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Is Nail Art Really a Trend or is Everyone Else Just Now Catching On?

Once again it seems the fashion world has caught on to something black women have been doing for years and turned it into a trend. Everywhere you look, women are proudly showing off nail art from DIY creations to intricate designs painted, glued, and pressed on at salons. It’s being featured in high-fashion magazines, the New York Times, and touted as one of the hottest trends of the year, but a few people are calling the industry’s bluff.

"It's something that's been around forever in the black community," NY Magazine beauty editor Aja Mangum told Buzzfeed Shift. "You used to associate it with being a little 'hood' or 'ghetto fab.' Now white women are tricking out their nails and it's not seen that way."

She’s definitely got a point. At the beginning of the acrylic nail craze, it was black women signing up for airbrush designs, getting charms attached to their nails, and sporting wild colored patterns and designs that you wouldn’t catch “certain people” in. But truth be told, there’s not much difference in those styles and the neon geometric shapes or animal patterns you’ll find in a pack of press on designs being modeled on a white set of hands in Sephora. What was once seen as a hot ghetto mess is now being touted as a haute mess because other women have taken a liking to it.

Fashion critic Robin Givhan has a different take on why nail art has suddenly become trendy to the masses. She says, “Maybe it crossed some class line, as opposed to having crossed a racial line ... You have to be very careful in claiming that any group of people owns a look, or claiming that you have to pay homage to them.”

In reality it could be said that Asian nail technicians are the ones who truly made the style hot since they were often the ones putting these creations on black women—although black nail techs also deserve credit. But if we’re going to talk about where this trend was first seen and grew in popularity you don’t have to look much further than black women—and it certainly wasn’t just black women from lower socioeconomic standing as Robin’s comment implies. The issue isn’t that the industry needs to pay homage to the originators of the style, whoever they may be, but acting as though they created the nail craze we’re seeing today is false. The thing is, black women have always been comfortable enough to rock these styles no matter who turned their nose up at it, and that fearless trendsetting is something that should be paid homage to.

Do you find it odd wild nail art is suddenly the “in”  thing?

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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