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SMH: Ashley Graham Says Her Husband Was Spit On For Being Black During Their Vacation In Italy
Publisher:  Bossip
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:44

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - January 24, 2018

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Ashley Graham Speaks On The Racism She Witnesses Toward Her Husband

Ashley Graham looks gorgeous gracing the cover of Allure for their July issue.

In her cover story, the model gets real as she reveals the racism she witnesses happening to her husband, cinematographer Justin Ervin, every single day. The 31-year-old model–who married Ervin in 2010–told the magazine about an incident during the couple’s vacation to Italy, a trip the pair took just last summer.

“They’re touchy subjects, and ones that are close to home for Graham, who is married to a black man (cinematographer Justin Ervin), champions the body-positivity movement, and has balanced on the knife’s edge between empowered and objectified throughout her modeling career, the success of which she still credits to her first Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. But she’s ready to take the questions head-on. ‘I see what my husband has to go through every day. We had gone to Italy, and a man spat on him.’ Graham says. ‘It’s heartbreaking. It can make you really angry. But it’s like, how are you going to change that anger into a teachable moment?'”

Beyond touching on the inequalities she sees in the real world happening first hand, Ashley also wants to bring that knowledge and understanding to her future children.

Graham clarified in her interview that she’s not planning on having children right away, but she is taking the opportunity to learn how to navigate difficult conversations about race now. “Read books; have conversations. Educate yourself. The more you have conversations with people around you that are different than you, [the more] you’re going to learn and you’re going to grow. No one who isn’t black is going to understand a black person’s life, but they don’t have to be ignorant toward [what it’s like]” she explained.

She goes on to say, “I want to know as much as I can as a white woman who is going to be raising black children. We’re going to have to have that conversation of ‘Mommy’s white, Daddy’s black,’ and I want to be prepared.�

You can read the rest of Ashley Graham’s Allure cover story here.

Scarborough trolls Trump for 'dull' Florida rally: Like 'Elvis in '77' trying to sing the hits
Publisher:  FOXNews
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:44

"Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough ripped President Trump's performance at a rally in Orlando, Florida, which officially launched his 2020 re-election campaign. 

Former Snap CSO's e-comm startup Verishop is designed to leverage the power of influencers (SNAP)
Publisher:  business insider
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:44

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The website and iOS app — created by former Snap chief strategy officer Imran Khan — rolled out yesterday, according to Business Insider. At launch, Verishop had about 150 verified brands, including AllSaints, Diane von Furstenberg's DVF, and Levi's, and expects to enlist over 300 brands by the end of 2019.


The platform also features a designated area for "tastemakers" (i.e. influencers), who are each given their own pages to curate selections of products they recommend. Verishop is targeting affluent millennials (ages 23-38) with more than $75,000 in annual household income.

Here's what it means: Verishop is leveraging the power of influencers to help it develop highly curated shopping zones, where each participating influencer effectively becomes a personalized product channel.

Verishop is bringing a popular behavior among social media users — using influencers to inform purchase decisions — to a more intentional setting for shopping. Verishop is migrating this behavior directly onto its e-commerce platform by partnering with and integrating influencers.

People, particularly young people, increasingly rely on influencers on social platforms to decide what to buy: 88% of consumers say they have been inspired to make a purchase based on what they saw from an influencer, per Rakuten.

And 80% of consumers said they made a purchase recommended by an influencer by clicking on a link or image that an influencer shared, meaning consumers often act directly from the point of engagement. To an extent, this is also a strategy that has been successfully exploited by Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop, in which Gwenyth is the ultimate influencer offering a perfectly curated experience.

By building influencers into its platform, Verishop could theoretically redirect some of the engagement and e-commerce revenue that's now increasingly flowing to social platforms. While it's unlikely to seriously threaten Instagram's growing e-commerce business — which is fueled by brands as well as influencers — Verishop will benefit from "users" shopping more intentionally on the platform, whereas it's likely much of the current product discovery and purchase follow-through on Instagram is "serendipitous."  

The bigger picture: Since it's likely to bypass advertising, Verishop could help pair up fashion brands with certain influencers to gain more central or higher placement on their pages.

Brand opportunities on the platform likely won't come in the form of advertising as the platform looks to preserve a high-quality user experience. Bypassing the need for advertising, Verishop expects that influencers will help the platform goose sales for brands, while ads could fundamentally detract from the overall value prop.

I (Audrey) don't expect that Khan plans to roll out ads on the platform, given the company's focus on an enhanced user experience. Amazon's site and app are cluttered with sponsored display ads, for example. While this amounts to a meaningful revenue stream, Verishop is likely creating a fundamentally different type of e-commerce platform — one that relies on shopping through influencers.

