Bethany Cosentino + Alexis Krauss Tell Us How They Are Empowering The Women Behind Their New Beauty Brand

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Introducing Global Beauty Butter

When we traveled to Ghana earlier in the year to learn about shea butter production, we had no idea what would come of our trip. After spending hours with the hardworking women of the CMA Shea Butter Cooperative—who harvest the karite (shea) tree nuts and process them into a nutrient-rich, moisturizing butter—it became clear that we had to do our part to tell the women's stories and help them sell their products for a fair price. After months of brainstorming and working with our partners in Ghana—Global Mamas and Ele Agbe—Global Beauty Butter was born.

Global Beauty Butter is much more than just another shea butter-based skin-care product. It is created by women and for women. Seventy percent of the sales of each product directly empower the workers who harvest the nuts, process the butter, and package the product. Every time you purchase a container of Global Beauty Butter, you ensure that a living wage is paid to the women of the CMA Shea Butter Cooperative.

One of the unique things about the production of shea butter is that it's predominately performed by women. In traveling to Ghana, we learned that this process is something that has been handed down by mothers to their daughters for generations. It’s a beautiful community where women are working together to create a product that is celebrated by other communities of women worldwide. And the sisterhood created between these women has been strengthened as they are forced to protect one another from the dangers that can arise while in the fields picking the karite tree nuts. When you purchase Global Beauty Butter, you are not only helping these women directly, but you are also supporting a field of work that is run by women. It's truly girl power in its strongest form!

To ensure that the women really benefit from all sales in a meaningful way, we launched the Shea Helps Empower (SHE) fund, which supports specific, group-driven projects to improve the CMA Shea Butter Cooperative’s workplace and local community. Our partners Global Mamas are administering the fund, leveraging more than a decade of experience as a fair trade nonprofit empowering women in Ghana.

By buying Global Beauty Butter, you are also supporting a product that is 100 percent made in Africa. Once the butter is produced by the women in Northern Ghana, it is shipped to the capital (Accra), where it is processed and packaged by the women of the Ele Agbe Shea Shop.

Global Beauty Butter meets the Beauty Lies Truth standards of clean beauty and is free of chemicals and preservatives. In addition to Unscented Shea Butter, we offer a Moringa and Lemongrass Shea Butter that is made with ethically cultivated, sourced, and processed True Moringa oil and locally produced lemongrass oil. It has the moisturizing and healing benefits of shea butter. Our containers are made from plastic produced in Ghana and can be reused and recycled.

Every new Global Beauty Butter customer means that the women we work with are producing butter more often and earning fair wages on a more consistent basis. Join us in celebrating and supporting this wonderful community of women and become a part of the Global Beauty Butter sisterhood. All-natural skin care never felt this good!

Bethany and Alexis

Bethany Cosentino is the songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist of Best Coast and Alexis Krauss is the singer, songwriter, and front woman of Sleigh Bells.

Photos courtesy of Alexis Krauss
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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.