• Black Hill tourism is keen to witness Mount Rushmore fireworks at 2021 without any hassle

    Published on : Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has recently sent a letter to the South Dakota congressional delegation, requesting them for their support to carry on a display of the fireworks on Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore.
    From last year’s display, the tourism industry and economy of the Black Hills witnessed a rise which included a visit from former President Donald Trump.

    During the 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks display, the Governor Noem explained that visitors spent around $2,000,000. This resulted in $160,000 in tax revenue for state and local governments.

    Michelle Thompson, president of Black Hills & Badlands Tourism, stated that the show of the fireworks and visit by former President Trump acted as a much-needed boost up for the tourism of Black Hills in the wake of the damaging pandemic and is hopeful that 2021 would be far better.

    “We think that this could be a much bigger year with the pandemic not as serious as it was last July,” Thompson said. “We can have bigger crowds. We’re really looking forward to drawing more people into the area.”

    Thompson mentioned that for the Black Hills, the fireworks worked like major advertisement, and was quite contented that numerous people were present at the time of the display, not only in person but also by watching the fireworks on their television set, throughout the country.

    She stated that this has created immense interest in people who have never visited Black Hills.

    “Last year, when the fireworks were announced, we immediately started getting phone calls from people who had not been here before and said that we were on their bucket list, and the Mount Rushmore fireworks were why they wanted to come here,” Thompson said. “So, it’s a fantastic event for this area.”


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  • Celebrity-Approved Ways to Style Your Little Black Dress

    For an instant mood-booster, slip into something a little more glam

    While you’re likely très familiar with the little black dress (LBD), it probably doesn’t feel like that these days. Like most of the world, you’ve probably traded in your statement dresses and Insta-worthy lewks for sweatsuits and PJs. Look: It is what it is. BUT, fear not for your once-adventurous self—because there are still tons of ways to inject some fun into your everyday ’fits. Here are some celeb-inspired at-home lewks that you can recreate for remote date nights, Zoom birthday parties or random weeknight photoshoots. Go ahead and dust off your fave LBD, or use this as an opportunity to find a new one….

    The most valuable layer

    If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last year, it’s that the right layers can make any ’fit look brand-new. (Hands up if you were also a chronic outfit-repeater on Zoom this past year!) Singer Jhene Aiko proves our point with the above look, pairing a leopard print blouse with this *red-hot* babydoll dress. Spice up a sleeveless LBD by layering with a top or blouse of your choice…for style AND warmth.

    This coat is the GOAT

    Another one that’s perfect for colder temps (and cuddle season), teddy coats truly are the greatest fashion invention of all time, and Ashley Graham has reminded us that. Paired here with a black bandage mini dress, you can practically feel how comfy she must be in it! Whether you’re travelling to distance-visit with someone in your bubble, or wanna be extra cozy from the couch, this look is the one. Swap Ashley’s kitten heels out for fluffy boot slippers and you’ve got yourself a winner.

    Read this next: We’re Upgrading Our Home Lives in 2021 With These 8 Things

    Accessorize, baby!

    There’s nothing like a bold, bright headband with a simple black dress. Exhibit A: Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan looking as glowy as ever. Boxy shift dresses are particularly perfect for wearing at home because they’re obvs comfy AF and can easily be dressed up or down. This winter, make like Lady Featherington and glam up your coolest black dresses with some statement hair accessories and a shimmery makeup look.

    The knit is it

    Don’t start ditching your fave knits for your LBDs, now! While you might want to dress up to feel good in a form-fitting LBD this winter, comfort will almost always end up being the motive. Especially when you’re at home. Listen, ain’t no shame in throwing a cute knit cardi over your ’fit like Dua Lipa does above! It even looks chic with the right styling. Pro-tip: Keep a cute knit within arms’ reach at all times no matter what you’re wearing.

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    All about the boots

    Talk about upping the heat with a shirt-dress and boots combo! Kourtney Kardashian is definitely serving a case of business on the top (for work calls) and party on the bottom (for after-work Zoom drinks, ofc) with this fiery ensemble. And the best part about this one? It’s super easy to recreate. Just pair a shift or shirt dress with tall boots of your choice. Or better yet, go for thigh-high socks ’cause these days we’re all about equal parts gorge and comfy.

  • Givenchy’s 1970s Black Model Cabine Was a Key Moment in Diversity – WWD

    Five Black American women comprised Hubert de Givenchy’s house models in the late ‘70s — marking the first time a French couture house was sending such a clear message that glamour was for more than just the white elite.

    The moment, despite its divergence from the exclusive norm of the time, wasn’t about promoting diversity for the sake of it.

    “I love the way American mannequins move. Their gestures are marvelous. It makes a whole difference in showing a dress,” Givenchy told André Leon Talley, who covered the story of the so-called couture cabine for WWD in 1979.

    Fashion, with its complicated history when it comes to diversity, has largely left this moment in time unmarked.

    “As quiet as it was kept, this cabine was never really exposed as to the significance of what they were doing. But Mr. Givenchy made clothes of elegance, dressed Audrey Hepburn, he dressed the late Bunny Mellon, then suddenly he had an all-Black cabine,” Talley told WWD. “Mr. Givenchy was a pioneer in making this phenomenon extraordinary in the world of fashion in Paris. And, as I said, there was no focus about diversity. The reason these girls were chosen was because [of] their attitude, there was a different attitude and energy in those personalities.”

    Continuing, he said, “Somehow the Black model attitude of energy evokes a kind of vitality. Not to say that their counterparts that were white did not. But the Black girl suddenly gave a burst of sun, a bolt of lightning down the runway when they walked. Just their gestures or their attitudes, the way their bones or their hands just sort of embraced the air, just the way they turned their beautiful, tapered fingernails in the middle of a turn or pivot at the end of the runway. It’s just the way they glance at the audience. It was all just so remarkable and tangible.”

    Contracted models Diane Washington, Sandi Bass and Lynn Watts at the Givenchy Atelier.

    Hubert de Givenchy’s Black model cabine debut. Models Diane Washington, Sandi Bass and Lynn Watts at the Givenchy Atelier on Feb. 21, 1979. Photograph by Tim Jenkins. 
    WWD/Tim Jenkins

    Inspired by what WWD’s legendary publisher John B. Fairchild dubbed the Battle of Versailles in 1973, which had the dual effect of putting American fashion on the global map and more Black models on the runway, Givenchy, as former cabine model Sandi Bass put it, “was on a mission to find his Black beauties to create on.”

    In “The Battle of Versailles,” a book about the pivotal competition between storied French designers (including Givenchy) and their then-upstart American counterparts, author Robin Givhan writes, “…it turned out that the Versailles runway would host one of the largest contingents of African American models ever to walk in a major, multiracial fashion show — a show that did not use them as a gimmick, an overt aesthetic statement, or a political flourish. Of the 36 American models hired for Versailles, 10 were Black.”

    “What happened at that event was an eye opener to the spirit of American models on the runway. Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison, Alva Chinn and more Black beauties showed their beautiful spirit and made the clothes come alive on the runway,” Bass told WWD. “From there, all designers wanted that spirit, which translated into press and sales.”

    By early 1979, Givenchy had his six-strong cabine — Sandi Bass, Carol Miles, Dianne Washington, Lynn Watts, Michele Demby, and the single remaining white model, Sophie Malgat — all of whom he hand-selected. It was the first time a couturier had that many Black models in his inner circle. And they weren’t quietly standing static while garments were pinned and draped on them; they were weighing in.

    Designer Hubert de Givenchy adjusts a model's look.

