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According to a 2015 State of Women-Owned Business report by American Express Open, it is estimated that black women in the United States currently own 1.3 million businesses nationwide, making them the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs today. The last ten years have seen an increasing number of black women embracing their natural beauty by “going natural,” eschewing the chemical relaxers used to permanently straighten the natural curl pattern in favor of learning how to properly style and maintain their own hair without chemical alterations.
Considering how often corsets, crinolines, and towering headpieces were responsible for some hapless female’s untimely demise, it seems only fair that occasionally fashion should be credited with saving a historical lady’s life instead of putting an end to it. For an example of this, we need look no further than author and historian Margaret Drinkall’s newly published book The 19th Century Barnsley Murders.
Big news for fans of Empire or Taraji P. Henson (so, that’s every single one of our readers, right?) — Taraji is collaborating with MAC on a makeup line called MAC Taraji. According to Fashionista, the collection will launch on MAC.com on September 6 and in select MAC stores on September 8. It includes six products: a “deep tone beige” matte lipstick called “Strip Me Down,” a mascara called “Haute & Naughty,” highlighting and contouring powders called “Highlight The Truth” and “Taraji Glow,” an eyeliner and a brush.
I was the epitome of uncool in middle school. Almost all of my “friends” were people who would make fun of me constantly and in exchange for putting up with this, they might invite me out every six months. The sadness of being left out and bullied was worsened by how desperately I wanted a boy to like me. How could I meet anyone, especially someone of the opposite gender, if I never had the opportunity to? To search for potential pals, I decided to join a theater group in a community center. My interest in theater was minimal at best, but I enjoyed meeting new people.
Inspired by the game-changing music festival, this collection of eye-popping, Afrocentric threads is out of sight! ON IMAN: TOP THREE COLLAR NECKLACES BY MIKUTI, MIKUTI.COM; BEAD/FIBER NECKLACE BY AISH, SHOPLATITUDE.COM; CROCHET NECKLACE BY ARIELLE DE PINTO, ARIELLEDEPINTO.COM; PENDANT NECKLACE BY WANDERLUSTER, WANDERLUSTERNEWYORK.COM. ON FOLASADE: TOP AND SKIRT BY CUSTO BARCELONA, CUSTO.COM; HEADWRAP BY 1953 THE HEAD WRAP COLLECTION, 1953.BIGCARTEL.
Actress and singer Bella Thorne, best known from the Disney Channel show Shake It Up and MTV's Scream, officially came out on Twitter after speculation from several Snapchat posts.  After a fan asked her, she replied with a simple yes. Since then, many fans have shipped her and the girl popping up in so many of her adorable Snapchats, Bella Pendergast. We must admit, the idea of Bella squared gives us all sorts of happy feels.   She even posted this sweet message on Instagram for Pendergast's birthday.
  Magic Mushrooms GIVE THESE SWEET FUNGI BUYS A TRY Cap off your décor with a digital design from a Croatian artist.BLUE MUSHROOMS PRINT, $20, NICEMICEFORYOU.ETSY.COM Get in a purple haze with this hand-painted pouch.GOOD STUFF: BY STEPHANIE J.HAND PAINTED ZIPPER CLUTCH, $32.23, COSMOSBITS.ETSY.COM Spotty Swedish sandals are pretty fly...agaric.BOLOGNA ORANGE POLKA CLOGS, $149, MAGUBA.COM Show you’re a fan of fungus with iron-on patches.LITTLE MUSHROOM PATCH ($2.99) AND ALLMAN BROTHERS MUSHROOM PATCH ($4.99), HIPPIESHOP.
Against Me! led by Laura Jane Grace, defeats a Darth Vader-like character with lightsaber guitars (you heard that right) in this hilarious low-budget video.  The band dons comical face paint, looking like a punk rock KISS, while jumping and dancing around the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia.  The room is decorated in a plethora of Christmas lights in an otherwise dark room, creating a DIY outer space-like vibe.
For the first time, Kara Walker and Ari Marcopoulos have collaborated to create an upbeat video for Santigold's song "Banshee" that represents Santigold's inner strength and daily struggles. This power squad met at a Gucci fashion show in Milan and after hanging out all night, the three excitedly decided to make a video together. Santi discussed, “Kara snapped a silhouette photo of me in the dark as I stepped into my cab.” The result was an inspiring, catchy video “Banshee” that displayed each of their artistic visions.
  There was a moment, the last time I traveled alone, when I was stumbling through the lit streets of London’s SoHo district, intoxicated from hours of authentic Thai food, vivid conversations, and pints of hard cider, that I thought, “This really was the best idea ever.” This experience was just three weeks ago, and it was my first time traveling in a foreign country solo. That moment of clarity continued for the next week of my trip, embarking on some Eat, Pray, Love realizations.
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