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Men In Fashion: Isaac Acevedo Of UMF Explains Clothing Line, Expands To "Miss Fits"

In your face, provocative, forwarding fashion--That’s Universal Mind Fuck in a nutshell. Hailing from New York City, the 22-year-old Creative Director Isaac Acevedo started the brand while studying in Buffalo, NY. No stranger to the underground fashion scene, Isaac knew he wanted his brand to send a message and awaken the masses citing various inspirations.

“I was inspired by everything around me, everything that was going on with the world. I started off with thinking about the universe and things that are around you. I took inspiration from Common’s Universal Mind Control; it’s a strong thing that too many people realize because they're brainwashed sublimely. And there’s a phrase called "mind fuck," when someone instills certain things in your mind to purposely confuse you. That’s what the media and world at-large does to people; it’s a Universal Mind Fuck”
UMF creates more than just t-shirts, launching their women’s line Universal Miss Fits and contemporary line Laservinu Dnim Kcuf (Universal Mind Fuck spelled backwards). The latter will serve as the upscale line of the UMF conglomerate. When it comes to Vixens and style, the chief at UMF likes the casual look. “Heels are appreciated but not necessary.  I can appreciate a girl who can wear a nice pair of sneakers and not feel trashy. Shorts and a nice top, Universal Miss Fits shirt, just a regular girl”
Although Isaac loves the ladies, he had a taste of star power when Stevie Johnson, wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, saw the brand at the famous Krudmart Boutique while shopping for new threads. The player was instantly interested, and during his promo on ESPN, he rocked the Universal Mind Fuck baseball shirt. “I didn’t ask or gesture to him; he just came out of the kindness of his heart to give me this opportunity. I couldn’t be happier or more thankful to the guy,” says Acevedo. The random encounter fueled the brand to the next level and talks of partnering again with the football star.

Next on the agenda for UMF? An expansion to 10 to 20 new retail locations with 15 to 20 new pieces added to catalog that includes Canada, New York City and Southern states.

Coming from having one t-shirt to now a whole collection Isaac says, “Work hard [and] don’t stop no matter what anyone else says. But also know exactly what you want. You need to see the concrete vision. On the road to success there are going to be people that are going to stop you, deter you but you have to keep going and never stop”

To find more Universal Mind Fuck gear visit www.universalmindfuck.bigcartel.com or www.krudmart.com.

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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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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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