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Case Studyo x James Jarvis 'Amphora' Vase

Posted On: September 21, 2016

Case Studyo designs and sculpts out of the ordinary ceramics, figurine ceramics and home furnishings. Their artistic creative concepts and direction are usually out of this world. Case Studyo art pieces, from canvas to sculptors are rare and unique in their designs. They have collaborated with an endless list of artists and continue to push the envelope when it comes to creativity.

The Belguim based sculpture's recent collaboration involves James Jarvis and a limited edition vase called "amphora."

James Jarvis is a toy designer and illustrator from Britain, who created a playful cartoon caricature/character and gave it a comic strip storyline. Jarvis took his creation, linked up with Case Studyo and applied it towards designing these signature vases. The vases are sculpted in the likeness of the caricature and doesn't really display much of a facial expression.

The amphora vases are cute and adorable,  they can fit or be put anywhere around a house, even in children's room to brighten it up with some flowers. They're different and stand out from traditional designed vases. For anybody who wants to add an edge to their interior designs and want to take a risk of how they furnish their homes, the amphora vases brings the right touch to it.

As mentioned, the amphora vases are limited editions and only 100 of them will be released on the market. Case Studyo nor James Jarvis has yet to reveal when or where these vases will be available for sale, the vases will come with several documents of authenticity and autographed.

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From Nickle, Dime Bag Hustles to Billion Dollar Mary Jane Kingpins

Posted On: May 24, 2016

Cannabis is a plant, it can even be characterized as an herb but anyhow, due to its hemp properties, it's a very productive natural resource. Marijuana is illegal in certain parts of the country and legal in others parts. Marijuana has always been a business despite of it being illegal in the whole nation at one point. It is a "enriched" natural resource like gold, oil and diamonds; which makes it very easy when it comes to generating wealth.

The marijuana business is projected to accumulate an average of $45 billions in revenues by 2020 and many have already began investing in it to get a piece of that multi-billion dollar pie. From nickel, dime bag hustlers to musicians, actors, blue collar business men and others; who are transforming themselves into billion dollar Mary Jane kingpins, and even queenpins too. 

Starting with kingpin, Snoop Dogg who invested and collaborated with Ted Chung to launch his own marijuana infused company called, "Merry Jane." Well, we already know Snoop D.O.Double G is the Godfather to cannabis and many other things, created Merry Jane as a resource when it comes to marijuana which provides products such as: food, chocolate, candy and also, services such as: news pertaining to marijuana, fashion inspired by cannabis and etc. Snoop also launched his own brand of cannabis called Leafs by Snoop.

Snoop's Merry Jane took the culture of Hip Hop and cannabis which was already an item and part of music culture, to create a business off it. Snoop being a very wise businessman also, brought style to the table and the fashion sense of being high is to stay fly. 

Next up is Wiz Khalifa, who keeps it real and trill when it comes to Mary Jane. Earlier this year in February, it was reported that Khalifa linked up with RiverRock Cannabis from Colorado to manufacture his own strain of cannabis and also, brand his name with anything pertaining to marijuana. This would include food, cologne and etc.

He began promoting his line of cannabis called Khalifa Kush and if you remember, it made Kanye feel some type of way when he saw Wiz tweeting "KK." And thought it was about his boo boo Kim Kardashian, that little misunderstanding transpired into a beef Ye was ready to serve without knowing if it was seasoned or not. Thank God it simmered down, after a couple of gas faces from both of them, Wiz Khalifa went about conducting business as usual.

Since then, Wiz proceeded with executing his blueprint for his cannabis empire and released Khalifa Kush on mary jane day last month in Colorado. Wiz Khalifa and RiverRock Cannabis are in the process of developing other products to market and sell to the public. 

