20 Rising Black-Owned Beauty Brands On My Radar Right Now

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As we continue to celebrate Black Business Month in an attempt to make it a year-round thing, more Black-owned beauty brands come across my desk. I’m always excited to see Black men and women take on entrepreneurship, especially in an industry that has historically ignored our unique needs, even as we continued to over-index on spending.

But now, there are more brands than ever before that place a focus on our melanin, our curls and kinks, and our bodies.

These rising brands on my radar right now are not only contributing to the financial growth of the collective community, but they’re saying that Black beauty matters enough to be catered to and celebrated.

Check out the gallery below and shop their products specially formulated with us in mind.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ Is Coming To Late Night Thanks To Peacock

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Your late-night TV viewing just got hit with a heavy dose of Black Girl Magic.

Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal, announced Monday that Amber Ruffin will get her own show. According to a press release, The Amber Ruffin show will highlight Ruffin’s “signature smart and silly take on this week’s news.”

Expect the Late Night with Seth Meyers writer to address what’s happening in the world (including COVID-19, racism and more) with a thoughtful mix of playfulness and seriousness—and there may or may not be a beaded evening gown involved. 

The Peacock promises that The Amber Ruffin Show will skip all the boring stuff viewers despise about late night and feature just the “good parts”—as in the laughs. 

“Having a late-night show on Peacock is so exciting!” said Ruffin, who’s the first Black woman to write for a late-night show. “We can’t wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!”

This is a dope glow up moment for the Nebraska native, who auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 2014 and didn’t get the job. But her talent caught Seth Meyers’ eye and he snatched her up for his NBC series. Since then the Emmy nominee has become known for Late Night with Seth Meyers segments such as “Amber Says What” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell.” Ruffin also wrote for the Golden Globes and Robin Thede’s Black Lady Sketch Show.

Peacock has stocked up on nine half-hour episodes of The Amber Ruffin Show, which launches on the free streaming service in September. 

And be sure to look to the new streaming service for some comedy from Larry Wilmore, who returns in front of the camera with an untitled show. He’ll interview high-profile folks from entertainment, sports and politics.

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Cardi B Debuts New Pat McGrath Labs Makeup in ‘WAP’ Music Video

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Cardi B secretly revealed two new Pat McGrath Labs makeup products in her and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” music video. The pink makeup look from the video and single cover art are the work of the bran’ds Divinyl Lip Fetish Lip Shine lipsticks and Mthrshp Rose Decadence eye shadow palette, out August 12.

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Police-Involved Shooting Leads To Unrest In Chicago

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According to the Chicago Tribune, 13 cops have been injured, and two people shot in a Monday morning scene that had hundreds of people participating in the destruction of Chicago’s downtown area. City officials say social media was used on Sunday afternoon to sow discord between authorities and the community following an officer-involved shooting. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters that more than 100 people were arrested as of 9 a.m. Monday morning for their involvement in what officials are calling a clash between looters and police that started late on Sunday night and continued into the early morning hours on Monday. Brown added that he was aware of several social media posts that were encouraging looting downtown overnight. Roughly 400 officers were dispatched to the area to help quell the unrest. 

destruction in downtown Chicago after police-involved shootingCHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 10: People load merchandise into a car near a looted Best Buy store after parts of the city had widespread looting and vandalism, on August 10, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Police made several arrests during the night of unrest and recovered at least one firearm. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke out on Monday, describing the events as inexcusable.“What occurred in our downtown and surrounding communities was abject criminal behavior, pure and simple,” Lightfoot said. “And there cannot be any excuse for it. Period.”  

Lightfoot also insisted during a press conference with reporters that the looting that took place in several downtown areas has nothing to do with legitimate protected First Amendment expression. It took Chicago police officers hours to get the neighborhoods affected under control which has led to finger-pointing among officials and politicians about the root cause of the uprising. Several people have suggested that the situation in Chicago is happening because looters were allowed to cause destruction in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death without consequence. 

According to the Tribune, Brian Hopkins, Democratic Alderman of Chicago representing the 2nd Ward, criticized the city’s first Black woman mayor and the police superintendent for failing to develop an effective strategy following earlier incidents.

The man shot and wounded by officers on Sunday was a 20-year-old man who is expected to survive. Police say he fired shots at them while being chased down by authorities. Social media reported that the man was a teenager. A little more than a half-hour after the chase, more violent acts ensued.

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Major Explosion In Baltimore Leaves At Least 1 Dead, Others Injured

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On Monday morning a deadly gas explosion rattled a Northwest Baltimore neighborhood, leaving at least one dead. According to local CBS affiliate 13WJZ, three homes in the area have also collapsed. 

Little details are known, but what has been confirmed is that the explosion happened near Reistertown Road Plaza, a shopping center and mall known as “The Plaza” among locals. Several people, including children, are possibly trapped inside the rubble stemming from the deadly gas explosion, according to a local spokesperson who spoke on behalf of the fire department.  

In addition to the three homes that were toppled in the Monday morning incident, local reports say dozens of other windows and doors have been shattered and blown out at nearby residences. Altogether, more than two dozen homes have been impacted by the explosion.

Rubble and debris from a deadly explosion in BaltimoreA deadly explosion in Baltimore left at least three homes completely collapsed in the Northwest section of the city. Photo: ABC 7 News – WJLA Twitter

Those on the scene have identified the blast as “frightening,” as if “a bomb went off.” A total of at least six people have been seriously impacted by the explosion that took place a little before 10 a.m. In addition to the one life that was claimed, at least four people were critically injured and airlifted to the hospital. At the current moment, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) crews are working to turn off gas in the buildings and inspect BGE equipment on-site. Residents in the surrounding buildings have been instructed to wait until they receive an all-clear to go back inside. 

