B.I.G.’s Early Stylist, Groovey Lew, Speaks On the Big Man’s Fashion and Swag Influence

Celebrity stylist to the stars and Mount Vernon native, Groovey Lew came in the game under Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment movement in the days of the company’s formation. Providing the budding entrepreneur in Combs with some of the latest swag waves of the moment, Lew turned that skill into a styling career that has spanned and survived the times. He’s worked with the likes of Jodeci to Lauryn Hill to Jadakiss to everyone in-between. However, the one that truly set his sessions on fire was his time getting The Notorious B.I.G fresh for events, videos and performances. The man with the trademark head wrap, raps poetic about B.I.G’s fashion, flavor and marvelous style. -Datwon Thomas

First Meeting B.I.G

The first time I was introduced to his voice, Diddy came up to Mount Vernon and he had the remix with Mary J. (sings *“Look up in the sky…”*), that’s the first time I met his voice. Then I met him at Uptown Records at Diddy’s office, in the 90s like, “This is B.I.G” I was like, “This big black muthafucka (laughs)?” He sounds crisp and clear but then when I put the face to him, I was like “Oh, that’s son?” I started with Craig Mack and when B.I.G got poppin’ we started with B.I.

Original Stylin'

He was dirty, straight Brooklyn. Karl Kani hoodie, one army jacket, maybe two army jackets, a green one and a black one. Karl Kani jeans. Timbs. We were giving him pieces, nobody had any money. We coming up, young, (Diddy) trying to start a label, (B.I.G) coming up trying to start rapping. We just figuring out how we gonna eat today to get to the next step before he really blew.

Style Wars

B.I. was like this, he would tell you, “You do the clothes, you do the clothes. I rap, so I’ll rap. I’ll worry about the music and you worry about the gear.” He’d let you do you. One time he was like, “Yo, you know how the Wu got all the Wallabees and they dip their Wallabees? I want to have all the color Timbs like that.” That’s what he wanted to represent, then Timbs started to come out with all the colors. But I did dye him a burgundy pair one time. We took the yellow ones and dipped them burgundy. He just wanted to be the colorful Timberland kid, like how Wu was on their Wallabee shit.

Custom Made

I started to deal with the tailors and laying him out (with) tailor made pieces. That’s the King Of New York, mostly everything we tailored. (Brands like) Mecca would make stuff for him, Lugz would make stuff, Rochester’s (Big & Tall), Casual Men, different (brands) would make stuff for him.  Most of the fly pieces, all that is unique. All that Versace, that was going to find the materials and put together. That’s no store brought. Those Euro sizes never come in the big homie’s sizes. Putting all that together is what made the (big guys) want to get fly and get fresh. They started to feel like they could have what the lil’ slim homies was having. B.I. gave all them cats inspiration. “One More Chance”, “Big Poppa”, all the smoother R&B joints, singing and all that. He’s the flyest, smoothest, muthafucka.

Man of the People

He had the illest charm, all the honey’s loved him and all the niggas fucked with him. There’s nobody like that. There’s never gonna be an artist like that kid and I’ve been around millions of them. Nobody has that persona. Niggas can’t make me laugh, get serious, fuck with the honeys, get on some gangsta shit, then get on some boss shit, killer shit…the kid wore every hat. He was a father…the first nigga with the R&B honey. All the lil homies are following his steps. It’s good though, no disrespect, he just set the tone like, “This is how it’s going down.”

He was about everybody making bread. That’s another thing, he wasn’t on no selfish shit. Everybody’s gonna eat around this kid. Everybody’s gonna get kicks, everybody’s gonna smoke, everybody’s gonna have drinks, everybody’s equal. Nobody’s higher than any other around that kid. The king in the building and the nigga that’s cleaning up the studio get the same respect. He’s ill like that.

B.I.G’s Kids

God bless him, that’s just natural. That would happen regardless cus CJ got talented parents, that’s just in the bloodline. That’s written, nobody can take that away from him. It’s just crazy that he rhymes about Penn State and (B.I.G.’s daughter) goes to Penn State. It’s crazy how all that is just written and they really living it. Through all that talking, that shit just came to life.

Favorite Songs

“One More Chance” for the dance and “Long Kiss Goodnight” for the hardcore listener. There are so many, I can’t have a favorite. That’s just two off my head, but “One More Chance” is the anthem. No matter where we are in the world, we hear that and got to get up and do a two-step. That’s just the rules.


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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Jamie Foxx and Grey Goose take over The Times Square Edition bar to Live Victoriously launch event.
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Jamie Foxx Takes Over Grey Goose Happy Hour, Announces Comedy Tour

Leave it to Jamie Foxx to take over a New York City happy hour. To celebrate the launch of Grey Goose's latest campaign, Live Victoriously, the actor and comedian made a surprise appearance at The Time Square EDITION Hotel on Tuesday (April 16).

As attendees were treated to after-work cocktails like "Angel of Music" (Grey Goose vodka, sparkling rosé, and lemon cardamom) and "The Grey Goose Martini" (Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters with a twist of lemon), Foxx walked behind the bar, took over and mingled with attendees. Bar-goers joined him behind the bar, danced, showcased some dancing and rapping talents on the impromptu "Grey Goose Idol" and jammed out to songs like "Blame It" (feat. T-Pain). Later in the evening, Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa made an appearance, Foxx cracked jokes and announced his upcoming, Kill the Comedian Tour, his first stand-up tour since his last comedy special in 2003.

As Jamie busted throwback moves behind the bar with bar-goers, comedians Aidy Bryant of Shrill and SNL’s Colin Jost made surprise appearances at Brooklyn's Extra Fancy and the Financial District's Underdog. Bryant and Jost performed spontaneous stand-up comedy routines and played a small game of sending selfies to each other.

Scroll through more photos from Jamie Foxx's appearance at Grey Goose's Live Victoriously event down below. Like Foxx wrote in his Instagram post, "Sometimes you gotta turn up on a Tuesday" and celebrating life's small, everyday moments.

Turning a random Tuesday into a night to remember. This is how to #LiveVictoriously ✌🏽. @iamjamiefoxx

— Grey Goose (@GreyGoose) April 17, 2019

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Rihanna Trademarks "Fenty Skin"

Rihanna's "Fenty" brand is expanding once again. After filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Mar. 25, Riri has officially secured a trademark for "Fenty Skin," Page Six confirms.

Fenty Skin will reportedly consist of a line of "medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care and personal care products, and related accessories such as kits, tools and applicators." It will not include color cosmetic, perfume, or other fragrance products, however.

Although the trademark was approved only one month after the application was filed, Page Six notes that an examining attorney still has to process the trademark, which could take up to three months.

Once Fenty Skin is finalized though, it will join Rihanna's other thriving lines including the culturally-inclusive makeup collection, Fenty Beauty. The singer also has a lingerie line called Savage x Fenty.

Be on the lookout for Fenty Skin.


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