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Aurora James of Brother Vellies | Photo: Courtesy of @aurorajames

We get it. We can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves. That being said, it’s our mission to keep readers in the know, which is why we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it into easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for what you’ve missed in the world of culture, celebrities, and fashion.

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Publications Come Under Fire

If anything has become radiantly clear from the Black Lives Matter protests around the world, it’s that we are not living in a post-racial world. In fact, racism and microaggressions against people of color in the workplace have continued unabated and invisibly. A backlash against media outlets who have failed to hire a diverse staff, refused to properly pay their employees of color, fired them during the COVID-19 pandemic, and/or verbally abused them has reached a breaking point. The reckoning has come to major print titles like Bon Appétit, and V Magazine, whose editor-in-chief Stephen Gann has myriad allegations against him. It has also infiltrated digital titles like Man Repeller, Refinery 29, and The Cut

As a result, Leandra Medine Cohen has stepped down from Man Repeller, Christene Barberich has resigned from Refinery 29, Adam Rapoport left Bon Appétit, The Cut suspended Jane Larkworthy, and New York Times editorial-page editor James Bennet resigned after publishing an op-ed by Tom Cotton that called upon the military to intervene in the protests. We have a feeling this first round of resignations and suspension is the tip of the iceberg. Amid the fray, Samira Nasr was named editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar US, making her its first black EIC in its 153-year history.

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Sephora Joins Aurora James 15% Pledge

Aurora James, the brilliant designer behind one of our all-time-favorite shoe and handbag brands Brother Vellies, recently proposed a solution to help black-owned businesses. In an Instagram post, she pointed out that black-owned businesses were closing at a rapid rate and were especially vulnerable during this time. James created 15 Percent Pledge, a non-profit organization that asks major retailers to commit to stocking at least 15% of their retail shelves with products by black-owned companies.

One of the first major retailers to answer the call was Sephora, and James credited them for their swift response saying, “With unparalleled influence and power, not only in the beauty industry but in retail at large, Sephora is making a historic contribution to the fight against systemic racism, economic inequality, and discrimination by taking this Pledge.”

 

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Black-Owned Businesses are the heart and soul of our communities and they are closing right before our eyes at a rapid pace. They are the most vulnerable and have received the least amount of economic support. All while businesses like @wholefoods @target @walmart thrive. Economic Equality means enacting real change. Taking the @15percentpledge is ONE thing retailers can do to help • . I am calling on businesses of all sorts and consumers to look at this economic pledge in 3 parts: . 1) Auditing and taking stock of where you are at. Look at your existing shelves, hangers, boardrooms and receipts. How many Black-Owned businesses are you buying? How many Black Women are in your C-Suite? Do that work. . 2) Take ownership of where you’re at – ideally publicly. Maybe only 2% of your staff is black, 1% of your content, whatever it is just own it. Accept it. Take accountability. . 3) Commit to growth. What is your strategy to get to a minimum of 15% and how do you plan to be held accountable? . I am not saying this is easy. I’m saying this is necessary. #15percentpledge . Graphic by @monachalabi @15percentpledge

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First-Ever Digital London Fashion Week Launches Today

Of the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan, and Paris – London has become the first to go fully digital. London Fashion Week, which launches today, will produce virtual events that are accessible to the public. The schedule includes a line-up of virtual collections by brands like ErdemMulberry, Preen, Osman, and Nabil Nayal, as well as Q&As, panel discussions, DJ sets, and more. You can access the schedule and events at londonfashionweek.co.uk.

Joao Maraschin collection at London Fashion Week | Photo: Courtesy of Joao Maraschin
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Prada Unveils Creative New Campaign

Designer Miuccia Prada often blends the themes and inspiration points between her menswear and womenswear collections. For Pre-Fall 2020, the new ‘Painted in Prada’ campaign was created alongside the Fall/Winter 2020 menswear collection, which featured an equestrian theme and dizzying abstract prints. Borrowing from these elements, the Prada Pre-Fall 2020 collection for women emphasizes the lean lines of a compact silhouette and amplifies them with vibrant graphic prints. In order to bring the prints to the fore, the ‘Painted in Prada’ campaign was photographed by David Sims and then painted so that the prints and accompanying colors were isolated to surreal effect. This intersection of art, photography, and design proves Prada’s continued devotion to making fashion more than just something you wear on your body.

Prada Pre-Fall 2020 'Painted in Prada' campaign
Prada Pre-Fall 2020 'Painted in Prada' campaign | Photo: Courtesy of Prada
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The First Saudi Arabian Netflix Series Has Arrived

On June 11, Netflix debuted its first-ever Saudi Arabian original series called Whispers. The dramatic eight-episode series focuses on a family in strife after the passing of its patriarch, and stars Abdul Mohsen Alnimer, Elham Ali, Shaimaa Al-Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, and Leila Arabi. Representing modern-day Saudi Arabia for the first time in the mainstream, Whispers represents the first Arabic licensed original on Netflix and is available to 183 million worldwide subscribers. You can stream the series in the MENA region at netflix.com.

Whispers Saudi Arabia
Cast of "Whispers" | Photo: Courtesy of Netflix
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