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Celebrity Stylist/ Showroom Founder Kanayo Ebi & Pop Up Africa Launches its 2nd Season of The Kach It Project!

Leading New York based celebrity fashion stylist and the Kach Me If You Can Showroom founder, Kanayo Ebi, whose clients include the likes of Angela and Vanessa Simmons has teamed up with Pop Up Africa, the curators of London’s biggest African inspired shopping event ‘Africa at Spitalfields’, to launch its second instalment of their first ever collaboration in a series of pop-up events.

After a successful launch in London, The Kach It Project, will be returning for its second and much anticipated event in New York City, showcasing a collective of fashion forward and groundbreaking designers and brands from ready to wear to haute couture clothing and accessories inspired by Africa, in an exclusive two day shopping and lifestyle experience event.

The Kach It Project NYC edition will take place on Saturday August, 26 and Sunday August, 27 2017 at the upscale dining lounge – Manhattan Brew and Vine in the historical neighborhood of SoHa, Manhattan.

Fashion, beauty, lifestyle and food lovers will enjoy an assortment of African enthused and contemporary brands from 2017’s one to watch list, plus interactive demos, tasters and talks.

Designers include Ago Watch, Angelica Curtis, Bad Butterfly (by Vanessa Simmons), Deucxe, Ezie, Gregriang, Muehleder, Pop Caven, Prelim, RAAAH/Rahima Mohamed
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The Anonymous Vintage (T.A.V) and Winner Clothing whose pieces have been worn by celebrities Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Adrienne Bailon, Ashley Tisdale, Christina Milan, Dascha Polanco, Emeraude Toubia, Issa Rae, Justine Skye, Leslie Grace, Pearl Thusi, and more; in addition to live customized art by Chermia Amour, an African dance class by Afrobeats Dance NYC, plus an exclusive intimate two hour panel discussion and networking brunch titled Kach Your Dream (on Sunday August 27 only) with celebrity stylists Kanayo Ebi and Misa Hylton, reality TV personality Vanessa Simmons, author and entrepreneur Jai Hudson, Miss Teen USA/beauty blogger Kamie Crawford, fashion designer Larissa Muehleder and celebrity photographer Noemad.

Sponsors include Erase Spa, My Sweet Justice of Harlem and Yummy Tummys.

Organisers Kanayo Ebi and founder of Pop Up Africa, Jessica Laditan, said: “We’re delighted to finally bring The Kach It Project pop up series to the city of New York. After much demand, we’re excited to showcase some of the most talented fashion designs and brands from across the globe together with home-grown talent, in such an iconic location. Expect to be blown away whilst shopping for the most sought after art and fashion, coupled with exceptional food and drink, an exclusive celebrity panel discussion and live entertainment all over a two day shopping experience. We’ve got something here for everyone.”

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Leading New York based celebrity fashion stylist and the Kach Me If You Can Showroom founder, Kanayo Ebi, whose clients include the likes of Angela and Vanessa Simmons has teamed up with Pop Up Africa, the curators of London’s biggest African inspired shopping event ‘Africa at Spitalfields’, to launch its second instalment of their first ever collaboration in a series of pop-up events.

After a successful launch in London, The Kach It Project, will be returning for its second and much anticipated event in New York City, showcasing a collective of fashion forward and groundbreaking designers and brands from ready to wear to haute couture clothing and accessories inspired by Africa, in an exclusive two day shopping and lifestyle experience event.

The Kach It Project NYC edition will take place on Saturday August, 26 and Sunday August, 27 2017 at the upscale dining lounge – Manhattan Brew and Vine in the historical neighborhood of SoHa, Manhattan.

Fashion, beauty, lifestyle and food lovers will enjoy an assortment of African enthused and contemporary brands from 2017’s one to watch list, plus interactive demos, tasters and talks.

Designers include Ago Watch, Angelica Curtis, Bad Butterfly (by Vanessa Simmons), Deucxe, Ezie, Gregriang, Muehleder, Pop Caven, Prelim, RAAAH/Rahima Mohamed
Couture, TAJE
The Anonymous Vintage (T.A.V) and Winner Clothing whose pieces have been worn by celebrities Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Adrienne Bailon, Ashley Tisdale, Christina Milan, Dascha Polanco, Emeraude Toubia, Issa Rae, Justine Skye, Leslie Grace, Pearl Thusi, and more; in addition to live customized art by Chermia Amour, an African dance class by Afrobeats Dance NYC, plus an exclusive intimate two hour panel discussion and networking brunch titled Kach Your Dream (on Sunday August 27 only) with celebrity stylists Kanayo Ebi and Misa Hylton, reality TV personality Vanessa Simmons, author and entrepreneur Jai Hudson, Miss Teen USA/beauty blogger Kamie Crawford, fashion designer Larissa Muehleder and celebrity photographer Noemad.

Sponsors include Erase Spa, My Sweet Justice of Harlem and Yummy Tummys.

Organisers Kanayo Ebi and founder of Pop Up Africa, Jessica Laditan, said: “We’re delighted to finally bring The Kach It Project pop up series to the city of New York. After much demand, we’re excited to showcase some of the most talented fashion designs and brands from across the globe together with home-grown talent, in such an iconic location. Expect to be blown away whilst shopping for the most sought after art and fashion, coupled with exceptional food and drink, an exclusive celebrity panel discussion and live entertainment all over a two day shopping experience. We’ve got something here for everyone.”

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Not Surprised! Alabama Public Television Reportedly Refused to Air “Arthur’s” Coming Out & Same-Sex Wedding Episode!