    Designer Hubert de Givenchy adjusts a model’s look. 
    WWD/Michel Maurou

    “I remember he would call his models to the studio and ask our opinion as he was creating a garment,” Bass said. “He loved our truthful, fun spirit and would often use our ideas.” Bass, in particular, had a say in what wound up on one of fashion’s most beloved icons, Audrey Hepburn. “I had the pleasure of meeting Audrey Hepburn after months of monsieur fitting her garments on me as we were excitably the same size,” she recalled.

    This meant Black women were influencing fashion at its highest levels.

    Though it wasn’t the first time a Black woman modeled for a Paris maison — American model Dorothea Towles Church walked for Christian Dior in the late 1940s and later, for Pierre Balmain; and Martinican model Mounia was famously among Yves Saint Laurent’s muses, being the first to walk in a couture show in 1978 — it was a moment that made fashion more welcoming to Black women.

    “It meant that Black women were elegant, beautiful and it opened the door to a whole new customer base, the Black customer base,” said Carol Collins-Miles, who now goes by the hyphenated surname. “We frequently were in [the public eye] thanks to Miss [Eunice] Johnson, [cofounder of] Ebony magazine who had always done Black fashion, but it wasn’t the couture. There were not that many Black women even working in Paris, even before, Beverly Johnson [the first Black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue] and some of the other photographic models were not doing runway. And so Givenchy started including us in the runway. Even the Black models on the covers of the magazines were not on the runway, were not in the, what we call, the stream of fashion. And so that all changed and brought the market even more toward the Black men and women.”

    At the time, according to Valerie Steele, fashion historian and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Givenchy’s move made “a major statement.”

    “Even then, although the French…in some respects, were more cosmopolitan…apparently some of his clients pushed back and he just wouldn’t give in, like ‘this is the way it is,’” she said. “Most people were not doing that at all.…It was in line with what people had been tippy toeing toward, but by kicking the door open he’s making a really strong statement. And because he was known for being so elegant and so, sort of the height of the couture, I think that it gave an extra emphasis to that statement.”

    It was, as Steele explained, someone from the upper echelons of the industry saying, “…of course these are beautiful women and of course they should be part of the high fashion world,” she said. “And, at that point, things were still very often trickling down from the height of the couture through the market, so I think that that should have caught on even more. And I think it’s an unfortunate testimony to a very long history of structural racism that something like that didn’t spread more extensively and more permanently.”

    The Black cabine, according to members of it, set forth a sea change, however fleeting.

    “It changed the whole outlook in fashion,” Collins-Miles said, noting though, that the time, while glamorous, wasn’t without its challenges. “We had to always fight against racism there or here in America. But there was one or two or three Black models. And then there were other shows where there were majority Black models…it was unheard of. We were breaking ground.…Everything that we did was pushing the cause of Black models.”

    As Bass added, “After our debut season at Givenchy almost every designer wanted a beautiful Black beauty walking in their show. Black models would actually be approached on the street by hunters looking for a Black beauty to walk in a particular show that could be that same day or the next day! It was a frenzy, and we were in demand in Paris, Milan and Rome during show season.”

    Model Sandi Bass in poses in Givenchy spring 1979 couture eveningwear. Photograph by Tim Jenkins. 
    WWD

    From the late ‘70s, there was a surge in Black American models working in Europe — “they came in droves” — until, as Bass noted, “the early ‘90s when the supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Black beauty Naomi Campbell stormed on the scene.” By that time, Campbell was often the token Black model on the runway.

    Even Givenchy, once the cabine had splintered off for various reasons, regressed.

    “During the ‘90s and the late 1980s, even he had a completely white cabine for a moment. He had gone from Black to completely white,” Collins-Miles said. In one of his collections, she noted, he had photographed everything with only white models. “After that it became — from the mid-’90s — a feel of austerity [on fashion runways]. It went from the…feel of a woman [and] it reversed and went to that boyish straight feel…it was kind of like just a complete reversal.”

    And the reversal extended to the progress on inclusion, too.

    “You’d had people tippy toeing in the later ‘60s and in the ‘70s toward greater diversity and inclusion in the fashion modeling world, and then that started to sort of move back,” Steele said. “It would move forward and backward — it was a pendulum effect — but I don’t think it ever really got as far again as it had in…the Givenchy example. You have isolated moments later, like when Franca Sozzani [former editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue] did the ‘Black Issue’ [in 2008, featuring all Black models on a series of covers and throughout the issue]. And for all the ambiguities of, ‘Well, why not just integrate and diversify all issues?’ it was a big statement, sold out multiple press runs of that issue.”

    The problem, as Steele noted, is that while fashion can single out the moments when it has made a bold statement on diversity, true inclusion would mean there were too many to count. And while 2020 proved another one of those moments, fueled by a racial equality outcry in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police, it wouldn’t be contrary to fashion’s historical patterns to see it slink back into its longstanding habits.

    “The fashion world has gone in this kind of lemming-like way. They will go for a while, it’ll be a little more multicultural, then it’ll be sort of all Eastern European,” Steele said. “It’s really a mystery to me why there’s been this kind of white out of the runways.”

    Over the years, Bass and Collins-Miles have worked to train and champion Black models and help them to carve out spaces like they enjoyed more than 40 years ago, to push more diversity on fashion’s runways. Hardison — who broke ground before the cabine, her career catalyzed in part by her role as Willi Smith’s muse in the late ‘60s and then her casting in the Battle of Versailles — cofounded the Black Girls Coalition with Iman in 1988 to support and advocate for Black models. Though she closed the agency in 1996, her efforts to call out key players in the industry for their lack of diversity played a large part in prompting Sozzani’s “Black Issue.”

    It has been a long and fraught battle to bring diversity into fashion’s fore — and it’s still ongoing — but Talley believes, now, it’s about opportunity and insistence.

    “We have not had the opportunities to evolve the way the counterparts have been able to evolve, in the world of whiteness, even though it’s more democratic than other industries. We were appreciated in the world of fashion, particularly in Europe,” he said. “Now, because of this awareness, this woke moment with George Floyd…you have to make people aware. And people have to put the pressure on [fashion players] or they will forget and then lapse back into their old habits.”

    If you ask Collins-Miles and Bass, Givenchy (who they both considered family for the way he treated and looked after them — the cabines’ stories are the kind fashion documentaries are made of) was, in many ways, an inclusion influencer of sorts.

    “Twenty, 30, 40 years later and he’s still a part of my life…that’s how profound the experience was. And everyone who knew him, no matter race or color or what—he influenced them because he was just a beautiful spirit,” Collins-Miles said. “I was madly in love with him. Simple.”

    Over the years, as the house changed hands, Givenchy hasn’t gone without backlash for lack of inclusion — or for cultural missteps. In 2015, when the brand was designed by Riccardo Tisci, it was called out for cultural appropriation over its “Chola Victorian”-inspired lineup, and in 2019 the house had to apologize to Chinese consumers for a T-shirt identifying Hong Kong and Taiwan as separate from China. Last year, when Givenchy named Matthew Williams its new creative director in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests, some charged that giving the open role to another white man felt like a missed opportunity for progress. As an entity within LMVH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the house is, however, part of the luxury conglomerate’s promises to do more where diversity is concerned. It’s a charge being led by Corey Smith, who LVMH appointed to the new role of vice president of diversity and inclusion at LVMH Inc., its North American operation, in September.

    The hope would be for fashion to take a nod from its not-so-distant past as it faces the future.

    “Times change and people have different passions,” Bass said. “Monsieur Givenchy made a point to have Black models in his shows. He was warned about the repercussions that would likely occur (and they did) but he moved forward with his feeling and passion about it, standing for something that he believed in.”

