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Discovery+ Greenlights 50 Cent’s ‘Confessions Of A Crime Queen’ Drama Series

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50 Cent continues to expand his reach within Hollywood. He has found a home for his new Confessions Of A Crime Queen project.

As spotted on Deadline the G-Unit boss just secured another bag and more importantly another point of distribution for his gritty content. The trade publication confirmed that Curtis and his staff have locked in Discovery+ as the network for his upcoming crime drama. This new show is billed as a “first-of-its-kind anthology series that brings to life riveting, headline-making stories by combining documentary and scripted genres. Each season will focus on the true story of one larger-than-life woman who created and led a multi-million-dollar criminal empire before a dramatic fall from power.” Naturally he took to social media for bragging rights. “👀see this is the point you should realize i’m not playing. 🚦GREEN LIGHT GANG 😆” he wrote.

“As G-Unit Film & Television continues its rapid growth, we have to think outside the box and challenge ourselves to tell entertaining and important stories in new ways,” said 50. “With the support of discovery+, our friends at Lionsgate TV and in partnership with top producer, Rich Bye and Goodbye Pictures, we have the right team to help us continue pushing the creative envelope. I am thrilled to add Confessions Of A Crime Queen to the G-Unit Film & Television slate.”

Discovery+ is equally excited about the announcement as per Lisa Holme, Group SVP Commercial Content and Strategy. “Discovery+ is delighted to partner with Curtis, G-Unit Film & Television, Goodbye Pictures and Lionsgate on this ambitious and innovative project. Combining our unparalleled home for original true crime content with his vision for how to tell these stories in a new way will give true crime fans a fresh perspective on the genre” she said in a statement.

Confessions Of A Crime Queen is scheduled for a 2022 premiere.

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Nike Made Swimsuits For Serena Williams, Her Daughter Olympia, And Olympia’s Doll Qai Qai

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When you become a mother, you instantly become a grandmother to your daughter’s imaginary friends and their favorite toys. Just ask Serena Williams. Since Olympia Ohanian’s tiny tot days, she’s been carrying around her doll and BFF, Qai Qai. The chocolate baby doll, who has her own Instagram page with more followers than I do, has been an intricate part of the Ohanian household.

Qai Qai has such a strong presence that mega retailer Nike designed a bathing suit just for her! In an Instagram post, Serena wrote, “When @nike makes a swimsuit for not just @olympiaohanian but @realqaiqai too.

How amazing is this @ehrmannspartners view? 😍😍

The dynamic trio posed on one of the Ehrmann Partners properties in matching hot pink branded Nike swimsuits. This isn’t the first time Serena and her mini me wore matching bathing suits. The 39-year-old mother really enjoys incorporating her daughter into her work, whether its doing a makeup tutorial or modeling in a Stuart Weitzman campaign.

Qai Qai has a bright future ahead of her. First it’s Nike swimsuits and soon she’ll have major designers phoning her to make custom gowns for red carpet appearances. The life of a celebrity doll is lit! What do you think?

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Shekinah Jo Spills Tea on Tiny Leaving Her Out to Dry, Allegedly

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Seems like the days of Tiny and Shekinah giggling like teenagers on a tandem bike are long gone. Over the weekend, the Atlanta-based hairstylist, Shekinah Jo, took to a live stream on Bigo and aired all of the Harris’ business out. Well, Tiny’s more than anyone else’s.

It’s always pretty disappointing — and awkward in a sense — to see two friends go at it online but with the recent legal issues T.I. and Tiny have had, this is probably the worst time to have former homies saying anything that would go against the defense. It was only a few months ago when Shekinah jumped on Instagram Live to defend Tiny after sexual misconduct allegations began to arise. She denounced the woman who started the conversation — a woman who alleged T.I. put a gun to her head while in a rage. But over the weekend (May 2), Shekinah let it be known that she didn’t appreciate Tiny allowing “the world” to denounce her even though, she claims: Tiny was in the room, coaching her on how to argue on her behalf.

Since the start of the Harris’ legal problems in January, 14 women have come out to allege that the couple drugged and took advantage of them sexually without them having consented, over the course of 15 years. Since the top of 2021, Tiny and Tip have lost their Friends & Family Hustle spot on VH1, as the network offered that they would use the time to collect more information. Whatever that means.

Either way, Shekinah Jo had her fill over the weekend. She stated that she detested the fact that Tiny would allow the world to “tear” her down, even though she was defending her friend, who was in the room telling her what to say. What a mess. She also shared that she was doing Tiny’s hair and that of the OMG Girls [Tiny’s girl group, that included her daughter Zonnique] for $150 in tips. The Neighborhood Talk posted her teary rant on Instagram, where of course, Tiny viewed and commented on the visual.

