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Self-Made or Born Rich?: Kylie Jenner Soon to Create a Billion Dollar Empire

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Lip gloss mogul Kylie Jenner dons the cover of Forbes’ Magazine”America’s Women Billionaires” issue. The 20-year-old social media star was able to turn an insecurity into a nearly $1 billion dollar empire. With an estimated $100 million dollars in revenue in 2017 alone, Jenner is seeing that being in the beauty industry has a huge payoff. If her company keeps doing big numbers like those she is well on her way to being the youngest-ever-self-made-billionaire. A title previously held by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

Jenner describes feeling lost and struggling to find her niche while her siblings were venturing in the modeling and beauty industry. Her mother, Kris Jenner, advised her to go the modeling route and Kylie was able to rack up seven figures by doing gigs with PacSun, Sinful Colors, and Instagram Ad placements.

During this time Kylie underwent a cosmetic procedure on her lips. After getting tired of over-lining her lips to get the full-black woman esque features Kylie decided to get her own. A light went off in her head and in 2014 the phrase “Kylie Lip Kits … for the perfect pout” was trademarked. By investing $250,000 from her modeling gigs into an outside company to produce the products the Kylie Cosmetics was born. 

By being one of the most followed people across all social media platforms, Kylie has an audience that will be easy to profit off of. She was able to outsource the production of her kits and Kris Jenner handles the business side of things. All Kylie has to do is cater to her audience. With hourly posts that includes selfies with the lipgloss name in the caption, videos of swatches and product launches, and let us not forget celeb endorsements from her sisters and other Instagram socialites.  This model has allotted the young mother to earn 100% of her company.

This is an amazing accomplishment from a 20-year-old but the debate is that she’s not self-made. Even Dictionary.com took time to add to the discussion with a clarification on what self-made actually means.

Kylie’s empire has been created since the inception of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” when she was just 10-years-old. She has been handed opportunities and advantages that most of us couldn’t even dream of. Which is why many aren’t too impressed with this billion dollar feat.

Others created the argument that she is self-made because her brother, Rob, was afforded the same opportunities…and well…flopped.

What do you guys think? Is Kylie self-made or extremely privileged?

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Frank Ocean Clarifies Cease & Desist on Travis Scott “It Wasn’t about the Music it was about the LGBT Community”

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Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” has caused its fair share of controversy, more-so the one-sided beef with Nicki Minaj. This past week the “Sicko Mode” rapper had to deal with a cease and desist letter from the hands of Frank Ocean. Rumors started swirling that the “Pyramids” singer didn’t like the effects that Scott added to his vocals on “Carousel.” Frank Ocean took to Tumblr to clear up the rumors and give his side of the situation. Ocean says,

“I think the song sounds cool, I did it in like 20 minutes and the mix sounds the way Travis wanted it to sound for his record. I also approved it before it came out so the cease and desist wasn’t about 🔊 it was about 🏳️‍🌈. Me and Travis resolved it amongst ourselves weeks ago. 💖”

The pride flag emoji symbolizes how transgender, Amanda Lepore, was removed from Scott’s album cover. Now that the issue was resolved between the two musicians, Scott posted his own response to the situation, via Instagram.

It’s great to see that the two settled their issues outside of the courtroom. Shoutout to Frank for fighting for LGBT rights and now standing down. Let’s hope the two will continue to make great music together.

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Showing Up and Showing Out! :Take a Look at all of the Black Excellence at the Emmys

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Last night was the 70th Primetime Emmys and black people did what we do best and stole the show. Take a look at how some of our stars decided to dress up for the occasion.

Jennifer Lewis dedicated her look to support Colin Kaepernick. What a great way to use her platform!

Tracee Ellis Ross is serving us Pink Friday teas on a Monday Night

 

Emmy winner, Tiffany Haddish, remixed the parachute game from gym class and turned it into a cute ensemble.

Leslie Jones is showing the world that any and every color looks beautiful on dark skin

Grownish star, Yara Shahidi, is giving us a 2-for-1 combo of style and personality

There’s nothing insecure about Issa Rae as she struts down the runway in a sky blue jumpsuit

Yvonne Orji is all smiles as she serves us black excellence on the red carpet

Sterling K. Brown and wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, get our award for Cutest Couple of the night

Lakeith Stanfield is looking crisp in the classic black and white suit

Last but not least queen, Angela Bassett, is showing the girls that black don’t crack and vibranium ain’t cheap

Those are some of the best looks at the 70th Primetime Emmys. The Emmys was not ready for all of that melanin! Notice how no one was afraid to shy away from bright colors and how black people really do look great in all shades. Whose look was your favorite? Did we forget any of your faves? Let us know in the comments below?

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Get the Strap: Wanda Smith’s Husband Apparently DID NOT Pull a Gun out on Katt Williams

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Last Friday a clip of Katt Williams roasting Atlanta’s V103 radio host, Wanda Smith, went viral. While there was obvious tension during the interview no one was expecting it to take the turn that it did. According to 11 Alive“Katt Williams told police that Wanda Smith’s husband, Lamorris Sellers, pulled a gun on him and pointed it in his face outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater.” On September 15th at around 9:30 p.m, Katt Williams said that he and Wanda Smith were arguing about the interview that was conducted the previous day. During the argument that’s when Smith’s husband, Lamorris Sellers, pulled out a gun on Katt.

Now Sellers recalls the event differently. He says that Katt was the aggressor in the verbal altercation and that he indicated that he wanted to fight. As Sellers chased him down he admits that he had a gun but his gun fell out of his waistband. He denies pointing his gun at anyone.

The Gwinnett County Police Department has reviewed the footage from that night and unfortunately where there were standing was not under surveillance.

The Atlanta Comedy Theater wants to clear their name in the altercation and released this statement:

“There is a lot of speculation and misinformation on the Internet about the incident with Katt Williams and Wanda Smith’s husband. The verbal altercation took place outside in the parking lot and NOT inside the Atlanta Comedy Theater. One of our security guards witnessed the incident as well as helped quickly de-escalate the situation, and reported he saw NO gun at anytime. We are an upscale comedy club and employ in-house security as well as off-duty officers at every show. We admire and respect both Wanda Smith and Katt Williams for their work in the standup comedy field and this is just an unfortunate incident with two clashing personalities. It is our understanding Mr. Williams stated he did not want to press charges so all the talk seems to be much ado about nothing.”

 

What do y’all think? Should Katt get the strap or is Wanda bugging? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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