This Might Be The Most Bizarre Thing To Come From Deciem Founder Yet

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Brandon Truaxe’s new public e-mail answers some questions, but leaves many unanswered

And the drama over at Deciem continues.

After months of seriously bizarre (and, at times, concerning) behavior from founder Brandon Truaxe, that involved everything from abruptly firing employees to offending customers and praising Trump (in case you need a refresher, you can get caught up here and here), his latest rant is, once again, pretty intense.

Earlier this morning, Truaxe posted a video on Deciem’s Instagram account. “Someone once told me that if you want to check to see if a house is really clean, what you do is ignore everything and go right to the basement,” he says in it. He then goes on to state that he’s been “digging” in Deciem’s “basement” and found wrongdoings by some of the company’s shareholders—which he repeatedly refers to as being "serious matters" in both video and text—linking his “strange” posts and behavior to these uncoverings.

The post then linked out to a page on Deciem’s website containing an e-mail he’s sent to a select group of recipients—from members of the Deciem team to media he’s worked with, retailers, and other partners and ex-partners—and, well, in it, things get pretty weird.

Let me begin by saying, it’s a lot to take in. He starts off by bringing up what happened a few weeks back in London—referring, we assume, to the incident in which he repeatedly posted Instagram stories claiming abuse at the hands of someone named Jonathan (reportedly his lawyer) and asking for help. He explains that, after feeling unsafe for alerting authorities of criminal acts by his shareholders, he asked the Deciem team to call the police to protect him (and someone named Ali). This apparently resulted in his senior team, counsel, directors, and more to place him in a "mental hospital" for a week in order to “recover.”

Amongst the threats to Deciem employees that changed the company’s Instagram password (likely as a way to prevent Truaxe from posting more rants) and denial of being on drugs, a lot of what is in the e-mail is just odd. There are some bizarre references to George Clooney’s presence at the recent Royal Wedding (which he refers to as proof that “we are all Royalty be being human”), a strange analogy of now being a “much better ‘chess’ player” who has started learning “Back-Gammon (Game-on?),” and plenty of insults at ex-employees and shareholders sprinkled in.

However, he reassures us all that no one should be concerned for his safety anymore. “'Everyone'—I love you. Please do not worry about my safety at all. Several governments have indirectly provided a tremendous amount of monitoring and security for me during this period and will continue to do so to ensure my ongoing security and the security of the loving people ‘around me’ whom I love immensely,” he wrote.

Truaxe concluded the letter by making it clear that he won’t be stepping down from the company anytime soon (despite claiming he’s “done” with the brand in the past): “P.S.—I WILL NEVER, EVER LEAVE DECIEM.”

Read the email in its entirety, here.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.