FASHION: Black Representation on the Runway

That rare moment when you look and see a majority black representation on the runway. Via Pat McGrath Valentino Legacy Brothers #blackgirlmagic #blackmodels#blackmodelsmatter


Pat McGrath is a British make-up artist and the creative design director of Procter & Gamble beauty.

Born in 1970, she was raised in Northampton by her mother Jean McGrath, a Jamaican immigrant. Despite having no formal training, McGrath has become one of the most influential and respected make-up artists in the fashion industry, regularly directing the make-up for catwalk shows, advertising campaigns and editorial shoots for the world’s biggest fashion houses and publications.

McGrath has attributed her creativity to her mother, a devoted Jehovah’s Witness who was a keen follower of fashion and would quiz the young Pat on the different shades of eye shadow. “She trained me, basically, to do the shows, right there… look at the pattern, check the fabrics, look for the make-up – and begin,” she told Sarah Mower in Vogue in 2007. “She was always mixing up colours because there wasn’t anything out there for black skin,” added McGrath in an interview with TIME magazine in 2003. She has described her upbringing as “very religious, very conservative” and has spoken of her teenage fascination with the Blitz Kids – Boy George, Marilyn, Spandau Ballet – all of whom were famed for their outré make-up and whom she used to follow around the King’s Road. “We thought we were New Romantics, we’d get changed on the train and try to get into all those clubs,” she told the Guardian in 2008.

After leaving school, McGrath completed an art foundation course at Northampton College. She had planned to undertake a fashion degree but abandoned this when she met the stylist Kim Bowen, who invited her along to watch her work on shoots for The Face and i-D. Her big break came when she received a phone call asking her to go on tour in Japan with Caron Wheeler from Soul II Soul, whose make-up she had done one afternoon three years previously as a favor for a friend. “I left my job and went to Japan for three months, scared to death. I cried all the way there because I’d never been on a plane before and I was terrified,” she told the Observer in 2008. This opportunity led to McGrath working with i-D magazine’s fashion director Edward Enninful and, subsequently, being named beauty director for the title – a position which she holds to this day.

Legacy Brothers is a lifestyle curation Organization within the fields of retail, high art and digital blogging, commenting themes of family and legacy.



Happy Birthday, Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey is 65 — and the icon isn’t slowing down in her remarkable career.

The media mogul has never hidden her love of surprising people and handing out lavish gifts as she told PEOPLE in March 2018 when she recounted the new way she tipped her housekeeper.

“This made me so happy recently: People never leave money for the housekeepers in a hotel,” she said at the time. “I usually just leave the money on the pillow, but this time I put it all over the room: under the desk, on the counter with the M&Ms, in the shower.”

She added, “As I was leaving, I was like, ‘Somebody is going to be happy today, yes!’”

Giving back to friends or strangers is nothing new for the former talk show host, who became famous in part because of the gifts she would give her studio audience during The Oprah Winfrey Show.

“Nothing makes me happier than to see other people in their purest moments of joy,” Winfrey shared. “Sometimes, honest to goodness, I’m just sitting around thinking, ‘What could I do to make somebody feel really good today?’”

She continued, “To be able to do that for somebody, that’s one of the great joys of my life.”

Another joy in her life? The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa where she is simply Mom O.

They are my greatest, deepest joy,” Winfrey told PEOPLE recently. Opened in 2007, OWLAG, as it’s called, is a boarding school for young girls who have “been in the heart and heat of poverty.”

She added, “I wanted to build a school for girls who are like me.”

Winfrey was born in 1954 in Mississippi to her mother Vernita Lee, who was a teenager at the time, and Vernon Winfrey.

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Lee passed away on Thanksgiving Day at her home in Milwaukee at the age of 83. Winfrey told PEOPLE, “I knew my mother was dying” and found that music gave her the “opening to say what I needed to say” before her mother died.

“What I said was, ‘Thank you. Thank you, because I know it’s been hard for you. It was hard for you as a young girl having a baby, in Mississippi. No education. No training. No skills. Seventeen, you get pregnant with this baby. Lots of people would have told you to give that baby away. Lots of people would’ve told you to abort that baby. You didn’t do that. I know that was hard. I want you to know that no matter what, I know that you always did the best you knew how to do. And look how it turned out.’”

She added, “I feel complete. I feel really, really moved by all the people who’ve reached out to me. I got a really lovely note, just yesterday, from Jimmy Fallon (whose mom Gloria died in 2017) saying, ‘My mom’s up there, too, so if your mom has a party, tell her to call my mom.’ I feel like it was as sacred and as blessed as a passing can be.”