“Y’all can believe this dizzy bitch if u like! Why in tf would I ask her to say what she said?!🤨 True enough she wanted to speak up for me as a friend & I appreciate that but I NEVER EVER told her to say ANY of the shit she said. That’s on MY LIFE & EVERYTHING I Love. She wrote me a book & said ppl don’t need to know but yet going to live talking about me daily. Worst kinda friend to have!! If we not cool, we not cool..move on as I have quietly. It’s a shame I’m addressing this bs now! Just sick of all the lies. Day after day!! I will forever wish her nothing but the best still. It’s sad when close friends turn to enemies but God has his way & I won’t ??”

Shekinah came back to Bigo to tell us all that she’s over it but Atlanta’s fairly small — it’s only a matter of time before the two run into each other. Hopefully by then, the two women can decide on their friendship, either way it goes, while leaving us out of it. Tiny’s got some pretty big fish to fry, in the meantime.

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The History Of Harlem’s Fashion Icons

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Harlem has birthed some of fashion’s most influential figures. It is the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that inspired Black creativity through music, fashion, hair, art, and literature. The Harlem Renaissance propelled Black expression, which was personified through luxurious wardrobes that aided in shifting the negative perception of Blacks during the Great Migration. If fashion wears stilettos, Harlem was her stomping ground.

With the arrival of Starz’s vibrant new series Run The World, which centers in the heart of Harlem’s eclectic Brownstone-lined blocks, Harlem is as much a character on the show as our “Sisterhood” issue cover star Bresha Webb.

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Pioneers like haberdasher Dapper Dan launched his iconic Dapper Dan Boutique in a Brownstone, in the 80s and 90s, turning high-end designs into custom fits that would shape the hip-hop landscape. Lana Turner never officially worked in fashion, but her Sunday styles have made her a Harlem fashion icon.

We celebrate these Harlem fashion icons for their contributions to the fashion industry as a whole.

Dapper Dan 

Harlem's Fashion Row The Prelude

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Dapper Dan and Harlem go together like the double G logo. In fact, you can’t mention Dapper Dan without mentioning Harlem, without mentioning Gucci. Known as the “king of knock-offs,” Dapper Dan catered to celebrity clientele, through his Harlem workshop in the 80s and 90s, fitting rap acts like Eric B. and Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J. and Jay Z.

At the time, the non-existent relationship between Italian brands and the hip-hop community resulted in unfair treatment. He’d often faced rejection because of his race and birthplace; so he created his own lane. His expertise in textile printing allowed him to recreate the logos of brands like Fendi, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton that he transformed into one-of-a-kind lucrative designs. He is credited with introducing hip-hop to high fashion.

One of his most iconic pieces is the jacket he created for Salt-N-Pepa for their 1988 single cover “Push It.” Dan, despite being shunned by the fashion community for years, has more-recently been embraced by the industry that once turned its back on him. In 2018, he collaborated with Gucci on a highly-anticipated collection that brought his journey full circle.

Lana Turner 

Lana Turner never leaves her apartment without a statement piece. Regarded as a local fashion icon, Turner’s style is legendary. Often seen in flamboyant chapeaus or embellished gloves paired with a lace fan and different handbags, she is “Sunday’s Best” personified. The Harlem icon infused her faith and personal style to continue Harlem’s eccentric fashion legacy.

Turner is known for her vintage collection of 500 hats, according to The New Yorker, that she wears around town. Her style was inspired by her parents, who worked as a chauffeur and chambermaid.

Turner was the muse of Dario Calmese’s “Amongst Friends” exhibit, which explores the intersectionality of faith and fashion. Former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley wrote in the foreword, “She is reborn every single Sunday through the rituals and universal codes of deportment, carriage, and dress. It becomes as important as words, as the hymns… the rituals of the Black Church on Sunday morning resonate in every intersection of the universe.”

Pat Cleveland

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Pat Cleveland is a pioneer in the modeling industry. Cleveland, raised in East Harlem, is one of the first Black models to achieve success on the runway and in print in the 60s.

Cleveland was signed to Wilhelmina Models by the time she was 18 and in 1970, made her first appearance on Vogue after being rejected by many fashion brands due to her race.

The supermodel started her modeling agency in Milan and appeared as a guest on America’s Next Top Model hosted by Tyra Banks. Currently, Cleveland is a mom and runs a family-owned business named House of VRC where she combines fashion and art in her collections.

Kwame Braithwaite 

Photographer Kwame Braithwaite was instrumental in popularizing the phrase “Black is Beautiful” in the 60s during the Civil Rights movement. Though Braithwaite was born in Brooklyn he is most famous for his documentation of Harlem and Africa.

