, he wants to be “gone,” whatever that means. Willow agreed, adding, “I feel that. I see myself in the mountains somewhere in a tent cooking a squirrel” and just “living off the land.” 

In that case, we’d better hope there’s good internet service in the wild, because we’d be lost without Willow’s and Jaden’s Twitter accounts. 

To read the rest of their article in Interview, head here. 

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Here’s How Teyana Taylor Got Her ‘Fade’ Body (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:14:10 -0400)

Kanye West’s “Fade” video premiered during MTV’s VMAs on Sunday and it was unreal. Primarily because of its star, Teyana Taylor.

The video features Taylor channeling Jennifer Beals in “Flashdance,” and it will make you want to get your butt to the gym, STAT.

So ... Who is Teyana Taylor?

The 26-year-old dancer, actress, and new mom (her daughter is 8 months old ... can you even??) first hit the scene way back in 2007. Taylor celebrated her 16th birthday on MTV’s iconic show “My Super Sweet Sixteen.”

Since then, Taylor’s had bit parts in a few movies, offered vocals on Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album, and dropped her first studio album in 2014.

Taylor is also engaged to Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert, who also makes a cameo in “Fade” with their daughter. 

How did she end up in “Fade”?

West chose Taylor to be the star for “Fade” after the two ran into each another while they were recording. After chatting about their respective families and careers, West was inspired by the love Taylor had for her fiancé and new baby.

“Literally when I left the studio and went back to my recording room, [a head representative from G.O.O.D. Music] came up to me and said Kanye wanted me to dance to one of his songs — for ‘Fade.’ I was like, ‘Oh my god, you’re lying,’ she told Vogue.

What’s the deal with the cat scene at the end?

Taylor revealed to Vogue that she had no clue why she was transformed into a cat, or what the sheep appearance at the end of the “Fade” video meant, either.

“He was just like, ‘I’m going to put you in this cat face. It’s going to be chic.’ It was definitely something deep,” she said. “The whole video is deeper than people probably processed it. So I feel like it’s up for the people to figure it out.”

How is her body so dope?

Outside of the cat and sheep thing, people have been dying to know how Taylor achieved that insane body she’s got. It’s pretty simple: She doesn’t diet and her only workout is dance, according to E! News. 

“I just dance. I almost feel like dance is so underrated in the fitness world,” she said.

Um ... talk about #BodyGoals?? 

Luckily, Taylor announced via Twitter that she’ll be releasing a workout video in the coming months — so the hope of one day achieving her fitness level is out there.

In the interim, we’ll be blasting “Fade” and attempting to jiggle our way to a six-pack.

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23 Reasons To Love Having Natural Hair (Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:40:39 -0400)

The presence of Black American Olympians dominating their respective sports this summer was a representative testament to our country’s diversity. The ongoing shaming of Gabby Douglas’ natural edges, however, portrays our country’s lack of acceptance of that diversity ― particularly when it comes to natural hair. 

What better way to combat that prejudice than with unapologetic and celebratory expressions of self love from the natural hair community? That’s why The Huffington Post asked readers to share a selfie of their natural curls, coils and kinks with a caption telling the whole world what their hair means to them using our hashtag #MyNaturalHairJourneyIs.

The submissions show that no two hair journeys are exactly alike. Some wear their hair natural as a declaration of defiance, a symbolic crown worn proudly against the status quo. Others do it to be true to nature, their heritage and their beautiful selves.

Check out all of the compelling photos below and join the conversation in the comments section, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #MyNaturalHairJourneyIs. We may even feature your selfie next time!

A photo posted by Aevin Dugas (@aevindugas) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs natural by any means necessary.

A photo posted by Safi Mai (@eyeamqueenmai) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs proof that I don’t have to follow rules to be accepted by society! My hair is loc’d, not my mind or the way I handle myself.

A photo posted by Stacys_FaithandStars (@stacys_faithandstars) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs glorious! My crown is a reflection of God’s creativity.

A photo posted by Terri Hardaway (@projectnaptural) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs hopefully an inspiration to women who need help accepting their natural beauty in a society that values Eurocentric beauty standards.

A photo posted by Denise (@dlsprat) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs explorative. 

A photo posted by Taylor Paige (@mstaylorpaige_) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs responsible for my confidence. 

A photo posted by Amber Amour (@ambertheactivist) on

Growing my hair ― all of it everywhere ― makes me feel free, wild, and connected to the divine. 

A photo posted by Jassy Onya'e (@jassyonyae) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs learning to be comfortable with my thick wool-like hair that I was born with. 

A photo posted by Dr. Phoenyx Austin, MD (@drphoenyx) on

#NyNaturalHairJourneyIs is a great expression of self-love. 

A photo posted by Kenya W. Ross (@kenyawinifred) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs cosmopolitan, not comical.

A photo posted by deecii (@deecii) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs my return to to my ancestors.

A photo posted by Deb Gregoire (@heymommyabc) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs big and fun! I love my hair! 

A photo posted by SASHA D. (@zuri_natturals) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs feeling one with nature.

A photo posted by Nurse_Write_or_die (@nurse_write_or_die) on

 Loving our coils helps us feel a closeness to our lineage.

A photo posted by Jasmine (@eenerenimsaj) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs dauntless, deliberate me.

A photo posted by Lady Bizness (@ladybizness) on

#MyNaturalHairJourneyIs something that makes me feel proud, healthy, and happy that I made the choice to stop using relaxer.

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