This Year's Valentine's Day Trend Is Ditching Men

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Valentine's Day 2019 is for the queer and/or single girls only: According to the Wall Street Journal, this year's Valentine's Day trend is ditching men. Great, because I haven't willingly spoken to a man in weeks, and didn't want to think about them on Thursday, either.

The WSJ article explores the ways in which companies are trying to profit off of a shift to embracing singledom. According to the article, Walmart "began selling items such as cards and balloons saying 'girl gang' and 'fries before guys' two years ago, geared toward teens and tweens." Research showed that this type of messaging also spoke to adult women, so the company shifted to include an older demographic with things like flasks that read "ex-boyfriend tears," as well as started calling out Galentine's Day. The article notes that the "Galentine's phenomenon" could "raise Valentine's Day revenues by as much as 20 percent in the next three years," though this might just be due to the fact that products with this type of messaging weren't previously available.

Critics of the article point out that these products are very similar to traditional Valentine's Day garb but with a more "feminist" initiative, but I'm not so mad. Single people have been long excluded from celebrating Valentine's Day, so if these messages are allowing them to feel like they're a part of the holiday, then so be it.

Plus, this means that at least some shelf space is being taken from the previously nauseating amount of heteronormative, bordering-on-sexist products this time of year.

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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.