As progressive as society seems to be becoming with its acceptance of other lifestyles and gay marriage, there are still some places in our country that refuse to roll with the times or accepting changing societal norms. Thus, we are not surprised to hear that the state of Alabama has refused to air Arthur’s 22nd Season Premiere which would feature one its main characters, Mr. Ratburn, not only coming out, but marrying another man in a same-sex wedding! Alabama Public Television states it has no plans to air the episode at all.

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As progressive as society seems to be becoming with its acceptance of other lifestyles and gay marriage, there are still some places in our country that refuse to roll with the times or accepting changing societal norms. Thus, we are not surprised to hear that the state of Alabama has refused to air Arthur’s 22nd Season Premiere which would feature one its main characters, Mr. Ratburn, not only coming out, but marrying another man in a same-sex wedding! Alabama Public Television states it has no plans to air the episode at all.

via NBCNews.com

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Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS’ recent “Arthur” episode that featured a same-sex marriage.

During the animated series’ 22nd season premiere, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” Arthur’s third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marries Patrick, a chocolatier, at a wedding attended by his students, Arthur, Francine, Buster and Muffy. It aired May 13.

Mike McKenzie, director of programming at APT, told NBC News on Monday that PBS sent a message to stations in mid-April alerting them “to possible viewer concerns about the content of the program.” After he and others at APT viewed the episode, they decided not to broadcast it and showed a re-run instead.

McKenzie said the network has no plans to air it.

“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire,” McKenzie said in a statement. “More importantly — although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards — parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for ‘Arthur’ also watch the program.”

McKenzie also said if they aired it, APT would take away the choice of parents who felt it was inappropriate for their children.

“The vast majority of parents will not have heard about the content, whether they agree with it or not,” he said. “Because of this, we felt it would be a violation of trust to broadcast the episode.”

“Arthur” debuted in 1996 and follows the adventures of its title character, his friends and family.

In 2005, APT pulled an episode of “Arthur” in which the character Buster visited a girl who had two mothers, according to AL.com.

“’Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming,” then-executive director Allan Pizzato said at the time. “This program doesn’t fit into that.”

Alabama has made a lot of controversial and conservative decisions as of late. As you may already know the state passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in modern history just two weeks ago. “Sweet Home Alabama” just seems pretty archaic nowadays.

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Wow! Real Salaries of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Reveal, Kandi Buruss, NOT Nene Leakes is The Highest Paid Housewife!

It seems “Real Tea” has been spilled as the cast of Bravo’s hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s salaries have been revealed! The new information on their seasonal compensation for their antics–as some might say–reveals Kandi Buruss and NOT Nene Leakes is the highest paid Atlanta housewife! The salary information for upcoming 12th season of the series for the other ladies is quite telling as well!

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It seems “Real Tea” has been spilled as the cast of Bravo’s hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s salaries have been revealed! The new information on their seasonal compensation for their antics–as some might say–reveals Kandi Buruss and NOT Nene Leakes is the highest paid Atlanta housewife! The salary information for upcoming 12th season of the series for the other ladies is quite telling as well!

via Love B. Scott

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Highly-connected sources tell lovebscott.com that the payouts for season 12 of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ may surprise you.

Newbie Shamari DeVoewho was demoted from official housewife to ‘friend of the show,’ is set to take home $20k for the upcoming season.

Eva Marcille, who will keep her peach, was paid under $100,000 last season and will see a small pay bump for season 12.

Cynthia Bailey is set to take home around $1.25 million.

New mom Porsha Williams is said to be making around $1.3 million.

For all of Marlo Hampton‘s mess, sources tell us that she’s still making less than $100,000 for her appearances this season.

Tanya Sam is is being paid on a day rate. Her money depends on the days she’s available to film.

NeNe Leakes made $100,000 PER EPISODE last season — bringing her season salary to $2.3 million. It’s expected that she’ll be making just a bit more this season.

Contrary to popular belief, we’ve also been told that Kandi Burruss is actually the highest-paid housewife of the Atlanta franchise and will be making just a little over what NeNe is taking home.

Kenya Moore‘s pay rate was just below NeNe and Kandi’s at the time of her departure, however sources tell us that Bravo wants to give her a substantial pay cut to return. They’re still ‘far off’ from coming to a deal.

We had no idea Shamari and Tanya would be paid so little for the upcoming season. Maybe the former can do something to get her peach back, it is not impossible. Porsha was temporarily demoted to a “friend of the housewives” after her fight with Kenya Moore.

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Morehouse Commencement Speaker to Pay Off Class of 2019’s Student Loans, Angela Bassett Receives Honorary Doctorate!

They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

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They say “you can tell a Morehouse Man when you see him, but you can’t tell him much.” This is definitely the case for billionaire, Robert F. Smith,  a technology investor and philanthropist, and Morehouse graduate who was also the speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. After announcing a 1.5 million dollar gift to the school, Mr. Smith announced he would give the graduating class of 2019 an even greater gift by wiping out their student loan debts!

via Atlanta Journal Constitution

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But during his remarks in front of the nearly 400 graduating seniors, the technology investor and philanthropist surprised some by announcing that his family was providing a grant to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019. 

Graduates react after hearing billionaire Robert F. Smith is paying all student debt for the Class of 2019 during the Morehouse College commencement ceremony In Atlanta, on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Photo: STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

“This is my class,” he said, “and I know my class will pay this forward.”

The announcement came as a surprise to Smith’s staff and to the staff at Morehouse, and elicited the biggest cheers of the morning.

Tonga Releford, whose son Charles Releford III is a member of the Class of 2019, estimates that his student loans are about $70,000.

“I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she said.

The gift has been estimated to be worth up to $40 million.

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Actress, Angela Bassett, also received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse, making the day all the more magical. Black Excellence was clearly in full effect on the hallowed grounds of The ACU today and we are here for it!

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