Tula So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Gently Melts Away Makeup — Editor Review

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Tula’s So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub is a face scrub made with probiotics and superfoods (like papaya and pineapple) that gently melts away makeup and oil, and is safe for use on sensitive skin. It also smells like a day at the beach, and that’s why it’s a 2020 Allure Best of Beauty winner.

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L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Is the Key to My At-Home Blowouts — Review

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This editor says L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water gave her the silky-soft, fresh-from-the-salon hair of her dreams with a single use. Just apply it in the shower in place of conditioner. And the best part? It’s only $10.

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STATEMENT FROM ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. REGARDING COVID-19 IMPACT AND ACTION

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New York, NY (September 29, 2020) – Six months into an unprecedented and continuing global pandemic, COVID-19 has had a broader and longer-lasting impact than anyone expected – and Essence Communications, Inc. (“ECI”) has not been immune to it.

Nonetheless, our commitment to successfully guiding this iconic brand through these immediate challenges and forward is unwavering. Our team and the community we serve are too important. The culture we reflect and create is too important. The platforms we’ve built for the celebration, inspiration and empowerment of Black women and communities are too important.

This is why we are making the business decisions we are making today. Prior to COVID-19, because of the investments we have made over the past two years, we have been able to preserve and even grow ESSENCE magazine, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture and our digital platforms – even as many Black-owned media were unable to do the same. While COVID-19 changed the trajectory of that growth, we are planning to get back on track quickly, and we remain committed to making the investments necessary to drive deeper and greater cultural impact via our magazine, digital, and virtual experiences, as we also stand at the ready for the much-anticipated return of live experiences.

We do so in an environment in which this global pandemic has caused businesses across the nation to face substantial challenges, from unexpected slowdowns to closures. It goes without saying that the health crisis halted large-scale live events and having to cancel the ESSENCE Festival of Culture experience in New Orleans this past July affected our business and our revenue.

Our commitment to the business remains the same, and we want to be clear that ESSENCE magazine (digital and print) and ESSENCE Festival of Culture are not going anywhere.

After a thorough analysis of our business and its financial position and carefully exploring all options for continued viability, we have made the very difficult decision to implement temporary measures to account for the ongoing significant negative impact of the pandemic, including furloughs.

While the business was able to prevent taking such measures during the initial onset of the pandemic via significant personal investments from ownership along with limited PPP funds, the prolonged situation and unforeseeable business now require us to take additional action to ensure the long-term sustainability of ECI.

The company informed impacted team members today, and while no furloughed employee will perform any work on behalf of ECI during this period, we will pay everyone impacted throughout this week and will cover their medical benefits premiums throughout the furlough. We will remain in touch with all of those impacted to provide relevant and pertinent updates regarding this matter as we have them. We do not anticipate that any furloughs will exceed six (6) months.

We are confident that the actions we are taking now will help ensure that ESSENCE is here to thrive for another 50+ years as an independent Black-owned media business

Thank you for your continued partnership, confidence and support. Onward together.

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Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021 | Best Hair and Makeup Moments

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Allure rounded up the best hair and makeup moments from Paris Fashion Week. For the spring/summer 2021 season, beauty teams have created simple-yet-sophisticated looks that adapt to the safety measures required during the global pandemic.

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Trump Haircut: Trump Wrote Off $70,000 of Hairstyling on His Taxes. Can You Really Do That?

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Trump’s tax returns have finally been revealed. One particularly astounding figure buried within the documents has been a major source of bugged-out eyes: Trump deducted $70,000 of hairstyling expenses during his time on The Apprentice.

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‘The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain’ Takes Home Top Prize At Virtual Urbanworld Film Festival

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Writer-director David Midell was awarded the prize for best narrative feature at the Urbanworld Film Festival for The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain.  

Based on real life events, the film tells the story of Kenneth Chamberlin, a retired Marine suffering from bipolar disorder, who was murdered by police officers who responded to him mistakenly setting off his own medical alert necklace in 2011. He was 68-years-old. 

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, starring Frankie Faison, follows in the tradition of films like Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Monsters and Men in addressing state violence in narrative film. The jury was unanimous in their choice to award the prize to Midell. 

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain‘s Frankie Faison

“Across the board, everyone felt that it was deservedly the winner,” said Gabrielle Glore, the festival’s director and head of programming, according to Variety. The film made its festival debut just months after the nation witnessed George Floyd lose his life to state violence sparking a series of nationwide protests against police brutality. 

“The performances all around, the way it was shot, the timeliness—this happens far too often. I’m really pleased that it took the top prize,” she added. 

Bad Hair on HuluJustin Simien’s Bad Hair stars Yanni King Mondschein, Elle Lorraine and Lena Waithe

The five-day film festival has traditionally been based in New York but it was forced to shift to a virtual format this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. It featured submissions from 25 countries and a series of panels discussing the works presented. The festival also hosted a number of virtual guests. 

