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#BankBlackChallenge: Black-Owned Banks To Support

July 21st, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Singer and activist Solange Knowles made her recent decision to bank Black known to the public. Some Black-owned banks, like the Atlanta-based Citizens Trust Bank, for example, have seen a surge in new depositors in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. It’s not a new call to action, but both the singer’s decision along with rapper Killer Mike’s BET and MTV News town hall plea for one million African Americans to deposit at least $100 in Black-owned banks in order to harness our economic power, combat institutional inequality and systemic racism, are gaining attention.

According to the Federal Reserve, there are 23 Black-owned banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions throughout the U.S. If you are looking to open an account, here is a partial list of those Black-owned banking institutions. For more information and a full list of currently operating minority-owned banks, visit the Federal Reserve.

Solange Honors The Lives Of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile With A Cover Of Syreeta’s “Black Maybe”

July 9th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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“Been singing Syreeta’s “Black Maybe” over and over again trying to comfort my heart,” Solange wrote on Instagram yesterday (July 7). “But what is comfort when the images of slain black bodies left to bleed are sketched into our being… over and over again?”

Just like the rest of us, the multi-hyphenate Knowles sister was feeling the heaviness that’s clouded the country for the past 72 hours after the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were both killed by police in separate, non-related incident.

While some have chosen to march and peacefully protest, others like Solange use the power of music to soothe the soul. In particular, Motown chanteuse Syreeta’s “Black Maybe.” A poignant song penned by Stevie Wonder from Wright’s 1972 self-titled debut solo album, the song speaks near and dear to the chaos we’ve endured as a whole.

Solange Reminds Us Of The Wonderful Journey That Is Life In Recent Birthday Post

June 25th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Image: C.Smith/ WENN.com

Yesterday (June 24), Solange celebrated her 30th birthday, and it was one full of insight.

The singer, all around fashion icon, and DJ, who has amassed an epic following on social media, took to her Instagram account to celebrate her born day in the form of words that stretched farther than a simple caption.

Knowles opted to chronicle some of the key moments in her life, ranging from the first time she wrote a song to the first time she felt God to the time she got divorced. From the outside looking in, we can only ever speculate what goes on in celebrities lives, but this timeline shed lots of light on what Knowles has experienced in her 30 years, highs and lows included.

Born June 24th Wore tap shoes and tutus every where 3-5 Wrote first song (A jingle for the United Way) 9 Felt God 10 Met first love (in a parking lot) 13 Wrote/Released my first album for weird teenagers 15 Started writing songs for other awesome people 16 Lost my best friend Marsai, to gun violence 17 Pregnant 17 Married first love 17 Gave birth to angel baby 18 Financially independent 19 Bought my first house 19 Divorced 20 Wiled the hell out 20-22 Wrote/ Released second album 22 Fell head over heels in love again 22 Insane panic attacks and agoraphobia and convinced I would die by 30 – 24 Wrote/released third album 26 Started record label and cultural hub 27 Released first album on label 27 Freed myself of “friends” on the journey to womanhood 27 Started writing most proud of body of work 27 World called me crazy 27 Married Best Friend 28 Completed 4th album (72 hours before turning 30) Just really getting started 30 🍾 I say all of that to say…don’t eveeer let anyone write your story for you. They can talk, they can doubt, and they can say what they wanna, but only you have the words to narrate this ting we call life. So much gratitude for all of your wishes. So much gratitude for love. So much gratitude for freedom. So much gratitude for life. Ps: About to take a note from Paris Hilton and have 4 parties.

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“I say all of that to say… don’t ever let anyone write your story for you,” Knowles wrote. “They can talk, they can doubt, and they can say what they wanna, but only you have the words to narrate this ting [sic] we call life. So much gratitude for all of your wishes. So much gratitude for love. So much gratitude for freedom. So much gratitude for life.”

PREACH, Solo!

Jay Z Finally Responds To Lemonade With New Rap, And It’s Pretty Underwhelming

May 25th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Credit: Abel Fermin/WENN.com

Lemonade has been out for a month now, and while everyone spent their time trying to find “Becky with the good hair,” Jay Z was out here trying to find the right way to respond to it all. And while no reply probably would have been the best way to go, there was talk of an entire response album, and there have even been rumors about a possible joint album with Beyoncé. But Jay decided to say a little something in the new remix for Fat Joe, Remy Ma and French Montana’s hit song, “All The Way Up.” To be honest, it was kind of underwhelming. But then again, the whole remix was pretty flat for me.

In his verse, the rapper said, “You know you made it when the fact your marriage made it is worth millions/Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is/Survival of the littest/Ni–as who really up versus ni–as up in your business.”