“This is about preserving human life,” Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott told reporters on the scene before asking everyone to pour prayers and thoughts into the people handling the search and rescue intervention. “Everyone should be worried about one thing and one thing only — that we’re able to find people.”

Firefighters are continuing to search for any additional occupants who may have been impacted, while the cause of the gas explosion remains under investigation. It is considered a labor-intensive rescue as multiple homes were crumbled and a ton of debris has been left on the ground.

Baltimore City medical units and Baltimore County Fire Department units remain on the scene. This is a developing story.

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MTV VMAs Will Be Held Outdoors In New York City

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Award shows — like most things — look a little different this year. After witnessing the virtual BET Awards earlier this summer, we’ve been anticipating what MTV had up their sleeve for the Video Music Awards, especially after they announced Keke Palmer as the host of the upcoming show.

Initially the annual awards show was to be held at the Barclays Center in New York, but the VMAs will now be held outdoors as a safety precaution amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

“In close consultation with state and local health officials‎, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event,” said an MTV statement

“The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved.”

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Earlier this summer, the network pledged to host a “socially distanced” ceremony inside the Barclays Center, but upon reviewing safety protocols amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it became clear that an outdoor event was a better choice. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo originally confirmed the date and venue Monday during one of his regular briefings about the pandemic. During the governor’s brief mention of the event, he declared, “The event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”

Along with Palmer, who’s hosting, artists to take the stage include Doja Cat, J Balvin and BTS.

MTV’s Video Music Awards airs live on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Why TWICE’s Jihyo Just Dyed Her Hair Red — Exclusive Details

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Jihyo of K-pop group TWICE debuted her new red hair color at a digital concert after hiding it for days, but the singer told Allure back in February this scarlet dye job was on her to-do list. Several members also colored their hair new hues, including Momo who went classic blue.

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Jay Manuel Reveals ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Ended Friendship With Tyra Banks

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Jay Manuel is finally speaking on his relationship with Tyra Banks and revealed in a recent interview that the former model turned TV titan was not pleased with his decision to leave her popular reality competition, America’s Next Top Model. 

The creative director, makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur explained how his friendship with the model soured after he voiced he wanted to leave the show to pursue other opportunities.

“[I said to her] very genuinely, ‘I feel like I’ve given all I can to the show and I’m gonna work on other things,’” Manuel said on E! news podcast Just The Sip. “Tyra’s a businesswoman and I thought, For sure she’d understand. I thought I was being very lovely and respectful…she just had two words for me: I’m disappointed. And that was it. That was the end of the discussion.”

Manuel, who’s out with a new book inspired by spending 18 seasons on ANTM, The Wig, the Bitch and the Meltdown, said the only conversations that followed between he and Banks occurred on camera. Manuel completed the terms of his contract and walked away from the international hit series. 

The creative director added that Banks actions on the show represented an “abuse of power” and were “emotionally manipulative.” 

He added that Banks later issued an apology to him for her actions years later, but said their relationship “never recovered” from the split.

Manuel’s revelations come after America’s Next Top Model has come under fire after critics shared short videos on social media, which quickly went viral, to point out instances of Banks exhibiting seemingly problematic behavior, such as admonishing one contestant to close her gap and allowing another to do blackface.

Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you.  Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs.❤

— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) May 9, 2020

Back in May, Banks addressed the controversy, writing that she agreed with many critics.

“Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you,” Banks wrote on Twitter. “Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and I am sending so much love and virtual hugs.”

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Urbanstems’ Low-Maintenance, Indoor Plants Upgraded My Work From Home Space

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In Allure’s “Personal Space” series, we welcome readers into our own homes during this time of increased personal space, both physically and mentally, to show the items that we’ve been using and loving to brighten up and invite more beauty into our setups. In this installment, Sarah Han reviews a trio of UrbanStems plants, a succulent, ZZ plant, and orchid, through the delivery and care processes.

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Louisville Police To No Longer Allow Protests In Public Streets

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The Louisville Metro Police Department announced a ban on all street marches and protest caravans on Sunday afternoon, following tensions over the weekend that left 12 people arrested.

As the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, officials have taken action after more than 70 consecutive days of protests surrounding the killing of Breonna Taylor, who died at the hands of police serving a no-knock warrant.

Going forward, pedestrians participating in protests must walk on sidewalks. Neither cars nor pedestrians will be allowed to block intersections. Failure to comply will result in citation or arrest, according to police spokesperson Jessie Halladay.

Protesters, however, refuse to be silenced, with some activists calling the move an “intimidation factor.”

“The objective and the goal is to disrupt just as much as [police] disrupt people’s lives,” Chanelle Helm, a member of Black Lives Matter Louisville, told the Courier-Journal. “They claim that they’re worried about the laws, but they break the laws every time they get out there.”

On Saturday, 12 people were arrested, including eight who were charged with felonies, after protesters allegedly flipped tables at Fourth Street Live, an entertainment and retail complex. Trash cans were also set on fire, which drew sharp criticism from law enforcement.

“This evening, protesters, during their march, blocked roadways, surrounded vehicles that tried to avoid the protest, shot paintballs [at)]passing motorists, destroyed property at Fourth Street Live while it was occupied with patrons, set trash cans on fire and then continued to Jefferson Square,” police spokesperson Lamont Washington told the Courier-Journal in another report. “Based off these actions, the assembly was deemed unlawful.”

LMPD continues to balance the First Amendment right to protest with the public safety needs of the entire community. For nearly 75 days, Louisville residents have taken to the streets to express their desire for accountability and change. pic.twitter.com/2jNGO2Uayc

— LMPD (@LMPD) August 9, 2020

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