In Plain Sight

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For Denise Murrell, the question was simple enough: Why are we ignoring the Black woman in the painting? Then a finance exec turned art history student, Murrell wanted to know who the Black maid was featured in 1863’s “Olympia,” by Edouard Manet. Her professor dismissed Murrell’s curiosity—which lit a fire that still burns in her today. Murrell began focusing her Ph.D. research on the unidentified Black women who appeared in priceless pieces by such artists as Théodore Géricault, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, as well as the Black women who were identified but their stories never told in “Portrait of Madeleine,” by Marie-Guille mine Benoist, and “Aïcha,” by Félix Vallotton.

At first, art patrons were as uninterested as her professor had been. “When I sent out my funding applications, nobody even responded,” she recalls. “I didn’t even get rejection letters—I didn’t hear anything at all.” Then, through what Murrell describes as a series of “fortuitous circumstances,” her studies became her entrée into the hallowed halls of art history. Speaking from Paris, the Ford Foundation postdoctoral research scholar remembers the chain of events: Her dissertation chair was Anne Higonnet, a feminist art historian who’s own work centered on women artists who’d been left out of the canon.

I’m trying to put back these images and excavate their narratives.”

DENISE MURRELL

Curator Denise Murrell

Murrell also connected with another advocate, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker. “Darren is one of those people changing the world on such a mega scale,” says Murrell. “If he had not become president of the Ford Foundation, this thing would have never happened.” This “thing” was the mounting of her first exhibit, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today, at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery in October 2018. Last March the show moved to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Renamed Black Model: From Géricault to Matisse, the show grew two and a half times in size, with new offerings, including a monumental loan of “Portrait of Madeleine” from the Louvre.

Black Models will be on display next at the ACTe Memorial in Pointe-àPitre, Guadelope, from September 13 through the end of the year. Murrell often thinks about the exhibit’s acquisition of “Portrait of Madeleine”: “You know, she sat in the Louvre for 220 years because nobody cared to look. Once there was the curiosity, you didn’t have to look very far to find her. She’s just so obvious. I’m trying to put back these images and excavate their narratives.”

Below, a selection of art Murrell has curated in her in exhibit Black Models.

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Oh Hey, Curvy Girl! Fashion To Figure’s 40-60% Off Sale Is A Major Moment

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A blow out sale is one of those things that just makes you feel good.

You get to scratch that shopping itch, get fly and still have funds left over for everything from an overpriced lunch to Sallie Mae.

It’s a win win.

With that feeling in mind, curvy girls we need you to report to Fashion To Figure right now. The curvy oasis is offering 40% off fall favorites for a limited time and up to 60% off sale items. What more can you ask for?

If you’re a curvy queen who’s looking to refresh your ensemble options without feeling like you’re failing at adulting, this is the sale for you.

Of course, we did the hard work and hand selected the items that’ll really set your wardrobe off.

Shop below!

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Beauty Bakerie’s Highlighter Palette Makes You Glow Bright — Review

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Each year, we, Allure editors, try more than 200+ products each to help bring you the best products for our Best of Beauty Awards. For it’s blinding glow and shimmery powders, the Beauty Bakerie Milk & Honey Highlighting Palette is the Best Highlighter Palette of 2019.

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UZ Eye Opening Liquid Liner Wins in Color Range – Review & Swatches

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For the annual Allure Best of Beauty Awards, Allure editors try more than 200+ products each to help bring you the best products. The UZ Eye Opening Liner wins an award for best eyeliner Color Range because of its pigmented and bold eyeliners.

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Office Style: Meet Madison

Office Style: Meet Madison

“Train yourself to be an organized person — it is for sure the most important part of my role.”

What did you want to be growing up?

I’ve always loved clothes and fashion but, as a little kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Playing dress up with my sister and our dog was a common occurrence at our house. I’m a huge animal lover but as I got older I knew I wasn’t meant for the reality of the medical field. I don’t think my heart could handle all of the sick animals.

Your first job – what/ where?

My first job ever was working at a children’s gift and candy shop in my hometown called ‘G.Wilikers’. Our specialty was baskets and gift wrapping — I learned some pretty mean gift wrapping skills there.

Toughest obstacle you’ve overcome:

After going to college in Philadelphia, I never thought I would want to stay post-grad, but here I am 3 years later! I’ve made a new life here but I’m originally from NY so it’s for sure been tough living away from my family/pups/friends.
I’m lucky to have great friends and a boyfriend to make it feel like home.

Your current position at Free People….

I’m an Assistant Design Coordinator for FP knit tops!

How did you land at FP?

I’ve been a Free People shopper ever since I was in high school and decided to get a job in-store while in college. After working as a manager in the Philly stores, I made the jump over to home office!

Wearing the Bermuda Heels

What drew you to it?

