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THE BLACK BEAUTY ISSUE

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took some time out to read my last editor’s letter for our June issue. When I wrote it, George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Dominique Clayton, Bree Black, Shaki Peters, Draya McCarty, Brayla Stone, Merci Mack, Tatianna Hall, Dreasjon Reeds and Dominique Remy Fells all were alive and dealing with COVID-19 and their own issues. As Trans Black Women, and as Black Men. We had no idea of the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed, March 23, 2020. Yes that’s before George and a week after Breonna Taylor. When I wrote my editors letter, Chadwick Boseman, our Wakanda King, was still with us. The Black Lives Matter movement was always working, advocating and protesting against the incidents of police brutality and the racial injustice of Black people. COVID was still rising. And the country hadn’t quite opened back up yet....then May 25, 2020 the murder of a innocent man whose death would change the coarse of this country and spark the flame that is burning in the hearts of black men and women, trans, non-binary POC’s, and Indigenous people. His MURDER by the knee of a police officer, will spread, not just to every corner of this country, but world-wide. His MURDER exposed the very REAL and continuing injustice, systematic racism and killings of black people. This is not just men and women but trans women and men. His MURDER will lead to the BIGGEST protest in the history of this country. With everyone from celebrities and athletes taking part in the protest and marches, to senators and governors voicing their support and solidarity. This has been ONE HELL OF YEAR! And with the November election upon us, it is VITAL that we ALL voice our opinion at the polls and VOTE! So much has changed since our last issue. And when it came time to work on our this next one, I was a little overwhelmed with emotions. Being Black, Gay and a man in this country right now, I have so much working against me. But I wasn’t about to complain, not with everything going on. So...as I always do, I worked and educated myself. In doing so, I noticed something. It wasn’t that hard to notice and it was being talked about in my field of work. The lack of black representation in fashion. This industry, as much as I love it, has failed on so many occasions to bring in the black voices of those in the fashion industry. The industry capitalizes on all black culture while not welcoming black talent through its doors, or providing those of us who manage our way in, with opportunities to grow. Collectively, we’re tired of the systematic disenfran

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chisement that exists within the fashion we’re tired of not seeing any black people roles, tired of being tokenized, tired of bei This frustration is compounded by seeing publications that have historically exclud ginalized black people, all of a sudden sh es of solidarity with the Black Lives Matte Where was the solidarity when we were jobs, advocating for promotions and poi lack of diversity - and at times outright r the industry? These messages mean noth not backed by action to dismantle long-st tices that have stifled black people in th dustry. I remember before COVID, last ALWAYS talk about and bring up the lack this industry. At the time, my white colle smile, shake their head, and say “yeah th nothing would be done. But now they’re i

Even a couple of months ago when brands to come out with statements of s support for black people was on the rise them were glaringly performative. I’ve re of them (even the ones that came from phen) and thought, “Are you kidding me?” DEMOGRAPHIC OF OUR STAFF!! I’ve see you cast and the content you produced. possibly say that you care about the blac when everything you’ve been doing up u shows that you don’t?! It’s bullsh*t. I’ve h conversations with my boss on this topic then, it was “take into consideration”, now send out this bullsh*t letter and bring the Zoom meeting to discuss diversity in the (Where I literally went OFF on him, and staff) I can’t do bullsh*t. Not when it involv and others who work so hard for and in After Lindsay Peoples Wagner’s article ab like to be black in fashion came out in The zine) I thought, OK, something might b here.....But as I KNEW in the back of my just went back to normal. At this point, whether or not I should be hopeful, but I hear any bullsh*t statements. I want to see ALLY being done. It kills me when I see the tors put stories out on their Instagram on NOW in “solidarity” and support of the Matter movement. How they are NOW w versity when it comes to shows and PAUSE! No one said anything about castin


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of magazines. We’ve seen more black models on runways. And we’ve seen you add more women of color on covers... Sorta. But what we’re asking for, is to get to the root of the issue. Your team. Your staff. Your EDITORS. The owners of these magazines. That’s the tree of which all of these roots come from. Until we can talk about that issue and those problems, it doesn’t mean anything to me to see your Instagram story. What are you really doing to help black people? How are you using your presence and your platforms? Because your silence kills us. It was clear to me, when it came to our 6th issue. That I wanted to focus my attention on Black Beauty, fashion and most importantly Black Women. Now yes, granted my entire team (all three of us) are Men. But we all have the utmost respect for Black Women and their contribution to the fashion industry. This idea with everything going on in the world, was not only needed but I couldn’t, as a black man, not show my appreciation when it comes to the influence blacks and black women have left on this industry. So when I ran this idea by my team, they were all for it. And our cover GORLLLLLL, Armand Parks, had ideas of her own. Her vision of Black beauty is Black beauty personified with her avatar. Statuesque. Supermodel. Melanin beauty. Regal. Feminine. That’s how I would describe her. This issue will focus on black beauty, and we’ll get insight on how black women have influenced her. The last few months, black businesses have (as it should be) come to the forefront and supporting these businesses has become vital to the black community. I wanted to find 10 beauty (Real life) brands that have some of the most amazing beauty products for not just black women and men, but for all races. I knew when it came to this issue, just having us give you content wasn’t enough....without the voices of black women. I wanted to hear from women who live their lives as women of color and what this entire year, from COVID, the death of a Breonna Taylor, a black women who was murdered inside her OWN home by the hands of three policemen, to the death of George Floyd and the BLM movement. To the countless deaths of trans women, Elijah McClain and the others who’ve died since and BEFORE this rise up. It’s one thing to hear from us, but it hits home when it is coming from women who live in a country that doesn’t see or take black women seriously.