There was also a line near the end of his verse where Jay Z mentioned Prince and the late icon’s partnership with his streaming company, Tidal.

“Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/We never gonna let the elevator take him down.”

That is, of course, a reference to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and the “Are we going to let the elevator bring us down?” line. But it could also be in reference to the 2014 elevator incident between Jay and Solange Knowles. You never know. Either way, clever wordplay there.

You can check out the song exclusively on Tidal, and images of the reunited and it feels so good couple out on a dinner date in NYC last night below.

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Beyonce and Jay Z

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Thoughts on his verse?

Behold The Solange C/MEO Capsule Collection

May 25th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Whether you’re a fan of Solange’s eccentric style or not, there’s no denying the funky artist turns heads whenever she steps out in the streets or on a red carpet. We’re pretty sure that’s why beloved Australian fashion label C/MEO chose her as a collaborator for their next capsule collection.

Sold exclusively on the Saint Heron online store, the collection features skirts and dresses in midi lengths as well as a-line frocks and pants with bell sleeves and bottoms, and a dress and halter top in geometric blue, orange, pink, green, and white prints. The neckties and bustier have already sold out and you better act fast if you want to scoop of the remaining items. Just be prepared to pay a pretty penny. Pieces range from $190-$310. 

Check out some of the items below.

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We Can’t Stop Obsessing Over This New Arrival Coming To Saint Heron’s Web Shop

May 15th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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💕💅🏾👅@saintheronshop • @cmeocollective collab available at @saintheronshop

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When it comes to serving slay-worthy looks with ease, no one does it quite like Solange Knowles. Whether she’s pushing boundaries with a vintage or modern look, the singer/DJ is always topping our best dressed lists. Recently, she was spotted at the  launch of the Jean-Michel Basquiat for Etnia Barcelona Collection in Brooklyn, NY, sporting a retro look that we can’t stop obsessing over.

In true entrepreneur fashion, Solange’s fit was actually from her own clothing line’s lookbook. The lush, blush pink bustier ($190) and flare pant ($220) combination is  actually from a collaboration collection with Saint Heron and C/MEO Collective. Amongst the web shop’s new arrivals is also a beautiful blush-toned nail polish from celebrity manicurist Bernadette Thompson ($7.50), accessories, and a few kitchen-specialized items.

The full Saint Heron x C/MEO Collective collection will debut Friday, May 20.

Solange Has Relaunched The Saint Heron Web Shop

April 3rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Image: C.Smith/ WENN.com

After a short hiatus, Solange’s Saint Heron web shop is back open for business.

Just a few weeks ago the multi-hyphenated 27-year-old announced the exciting news that she was partnering with Bigcommerce to create a community that would give her fans and Saint Heron readers a diverse place to consume music, art, and fashion.

So. A few years ago I was really frustrated. Like really really bummed out and frustrated seeing the way my story was being told as a young artist and woman of color. Frustrated at the way my artist friends stories were being told. Frustrated by the way my heroes stories were being told, or not told at all. There were holes. Big ones. There was a gap. There was disrespect. There was a lack of knowledge. There was too much irony. There was poor representation. So I decided we needed to tell our own, & then @saintheron was birthed. As -y as it sounds… I want to be clear. Saint Heron is not me. Saint Heron is you, & it’s us. It’s not a brand, it’s not a label, it’s not an album (although that shit bangs,lol), it’s not a party (although we like to throw down) , it’s truly… a community. It’s our way of saying hi, we are here, a lot of us, and we are nuanced and complicated, and we want more, we expect more, and so we are not asking for you to make more. We are just going to creat MORE. We are going to evolve and grow and were not gonna get it right every time, but most importantly we are going to keep building and keep trying to tell our stories FOR US, BY US and for ANYONE who is on board with us and our mission to bringing these stories to the forefront, & making the world of music, art, & fashion a more thoughtful & diverse place. I know this is lot of talk for a picture of ceramics, lol, BUT after last nights launch, I truly could not be more grateful for the space and community that I’m so humbled to be apart of and I could not be more proud and excited to evolve with our continued mission to celebrate diversity, culture, & the innovation of artist of color with the @SaintHeronShop! I’m so damn thankful that you guys keep coming along on the journey, and I’m so so damn thankful to @armina.mussa & @johnbogaard & @luvraq for staying awake w me the last 72 hours and bringing this to life. I love you guys so much & appreciate all your dedication tenfold. Special thank u to Puffy, Daymond John, Master P, BirdMan, Magic Johnson & Mathew & Tina Knowles for being examples when I was a kid that F.U.B.U. (For us by us) is REAL & CAN exist & be great!❤️

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“Relaunching the Saint Heron store has been an inspiring journey that elevated the brand to a more collaborative and beautiful place. At the heart of everything, the way Saint Heron looks and feels to our community is essential to its identity, and we couldn’t have achieved the same result for Saint Heron store without Bigcommerce,” she said in a press release. “It’s important that Saint Heron visitors have a fulfilling experience on the new store, and I didn’t want to compromise color, style or my unique approach to design to deliver that.”

