The Company That Owns Dove Just Acquired Sundial Corp, The Company That Owns SheaMoisture

On Monday Unilever announced that it would be acquiring Sundial Brands, one of the largest producers of hair and skincare products for African-American women.

While the deal happened for an undisclosed amount, Sundial —home to brands including SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage and Madam C.J. Walker— is expected to have turnover of $240 million this year.

“The Sundial team has built differentiated and on-trend premium brands serving multicultural and millennial consumers that enhance our existing portfolio,” Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America said in a press release. “Sundial is an important addition to our U.S. portfolio of purpose-driven companies, which includes Ben & Jerry’s and Seventh Generation.”

Sundial’s founder, Richelieu Dennis, will continue to lead the business as CEO and Executive Chairman and Unilever is also creating a New Voices Fund with an initial investment of $50 million to empower women of color entrepreneurs.

But the acquisition does raise questions about how big general market brands influence black-owned companies. Similar sentiments were felt when L’Oreal USA bought Lisa Price’s Carol’s Daughter in 2014. It also doesn’t help that Dove, which is under the Unilever umbrella, was recently under scrutiny for an ad that depicts a black woman becoming a white woman after using one of the brand’s body washes.

With Dennis still at the helm of Sundial, there’s promise that the company will positively influence Unilever’s venture into the multicultural space.

“I’ve always wanted Sundial Brands to be an inspiration to other minority-owned companies of how a business against all odds can achieve excellence, have significant social impact in our communities and be successful on a world stage,” said Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO, Sundial Brands in a press release. 

“I am excited Sundial and Unilever have created this partnership, rooted in a purpose-driven ethos, that represents an incredible opportunity to take our Community Commerce economic empowerment and impact model to another level.”

Of course,I love to see a black-owned company win. But…..when companies we have supported from the onset seemingly turn their backs on the black collective. I’m sure Sheamoisture will continue to have initiatives set up to help black women and black entrepreneurs, which is nice.

Im just waiting for the day we can WIN , 100 Percent on our own!

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Erykah Badu’s Bold And Unapologetic Red Carpet Look to the Soul Train Music Awards 2017

The Queen of Neosoul, singer Erykah Badu, who was a host at the Soul Train awards for the third consecutive year, stepped out on the red carpet in this white ensemble. The event took place , Nov. 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The outfit was from avant garde designer Thom Browne’s SS18 collection.

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Clothing Brand Is No Longer Airbrushing Models’ Stretch Marks

Various fashion brands such as Aerie and ASOS have taken a stance against airbrushing models in recent years, and another brand is also making a move toward promoting body positivity. UK brand Missguided just revealed that they are also no longer Photoshopping their models.

From visible stretch marks to moles and more, Missguided is rejecting the manufactured images of models we’ve become so accustomed to seeing. On Missguided’s site, you can now find various models, particularly in bodysuits, lingerie and swimsuits, showing off their natural bodies, flaws and all.

In a statement, the company’s head of brand Samantha Helligso said: “As a brand, we feel we have a strong sense of social responsibility to support young women and inspire confidence. So we’re on a mission to do just that by showing our audience it’s okay to be yourself, embrace your ‘flaws’, celebrate individuality, and not strive for what the world perceives as perfection. Because basically, it doesn’t exist.”

Helligso continued, “By showing imagery that’s real and authentic, we want to show it’s more than okay to be yourself. All you have is what you’ve got, so own it every day.” While a few social media users claimed that Missguided Photoshopped the stretch marks onto the models, the brand has denied all accusations as “entirely untrue.”

Im aren’t the only one who applaud Missguided for this major step in making all women feel comfortable in their own skin. On Twitter, many shared their praise for Missguided’s bold step in the right direction.

Article originally appeared on Essence

Black Beauty Businesses To Shop From On Black Friday

#BuyBlack is a hashtag that seeks to empower our communities to support black owned businesses and  encourage the financial investment of our dollars into our people. 

Heres a list of some of my fave black owned companies

Oyin Handmade

Oyin is the Yoruba word for Honey, a natural humectant and amazing ingredient in natural hair and skin care! With this ingredient, Oyin Handmade creates natural hair and body products with elements to inspire in their customers’ daily lives through acts of self-care through affirming marketing and nourishing, effective products.

