Ella Mai Announces The Debut Tour: See the Dates

Just off the release of her self-titled debut album, Ella Mai has announced her “Debut Tour.”

How exciting it is to finally get the opportunity to see the 23-year-old platinum-selling singer perform her smash hitd , “Boo’d Up” and “Trip” in your city!

The 28-date tour kicks off on February 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia and wraps up on March 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

See full list of dates below.

Ella Mai – The Debut Tour Dates:

February 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
February 14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
February 15 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
February 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
February 19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
February 20 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
February 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
February 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
February 25 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
February 27 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
February 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
March 2 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
March 3 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
March 5 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
March 6 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth
March 7 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 9 – Boston, MA @ Royale
March 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
March 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
March 15 – Silver Spring, M.D. @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
March 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
March 19 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 20 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
March 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
March 24 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
March 26 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
March 27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
March 28 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 26. Do you plan to scoop some?

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Netflix Cancels ‘Luke Cage’

Luke Cage’ has been canceled after 2 seasons.

via Deadline:

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

This axing of Luke Cage came as a surprise. A writer’s room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for around six months producing scripts and taking notes from Netlfix and Marvel. As actors like lead Mike Colter remained under contract, a formal Season 3 order considered almost a foregone conclusion by all concerned

After tensions the past month, it all went distinctly south in the last 48 hours.

The pink slipping of Luke Cage was ultimately a combo of the age old creative differences and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal, according to sources. With a season perched on the conclusion of the June 22 launched Season 2 plotted out months and months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week.

We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though they strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass.

Add to that, the writers’ room was put on hold for a week in September, as the streamer and the Disney-owned company were figuring out the mechanisms of changing the deal for the planned Luke Cage third season from the original 13 episodes to a slimmed down 10 episodes. It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative reign. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly in intractable and different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears.

The revolving door of showrunners on Marvel’s shows on Netflix have seen new creative teams become almost the norm.  There’s been new showrunners for every season of Daredevil, Raven Metzner took over Iron Fist for its second and final season, and Jessica Jones’ Melissa Rosenberg is heading off to an overall deal with WBTV once Season 3 of the Krysten Ritter-led series is done.

In another sense, the cancellation was a done deal as the situation became tense on the corporate level. The Marvel shows on Netflix are costly to make, even with New York’s generous tax credits. Back in 2013, the streamer paid top dollar for the series, that they don’t even own so cutting Luke Cage loose was a shift bottom line call. With the high cost, there has been pressure on the Marvel series to overperform in viewership. That was easier early on when they were among a handful of Netflix originals but is getting harder today when they are competing with dozens of other buzzy shows on the Internet network.

At this point there is no plans for owner Marvel to resurrect Luke Cage on the upcoming Disney streaming service. But, being that the Simone Missick co-starrer crashed Netflix in its first season opening weekend in September 2016 and had a very well watched and well received 13-episode Season 2, it could be a Sweet Christmas, as Cage likes to quip.

Chloe X Halle Team Up With Teva Shoe For A Collection

The dynamic sister duo, Chloe x Halle, have a lewk just as remarkable as their voices. Shoe brand Teva recently partnered with the sisters for their “Worn by Chloe x Halle” collection.

Teva champions free-spirited style, which makes this partnership the perfect match as the sister’s champion freedom in both their music and style. The shoe brand tapped Chloe x Halle to curate a collection of footwear that mirrors their style. Wondering what their selections are? Here they are: Original Universal, Indio Jewell, Ember Moc, and Indio Whip.

The young singers have graced red carpets, awards shows, television shows, and, just wrapped up Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “On The Run II” tour in notable pieces. Now they’re passing along their fashion advice on how to wear their newly curated collection with Teva.

“My sister and I, we, completely live by being comfortable because we feel like when we’re comfortable we can truly be ourselves and be completely confident and that’s why we love Teva so much,” Chloe told ESSENCE. “We put the really cute platform Indio Jewells on.”

Chloe also shared how she would rock the Indio Jewell shoes, “Because they’re really cute platforms and it has the strap around your ankle, I love wearing baggy pants that are kind of like capris in a way and they show off the really cute ankle and the platform and I also love wearing them with a skirt. And, you don’t sacrifice your feet.”

