DMV’s own Lexi is a semi-finalist in the Sally Beauty Cultivate Competition. At age thirteen, this young entrepreneur is making major moves in the beauty industry!
Child author Lexi P. is a creative and adventurous tweenpreneur with a big imagination and even bigger hair. She is an honor-roll student who loves to serve her community. She is an active Girl Scout member who eagerly mentors younger girls in her troop. Lexi has a passion for writing and saw the need to share her personal lessons about learning to love herself. In her debut book, Curly Girls Love Your Curls, Lexi did just that. The book received such positive response from young girls across the globe, this inspired Lexi to create the hair care line “Curlanista” designed to help girls’ curls pop non-stop! –Curlanistas.com. She shared a positive message about how loving your natural hair reinforces the importance of self-esteem. Her second book, The Ice Cream Talk: Loving The Skin You’re In, expands the topic of self-love even more. This bright young author is a strong believer in following your dreams and believing in yourself. Through what she is envisioning as a series of children’s books, Lexi P. plans on sharing with the world her many adventures and life-lessons.
In 2017 she was selected by Verizon to be featured in their #Weneedmore initiative which exposes youth to careers in STEM and entrepreneurship. In Lexi’s public service announcement with Verizon she shared her story on being a kidpreneur. Lexi uses her platform to inspire other kids to follow their dreams. Since then Lexi has been invited to speak at schools and other forums inspiring other kids to pursue their goals.
Lexi now needs your help to push her amazing brand further. Cast your vote for Lexi’s Curlanista hair-care. The winner will receive a $25,000 business grant, mentorship and product placement in Sally Beauty Supply store!
Meghan Markle has found certain rules a bit frustrating!
Although she has quickly adapted to many of the minutiae of royal dos and don’ts, she “has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way,” a source tells PEOPLE.
“I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it,” the source adds.
Stepping into an entirely new world has also brought a new set of challenges. The outspoken former actress, who includes a reference to being a “feminist” on her page on the official British monarchy website, landed in the headlines after a July 10 garden party at the British ambassador’s residence in Dublin, when Senator Catherine Noone tweeted that Meghan had said she was “pleased to see the result” of Ireland’s recent referendum to legalize abortion. (Royal family members typically steer clear of political discussions, and Noone subsequently deleted the tweet.)
“That’s an example of her naïveté,” says Crown historical consultant and royal biographer Robert Lacey. “Within the royal family they talk freely, and everyone knows the rules. She’s learning the hard way that you can’t trust anyone outside the narrow circle.”
R. Kelly‘s ex-wife claims she has been a victim on social media.
Andrea Kelly hit back at critics in a lengthy statement on Sunday, saying for the last month she has been the target of online vitriol after she spoke out about the alleged abuse she experienced during their 13-year marriage.
“To the ones that come on my page to spew venom and #victimshame you are by far the biggest supporter of my abuser,” Andrea said on Instagram, without naming her ex-husband.
“By you shaming me and any other victims you’re helping the abuser accomplish their task of belittling, intimidating, and discounting all the abuse they’ve put the #victim and #victims through!” she continued. “I almost allowed you and your hate to overshadow all the love and support I receive. But you will not stop me from saving lives and giving hope to those who are where I was.”
Andrea concluded, “For years I was fearful to come forward with my FULL truth. You trolls pass judgment and say that I never spoke of it before now but clearly you have not been following me or my journey if you look on my Instagram you see where I HAVE POSTED several times about being a survivor of domestic violence.”
Reps for the R&B singer have denied any accusations, including those made by Andrea, previously telling PEOPLE in a statement that he “has close friendships with a number of women who are strong, independent, happy, well cared for and free to come and go as they please.”
“We deny the many dark descriptions put forth by instigators and liars who have their own agenda for seeking profit and fame,” a rep said. “All of the women targeted by the current media onslaught are legal adults of sound mind and body, with their own free will. Law enforcement officials in Atlanta and Chicago previously have made ‘wellness’ visits to check on the women in question and have found everything to be safe and sound.”
If you or someone you know think they are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now for anonymous, confidential help, available 24/7.
“Sources close to Cardi tell TMZ … multiple magazines, websites and photo agencies have reached out with offers for Kulture’s first photo shoot. We’re told the offers have been in the $100k neighborhood or higher. Cardi and Offset have no desire to make a deal … yet. We’re told they won’t even consider it until their daughter’s at least 5 or 6 months old. Our sources say Cardi just wants to focus on being a mom and bonding with her baby. So, Kulture’s gonna be on the low, for now, but we also know she’s already living the high life.”
Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams Checks Herself Into a Mental Health Facility to Help Battle Depression
Michelle Williams has been open about her battle with depression in the past, however the Destiny’s Child singer recognizes her struggle is ongoing and has checked herself into a mental health facility.
Sources tell us Williams is getting treated in a facility just outside of Los Angeles and has been there for the past several days. Michelle has been open with her struggles in the past revealing her battle with depression in an interview last year.
In a statement Tuesday, Michelle says, “For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being.”
She continues, “Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.”
The brand new series will be available in October 2018 and will focus on Shuri’s journey in the face of a tragic event: Black Panther is lost in a mission in space, leaving Wakandans asking questions about who should lead in his absence. As his little sister, and the next in line for the throne, Shuri is pulled from her happy place (her lab full of impossibly genius, high-tech gadgets) and into a much heftier role. According to the official Marvel synopsis, “Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.”
This compelling battle within the self and the impossible question of duty over passion will come to life in the new series thanks to Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero and Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor is an award-winning Nigerian-American writer, known for her work across the sci-fi genre, from young adult fiction to short stories and adult fiction. One of her most acclaimed works, a novel titled Who Fears Death, not only saw multiple award nominations and a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, but it’s also on its way to becoming an HBO series with George R.R. Martin as an executive producer. And, as if there was any doubt about her writing pedigree, Okorafor has already contributed to the Black Panther storyline with her issues of Black Panther: Long Live The King, which followed a storyline penned by acclaimed journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and her continuing work on the Wakanda Forever series, which follows the Dora Milaje (Wakanda’s badass warrior ladies, for those that need a refresher) as they team up with other heroes from the Marvel Universe. And as she sets to work on the Shuri series, Okorafor is, in a word, thrilled.
“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more,” Okorafor tells Bustle via email. “She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.
Maybe we can expect a film in the future from Marvel!
Stewart claimed in his suit that he sent Haddish, 38, and Simon & Schuster multiple letters to resolve the “harmful and defamatory” assertions in the chapter, “The Ex-Husband,” before filing the suit. He claims that Haddish replied “be patient your blessings are coming” and “start to think positive so positive things can come your way. Because your blessings are waiting on you.”
He also claimed in his suit that the restraining order she received during their marriage was dropped after she “recanted the allegations” and “pled with law enforcement to dismiss the TRO because it was untrue. In fact, she confessed to attacking Mr. Stewart.”
He also said that she told Dom Irrera in a 2012 interview that Stewart never beat her, but he “just choked [her] a little bit.” Stewart claimed that he can prove that she “regularly requested Mr. Stewart to become more aggressive with her during sex, including, among other things, to choke her as a part of their sexual intercourse.”
Stewart is seeking over $1 million for defamation, libel, and slander.