With a super cool spectrum of products ranging from dresses to soap sets, which were all made by black and brown faces, the special, handpicked artisans goods further brings the brand’s vision of celebrating people of color to fruition.

Imaginary BFFs: Celebrity Friends…In Our Heads

March 11th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Image: C.Smith/ WENN.com

What is it about certain celebrities that draw us in?  It’s not just their work on the big and small screens though that plays a significant role.  Is it their likability factor?  The way they conduct themselves on the red carpet, during interviews or on social media?  For me, I think it’s their demeanor and candor outside of the work we associate them with that makes us feel like certain celebrities are our friends – at least, like Wendy Williams always says, in our heads.  Who would you add to this short list of celebrity friends in our heads?

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Credit: Nicky Nelson/WENN.com

Taraji P. Henson

We’ve known and loved Taraji P. Henson for years, but the success of Empire catapulted her into superstar celebrity status. And yet, she still seems unaffected and exactly the same: cool, grateful, honest and down to earth.  Henson seems like she’d be the ultimate ride-or-die friend who will always have your back through thick and thin.  Who didn’t want to be friends with her (as well as Kerry Washington and Mary J. Blige) after seeing that Ava DuVernay-directed Apple Music commercial?

Naturally Fashionable: Celebrities Who Don’t Use A Stylist

February 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Most celebrities who make the best-dressed list owe big thanks to their celebrity stylists (individuals who can charge upwards of $8,000 per day). It’s not that they don’t have any fashion sense. It’s just that premieres, press junkets, and countless late night interviews leave most celebs too busy to piece together a wardrobe that’s all their style and always camera ready.

To pick out every piece of clothing you wear for your appearances, you have to really love fashion. And these celebrities do. They’re so into choosing their own looks that they don’t even use a stylist, and sometimes, not even a personal shopper! And whether they land on the best or worst-dressed list, they love that their fashion choices are all their own.

Can you guess who you’re going to find on this list? And can you spot any celebrities who should maybe consider the $8,000 price tag because they shouldn’t be dressing themselves?

“Take A Dance Class For Glow” Solange Shares Her 10 Unconventional Beauty Tips

September 18th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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2014 CFDA Awards - Outside Arrivals Featuring: Solange Knowles Where: New York, New York, United States When: 02 Jun 2014 Credit: C.Smith/ WENN.com

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Solange is something like a friend in my head. There’s something so encouraging and uplifting about a Black woman who feels comfortable being her true, authentic self. Recently, Solange shared her beauty secrets with Glamour. But they’re not regular beauty tips like drink plenty of water and wear the right concealer. They’re like good life tips. And a good life is certainly a beautiful one.

Check out some of her tips and stories below.

Don’t be afraid to change your hair.
My mom owned a hair salon in Houston. She didn’t have sitters, so she’d pick [my sister, Beyonce, and me] up from school, and we’d spend evenings there. We saw women cut their hair and get extensions the next day; the transformation was powerful. So when we were little, we both cut all our hair off, then we said, “Put it back!” She encouraged us to try things—that was huge.

Wash Your Face.
Halle Berry has said she’s washed her face every night since she was 14. I heard that and thought, It’s time to get my sh-t together! She’s almost 50 and looks my age [29]. I’m trying to wash every night; I use Cetaphil and Epicuren.

Just because you’re Black doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear sunscreen 

I used to think, I’m black, I don’t need SPF—which is completely untrue. My issue with sunscreen was that weird white mask, but I love Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense because it doesn’t give me that.

Take a dance class for glow.
Learning hip-hop choreography makes me feel super radiant, though I really embarrassed myself at my last class. It was in New Orleans—the people here are respectful, so there’s no evidence online!

Embrace humidity and “co-washing.”
I stand outside the shower and let the steam make my hair bigger. Also, I never really shampoo; I co-wash [use only conditioner] instead.

Invest in inner beauty.

Every child should have access to education. When Kiehl’s asked me to collaborate on a design for its Line-Reducing Concentrate, I was super excited—the company has a long history of giving back. Proceeds go to organizations important to me: Son of a Saint, which helps fatherless boys in NewOrleans and beyond; 14+ Foundation, which builds schools in Africa; and donorschoose.org for education programs.

Be inspired by your friends.

I look to my group of incredibly beautiful and talented friends for inspiration. We all identify beauty by our own terms. And at the end of the day, no one takes themselves too seriously.

Check out the rest of the tips and stories here.