YG Releases New 4Hunnid Summer Capsule Collection

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It’s no secret that YG has a signature style. The Compton-bred rapper is the embodiment of California fashion and you can usually catch him rocking khaki pants, knee-length socks, and graphic tees. And if you shop from his popular fashion line 4Hunnid then you can grab items that have an essential west-coast flair.

Just last week the rapper released a new capsule collection that features everything you need for the summer – t-shirts and shorts. The collection is priced between $40-$80 and includes the 4Hunnid logo plastered on each item. For this release, YG stepped into a more hands-on role by serving as the creative director and photographer.

While 4Hunnid is only celebrating its third release, the brand was able to partner with luxury retailer Barney’s NY late last year. YG told Forbes, “Building myself as a business, not just a rapper. I am doing that and going after all types of roles and interests that I am into,” said the rapper after celebrating his Barney’s partnership.

“Building myself as a business, not just a rapper. I am doing that and going after all types of roles and interests that I am into.”

You can shop the new 4Hunnid collection here.

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Reign On: This Walmart Marketing Director Details Her Rise Through The Ranks

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For over 10 years, Ciara Anfield has climbed the ranks at Walmart, the biggest retailer in the world. Serving as the Senior Director of Experiential Marketing at Walmart, Anfield is responsible for in-store media, as well as visual merchandising and retailtainment of seasonal and general merchandise in stores stateside. You can thank her when your local store is decked out for Christmas or when you bring your kids to an event that lets them try out the latest toys.  “It’s rewarding, challenging, and humbling all at once,” says Anfield. 

Becoming a strategic and authentic visionary for a global brand takes a lot of support and queenly Black girl magic. Here Anfield details her storied career and what has influenced her during her rise. 

ESSENCE: What is your experience being a leader at Walmart? 

Ciara Anfield: Rewarding because everything you do has the potential to impact so many people. I love hearing feedback from my extended family back home on events that they’ve attended and programs they’ve seen at their local Walmart. Challenging in that Walmart is not the kind of place where you rest on your laurels. If you’ve had a great year, the expectation is that you’ll do things even better the next year. There is always room for improvement. I love that attitude and I believe it’s what has helped drive long-term success for the organization. And it’s humbling to be a leader at Walmart because our culture is one of servant leadership. In our environment my role is essentially to make it easier for my team to do their jobs more effectively. 

ESSENCE: Being a Black woman, what are you some things you experience at a senior level that are unique to you

Ciara Anfield: One thing that I notice as a black woman in my role is that I’m the only Black woman in the room more often that I probably should be. That’s why I’m glad Walmart is leaning into opportunities like this one in partnering with ESSENCE to attract more excellent, diverse talent.

ESSENCE: How does the organization help foster your success?

Ciara Anfield: Walmart is a meritocracy. Being in an environment that recognizes and rewards talent and performance has helped me to progress in my career. Walmart is also pro-mentorship. I’ve benefitted immensely from opportunities that I’ve had to be mentored and to mentor others. So many leaders are willing to give of themselves and their time to develop others, because it’s a value that is important to our organization.

Walmart also has excellent leadership development programs that I’ve been able to participate in over the years. They help to broaden your perspective outside of your functional area and give access to leaders across the organization which helps to give insight into current initiatives and key decisions.

ESSENCE: Specifically, who or what has influenced you directly as you rose through the ranks and established your career?

Ciara Anfield: Five things: My faith and praying for God’s guidance at the various junctures in my career to make sure that I am following where He leads me. The example of other authentic women leaders. My 2 daughters and showing them that they can excel in their careers and have a family. The support of my husband and family who have always encouraged me to reach my full potential. And having a strong network of positive, ambitious, like-minded women of color to inspire, challenge me and keep me informed.

ESSENCE: Did you set your sights on your current success at an early age? 

Ciara Anfield: I don’t recall ever defining “success” as having reached a particular level or role.  For me it’s more about being able to enjoy what I do and quality of life for me and my family.  Aside from that, with regard to career progression, my goal has always been to prayerfully and faithfully follow the path on which I am being led, and to accomplish my mission with excellence and integrity every step of the way.

ESSENCE: How do you hope your presence and work will impact the company currently and for years to come?

Ciara Anfield: Retail is very dynamic. The functions that we are doing in marketing today look significantly different from where our focus was when I started 10 years ago, so I fundamentally believe that people and the culture we foster through people will outlast any work. That’s why, if there’s one area where I hope my presence will impact the company for years to come, I would want that impact to come through the people I’ve worked with, the individuals that I’ve developed and the associates that I’ve inspired.

