The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which includes She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game), Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster-until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.
Release date: August 10, 2012 in New York City theaters
From 1974’s Love To Love You Baby until 1983’s She Works Hard For The MoneyDonna Summer was an unstoppable force on the pop landscape. Spawning 14 Top 10 singles in her decade-long collaboration with producer Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer’s soulful coo has had a profound influence on nearly every female pop vocalist from the last 3 decades. In memory of her tragic death from lung cancer, we’re looking at her slightly less celebrated legacy as the godmother of dance-punk.
Muhammad Ali with his grandson Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr stars in the new Louis Vuitton print ad photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Print ads featuring the boxing champion will launch June 14, in the latest installment of an ad campaign that has featured Mikhail Gorbachev, soccer great Pelé, musician Keith Richards and, most recently, actress Angelina Jolie, who was shown floating on a Cambodian boat with a Louis Vuitton “Alto” bag at her side.
German basketball inspired sports and streetwear brand K1X. Introducing their women’s line called K1X Shorty. Our clothes are inspired by dancing and the hip hop lifestyle. So we satisfy all the ambitious needs of active young women. Colorful, edgy, sporty but sexy are our keywords.
Outfit Inspired by: The Dutch architectural aesthetic found in their design process and construction. I am also inspired by minimalism, clean lines, and structural materials. Wearing: Blazer: Thrifted Vintage [ DIY zipper detail ] Skirt: Thrifted [ DIY zipper detail ] Top: Black Halter
Describe your personal style? You can do so much when you have a vision for yourself, when you discover what it is that really works for you it can only grow, morph and get better over time. I am attracted to strong proportions, monochromatic looks, minimalism, and the ever present air of masculinity. The idea that certain things belong to men and others to women in fashion is silly, I like to blur the line inherent in gender roles. Above all I have learned that If you have confidence in yourself and carry yourself in that respect people see that, that is the number one approach to my personal style.
She’s an entertainment force of nature, 16-time Grammy winner, and beauty and style icon. But Beyoncé is proudest of one title that also happens to be her most recent: mommy to little Blue Ivy Carter.
“I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth,” says PEOPLE’s 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Woman. “I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”
The “Crazy in Love” singer, 30, and her husband of four years, Jay-Z, 42, have gone gaga for Blue, born Jan. 7 in New York City. “She’s just the cutest thing,” gushes Beyoncé, who croons one-of-a-kind tunes to her daughter and professes to “love” changing diapers.
So who does her daughter most resemble? “She looks like Blue,” says Beyoncé, who is back to her pre-pregnancy weight and gearing up for her first post-baby concerts, Memorial Day weekend at the Revel Atlantic City. “She’s her own person.”
“The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy,” she adds. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”
For more of Beyoncé’s exclusive interview – in which she shares her beauty secrets, reveals how she lost the baby weight and sets the record straight on all the rumors – pick up this week’s special issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
Designer Mason Ewing 30, has been blind since age 15 but he does not lack the vision or ambition of a Designer.
“I decided to work in fashion and follow in my mother’s footsteps,” Ewing recalls. Ewing mother, a seamstress and dressmaker, was murdered when Ewing was 4 years old.
"I lived with my uncle and aunt and they began to fight me. They would awaken me at 4 in the morning to clean the house and wash dishes. When I wet the bed in fear, they took my head and bashed it on the bathtub," he recalled. "They poked my eyes and put pigment (African Hot sauce)in them."
Ewing was bashed and kicked in the head so often that he suffered a seizure that landed him in the hospital, where, he said, he was in a coma for three weeks. When he awoke, he was blind.
French authorities eventually intervened and placed young Ewing in a series of foster homes. He studied physical in college before deciding in 2001 to pursue his childhood dream of fashion design. His fashion styling work ranged from evening gowns to Braille-lettered T- shirts.
Translating what Ewing could see only in his mind’s eye was a challenge. He was able to recruit artists willing to sketch the designs he described, including an elaborate “Marie Antoinette” gown — a flowing, billowing dress accented with swoops of golden-brocaded fabric.
Able to see only vague combinations of light and shadow, Ewing discovered his blindness had enhanced his ability to distinguish the textures of silks, lace, linen and cotton twill. That feel for material also came into play when doll-size miniatures of his creations were sewn together and he was able to “see” his designs by touch.
Although other fledgling young designers of haute couture voiced skepticism of Ewing’s chances of succeeding in the design world, a French organization for the handicapped, Agefiph, decided to finance his first fashion show in 2006, according to print and television reports.
Since then, Ewing has produced a collection of T-shirts that feature Baby Madison, a multi-ethnic cartoon figure, in different settings. The infant has dark skin, blue eyes and a tuft of blond hair that “represents tolerance and love for everyone,” he said. The shirts’ raised Braille lettering tells him the garment’s color and what Madison image is printed on it.
Ewing used the cartoon character to branch out into video animation with “The Adventures of Madison.” He hopes to parlay that into two TV series that feature live actors. His proposed teen comedy series is called “Mickey Boom.”
Ewing is confident he can triumph in another visual arts field.
”There are a lot of people who are handicapped and they’re able to do a lot of things that people don’t necessarily think they can do,” he said.
