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The beginning of the year is here and with it comes the always anticipated awards season.

This is the time of year I always look forward to seeing what celebrities will be wearing for Hollywood’s biggest nights. Along with the amazing gowns and ensembles comes the bad ones. I can usually expect my eyes to be assaulted with horrible looks and even worse accessories. The usual suspects have come to be known for this, however, there are those who constantly challenge your thoughts on beauty and what is acceptable for what occasion.

Billy Porter is one of those people. Every award season we know Miss Porter will turn out a look that conjoins our idea of femininity and masculinity. Now I don’t love everything he wears, however, I do applaud his efforts to change social norms. That is to say, until I saw his red carpet look from the 2020 Critics Choice Awards.

Now I don’t want the gays to flog me for this, but I have to say I’m a little over all of the pomp and pageantry. I expected to see Porter in something that would make me say “hmmm”, however, this Hogan McGlaughlin look left me saying “WTF Billy?”

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First of all, as a man with a man figure, a corseted strapless dress was all the way WRONG. He goes for this silhouette all the time, however, I wish at some point he would find a sleek look. If you want to turn a look that bad, give the girls a nasty “tight to the ankle” dress. Secondly, the fact that these are actually pants makes me want to gag and not in a good way. Plus when he flared them out he looked like Gumby( Google it young girls) It made no sense for him to pull out a look that would get the girls on Pose read for filth. The only thing I can say that I actually liked was his jewelry. As a lover of Elizabeth Taylor I enjoy seeing someone fill their fingers full of rings.

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In conclusion I’d like to say that I’m not opposed to him wearing fashions that make a statement or challenge the norms of masculinity. But, as a fashion guy I can’t condone just wearing any old thing. This dress/jumpsuit thing won’t stop me from admiring Billy and all he’s done in his long career, however, the next time he’s thinking of putting on a dress (which will probably be tomorrow) I want him to take extra time and consider his community and what we would be proud of seeing.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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Venus Williams Announces EleVen x Wonder Woman Collection!

We are just 8 days away from DC FANDOME, our 24-hour first of its kind immersive global fan experience Featuring 300 stars, cast members, creators and crew.

One of those fans is Venus Williams, the women’s tennis pro with several Grand Slam titles under her belt. A known fan of Wonder Woman, this week EleVen by Venus Williams announced the launch of their limited edition Wonder Woman collection.

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We are just 8 days away from DC FANDOME, our 24-hour first of its kind immersive global fan experience Featuring 300 stars, cast members, creators and crew.

One of those fans is Venus Williams, the women’s tennis pro with several Grand Slam titles under her belt. A known fan of Wonder Woman, this week EleVen by Venus Williams announced the launch of their limited edition Wonder Woman collection.

venus williams wonder woman eleven collaboration

The fashion-forward activewear brand created by global tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams, introduces the EleVen by Venus Williams x Wonder Woman Collection offering premium athletic staples that bring out the best in fierce women who are competitive, compassionate, and ready for anything life has to bring.

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Just like Wonder Woman, EleVen women are every type of strong. They are powerful and beautiful, determined and confident, tough and compassionate. Every woman can see a bit of themselves in Wonder Woman, which is what EleVen celebrates with this “Wonder Woman x Eleven by Venus Williams” capsule collection. The collection will be available to shop on EleVenByVenusWilliams.com with two pieces – a windbreaker and jumpsuit  (images attached) – dropping exclusively via Complex at DC FanDome on Saturday, August 22nd.

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Foot Locker Reports BOOMING Sales As People Spend Their Stimulus Checks!

Americans and their love affair with sneakers is evident as ever with the sneaker retail giant, “Foot Locker,” reports booming sales as people spend their federal stimulus checks. The company previewed its second quarter sales and found them to be much higher than expected.

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Americans and their love affair with sneakers is evident as ever with the sneaker retail giant, “Foot Locker,” reports booming sales as people spend their federal stimulus checks. The company previewed its second quarter sales and found them to be much higher than expected.