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So...readers. How do we move forward? do to help support this movement and period in history? Well. If you support ou support black people, POC’s and Indige then speak the f*ck out! When you wit racist remarks, say something! When you mophobia, transphobia, SPEAK THE F* can’t preach “Black Lives Matter” and it when it comes to cis individuals. Do you Black people are not your google search e have a question, ask. If you want to lear search it. Do your part when it comes to tions or raising awareness for a cause. Fo teachers, civil right leaders and organ support black lives and improving and d the very system that continues to suppor more information, go to blacklive m4bl.org and naacp.org.

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elcome to a historic September Issue of Flawz Magazine! This issue is the first of its kind in the history of Second Life virtual publications, that celebrates the many creative and innovative aspects of what it means to be BLACK. As everyone knows, we are an innovative magazine that has showcased and supported unique and forward-thinking brands and photographers that have broken the mold of conventional Second Life fashion and virtual photography. With that being said this issue is the first-ever ALL BLACK publication featuring significant eras in black history from the past to the present. Fashion plays a key role in black history and has made landmark statements of breaking the chains of oppression and leading the charge in black empowerment. With this issue, we strive to represent all aspects of black fashion and design. You may have noticed that I am on the cover of this month's issue! This is the first time that I have ever been on the cover of a Second Life publication and it is an absolute honor! I wanted to make a statement when it comes to my aesthetic but also I wanted to showcase an elevated form of fashion design on Second Life. I want to personally thank Venus for her innovative photographic skills. Venus, you are truly a rare talent. With all issues of FLAWZ, it is my hope that with each issue it would inspire creators and photographers alike to think outside the box and to do something fresh and new with their brands and clothing collections. Thank you to all who have participated in this issue of FLAWZ for their hard work and dedication to their craft. You are truly amazing people! Enjoy this ICONIC issue!

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e’re back! Where to start? This year has been something out of a movie for so many of us. Between the current pandemic, and the social-political climate we are in, I think we’re all ready for a new year to come as soon as possible, and hopefully a new year that will bring a change for the better for everyone who has suffered that last few months. We need justice for black people like Breonna Taylor and anyone else who has suffered at the hands of the current system that plagues this country. I must say, this issue is something to behold for the simple fact that we are making a piece of virtual history by having created a all-black issue and for the additional benefit of having such talented and passionate photographers, who in my opinion are fabulous artists in their own right, and our amazing creators who support us every issue that we’ve released. Our goal with this issue in particular, more than anything, is to highlight the importance of black beauty and black representation in the fashion world, both in the real world and here on Second Life. I can’t stress this enough, but so much of what we know and appreciate today as it pertains to certain lingo and fashion, especially in modern pop-culture, comes from black trans women and black gay men. We hope that after you read through this issue, that you may have a new sense of appreciation for black beauty in Second Life but also in real life. It is also my pleasure to help present our covergirl this issue, Armand Parks! She is known for her supermodel, runway-chic fashion and stunning minimalist aesthetic that gives you every bit of high-fashion and regal-chic that you could ever want to see on a avatar. I do hope you enjoy this issue. It means so much to us as a team to be able to share this with you all.

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The conversation began months ago regarding as to how we are going to make the September Issue of Flawz Magazine one that represents this moment in history and the future. The United States still has a lot of growing to do. We as a human race have a lot of growing to do. The killing of men and women of color here at home, the suppression of basic human freedoms in Hong Kong, the oppression of the queer community, and the persistent threat of COVID-19 have all left a mark on each of us in some way. With this issue our Editor in Chief J’Adore Ronin has asked me to provide my inspiration behind this photo spread and to give insight on how Black Women have inspired me through my art and my photography. I have always been interested in how fashion can influence generations and be used for social and political change. How we dress can be the extension of our personality, our political viewpoints and it can tell our story and who we are as individuals. With this editorial, I wanted to represent the aspects of black beauty in its many forms and to showcase my queer identity. I wanted to showcase how fashion can be used to make a statement. A statement that says “THIS IS BLACK ROYALTY”. All throughout history kings and queens have ruled within the continent of Africa and all have left a significant mark in pushing their countries forward and representing their people. With his spread, I wanted to represent that and to showcase how fashion of the past can influence the fashion of today through a queer lens. Africa is a complex social and historical entity, where the fashion is just as deep and colorful as the continent itself. Fashion has always been a global language, a medium if you will by which Africa’s diversity chooses to speak to the world. It should be no surprise that a colorful world of fashion coincides with such a rich history. There are times that I am very disappointed that the fashion industry has for so long ignored black culture, stolen from black culture and many times perpetuated the very racial stereotypes that plague our society as a whole. Not until recently has fashion houses, fashion publications and brands decided to promote their work on black models on a consistent basis. With this issue of FLAWZ, we have taken a page from the history books. In 2008 Italian Vogue published an all-black issue. This issue featured all-black models that were deemed “controversial” at that time. Models included the iconic Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Iman and others to name a few. No Second Life focused digital publication in history has ever done this before...until now. Black women have inspired me a great deal when putting together my looks and editorial presentations on Second Life. I always wanted to show off my own heritage and expand upon it in my own special way on the Second Life platform. Black women have many socialistic issues that are against them even before birth. Through this platform in which you can be literally anything, I wanted to show off how being black on this platform can be both beautiful and iconic. I take a lot of inspiration from real-life supermodels such as Grace Bol, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, Graobe Noelle, Angeer Amol and others to name a few. I have also been inspired by Second Life models such as Ivyana Szondi, and Maya Reyes (also in this issue) who have been modeling their unique and iconic looks far before I joined Second Life.