Halle also gave us another bit of insight into how to rock the sporty Indio Jewell platforms. Spoiler: denim is key. “I love wearing an all-jean outfit with every Teva shoe that we love,” she shared. “It always makes it about the shoe if you have a neutral outfit or one-tone outfit, it always makes the shoe pop more.”

Shop “Worn by Chloe x Halle” Here .

Via Essence

LeToya Luckett Reveals Gender Of What She’s Having

It’s a girl!

LeToya Luckett posted on Instagram sharing photos from her gender reveal party.

“She’s already become the light of my life. Mommy & Daddy can’t wait to meet you baby girl! [flower emojis] #IssaGurl,” she captioned a photo of herself carrying pink balloons.

Back in June, it I reported that LeToya is expecting her first child with husband Tommicus Walker.

See the reveal below

Colin Kaepernick , Dave Chappelle , And 6 Others Will Receive Harvard Black Culture Awards

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle have been selected, along with six others, to be saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to Black history and culture.

via Page Six:

All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

4 Stylish And Fly Fanny Packs

A couple years ago , it seemed as if fanny packs were a thing of the past. Now that they’ve been re-branded as “belt bags (wtf),” it’s a different story and im here for it.

The compact accessory is being seen everywhere. Every fashion retailer from high-end brands like Miu Miu and Saint Laurent, to sporty brands like Reebok and Champion, are making their own stylish variations of the fanny pack.

And im loving the re-trending style in all of its variations.

Keep scrolling to see my favorite fanny packs. Which look is your favorite?

& OTHER STORIES Belt Bag

It POPS! This striped fanny pack by & Other Stories is too cute – I suggest pairing it with an – maybe a some denim high waisted shorts or jeans and a white t-shirt—to make sure nothing takes away from this funky waistbag

AQUA Belt Bag

This exclusive Bloomingdale’s AQUA belt bag is so chic. I say wearing it with a pair of gingham pants, a simple button-down shirt, and your favorite heels.

CHAMPION Belt Bag

This may or may not be a men’s bag, but chillle I love it, and sure know we can wear it just as well. This Champion Sling Bag would go perfectly with a pair of black high-waist biker shorts – which are surprisingly trending as well – a black crop top and an optional denim jacket, if you want to be bit modest.

MICHAEL KORS Belt Bag

Michael Kors put their own stylish spin on the fanny pack, which we are admiring. This Round Pebble Leather Fanny Pack with its slim belt can belt a simple pants suit – adding a bit of fashion to business

9 Cruelty-Free And Vegan Beauty Brands

Finding completely vegan and non-toxic beauty products was once like finding a needle in a haystack. Throw in Black- or women of color (WOC)-owned makeup brands and cosmetics, and the results are often too few and far in between.

But now with more and more beauty enthusiasts adopting all-natural, organic beauty regimens, new companies are sprouting up every day to service their needs. What’s even better is that many of them are WOC- and Black-owned brands that offer diverse, cruelty-free beauty products.

With a little help from animal rights organization, Peta,—along with a few Black-girl approved products we’ve tested ourselves—we’ve compiled a list of nine vegan and cruelty-free favorites that you need to add to your beauty arsenal ASAP!

1. Footnanny

“Footnanny begins where the pedicure ends.” That’s the tagline of this Black-owned, plant-based wellness brand. CEO and founder Gloria L. Williams—aka the self-proclaimed “foot nanny”—took notes from her late mother’s beauty rituals and traditions and developed her own aromatherapy product line. From foot creams (yes, there’s even a vegan formula) and lotions to soaking salts and pedi accessories, there’s something here for any woman (and man) in need of a little TLC.

You’ll find ingredients like bay leaves, parsley, sea salt and healing Epsom salt in Williams’ products. Not to mention, the foot creams come in a wide variety of aromatic scents, such as citrus, chocolate, licorice, cotton candy, peppermint, peach, lavender, rosé, ginger and pumpkin vanilla just in time for fall. So if you’re looking for a new pampering product for your precious feet, give Footnanny a try. Even BFFs Oprah and Gayle King approve! 

