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Simply Beautiful: Ava DuVernay & Fashion Fair Create Short Film “Say Yes”

August 15th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Ladies and gentlemen, director Ava DuVernay has done it again! If you’re unfamiliar with her work, DuVernay is the woman behind beautiful, envelope pushing films such as I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere and most recently a short film for Miu Miu (a subsidy of Prada) called The Door, starring Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard and Adepero Oduye. I happen to have seen all of these projects and though I don’t know squat about the technical aspects of filmmaking, I know that her work is something special and always breathtakingly gorgeous.And her new short film Say Yes is no exception.

The film, a partnership with Fashion Fair, the historic, cosmetic brand for women of color, “explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color, Say Yes, Sundance award-winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay created this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.” 

Enticing right?

DuVernay explains why she was excited to lend her skills to this project in particular.

“I was thrilled to be asked to create a film for Fashion Fair, a brand that has always embraced women of color, and that women of color have so often embraced. The film is a meditation on the power of ‘yes,’ illustrating what can happen when we affirm our family, our friends, ourselves. I also thought about the many ways that Fashion Fair says ‘yes’ to us. Yes to our variance of skin tone, yes to our different ages, yes to our body sizes, yes to the myriad of elements that we are. That’s something worth celebrating.”

The 7 minute film stars Kali Hawk as the leading lady and Lance Gross as a vision of perfection–and I’ma be real– an object of lust. Just wait until you see him make his entrance! There are also some other familiar faces you’ll spot along the way like Issa Rae, writer and director Lena Waithe (Sh!t Black Girls Say), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), singer N’Dambi and actress Lorraine Toussaint (“Any Day Now”). The costumes were provided by Nigerian-British designer Duro Olowu.

When you find a break in your work day, do yourself a favor and take a seven minute visual vacation. It’ll be worth it.

DuVernay | SAY YES from @AFFRM on Vimeo.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine Debuts Singature Collection With Fashion Fair Cosmetics

February 1st, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Sam Fine with Tyra Banks at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards Dinner. via AP Images

Sam Fine with Tyra Banks at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards Dinner. via AP Images

When many people think of celebrity makeup artists, Sam Fine comes to mind. For 20 years he has worked on mega stars such as Iman, Jennifer Hudson, Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks.

Now, he has finally released his own line of makeup. He has hooked up with Fashion Fair Cosmetics (FFC) to create Signature Makeup.

Last year, Fine was tapped by FFC, which is owned by Johnson Publishing Company, to join the company as creative makeup director. At the time his signature line of cosmetic products was also announced — and at last it is here. Industry experts are looking for Fine to revive FFC, which is more associated with an older generation. Some might not even know that it’s still around, reports the Huffington Post.

With Fine on board and with the debut of his makeup brand, FFC is not your grandmother’s makeup  anymore. Now in its 40th year, FCC recently launched its first-ever mineral liquid foundation collection featuring 18 shades. The Sam Fine For Fashion Fair Supreme Color Collection is inspired by Fine’s world travels, consists of eight lip colors, two eye-color quads and a shimmery lip gloss, adds HuffPo.

“For my first foray into cosmetics this is really special and to be able to continue in a tradition of excellence that Fashion Fair is and was known for,” Fine told the website. “It’s really fun to reinvigorate things and shake up the brand.”

Some of the saturated colors include a vibrant fuchsia lipstick called Pink Parfait and a flashy orange called Moroccan Spice. The lipstick is to be topped off with  Canary Diamond lip gloss. For the quads, there’s the Amalfi Coast colorway, which features a dark, dreamy brown and mossy green.

Sounds like Fine has already made FFC hot again.

Ebony/Jet Founder – John H. Johnson Gets US Postal Stamp Honor

February 26th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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In honor of Black History– The 2012 black heritage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service will be the deceased founder of Ebony/Jet – John H. Johnson who died in 2005.

The Johnson stamp joins the ranks of other honorees like U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordon, singer Ella Fitzgerald, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, poet Langston Hughes and baseball player Jackie Robinson.

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Close of Ebony Fashion Fair Means End of an Era

March 5th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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