8. This quarantine has definitely delayed and even stopped many businesses but in a weird way, has given some businesses time to really hone in on their craft. With the fashion industry halted, this will give designers time to really give us a stellar collection. Do you agree? Venus: I was thinking about that myself actually. I think that in the fashion world, something that designers probably struggle with is having the pressure of pumping out 5-6 collections throughout the year (If they’re high-end brands) and for all the seasons and having to make sure they’re as immaculate as possible as well as, unique. I can only imagine the stress they’re under. So right now, I think its an odd time, but probably something in their favor for their creative minds to take a moment to breathe and refine their collections. Its a blessing during dark times I suppose one could say. 9. Well being in the industry myself, I can says this is definitely a time where designers, artist and photographers alike, can all take time to honestly perfect their craft. In these uncertain times, one will either say to themselves “my work is fine, I’m good, lets move forward”. Which is a f*cked up way of looking at it. But I think for many, they should be dissecting their past work and previous work and figuring out how to better themselves and their brand. Venus: Right, so we better having some sickening pieces when miss couture season comes rolling around, and everyone can get back to sitting side-by-side along the catwalk. 10. To be honest with you...and I have to say this because in my core I believe this...COVID will change every aspect of fashion....the world as we know it. Which leads into my next question. Venus: I don’t doubt it, especially if this is pro-longed. We might see some innovation take place because of a lack of resources for example. 11. I’ve heard from around the industry, with everything that was going on surrounding fashion needing to slow down. This quarantine oddly, to say, came at a time where the industry was being bombarded with the demand for product and retail stores not being able to keep up with the demand for inventory. As well as, designers being burned out to deliver a collection for every season..they now have the time to stop, catch their breath and rewrite how this industry will move forward after COVID-19. Even for us and this magazine, going forward we will need to be more creative as far as future content is concerned. Nervous? Lol Venus: Not at all, I think any publication should always want to evolve and break new ground, so i’m excited to see where the fashion industry goes, along with FLAWZ. 12. I’m ready as well...in a way lol, and nervous as it pertains to not repeating content we’ve done or featured in the magazine already. My job in real life, we are, to be completely honest with you, scrambling to come up with new material for the magazine, without any fashion to show. Here on SecondLife we can show so many looks that haven’t been covered yet, but are limited by creators.


As those with black and brown skin continue to be attacked, beaten, killed and broken apart both politically and socially by those who wish nothing but the worst I am reminded of the fact that there have been pivotal moments in history that have shown countless examples of black excellence and how our community and our race have risen above these tragedies. The moments have sparked movements that have changed us as a society and have changed the way we treat others. Everyone wants one thing and that is to be respected as an individual and to be treated fairly. Being of mixed heritage I have experienced both racism and colorism in real life and here on Second Life...even within the black community that I am a part of. I am Black, White, First Nation Canadian, Dutch and Italian. One thing is for sure even with all the racial prejudice and being queer on top of that and all the issues, trials and tribulations that come with that, I am PROUD to be who I am and what I represent. Now, Second Life is no stranger to racism and it’s something that continues to be perpetuated within our community. An experiment was done a few years ago in which a blogger took two photos. One avatar was white and the other was black. Both avatars had the same shape, wind lights, backdrops, etc. The white avatar received more likes and views than the black avatar. There also is an issue with finding good quality and respectfully designed black skins. Many creators create a light tone and tint the tone in Adobe Photoshop to make a darker skin tone with little to no effort. This can be also shown that creators may have little to no experience of making darker skins with the appropriate features. Nowadays things have improved but it is still hard to find good quality skins that are darker in complexion. FLAWZ is about being outside of the box and representing unconventional creations, so with that being said, I want to challenge creators to go and create outside of their own comfort zones. Show off your talent and what you can do! There is no limit to what you can create if you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn. With that being said it is an incredible honor to be able to be the focus of such an incredible issue. This magazine is a statement to showcase the unconventional and celebrate all in the world of fashion on Second Life. As always stay safe and thank you for reading Flawz Magazine!


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J’ADORE RA RONIN

When it comes to our beauty....let’s first stress the importance of OUR. Hair is so important to the black community. Especially when it comes to Black Women. Hair is not just a part of our appearance, it’s a part of our identity. It’s how we show our personality, our background, and our beliefs. It allows us to be artistic, stylish, unique and bold. With every texture, length and color, these hairstyles span all the way back to Africa and continues to be the topic of social, political and culture conversations surrounding black identity. And as much as we have influenced and inspired so many styles and hair cuts today, our identity is being erased and even threatened.