  • Black Sabbath Release Debut Album + Invent Metal

    51 years ago today, Black Sabbath released their debut album and kicked off the entire genre of heavy metal. Take an in-depth look at its creation, reception and legacy. 

    It was a clarion call that echoed from the void, a raucous cry of unity for rockers that couldn’t relate to the peace and love vibes of the Woodstock era. The sound had less to do with the escapist tone of most popular music and more to do with the desperation and frustration of living in the detritus of post-World War II Europe.

    The eponymous album by Black Sabbath, which was released in Europe on February 13, 1970, and in North America on June 1 of the same year, was like nothing hard rock fans had ever heard. There were elements of Led Zeppelin and Cream in there, sure, but the music was grimmer and far less euphoric.

    Instead of flaunting exuberant energy, Sabbath focused on the bleak and barren, confronting listeners with buzzing, overdriven guitars, meandering bass, lumbering beats and nasal, almost sepulchral vocals that sliced through the organized cacophony like a scalpel through a corpse. It was loud, it was weird and, for many, it was almost an overwhelming sensory overload.

    Black Sabbath, “Black Sabbath” — Live in 1970

    Black Sabbath started with atmospheric sound effects and then guitarist Tony Iommi launched into one of metal’s most influential licks, the devil’s tritone – a dissonant, unsettling configuration allegedly once banned by the church and shunned by composers. Rarely was the tritone heard in popular music; it was most often heard along with the haunting noises in horror film soundtracks. Yet Black Sabbath relished the uneasy feeling the repeated three-note passage engendered.

    Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian first heard it when he was a kid listening to his uncle’s stereo and the experience left an indelible imprint on his brain. “I just sat there scared,” he says. “From the start, I was listening to the rain and the wind and the bell and then that riff started and just blew my mind.”

    Disturbed frontman David Draiman had a similar experience years later when, during a game of “Dungeons & Dragons,” his friend put Black Sabbath on the turntable. “They just brought a vibe and a feel that no other band on the planet ever tried to do,” he says. “Before them, no one played those notes and no one played these doomy riffs with that sludgy, heavy sound.”

    Other heavy artists — including Blue Cheer, The Stooges and Jimi Hendrix — had dipped their toes into the gut-twisting morass of chords and notes that was to become heavy metal, but Black Sabbath were the first to capture the sound, vibe and attitude that defined the genre.

    Who Really Invented Heavy Metal?

    Over the next five years they recorded five of the most influential and essential metal albums ever, but Black Sabbath was truly groundbreaking — a structurally complete blueprint for doom. Even the cover art foreshowed the originality within. The strange, unsettling image of a plain-looking woman (a witch, perhaps?) standing in the woods in front of a farmhouse contained no occult symbols or violent imagery, yet it was as disturbing as the original cover of The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today. The shot was taken at the Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire, England and it remains one of metal’s iconic images.

    The Beatles, Yesterday and Today

    For such a seminal album, Black Sabbath was practically an afterthought for Fontana Records, which booked the band a single day in the studio, October 16, 1969, to record with beginner producer Rodger Bain and engineer Tom Allom at Regent Sound Studios in London.

    After the album was tracked the label washed their hands of it, shuffling Sabbath’s debut to Vertigo Records. Just being in the studio was an exciting opportunity for Black Sabbath, which started as a 12-bar blues band called Earth before changing their name, and the musicians were eager to prove themselves.

    As Earth, they had tested crowds with the songs “Black Sabbath” and “Wicked World” and the reactions were promising. “That was the first time that people started looking up and going, ‘Wow, what’s this?’ says Iommi. “They’d come up afterwards and say, ‘What were those songs? We really liked those.’”

    Earth, 1969 Demo (Pre-Black Sabbath)

    As soon as Earth decided to stray from their blues roots, they expanded upon their new sound with a batch of dense, equally textural tracks, including “N.I.B.” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep” and rehearsed them until they could play them from start to finish, time and again. They were tight, they were heavy and they were ready to transform rock ‘n’ roll in a day.

    “We went in the studio and we were off from the word go,” Iommi recalls. “It’s hard to even remember the session. One second we were playing these songs and then the next thing we knew we were out of there. Some people think the album was recorded in a haze of drugs, but we hadn’t discovered that yet and we didn’t have time to get stoned. We had one day to prove ourselves, and that’s what we did.”

    “We literally went in and played as if it was a live gig,” adds Butler. “We didn’t know anything about studios or production or engineering. We just went in, set up and played and they recorded us. It sounds easy, but it’s actually a really hard thing to do – to record a band live in the studio and get the whole feeling across. A lot of producers tried that but dismally failed. But Roger and Tom just had the knack of doing it.”

    Aside from the cult Chicago band Coven, which wrote Satanic lyrics and included a recording of a black mass on their 1969 album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls, Black Sabbath were the first group to write songs that mentioned Lucifer and Satan and featured occult themes. To a large extent, Sabbath knew they were playing with fire and enjoyed being provocative. And they wrote from a knowledgeable perspective since they had dabbled in occult rituals and readings.

    Coven, Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls

    “We were into it,” Iommi says. “Certainly [bassist] Geezer [Butler] and myself were. It was certainly an interest. There was this thing called ‘the occult’ and we wanted to soak in as much as we could about it and find out what it was about. I suppose we got wrapped up a bit too much sometimes.”

    Black Sabbath didn’t exclusively write about darkness and evil and they stopped short of endorsing the occult. “Black Sabbath,” which is often referenced for its blatantly Satanic lyrics, was actually written by Ozzy Osbourne and was based on a paranormal experience Butler had one night.

    “In the middle of the night I felt this presence,” Butler told Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. “I woke up and there was this black shape looming over the bottom of the bed. It frightened the pissing life out of me. I told Ozzy and that inspired him to write the lyrics to the song as a warning to people that were getting heavily involved in black magic.”

    Considering the band’s name, it’s not hard to grasp how Satanists misunderstood the meaning of some of Black Sabbath’s lyrics and assumed the musicians shared their blasphemous views. Despite their interest in black magic, Sabbath were hardly devil worshippers.

    In response to vocal and vehement adoration from witches and Satanists, Black Sabbath mocked them in interviews and started wearing large crosses around their necks at the suggestion of the head white witch in England. Sabbath’s response pissed off disciples of Satan. At the same time, the band’ s dark imagery incensed parents and religious figures, neither of whom stopped to consider that Black Sabbath’s lyrics didn’t endorse Satanism.

    Chris Walter, Getty Images

    “There was one incident where we were due to play in a town and we got banned by the church,” Iommi says. “The show was announced in all the papers for two weeks before we got there. The church managed to ban us. And then the bloody church burned down and we got the blame. They were trying to say that we had caused it, which was just weird.”

    It’s no surprise that most of the mainstream press didn’t cater to Black Sabbath’s charms, labeling them primitive and untalented. “They thought our music was for yobs and doubters,” Iommi says. “They didn’t see it as music at all.”

    That didn’t stop hard rock fans from reacting to the band’s trailblazing music. Not long after its Friday the 13th release, Black Sabbath was No. 8 in the U.K. album charts. And when the record came out in North America three-and-a-half months later, it climbed to No. 23 on Billboard and remained on the chart for a year, chalking up more than a million album sales.

    “We built up our reputation through word of mouth,” Iommi says. “Every time we’d play in clubs [in Europe], we’d see more and more people coming to the show. Little pockets would build up and then eventually they became big pockets. Then, when the album got in the charts in the U.S., we could say, ‘Look what we’ve done,’ and more people started to check us out and if they liked it they brought in their friends. It became this ever-evolving thing.”

