Canadian Artists Are Supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement & So Can You

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Across the world hundreds of thousands of people have mobilized to show their solidarity with Black Lives Matter. In light of this, Canadian men’s boutique Roden Gray has pledged their commitment to the movement by linking with local artists.

The brand is using its platform to support “artists in our local community who were willing to share their work, offer their voices, and use their talents to further Black Lives Matter.” The collection features tees, photo prints, stickers and more which celebrate black culture and support the fight against racism.

All profits generated from the sales of the products go directly to causes of the artist’s choice that also align with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

The items are available now for pre-sale with a ship date starting July 6, 2020. Head over to Roden Gray’s website to look through each submission and read up on the corresponding charity to get involved.

Check out some of the pieces below.

 

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Lauren Coutts, art director and designer based in London, UK. Originally from Vancouver. I've always been drawn to design as a direct communicative tool within the world. Incorporating personal values or views into work isn't something I often get to engage in, but am always excited by. The phrase I've chosen to use, 'one bad apple spoils the bunch' is an idiom which I feel applies across a variety of important topics today. Wrongdoing in an organization or group, no matter how seemingly small, can easily have an overall corrupting effect on an entire system, especially if not handled promptly or efficiently. Many people in recent days have used the term 'there's only a few bad apples' in defence of the few, and I really want to put context back into the phrase; reminding back to the full idiom, that it in fact that it spoils the whole bunch. Responsibility and accountability needs to be taken as a collective group. I would like all proceeds for this to be made towards Hogan’s Alley Society.

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Casandra Parto, visual artist with a background in design based in Vancouver, BC. “If there are any learnings to be taken away from today’s climate, is it that we are stronger together. This design pays homage to both past and present forces of unity. As it has for decades, the raised fist symbolizes unity for many civil rights movements, but most notably Black Power. Currently, the black square on social media is the viral international symbol of 2020’s ‘Blackout Tuesday’ – an online peaceful protest for racism and police brutality. Individuals and organizations are coming together to stand up for what is right and what matters #BlackLivesMatter It is important to start by helping those in our own backyard, so we would love to start locally." All proceeds will be donated to Hogan’s Alley Society.

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Pharrell & Kenya Barris Are Developing a Juneteenth Musical With Netflix

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Pharrell Williams and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris are in talks with Netflix to develop a musical film around Juneteenth, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Although discussions are still in early stages, the feature-length film would be produced with Pharrell and his partner Mimi Valdes and made through Barris’ production company Khalabo Ink Society. Details about the story are still under wraps, but sources close to the project claim the Netflix feature will be separate from a Juneteenth stage musical the pair also has in the works.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, marks the end of slavery in the US on June 19, 1865. While the date hasn’t been acknowledged as an official holiday, the current popularity of the Black Lives Matter movement is bringing discussions about the holiday to light once again.

Just this week, Pharrell’s home state of Virginia finally acknowledged the day as a paid holiday, with hopes that other states will follow suit. Kenya Barris also previously shed light on the importance of the holiday in a Juneteenth special episode on his hit Netflix show #blackAF.


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Takashi Murakami Takes the Mask Game to the Next Level

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Takashi Murakami is once again pushing the boundaries of conventional design, this time with his eccentric take on the traditional face mask.

After releasing masks with his signature flower print in May, the Japanese designer has now presented a new design, which flips the script on the conventional face masks we have all come to know as a part of our “new normal.” Murakami takes protective gear to protective new heights.

A post on Murakami’s Instagram yesterday shows the non-conventional face mask modeled by Takeshi “Cherry” Ishida of Cherry Fukuoka. The pleated olive-green mask covers the entire face, save for a narrow slit for the eyes to peer through.

Although it is unclear if the mask is part of a larger art piece or collection, the photo’s backdrop reveals that Murakami is in the research and development stages of his project.

Check out the mask in greater detail below.

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Apple Closes Some US Stores Again Amid Rising Coronavirus Cases

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While many businesses have gradually reopened following the first Coronavirus outbreak, many Apple stores across the US are closing again as cases begin to resurge, Bloomberg reports.

“Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple spokesman shared Friday in a statement. “We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.”

After first closing stores in March, Apple began reopening the majority of its US locations in May. However, the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating once again, with cases spiking in several states. In response, the closures will impact 11 stores in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

In the wake of the news, Apple shares have dwindled. Apple hasn’t provided a timeline for reopening.


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K-Pop Fans & TikTok Teens Successfully Sabotage Trump’s Tulsa Rally

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President Trump promised “big crowds” at his controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend. Unfortunately for him, the event epically failed to deliver due to a successful ploy by hundreds of teenage K-pop fans and TikTok users, the New York Times reports.

On the day of the rally, Trump’s hopes of a bustling right-wing rally were quickly shattered as there were plenty of empty seats inside the arena, and literally not one person showed up for the outdoor events. Trump’s campaign had previously reported that over 300,000 people had already registered to attend the rally, and even canceled planned events outside the rally for an anticipated crowd that did not materialize. Because as it turns out, K-pop stans and teens had mobilized to reserve tickets to the rally.

TikTok users and K-pop stans claim they registered hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s campaign rally as a prank. After POTUS urged followers to register for free tickets, the teens began sharing the information amongst themselves, organizing their followers to register for the rally and not show.