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NUNU TOMOE

Nunu joins us for the second time, and what a wonderful time to do so for such an important issue. They are displaying a very playful, vibrant and colorful expression of black beauty and how it has influenced them throughout their journey here on Second Life.


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FRANKIE DEL REY

I wanted to showcase that black comes in different genres and styles. There has been a rise of black individuals that have expressed their love in the alternative fashion lifestyle and I wanted to show that in the pieces that I have created. People tend to forget that Black People were the ones that started the rock and roll trend and then it grew from there, but now with white alternative lifestylers gatekeeping the style, it is time to remind them that this style was not just a white skin style.


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ANCIENT EGYPT

CRUELLA DE VIL

When this theme was introduced to me I felt kind of like it was not the theme for me, based on the fact that I felt I couldn't capture black royalty and I don't want to offend anyone, but once I spoke to Venus about it, a spark in me ignited, a spark I've always been very interested in, and it is with Ancient Egypt. This topic and subject is something I've literally studied, researched and read about. I've read about pharaohs, the queens and how they built the temples, hours and hours of looking for information about it, it's been truly a blessing and it also crosses into my real life since I am studying to become an archeologist to take part of civilizations and how humans used to have it back then, their cultures, and what THEY thought the future would hold. This is about the black royalty in Ancient Egypt, something that has been a mystery to the common man to this very day.


Akhenaten was a pharaoh of Egypt who reigned over the country for about I7 years between roughly I353 B.C. and I335 B.C. Once he became pharaoh, Akhenaten decided to reform the Egyptian religion. For thousands of years the Egyptians had worshiped a variety of gods such as Amun, Isis, Osiris, Horus, and Thoth. Akhenaten, however, believed in a single god named Aten. When he ascended the throne his name was Amenhotep IV, but in his sixth year of rule he changed it to “Akhenaten” a name that the late Egyptologist Dominic Montserrat translated roughly as the “Benevolent one of (or for) the Aten.” Some historians think that Akhenaten served as a “co-pharaoh” alongside his father for several years. Others do not. Either way, Akhenaten took over as pharaoh around the year I353 BC when his father died. Under his father’s rule, Egypt had become one of the most powerful and wealthy nations in the world. The civilization of Egypt was at its peak around the time Akhenaten took control.


Headpiece: Peony Flowers Tribal Wreath by Zenith Jacket: Toreador Jacket Men Bordado by Zafair Hand Prop: Bouquet of Bloody Black Roses by CAS Makeup: Hecate Eyeshadow by Zibska

The bronze age brings to mind the beginnings of writing, organized warfare, centralised states, massive irrigation projects in the desert, emperors, warlords, and chariots. One thing that doesn’t really spring to mind is the position of women and especially women with power. But for over 20 years the most powerful person in the Bronze Age world was a woman. One ruling the wealthiest Kingdom ever seen, and she did it as a fully fledged pharaoh. But when she died her legacy was purposefully erased. This was Hatshepsut, the Pharaoh of upper and lower egypt.


Hair: Crown Avant by Bon Amour Headdress: Roses Mega Hat (modified) by AD Creations Jacket: SADO Rubber Jacket by CheerNo Skirt: Elayne Skirt by Artificial Hallucination Rings: Asdar Ring Set by FAKEICON

Even after than 3,000 years, the mystery surrounding Egypt’s Queen, Nefertiti still fascinate archeologists and history buffs alike. The reign of Nefertiti and her husband Amenhotep the Fourth, was a turbulent time in Egyptian history. The couple tossed out the old gods and set up a new religion that gave them absolute power over all their subjects which didn’t go over too well. Known as the mistress of lower and upper Egypt, she was a queen, a priestess, a wife, a Mother, a political revolutionary, a beauty icon, and maybe even a pharaoh. Many scholars believe Nefertiti had a role elevated from that of Great Royal Wife, and was promoted to co-regent by her husband Pharaoh Akhenaten before his death. She is depicted in many archaeological sites as equal in stature to a King, smiting Egypt’s enemies, riding a chariot, and worshipping the Aten in the manner of a Pharaoh. When Nefertiti’s name disappears from historical records, it is replaced by that of a co-regent named Neferneferuaten, who became a female Pharaoh.


Headpiece: Thinking of Love by AD Creations Neck Gems: Mary Gems Collar by FAKEICON Neck Paint: Ninja by Nuuna

Even after than 3,000 years, the mystery surrounding Egypt’s Queen, Nefertiti still fascinate archeologists and history buffs alike. The reign of Nefertiti and her husband Amenhotep the Fourth, was a turbulent time in Egyptian history. The couple tossed out the old gods and set up a new religion that gave them absolute power over all their subjects which didn’t go over too well. Known as the mistress of lower and upper Egypt, she was a queen, a priestess, a wife, a Mother, a political revolutionary, a beauty icon, and maybe even a pharaoh. Many scholars believe Nefertiti had a role elevated from that of Great Royal Wife, and was promoted to co-regent by her husband Pharaoh Akhenaten before his death. She is depicted in many archaeological sites as equal in stature to a King, smiting Egypt’s enemies, riding a chariot, and worshipping the Aten in the manner of a Pharaoh. When Nefertiti’s name disappears from historical records, it is replaced by that of a co-regent named Neferneferuaten, who became a female Pharaoh.