    The U.K. release of Black Sabbath featured two cover tunes, Crow’s “Evil Woman” (which was previously released as a single that also contained “Wicked World”) and Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation’s “Warning.” The U.S. release removed “Evil Woman” and blended “Behind the Wall of Sleep” into a single track that also included “N.I.B.” and the U.S.-only cuts “Wasp” and “Basically.” The original U.S. version also merged “Warning” into a medley that also featured “A Bit of Finger” (U.S.-only) and “Sleeping Village.”

    Black Sabbath, “Evil Woman”

    Through the decades, Black Sabbath has been repackaged and re-released numerous times with previously unreleased songs, outtakes and alternate and instrumental versions. Most recently, the album was remastered and issued in 2016 as a two-CD deluxe edition. The recurring reissues are hardly surprising and, maybe, less of a cash grab than an effort to keep the album vital. There wasn’t a band around in 1970 that was as heavy as Black Sabbath and after the influence of their debut is incalculable.

    50 years after its release, Black Sabbath remains a must-have for any metal collection.

    “They wrote the playbook for heavy metal,” Scott Ian says. “That’s where every riff ever written comes from. Tony Iommi is the guy responsible for all of this.”

    These days, Butler is far too much of a polite English gentleman to brag about Black Sabbath being the most important metal record of all time, but he concedes that he considers it the band’s greatest achievement.

    “The odds were completely against us when we did the album,” he says. “Nobody wanted to give us a chance. Nobody wanted to manage us. Our families didn’t believe in us. But we persisted. And we made this album that we liked and, apparently, loads of other people liked. For us, it was the beginning of an incredible ride.”

    Loudwire contributor Jon Wiederhorn is the author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends, co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, as well as the co-author of Scott Ian’s autobiography, I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, and Al Jourgensen’s autobiography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen and the Agnostic Front book My Riot! Grit, Guts and Glory.

    Black Sabbath Songs Ranked Worst to Best (Ozzy Osbourne Era)

  • IMG and Black in Fashion Council Strengthen Ties to Support Creatives – WWD

    As part of an ongoing commitment to help support Black fashion talent, IMG and the Black in Fashion Council are rolling out a three-season strategic alliance.

    Aimed to have a global impact, the effort will include curated “discovery” showrooms in New York and Los Angeles in March. There are plans to build on that in future seasons to expand the offering to Europe. This is not the inaugural effort for the two entities: IMG and the council partnered at NYFW: The Shows in September.

    On another front in March, the council will participate in NYFW: The Talks on the NYFW site. Commenting on the expanded partnership, Leslie Russo, president of fashion events and properties at IMG, said in a statement: “We are committed to working with their leadership and leveraging our resources to support their mission of amplifying Black talent in fashion, not only in New York, but now in L.A. and next globally.”

    Investors and founders in the fashion industry have detailed how sources of funding, often a function of social and professional connections and proximity to generational wealth, can be elusive for Black entrepreneurs in America. Venture capital funding, for example, is still an area of racial disparities: Just about 1 percent of start-ups funded by venture capital have Black founders, according to the Transparent Collective, a nonprofit that focuses on helping business founders from underrepresented groups get start-up funding.

    Black in Fashion Council cofounders Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles noted in a joint statement how expanding the opportunities for designers of color on both coasts “directly changes the trajectory publicly and financially of creatives throughout this pandemic.”

    There will be 11 designers showcased in New York and five highlighted in Los Angeles. In addition to women’s and men’s apparel, accessories will also be in the mix. In New York, the resources will be House of Aama, Marissa Wilson, Nicole Benefield, Kendra DuPlantier, EDAS, Michel Men, Third Crown, Beads Byaree, Chelsea Paris, Chuks Collins, Theophilio and Whensmokeclears. In California, Nicole Shante, Lola Ade, Come Back as a Flower, Label by Three and Local European will be displayed.

  • Black Radiance Beauty Canada: Makeup Brand Is Now at Rexall

    This beloved, affordable L.A.-based makeup and skincare brand caters to the unique beauty of people of colour

    Remember when you had to drive Stateside to get your hands on low-rise jeans and Marissa Cooper-inspired polo shirts from brands like Hollister and Abercrombie? Or maybe you were the type to dangle the threat of a breakup in front of your college boyfriend if he didn’t return from his family vacay in Sarasota with a case of Vanilla Coke. No, just me? Well, EITHER WAY there’s no worse feeling than finding your new favourite brand abroad only to return home and realize it does not ship to Canada. THE. SHADE.

    And, mentally that’s where I’ve been for the past several years, anxiously awaiting the Canadian border to open to many, many beloved brands, but most specifically: Black Radiance Beauty. But FINALLY, like an early Christmas miracle, the cast and crew of Border Security: Canada’s Front Line have made my makeup dreams come true.

    That’s right: Come mid-November, cult-fave beauty brand Black Radiance finally lands on Canadian soil. If you’re not familiar with the Holy Grail of cosmetics, allow me rock your world. Founded in New York circa the ’90s, Black Radiance was born after realizing the beauty space was doing the absolute least for POC whilst alienating women with deeper skin tones beyond the “honey” or “almond” variety. To this day, Black Radiance is on a mission to celebrate the beauty and inner strength of Black women, offering a wide variety of products that are cruelty-free, safe for those with sensitive skin and did we mention affordable as hell? Prices start at just $4.

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    Now based in L.A., the brand’s extensive offerings include highly pigmented lipsticks, palettes that are rich in colour and foundations specifically formulated to enhance darker complexions. The collection is rounded out with skincare as well, including a dreamy botanical beauty oil that seals in moisture, a water-to-foam cleanser for a deep, squeaky clean and even a dual-action exfoliator.

    Get your wallets ready because (as of November 9) Black Radiance is now available at 75 Rexalls across Canada with an assortment of 120 products! Some bestsellers to get you started include this stunning eye shadow palette filled with 12 insanely pigmented matte, pearl and metallic shades that actually show up on darker skin tones to create bold, kaleidoscope eyes.

    black radiance beauty canada eyeshadow palette

    Eye Appeal™ Shadow Palette in Out of the Blue, $8, rexall.ca for locations

    Black Radiance is most famous for its inclusive range of foundation shades, so it’s no wonder this perfect oil-free liquid makeup has amassed a cult-like following. Formulated specifically for people of colour, this foundation is full coverage, leaving a fresh, natural finish that enhances your skin tone.

    black radiance beauty canada foundation

    Color Perfect™ Oil Free Liquid Make-Up, $6, rexall.ca for locations

    If you’re a fan of supermodel sculpted cheekbones, then this true complexion crème contour palette should be on your shopping list.

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    True Complexion Creme Contour Palette, $9, rexall.ca for locations

  • Black Friday 2020 Deals That You Can Shop From Your Couch

    While it’s hard to believe it’s already November (wasn’t it June, like, yesterday?), it’s time for the annual shop-a-thon that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you’ve been eyeing a little sumthin’ sumthin’ for yourself or want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, now is the time! And don’t fret—since we’re still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands have made shopping from your couch even easier this year with amazing online deals. All your fave labels—from Sephora to COS—plus some local Canadian gems are offering up discounts so we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best Black Friday 2020 deals below to help you indulge in some much-deserved retail therapy.

    Charlotte Tilbury
    When: November 26 to November 30
    The Deal: Trios with 40% off and an exclusive new product drop: Glowgasm Lips in two new shades, Jewelgasm and Glittergasm. There’s also a Buy One Gift One promo running on select eyeshadow palettes. Check out the Charlotte Tilbury website for more amazing deals.

    aN-hydra
    When: November 26 to November 29
    The Deal: 50% off plus free shipping when you use the code Waterless at checkout.