From a fashion perspective, Free People has been my favorite ever since I could fit into the sizes. I lucked out by having an FP location close by while I was in school. After working in store I knew I wanted to continue to grow with the company and hoped one day I would be where I am now!

Proudest work moment:

Making the jump from store management to home office has been my proudest moment so far! I always knew I wanted to work in the corporate setting, but it was easy to have fun and be content, even though I knew I wanted more. I’m proud of how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and was able to make the transition happen because it definitely didn’t come easy.

What advice would you give someone who’d like to be in your role one day?

My best piece of advice would be to train yourself to be an organized person — it is for sure the most important part of my role. As a Coordinator, you have to keep tabs on a lot of different things — without solid organizational skills it would be way tougher. (*great role for Virgo gals like me*)

Favorite part of working at Free People:

The people and the culture at FP truly can’t be beat. It is so inspiring to work with such creative women! The whole bring-your-dog-to-work thing is pretty rad, too. I don’t have a pup of my own (yet!) but having them around makes for a nice and relaxed work environment.

Your anthem / theme song?

ANYTHING by Greta Van Fleet! If there were a movie about my life I’d want those boys to do the whole soundtrack.

What’s currently in your FP.com shopping cart? 
Hearts Run Wild Maxi Dress
Serious Swagger Tie Dye Skirt
YTTP Superberry Hydrate Oil (all of their products are 10/10)
Davies Bodysuit
Tahoe Tee
BFF Sweater
Best Catch Tie Dye Tee
La Jolla Pullover

Wearing: the Rhi Choker Set and the Scoop Neck Crop

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DeAndre Harris Says He Still Receives Threats From White Supremacists More Than Two Years After Charlottesville

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It’s been a little over two years since DeAndre Harris encountered a gang of violent white supremacists in a parking garage in downtown Charlottesville. Still, the events of the day continue to haunt him. In an interview with The Washington Post, the former educational aid said his mind constantly replays the beating that he received on August 12, 2017 and threats from neo-nazis have not ceased.

Harris, who relocated from Charlottesville after his attack, says that he has tried to re-start his life, but doing so has presented many obstacles. Harris told The Post, that white supremacists have found out where he works and have called in threats. In one incident, a man called the corporate office of his job using racial slurs and asking for the now-car salesman.

That same day, Harris received a Facebook message from a man whose profile photo was of confederate general Robert E. Lee and featured a quote of his saying, “Study hard, be always a gentleman, live cleanly and remember God.” Staurt’s message to Harris was, “I’m looking for a 2010 dark gray Dodge Challenger. Any suggestions?”

Mugshot of James Alex Fields - the man who drove his car into the streets of Charlottesville where DeAndre Harris was protesting, and killed Heather Hayer
James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio poses for a mugshot after he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing one and injuring 35 on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.(Photo by Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via Getty Images)

“I put two and two together and realized that was the car that killed Heather Heyer,” Harris told The Post. “I sent it straight to my attorney.”

Harris says he’s forgiven his assailants for what they did to him, but he will not forget. The PTSD makes that challenging, as well as being recognized from the widely reported case. In addition, he’s disturbed by the lenient sentences the men received.

DeAndre Harris gets beaten by gang of white men in parking garage
Several white supremacists attack a black man, bloodying him with wooden poles and part of a broken parking armon August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.(Photo by Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“In the next six years, all these guys will be right back at it. I thought they’d be going to jail for a longer time,” Harris told The Post. “If it had been a white guy who was attacked, and it was all my friends beating him up, we would never have seen the light of day again.”

Though the events of August 2017 and the aftermath from it is still shocking to the 22-year-old, he focuses on the positive, saying, “Thankfully, I am still alive.”

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Cardi B Wants To Have Another Baby

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Cardi B’s career has been one constant glow up. This year, she’s lit up stages all over the world, starred in the box office hit Hustlers, and raked up some major coin thanks to endorsements with the likes of Reebok and Pepsi. She’s also been enjoying motherhood while taking her mini-me Kulture with her on the road. Recently, the superstar revealed plans to make baby Kulture a big sister.

“Everything is going good,” the Grammy-winner said on Instagram live. “I’m working on my album, I already have two songs. I actually have three but I’m not sure about one of them. I’m working on it.”

She goes on to let her followers in on her plans for the next year. “I want to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse for my tour, get ready for my fu**ing tour,” she continued “After my tour, I want to have a kid. I want to have another kid.”

Cardi and her husband, Migos rapper Offset, welcomed their daughter Kulture Kiari on July 10, 2018. The couple most recently had a blowout first birthday party for their tiny tot in New York City. Despite a temporary blackout in the city which caused an interruption in music and air conditioning, Cardi said she and their guests had a ball.

