The Unfortunate First Draft of Pop Smoke’s Album Cover and More

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The crass commercialization of Brooklyn drill

Brooklyn drill started out as a scrappy local scene marked by pummeling beats and no-bullshit lyrics. Then Travis Scott whipped a Bugatti through the borough in a 2019 music video with the subgenre’s brightest star, Pop Smoke. Then Drake arrived on Christmas Eve with a single produced by Brooklyn drill’s favorite producer, Axl Beats, and followed that with another drill track assisted by BK heroes Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek. So, of course, the music has become bigger, flashier, and higher-budget—qualities that run counter to what made the style so appealing in the first place.

These moments sprung back to mind this week while watching the preview for Fivio Foreign’s latest single, “Bop

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Up to 50% off Marc Jacobs from the Amazon Summer Sale

If you’ve been coveting a little piece of luxury, there’s no day like today. The Amazon Summer Sale — also known as the Big Style Sale — kicked off Monday with huge discounts and markdowns on everything from apparel to luggage and some amazing deals on accessories from Marc Jacobs. Although Amazon Prime Day is postponed indefinitely, the Amazon fashion summer sale includes white hot sales and deals from loads of fashion brands that offer deals up to 80% off.

You’ll find all of summer’s biggest fashion trends at a discounted price, including Marc Jacobs sale items like bucket hats and colorful crossbody handbag options. You’ll also score essential items for your wardrobe and classic staples from the fashion designer like the perfect black leather tote bag. They are all available at great deals at Amazon’s summer sale.

Due to the Amazon Prime Day Sale being postponed, the Amazon Summer

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BET Awards Celebrate Black Designers and Stir Calls for Fashion Industry Change

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There wasn’t an actual red carpet, but Sunday’s virtual BET Awards was an impressive showcase of Black style nonetheless, starting with host Amanda Seales, representing all Black-designed clothing, jewelry, hair-care and makeup brands, including a custom gown by Los Angeles-based rising fashion star Claude Kameni.

“We wanted to tell a story of Black creativity, pay homage to iconic moments of Black style, and amplify the work of these Black fashion innovators,” said Seales.

“The BETs are our Oscars, our Grammys, our everything, where we are able to show ourselves and have fun and show off,” said her stylist Bryon Javar of the 13 looks, using pieces from Pyer Moss, Romeo Hunte, Sergio Hudson, Sister Love, Brother Vellies, Grayscale, Bishme Cromartie, Dapper Dan-Gucci and more, and paying homage to iconic moments in Black style history, from Hilary Banks’ Nineties power wardrobe in

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Jessica Torres is a rising influencer you need to follow

Jessica Torres is not someone who wants to shy away or hide anymore.

“I feel like being a plus-size woman existing in fashion, and doing what I do, is like a huge middle finger to society and their beliefs of what women should look like,” Torres told In The Know. 

Torres is a style blogger and body-positive advocate. Her mission is to empower women and abolish absurd beauty standards. She has more than 114,000 followers on Instagram, 46,000 subscribers on YouTube and co-hosts the Fat Girls Club podcast. Her blog is filled with fashion and beauty advice.

But the path to achieving this success within the fashion realm did not always seem possible for Torres. Her formative years were filled with fat-shaming comments that made her want to shrink away from any kind of attention.

“Everyone would always comment on my body,” Torres said. “Being fat was like,

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