    Google
    When: November 26 to December 31 (depending on the device)
    The Deal: Markdowns on select products, including up to $70 off, at the Google Store including Chromecast and Nest. Select devices are on sale now until December 3, with some remaining on sale until December 31.

    Indigo
    When: November 19 to December 1
    The Deal: They are offering up to 50% off the best gifts of the season exclusively for Plum Members. Additionally, Plum Plus Members will receive exclusive one-day early access to these deals in stores and online.

    iRobot
    When: November 26 to December 3
    The Deal: Save up to $200 off your favourite robots.

    AI Toronto Seoul
    When: November 20 to November 30
    The Deal: Everything is 20% off including masks and mask chains.

    Eight Kilos
    When: November 20 to November 27
    The Deal: Enter code BF20 at checkout and receive 20% off the Eight Kilos 6 bottle wine-focused gift box.

    THIC (The Hair Inspired Company)
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: Enter code THIC15 at the checkout and receive 15% off your purchase.

    Tonic Blooms
    When: November 23 to November 30
    The Deal: 15% off all products in the Holiday and Curated Collections.

    Mary Ratcliffe Studio
    When: November 20 to November 27
    The Deal: 20% off all items in the Objects Collection.

    Self Made Tanning
    When: November 26 and November 27
    The Deal: 40% off all self-tanning products plus, free shipping and free gift wrapping. If you sign up for the mailing list you will receive a free $10 gift card towards your next purchase.

    KARE
    When: November 27
    The Deal: 15% off the entire KARE Toronto line.

    Oak + Fort
    When: November 26 at 8PM PST to December 2 at 6:59 AM PST
    The Deal: On November 26 at 8PM PST until November 29 at 6:59PM PST, there will be markdowns up to 80% off, plus 30% off all regular priced items in stores and online. From November 29 at 8PM PST until December 2 at 6:59AM PST, there will be markdowns up to 80% off, 20% off all regular priced items, plus free shipping.

    Tobi
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: 60% to 80% off site wide for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (exclusions apply, designer styles not eligible for sale).

    Vrai 
    When: Black Friday (November 27) through Giving Tuesday (December 1)
    The Deal: VRAI will be gifting a #TOGETHERMASK with every order of $400 or more, and in return one medical-grade face shield will be donated to protect vulnerable front-line workers in need.

    Outland Denim
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: The sustainable denim brand is 
    having its first ever Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale this year with select styles (including some of the brand’s most recent arrivals from the Weekend Edit) will be 30% off.

    Varsity Headwear
    When: November 27 at 3AM EST until November 29 at 6PM EST
    The Deal: The luxury headwear brand is partnering with UNICEF for Black Friday weekend. T
    he Norwegian-based brand will donate a minimum of 10% from the sale of every hat to the global organization, helping to save children’s lives around the world.

    Lotus Aroma
    When: November 27 to November 29 at midnight
    The Deal: The brand is offering 35% off site wide.

    AWE Contracts
    When: November 27
    The Deal: 20% off any contract kits when using the code AWEKITS20 at checkout.

    Monte & Coe.
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: They’re offering a travel accessory, up to $245 in value, with the purchase of one of our best-selling weekender bags, daily tote bags, or briefcases (while quantities last).

    Biossance
    When: November 23 to December 6
    The Deal: From November 23 to 29, the brand is offering 30% off site wide. Starting on November 30 and running until December 6, in addition to 30% off site wide, they are also offering a Mega Bag valued at $140. At Sephora, from November 27 until December 4, receive 30% off Lip Balm and Glycolic.

    Cosset Co.
    When: November 24 to November 30
    The Deal: Give the gift of glowing skin! Choose between any two Beauty Droplets for $98. Use code BFB98 at checkout.

    Fleur du Mal
    When: November 24 to December 1
    The Deal: Use the code THXGIVEIT2ME for an additional 25% off sale items which includes an assortment of lingerie, ready-to-wear and swim styles.

    GOODEE
    When: November 27 to December 1
    The Deal: Purchases over $250 get a $25 gift card, purchases over $500 get a $75 gift card and purchases over $1000 get a $200 gift card.

    Bath & Body Works
    When: November 23 to November 27
    The Deal: The brand’s 5-Day Black Friday Event offers shoppers to Mix & Match the entire store. When you buy three, get three Free. And because safety is all we want for Christmas, shoppers will get extra time (and space) to shop this once-a-year event in stores.

    Mujjo
    When: November 25 to December 1
    The Deal: Use the code #25off to receive 25% off on all products.

    Bikini Village
    When: Starting November 24
    The Deal: Up to 70% off all brands.

    La Vie en Rose
    When: November 26 to November 29
    The Deal: 40% off almost everything (excluding bras and panties).

    Rudsak
    When: November 24 to November 30
    The Deal: Up to 50% off select styles.

    RXBar
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 30% off site wide. This deal includes RXBAR’s two new flavours, Peanut Butter and Berries and Banana Chocolate Walnut.

    DevaCurl
    When: 
    November 23 to December 2
    The Deal: 
    From November 23 to the 25, the brand is offering four full-size products for $65. From November 26 to 28, there will be 30% off site wide, plus 40% off DevaFuser. From November 29 to December 2, they are offering 30% off site wide, plus a free full-sized Melt into Moisture on purchases over $65.

    The Detox Market
    When: November 24 at 6AM PST to November 30 at 11:59PM EST
    The Deal: Starting on November 24 at 6AM PST and running until the 30 at 11:59 EST, spend $100 before taxes and get $10 off. Spend $200 before taxes and get $25 off, plus you’ll receive a gift of OSEA Anti-Aging Body (valued at $65). Spend $400 before taxes and get $80 off, plus you’ll receive a gift of OSEA Anti-Aging Body ($65 value) and a Detox Mode Body Scrub ($44 value). Some exclusions apply and the offer is available until sold out.

    Céla
    When: November 27
    The Deal: Receive 10% off for each product purchased up to 30% (10% off one product, 20% off two, 30% off three or more).

    Hammam Spa
    When: November 27
    The Deal: 15% off online and in store (includes gift cards) using the code Blackfriday2020.

    RW & Co.
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: On November 27, the brand is offering 50% off everything (excluding men’s footwear) and an additional 50% off clearance items. For November 28 to 30, take 50% off regular price and 30% off clearance items. There are also additional deals with the brand leading up to Black Friday.

    Satya Organic Skincare
    When: November 27 to November 29
    The Deal: Instead of having another Black Friday sale, this year the brand is paying it forward. 20% from every purchase online will go toward building an Indigenous-led matrilineal healing and education centre—the first of its kind in Canada—by Clan Mothers Healing Village, a Manitoba-based non-profit.

    Zvelle
    When: Now until November 28 at midnight
    The Deal: All sale styles have already been reduced by an additional $25. You can also enjoy $75 off full price styles (excludes V and Firenze) including handbags (this is automatically applied at checkout).

    Amazon
    When: November 20 at 3AM EST to November 27
    The Deal: The online retailer will be offering 20% to 65% off select items from Shop Local along with up to 40% off select products on amazon.ca. This includes up to $110 off select Amazon devices.

    Brunette the Label
    When: November 27 to 30
    The Deal: 30% to 50% off select items.

    Kat Maconie
    When: From now until November 30
    The Deal: 35% off select product when you enter KMBF35 at checkout.

    MikaylaJ Jewelry
    When: November 24 to December 1
    The Deal: 10% when you buy two items, 20% for four and 30% off for six while using the codes
    blackfriday10, blackfriday20 or blackfriday30.

