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#CoverGirlMade | Issa Rae is the New Face of #CoverGirl Cosmetics

#CoverGirlMade | Issa Rae is the New Face of #CoverGirl Cosmetics


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Issa Rae is many things... She's an actress, writer, director, producer, web series creator and now this self-dubbed "Awkward Black Girl" is a CoverGirl!!  The "Insecure" creator has joined the ranks of Janelle Monae, Queen Latifah, Zendaya and formerly Rihanna (lets us not forget) as the new face of popular cosmetic brand.

Rae shared with her Instagram followers on Tuesday, September 12th how she felt honored to be one of CoverGirl's latest brand ambassadors.
"I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I'd be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come. Visit @COVERGIRL to learn more #COVERGIRLMADE
In a press release from CoverGirl, Rae went on to divulge:  "My character is ever-evolving, and makeup is a tool to help transform my persona – whether for a role I play in content that I produce, or the different roles I take on in my life."
"Becoming a CoverGirl means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important it is for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways. This has been a major part of my personal journey, and a message that I want to share with others."
Rae's "Insecure" co-star Yvonne Orji excitably wrote on her own Instagram page, "I'm bout to run to every CVS, RITE AID & WALGREENS and just WAIT for Issa Rae's CoverGirl line to DROP! I'm coppin ERRYYY DARN SHADE, you hear me?! I'mo be so ignant at the checkout counter if they ran out and ain't re-stocked."

No specific details have come out about the range of possible products curated by Rae, but I hope to hear more in the foreseeable future.

As I stated before, Issa Rae is many things... but she's Awkward no more! View another shot of Issa Rae as a CoverGirl below.
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Makeup Geek's Marlena Stell Lands on Inc. 5000 List for the 4th Year in a Row

Makeup Geek's Marlena Stell Lands on Inc. 5000 List for the 4th Year in a Row


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Beauty guru turned Cosmetic Titan Marlena Stell has made the Inc.5000 list for the 4th year in a row! Coming in at #635, Stell's cosmetic line Makeup Geek, is only one in 10 companies to have made the list 4 times. This is excellent growth for a consumer facing business.  

Marlena Stell is the quintessential Makeup Geek.  While she made her name as an early You Tube Beauty Guru, her passion can be traced back to age 5, where she honed her blending skills on a Barbie head doll.  In addition to geeking out about cosmetics, Stell is also passionate about helping women to feel beautiful from the inside out and expressing their true selves through makeup.

After starting her career as a music instructor, Marlena decided to jump into the industry that fascinated her while staying true to her educational roots.  She created her YouTube channel and teamed up with her then business partner, Nick Reichert to bootstrap Makeup Geek in 2008.

After three years of building a strong YouTube following with educational content, Makeup Geek released their own line of highly-pigmented Eyeshadows in 2011. This resulted in a steady stream of positive word-of-mouth testimonials, and ultimately raised the stakes in the Beauty industry.

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Nigerian Pop Star Yemi Alade Drops New Video 'Knack Am'

Nigerian Pop Star Yemi Alade Drops New Video 'Knack Am'



Shot and directed by Clarence Peters, Nigerian pop queen Yemi Alade released a new visual for her latest single, 'Knack Am' (purchase the single -- here) this past week with a guest appearance from comedian Josh2Funny. 'Knack Am' is the lead single from the poptress forthcoming third studio album, "Black Magic."

"Black Magic" (expected to be released this October) follows the massive success of Alade's debut and sophomore albums, "King of Queens" and "Mama Africa."  Alade broke records when her hit single, 'Johnny,' (produced by Selebobo) became an international smash hit as it dominated music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. 'Johnny' has been listed as one of the best songs of 2013, despite the fact that it was released towards the end of the year and without a music video at the time.

With her massive appeal, Yemi Alade landed the coaching position on the hit series "The Voice Nigeria."

Follow Yemi Alade on her Official Website, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Watch the video for 'Knack Am' below.
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London-based Singer/Songwriter Sharlene-Monique released New Video 'You'

London-based Singer/Songwriter Sharlene-Monique released New Video 'You'



Sharlene-Monique, a London-based singer/songwriter, released a music video to her debut single, 'You.' Directed by Rebecca Coley, 'You' is a emotionally passionate cinematography that reflects elements of Sharlene-Monique's past.
"I'm really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past." - Sharlene-Monique
A Media Performance graduate, Identity Drama School attendee and founder of award nominated blog and empowerment "Be Uniquely You," Sharlene-Monique is now successfully tackling a new kind of creative challenge; sharing her personal message of self-acceptance, self-love and self-empowerment to any and all who will lend their ear to her first release of her debut single, 'You.'

The multi-skilled musician hails from a past of singing dancing and teaching across the UK and Europe, and has successfully earned her stripes in the lead up to a timely decision to begin practicing what she had so confidently shared to others for a number of years.  Starting off her campaign with a very successful headline & support promo tour around the UK, Sharlene is left with just two shows remaining in Glasgow and is finishing off in the city of London.

Speaking of her music video for her debut single 'You,' Sharlene-Monique says, "I'm really excited to be releasing music that I feel so passionate about. I really hope people connect with the message of the song. The video stirred up so many emotions inside because it reflects elements of my past."

The song was written by Sharlene-Monique and produced by her husband Chris Morris (chrismorrismusic.com). Mixed by Grammy-Award winning mix engineer Alan Branch, 'You' tells a heartwarming tale of a young lady metamorphosing through a series of personal challenges, and her journey to discovering, accepting and enjoying her true self.

Emotive visuals, together with a cleverly constructed piano instrumental from international Jazz extraordinaire, Robert Mitchell makes for the perfect source of musical inspiration.

'You' is now available for download via iTunes. Follow Sharlene-Monique on her Official WebsiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and SoundCloud.

Watch the music video below.
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