Also from the West Side of Cali is, The Game who became a ganja entrepreneur and went into the blunt business himself. The Game took a different route with his masterplan and launched a cannabis infused beverage called G Drinks last month. Teaming up with G Farma Brands, The Game's G Drinks are lemonade beverages infused with the company's Liquid Gold cannabis and come in three different flavors: original, strawberry and pink. Along with the G Drinks, Game created his own brand of joints called G Sticks that are rolled up and ready for consumers to blaze. 

Whoopi Goldberg who so far is the only woman from the entertaintment business to become a queenpin and bank some green off that green. Whoopi invested into a cannabis infused botanical company that caters to women (which is a great move with all the yoga and meditation companies). Goldberg is a rebel who breaks the rules and gets high on her own supply, just like Snoop, Khalifa and Game. 

Whoopi's cannabis company called "Whoopi & Maya" was financed and consist of family and friends, where Whoopi is the chairman, basically CEO. Her marijuana manufactured products are aimed at alleviating the pain and discomfort women endure during their menstrual cycles. Whoopi & Maya's products consist of: bath soaks, balms, tinctures and hot chocolate. The marketing of the Whoopi & Maya products involve calming words such as: relax and savor that coincides with the natural effects of cannabis. 

Whoopi revealed she sips on marijuana infused tea, there are no reports if she will invest in her brand of teas as of yet but who knows, anything is possible at this point. 

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Nicki Minaj Launches Her Own Sneakers Called 'The Pinkprint' For Ladies

Posted On: April 24, 2015

About a week ago, Nicki Minaj gave a sneak peak of her new sneakers called the "Pinkprint" for ladies. The sneaker is lined in a purplish, pink sole, silver patent leather and embelished in pink glitter with a silver winged symbol.

Nicki collaborated with the Jordan Brand for her signature shoe, the “Pinkprint” Jordan Westbrook 0 PE’s. Its unsure when the sneakers will hit the market and be available in stores. They are cute and Nicki should think about manufacturing them for little girls as well.

During her performance at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York, Nicki wore the sneakers and styled it very well with her outfit and; accessories. 

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Health Corner: Matcha Green Tea Powder

Posted On: October 27, 2015

Introducing our Health Corner segment, where we will be sharing information on some products to enhance, activate and vitalize your health and well being. We'll share some ancient things as well, health secrets the Egyptians, even some past down from family and our elders used to empower and maintain youth and vitality.

Starting off with the Matcha Green Tea Powder, which are produced and manufacted mostly in Japan, parts of China and in some Asian cultures. But the Matcha leaves itself is only grown in Japan. Matcha Green Tea is a very special, ancient and traditional tea that has been around for hundreds of years; and used in different Chinese Dynasty to maintain their power and reign. The tea was also and continues to be used for spiritual purposes in Zen Buddhism and to elevate aspects of meditation. The tea is prepared in two distinctive ways, the Traditional Japanese Ceremonial and Ceremonial Grade (Premium and Culinary).

Although there are two different ways Matcha Green Tea Poweder is prepared, there are many several variances of the tea based on color and the refinement of the powder. The greener the matcha, the better it is for you.

So what does Matcha Green Tea Powder do and what are the benefits?

Good questions and lets get into them.

The Matcha Green Tea Powder has several health benefits that will empower, vitalize, ehnance and metabolize a person's mental, physical, emotional and as well as spiritual health. And just overall health benefits.

For mental health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder boost concentration, focus and memory. Because of the production of dopamine and serotonin, the tea elevates and magnifies the mind in remembering things, clarity, helps in concentration and focus which activates higher levels of creativity.

For emotional health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder is a great mood enhancer and also, promotes relaxation in order to stay calm and centered (balanced). It reduces anxiety, nervousness and hypertension. Although the tea has caffeine in it, unlike other products with caffeine, consumers do not experience the regualr side effects caffeine causes. Instead the tea aids as a stimulant that increases energy levels and endurance.

