Daily Archives: September 13, 2013

40’s Is The New 20’s: Nas Celebrates Birthday With Mariah Carey, JD, Olivia Munn, Melanie Fiona & More

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Hip-Hop legend Nas is turning 40 tomorrow Saturday (September 14), but he still looks 25. God son hosted a special birthday dinner and party at NYC’s hotspot Avenue last night Thursday (September 12). His celebrity friends and comrades including Mariah Carey, Jermaine Durpi, Olivia Munn, Pusha T, Melanie Fiona, Tyson Beckford, Estelle, Maino, Anthony Mackie, Karen Kwak, Shawn Pecas Costner and Miss Info were in attendance. Hennessy hosted the dinner and after party for their spokesman.

DJ D-Nice and DJ Mos were on the 1’s and 2’s and spun the hottest cuts. Nas’ daughter Destiny, brother Jungle and his father Olu Dara were also present. Guests were treated to Shrimp Scampi, Lobster Fra Davolo and Strawberry Shortcake.

Hennessy Senior VP, Rodney Williams presented Nas with an engraved bottle of Hennessy Paradis Imperial and a custom, engraved Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin time piece featuring a “cognac colored” crocodile watchband.

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Photos Credits: Jerrit Clark and KirillWasHere for Hennessy | Twitter | Instagram

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Jennifer Hudson For Manhattan Magazine

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Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson covers the October 2013 issue of Manhattan magazine. For this issue, the Grammy Award winning artist was shot by photography duo Gomillion & Leupold. For the shoot, J-Hud rocked trench coats and fitting dresses from Burberry and Versace. Below are some highlights:

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On the President:
“Obama is so hands-on and aware. He’ll tell stories off the top of his head about people who’ve written to him with their health issues, and he’ll remember their names and every detail. He cares enough to know.”

On “Winnie Mandela”:
“It was intimidating to play Winnie after seeing how much she means to the people. To some she’s an angel and to some she’s Satan, but either way, woo! The strength that woman possesses is amazing. We put so much into the story, and it took a lot out of us.”

On “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”:
“It terrified me to play that part [of a heroin addict] because I had no reference point. I’m 31 and I’ve never, ever, ever had a drink or done a drug in my entire life. I stick with Diet Coke and Crystal Light and water.”

On her upcoming album:
“Should I give away the title? Let’s just say you’re gonna get Jennifer-ized!”

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Photos Credits: Gomillion & Leupold for Manhattan

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Exclusive Interview: Don Bleek Talks To Forever Fly Founder Drew

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New York Fashion Week is just about over! I attended various pop-up events and fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week including the JoyRich Pop-Up Shop, where I interviewed the brand’s Creative Director David Melgar, the KidsRock! show and the FrontRow Spring 2014 presentation. Tonight, I attend my final show, Martin de Tours‘ first ever presentation during NYFW. Even though, the last week and a half was very hectic for me, I still found time to interview Forever Fly’s founder Drew. I like supporting independent designers! If you don’t know about Forever Fly, if you haven’t been reading the posts on YDBR, the leather joggers and python tee-shirts is a favorite of Fabolous, Bow Wow, DJ Clue and Sebastian Mikael. Drew got his start in the fashion industry at Rich Yung, a brand started by Fabolous, Cheo and Kevin Webb. Read the interview below:

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$200 Forever Fly Python Tee-Shirt

Why did you choose Forever Fly as the name of your clothing line?

I looked at inspirations such as James Dean, River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain and these legends passed at such young ages but yet they remain forever fly despite their absence. I feel that a fashion brand should be just as timeless, and just as memorable.

When did Forever Fly officially launched?

Forever Fly launched December 2010

After the launched of Forever Fly, how long did it take in order for it to take off?

It took off immediately with the support of amazing friends and an amazing line that myself and my designers collaborated on.

How do you come up with the different leather and python designs?

I was inspired by the textures and different patterns I came across while exploring ways to innovate with the brand. The feel and the wear of each leather chosen is an ode to a casual lifestyle for the professional guy.

What inspired you to do a primary leather clothing line; what’s the inspiration behind the line?

Leather to me is a sign of luxury and so I took cue from that because Forever Fly is becoming more and more a luxury focused brand. With each season we are growing into a stronger more mature market and so I wanted that reflected with this season, and with the next.

When you first launched Forever Fly, did you have any investors to help you out or did you just work and saved your money?

When Forever Fly first launched it was all organic. We worked out of passion and out of creating from our dreams.

What are some of the things that you learned so far as an independent fashion designer?

So far I’ve learned that branding is one of the most important things to focus on. Your brand stays with you forever and how you project it to the world is exactly how they’ll look at you 10 years from now, 20 years from now. I also learned that sometimes your audiences don’t know what they want yet, you have to show them what they want, so it’s up to you to innovate and creating an amazing line.

Photos Credits: Forever Fly

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Toya Wright Styles A Kouture Konnections Gold Studded Dress With Giuseppe Zanotti Zip Up Peep Toe Booties

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Former reality star turned author and mini business woman Toya Wright recently headed back home to New Orleans and hosted the Saints vs Falcons season opener after party at JAX. For the club appearance, Toya decided to show a lot of skin in a $35 Kouture Konnections Gold Studded Dress paired with $895 Giuseppe Zanotti Zip Up Peep Toe Suede Booties. Toya’s booties are styled with a bold, shiny, oversize yellow zipper on the front. You can get them at Intermix. Toya looked cute! Black & gold is a perfect blend! Her hair and makeup was also well done like always.

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Photos Credits: Toya Wright’s Instagram | dress via KK | shoes via Intermix

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