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BLOW= “Because Love Outweighs War,” the new acronym for life, and the name for Gary Lavard’s new line of hoodies! The hoodies hilariously feature Gary’s face on the front of them blowing a big bubble of gum, and come in an array of colors. However, this is not just another hoodie line, instead these new products are adding philanthropy to his already impressive resume. BLOW instead donates a percentage of its profits toward suicide prevention and awareness.

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Gary came up with the idea of BLOW based on his current mood and mental health. He relayed on iHeartRadio’s The Hey Mikey Show, that he once dealt with depression and anxiety, issues that can lead to suicide and wanted to give back. “There’s no shame in me saying that I’m currently in the best shape of life mentally, physically, and emotionally and I owe that doing some work on myself and seeking professional help through therapy…Getting the help you need and talking to someone can really change or save your life…there’s such a stigma in the Black community with mental health and it needs to change, so I’m doing my part to give back…”

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We have to say we are really proud of Gary and the contributions his making in combating suicide and discussing mental health. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center states the following alarming facts:

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Prevention efforts should address increased suicide risk among Black males. While increased suicide risk among Black females also warrants action, rates have typically been higher among males. Depending on the age group, the male-to-female suicide rate ratio has ranged from four-to-one to as high as eight-to-one.5 Young Black males are most at risk, although there has been a recent rise in suicide rates among Black children of both sexes under age 13.

Mental health matters. Having a mental illness significantly increases suicide risk among Black teens and adults.6,7 Although depression must be addressed, the strongest mental health predictor of attempted suicide in this population is anxiety. Prevention efforts should help enhance the existing psychological resources that help to buffer Black people against suicide risk, and also help protect them from sources of vulnerability. For example, Blacks who are socially connected through organized religious affiliation have a lower suicide risk.8 And we are learning that social stressors, such as perceived racism, exacerbate suicide risk among Blacks.

Congratulations Gary on your latest venture! You all be sure to purchase and support BLOW by getting your own hoodie by clicking here! Happy shopping!

**If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide please contact someone at the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.**

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Netflix (@netflix) To Debut ‘Next in Fashion’ Competition Series Jan 29, 2020

“Next In Fashion” is a high-stakes competition series debuting January 29, 2020 featuring some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

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“Next In Fashion” is a high-stakes competition series debuting January 29, 2020 featuring some of the world’s best and quietly innovative designers who compete for a chance to become the next big name in fashion.

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NEXT IN FASHION

Hosted by fashion designer and TV personality Tan France (Queer Eye) and designer, model and global style icon Alexa Chung, Next in Fashion begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.

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NEXT IN FASHION

These talented contestants have worked for major brands and dressed A-list celebrities, and will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Next in Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool and is Executive Produced by Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton with co-Executive Producer Adam Cooper.

Additional Details:

  • Co-Hosts: Tan France and Alexa Chung

  • Guest Judges: Elizabeth Stewart and Eva Chen are recurring guest judges with additional guest judges to be announced at a later date

  • Executive Producers:  Robin Ashbrook, Yasmin Shackleton and co-executive producer Adam Cooper

  • Season 1 # of episodes: 10

Netflix is really moving into a new frontier with its reality series. As you recall, earlier this year the network debuted “Rhythm + Flow,” a music competition series to rave reviews. The magic, however, lies in the qualified judges, and in the case of “Next in Fashion” we definitely trust Tun and Alexa! You can find out more information on the series by clicking here, netflix.com/nextinfashion!

What do you guys think of Netflix’s “Next in Fashion?” Sound off in the comments section below!

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The Secret’s Out! Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Officially Canceled for 2019

It is the end of an era! Victoria Secret’s annual Fashion Show has been canceled for 2019. It is rumored Rihanna’s Fenty Fashion show may be a deciding factor.

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It is the end of an era! Victoria Secret’s annual Fashion Show has been canceled for 2019. It is rumored Rihanna’s Fenty Fashion show may be a deciding factor.

via USA Today

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L Brands, the parent company of the lingerie retailer, has officially canceled the 2019 show. “We’ll be communicating to customers, but nothing that I would say is similar in magnitude to the fashion show,” CFO Stuart Burgdoerfer said during the company’s third quarter earnings call. The brand said the decision was part of a move to “evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret.”

“Given the decline in performance at Victoria’s Secret, we have substantially pulled back on capital investment in that business while we focus on ensuring that our merchandise resonates with customers,” L Brands said in its Q3 earnings report.

USA TODAY has reached out to L Brands for comment.

In May, the brand said it would be rethinking the show.

In a statement sent to the company’s associates at the time and obtained by USA TODAY, Les Wexner, CEO of L Brands, the parent company of the lingerie brand, revealed this year’s show is going in a different direction.

Rihanna’s ‘Savage X Fenty’, however, has only grown in popularity and revenue, taking over much of Victoria’s Secrets fan base. Perhaps this is just a blip and the fashion show will return in 2020. Either way the brand is going to have to up the ante to regain its customers. The fashion show really has been on the decline over the years. Yes, we like seeing beautiful women in lingerie and angel wings, but even that gimmick runs out soon. Where is the next level in the fashion of lingerie? Maybe the look of the traditional Victoria’s Secret model needs to be re-imagined. Maybe a thicker woman of color? It is a thought!

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Bossing Up!? A$AP Rocky (@asvpxrocky) Reportedly Designed New Wardrobes & Uniforms for Swedish Prison!

They say you have turn “lemons into lemonade,” and in A$AP Rocky’s case you turn a near prison term into a business venture! It is being reported the rapper has designed new wardrobes and uniforms for Swedish prisoners ahead of returning to the country to headline a show at the Ericsson Globe venue in Stockholm.

The show, set for December 11th, will also include a selection of Swedish artists, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups non-profit.

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They say you have turn “lemons into lemonade,” and in A$AP Rocky’s case you turn a near prison term into a business venture! It is being reported the rapper has designed new wardrobes and uniforms for Swedish prisoners ahead of returning to the country to headline a show at the Ericsson Globe venue in Stockholm.

The show, set for December 11th, will also include a selection of Swedish artists, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups non-profit.

via Complex

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Now, per a Forbes breakdown of Rocky’s recent conversation with Summit co-founder Jeff Rosenthal at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, we have more insight on Rocky’s plans for the region following his extended legal battle earlier this year.

“When I was going through my whole situation, the whole time I used to look on television and see Swedish fans showing me so much love and I want to give it back,” Rocky recalled, adding that “most of the proceeds” from performances in the country will be donated to “inmates and prison reformation.”

Forbes also said that Rocky has designed “new wardrobe and uniforms” for Kronobergshäktet, the prison in Sweden where he was held following his arrest this summer.

“I’m trying to do what I can with what I can, I just want to keep creating and encouraging whoever is after me to do it better,” Rocky said.

Elsewhere, Rocky discussed the importance of authenticity in fashion and how his well-documented introduction to psychedelics bettered his life. “They opened my third eye and made me more attuned,” he said. “It was a way to love more, it helped me open up my heart.”

We are glad to see Rocky has been able to make the most out of this situation, and earn some coins in return. Perhaps this is one of those situations where everything happens for a reason.

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