Kendrick Lamar Reveals Crown of Thorns is Worth Over $1.5 Million

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The custom Titanium and Pave diamond crown,  was created by esteemed jeweler Tiffany & Co., and a collaboration between the rapper and long time creative director Dave Free.  The diamond encrusted crown, which is one of the most widely recognized symbols in religion, was designed over the course of 10 months, the headpiece features 8,000 cobblestone micro pavé diamonds totaling more than 137 carats,  a total of 50 thorns, and weighs around 200g (a little less than half a pound). It required more than 1,300 hours of work by four craftsmen to handset the diamonds. The Headpiece which made its first appearance on the cover of Kendrick’s fifth studio album, ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ gave fans a closer look most recently during his European performances including the Louis Vuitton’s Paris Fashion Week show and his headlining performance during Britain’s Glastonbury Festival.  “Kendrick Lamar represents the artistry, risk-taking creativity, and relentless innovation that has also defined Tiffany & Co. for nearly two centuries,” says Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president, product and communication, Tiffany & Co. in a statement  “We are proud and incredibly excited to work with a visionary like Kendrick in realizing his vision for the crown.” The headpiece has been a big topic of discussion, while some fans appreciate its artistry,  its overt symbol has some fans angrily expressing their outrage for him intimidating christ saying  Kendrick said during his Glastonbury set “I wear this [crown] as a representation so you’ll never forget one of the greatest prophets to ever walk the Earth… we gon’ continue to try our best to walk in his image.” Kendrick is known for his devout Christian faith.

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Puma and Liberty Team Celebrate Women’s Soccer in Latest Clothing Collaboration

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PUMA and Liberty have released the third chapter of the PUMA x Liberty collection.

The collection honors the force that women contribute to the admirable game of soccer. The companies have reinvented ideas of conventional football design to commemorate a new era of women’s engagement and spectatorship in the sport by fusing PUMA’s history in the game and Liberty’s position in fashion and art.

The PUMA x Liberty line mixes Liberty’s signature flower patterns and a Liberty football insignia with traditional football silhouettes, including jerseys, shorts, and tracksuits, to celebrate football culture freshly and inclusively.

The newest PUMA x Liberty line is a part of the company’s She Moves Us initiative, which aims to support, uplift, and encourage women.

Products are currently on sale at PUMA.com, with additional styles debuting throughout the summer. Prices range from $55 to $220. You can see the collection below.

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Summer Walker Bares All At This Years BET Awards Some Thought It Was “Disrespectful”

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A day after announcing she was pregnant, Summer Walker, who was nominated in both the Best Female R& B/Pop Artist and BET Her categories walks the Red Carpet at the BET Awards leaving little to the imagination in a nearly nude ensemble, wearing a Laurel Street designed coin and crystal bra frame with her breast exposed only wearing gold pasties tp cover her nipples, a coin mini skirt, and black stiletto heels. In an Instagram post, Walker stated she was inspired by traditional Hmong jewelry.

Hmong is a traditional jewelry originally created for The Hmong people in Vietnam who were enslaved and forced to wear necklaces for identification. After their independance, the xauv (necklace) was designed in remembrance of hardships. Now worn as an accessory when the community has celebrations. While Walker didn’t go home with any awards, Twitter had a lot to say about her look or lack of. She received mixed and not all were positive. The Asian community went in, saying she was disrespecting the culture and their traditions by sexualizing the jewelry of the Hmong people, indigenous people who mainly live in Southwest China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. The comments on social ranged from “This is cultural appropriation.”While another posted “Wear it correctly and educate yourself & also your designer.”

Walker who has not responded to the criticisms as of date, has had a share of controversy with fans, which includes issues on how she was feeding her newborn daughter and even problems in her previous relationship. Over the weekend she announced that she was pregnant with baby number 2. saying “People asking me if I am pregnant,” The ‘Still Over It” singer says, before making a few funny faces and then admits “I am! And you know, I am very happy and excited about it.” She also stated that this pregnancy is going to be different “It’s just really peaceful.” and the only reason I’m only saying things as last time I felt very disrespected that people didn’t let me tell it myself.”  Walker was in a problematic relationship with ex-boyfriend London On Da Track who gave birth to their daughter, Princess Bubblegum in March 2021.