    L’Occitane
    When: Black Friday offers run from November 25 to 28 (online) and November 25 to 29 (in stores), while Cyber Monday is on from November 29 to December 9
    The Deal: Enjoy L’Occitane’s $25 Black Friday Doorbusters including options from the Cherry Blossom, Almond and Shea Doorbuster ranges (while supplies last). The brand is also offering some of L’Occitane’s most beloved scents as a special gift with purchase on orders over $100 and $210. For Cyber Monday, receive an additional 20% off applicable items when you place an order on loccitane.com.

    Chatters
    When:
    November 20 to December 1
    The Deal: Up to 50% off online and in store purchases. (
    Discount excludes gift cards, hair services. clearance items, gift packs, door crashers, litre & travel sizes, Moroccanoil, Brunette the Label, Virtue, Dry Bar and Dermalogica products; other exclusions may apply. Discount must be applied at time of purchase, cannot be applied to previous orders or combined with any other offer.) 

    Dyson
    When: November 27 to December 3
    The Deal: Up to $200 dollars off select Dyson items on DysonCanada.ca, in the Dyson Demo Store located in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and in select retailers that sell Dyson products.

    Arc’teryx
    When: Month of November and December 1
    The Deal: For the month of November, Arc’teryx will reward guests who trade-in their used Arc’teryx gear with a gift card worth 30% of the item’s original retail value. On Giving Tuesday (December 1), Arc’teryx will also donate $10 for every item traded-in in November to Protect our Winters, a climate-focused non-profit.

    Victoria Emerson
    When: November 20 to 29, November 30 to December 7
    The Deal: Buy one, get one free on Black Friday and 50% off site-wide on Cyber Monday (exclusions apply).

    Estée Lauder
    When: November 27 (one day only)
    The Deal: 5pc Pure Color Envy Lipstick Black Friday Set ($210 value) will be $52 instead of $99.

    Mejuri
    When: November 23 (for email subscribers), November 25 (for the public) to December 1 at 3AM EST
    The Deal: Buy more, save more items—buy one item, get 10% off; buy two items, get 15% off; buy three items, get 20% off.

    Garage
    When: November 23 to November 29
    The Deal: Buy one, get one 50% off (selected styles) available both in store, online and on the brand’s app.

    Reversa
    When: November 20 to November 30
    The Deal: Buy three products at regular price and get the fourth for free. The promotion will automatically apply, no promo code needed.

    Cover FX
    When: November 24 to November 30
    The Deal: From November 24 to the 29, there will be 30% off sitewide, as well as free shipping and free hair clips on orders of $50 or more. For Cyber Monday, the brand is offering 30% off sitewide, as well as free shipping and free hair clips on orders of $50 or more, plus a free Power Play Concealer on orders of $100 or more.

    Nordstrom
    When: November 20 to November 30
    The Deal: 12 days of serious savings—new deals will be added on November 20, November 23, November 27 and November 30, featuring up to 50% off hundreds of items in stores and online for women, men, kids and home.

    Nordstrom Rack
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: The Rack Friday Clearance Sale will kick off in stores with the best savings of the year. More info to come closer to the date!

    The Quarterly
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 20% off select styles site wide.

    Club Monaco
    When: November 20 to November 30
    The Deal: From November 20 to 28, they are offering 30% off your order and from November 29 to 30, it’s 40% everything with no product exclusions.

    Aldo
    When: November 13 to December 23
    The Deal: 25% to 50% off select styles from now until December 23. From November 5 to November 19, there will be 50% off must-have styles in store and online. From November 5 to December 1, customers can take 25% off regular-priced items in store and online and from November 16 to December 23, they are offering 50% off select sale styles in store and online. (End dates are subject to change.)

    EQ3
    When: November 10 to November 30
    The Deal: 20% off EQ3 regular-priced and sale items (excluding EQ3+ product) as well as free shipping on purchases of $500 or more.

    Hunter
    When: November 24 to November 30
    The Deal: The brand is offering different deals every day, ranging from 25% to 30% off classic styles such as Refined Boots, Chelsea Boots, Kids Boots, Tall Boots and seasonal styles.

    Moose Knuckles
    When: November 20 to November 25 (VIP presale) and November 25 to November 30
    The Deal: Up to 30% off their current winter collection.

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    SophieGrace
    When: November 19 and November 30
    The Deal: For Black Friday, they’re offering 15% off any single item (use code BLACKFRIDAY15 at checkout) and 25% off two or more items (this will automatically generate at cart). There are also special deals on gift cards for Cyber Monday. In addition, the brand is donating 10% of all sales on Giving Tuesday (December 1) to women’s shelters across Canada.

    Christophe Robin
    When: November 24 to December 2
    The Deal: Up to 40% off plus flash sales.

    Grow Gorgeous
    When: November 24 to December 2
    The Deal: Buy two, get one free on all single products.

    ESPA
    When: November 24 to December 2
    The Deal: Up to 40% off.

    mio Skincare
    When: November 24 to December 2
    The Deal: Up to 30% off single products and bundles and 15% off supersize and gifts.

    Illamasqua
    When: November 24 to December 2
    The Deal: Up to 50% off plus select a free mini when you spend $50 USD.

    Mama Mio
    When: November 24 to December 2
    The Deal: Up to 30% off single products and bundles, plus 15% off supersize and gifts.

    Bite Beauty
    When: Starting November 12 with more deals from November 25 to November 30
    The Deal: From November 25 to 30, the brand is offering 35% off site wide on bitebeauty.com, and free shipping on all transactions over $35. Plus, all the holiday limited-edition products will be marked down 50% as of November 12 until stocks last, with prices as low at $9. This offer is not only available on bitebeauty.com, but also at Sephora and sephora.ca.

    Frank And Oak
    When: November 25 to 29
    The Deal: 30% off everything online and in-stores

    Altitude Sports
    When: Starting November 23 
    The Deal: Up to 30% off brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’terxy and Vallier as well as promotions on local Canadian brands.

    Fika Beauty
    When: November 20 to November 30
    The Deal: When you book a balayage or dip nail service, you’ll receive a complimentary best-selling signature Fika oil. Enter BLACKFRIDAY in the comment box upon booking.

    Cake Beauty
    When: November 11 to December 12 and November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 25% off select cult-favourite products available on Amazon. Additionally, from November 27 to November 30, Cake Beauty will be hosting a site wide 40% off sale at cakebeauty.com (excluding sale items and bundles).

    Marc Anthony Hair Care
    When: November 11 to December 12
    The Deal: 25% off select products available on Amazon.

    Province Apothecary
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 20% off their online store.

    Folly Fire
    When: November 27 to December 4
    The Deal: 50% off the online shop including trios and large sets, plus free shipping with purchases over $60.

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    Preloved
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: An additional 50% off Green Friday Sale and $3 from every purchase will be donated to Friends of The Earth through Canada Helps. For Cyber Monday, and the week afterwards, you’ll receive a free Preloved reusable mask with every purchase over $49.

    Dermalogica
    When: November 27
    The Deal: Free shipping on all orders plus spend $120 and receive a Dermalogica exclusive tote bag + 3 trial sizes ($43 value). Spend $180 and receive an exclusive Dermalogica tote bag + 5 trial sizes ($88 value).

    Kiehl’s
    When: November 25 to December 3
    The Deal: Up to 30% off online and in-store + a surprise offer on certain Kiehl’s favourites online. A special 5-piece gift set on $125 for Kiehl’s Rewards Members.

    JB Skin Guru
    When: November 20 to December 1
    The Deal: 20% off any online order over $100 and free shipping. Join JB Skin Guru’s VIP list for exclusive early access to their Black Friday offer.