Retired Michigan couple wins $26 million in the lottery over nine years by using ‘basic arithmetic’

Pulling off this get-rich scheme was perfectly legal, very cunning — and really not all that hard.

A retired Michigan couple won $26 million playing the lottery by using “basic arithmetic.”

It all started in 2003 when Jerry Selbee noticed a new lottery game called Winfall at the corner store in his hometown of Evart.

“I looked at the brochure and it was a unique game,” he told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday night.

Selbee, with a “head for math” said it took all of three minutes for him to figure out how to take advantage of this game. The key was to dive in when the money “rolled down” to the lower tiers. This happened when no one matched all six numbers.

The odds to win with five or less numbers matching were already promising, and now the prizes were getting more lucrative.

“If I played $1,100 mathematically I’d have one four-number winner, that’s 1,000 bucks,” Selbee explained to CBS News. “I divided 1,100 by six instead of 57 because I did a mental quick dirty and I come up with 18. So I knew I’d have either 18 or 19 three-number winners and that’s 50 bucks each. At 18 I got $1,000 for a four-number winner, and I got 18 three-number winners worth $50 each, so that’s 900 bucks. So I got $1,100 invested and I’ve got a $1,900 return.”

Got all that? Selbee calls it “basic arithmetic,” but there’s nothing basic about the strategy at all. At one point he purchased $3,600 in Winfall tickets and pocketed $6,300. He also almost doubled an $8,000 commitment.

Selbee would tell his wife, Marge, his high school sweetheart, about the scheme, and they started playing for much bigger stakes, according to CBS News. They set up a corporation and recruited local investors, and their “club” reached 25 members by 2005, according to CBS.

When the Michigan Winfall shut down, they found a similar game in Massachusetts called Cash WinFall, and started playing it.

“Did you guys ever say, ‘We’re supposed to be retired here. We’re making 14-hour drives to Massachusetts,’ ” CBS News reporter Jon Wertheim asked.

“We’re having fun,” Jerry Selbee said.

“You get a high on it,” Marge Selbee added.

The Massachusetts game was eventually shut down as well, sparked by a Boston Globe “Spotlight” investigation. MIT students had also been winning huge amounts of money.

“I was dumbfoundedly amazed that these math-nerd geniuses had found a way legally to win a state lottery and make millions from it,” then-state Inspector General Greg Sullivan told CBS News.

The Selbees’ run ended after nine years with winnings of $26 million.

“The only thing I found really remarkable is nobody else really seemed to grasp it,” Jerry Selbee told CBS News.




Possible salmonella contamination has led to a U.S.-wide recall of five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour, parent company General Mills says.

The company said the voluntary recall is restricted to bags with a “better if used by” date of April 20, 2020, CBS News reported.

The affected products—over 250 tons or 500,000 pounds in total, according to a General Mills spokesperson—were distributed nationwide.

The recall was issued after sampling of the five-pound bags revealed “the potential presence” of the bacteria, according to General Mills.

The company said the “recall is being issued out of an abundance of care as General Mills has not received any direct consumer reports of confirmed illnesses related to this product,” CBS News reported.

The company has said it will issue a replacement coupon to customers who have to throw away an affected product.

If you have Gold Medal flour that is no longer in its original packaging and are uncertain if it is affected by the recall, it would be wise to throw it out just in case, says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.

The key symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and sometimes vomiting. Contact your doctor if you have a fever of 101.5° F or higher, bloody diarrhea, or severe dehydration.

For more information, call General Mills at 1-800-230-8103 or go to its website.


28 Black Owned Bookstores You Should Know

The number of Black owned bookstores has declined significantly since 1999. That year, there were reportedly more than 325. But, by 2012 had dropped to about 50. In 2017, the number rose to about 70.

We’d like to acknowledge some of the stores that are still going strong.

Hakim’s Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA)

Everyone’s Place (Baltimore, MD)

Eso Won (Los Angeles, CA)

Marcus Books (Oakland, CA)

black owned bookstores

Mahogany Books (Washington, DC)


Sankofa (Washington, DC)

Pyramid Art, Books and Custom Framing(Little Rock, AR)

Dare Books (Longwood, FL)

Pyramid Books (Boynton Beach, FL)

Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)


Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe’ (Highland Park, MI)

Eyeseeme (University City, MO)


La Unique African American Books & Cultural Center(Camden, NJ)

Cafe con Libros (Brooklyn, NY)


Sisters Uptown Bookstore (New York, NY)

Revolution Books (New York, NY)


Grandma’s Place (Harlem, NY)

Zawadi Books (Columbus, OH)

Black Art Plus (Columbus, OH)

Black and Nobel (Philadelphia, PA)


Uncle Bobbies Coffee & Books(Philadelphia, PA)


Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse(Philadelphia, PA)


Color Book Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)

The Pan African Connection (Dallas, TX)

The Dock Bookshop (Fort Worth, TX)

Black W0rld Books (Kileen, TX)

Harambee Books and Artworks(Alexandria, VA)


With no White House invitation, NBA champion Warriors meet with Barack Obama instead

For the third time over the last four years, the Golden State Warriors made their annual trip to the nation’s capital as NBA champions. As NBA champions, such visits to Washington, D.C., come with a trip to the White House to celebrate the previous season’s title.

