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Iconic Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Honored At Next Of Kin Installation

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A celebration of the work of the woman behind the 'Black Panther' looks

Last night, award-winning Hollywood costume designer Ruth E. Carter was celebrated in an overwhelmingly beautiful installation, highlighting some of her most iconic works. The event, Next of Kin: An Evening Honoring Ruth E. Carter, was thrown in collaboration with IMG and Harlem's Fashion Row on the eve of Fall 2019 New York Fashion Week and took place in Spring Studios, the hub for most of this season's runway shows.

When we refer to Carter as iconic, we are not hyperbolizing—she's the most important Black costume designer of our time. Over the course of her career, she's been responsible for not only outfitting all of Wakanda in Black Panther (for which she's already nabbed a Critics' Choice award, and is in the running for a 2019 Oscar), but also for imagining the looks of civil rights leaders, like David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in 2014's Selma, and Denzel Washington in 1992's Malcolm X.

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In celebration of all that Carter has contributed to Hollywood over the past three decades, over 35 of her original costumes spanning 13 films—from 1988's School Daze up through 2018's Black Panther—were on display in a series of themed vignettes featuring both mannequins and live models. Showcased along with each vignette was a modern interpretation of Carter's costumes by fashion stylist Ibrahim Kamara, proving how Carter's work is ever relevant. For example, various activists were reimagined clad in Pride gear or a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt, while protest signs on display read "#MeToo" and "Time's Up!"

For Carter, this is a major milestone in her career. And in an industry that still struggles with diversity and inclusivity, it was an empowering kickoff to NYFW. "This installation marks the beginning and, not the end, but the full circle," says Carter. "If I had set a goal for myself and my career, this would, and does, represent achievement in costume design. It means so much for the children that we raised with our images—your children, America's children—to grow up and to acknowledge, honor someone who that can say influenced their lives in such a meaningful way."

Harlem's Fashion Row, which headed up the event along with NYFW hosts IMG, has served as a platform for multicultural designers to gain recognition for the past 11 years. This is an initiative that Carter finds extremely valuable, if not crucial, to multicultural designers and industry folks today. "Mentors are hard to find—I looked for one in the beginning, and didn't have an actual costume designer," she says. "That's not how it should be. We need to mentor and be the role models that are necessary to building stronger and more diverse communities."

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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] www.youtube.com

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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.

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