    COS
    When: November 13 to November 29
    The Deal: November 13 to 15: 25% off the ‘Winter Essentials’ edit from The Wardrobe Series when you spend $250 (in store). November 20 to 22: 25% off the ‘Holiday Dressing’ edit from The Wardrobe Series when you spend $250 (in store). November 26 to 29: Black Friday Sale of 25% off the entire collection when you spend $250 (in store).

    Roots
    When: November 27
    The Deal: 25% off almost everything and an additional 40% off sale items.

    Innisfree
    When: November 27 to November 30 at Innisfree Stores in Canada
    The Deal: Receive up to 50% off select makeup, and up to 30% off select skincare items at Innisfree stores in Toronto, plus get a gift with every purchase.

    Laline
    When: November 26 to November 30 at Laline Stores and Laline.ca
    The Deal: 50% off all products, 30% off Dead Sea Minerals, 70% off clearance.

    Kombi
    When: November 27 to November 30 at KombiCanada.com
    The Deal: Free shipping and a free hand warmer with every purchase.

    Alterna
    When: November 23 to November 30 at Sephora
    The Deal: 25% off Alterna Haircare’s CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Smoothing Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter (150mL) at Sephora.

    Penningtons
    When: November 27
    The Deal: 40% off store wide and an extra 50% markdowns (excluding private labels).

    Amandine Botanicals
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 25% off site wide plus a gift with purchase for a limited time on Black Friday.

    Shop Hali
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 50% off select products on Black Friday, 25% off select products on Saturday and Sunday, and 35% off select products on Cyber Monday.

    Therabody
    When: November 20 to December 1
    The Deal: Black Friday sale includes discounts on all devices, see website for details.

    Pandora
    When: Every Friday throughout November
    The Deal: Both online and in-store, customers can receive 35% off their total purchase during these deal days (some exclusions may apply).

    Zenchies
    When: November 27 at 12AM until Sunday at 11:59PM CDT and November 30
    The Deal: For Black Friday, buy one, get one 25% off. Buy two, get one 50% off. Buy three get one free, plus free shipping. Discount excludes sets/ bundles, use promo code: BLACKOUTFRIDAY. For Cyber Monday, there will be 20% off site wide and free shipping. Discount excludes sets/bundles, use promo code: CYBERMONDAY20.

    Fruits & Passion
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 30% off regular and holiday items plus buy one Get one 50% for holiday gift sets.

    Niyama Yoga Wellness
    When: November 25 to November 30
    The Deal: 20% off all products with code BLACKFRIDAY20.

    Bao Laboratory
    When: November 25 toNovember30
    The Deal: 20% off all products and free international shipping on all orders.

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    Tissot
    When: November 1 to November 30
    The Deal: Receive a Tissot notebook with every purchase using the code FALL20.

    By Annalay
    When: November 27
    The Deal: 30% to 50% off select styles.

    Vichy Canada
    When: November 22 to November 29
    The Deal: 25% off site wide (including gift sets) plus an eight-piece gift with purchase (with a value of $85) on orders $75 and over (after discount) with the special code FRIDAY / VENDREDI.

    Wonderbra
    When: November 27 and November 30 
    The Deal: Entire website will be 40% off.

    B.Beautiful
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 25% to 50% off select skincare products, 25% off the newly revamped B.Beautiful makeup kit, up to 70% off clothing, 40% off shoes and sandals and 10% off tie dye and accessories.

    The Ordinary
    When: November 1 to November 30
    The Deal: 23% off all products from all brands. The Ordinary will also be publishing daily educational content throughout November for their KNOWvember campaign, offering daily bits of education with the goal of encouraging consumers to learn more about their products before impulse purchasing.  

    mycoatisblue
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: 15% off any single outerwear piece from this Black-owned, Toronto-based brand. Customization and shipping are regular price.

    Of Mercer
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: An additional 25% off sale items, up to 75% off. 

    Sport Chek
    When: November 26 to December 2 
    The Deal: Up to 60% off door-crasher sales. 20% off ticketed prices for women’s, men’s and kids’ winter jackets and pants for four days only (November 26 to 29). Additional deals include between 20% to 40% off select brands, including clothing, equipment and supplements for the whole week.

    Mark’s
    When: November 26 to December 2
    The Deal: Save 70% on men’s and women’s Bench Casualwear and Jackets. Save 50% on select men’s CAT Boots. Save 50% on select men’s and women’s Sketchers shoes. Save 40% on all regular-priced Helly Hansen Work Gloves.

    Cocoon Apothecary
    When: November 23 to November 29 
    The Deal: Free Eyewaken and linen travel bag gift with purchase on orders of $100 and over. 

    Encircled
    When: November 23 to November 30
    The Deal: 20% off select styles (no code required), plus there will also be daily door-crasher sales on select pieces from November 27 to November 30 with discounts ranging from 15 to 35% off.

    Estée Lauder
    When: November 27 
    The Deal: Five Pure Color Envy Lipsticks (full size) set with a value of $210 will be available for $52 (one day only).

    Benefit Cosmetics
    When: November 24 
    The Deal: At Sephora, Gimme Brow will be 50% off (one day only).

    L’Oréal Professionnel
    When: November 16 to December 6
    The Deal: On Kérastase.ca, use code STEAMBF20 at checkout to redeem a vegan leather travel pouch. Redeemable with the purchase of a Steampod 3.0 and 2 Steampod products or a Steampod 3.0 and 2 Kérastase travel- size products.

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    Fable
    When: November 25 to November 30
    The Deal: 10% off orders over $200, 15% off orders over $300 and 20% off orders over $500.

    Reformation
    When: November 26 to November 30
    The Deal: 30% off in-store and online.

    Allbirds
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: Exclusive colour drop in the new Tree Dashers on Black Friday. Exclusive colour drop in Wool Runner + Wool Piper on Cyber Monday. In addition, rather than slashing prices (in an effort to counteract the “more is more” mindset around the season), Allbirds will be launching a global initiative called Pay It To The Planet where prices on all products will be raised by $1 CAD on November 27, with the additional proceeds going directly to Fridays For Future, the youth-led international climate movement founded by climate activist Greta Thunberg.

    NYX Professional Makeup
    When: November 24 to November 30
    The Deal: 40% off everything online & in-store.

    Calyx
    When: November 27 to November 30
    The Deal: Buy one, get one 50% off.

    Maybelline New York
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: Up to 30% off Fit Me, Tattoo Brow, Falsies, Instant Age Rewind Concealer and Super Stay Matte Ink on amazon.ca.

    Essie
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: Up to 30% off Gel Couture on amazon.ca.

    Call it Spring
    When: November 1 to November 30
    The Deal: Buy one get one 70% off on all the brand’s vegan and sustainable shoes, plus 30% off all vegan handbags.

    The Body Shop
    When: November 23 to December 2
    The Deal: November 23 to December 2: 30% off site wide and storewide, including limited edition seasonal body care (excluding gifts). November 18 to November 30: buy one get one half off on select gifts. November 27 to November 30: Limited-edition pouch which includes travel size body care and skincare with a $40 value is only $15. 

    Kérastase
    When: November 1 to December 31 
    The Deal: 10% to 20% off select bundles and kits including Blond Mini Trio, 8H Nutritive and Deluxe Double Format Shampoos.

    Garnier
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: Up to 40% off on select products including Micellar All-in-1 Cleansing Water, Whole Blends Honey Treasures, Skinactive Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Mask and Olia Hair Color on amazon.ca.

    Matrix
    When: November 27 and November 30
    The Deal: 20% savings on holiday gift sets. On amazon.ca, the brand is offering 15% off select products.

    Biolage
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  • Watch Nandi Bushell cover My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’

    Nandi Bushell has tackled My Chemical Romance’s ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ for her latest cover.