In 1960, his processing technique made Black skin-pop in photographs. He made Black beautiful for those living during that time by experimenting with timing exposures. One of his most famous images is one with a modeling group with natural hairstyles. Braithwaite also hosted pageants and staged the first series of pageants that only feature Black models. His work intentionally challenged oppressive norms while highlighting Black beauty.

 



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Aoki Lee Simmons Debuts New Look In Muze Magazine

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The old adage “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree” has never been truer when it comes to Kimora Lee Simmons’ daughters.  Her youngest girl, Aoki Lee Simmons followed in her mother’s footsteps and artistically posed on the cover of Muze Magazine. This is the first cover shoot for the fashion model and Harvard scholar, and from the looks of this fierceness, it probably won’t be her last.    

Aoki did not come to play with this cover shoot for Muze Magazine.  She showed off her lean frame and lengthy legs in a green-ish, one-shoulder strap crop top and a matching skirt featuring a high split–designed by Banh Naht Di.  She completed the look with a sleek bob hairstyle, and her accessories included black, ankle strap sandals, and a gold bracelet. Her look was styled by Keyan Miao, makeup by Larry TraeVon, and hair by Desirv Beauty and Tress Reliever.    

Aoki was ecstatic about her first cover for Muze Magazine.  She took to her Instagram account to show her gratitude.    

Can’t thank @muze.magazine and the whole team enough for my first solo cover shoot. This was a true delight to be a part of. Incredibly grateful 

It has been an absolute pleasure watching Aoki Lee and her sister Ming Lee sprout into such beautiful ladies.  The lovely siblings have both followed in their mother’s modeling footsteps, and they are succeeding at the craft quite naturally.  We look forward to seeing more of these two in magazines and on runways!

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Beyoncé’s Monochromatic Neon Green Balmain Look Is Officially Our Summer Mood

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Beyoncé is back serving looks on the ‘Gram and we’re here for it!

The multi-faceted entertainer shut Instagram down last week when she gave us another gorgeous outfit post that we’re already saving to our faves for our Summer fashion mood board. Dripped in neon-green from head to toe and breathing life into the popular monochromatic dressing trend, Queen Bey paid homage to Balmain’s creative director by wearing a tight-fitted Balmain long-sleeved wrap dress paired with matching pointed-toe heels and a boxy neon-green Medea mini bag.

Although her accessories were minimal, they still made a major statement and complimented her look perfectly. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Beyoncé wore large gold twisted hoops, Philo Eyewear sunglasses, a diamond anklet, and her classic diamond necklace to cap off the celebration of Olivier Rousteing who, according to her longtime stylist Zerina Akers, is celebrating a decade as the creative director for Balmain.

“Waking up and I see BEYONCÉ In BALMAIN,” Olivier Rousteing captioned a photo of Beyoncé that he posted to his Instagram. “#decade of love and support #thankyou @beyonce.” He also posted this triple threat image of the singer, captioning the photo with lyrics to her song, “who run the world GIRLS!”

Beyoncé’s fashion choices aren’t the only thing that’s caused a stir on the Internet recently. Last week, she took to Instagram to mark the five-year anniversary of her 2016 critically acclaimed visual album, Lemonade, which went on to win multiple awards for the singer including the Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video for “Formation”

In a photo carousel with still shots from the visuals, Bey commemorated the popular album writing, “I’m grateful that this body of work has resonated so deeply with so many people. I’m so thankful for all the beautiful souls involved in making one of my favorite pieces of art. As I celebrate five years of LEMONADE, I encourage everyone to continue healing, loving, forgiving, and uplifting. I hope you find joy today.”

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Halle Berry Debuts A Blunt Bob At The 2021 Academy Awards Show [PHOTOS]

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This just might be known as the big chop heard around the world. During last night’s Academy Awards show, Halle Berry debuted an ultra-short, extra blunt bob haircut with choppy bangs.

In an photo posted to Instagram, celebrity hairstylist Sara Seward shared an image of Berry’s hair on the floor with a caption that read, “We came to play…” Together the two created a tapered fish bowl haircut that framed the award-winning actresses face. Berry is no stranger to short hair, but this look is quite different from her usual pixie cut. Because she is used to giving chat-worthy looks on the red carpet, the Academy Awards show was no different. The 54-year-old actress looked timeless and radiant in a plum purple strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown.

 

Berry kept her makeup light and fresh with Clinique’s Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and Even Better Clinical™ Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25. Her makeup artist Jorge Monroy used Clinique’s All About Shadow Duo Day, Pretty Easy Liquid Eyeliner and added drama to her lashes with High Impact Mascara. To finish the look, Jorge applied Clinique’s Cheek Pop blush and Powder Pop™ Flower Bronzer, and on the lips, Clinique’s Even Better Pop Nude Lip Foundation in Eyelet and with Clinique’s Chubby Stick Lip Balm to add some shine.