Following their first title in 2015, the team made the trip to the White House and met with then-President Barack Obama.

But Obama no longer operates out of the Oval Office anymore, and the team isn’t exactly on speaking terms with the current administration. Following the Warriors 2017 title, the team’s invitation to the White House was rescinded by President Donald Trump in the midst of Trump’s comments about black NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

During media day for the 2017-18 season, Warriors star Stephen Curry said that he wouldn’t want to visit the White House with Trump as president. And this season, the Warriors again didn’t do that. Instead, the team found some time to meet with Obama hours before the game, according to The Mercury News’ Logan Murdock.
Source: usa today

Read: Roger Stone indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller

Roger Stone, the longtime Trump adviser and political trickster, has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller following months of scrutiny in the ongoing Russia investigation.

Stone has been charged with seven counts of obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering, and making false statements, including in testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).

Stone’s indictment is one of the biggest moves by the special counsel’s office in months. Mueller’s team had been zeroing in on Stone for some time over his alleged communications with WikiLeaks and messages he exchanged with Guccifer 2.0, the online persona that authorities have linked to Russian military officers who sought to hack Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.

Mueller’s office had subpoenaed multiple witnesses close to Stone, and Stone himself has hinted he’d be indicted by the special counsel.

Stone was reportedly arrested Friday morning in Florida, and will appear in federal court later in the day.

Read part of Stone’s indictment below.

Full indictment here:


Trump’s shutdown gift to Pelosi: A unified Democratic caucus

President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He’s unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

It’s not even about the wall at this point. Democrats are sticking together with an unusual amount of unity as a way to strengthen Pelosi’s hand and set a tone in the new Congress that Trump can’t simply demand $5.7 billion — using federal workers as leverage — to get his long-promised border wall with Mexico, or anything else on his wish list.

“People do understand that this is no longer just about the wall, it’s about how Donald Trump operates with the Democratic majority in the House,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

“If we give into him on this, what happens if he wants to cut Social Security or Medicare or end legal migration or cut food stamps?” she asked. “Do we allow him to take us hostage for anything he wants?”

Pelosi, she said, is already proving herself to be a “strong” speaker, unlike her recent Republican predecessors. “She’s also not afraid of him.”

As the shutdown crisis begins a second month, the White House believes it’s Democrats who will feel pressure to cave. Services are being disrupted and 800,000 federal workers are likely to miss another paycheck Friday. Republicans doubt all Democrats back Pelosi’s view of the wall as immoral.



The forgotten assassination of Dr. King’s mother

Every American student knows that Dr. Martin L. King Jr. was assassinated by James Earle Ray, but very few are aware of the murder of his mother, Alberta Williams King.

On Sunday June 30, 1974, church service was being held at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Mrs. King was acting as the church organist and had just finished playing “The Lord’s Prayer,” all heads were bowed when a young black man identified as Marcus Wayne Chenault Jr., 21, yelled out “I’m taking over here.”

Chenault then ran to the pulpit of the church and pulled out two guns. He emptied the pistols into Alberta King, church deacon, Edward Boykin, and congregation member Jimmie Mitchell. As the congregation erupted in chaos, he ran from the church. Dr. King’s sister, Christine King Farris wrote in her 2009 book Through it All, “There were people everywhere. There was a throng of onlookers. When I looked in their eyes I saw what is often described as ‘the thousand-yard stare.’’ It was a kind of blankness I’d never seen before. They were bewildered and in shock. Many were crying; most had their hands pressed to their mouths in disbelief.”

The victims of the shooting were rushed to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital and it was later announced that Alberta King and deacon Edward Boykin had died from their injuries.

Chenault told police when he was arrested that he traveled from Dayton, Ohio, to Atlanta “on a mission,” and that “Black ministers were a menace to Black people and must be killed.” Chenault’s lawyers pleaded that their client was insane. Despite these pleadings to the court, Chenault was found guilty and sentenced to death in Georgia’s electric chair. However, the King family was opposed to the death penalty and at the family’s insistence, Chenault’s death sentence was reduced to life in prison. Chenault suffered a stroke in prison and died in 1995 at the age of 44.



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