Seti I was a pharaoh of the New Kingdom 19th Dynasty. He was the son of Ramesses I and Queen Sitre, and the father of Ramesses II. The greatest achievement of Seti I’s foreign policy was the capture of the Syrian town of Kadesh and neighboring territory of Amurru from the Hittite Empire. Egypt had not held Kadesh since the time of Akhenaten. Seti I was successful in defeating a Hittite army that tried to defend the town. He entered the city in triumph together with his son Ramesses II and erected a victory stela at the site. Kadesh, however, soon reverted to Hittite control because the Egyptians did not or could not maintain a permanent military occupation of Kadesh and Amurru which were close to the Hittite homelands.


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Imagine coming to a world where you can be anything and your choice is to be a person of color. I never chose to be discriminated. I came into Second Life and originated as a person of color. I was brought up in a rich and diverse community, I have always admired women of color for their beauty and fashion trends. I almost did not participate for this issue of FLAWZ but realized that it was of the utmost importance as we are celebrating color and those in between. Silence in the face of racism shows your privilege. Work inspired by PNAU, PRINCE, QVEEN HERBY, AMANDA LEPORE - David LaChapelle, BROOK CANDY, EVE WEST - #FreeEveWest


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HISTORY REIMAGINED

VENUS

I actually had to change my mind a few times on the conceptual direction that I wanted to take my editorials in, based on this issue’s theme of Black Beauty and Royalty. Then it hit me, why not depict some of the most famous and even romanticized artistic pieces and or stories throughout time, such as Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of love, or the story of the Garden of Eden, and depict them in a new light, a reimagined vision that in some ways may be more accurate than what we were led to believe.


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SEXUAL REVOLUTION

MAYA REYES

Maya Reyes is really an extraordinary talent. When we first came across her work we were awestruck at the way she was able to capture her avatar in such a unique and beautifully artistic way. She is the kind of artist that is precise and execution is everything. For this reason and many more, we are so delighted to have her make her debut with FLAWZ, especially for this theme! Her series that she has created for this issue is fearless, provocative, stunning and demands to be seen. It is truly a celebration of black beauty.


Headpiece: Jacquimot Headwear by AZOURY Additional Roses: Thorn Headpiece by Astralia Jewelry Set: Shippoah Jewelry Set by Mandala Dress: Passionate - Romantic Gown by Moon Amore


Metal Outfit by Thierry Mugler


Hair: 082 Hair by booN Coat: Fin Trench Coat by Boys To The Bone Gloves: Christina Lingerie – Gloves by Erratic Stockings: Christina Lingerie – Stockings by Erratic


Hat: Leather Kufi Hat by Dirty Mind Mask: Nightcrawler Spiked Mask by Fashionism Earrings: Olga Hoop Earrings by Fashionism Choker: Bond Choker by Fonde Corset: Madame Corset by MVD Gloves: Liore Gloves by David Heather Whip: Leather Whip by Ariskea Boots: Kaitlyn by N-core Elephant: Karma.Elephant by Pixicat


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A few weeks ago, I attended a small dinner party (yes I wore my mask) with some of my friends. The conversations were very informative and productive. A friend of mine named Dasha, spoke about a recent experience that took place while protesting for Black Lives and demanding justice for the killing of Breonna Taylor. I remember her telling us, how in the wake of so much tragedy, pain, hurt and disappointment a black female officer who was at this protest, stood by her. Uniform on, no gun, no pepper spray, no taser, no handcuffs. She stood beside her, and when she finally had the chance to speak to her, she asked her politely, “hello can I ask you a question? What made you come to this protest?” And she replied, “How couldn’t I. When my fellow officers see me with or without this on, I’m just another nigger. But the moment I came here, I was welcomed. I was spoken to with respect, not because of what I do, but because I am a Black Woman who has and continues to face discrimination at my own place of work. I needed to do this, because no matter what side I stand on, I support ALL BLACK WOMAN.” When it comes to Our own experience with violence in our communities. The narrative changes drastically when it comes to black women and their experiences. They are some times if not all times, left out of the narrative. It’s been 6 months this day that I write this since Breonna was brutally killed, inside her OWN apartment. On June 12th, a new law was passed, The Breonna Taylor Law. Which will ban No-Knock Warrants in Louisville, Kentucky. The officers who killed Breonna, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove have been fired, but NO criminal charges have been filed against her murders. This isn’t the first, or only black woman whose cases are still left unanswered and the officers involved still haven’t faced any criminal charges. With what’s been taking place this year, with the deaths of Breonna, Ahmaud, George, Dustin, Dominique, Elijah, Bree and the Black Lives Matter movements and protests, there’s never been a better time to stop and address the injustice and systematic racism that has been plaguing this country. Breonna Taylor Neulisa Luciano Ruiz Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells Shaki Peters We can’t talk about Black Lives without mentioning and including the lives of our Trans sisters and brothers. I mentioned a few, Dustin Parker, 25, fatally shot. Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, fatally shot. Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells, killed in Phili. Shaki Peters, 32 years old, killed in Amite City, Louisiana and COUNTLESS others. There is no justification when it comes to the killings and murders of black trans women and men as a whole. Saying, “Oh she should of been upfront about who she was..” In the words of Raquel Willis, unless you are trans, you can’t speak on when and how someone should disclose. You have NO idea what that is like. You don’t owe ANYONE your identity. You don’t need to be vilified to disclose your trans identity. And to link that to say, “Well that’s what you get for not being open about who you are”, is giving a pass for someone to kill a trans individual. Don’t feel ashamed or question your masculinity because you find yourself attracted to these women. There is no shame and allowing your emotions to tell you there is, is a cop out. Just as people blame, women for how they dress and say, “Well when you dress like that, you’re asking to be raped”. What warrants ANYONE to be raped? The clothes they wear? How they choose to represent themselves? If ANYONE is to blame, it’s the individual who did the raping. You don’t blame the stove for being on when you touched it. You don’t stand in the middle of a gun firing range and blame the person doing the shooting. Human decency means ALL humans on this earth. Black Lives, Trans Lives, and LGBTQ+ Lives must be shouted and apart of the conversation. I wanted to get the voices of black women on Second Life and get their views on the last few months. With COVID, the death of Breonna and George, trans women being killed, the Black Lives Matter movement and what being a black woman means to them.

