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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Billboard is reporting that Nas and Soulja Boy are on the up in the endorsement department after inking fashion deals.

Nas & Fila

According to, the rapper has signed a one-year deal with Fila, the athletic apparel company which was hugely popular in the 80’s and 90’s.

According to Billboard, Fila will help fund Nas’ print and tv advertising efforts and his album promotion tour, while the MC will, in turn, wear Fila’s products and help create an 80’s-inspired fashion line.

Soulja Boy & Yums Shoes

Soulja Boy has inked a multi-year contract with Yums Shoes.

The teenage rapper’s shoe will be released along with his album.

According to the Interscope-signed chart topper, a Soulja Boy cartoon is also in the works.


Always be on the lookout for a good deal. Browse plenty of sales racks. The more you look, the more you’ll find. Although it may not be as pleasant as shopping at a high-end department store, go to local discount stores and check out what they’re offering. You may just find a wardrobe gem at an unbeatable price. – Lark Tumer

After seeing Serena covering the July edition of EBONY and now shining at Wimbledon, we’re taking a look at the tennis players’ style off court.

Here are some of the looks she rocked during the past year.

By the way, we’re still wondering what happened to Arenes, the fashion line she launched some time ago.

Bill Cunningham of the New York Times, takes a closer look at the world of big, colorful handbags.

In this audio slideshow, he gives us a tour around New York, with inspiring takes on interesting and fabulous bags from labels like Balenciaga, Gucci and Prada being toted around by women in the big city.

Check it out.


Diamonds International is currently offering free bracelets, earrings and necklaces on their web site,, for those who are strapped for cash but still want to sparkle.

Anyone who wishes to claim their free jewelry can go to and place an order.

There are no strings attached, they say – customers pay only $3.45 shipping and handling.

Why are they doing this?!

“We’re just trying to show our customers that we appreciate their business,” says Isaac Klugmann, a VP at DI. “We know that with the rising cost of gas, food and other basic essentials, most people don’t have much left in their budget for jewelry.” 

Diamonds International is a recognized brand for many Caribbean travelers and cruise passengers. It has more than 125 locations throughout the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean.

I’ve placed my order. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Collective Brands Inc., which operates the Payless ShoeSource and Stride-Rite shoe store chains, is paying footwear rival K-Swiss $30 million in a trademark infringement lawsuit.

The cheaper shoe company said it was not admitting any wrongdoing but that it promises to “refrain from making, advertising, promoting or selling footwear confusingly similar to that sold by K-Swiss.”

According to Associated Press reports, Payless has got until the end of the year to get rid of all remaining K-Swiss-like inventory.

Reuters is reporting that 20-year-old supermodel, Ruslana Korshunova, known for covering Elle and Vogue, has apparently committed suicide.

All we ask is “why?”

A 20-year-old woman identified by local media as Kazakh supermodel Ruslana Korshunova plunged to her death from a Manhattan apartment on Saturday in an apparent suicide.

Police said only that the woman was discovered dead in front of an apartment building in downtown Manhattan, near the financial district and the South Street Seaport tourist area.

Korshunova had graced the covers of European editions of Elle and Vogue and walked the catwalks for designers including Betsey Johnsonand Jill Stuart.

Witnesses described seeing her plunge from a ninth-floor balcony in the building on Saturday afternoon.

Local media, citing police sources, said there was no sign of a struggle inside her apartment and that Korshunova was believed to have leaped to her death.

A friend told The New York Post, however, that Korshunova had just returned from a modeling job in Paris and seemed “on top of the world.”

“There were no signs,” the unidentified friend was quoted as saying. “I don’t see one reason why she would do that.”

Korshunova, a native of Kazakhstan, had been profiled in British Vogue in recent years as a new face to watch, and she was featured in ads by Vera WangMarc Jacobs,Christian Dior and DKNY.

A spokesman for Korshunova’s agency, IMG, which also handles Heidi Klum and Kate Moss, said “We’re shocked and our heart goes out to her family,” the Daily News reported.


Realize the power you have over your own mind. Reject boredom, and boredom will disappear.

Next, if you change the way you see things, things will change.

In other words, if you change the way you see yourself, you will change. – E. Jean

A girl I’d once dated, the type who counted her croutons, asked me one day if I had “a thing for heavy women.” I told her no, I had a thing for women who enjoyed life. – Walter Kim

Shoe trends this year include bright colors, patent finishes, sandals and flats with straps and sparkle, and heels designed to defy gravity. Open-toe and peep-toe shoes are also a common summer denominator. – AP9 Shopping Essentials