For spiritual health benefits: It does the same thing for mental and emotional health benefits. Buddhist use it because of its mood enhancing benefits, the way it expands levels of meditation and how it clarifies the mind and soul. Because of its calm and alertness benefits, Matcha Green Tea Powder helps one stay sharp and on top of their game.

For physical health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder cleanses and detoxifies the body of toxins. It is a great natural way of losing weight because of its cleansing properties. Due to its high levels of chlorophyll, the tea rids the body of all kind of toxins from metals and different chemicals. It will leave the skin smooth and clear, free of blemishes, acne and etc. Matcha Green Tea Powder also helps in maintaing youth, by cell renewal and restoration for the skin and keeps you natually beautiful from the inside out. It revitalizes the body, gives you that kick to get your day started right with great energy and the feeling of empowerment and exhilaration (a natural high) to soar and immense into great levels of yourself. (That's also mental, emotional and spiritual health as well).

For overall health benefits: Matcha Green Tea Powder is rich in antioxidants which helps fight against negative affects of UV radiation, prevents certain illnesses and maladies. One cup of Matcha Green Tea Powder gives you five times the antioxidants you need that are often found in raw fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants also help in skin care and health. Matcha Green Tea Powder is great for the immune system, by helping you create new and regenerate the cells you need to fight off colds, flu, illnesses and etc. It lowers the risk of certain cancers, prevents Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma and diabetes. The tea helps boost immunity and metabolism, improves cholesterol and helps burn calories.

"Matcha green tea is a rich source of Vitamins A and C as well as potassium, protein, iron and calcium. We all know how good ordinary green tea is for our body but a single cup of matcha green tea contains the equivalent nutritional value of roughly 10 cups of regular green tea."

Matcha Green Tea Powder can be consumed with cold or hot water until all of it is dissolved. Matcha can also be brewed with milk, usually it taste great with organic coconut milk, even soy milk is good too. It can also be consumed as a latte, used in baking for muffins, specialty bread and; several different recipes in cooking and baking. Matcha Green Tea Powder can also be added to your favorite smoothies.

The traditional method of brewing Matcha Green Tea Powder is with a tea bowl and bamboo whisk.

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Tristan Walker Keeps Self Made Business Black Owned, After Opting Out of a 1.5 Billion Dollar Buy Out

Posted On: December 29, 2015

Reading the title, one would think that Tristan Walker is crazy for turning down a $1.5 billion dollar buy out of his business/company. But actually, Mr. Walker is very smart and strategic, the African-American buying power is in the trillion and climbing as we speak, which gives Tristan the potential of not only banking on a billion but also; becoming a multi-billionaire.

Anyhow, let's get into it.

Tristan Walker pictured above is the mastermind, owner and CEO of his shaving company, "Bevel." 

Bevel's shaving products were created to assist in reducing razor bumps in men, especially African-American men where most shavers on the market causes skin irritation and are not developed for the quality of their facial hair (which is different, coarse and curly). Also, other shaving products produces ingrown hair in African-American men. So, Tristan basically came up with a solution to it all and released Bevel.

Due to Walker's insight on mens' grooming and the success of Bevel, Tristan was approached with several deals on the table from competitors to buy out and even reaching in bids of $1.5 billion dollars. Tristan Walker opted out in order to maintain and keep his self made business Black owned. Let's say he did sell out and that company makes double, triple in profits of what the buy out was. Did Tristan make a wise decision? Of course not, because he could of banked on those profits.

Selling out would hinder Walker's potential to grow and magnify Bevel. As well as making a difference in Black businesses, entrepreneurship and cultivating leadership for the youth and other men to aspire in owning their own businesses. Also, having faith in their creativity and potential of their companies to transform into empires. Bevel has the same opportunity to become a leading brand in grooming just like Gillette, Schick and etc. but instead its Black owned.

Bevel has made history and will continue.

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EmojiWorks IntroducesTheir Emoji Keyboard

Posted On: November 07, 2015

EmojiWorks recently debuted their Emoji Keyboard, equipped with all the emoji icons to help consumers communicate better in expressing their thoughts and emotions. 