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Video Goes Viral After Fans Mistake Content Creator Candice Craig For Toni Braxton

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The Internet went into a frenzy on Thursday as fans mistake content creator and dance instructor Candice Craig for Toni Braxton while dancing to Beyonce’s ‘Break My Soul’ When Fan Jazmin reposted the video and commented “Not Toni Braxton enjoying and dancing to Break My Soul. 

As the tweet went viral  and the exchange went back and forth of “Girl That is Toni Braxton” and  other fans clarifying that that was not her, the exchange got so heated that ven Candace jumped in to confirm that the actuarial person in the video was her staying “Ummmmm it’s def me 😭😭😭

Even then, some die-hards insisting that she was an imposter and the woman dancing in the video was definitely Toni Braxton.  Candice Craig is a singer, songwriter, model, actress, and dancer her clients include Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, and Diddy  just to name a few.  Candace had the last word with  by reposting her dance on Twitter saying “Y’all 🤣🤣🤣 I love me some Toni Braxton ! I do however LOVE being CANDICE CRAIG so stop with all the mess . Go check the resume and stay woke 😘😘😘

They are both beautiful women so we understand why there would be some confusion. But are so happy that this is all cleared up.

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Fashion Company ‘RHODE’ Sues Hailey Bieber For Trademark Infringement Claiming She Stole The Name

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In the case of RHODE Vs. Rode, a 9-year minority-owned fashion brand owned by Purna Khatau and Phobe Vickers filed a lawsuit against Hailey Bieber for trademark infringement after the model and wife of Justin debuted a skincare line with the same name, which happens to be her middle name.  The fashion line, which has been worn by Beyonce, Rihanna and sold in luxury stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and according to the lawsuit is expected to make $14.5 Million this year alleges that after Bieber launched her Rhode Skincare line earlier this month, Khatau and Vickers immediately began to see confusion in the marketplace which has already hurt their brand.  The partners asked the court for a preliminary injunction ordering Hailey to stop using the name “Rhode”  to prevent further confusion.   “The brand Rhode is everything we have worked hard to achieve, and her using our name is hurting our company, our employees, our customers, and our partners,” they said in the statement. The co-founders said Hailey attempted to buy the rights to the name from them four years ago, but they declined. “the magnitude of Bieber’s following and the virality of her marketing will cause immediate, ongoing, and irreparable harm to the Rhode brand.”  Hailey Bieber, married to Justin Bieber, is a celebrity with over 45 million followers on Instagram, another 9.2 million on TikTok, and a circle of A-list friends including fellow beauty entrepreneur Kylie Jenner. She has leveraged social media to promote her brand, with a single post promoting the beauty brand garnering over 1.5 million likes. The founders claim that some consumers on Instagram have been tagging the wrong Rhode in photos.

See their full statement on Instagram below, Beibers Rhode brand has not responded.

In a separate statement, the clothing brand’s lawyer, Lisa T. Simpson, said that the situation is “unfortunate.”

“We, of course, understand that Hailey wants to use her middle name for her brand, but the law on this is clear: you can’t create this kind of brand confusion just because you want to use your name,” she said. “What Ms. Bieber is doing is harming a minority co-owned business that two women have painstakingly built into a growing, global brand.”  

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[WATCH] J.Lo Introduces Her Daughter Using Gender Neutral Pronouns

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In a recent performance Jennifer Lopez introduces her 14-year-old daughter Emme using the pronouns them/they.

On Thursday, Jennifer Lopez performed at Dodger Stadium for the sixth annual Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s Blue Diamond Gala. She was joined by her daughter, Emme, one of her twin children whom she’s performed with on stage before.

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Before the performance began, she introduced Emme and used gender-neutral pronouns “they/them” multiple times.

“(The last time) we performed together was in big stadium like this, and I ask them to sing with me all the time but they won’t,” Jennifer Lopez said. “So this is a very special occasion, because they’re very, very busy and booked and pricey. They cost me when they come out, but they’re worth every single penny because they’re my favorite duet partner of all time. So if you would indulge me.”

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Saweetie Brings “Icy Vibes” To Crocs

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Award-winning artist, Saweetie went to social to announce her latest collaboration with Crocs-Launching her custom icy Jibitz.  On Monday, The ‘Tap In’ rapper announced on social that the latest collection would be dropping on Tuesday with the post stating “So excited to announce my custom Icy Jibbitz™ with @crocs!!” Saweetie captioned her post. “Tap in tomorrow for the drop! #SaweetieXCrocs ❄.”  which included a carousel of images of pastel-colored pink and blue crocs dressed up with Jibbitz from the collaboration that consists of Saweetoes signature savings and lyrics like “Tap In” and “Icy Season” which is a spin on her 2018 hit “Icy Grl” as well as snowflakes and butterflies. 

