Gucci's Latest Campaign Advocates for Gender Equality In A Big Way

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It includes art installations, a short film, and zines

Gucci's latest chapter of its Chime for Change campaign—which was founded in 2013 and has successfully funded more than 425 nonprofit projects—advocates for the inclusion of marginalized communities, particularly those who are gender-nonconforming.

Titled "To Gather Together," the new part of the campaign includes art installations, a short film, and zines in support of six new projects: Equality Now, Global Fund for Women, Ms. Foundation for Women, UN Women, Vital Voices, and Women Deliver. This news comes after Gucci released a report last December stating that 82 percent of Gen Z strongly agree that organizations should focus on inclusion efforts.

The mural portion of the project is a collaboration between Italian street artist MP5 and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele. They both worked together to create Gucci ArtWalls, which features silhouettes of genderless figures that will be displayed on the streets of London, Milan, New York, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The global art installations have been put up in tandem with the brand's short film that debuted at Sundance Film Festival called The Future is Fluid. The short, directed by Jade Jackman and Irregular Labs, represents Gen Z's curiosity, empathy, and hope as it shows an acceptance of gender fluidity.

"Every person is created equal. We all have the power to use our voices to stand up for what we believe in," Michele says in a statement about the project. "When we gather together across generations and communities, we have the opportunity to create real change. The fearlessness of this generation to express themselves gives me hope that a future of freedom and equality is possible."

On top of the murals and short film, Gucci has also collected stories and artwork from activists who are contributing to the global conversation surrounding gender equality and self-expression. The resulting zines are showcased in Gucci's Wooster Bookstore in New York City, the Gucci Garden in Florence, and select bookstores in Belgium, Finland, Israel, Italy, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A digital copy of the zine can also be downloaded at the Chime for Change website.

Watch the brand's short film below.

The Future is Fluid

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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.