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QUESTION Hey love. I’m going around and asking Black Women a very important question. With everything going on with Black Lives Matter. How has this experience affected you as a Black Woman. How has Breonna Taylor’s life affected you? What does being a Black Woman mean to you?

NOVEMBER I ARGENTINA PUDDLES

“I think if anything this has shown a mirror to the world and how the world perceives us as a gender and a race. I feel like us embracing what we know is true and loving our blackness makes others envious. I love being black I love who I am and what I’m capable of. I come from a line of strong beautiful women, we defy the odds. Never allow anyone to tell you that you can’t do something. You are the narrator of your own destiny.”

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“Well I’ve always personally identified as being part black being that I’m half Dominican. In all honesty everything that has been going on has been really sad for me. Growing up I never realized how “unintentionally” racist many people around me were. Playing into stereotypes and perpetuating negative ideas surrounding “black people”. I’m the darkest person in my family so there’s always been a slight disconnect for me. I’ve always been aware of my skin tone but I can remember clearly the many times where I’ve had people tell me I’m not black when in fact I am. It took me getting older to realize just because I may be accepted around certain groups of people (because I’m Hispanic) does not take away from the fact people who look just like me but are slightly different culturally are being mistreated at an alarming rate. Seeing what happened to Breonna Taylor was horrifying. For me there are many layers to it. But first just as a woman being in your home, the place you’re suppose to be safe knowing that someone can just come in and attack you is crazy. Then, the fact it was the police, those put in place to ensure your safety is even more crazy. Then you add her skin to the mix and you realize had this been some white woman the world would be in an uproar. I don’t get that. I don’t think I ever will. But focusing on Breonna alone when this happens all of the time to not only woman of color but trans women of color, non-binary people of color. It seems as those people who are looked at as less than by others are just dispensable. Until that’s addressed and we value those who others view as less than, this will never end. There will be another Breonna just like the women/ people of color who’ve been taken before her.”


PRADENCIAGA I PRADENCIAGA

“The police brutality against black lives has been very eye opening, hurtful, disappointing and very scary for myself. I’ve found myself crying more and having to stop myself from falling into a depression - Breonna Taylor’s situation for me is the same for all of our fallen black kings and queens, it’s f*cked up - being black to me means strength, royalty & power.”

A BREAKFAST CONVO I ROZAE

“Well black women already get the short end of the stick and with everything thats going on now its become twice as hard for us. Its sad that a pandemic had to come into play for people to realize how mistreated we really are. People in federal positions have an opportunity to change the narrative of how black women are treated in todays society, but they’d rather let the world belittle and treat us poorly constantly. Breonna Taylor is a perfect example of that. How can someone who was sleeping in her own home be killed? I cried about this murder because I am a homebody myself. So you mean to tell me that the police could get suspicious then can raid my home and kill me and nothing be done about it? Being a black woman outside of being in the comfort of my own home means I am fearful, I am scared, I am constantly making sure that everyday life isn't pissing someone who isn’t of color off so i wont be harmed. It's sad but it's life.”

THE BADULA OF SL I POCA YATES

“The experience has brought more awareness to not only myself but to everyone that sees a black woman approach them. It gives me the confidence to not only be better for myself but for my generation. I want to be an example and lead others and show them that hard work does indeed pay off... that is, isn’t only the white man that can come up with the “million dollar” idea... Breonna Taylor’s life showed me that I can’t even be safe in my own home and even when you think you are, you aren’t. Her death made me tighten up on my own security for not only myself but my family. We shall not go down as another sad black family. We will fight to protect we so greatly planted for ourselves. Being a BLACK women to me means charisma, a worrier, a heroine, something so delicate yet unbelievably strong. A black woman to me bares the fruit and also nourishes herself from it. The average black woman is and will always be an innovator and our Beauty? It is unlike anything people would be blessed to have.”

