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Living Pelicana: Nino Corleone Explains New Women's Collection, Salutes Married To The Mob & Hellz Bellz

There are two definite rules to winning: Your product must be awesome and product placement is everything. After XXL revealed their July/August cover to the hip-hop heads, all eyes were on Wayne... Well, Wayne's FLI PELICAN t-shirt. The gray, long-sleeved tee with the phrase "NO SUCKA S##T" etched across it was a win for the Atlanta-based streety luxury clothing brand that preaches living a Pelicano lifestyle. The four-year-old collection started from a creative restlessness in 26-year-old Detroit, Michigan native Nino Corleone who designed the line, with the help of blog manager Gregorio il, artist Arezzo Gatti and brand manager Dreq Capone, to the respected and recognized biz it is today. Their goal is to take street wear and blend it with luxury garments and materials, and if you're a fly individual, you definitely know about these four Pelicans. As them promoting their latest line Pelicano: Made In America (for men and women), Nino tells VIBE Vixen about his plans for the exclusive women's line, Pelicana.

Do you actually have a line for women or is it men’s tees that women can actually wear?
Yeah we actually do. FLI PELICAN is split into two smaller divisions. I won’t say smaller in terms of size its, just two different divisions.With FLI PELICAN being the whole street wear type of look, Pelicano is cleaner and has a purple label look. We are working on a tuxedo right now for evening wear. For the younger crowd, that’s going to the prom and need something to wear, they can still wear FLI PELICAN and look good. Pelicana is the women’s department; its still going to have our flavor on it but it is still going to be edgy enough so that women will wear it. I hate seeing men do women’s lines, and then it be like y’all just did that to have women’s shirts. I’m trying to do something full-blown so that I can run with the Married To The Mob  and Hellz Bellz. All the lines that I actually like that are women lines.

Right. Women like the stuff that comes out of Supreme and all those places, and we need more clothing like that for us. I think that’s gonna be hot. Do you have pieces already for the women?
Yeah, we do. We just finished a collection of swimsuits that’s how far along we been already. We got t-shirts, hats, leggings. Our denim program is going to be for men and women.

So tell me more about Pelicano: Made In America?
That Pelicano/Pelicana. What people probably don’t know is for years now, we have been making FLI PELICAN ourselves inside of America. We manufacture everything ourselves, and even when we outsource, we outsource to American manufacturers. So we keep everything inside. With that photoshoot, I wanted to show evolution so that’s why they are standing at the top of the mountain looking over like they are about to start building from the ground up.

Read the full interview here and check out the Pelicano: Made In America collection after the jump...

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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