Verishop is likely to build out a more robust ecosystem of influencers on its platform, which means it would act more like an influencer agency. It's likely that Verishop will recruit more of these influencers to join the platform to plug products. It could also theoretically strike up deals on a rotating basis, cycling influencers through the platform.

Having that capability — recruiting, vetting, and integrating high-quality influencers and connecting them with brands — essentially makes the e-commerce site function like an agency. While the platform is likely to be selective in doling out these on-site or in-app opportunities, these are potentially more premium placements simply by virtue of there being fewer of them.

As Verishop builds out its influencer and e-commerce ecosystem, it's possible that these influencers will post about their partnership and products on their respective social accounts, further boosting the value of these placements.

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Jennifer Dulos’ estranged husband wants cops to return his stuff
Publisher:  New York Post
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:43

The out-on-bail, estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos wants police to give him back his belongings, including his cars. Lawyers for Fotis Dulos, 51, filed a motion this week in court requesting that authorities return his Ford Raptor pickup truck, Chevy Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, two phones, computers, a server, and external hard drives,...

SummerRIH: Box-Braid Rocking Rihanna Spotted Looking Fenty Fine At NYC Pop-Up
Publisher:  Bossip
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:43


Source: / Splash News

Rihanna Spotted In New York At Fenty Pop-Up Shop

The paparazzi and fans got a treat this week when a certain Bajan baddie hosted a Fenty pop-up store.

On Tuesday Rihanna’s Fenty luxury label launched its first ever pop up at New York’s The Webster SOHO featuring two floors of Rih’s sunglasses, snakeskin heels, and bodycon dresses.

The FENTY x Webster Pop-up also featured an exclusive cocktail hour with guests/models Selah Marley, Renell Medrano, Nisaa Pouncey, and Imaan Hammam.


Source: Simitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Fenty / Getty

And while the focus was supposed to be on Rih’s label, our multifaceted queen turned heads in a hot pink dress and Fenty heels accessorized with matching lipstick and turquoise accessories.


Source: Simitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Fenty / Getty

Rih’s also now sporting auburn box braids for the summer so now we ALL have to go get box braids too. We don’t make the rules, we just follow Rih.


Source: / Splash News


If you’re still interested in getting your hands on some Fenty, the NYC Fenty pop-up shop will be open to the public from Jun 19 until Jun 30.

See more Fenty Fine Rihanna at her pop-up on the flip.

Michael Jackson Was Reportedly Cremated & His Ashes Were Made Into Necklaces For His Children
Publisher:  inquisitr
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:43

Michael Jackson appears in court.

It looks like Michael Jackson’s coffin is actually empty.

A new report from Radar Online shares that Jackson’s body was cremated shortly after his death in 2009. According to the report, the singer’s body was kept on ice in a morgue for a few months after his death, until the family was ready to have him cremated. The ashes were then split between “The Giving Tree” on his beloved Neverland Ranch property and between his three children — Paris, Prince, and Blanket.

A source close to the situation shares that the children were given in broken-heart shaped necklaces with his ashes in it. The necklaces are similar to the one that Paris wore at his tear-filled memorial service and Jackson also had a similar necklace wrapped around his wrist while he laid in the coffin. But while the necklaces may hold a lot of value to Michael’s three children — they don’t wear them out in public very often.

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Don Jr. mocks Biden over cancer; Trump says he'll cure cancer
Publisher:  Newsvine
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:42

At the president's official re-election kickoff event on Tuesday, Don Jr. mocked Joe Biden over his cancer moonshot. And a mere few hours later President Trump said 'we' will come up with a cure for many diseases, including cancer.

Giants QB Daniel Jones focussed on competition, not Yankees boos
Publisher:  UPI
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:42

New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones said he didn't pay a lot of attention to the booing he received during an appearance at Yankee Stadium.

Molly Qerim waiting for one thing after ‘inappropriate’ LaVar Ball comment
Publisher:  New York Post
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:42

Molly Qerim is still waiting on an apology from LaVar Ball. Addressing the comment made by the Big Baller Brand patriarch during his appearance on “First Take” on Monday, in which he told Qerim she could “switch gears with me any day,” the ESPN co-host said she has yet to hear from Ball’s camp. “I...

Tennis players stop mid-game to show off impressive soccer skills
Publisher:  FOXNews
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:42

A tennis match between Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took a bizarre turn Tuesday when both players decided to show off their soccer skills in the middle of the set.

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