The Emoji Keyboard is a bluetooth wireless device which is compatible with: Mac, iOS and Windows on tablets, laptops and desktops. To provide consumers with the best service, EmojiWorks created the Emoji Keyboard with different selection of skin tones for the icons, in both pro and plus versions.

Below is a introductory footage of the new keyboard.

The Emoji Keyboard is on the market for pre-order and more information is available by clicking on the >>> link.

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Angela Bassett Partners With Dr. Barbara Sturm to Release Skin Care Products to Treat Darker Skin

Posted On: June 24, 2016

Going through years of finding the right skin care products to treat and maintain the health of her skin, Angela Bassett had difficulties finding a product that actually worked. Most skin care lines in the market are targeted and geared to treat mostly White skin. Also, the ingredients contained in those products are not receptive towards taking care of African-American skin, due to their properties and the difference of issues in skin and tones. 

Seeing the need for innovation in modifying the skin care line market, with more products that served and catered to darker skin; Angela Bassett was motivated to revolutionize the merchandising and retail of skin care brands. Joining forces with a long time friend and also one with medical expertise in skin care, Bassett has partnered up with Dr. Barbara Sturm (pictured below) to release "Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm" to treat and help African- Americans maintain the vigor of their skin. 

The idea was seeded when Angela tried Dr. Sturm's skin care line 'Dr. Barbara Sturm Skincare Collection,' prior to their launch and none of the products worked for her. Most of the merchandise was created to treat anti-anging. Bassett has opened up to Dr. Sturm's about the issues she was dealing with her skin such as: irritations and breakouts. Angela also, confided to her friend about other issues Black people face with their skin, dealing with hyperpigmentation and inflammations. In wanting to provide treatment and the resources to help alleviate those problems in darker skin, Bassett and Dr. Sturm began creating and developing solution based products. This has been in the works for the past two years. 

Referencing an article from WWD, Bassett verbalized that she wanted to improve the self esteem in African-Americans, for them to become more acquainted with their skin and complexions, by contributing products that actually worked; and inspire them to embrace their reflections of their mirrors. 

"And to see what is good for it and ingredients that are helpful — and not invasive or irritating. I like them to be pleased when they look in the mirror, to feel good about themselves and the condition of their complexion."

Barbara revealed the ingredients that are in Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm to WWD, she disclosed that purslane was the main factor and how it is an herb.

"Our main ingredient which goes through our whole line is purslane." 

"It’s also an herb, and it has such powerful properties in every direction."

She also elaborated about its elements and how it works on skin. 

"What I like the most is actually is the youth enzyme, this telomerase activator. The telomerase activates an enzyme to keep those ends of the chromosomes long, which actually works against natural programmed cell death and that’s the key. So not only do we have anti-inflammation and the evening out of skin tone but also a big thing for antiaging."

In continuation with her interview with WWD, Dr. Sturm talked about her interest in treating inflammation, its connection to aging the skin and wanting to clarify people's skin of that problem, especially with African-Americans. 

"It is, to me, the key factor to causing any skin problems or any problems in our body, but also it is mainly responsible for aging. So I was always very interested in anti-inflammation. Since African-American, or skin of color, problems [revolve] mainly [around] inflammation that is why I especially took care in this range. It has real ingredients, which are scientifically shown to address inflammation."

Angela and Dr. Sturm opened up about launching a line of skin care aimed at teenagers. From her medical experiences, Barbara expressed the issues in skin starting around those time and wants to address them. 

"I think the underlining problem starts with the teenage years,” Dr. Sturm revealed.

"We have to find something just a little more affordable and start at an early age and give them something that they don’t even have to deal with the symptoms in later age."