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The Best Summer Skin Care Tips From Dermatologists

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Three dermatologists give their summer skin-care tips and offer advice on how to make sure your skin is protected from the sun all season long. Consider this your seasonal explainer on exactly how to care for your skin this summer.

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Powered By Her: How Twilla Brooks Leads The Next Generation of Black Women In Retail

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Next time you’re in Walmart purchasing an undershirt for your partner or pick up a printed tee for your nephew, think of Twilla Brooks. As a Black woman who has spent 10 years climbing the ranks within the mega-retail company, the Southern California native is a certified powerhouse. Overseeing all of the menswear across a variety of categories stateside, the Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Menswear knows exactly what loyal consumers need.

“Our motto is ‘We Dress America’ and we make sure that it is a representation of our customer base,” says Brooks. “I also want customers to know that we work hard to deliver products that are affordable, are relevant to current trends and that have a quality that’s just as good as department stores.”

Long before becoming an executive at the household brand, Brooks earned her stripes in the industry right out of UC Santa Barbara at two other retailers, Macy’s and Robinsons May, where she worked in many areas, including costume jewelry, small leather goods, watches, plus sizes and sportswear. 

Amazing stories of hard work, determination and success like Brooks’ empower and impact our communities positively. “My experience is unique because I don’t think an African American has ever had this role and especially not a Woman. My goal is to always bring my authentic self to work and show people that you can get where you want to go by being yourself,” she says.

ESSENCE spoke with her about how she leads, achieves her goals and works with Walmart to help foster an environment for the entire company to thrive. 

Essence: What is it like to be in a leadership role at Walmart? 

Twilla Brooks: A leadership role at Walmart means that you are always willing to pay it forward, be strategic and humble. You dedicate yourself to teach and train associates who are on your team or around you. You have to be curious, be willing to take risks and know that you will fail. The goal is to fail fast and learn from your mistakes so that you can improve as you go.

Essence: What would you say is your leadership style? 

Twilla Brooks: I’m a very transparent communicator. Right, wrong or indifferent, you will always know where you stand. You have to be willing to be wrong and open to listen.

Essence: How do you connect to your team to create synergy and success?

Twilla Brooks: I get them involved. I like to give as many projects as I can. With my job, I cannot be everywhere and do everything on my own. I have to trust them and allow them to be present. When people feel like they are part of a team and are wanted for their talent, then working well together becomes natural.

Essence: How does Walmart support you and help foster your success?

Twilla Brooks: I have been very fortunate because I have a network of people who want to see me succeed. In my very first meeting, I wanted to give my opinion during a tough conversation with other colleagues and one of my fellow officers looked at me and shook her head. I knew immediately it wasn’t my fight and to stay out of it. Moments like that, you just can’t teach.

Essence: Did you set your sights on your current success at an early age? 

Twilla Brooks: No way. I had no idea that this was even possible. I don’t think I even realized that I would move up until my team won the Category Team of the Year award in 2014. And even then, I thought I would be promoted. I don’t know if anyone can dream of the opportunities that are being given to me. That being said, I am honored and will work tirelessly every day to continue to do a great job.

Essence: How do you hope your presence and work will impact the company currently and for years to come? 

Twilla Brooks: I hope I set an example of what is possible and I will work hard to pave a way for many leaders that will come after me. I also want people to know to never take things for granted, always be prepared and constantly create scenarios where you are two steps ahead. Create variables, pivot and react when necessary. Lastly remember that you can have fun along the way through your experiences of traveling to countries all over the world for work, playing Softball in the Executive vs. Intern Softball game or within your daily interactions at work.

Essence: Lastly, who or what has influenced you and continues to influence you as you continue to reach new heights in your career? 

Twilla Brooks: First, I would say my mentor Carol Tucker who was an elementary school teacher. She was the first one who started to push me at the age of 11 and introduced me to books, museums and people I would have never met if it weren’t for her. She always knew that I could do anything that I put my mind up to. Til’ this day I often think of her when I take a new role or try something new. Secondly, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the fact that not many women of color achieve success in the field of merchandising. That continues to drive me and will always influence me — understanding the importance of my presence at Walmart, who I interact with and the achievements I make.

I have a responsibility to the women of color who have come before me and the women of color who will rise behind me. It is my duty and obligation to keep striving and be worthy of that honor.

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Keyshia Cole Announces Her Baby Special Is Coming To BET

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Keyshia Cole is about to be a mom for the second time, and BET will be there to capture this precious moment.