According to daughter — my teen scene correspondent — K-Pop fans collaborated with Anonymous to subvert the Trump rally and claim tickets. Now that’s a Marvel Team-Up.

— Jeff Jensen (@EWDocJensen) June 21, 2020

“That arena is not full. The outside: empty. They couldn’t even get 19,000 people there and they had bragged that there was going to be a million,” Joy Reid reported on MSNBC. “[Parscale] was played by young people and K-pop fans who ordered tickets with no intention of going.”

As others are reporting, looks like attendance here in Tulsa is well below campaign's expectations. Here's the main floor at the arena currently pic.twitter.com/EASfSHL5nN

— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) June 20, 2020

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale had claimed on Twitter that “radical protestors” had “blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.” However, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez countered: “Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID.”

Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID

Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud. ☺️ https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020

Trump’s rally in Tulsa was especially controversial, as it fell on the Juneteenth weekend and the city has an especially painful racial history. Understandably, social media is lauding the zoomers for crashing the right-wing event.

This is not the first time the fanbase has become involved in social activism. Last month, fans banded together to crash an app used by the Dallas Police Department and reclaimed racist hashtags on Twitter like #WhiteLivesMatter.


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Take a Look Inside The Weeknd’s $25 Million LA Mansion

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The Weeknd, also known as Abel Tesfaye, has reportedly listed his Los Angeles mansion for $24.995 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The ultra-private, massive property lies in Hidden Hills, LA’s celeb-friendly suburb. The Canadian singer originally purchased it for $18.2 million three years ago, now the listing held by Angel Salvador at The Agency values the property at almost $25 million.

The three-acre spread sits in a gated equestrian community and includes a basketball court, a zero-edge swimming pool and spa, a cabana, and a barn among the amenities on site. The mansion itself boasts nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms include a detached guesthouse.

Photos of the listing show a light-filled interior designed as a contemporary play on farmhouse design, with high ceilings, formal living spaces, and a combination of stone and hardwood floors.

For a closer look at the property swipe through the gallery below.

It’s no surprise that The Weeknd is trying to sell his mansion now. The listing comes roughly eight months after the Grammy Award-winner bought a full-floor penthouse at the Beverly West building in Westwood for $21 million.


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New Petition Calls for CFDA to Amend Anti-Racism Initiatives

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A new petition has been signed by 250 black professionals calling for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to amend its recently-announced anti-racism initiatives, Business of Fashion reports. The petition is being referred to as The Kelly Initiative, named after Patrick Kelly, the black fashion designer who became the first American admitted to the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter in 1988.

Among those who signed The Kelly Initiative, organized by editor Jason Campbell, creative director Henrietta Gallina, and writer Kibwe Chase-Marshall, are designers Edward Buchanan, Martine Rose, and Victor Glemaud; fashion directors Gabriella Karefa-Johnson of Garage, Carlos Nazario of i-D, Tiffany Reid of Bustle Digital Group, and Corey Stokes of Highsnobiety; stylist Jason Bolden; Cosmopolitan beauty director Julee Wilson; stylist Shiona Turini; and Vogue Fashion News Director Chioma Nnadi. Notably absent are CFDA board members Virgil Abloh and Kerby Jean-Raymond, among others.

According to the group, the CFDA has “allowed exploitative cultures of prejudice, tokenism, and employment discrimination to thrive, unbridled by the sort of watchdog intervention expected of an industry umbrella organization,” while fashion as a whole has prioritized “optics over the authentic pursuit of equity.” The petition was created as many feel the CFDA’s recent anti-racism efforts have fallen short during a time when fashion’s top positions are predominantly occupied by white individuals.

The Kelly Initiative signees are imploring the CFDA to issue a census on the racial breakdown of employees within the fashion industry, provide manager bias-mitigation training, and have its members create more hiring opportunities for black professionals. Following the industry-wide census, The Kelly Initiative asks that the CFDA publish the survey annually.

For more on The Kelly Initiative, issued in response to the CFDA’s June 4 letter by Chairman Tom Ford and President Steven Kolb detailing the council’s initiatives addressing systematic racism in the fashion industry, visit Business of Fashion.


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LEGO Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Set Is for the Ultimate Disney Fan

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LEGO will soon be releasing a new collectible set celebrating two Disney icons in Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. The large-scale buildable characters are for the ultimate Disney fan, allowing for the recreation of memorable moments.

“We always look to design things that people would like to put on their shelf, including my own, which is why we went for the ‘classic’ Mickey Mouse design with the iconic silhouette and colour palette – as a surprise for builders, the characters insides are built from colourful elements inspired by classic outfits worn by the the pair in the past,” said LEGO designer Ollie Gregory.

The build comes with complementary accessories to pose with, including a retro camera, a guitar, and a photo album with pictures from the couple’s past adventures.

“The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters are extremely detailed and intricate, and there were lots of challenges to overcome,” Gregory added. “For example, to create the tips of their noses we even had to bring back the LEGO Classic Space Helmet in black, which hasn’t been seen since 1987. LEGO fans will also notice that we have debuted a new colour in this set, 363 – TR. Brown with Opalesence, the first time it is included in any set – so there’s lots to explore with this build!”

The LEGO Mickey Mouse stands at 14 inches tall, while Minnie stands at 13 inches. The 1,739-piece set retails for $199.99 and will be available for pre-order beginning July 1.


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