Angela Bassett's skin care brand, Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm, in association with her friend will consist of five based items. It includes two different kind of face creams, serum, foam and enzyme cleansers. Retailed from $58 to $335 and will exclusively be released at Harrods' store and online next month (July). 

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Article Reference: WWD


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Apple Makes History In The Corporate Digital World

Posted On: October 31, 2015

Referenced in an article published by Business Insider, Apple generated the biggest profits in the corporate digital world and made history.

Known for its tech products from: smartphones manufactured under their brand, iPhone, their notebooks and laptops manufactured under their brand, Macbook (which evolved desks across the nation and the world), their iPads, headphones, smartphone accesories and more.

Unlike other tech companies, Apple develops their products where if you need a charger or add GB memory to any of their featured products, you have to buy and use their brand in order to do so, which assisted Apple's profits by not losing any of it to other digital tech brands. This was indeed a very intelligent move for Apple to make with branding themselves.

"The Evolution of The Desktop" was created by Best Reviews, for more info, click on the link >>> History of the Computer Desk

In making history, Apple generated a total of $53.4 billion in sales, in a one year period. The only digital tech company to ever do so. iPhone moved 48 million units in sales and had an increased of nearly 23% when they released the 6s models.

Although Apple succeeded with the sales of their iPhone, their iPad sales have decreased.

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Rekonect Notebook With Removable Magnetic Pages

Posted On: October 31, 2015

Rekonect is taking it up a few notches for writers, designers and artists with their new innovation, that will make it easier to create without boundaries. Their new product is called the "Rekonect Magnetic Notebook," it is the first of its kind so therefore, making history in digital and technology innovation.

The pages in the Rekonnect Notebooks are magnetic and removable, which helps creators manuever with ease when they're in their creative zones. It comes with different style pages from plain, lined, graphed and etc.

Rekonect Notebook is also a pen holder and magnetizes with any pen. It's tech safe and can magnetize itself on a laptop or become a holder for a smartphone as well.

The Rekonect Notebook is scheduled to hit the market on April of 2016. For more information, log on the Rekonect's kickstarter page.

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Apple Features Wu Tang's RZA For Their New Watch Commercial

Posted On: October 23, 2015

In their latest promotional commercial for their watch collection, Apple recruited Wu Tang Clan's RZA for their new marketing campaign.

The commercial is sixteen seconds long and showcased RZA on the piano, playing some keys, while he is multi-tasking and; taking care of business on his Apple watch.

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Boss Babe: Oprah Earns $70 Million In One Day After Weight Watchers Deal

Posted On: October 21, 2015

The recent purchasing of 6.4 million shares with a 10% stake in Weight Watchers, Oprah Winfrey is reviving the company of its business issues. The Oprah Winfrey Network with the acronyms, OWN lives up to its name and potential.

After the Weight Watchers deal, Oprah earned $70 million in just one day. That was not a typo, yes $70 million, Oprah put the O in boss with two snaps and a twirl hunny! Get it ma!

Weight Watchers might help you lose weight, but it's going to fatten Oprah's pockets like she got junks in the trunks! At the same time, Weight Watchers stocks will go up, depending on promotions since it's been struggling in the digital world of marketing. With Oprah on board, it will help attract new clients and consumers, maybe draw in some other business contracts, this deal opened several avenues for both parties involved. Investors are confident about this new deal and the international expansion of it, in revamping Weight Watchers with the introduction of healthy living.

Oprah shares like we stated is 6.4 and the biggest shares in Weight Watchers is owned by a private investment firm called Artal, there's no documents of how much the Oprah deal brought them, but shares did double and magnify by $13.92.

Oprah will be participating on the board of directors at Weight Watchers and take on the initiative for the company's growth and revenue in consumer satisfaction; and brand development. Oprah has some experience in Weight Watchers, a program she's familiar with over the past years, which helped in achieving a healthy lifestyle during the struggles with her weight. Oprah Winfrey's insight and guidance will definitely take Weight Watchers to the next level.

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