The singer, who is expecting a baby with boyfriend and aspiring rapper Niko Hale, announced on Instagram that BET will be airing her baby special. The singer posted a photo of herself, Hale and her 10-year-old son Daniel, Jr being filmed in a baby store. The mommy-to-be is dressed in a cozy yellow top and ripped jeans as cameras capture her day of shopping. “Had an awesome FIRST WEEK OF FILMING. KEYSHIA COLE IS COMING BACK TO BET!!!!!,” the singer captioned the series of scenes from her upcoming reality show. “But this time she’s bringing Something SPECIAL! A BABY SPECIAL.”

Cole goes on to thank her team, family and BET network heads who helped make the show happen. She implies that “hopefully,” both her adoptive and biological mother will be part of the project.

As many are away, this isn’t Cole’s first foray into reality television. The previous BET docu-series Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is originally aired in 2006 and became one of the network’s most-watched shows. The series followed the singer’s personal life – particularly, the strained relationship with her biological mother Frankie. Afterward, Cole returned with shows Keyshia & Daniel: Family First with estranged husband Daniel Gibson, and Keyshia Cole: All In with her extended family.

BET has not yet confirmed the show news nor the premiere date, but Cole revealed on social media that her baby is due in just a couple of weeks.

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GOP Group Posts Photo Renaming U.S. Congresswomen ‘The Jihad Squad’

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Over the weekend the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association posted a meme that depicted Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as “The Jihad Squad.” The movie poster style photo was eventually taken down by the group, but the organization’s president fell short of offering an actual apology.

In the meme, Omar is seen holding an automatic rifle, while Pressley points a gun. Tlaib is seemingly yelling, and Ocasio-Cortez has flames coming from the bottom of her dress. The language that goes along with the image states, “POLITICAL JIHAD IS THEIR GAME.” At the bottom it reads, “IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH THEIR SOCIALIST IDEOLOGY, YOU’RE RACIST.”

Screenshots of the Facebook post have a watermark of the organization’s logo. It is still unclear who originated the meme or posted it to the social media page. However, condemnation from both sides of the aisle is pouring in. CNN reports that “two top GOP officials” have given the act a strong rebuke.

The freshman congresswomen have been under scrutiny since joining the House ranks in January. Recently a dust-up between the women and elder members of Congress made national headlines. In the days following, Donald Trump posted a flurry of racist tweets that told the women to “go back” to their own country.

On Sunday he doubled down on that sentiment by tweeting, “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”  

In a CBS News/YouGov poll, 87 percent of Americans said that the country is divided along racial lines. 48 percent believe Trump’s tweets were racist. 

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Naomi Campbell Wears Surgical Mask and Gloves in Airplane – See Her Photo

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Naomi Campbell took to Twitter to once again show off the sanitation routine she does before her flight takes off. Find out where to buy all the surgical masks and moist towelettes she likes to use to prepare for your next trip.

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6 Praise-Worthy Products That’ll Keep You Cool In This Oppressive Heat

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It’s hot outside y’all.

It’s “Do The Right Thing” hot, it’s “don’t talk to me sideways or we’ll have a problem” hot, it’s “I love you but please don’t touch me” hot.

It’s not a game.

We get it & this heat has got us trying to figure out to keep our cool & never let them see us sweat.

We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some short term solutions that we thought you’d appreciate.

Below you can find our top picks for keeping it all together and staying as sweat-free as possible for as long as the weather decides to treat us this way.

Shop below!

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The Best Of Beauty From ComplexCon 2019

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While Comic-Con was happening in San Diego this weekend, another major con was happening across the country in Chicago. Not to be mistaken for the latter, ComplexCon is a cultural festival and exhibition that brings together creatives in music, art, activism, pop culture and more. Created by Complex in 2016, the festival is another opportunity for brands, influencers, and the public to collaborate and ideate, but mostly to eat, shop, and enjoy performances. It’s also another opportunity for festival goers to show off their best fashion and beauty for their colleagues, and for the world.

In its third year the festival has retained the chill vibe of its parent company, consistently drawing a crowd with the type of downtown cool kids persona of the artists featured in Complex. However controversial the publication’s coverage of Drake, Kanye West, and the Kar-Jenner klan, we’re here for the natural hair, and flawless melanin faces that flooded the Chi-town venue over the weekend.

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The Best K-Beauty Products for Dewy Skin | Michelle’s Most Wanted

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For the August edition of “Michelle’s Most Wanted,” editor in chief Michelle Lee chose her favorite Korean and Japanese beauty products that give her the perfect dewy glow,, including the bright orange Then I Met You Cleansing Duo and the revitalizing Shangpree Marine Energy Eye Mask.

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