Frank Ocean Debuts First Queer Club Night At Secret Location

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Frank Ocean’s creative brand Blonded hosted its first queer night club, PrEP+, on Thursday night in New York City.

PrEP+, named after the HIV prevention drug pre-exposure prophylaxis, is the first in a series of club nights dedicated to creating a safe space for people to meet and dance, according to a press release. The invite-only party was allegedly held at the techno club Basement in Queens.

No video or photos were allowed, Brooklyn Vegan reports. Other alleged house rules included mandatory consent, zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and “the dance floor is for dancing.”

Ocean also played some of his new music at the party, before French techno DJs Justice appeared as the surprise headliners.

Last night at his new queer club night, PrEP+, Frank Ocean previewed what appears to be new music. pic.twitter.com/njhUANmEFF

— Pigeons & Planes (@PigsAndPlans) October 18, 2019

frank ocean played at least two new songs last night at PrEP+ pic.twitter.com/RHxp2KEEjK

— hannah (@iIovetonaenae) October 18, 2019

The series has been described as “an homage to what could have been of the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug PrEP—which can be taken daily to prevent HIV/AIDs for those who are not infected, but are at high risk—had been invented in that era.”

Although many praised the idea of a new queer-friendly event in New York, others on Twitter questioned the optics and naming of it.

This is a weird flex. It imagines *universal* access to PrEP at an “exclusive” party?It imagines the club scene in the 80s MADE BY ppl living with HIV as if…if would have been better without them?And what good is PrEP access to ppl who were homeless, jobless? https://t.co/GmZJK2XB7N

— Dr. Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy) October 18, 2019

Some thoughts (including the thoughts of some much wiser queers) on Frank Ocean’s PrEP+: pic.twitter.com/AkEaA0Nbyu

— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) October 18, 2019

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Lucy Liu Cut Her Hair Into a Short, Chin-Length Bob — See Photo

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Lucy Liu debuted a short bob haircut on the red carpet on October 17. The blunt cut was achieved by Liu’s right-hand hairstylist, Marco Santini, and marks one of the very few times the actress has had hair shorter than shoulder-length.

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Atlanta’s Finest Gather at FENDI to Shop Nicki Minaj’s New Collection

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From housewives and hip-hop hotties to moguls, movers and shakers—ATL’s most stylish shopped the just-released FENDI Prints On collection in truly charming southern style.

Anxious to take ownership of coveted pieces from the brand’s collaboration with Nicki Minaj, guests sipped cocktails like Hennessy and chilled Veuve Clicquot, while perusing glamorously gaudy and eye-catching pieces from the drop, including baguettes and down jackets, swimsuits and sweatshirts. 

Spotted swiping were the likes of Kandi Burruss, Marlo Hampton, Tanya Sam and Eva Sterling, mere weeks out from the new season debut of Real Housewives of Atlanta; as well as Quad Webb, Toya Wright, Ming Lee and celebrity stylist Jeremy Haynes.  

Minaj teased the collection on her Instagram account earlier in the summer. And according to Fendi, it was a collaboration that made sense.

“Nicki was friends with Karl, she is a friend of Silvia [Venturini Fendi] and of the house,” Fendi’s chairman and chief executive officer Serge Brunschwig told WWD.

Take a peek inside for photos from the fashionable fete.

With additional reporting by Paula Rogo.

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Victoria Beckham Launches Lip Liners in 6 Nude Shades

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Victoria Beckham just launched a range of six nude lip liners called Lip Definers, which retail for $24 each and were made to suit every skin tone. Learn more about the former pop star’s latest makeup launch, and how you can get your hands on it, here.

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Hair Loss May Be Linked to Air Pollution — Study

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A new study found a link between particulate matter in the air and hair loss, confirming that exposure to air pollution can contribute to hair loss. We talked to experts about what the research means and how it can affect your hair.

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Roc Nation’s New Artist Nicole Bus Drops Debut Album ‘KAIROS’

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There’s a new artist on our radar and she should be on yours too.

Dutch artist Nicole Bus, who recently signed to Roc Nation, released her debut album, KAIROS, on Friday. Along with the new album, Bus shared the video for single “Mr. Big Shot,” a stylish video that sees the singer being pursued by a number of suitors.

Bus’ debut can be streamed on all platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and of course Tidal.

Bus isn’t the only artist whose music recently caught our ear. Below are a few more projects that got ESSENCE staffers through the week.

Missy Elliott – “DripDemeanor” feat. Sum1

No one does visuals like Missy Elliott and the video for her latest single, “DripDemeanor,” is no exception. Featuring Sum1, the video sees Elliott sporting some gravity-defying hairstyles, quality choreography, and a cameo from Teyana Taylor.

Kash Doll – Stacked

Kash Doll‘s debut album, Stacked, has finally arrived and the Detroit rapper has certainly delivered. The album includes singles “Ready Set” and “Kitten,” and features artists like Summer Walker, Lil Wayne, and Big Sean.