JEN THE GODDESS

“Everything going on with Black Lives Matter has triggered me in a way that I never expected. I’m not as active on Instagram & Facebook because of it. I was very depressed in June and I honestly didn’t feel like I could get myself out of that space. Breonna Taylor’s life has made me realize we aren’t safe anywhere we go. Not even in our own homes. It’s important for us to continue to fight for justice for her. A change must happen and it must happen NOW. Being a Black Women to me means resilience. Being Wrapped in versatility from our head to our toes. Being multi-dimensional, there is truly nothing in this world like a black women. I could say so much more but I’m currently frustrated with school stuff.”

TEY STYLES I TEYSTYLES

“As a strong black woman I worry more for my family. Sometimes I feel as if I have damned/cursed my future kids and set them up for death for being black. It’s like we have to walk on thin ice outside just to make it back safe inside. It has gotten to the point where I don't won't to turn on the TV or look at certain things on/in social media but I can't help it because it's in your face loud and clear. All of this make me look at other people and ask myself what do they really feel about me. Like do you really hate me because I'm black or do you hate me because of how I feel my life should matter just as much as yours. I feel like WE are seeing what our ancestors went thru and it's coming back slowly. But with COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter I am learning to do and depend on my circle only and learning to buy/support black businesses alot more. What being a black WOMAN means to me *laughs* it means I can CONQUER THE WORLD and still make a path showing our younger growing women in training that you can still be bad and successful!”

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MELANIN BEAUTY BRANDS

These Makeup, haircare and skincare brands need to be on your radar. So before we begin, let’s get one thing straight: Everyday is a day to celebrate black culture. Black innovators, artists, businesses and the individuals behind them and regular folks alike who have contributed so much to our culture, locally and worldwide. Black culture has touched and influenced so many different mediums, including the beauty industry. It only makes sense considering Black individuals, and in the case of beauty, specifically black women and femmes, have been setting trends for ages. From the slick down baby hairs (started in the late to early 80s and 90s). Neon-colored wigs, who if it wasn’t for pioneers like Grace Jones and Lil Kim, who stepped outside the box with their hair colors and styles. Artist today like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B wouldn’t have a reference or blueprint to study from. And the ever growing acrylic nails. All of these “trends” are rooted in black aesthetic. Let us NEVER forget. But we live in a world where black influences are downplayed when so MANY of our wider cultural and stylistic proclivities come from our black community worldwide. Black people are often not recognized in the same way for creating these trends, and often if not ALL the time, do not profit financially from them. This is why it’s so important to support and buy black owned products and support black businesses. So to honor them, I wanted to shine a light on some real life black owned beauty brands to support 365 days of the year. We usually have a beauty section in our magazines, and I wanted to focus on those outside of Second Life so those who read, and are looking for inspiration, can do so and hopefully support.

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PAT MCGRATH LABS

Now, if you haven’t heard of Pat McGrath, you clearly spend your days under a rock. Or aren’t to fond of the fashion industry. Beauty lovers everywhere adore and pay HOMAGE to “Mother”, aka THE Pat McGrath, a self-made billionaire. Let me repeat that because some talentless Jenner girl claimed she was one, and the world clocked her. Pat is a SELFMADE BILLIONAIRE! *snaps finger* and veteran beauty visionary. After developing a love for makeup from her mother at just seven years old, McGrath has gone on to work with some the fashion industry’s beauty heavyweights. Giorgio Armani, CoverGirl, and Max Factor. Along with regular leading over 60 shows each fashion week season, and paving the way for Euphoria makeup. But she’s arguably most known for her namesake, show-stopping brand, Pat McGrath labs. Her like has some of the most stunning packaging ever created and every swipe of lipstick, eyeshadow, and highlighter is basically a guarantee for an iconic and stunning look. McGrath has also picked up Best of Beauty awards for Skin Fetish Highlighter and Balm Duo and Lust MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson, a perfect blue-based red. Star Product: Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette.

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HYPER SKIN

Hyper Skin creator Desiree Verdejo had such a wealth of beauty knowledge after opening the equivalent to Sephora for women of color —- a beauty boutique in Harlem, New York, called Vivrant Beauty. Some beauty brands have multiple products that sell and make the brand profitable, Hyper Skin launched with a single product, the Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum, which combines 15 percent vitamin C and vitamin E to clear away hyperpigmentation. Star Product: The blemish and dark spot clearing Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum.

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MELANIN BEAUTY BRANDS COLOURED RAINE COSMETICS

In 2013 founder Loraine R. Dowdy, left her job in the finance industry to start up Coloured Raine Cosmetics. Her goal? To create brightly colored, high-quality products for everyone. Regardless of skin tones, age, or gender — and that’s exactly what she did. Today, the brand offers a wide range of products, including liquid lipstick, eyeshadow palette, foundation, and more. Star Product: The Queen of Hearts Eye Shadow Palette. Consist of both shimmery and matte pigments and stand out shades like cranberry, magenta, and eggplant.