New York contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley made a name for himself with his paintings of African-American men posing heroically in front of baroque backgrounds. For his latest exhibition, however, a series of paintings of women (cast from the streets of New York)—all clad in Givenchy. Wiley worked closely with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to come up with six dresses for the models. The exhibition (An Economy of Grace), exploring the depiction of gender in the context of history, opens at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York in May.
Well, the reason I love Gabby [Union] so much is because we did Deliver Us From Eva together almost 10 years ago, and she really took me under her wing. She went to the head of Sony/Screen Gems and she said to him, ‘Clint, this girl is really talented. I really want you to start working with her. I really want you to help her out.’
In this industry, especially in this industry with Black folk regarding Black women, it’s very rare where another Black woman will go to bat for you and want you to get a job knowing that you guys could possibly be going up for the same role.
And that’s the type of person that Gabrielle is. She’s an honest and genuine person, a real lover and she went to bat for me. All those [Screen Gems] movies kind of came from that one relationship that Gabrielle introduced me to. It’s not that she taught me something in particular, but she showed me that there are good women out there that are not catty and that actually want to see you succeed.
The famed fashion journalist Teri Agins has just inked a new book deal. Agins’ who first book “The End of Fashion” will be giving us a ”behind-the-scenes expose” of the fashion industry, according to WWD. The book, has not been titled yet, and will explore the rise of fast fashion and celebrity designers. The new book is scheduled to hit shelves in early 2014.
goldenday asked: How do you feel about Chester French’s new release Black Girls? As a product of an “interracial” relationship, I totally understand what he means, but there seems to be some backlash from some of the female members of the black community. What are your thoughts?
"I think the world is going to be really shocked," said Jessica White of her forthcoming debut album. She describes the music as “more of a soulful pop” and says she’s been recording with producer Ryan Leslie. “I’m a lot more creative than people can imagine,” she continued. “This year, they’re gonna get a big huge handful of how creative I really am.” How does your modeling background affect your music career? I’m a poet first and foremost, before the modeling. I mean, modeling, it’s being an artist as well. It’s just being a silent artist. It takes a lot of self-control and a lot of discipline.
What’s your writing process like? I’m a bat. All my greatest, creative ideas come at night. So I hardly ever sleep.
Will there be guest stars on your album? Oh yeah, a lot. But I don’t want to say who. I want everybody to be surprised. This is huge. I’m using a live band to record the whole entire album. And I’m producing a lot of it and writing my own material. So I think the world is going to be really shocked. We don’t know when it’s coming out. Right now I’m just creating.
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In an interview with The Women of Hip-Hop, the pitbull in a dress, Eve revealed her plans to release a buzz single later this month, with her upcoming album Lip Lock. It’s been nearly a decade since Eve released her last album Eve-Olution,
She also touched on other topics like which femcee she would put on a record and more.
On new female rappers: “I like Azealia Banks. I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really fuck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
On her dream collaboration: “Lauryn Hill has always been my one dream collaboration. She to me is so dope lyrically. Unfortunately, she’s just in a place right now mentally, but that would be a dream come true.”
On which five female MCs she would put on a record: “I would definitely have to get Missy [Elliott]. I would definitely have to do Kim ’cause I never got to do a record with Kim. Azealia Banks, I like her. A lot of people want me to hate on Nicki and say crazy things about her. I ain’t got nothing to say about her. Until somebody names me by name, then I don’t feel like nobody [is talking] about me. I wouldn’t have a problem putting her on a record.”
On the Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj feud: “It’s not about publicity. It’s about wanting that respect. I think maybe that’s where Kim is coming from, like, you’re doing your thing right now and no one can take that away from you, Nicki—we all see it—but at the end of the day, if it wasn’t for Kim, she wouldn’t be here and that shit is real.”
Outfits’ Descriptions: I actually didn’t wear these outfits anywhere, but to take pictures- I have no life outside of school. I love to wear prints, colorblock, and on my fierce days I throw on all black everything. Usually people get their inspiration from magazines and blogs, but I get mine from the random, beautiful people I see walking among the stylish streets of New York.
Describe your personal style? If I could choose one word to describe my style I’d pick versatile. I wear whatever I feel like wearing. I sometimes go according to themes. One day I could look like a rebel, next day retro, another day urban, and the day after that classy. It all depends on my mood and sometimes where I’m going. I just like to be free, and do me.
According to you, the most fashionable place in the world is… NYC
Favorite designers? Tracy Reese, Alexander McQueen, Balmain
Favorite/Least Favorite current Fashion Trend? Maxi skirts- I hate showing my legs, so these are perfect for me! Hmm…I don’t dislike any trends.
THIS or THAT STYLE or FASHION WEAVE or WIG or NATURAL ( ALL ) GOLD or SILVER STUDS or SPIKES DESIGNER or THRIFT
Any other project you’d like us to keep an eye out for? An official blog as well as a youtube channel for makeup, hair, and fashion
Name 5 of your favorite places to shop offline. Beacon’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Unique, No Relations, Monk
Online UrbanOutfitters (during a sale!), Asos, SusysCloset
When you hear the term “BlackFashion” What comes to mind? I think of people (not just black) having the ability to feel free to express themselves.