TeaMarrr – “Kinda Love”

Issa Rae has teamed up with Atlantic Records to launch her own label, Raedio, kicking things off with flagship artist TeaMarr and her latest single “Kinda Love.” The video, directed by Child, sees the singer building the perfect man as she names all the things she’s looking for in a man.

Rae said in a statement about her new label, “Music has always been an essential part of every project I do and working with emerging talent is a personal passion. Raedio allows me to continue that work within the music industry and audio entertainment space. The Atlantic Records team are innovators in terms of shifting and shaping culture. I’m excited to join forces with them to discover new artists.”

EARTHGANG – “Up”

Things take a weird turn inside a museum in EARTHGANG’s new video for “Up.” Featured on their debut album Mirrorland, “Up” is just the latest single from the Atlanta duo, who appear on the soundtrack for Melina Matsoukas and Lena Waithe’s Queen & Slim.

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Kim Kardashian’s Toothbrush Goes Viral — Photos

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To promote her Skims line of shapewear, Kim Kardashian posed in her famously cavernous bathroom, and fans were surprised to see a toothbrush lurking in the photo. It’s gotten fans talking on social media.

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Gifted Programs Favor Wealth Over Ability, New Study Finds

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Lower-income elementary students are less likely than their wealthier counterparts to be placed in gifted programs—even when those students go to the same school and have the same levels of academic achievement, according to a new study entitled “Money over Merit? Socioeconomic Gaps in Receipt of Gifted Services.”

Nashville Public Radio reports that the study is the first of it’s kind to use both national data and achievement data. It was conducted by Vanderbilt and the University of Florida, and published in the Harvard Educational Review.

“The biggest separation wasn’t across schools, but within schools,” study co-author Jason Grissom, associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, said. “We found kids going to the exact same schools had very different probabilities of being assigned on the basis of socioeconomic status.”

“I think our results suggest that the district would benefit from taking a hard look at its assignment processes and how kids are identified [for gifted programs],” Grissom continued.

Nashville’s number of Black and Latino students in the school district’s gifted program falls short of its equity requirements, according to the city’s most recent diversity data.

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How to Do a VSCO Girl Costume for Halloween | 2019 Costume Ideas

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Here’s how to put together a VSCO Girl Halloween costume, from the outfit to the hair and makeup, all the way down to the catchphrases and character quirks. Also, we’ve finally answered the age-old question, “What is a VSCO Girl, anyway?”

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La La Anthony Has A Message For ‘Power’ Fans Who Say She Can’t Act

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La La Anthony isn’t bothered by haters who claim she can’t act.

The Power actress stopped by The Breakfast Club earlier this week after her memorable(Spoilers ahead!) scene on the hit Starz series, where she told the show’s hosts that working on the show proves she has what it takes.

“My thing is that I’m doing it. So, if I couldn’t do it, then why am I doing it? If you can do it better then why you not getting the jobs I’m getting? That’s how I look at it,” she said.

“I put my all into it. I didn’t start that way so it’s been a different journey for me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do it,” she continued. “People just naturally want to hate because you started differently. ‘You’re not a real actor, you started on the radio.’ Alright, maybe I didn’t come into it like you, but I put the work in and I continue to put the work in so that doesn’t bother me.”

Anthony’s time on Power as LaKeisha Grant came to an end last Sunday.

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SPOILER ALERT‼Last night was so emotional for me. This was hard to watch😢I want to thank @50cent & @courtneyakemp for giving me the chance to bring LAKEISHA GRANT to life. I’m forever grateful to the two of them for believing in me. @naturi4real you are an amazing talent and an amazing friend. Im so glad we took this ride together❤ @josephsikora4 I thank you everyday for the work we did. You are phenomenal! That final scene, when you walked in and dropped to your knees…WOW. You pushed me to grow as an actor & a person. I was honored to be your KEISHA. I’m going to miss working with you so much😢 @omarihardwickofficial & the the rest of the POWER cast and crew my love for all of you runs deep. We are a family🙏🏽and finally to the fans of Power. I love all of you so much❤Thank you for taking this ride every season with us. You have made Power a show people will never forget. Thanks for riding with Lakeisha. Whether you loved her or hated her…I appreciate you so much. Love really makes you do crazy things🤪‼From the bottom of my heart Thank you. Thank you. Thank you ❤❤RIP LAKEISHA GRANT… I love you❤ @power_starz #powertv #lakeishagrant

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The actress thanked fans for their appreciation of the show, writing on Instagram, “To the fans of Power, I love all of you so much. Thank you for taking this ride every season with us. You have made Power a show people will never forget. Thanks for riding with Lakeisha. Whether you loved her or hated her…I appreciate you so much.”

Power is currently in its sixth and final season.

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