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MELANIN BEAUTY BRANDS EPARA SKINCARE

You might be wondering what does Epara mean. According to the brand, “Epara means you cocoon oneself’ in the Nigeria dialect of Ebira.” Hence, the focus on sparse area of the skin-care market: luxury skin-care products dedicated to the undeserved needs a woman of color. Founder Ozohu Adoh, who grew up in Nigeria, aren’t her MBA at oxford university, and starting working with a lab in the U.K. to develop formulas made with organic ingredients from Africa to treat not only her own dry uneven skin, but other issues women of color face — including discoloration caused by the sun, free radicals, and air pollution. Star Product: Cleansing Lotion is a lightweight, silky cleanser that keep skin soft and moisturized while gently removing make up and dirt from the day, thanks to ingredients like glycerin, plant extracts (moringa seed extract), and botanical brighteners.

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B.SIMONE BEAUTY

Multi-hyphenate businesswoman and YouTube personality B.Simone launched her namesake brand, B.Simone Beauty, in 2019 and earned an applause-worthy $100,000 in sales in the first two months. This vegan and cruelty free line is made up of mainly lip products, including liners, lipstick, and glosses, as well as make up bags and accessories. aesthetically the products and formulas Rival it’s luxe counterparts, yet come at fairly affordable price points. For example, lip pencil cost $12, wow liquid lipsticks are $16. Star Product: The Lip Mattes are Long lasting, creamy, and come in gorgeous colors with funny names like “Money Maker”, “Freestyle”, and “Link in Bio”.

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MENTED COSMETICS

Founders KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson beauty brand Mented Cosmetics came to life, because of one unanswered question: Why was it so hard to find a new lipstick for their rich skin tone? Thus began their quest to perfect new lipsticks and lip liners for deep brown skins. And along the way, created quite a zealous following of others looking for the perfect nude also. Since then, the brand has expand to include foundation sticks, eyeshadow, blushes, and even nail polish. Star Product: Skin by Mented is one of their most versatile products. It’s a multi-stick that functions as a foundation, concealer, and contour all-in-one.

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MELANIN BEAUTY BRANDS DEHIYA BEAUTY

Looking for something more...organic? Well, look no further. Dehiya Beauty is A plantbased skin care brand inspired by ancient beauty traditions and African herbalist. Mia Chae Reddy is the founder and after spending some time in Morocco, she decided to highlight these ingredients in her own skin-care line. The brand’s range, Which includes cleanser, serum’s, mask and tools. You’re fine oils like cold-pressed argan oil from Morocco, marula seed oil, babassu oil, and many other ethically sourced, botanical ingredients that nourish and restores dry skin. It also recently launched its first lip and cheek tint, as well as a highlighter called ‘The Halo Effect’, that contains castor seed oil and rosehip seed oil, among other glow-giving ingredients. Star Product: The Biru Balm is an amazing multipurpose moisturizer made up of soothing oils and flower extracts, like calendula, which has calming benefits for the skin. It can be used anywhere on the body to soothe and hydrate.

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MELANIN BEAUTY BRANDS LUV SCRUB

Unlike traditional loofahs, Luv Scrub is made of 100% nylon. It’s a mesh exfoliator that’s been used in West African skin care for generations. After giving the product to a number of her friends who started raving about the smooth skin, Caroline Owusu-Ansah knew she was on to something. Luv Scrub comes in five colors, including the millennial-pink in the picture above, as well as dark purple, black, mint green, and coral. Star Product: Luv Scrub gently sloughs away dead skin to reveal bright, smooth skin, and never causes irritation like some exfoliators do.

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SOULTANICALS

Another vegan based brand, Soultanicals, which is a vegan hair-care brand, was started by Ayo Ogun, A mom of sex, after too many tearful hair-detangling sessions with her daughter. Ogun’s goal wasn’t only to create products that smell delicious, but also addresses the specific needs of those with natural and multi-textured hair types — and she did just that. The brand now consist of hair mask, butters, leave-ins, oils, cleansers and much more. All of which are made with plant based, herbal, African botanical ingredients. Star Product: The ‘Fro Despair Vitamin Hair Repair Mega Deep Conditioner’ it’s full of scalp- and hair-loving ingredients like rosemary and sage, biotin, brown rice protein, organic olive oil, and vitamin E.

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LOVING CULTURE

After realizing how many toxic ingredients go into chemical hair straighteners, Mary-Andrée Ardouin-Guerrier decided to ditch them for good and start it fresh with a big chop. She started experimenting with making her own hair oil to help speed up growth and saw seriously amazing results. She had her friends and family try it and they loved it so much they said they’d be willing to buy it. And this, Loving Culture was born. The brand’s Revitalizing Organic Hair Oil is made with fair trade argan oil, castor oil, and olive oil, which are rich in vitamins B, C, and E, as well as scalp stimulating ingredients like eucalyptus oil and cayenne pepper extract. It’s also vegan, fragrance free, and safe for all hair types. Star Product: The Revitalizing Organic Hair Oil is a gorgeous, do-it-all hair oil that soothes irritated scalps, smooth split ends, and nourishes dry hair. It’s made without synthetic dyes and fragrances.

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Aunty Murda joins us for another incredible issue with some captivating new works that she has created. Everytime she submits her images to us we fall inlove with her creativity and the way she deconstructs and then reconstructs her images or the subject matter within the original image through her skills with photoshop. They fit powerfully well given our theme.


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