Who really owns Fenty Beauty?

It’s assumed that Rihanna owns Fenty Beauty. She’s the face of the product and it’s named after her but, is it possible that Rihanna doesn’t 100% own her make up line? We never even questioned this until now.

The tweet that sparked the conversation

Turns out Kendo owner, David Suliteanu, partnered with Rihanna to launch Fenty Beauty. For context, Kendo Brand joined the Perfumes and Cosmetics group of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, the world’s largest luxury brand group) in 2014 and then two years later made a deal with Rihanna.

Through some more lurking we found out that Rih owns the brand name Fenty but is not the CEO of the company. The answer of owners of the operation is dependent upon many factors. Through pure speculation one could conclude that the two parties are in an LLP agreement.

Without being too technical, it looks like Rih doesn’t catch all the coins from Fenty Beauty.  She’s the face and likely has final say on creative direction but someone else is making the calls behind the scenes.

Not your everyday Tacos

Your clean eating guide should include food that you love and tastes good. A common misconception is that eating clean means you give up food you enjoy. Eating food that’s good and good for you just takes an open mind and a little effort. Here’s a few options to revamping your Taco Tuesday, with alternative taco options.

Sweet Potato 

Kinda sweet, just a little savory but most importantly good

  • Cube some sweet potatoes.
  • Place them onto a prepared baking sheet
  • Add sliced mushrooms
  • Drizzle with olive oil
  • Sprinkle on spices: Paprika, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper
  • Bake
  • Place into gluten free taco shells
  • Top with avocado and citrus aioli 

Brussel Sprout 

Favored for their texture and simplicity all while packing a satisfying flavor

Brussel Sprout, black beans and cabbage
  • Sautéed Brussels Sprouts in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, some dry taco seasoning, 2 tablespoons water
  • Add black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Place into cauliflower taco shells
  • Slice avocado
  • salsa of your choice

BBQ Jackfruit 

For when you’re looking for a taco with some familiar ingredients with just a little less fat and calories

Jackfruit and avacodo
  • Shred jackfruit
  • Prepare in 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • With white thinly sliced onion, 4 minced cloves garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 Tbsp ground smoked paprika, 1 Tbsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp chili powder, 2-3 Tbsp organic brown sugar, 1-2 small chipotle peppers (roughly chopped), 2/3 cup water (plus more as needed), 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • Serve with corn tortillas
  • Add avocado, radishes, cilantro leaves, shredded red cabbage
  • Optionally add sour cream and lime

For other clean eating tips check out: Clean Eating Guide and Eating Healthy Myths

Is Larry June part of Nerd Culture?

Romanticizing Nerd Culture

It’s the archetype you never knew you would be attracted to; nerd culture is the wave. With the increase of anime references in hip hop, the female video-gamers-coming-out-of-the-closet movement and newly found sapiosexuals we watch the trend for interacting with a smarter more intellectually stimulating person take off. Is nerdiness romanticized or are people finally seeing the light?

There are three elements of Nerd Culture: (1) a strong connection between “what stimulates me” and “my intellectual capacity” (2) a perspective that is unique and (3) the ability to give a few less f*cks.

Nerd; a single-minded expert in a particular field. It’s a noun that is often confused with geek.

While you define Geek as a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast. It’s also a noun. 

Nerd Culture meets Black Culture

As Nerd Culture made its way into black culture we watched emerging artists hinge to offset styles to stand out; think about Tyler the Creator, Donald Glover, Fefe Dobson, Noname, Kari Faux just to name a few who benefited from the shift. It’s much cooler today to stand out via perceived intellectual difference than to fit in and come off as normal.  

This sudden shift is, quite frankly, disingenuous. If another female artists comes out and announces she’s into anime we’ll have to throw the whole culture in the trash. Who announces they are into anime in the first place? Imagine being a fan of the beloved Japanese animation genre, which you might have been labeled lame for in the past, only to be gentrified by wannabes later.

What artists seem to be trying to convey is unique artistic ability that sets them apart from other artists; they’re attempting to brand a niche. Most of them just come off corny or as if they are trying too hard while others, whom probably actually don’t try to be different at all, embody uniqueness. For example, take Larry June. A smooth alternative rapper who doesn’t fit directly into any category but is definitely part of the hip hop community. Maybe you wouldn’t coin him as a nerd but you definitely can say he has his own flavor and doesn’t shy away sure from topics that don’t fit the status quo.

Not to say one can’t be a nerd instead were saying trying to be a nerd is probably the corniest thing we’ve seen come out of this era. You either are or you’re not and that one DBZ t-shirt you have is fooling no one. 

Clean Eating Guide

An easy to-pick-up-and-go clean eating guide (sample menu included)

Clean eating series is focused on lean eating habits that compliment a high intensity and active workout schedule. The main objective is to eat only as much as you need to power your days. Any more than that is unnecessary and could be considered a weight-gaining or maintenance strategy.

To be calorie deficit is to have a shortage in the amount of calories consumed relative to the amount of calories required for maintenance of current body weight. You need to digest less calories.
Think of the energetic lean option as a secondary option to help ease into calorie deficit eating.

Sample menu

Early (between 7:30 am – 11am)

  • Fruit or vegetable, 1-2 cup (recommended: watermelon, grapefruit, melon, cantaloupe, brussel sprout, sweet potato) 
  • One whole Avocado
  • Infused water 2-3 cups (or just water)

Midday (between 11:30am – 2pm)

  • Salad in a large bowl (all vegetables; mixed greens, banana/green/red pepper, roasted corn, spinach, red onion, parmesan cheese, avocado)
  • Infused water 2-3 cups (or just water)

Alternative (energetic lean)

  • Roasted chicken, sautéed cabbage
  • Chicken Tortilla soup

Evening (between 5:30pm – 8pm)

  • Grilled/Sautéed Salmon
  • w/ mixed green salad

Alternative (energetic lean)

  • Sashimi or Sushi
  • Grilled/Sautéed Salmon
  • w/ Jasmine rice and steamed broccoli