Stacey Abrams appeared to help promote the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy. Writer, producer, and actress Lena Waithe, star of Justin Simien’s comedy Bad Hair participated in a conversation about the dark comedy. This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson discussed helping to bring Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me to the stage and then the screen with producer Kamilah Forbes and playwright Dominique Morisseau. Writer-director Robert Townsend held a conversation with Radha Blank whose Hollywood Shuffle inspired film The Forty-Year-Old Version is premiering on October 9 on Netflix. 

Urban World Film Festival Susan Kelechi Watson, Kamilah Forbes and Dominique Morisseau

Actor and producer David Oyelowo opened the festival by celebrating his directorial debut The Water Man and closed it with a screening of his upcoming Disney movie Come Away. Oyelowo co-produced the film and he stars in it with Angelina Jolie. 

“To be able to support David as a producer was important,” Glore said. “He’s really advancing his career offscreen.”

The virtual format allowed the festival to accept 98 submissions and host attendees from all over the world. “We weren’t confined to four theaters at AMC 42nd street in Times Square,” said Glore.

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Jesse Collins Named The First Black Producer Of The Super Bowl Halftime Show

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While Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job within the NFL, the league is still making strides to further its diversity problem—thanks in part to JAY-Z.

This year, for the first time in the event’s history, the Super Bowl Halftime Show will have a Black executive producer in Jesse Collins, along with partners Roc Nation and Pepsi.

“Jesse Collins is innovative, creative, and one of the only executive producers that speak fluent ‘artist vision.’ He’s a true artist,” said hip-hop star and mogul JAY-Z, whose Roc Nation last year aligned with the NFL on a long-term alliance for live music and social justice initiatives. “Jesse’s insight and understanding create extraordinary shows and true cultural moments. After working with Jesse for so many years, I look forward to all there is to come.”

The Emmy-nominated producer has a quite impressive resume, as he has helped shape stories about the Black experience in America, such as CBS’ special John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, the BET Awards, and the Soul Train Awards, among others.

“It is an honor to be part of such an iconic show at such an important time in our history,” Collins said. “I am grateful to JAY-Z, [Roc Nation chief operating officer] Desiree Perez, the entire Roc Nation family, and the NFL for granting me this opportunity.”

The Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is set for February 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida.

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Tracee Ellis Ross’ Called Out a Photoshopped Picture of Her Own Butt

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Tracee Ellis Ross hilariously called out a viral image in which her butt had been PhotoShopped to be bigger. Although the image itself seems rather harmless, it points out that body standards have become far too unnattainable.

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Estée Lauder Will Become First Beauty Brand in Space | Op-Ed

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Estée Lauder is partnering with NASA to create the first beauty campaign filmed in space. NASA astronauts have been tasked with shooting zero-gravity footage of an Estée serum in space, and we spoke to experts about what this means for the future of beauty marketing.

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Daniel Cameron To Release Grand Jury Transcripts

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has agreed to release the grand jury transcripts in the Breonna Taylor case. The decision comes after a week of calls from elected officials, Taylor’s family, and at least one juror in the case to release the report.

On Monday night, Breonna Taylor family attorney Benjamin Crump disclosed that one of the people who made up the grand jury petitioned Cameron to fully disclose what was presented to them, and allow for the jurors to speak freely about how that information was used in their decision to not charge any officers in connection with Breonna Taylor’s death. Crump added that the juror accused Cameron of “hiding behind secrecy requirements while misleading the public about what evidence the grand jury actually saw.” The individual claims Cameron used them as a  “shield” against a discontent public who was outraged that Breonna Taylor did not receive justice.

BREAKING: A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case has filed a motion accusing @kyoag of hiding behind secrecy requirements while misleading the public about what evidence the grand jury actually saw, using them as a “shield.” He calls for disclosure of grand jury records. pic.twitter.com/oeNa18WWQY

— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 29, 2020

During Cameron’s announcement of the jury’s decision, the Republican legal officer stated that he would not disclose what was presented to the grand jury because he did not want to interfere with other investigations related to the case. While answering questions from reporters, he refused to offer up information like the makeup of the jury, if the cohort of men and women considered alternative charges, and how one witness account, out of dozens, was sufficient to determine that officers did, in fact, announce themselves when arriving at Breonna Taylor’s home on the night of her death.  

Attorneys For Family Of Breonna Taylor Hold News Conference Day After Meeting With State's Attorney GeneralLOUISVILLE, KY – AUGUST 13:Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer (C) addresses the media over the speed of the investigation of her daughter’s death as attorney Benjamin Crump (L) and co-counsel Lonita Baker (R) looks on outside Louisville City Hall on August 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The attorneys and family are upset with the lack of action by city officials during the 150 days since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers.(Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Cameron has been adamant about keeping the public in the dark regarding certain specifics of the case, but said on Monday that the motion from the grand juror has caused him to reconsider what the public is privy to. 

“The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body,” read a statement from the Attorney General. “It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen.”

He went on to say that his team has an “ethical obligation” not to release the recordings of what transpired during the proceedings, as they believe a release of such information could taint an ongoing federal investigation, as well as poison a future jury pool.

“Despite these concerns,” Cameron noted, “we will comply with the Judge’s order to release the recording.”  His office has agreed to make the recording viewable to the public on Wednesday.

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