2. Beauty Bakerie

Beauty Bakerie offers a completely cruelty-free, vegan line of cosmetics, including flattering cake mix foundations, “eyescream” eyeshadows, long-lasting lipsticks and flour setting powders. But it’s this Black-owned company’s cute packaging that has us gagging. Created by single mom and breast cancer survivor Cashmere Nicole in 2011, Beauty Bakerie’s products are perfect for beauty and style mavens with a sweet tooth, and those who prefer to “bake their face” with natural ingredients. 

3. Amara Halal Cosmetics

In accordance with the halal standards associated with Islamic Law, which forbid the consumption of animal products and alcohol, many makeup brands are developing their products with this cruelty-free custom in mind. Enter Amara Halal Cosmetics—the “first company in North America to provide completely Halal-Certified cosmetics specifically for the Muslim community.” You can find breathable, organic products in this line for the eyes, lips, nails and, of course, face. 

4. Shea Moisture

In terms of natural hair care, one particular trusted brand comes to mind: Shea Moisture. However, the company’s diverse product line extends to cosmetics and skin care essentials as well. Though some of the products aren’t 100 percent vegan, they are completely cruelty-free. Another fun fact is that the shea butter in each product is ethically sourced from Ghana, and the company prides itself on supporting fair trade and women-led businesses. Whether you’re looking for makeup, creams, moisturizers, soaps, lip balms or masks, Shea Moisture has plenty of products for you to apply to your body and face without fear of animals being harmed for your glow-up.

5. Carol’s Daughter

You’ve come to know this Black-owned, Brooklyn-based beauty company for its nourishing natural hair care line. But Carol’s Daughteralso boasts vegan and cruelty-free body and skin care products for all skin types, like moisturizers, soaps, sprays and hand and body creams. Founded by Lisa Price in 1993, and named after her late mother, you can find most Carol’s Daughter products in a Target store near you.

6. Plain Jane Beauty

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Certified MUA and former teacher Lake Louise created the Black-owned Plain Jane Beauty color cosmetics line back in 2011. She’s also the founder of eco-friendly skin-care brand, Lotus Moon. Plain Jane Beauty’s inclusive foundation line includes natural and organic ingredients that stretch across the color spectrum, from ivory to ebony. But what makes Louise’s makeup products stand out in the beauty crowd is the packaging. Not only are her products made from sustainable ingredients, but they each promote a message of self-love on the packaging labels. Phrases like “I am magnificent,” “I am stunning,” and “I am loving” appear on the non-toxic foundation formulas.

7. The Lip Bar

Founded by all-around badass Melissa Butler in 2012, The Lip Barmakes it easy to pretty your pout with moisturizing, cruelty-free lipsticks. Each bright and colorful tube of lipstick is completely vegan. The former Wall Street financial analyst turned CEO is committed to challenging “the standard of beauty” through her natural products, and she’s pushing back against old-fashioned perceptions of beauty. The business model has certainly paid off for Butler and The Lip Bar, considering the fact that you can now purchase her lip products in Target stores.

8. Coloured Raine

Founded in 2013 by Loraine Dowdy, the Black-owned, aptly-named Coloured Raine offers women colorful, cruelty-free cosmetics. Most of the product lineup, which includes liquid lipsticks, nail polishes and eyeshadow, is vegan and gluten-free. According to Coloured Raine’s site, Dowdy wanted to create a line that championed “self-expression and diversity, and included shades for women of color.” So not only is Dowdy an advocate for inclusion, but judging by the ingredients found in her products, she’s also unapologetic about promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle. 

9. Sacha Cosmetics

Sacha Cosmetics has a longstanding history of offering vegan makeup to its multicultural clientele, with the company’s roots dating all the way back to 1979 in Trinidad and Tobago. They’ve since expanded their Black-owned brand, appearing in 500 retail stores in 45 countries. In addition, Sacha Cosmetics was the official brand chosen for the 2015 Miss Panama Pageant and 1999 Miss Universe Pageant. If you haven’t tried their most buzzed-about Buttercup Powder or their long-wearing liquid lipsticks and diverse foundations, sis,  you’re missing out. 

Via Essence