  Crocs also posted a video of the artist promoting the collection of Saweetie on a floatie in the ocean as she wears her crocs.  This is not the first time that Crocs has teamed up with a celebrity in the past they also collaborated with Niki Minaj, Sza, and Post Malone as well as high-end designers like Balenciaga.  The collection will be available online at noon EST on Crocs’ official site.

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[WATCH] Mo’Nique Issues An Apology To DL Hughley’s Family

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Last week Mo’Nique and DL Hughley had a knock down drag out fight over a contract dispute where Mo’Nique crossed the line by attacking DL’s wife and kids [click here if you missed that].

Mo’Nique has apologized…

Last night during her comedy show in Raleigh, NC Mo’Nique opened her set by apologizing to DL Hughley’s Family.

“I’d like to consider myself a woman of honor. So I’m about to do something right now publicly that I did publicly. And when I f**k something up, I gotta fix it up. So I’m gon’ take care of that right now before I go any motherf**king further. To D.L. Hughley’s family, I wanna publicly apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings. I want to publicly apologize to his wife, his babies if I hurt their feelings because that was never my god d**n intention.”

“Oh but that ni**a D.L., I meant every mutherf**king thing I said.”

Watch the video below.

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‘Ripleys Believe It Or Not!’ Refutes Claims That Kim Kardashian Ruined Marilyn Monroe’s Dress

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This past week, pictures of a before and after of the Marilyn Monroe dress that Kim Kardashian wore at the Met Gala were shared on social media. People accused Kim of ruining the dress after pictures showed missing crystals and pulled seams.

However, earlier today, June 16, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! responded to the accusations made against Kardashian, saying that the dress was in such condition when they bought it in 2017.

“Kim Kardashian’s walk up the Metropolitan Museum’s stairs at this year’s Met Gala caused quite the stir, but one thing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! can say with confidence is that it did not cause damage to Marilyn Monroe’s famed ‘Happy Birthday’ dress from 1962,” Ripley’s said in a statement.

The statement continued, saying that a report they received when they bought the dress over 5 years ago detailed the damage that the dress had sustained. After all, the dress was already more than 50 years old.

“A report written on the dress’s condition in early 2017 states, ‘a number of the seams are pulled and worn. This is not surprising given how delicate the material is. There is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,’ among other instances of damage.”

The statement also stated that Kardashian only wore the dress while on the red carpet, returned it, and was given a replica when she reached the top of the Met Gala stairs. “From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in,” said Amanda Joiner, Ripley’s vice president of publishing and licensing and who the company noted oversaw the dress the day of the Gala and its transportation.”

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Marilyn Monroe’s “Birthday Dress” Reportedly Has Damage After Being Worn Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

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The iconic Birthday Dress of Marilyn Monroe has reportedly been damaged after being worn by Kim Kardashian to The Met Gala.

According to Pop Culture, the most expensive dress in the world worn by Monroe in 1962 shows signs of tearing and missing crystals after being worn by Kim K.

According to Page Six Style, Kim K dropped 16 pounds just to fit in the gown. After she walked the red carpet of the Met Gala, Kim K changed into a replica of the dress.

After the Met Gala, the “Birthday Dress” designer Bob Mackie was not happy that Kardashian wore the dress. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Mackie called wearing the dress “a big mistake.”

“[Marilyn] was a goddess. A crazy goddess, but a goddess. She was just fabulous. Nobody photographs like that. And it was done for her. It was designed for her,” Mackie stated. “Nobody else should be seen in that dress.”

Mackie drew the design for Jean Louis in 1962, who would fashion Monroe for the president of John F. Kennedy. Monroe would die three months later.

Kim Kardashian wore the dress as she strolled the red carpet with her bae, Pete Davidson. Leading up to the big event, the dress was displayed at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Orlando, Florida.

“Well, this is Marilyn Monroe’s dress and it is 60 years old and she wore this when she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy in 1962,” Kardashian confirmed to La La on the red carpet. “I had this idea to try it on and then they came with armed guards and gloves.”

The dress originally cost $12,000 and was created around Monroe, who was sewn into it as it was made.

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