One of the modeling world's most iconic figures will be honored during New York's Fashion Week.
During Essence magazine’s Street Style Day Party in Brooklyn, the publication will be saluting model Naomi Campbell. Campbell, has been modeling for the better part of the last three decades after being discover at the age of 15. Outside of her modeling career, she has also been featured in movies, TV shows, music videos and more.
Comedienne and Insecure star Amanda Seales will host the event, which will be held on Saturday, September 9 at the Duggal Greenhouse. Teyana Taylor and “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade will be among the performers for the day’s event.
The event will also honor rapper/singer Kelis and YouTuber Kellie Brown.
Big Daddy Kane is already a hip hop legend, but today he will be immortalized when he is inducted into the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Celebrity Path. Along with this honor, Kane will receive the key to Brooklyn as well. The ceremony will take place during the third annual Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Walk.
Big Daddy Kane has been one of the most influential hip hop artist of all time. He is a Grammy winner, has worked with many top names including Quincy Jones and Jay-Z (he's Hova's former mentor), and he’s appeared in several television shows and movies, including Posse, Meteor Man and Law and Order: SVU.
Kane's name will be engraved on the path along the stretch of Eastern Parkway, from Flatbush to Washington avenues. He joins the likes of Fabolous and Jean-Michel Basquiat has fellow honorees.
Also, Kane is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his debut album.
To help support her new song "Liberated," DeJ Loaf had proposed to cover marriage license costs at New York City Hall. Her proposal came on Wednesday (June 6), immediately after the cover art for her new song debuted.
Starting at 8:30 this morning (June 8) all marriage licenses were on DeJ Loaf. As her song suggests, people can get liberated through real love, no matter race or orientation. Marriage is a way of celebrating real love, and she wants to help. As Leon Bridges says in the hook, “People get liberated!”
The announcement was met with positive feedback. Dej, who was rumored to have been a lesbian at the beginning of her rap career was very aware of what was being said. But she denied it in a tweet, writing that women “just love me,” according to VladTV. The rapper said that she just preferred to be comfortable, knowing that her clothing set off the rumors.
You can check out the video for "Liberated" below.
Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn Line-Up Announced: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Miguel & More
One of the biggest and most anticipated music festivals of the year is returning to Brooklyn this summer. The Afropunk Fest will take place at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene on August 25 and 26. On Tuesday (March 27), Afropunk Fest unveiled the Brooklyn edition of the festival will be headlined by Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and Tyler the Creator.
In addition to Badu, Monae, and Tyler the Creator, Afropunk recruited the likes of Miguel, The Internet, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Smino, and Jaden and Willow Smith to help round out the impressive bill.
This year's theme is The People Resist, which "brings together AFROPUNK ideology and the people who support it, in resistance to those that strive to opress." Afropunk has not only seen success in the states, but has expanded to international markets including Paris, London, and Johannesburg.
Afropunk has introduced a new ticketing system called Buy One, Give One (BOGO) in which each general admission ticket purchased will allow a New York City youth, who has been participating in art programs like Recess Art and Young New Yorkers, the opportunity to attend the festival.
Afropunk has also announced its Atlanta lineup, which takes place on October 13 and 14. So far, N.E.R.D, Noname, Little Simz, Kari Faux are set to hit the stage, with more names to be announced later this year.
For more information about Afropunk Fest and tickets, visit the official site.
The 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner, Erica, has fallen into a state of brain trauma with no chance of recovery, The New York Daily News reports. This comes five days after she suffered from a heart attack, leaving her in a six-day coma, according to reports.
Her mother, Esaw Snipes, told the New York Daily News that Garner remained on life support Thursday morning (Dec. 28), and family members were called to Woodhull Hospital to say their final goodbyes.
“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Snipes told reporters. “Physically she is still with us.”
On Christmas Eve, Garner suffered a massive heart attack, brought on by an asthma attack, that reportedly gave her major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest. VIBE previously reported she suffered from an enlarged heart and her latest pregnancy put a strain on the vital organ. She was unaware of her condition prior to the pregnancy.
Since her father was placed in a fatal chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2014, Garner has been a staunch critic of police brutality.