Besides Kulture, Offset has three other children from previous relationships. The pair haven’t been shy about their plans to add more kiddies to the bunch. “I want to have more kids,” Cardi B told to Entertainment Tonight. “Whatever my body can take, and I feel like I can take it. It’s so easy for people to be like, ‘Oh, I want four or five kids.’ But it’s like, ‘Can you really take that?’”

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Fenty Beauty Launched Two New Highlighters and a Makeup Bag

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Rihanna refuses to get off our neck with three new Fenty Beauty products launching in September. To add to the Diamond Bomb family, Fenty Beauty is launching the Diamond Bomb II highlighter, Liquid Diamond Bomb, and Carry-All Organizer.

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Style Dispatch

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Face Jewelry Is the New Way to Accessorize

Sometimes all you their clientele stylishly on point. need is a little bling to complete your look. But have you tried wearing it on your face? In a sea of strong fall/winter runway looks models were adorned with faceware from several designers. From Gucci’s Mad Max–inspired goggles to Ivorian creative Loza Maléombho’s metal chin piece, this isn’t a trend for the meek.

One of the statement items of the season was Tongoro designer Sarah Diouf’s “Cairo” face piece, seen on Alicia Keys and Naomi Campbell. Her inspiration? “I’ve always been fascinated by the Wodaabes’ face painting for their Gerewol ceremony,” says Diouf of the West African nomads.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the Wodaabes’ face painting for their Gerewol ceremony.”

Jason Bolden (standing) and Adair Curtis

There’s A Fashion Themed Reality Series Coming to Netflix

Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and Yara Shahidi always turn heads when they grace the red carpet, and Jason Bolden is the man behind their stunning looks. His interior decorator hubby, Adair Curtis, has his own roster of VIP clients, so the duo joined forces to form JSN Studio.

Netflix has partnered with the pair on an eight-episode docuseries that offers an inside look at what it’s like to work with some of the most popular entertainers in the biz while balancing both work and play. They bring us into their world as they prep for awards season and keep their clientele stylishly on point.

Netflix’s Styling Hollywood, premiering August 30, gives us a front-row seat to the all-star shenanigans playing out behind the red-carpet scenes.

Millennial Purple is Fall’s Hottest Hue

One thing millennials know how to do is make a style statement. While neon green was all the rage for summer, it’s time to obsess over something new now that fall is upon us. Millennial purple—a dreamy lilac hue that designers are incorporating into their latest collections— offers a twist on the plum shades we usually see in autumn, and it was everywhere, including the (shown, from left) MmusoMaxwell, Cushnie and Rodarte runways.

Lilac shades at the shows for (from left) MmusoMaxwell, Cushnie and Rodarte

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ENVSN Fest: Karen Civil On How To Stay Motivated

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Karen Civil has created her own blueprint by turning her passion for helping artist and brands to a long-standing career. On top of repping artist like YG and the late Nipsey Hussle, Civil was a key factor in leading the Beats By Dre marketing campaign.

At ENVSN Fest this weekend, ESSENCE got a chance to chat with Karen Civil about the legacy she wants to have, what she can’t leave the house without, and what keeps her going. Read below.

ESSENCE: Why was ENVSN Fest a great partner?

Civil: Last year, I thought it was incredible. Just from the outside looking in from the colors, aesthetics, and everything that was happening in messaging, which was the most important part of what was being done for entrepreneurs, especially women of color.

Photo: Tyler Downey

ESSENCE: What is the impression you hope to have on young girls?

Civil: The influence for me is living life on your own terms, realizing that I turned a hobby into a career. Figuring out how to dance to your own rhythm. Just walk your path, figure it out, and understand every loss has a lesson, and really knowing your worth and doing what’s best for you.

ESSENCE: What has been the motivation for you to keep going in your career?

Civil: The freedom of being me, living life the way I want, and not the way society kind of dictates for women of color. Not having the stigma of being the product of my environment. The second thing is when I get those messages from people like, “Because of you, I started my own business.” It feels really good to know that people identify with what I’m doing.

“Understand every loss has a lesson, and you’re really just knowing your worth.” – Karen Civil

ESSENCE: You have such great style, how do you manage your day-to-day while also looking chic?

Civil: I’ve been working with my friend Stephanie, who helped me realize that I have a great need for my closet. So, she comes in, and she’s like “Karen, all right. You have stuff here. Let’s figure it out. Let’s make it work.” You know that side of the closet you don’t go through, or to the back of it.

ESSENCE: What are the five things in your closet that you are loving right now?

Civil: I love a 4 Hunnid t-shirt or sweater, Mac Miller hat, John Schneider sneakers, Ellie coin purse and, I love a good sweater.

ESSENCE: When putting together an outfit, what’s something that you can’t leave at home?

Civil: I’ve started doing this thing where I layer my clothing, and I forget that it’s like 90 degrees outside. The extra layering of clothes can stay at home. I’ll start my day like “Oh, this looks good.” By the end of the day, I’m in a sports bra or a tank top.

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