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Vixen Initiation: Phlo Finister Speaks On Styling Elektrik Red And Her Love For Mod Fashion [Pg. 2]

What drew you to that lifestyle at the time?
It was sort of an outlet. I was numbing feelings, I was a very depressed child, I was very manic and the thing with me and drug use came in like a getaway. But when music came for me, that became my drug. That’s why in my music, with me not doing drugs anymore, I still make references to it because I feel like music is my drug now. That’s why my album is [titled] Silver Hill because that was a famous rehab in Connecticut that Edie Sedgwick went to when she was a child. So yeah, I just wanted to make that correlation with drugs and music and how it’s helped me.

Dope. Now, let’s transition for a bit. Tell me how you became the stylist for Elektrik Red.
Basically, I was a fashion editor at Persona Magazine, and I was a model before that. It was really cool because I just took my connections that I built off modeling and started pulling clothes from the designers and stuff. I just kind of fell into it. I appreciate it and I was definitely humbled through it, but I wouldn’t do the experience over again to be honest. I’ve always loved music. But I realized that there were steps that I needed to take in order to be more inclined in the music I was making.

So, how would you describe your personal style?
I’m really into mod fashion. It was called the “Youthquaker” movement that was going on in the 60’s, and it featured girls like Jean Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy. It was in the center of London where it was going down, and it was a music and fashion movement.

You did mention that you’re moving to London, right?
Yeah. I feel like in the UK, that’s where my market is, and for me to go out there and to move with my best friend Peaches Geldof, I just think it’s going to be like a dream come true almost. It’s one step closer to my success. As I was saying too, London is where the Youthquaker movement started, and I feel like I’m going back to the roots of everything I stand for.

Are you done pursuing modeling?
I did some modeling weeks ago, but, with that, I don’t have an agent, so I’m going to wait until I get with an agency and then I’m really going to pursue it to the next level.

If you could model for your dream brand what would it be and why?
Dolce & Gabbana because Peaches is endorsed by them and I love the brand. [Laughs] It’s more of the idea of not being a dream and actually being possible.

Why do you feel people should listen to you and support your movement?
I’ve dealt with a lot of hardships in life, and if you want to hear an artist that’s not only pop but actually real, telling their story and making things relevant then you would want to listen to me. I really don’t make music for myself; I make music for the people who are just like me and may feel the same way or have gone through the same things that I’ve gone through, so they don’t feel alone. I just want to help people with what I’m doing.

Download Silver Hill here and follow Phlo at @Phlojoe!

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In 2017, Crayola tweeted out that they needed some help naming their new shocking blue crayon color. A fan quote-tweeted the two-year-old inquiry, stating that the then-new color should be called "Nipsey Blue."

The tweet caught on, with many others adding responses that the color should pertain to Hussle, with ideas such as 60’s Blue, Marathon Blue, Crenshaw Blue and Victory Blue. Since the tweet is quite old, these names won't be making the cut this time around. The crayon was actually named "Bluetiful" back in September 2017.

Hussle was honored with a mural outside of a basketball court in Los Angeles, and it was also announced that the intersection of South LA's Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will officially be renamed in honor of the Grammy nominee.

Nipsey Blue https://t.co/IIk1tm3vf8

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'Empire' Made History By Airing The First Black Gay Wedding On Network TV

Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

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Frankie Beverly Shares His Thoughts On Beyonce's Rendition Of "Before I Let Go"

In 1981, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly released a hit that's cemented its presence from cassette tapes to streaming services for your summertime cookout playlist. "Before I Let Go" found a home at the thirteenth spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart during its release, but now its melodies are being housed under a new rendition.

In mid-April, Beyonce gifted fans with her take on the aforementioned single, which debuted to fanfare with the release of her Netflix Homecoming documentary. The program displayed a behind-the-scenes look at the production of her 2018 Coachella performance.

In an interview with Billboard, Beverly said the "All Night" singer's team connected with him "a week or two age" to notify him of the remix. "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It's a blessing," he said. "It's amazing how she works, she's very smart. I'm caught off guard, but in a beautiful way...Then the way she just released it, it's off the chain. She's done so much, this is one of the high points of my life."

On the premise of the original song, Beverly said he reached a crossroads in a past relationship. "It was just up and down, and by the end of it, I wrote a song because I was feeling I needed to get out of it," he shared. "I was so into the girl, but it just wasn't working out. I was thinking, 'What am I gonna do?' and that thought inspired the song. I was going to try to do all of these things 'before I let go.' It was a situation I had to get out of, but I was in love."

The legendary artist also revealed that he never imagined "Before I Let Go" would persevere in this capacity. "It really changed everything for me," he said. "It was a huge song at the time, and it's one of those things this band will be able to carry on forever."

Beyonce's rendition also sparked a #BeforeILetGo challenge which she promoted via her Instagram Story.

finally ! Beyoncé used IG stories for the first time since the first time (once) last year! And this time she used it to share fan videos of the #BeforeILetGoChallenge ! Y’all better go make some videos while she’s blessing y’all on her page! and play the lotto if your featured pic.twitter.com/OdYF4txj4A

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My arse: #BeforeILetGoChallenge take 22! Action! pic.twitter.com/kaOXf0QzOv

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