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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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MARVEL PHASE 4: Mahershalah Ali Cast as “Blade,” Natalie Portman Cast as “Female Thor,” Sequels, New Disney+ Shows, Mutants, & The Fantastic Four!

Marvel Phase 4  has been announced at San Diego Comic Con and we are ecstatic! The next phase of the latest set of Marvel films introduces us to five new series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, a new Blade, as Mahershalah Ali has been cast in the role of the half-vampire superhero, sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor, movies based on The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and the Fantastic Four, and mutants finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Marvel Phase 4  has been announced at San Diego Comic Con and we are ecstatic! The next phase of the latest set of Marvel films introduces us to five new series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, a new Blade, as Mahershalah Ali has been cast in the role of the half-vampire superhero, sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor, movies based on The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and the Fantastic Four, and mutants finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The blerd in us is screaming at the above mentioned news as even more superheroes are coming to the screen. The Disney+ shows will feature shows based on Hawkeye, Captain America & Falcon, Loki, The Scarlet Witch & Vision (WandaVision), and What If? The latter will be animated and is based off the line of Marvel Comics of the same name showing what would happen if certain heroes or villains made other decisions in events, instead of what we originally saw play out.

The news of Mahershalah’s casting as Blade is genius. He has the look, build, and acting chops to be the vampire bad ass we grew to know and love in the late nineties and early 2000s. His inclusion with Doctor Strange shows Marvel is definitely including the supernatural and more magic in their roster. This is not Mahershalah’s first bout in the MCU, however, as he portrayed the crime lord, Cottonmouth in Netflix’s Luke Cage during its first season. In other casting news for Marvel, Natalie Portman has been cast as the female Thor! As you may recall, a couple of years ago in the comics Thor became unworthy to wield Mjolnir and Jane Foster (Natalie’s character, and Thor’s original love interest) was worthy and became the new Thor! This should all play out in Thor: Love & Thunder! Perhaps there will be a love triangle between he, Valkyrie, and Jane–if the former is not cast completely as a lesbian, but bisexual instead.

We are not surprised to hear that Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor are getting sequels. Each of these characters are now headliners in the MCU, especially with the retirement of Captain America (Steve Rogers) and the demise of Iron Man and Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame. Black Widow’s standalone film will be a prequel and The Eternals is a new film altogether that may explain Thanos’ origins and introduce us to characters like Mentor (Thanos’ father), Eros (Thanos’ brother), and Sersi. The latter two are know Avengers in the comics.

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Perhaps the most anticipated news of the new phase is the mention of the Fantastic Four being introduced, along with the introduction of mutants. Retconning the Fantastic Four’s origins and adding them to the MCU should be easy. The mutants, however, are a different thing. Even if mutants are just now being discovered, how do we explain older mutants like Wolverine, Magneto, and Professor X sitting out the cataclysms the Avengers have protected the world from? All in all, we are so excited about the future of the MCU! What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments section below.

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It Continues…Jussie Smollett Tries to Block Appointment of Special Prosecutor in His Criminal Case

Jussie Smollett has not been in the limelight as of it late, as he has been gearing up for yet another legal battle with the ongoing criminal case against him in Chicago. He is now fighting the appointment of a special prosecutor. 

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Jussie Smollett has not been in the limelight as of it late, as he has been gearing up for yet another legal battle with the ongoing criminal case against him in Chicago. He is now fighting the appointment of a special prosecutor.

via TMZ:

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The actor’s legal team filed three motions Friday, obtained by TMZ, seeking to overturn the appointment of a special prosecutor … arguing it would expose Jussie to double jeopardy.

According to the docs, Jussie is trying to reverse the order issued last month by a Chicago judge, who faulted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and laid the groundwork for Jussie possibly facing prosecution for allegedly faking the now infamous “attack.”

Jussie’s attorney, Tina Glandian, takes issue with the judge’s apparent conclusion Jussie is guilty of staging a hate crime. In the docs, Jussie’s legal team claims the Osundairo brothers attacked Jussie, got caught and then blamed him.

According to the docs, Jussie’s attorney is floating the idea Abel and Ola Osundairo were motivated by homophobia, and she cites text messages from Ola degrading another man as a “fruit.” His legal team is seeking grand jury testimony from the two brothers.

It’s another twist in the ongoing Smollett saga … as you know, the charges against Jussie were essentially dropped, even after the grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts of lying to cops.

Jussie we will be glad when all of this is over, and we hope somehow you can reclaim your life and some semblance of a career.

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[TRAILER] Finally! “Dear White People, Vol. 3” (@DearWhitePeople) Premieres on August 2nd!

It has been a year and a half since we walked the Ivy League halls of Winchester with our faves, Coco (Antoinette Robertson), Sam (Logan Browning), Troy, (Brandon P. Bell),  Reggie (Marque Richardson), Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), Lionel (DeRon Horton), and Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson). Now our motley college crew is back for Dear White People, Vol. 3!

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It has been a year and a half since we walked the Ivy League halls of Winchester with our faves, Coco (Antoinette Robertson), Sam (Logan Browning), Troy, (Brandon P. Bell),  Reggie (Marque Richardson), Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), Lionel (DeRon Horton), and Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson). Now our motley college crew is back for Dear White People, Vol. 3!

When we last left Sam and Lionel discovered a secret organization pulling the string at Winchester, Cocoa was as power hungry as ever, Reggie and Joelle became a full-fledged couple, Troy was in a new relationship, and Sam and Gabe are still on the outs. This season so much comes to the forefront and changes when outside forces come into play, forcing the cast of characters to deal with real life, new life experiences, and possibly being puppets on a string!

Check out an additional trailer below!

We love the trailers and are glad to see other stars like Laverne Cox and Yvette Nicole Brown on board! What do you guys think of the new trailers and return of Dear White People? Sound off in the comments section below!

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