Berry’s new look was met with mixed reviews. While some loved the daring new cut, others thought it was questionable. Regardless of their opinions, the X-Men actress is living her best life and unbothered by public opinions. What do you think? Are you feeling Halle Berry’s new cut?

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Issa Rae’s Raedio Label Signs Critically-Acclaimed “The Read” Podcast Duo Kid Fury & Crissle West

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PAPER magazine announces Issa Rae’s record label, Raedio, plans to release an original comedy album from iTunes’ number one comedy podcast, “The Read.” Raedio has been making major moves with its’ signees, music and integration into film. Now, the label has plans to produce a newly-established record deal executively produced by Rae and Raedio President Benoni Tagoe, along with Alex Rago and “The Read” hosts, Kid Fury and Crissle.

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“The Read” has been a leading podcast before podcasting became a trendy way to broadcast conversations. The critically-acclaimed weekly podcast covers hip hop and pop culture’s “most trying stars.” Kid Fury and Crissle are famous for throwing shade and spilling tea with their humor and wit. No star is safe from Fury and Crissle’s clever jokes and entertaining conversations unless their name is Beyoncé and of course, Blue Ivy.

The hilarious podcast has had a great deal of success since breaking into the podcasting scene. Their show debuted on the Fuse network where they interview special guests and chat about their usual entertainment banter. The two have performed in front of many crowds, and debuted plans of a live show tour that was set for Spring 2020 across several major U.S. cities.

Raedio signing the award-winning podcast duo in this first-of-its-kind record deal will take “The Read” to greater heights. First, the original comedy album and next, we imagine a new on-camera show, television series and movies. There is limitless possibilities for the comedic duo, who simply had a vision to discuss the topics that they chatted about as friends.

Rae tells PAPER she’s been a fan of “The Read” for some time, “I have been a fan of Crissle and Kid Fury for almost a decade now and ‘The Read’ has been my weekly comfort food.”

You never know who’s watching your work and what can come of staying consistent in the craft. Rae continues, “I can’t wait for everyone to experience their brilliant comedic commentary in such a specially curated, timeless format.”

The hosts add their excitement joining Issa and the Raedio team, “working with Benoni, Issa and the Raedio team was a natural decision because we have been immense mutual supporters for our entire digital careers. A comedy album is new territory for us, but Raedio has been instrumental in helping us develop the vision for this project, and collaborating with them has been exciting and such a joy. We’re excited to break new ground and give our fans new ways to tune in and engage with us.”This is major news! Only up from here for “The Read” hosts, Kid Fury and Crissle West. Congrats to everyone involved!



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Walmart Vs Kanye? Retail Giant Files Complaint Over New Yeezy Logo

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Kanye has had his fair share of public disputes over the years, but his latest beef has nothing to do with music. Walmart has an issue with a proposed logo design for the iconic Yeezy brand.

The retail giant alleges that the design “is likely to cause confusion, mistake and deception” which could result in consumers wrongly associating the Yeezy brand with Walmart.

A trademark application for the new Yeezy logo, made up of eight dotted lines, was filed in January 2020. The rapper’s company says their logo was inspired by “rays of the sun.”

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The Walmart logo, made up of six rays in a circle “to resemble a spark,” was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2008.

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Kanye’s team has yet to publicly address the situation. Walmart, however, said they wrote West’s company in July 2020, August 2020, January 2021 and February 2021.

“Walmart has repeatedly sought to understand Yeezy’s planned use of the Yeezy Application, with the goal of finding ways in which the Walmart Spark Design and the Yeezy Application can co-exist with one another,” the letter said. “However, to date, we have not received any conclusive information from Yeezy regarding the planned use or any cooperation from Yeezy in order to find common ground.”

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Black Samurai Anime ‘Yasuke’ Drops On Netflix, Twitter Honors The Warrior

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Netflix has been churning out a high amount of content monthly, and many anime fans were anticipating the release of Black samurai series, Yaskuke, with Lakeith Stanfield voicing the lead. Released on Thursday (April 29), fans on Twitter seem to be approving of the show thus far.

The fictionalized tale of the Black servant to an Italian missionary adds elements of magic, mischief, and mecha, although the real-life version of Yasuke’s story was just as astounding. A Japanese warlord, amazed by the size of Yasuke, named him a bodyguard and bestowed upon him the rank of samurai, the first foreign-born and Black person to do so.

We haven’t seen the series yet so we’re going to Twitter to capture some of the reactions, spoiler-free at that.

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Be sure to check out Yasuke for yourself and comment if you’d like to tell us what you thought. Keep scrolling for the reactions.

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