Sad, Boozy Reverie Looks for Truth and Beauty in a Dive Bar

If there’s anything a viewer should take into the Ross brothers’ new film, “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,” it’s a healthy disregard for conventional definitions of film genres or styles. A carefully staged and meticulously cast presentation disguised as a cinema verité documentary, it’s confounding if you feel compelled to put a label on it but raucously moving if you take it as a day-long adventure with a group of fascinating characters.

It’s “The Iceman Cometh” transplanted to the outskirts of Las Vegas or “Cheers” on the wrong side of town, a fiction/nonfiction blend where verité meets improv and the whole thing is shot through with the skid-row romanticism of a Tom Waits song or a Charles Bukowski poem. And with the action set in late 2016 with that year’s presidential election playing out on TV in the background, it’s a sad portrait of America at the dawning of the Trump

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The Black-Owned Beauty Brands I’ll Never Stop Talking About

Photo credit: Retailers
Photo credit: Retailers

From Seventeen

The world of beauty is vast. You’d think that with the countless items that make up the massive market, everyone would feel represented by the offerings. Unfortunately, that hasn’t always been the case—for decades, deeper skin tones were downright ignored. Few products were created with dark skin tones in mind, and many brands mistakenly thought one “deep” foundation shade was enough. Walking through the beauty aisle was an isolating experience.

Thankfully, progress has been made, and more and more products are being created for people of color, by people of color. Black-owned beauty brands aren’t asking for a seat at the table, they’re making one.

What I love most about supporting F.U.B.U (“for us, by us,” which also happens to be the name of one of my all-time favorite songs by Solange) brands is that their intentions are always pure: serving the underserved. In a

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Why These Twin Eritrean Political Refugees Made Sure To Own 100% of Their Beauty Brand

In the Los Angeles loft headquarters of 2.4.1 Cosmetics, gray walls give way to a calming and warm ambiance, with flowers and flickering candles framing the space. The founders’ own quote, “Don’t let the eyeliner fool you” sits on a wall. It’s a nod to one of their first products: a rich black eyeliner named “Wing It,” that caters to cat eye lovers.

The company’s aura is a reflection of its leaders, twin sister Eritrean political refugees Feven and Helena Yohannes. The two are on a quest to instill confidence, kindness, and integrity in women with their beauty brand, as they say, “one eyeliner at a time.”

2.4.1 Cosmetics is a clean and classic collection of cruelty-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free lipsticks and lip glosses, eyeshadows, and liquid and gel eyeliners, each with a name that has special meaning.

“We were really intentional about naming the products,” Feven

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Dove’s New Pride Campaign Is a Master Class in LGBTQ+ Representation

Pride celebrations over the past month have looked different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests against police brutality. In place of the corporate sponsored parades and parties that have become standard over the past few decades, the monthlong celebration of the LGBTQ+ community has gone back to its roots: Stonewall.

This year’s marches, however, have been particularly focused on achieving justice for Black trans people, who are some of the most vulnerable in the community and have largely been left out of mainstream media coverage of police violence. 

Beauty giant Dove has captured this moment in its new Pride campaign, titled Nothing More Beautiful. The film spotlights six activists in the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community—Raquel Willis, Stoyan Francis, Stella Martin, Courtney McKinney, Bamby Salcedo, and Marvin “Mimi” Shelton—who have worked their entire life pushing for change.  

Not only does it

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