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For many Americans the stimulus checks offer greater income than the jobs they were fired from or laid off from due to COVID-19. This “surplus” is being spent at malls and with online retailer, hence Foot Locker’s financial “come up.”

Shares of Foot Locker gained more 7% on the news. And Nike shares were up 4%, helping the Dow surge almost 300 points.

Foot Locker will release its second quarter sales on August 21st, showing an eighteen percent surge in stores opened for at least a year. Economic analysts initially expected a drop of about twenty percent in sales due to COVID-19.

via CNN

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Sales were so strong because of “pent-up demand and the effect of fiscal stimulus,” Foot Locker chairman and CEO Richard Johnson said in a news release Monday.
“While these undoubtedly remain challenging times, we are nonetheless pleased by the health of our category,” Johnson added, saying that sales were strong for both physical stores in malls and online.
We are not surprised to hear Foot Locker has “booming” sales. On our own recent trips to the mall as they reopened, shoe retail stores have been constantly busy. Some people, however, feel it shows that the stimulus checks are not being used as they were meant to for essentials like food, mortgage/rent, child care, etc. As you may already know Congress recently decreased the $600 weekly unemployment checks to $400, feeling it is time most Americans return to work, despite soaring numbers of coronavirus cases in most states.
What are your thoughts on Foot Locker’s reports? Sound off in the comments’ section below.

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Beyonce’s “Black Is King” is a Fashion Smash!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, which is meant to be the yin to The Lion King album’s yang!

As much as I love and adore Queen B, my old bones didn’t allow me to stay awake til 3 am to watch the premiere, however, I was able to catch it the next day which is all that matters, so don’t judge.  Now when you love fashion as much as I do you’ll often get lost in the wardrobe so bad that they will haunt your dreams at night. Black Is King was no exception as it was chocked full of amazing fashions that seduced and satisfied my craving for beauty. Whether it was big designers like Balmain and Mugler or the local African designers like 5:31 Jerome, she kept it sexy and classy. That being said, I had to list some of my favorite looks.

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Black Is King

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about Beyonce’s new visual album, Black Is King, which is meant to be the yin to The Lion King album’s yang!

As much as I love and adore Queen B, my old bones didn’t allow me to stay awake til 3 am to watch the premiere, however, I was able to catch it the next day which is all that matters, so don’t judge.  Now when you love fashion as much as I do you’ll often get lost in the wardrobe so bad that they will haunt your dreams at night. Black Is King was no exception as it was chocked full of amazing fashions that seduced and satisfied my craving for beauty. Whether it was big designers like Balmain and Mugler or the local African designers like 5:31 Jerome, she kept it sexy and classy. That being said, I had to list some of my favorite looks.

Black Is King

Greek designer Mary Katrantzou has never shied away from a good print.  Ever since her debut collection in 2008, fashion lovers like Anna Dello Russo have all fallen head over heels for her merchandise. Beyonce’s stylist Zerina Akers scored her this amazing number from Katrantzou’s fall 2019 collection.

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Since his days at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci has adored Beyonce. Now that he has taken his talents to Burberry, it was no surprise that Beyonce’s visual album would feature a few Burberry looks such as this one.

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Anyone who knows me knows I love me some Balmain. To my delight Beyonce donned this look from the spring 2020 collection.

Black Is King

This image teased us for weeks as the world waited for the day of the premiere.  This Valentino Haute Couture creation was made especially for her by Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli.  I loooove leopard so the fact that not only are the guys covered in it, but the car is as well. That was enough for me.

Black Is King

The name Loza Maleombho may not be familiar to most of you, however, that all may change after Beyonce wore this piece in Black Is King. 

One thing Beyonce has always been great at has been her innate ability to captivate her audience. Be it her powerful voice, her dance moves( which are always on point ), or her great style she always make sure everyone is talking about it for years to come.

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