Base Butter

Base Butter is providing women of color with access to quality products developed by and for them, building a community of like-minded women of color to collaborate, access & share knowledge, and creating and living by our own standards we can build a space where ALL women are empowered by their beauty.

Lip Fetish Cosmetics

This small company is quickly winning over lots and lots of beauties with their new “Werk It” Collection that has us all swooning! Lip Fetish is the answer for the girl who wants the lip color variety that can take her from office to happy hour

Los Angeles Beauty & Product Photographer

Vernon Francois

Get to know “The VERNON FRANÇOIS” collection if you don’t already! The brand is proud to have a collection of products that will leave the world in a better place than how we found it and improves lives of while creating outstanding products for textured hair.

Taitu Botanicals

Taitu Botanicals provides high-quality body care, health and wellness products that are all-natural and can be enjoyed by all. Their goal is to cleanse the body’s largest organ, the skin, with ingredients suitable for royalty and have carefully selected some of the world’s finest ingredients including hemp seeds, African shea butter, jojoba and tea tree oils.

Juvia’s Place

Juvia’s is a cosmetic brand providing you with the most rich, vibrant and highly pigmented essential colors of life that takes you from the office to the Caribbean Islands and everywhere in between!

The Wrap Life

With bold prints and bright colors, The Wrap Life has nestled its way into the hearts of so many beauty and fashionistas!

Fanmdjanm

Fanmdjanm which means “strong woman” in Haitian Kreyol has transformed over the years into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.

This article originally appeared on Essence.

The GLOW Up 8 : “FASHIONGIVING”

To: All

From: myself and some amazingly dope sistas

Date :  November 23 , 2017

Subject : Fashiongiving

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Dressing for a Thanksgiving is a skill that requires some serious strategy. From the dressing to the sweet potatoe pie to post-dinner lounging, a look that allows some wiggle room but slayage for leftovers is completely necessary. Leveraging comfy jeans, elastic waistbands and more, check out these holiday dinner-friendly outfits that are functional without sacrificing your style.

Janelle Langford

Hat: forever21 
Top: forever21 
Skirt: missguided 
Bag: mcmworldwide 
Socks: asos 
Shoes/Booties: casadeiofficial


Kyrzayda

Hat : Lack of Color
Vest : Marissa Webb
Jeans : Nakd Fashion
Purse : Louis Vuttion

Kristine

Hat: Forever 21
Cape: Anne Klein
Belt: INC International Concepts
Jeans: Style & Co.
Purse: Michael Kors
Shoes: Nine West

Photographer


Janelle Langford

Jacket: zara 
Bodysuit: forever21 
Skirt: nakedwardrobe 
Shoes: louboutinworld 
Head Scarf: zara 
Jewelry: katespadeny

Fenty Beauty’s New Lip Paint Goes On Sale Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving day as we sit around the table sharing all the amazing things we are thankful for in life, we can go ahead and add Fenty Beauty to the list of things we want this season because their lip paint “STUNNA” will finally be released on November 23, 2017 at 12am.

The packaging is popping,Ive seen the Barbabos beauty herself apply it with ease and  let’s just say we are already obsessed with this fierce red and can wait to “slay” with Stunna this holiday season! 

The new longwear lip paint can be found at Fenty Beauty  for $24. 

Talent Queen : Solange Directed Her Own Calvin Klein Campaign

Solange Knowles has grown and evolved over the years into a huge creative takent that we see today

We clocked Solange’s rare eccentric talent all up and through the visuals of her album A Seat at the Table, and I remember being super hype when I learned that she’d be directing SZA’s music video for her single, “The Weekend.” 

Well, Solange has changed the game again!

The artist recently dropped photos of her new Calvin Klein #MyCalvins campaign on social media!

You already know that that this isn’t going to be your classic white undies look, because of course Solange is going to add her unique flair to it! And not only did she shine in front of the camera, but she directed the campaign as well! 

Solange rocked her Calvins in some solo pics, but she also enlisted the help of R&B singer Kelela, singer Dev Hynes, musician and songwriter Caroline Polachek and musician Adam Bainbridge (also known as Kindness) to join her in the beautiful pics, Bustle reports

In case you’re wondering, YES you can buy these looks for yourself. The prices range from $10 to $148. 

Solange DOES it again! 

vibes in #MYCALVINS @CalvinKlein by @willyvanderperre

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