    The young musician first went viral for her impressive covers a year ago, when she shared a video of her drumming along to Queens Of The Stone Age’s ‘No One Knows’.

    With several other viral covers under her belt, Bushell has entered her “emo phase” with her latest video. The clip shows the 10-year-old dressed up in a marching band outfit – a reference to the costumes worn by My Chemical Romance during the Black Parade era – while nailing the drum part to the 2006 song.

    “I love being able to let out all my energy after a stressful week of home learning and online exams,” Bushell tweeted about the cover. “My daddy said I am starting to go through an #emo phase as I discovered @mychemicalromance this week!” Watch the video below now.

    ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ isn’t the musician’s first cover of 2021. Earlier this month, she marked Jimmy Page’s 77th birthday with an ambitious cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, which saw her taking on the drum, guitar and bass parts.

    Before that, she shared a cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ in a tribute to her burgeoning love of Britpop, saying she had been learning about “this awesome battle between 2 bands called Blur and Oasis”.

    Last year, Bushell caught the attention of Dave Grohl after her take on Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ went viral. The star responded to a challenge posed by Bushell in the summer in which the aspiring rocker challenged the 51-year-old to a drum-off through a video she posted covering Foo Fighters‘ hit song ‘Everlong’.

    Grohl then composed a superhero theme for Bushell, which she then duly responded to, penning ‘Rock and Grohl – The EPIC Battle’.

  • Merry Black Day: Canoodling on Korea’s Anti-Valentine’s Holiday

    [Photographs: Joel Russo, unless otherwise noted]

    On Instagram, a shirtless young man identified only as @hongseokhwa92 half-smiles coyly into the camera for a classically Korean mukbang-style selfie. The caption reads, “Eating and lying down right away! Alone, with Gyo-Chon Honey Combo and one plate of jjajang.”

    Swiping to his second photo, the viewer sees the loot on a table: a cardboard box of honey fried chicken and a bowl of jjajangmyeon. The tongue-in-cheek hashtags? “#Eat. #LieDown #KyoChonHoneyCombo #jjajangmyeon #BlackDay #BlackDay #Healthstagram #ManWhoWorksOut #Selfie.”

    @Hongseokhwa92 may be single—”alone,” as he puts it—but this type of photo has plenty of company on Instagram. Across romance-obsessed South Korea, the unattached are gearing up for April 14, also known as Black Day, an occasion for soaking up the sorrows of singledom with morbid, dark-hued foods—in particular, jjajangmyeon,* a beloved Chinese-immigrant dish of thick, chewy flour noodles smothered in a hearty, glutamate-rich black bean sauce, often containing pork, potato, zucchini, and onions.

    * The name is sometimes spelled jajangmyeon, a version that was chosen by the National Institute of Korean Language in 1986, but colloquially overruled by the popularity of jjajangmyeon with the two initial j‘s, resulting in a sharper pronunciation that some have argued more closely resembles that of the Beijing-based dish, zhajiangmian.

    This holiday of commiseration is set exactly two months after Valentine’s Day, when Korean women are encouraged to give the men of their choice chocolates, in the hope of receiving white chocolates or cookies in return on White Day, celebrated on March 14. (Judging by Instagram, some Koreans celebrate Black Day on March 14 instead of April 14, but this isn’t the norm.) Valentine’s Day and White Day are part of a whole class of “couples’ holidays”—one for each of eleven months of the year—to be celebrated only by the lucky pairs blessed with the benevolent smiles of satisfied parents and the jealous sighs of lonely singletons. Those who find themselves uncoupled are granted Black Day as a consolation prize, albeit a delicious one.

    Every Korean rite has its associated foods, from the throwing of jujubes and chestnuts to symbolize future children at the post-wedding pyebaek ceremony, to peeling the tops of the favorite fruits of ancestors so that the spirits may easily eat them at jesa ancestor-worship rituals. Black Day, however, is a modern holiday that perpetuates an unusually ironic, rather than earnest, take on food’s place in Korean cultural rites and holidays.

    Close-up of a bowl of jjajangmyeon (wheat noodles with black bean sauce)

    The menu at restaurants celebrating Black Day varies: jjajangmyeon, of course (though it’s a delivery or dine-in favorite all year long, consumption of the black bean noodles goes into overdrive on April 14), or noodles colored black with squid ink; black coffee; and black desserts, often containing chocolate. One cafe has even gone so far as to create a black muffin, and some restaurants host special events and competitions for the singles’ day.

    But Gloria Seoyoung, the host of food tour Seoul Foodie Night Out, says she and many singles choose to camp out at friends’ apartments on the holiday, scarfing down jjajangmyeon and tangsuyuk (sweet-and-sour pork). Not only can you get jjajangmyeon from Korean-Chinese restaurants, dropped off at your door via special fast-food delivery motorbikes, humiliated singletons can deposit their sauce-strewn plastic trays and dishes outside their apartments for pickup, never once having to face anyone except the delivery boy/comfort-food savior.

    Over time, the holiday has evolved, taking on a tongue-in-cheek tone that allows singles to mock the traditions of cutesy couples while simultaneously rejoicing in and deriding their own singledom. Black Day has become a pop-cultural joke of sorts, even permeating K-pop consciousness, with girl group Pascol releasing a pro-singles song and accompanying video called “Merry Black Day” (enjoy this translation of the lyrics, which calls Black Day “couples’ hell”).

    “It’s almost like a self-deprecating joke,” says Summer Jung, a research fellow at Stanford who grew up in Seoul. “[Singles] are commiserating but also celebrating.”

    I’d never heard of Black Day until I lived in Seoul, where I dated a sophisticated Korean-Australian-Singaporean man who thoughtlessly crushed my heart like a wingtip extinguishing a Dunhill on the neon-lit Shinchon pavement. This playboy “kicked me” (a literal translation of the Korean phrase for “dumped me”) with this careless but pointed text message: “It’s been nice knowing you and I’m glad we met…by the way, could you introduce me to a blonde American girl before you leave for New York?” Trudging home from my version of psychotherapy, a solo, “Aggretsuko”-style karaoke in my striped track pants and pink hair extensions, I felt oddly broken by a relationship that had never even reached official status.

    After I mourned my situation with a native Korean friend, she demanded that I come over for some jjajangmyeon for Black Day. This unni (slang for “older female friend”), who was 32 to my 20, had been single for a decade, and her plan was to circumnavigate the globe solo after graduate school. Sitting in her cramped, cluttered apartment, stacked high with papers and snail creams, we ordered jjajangmyeon delivery with extra damugi, a tangy, yellow, pickled mu radish that perfectly lightened the heavy black bean sauce. Was I crying from my friend’s spicy kimchi side dish, or over my pathetic twenty-something existence?

    Overhead shot of a bowl of jjajangmyeon (wheat noodles and black bean sauce)

    In that airless apartment, in between wounded slurps of noodles, the sauce sticking to my lips, I listed my grievances about dating in Korea, from the ridiculous group dates to the exorbitantly expensive matchmakers to the nerve-wracking practice of sogaeting, where you blindly meet a friend of a friend. When my friend laughed at me after I lamented that I’d never introduce the perfect Korean boyfriend to my parents, I reproached her. This was serious business—I was getting old! I angrily stole several chopsticksful of her noodles.

    At the end of the night, though, having consumed enough melodramatic K-drama arcs to cathartically purge my misery, I began to believe that I would someday find my happy ending (although, according to K-drama lore, this would happen only after I was bedridden with an incurable case of leukemia, which would woo my handsome lover back to me).

    Black Day taught me that friends and food are a curative fount, and that fount flows with an endless supply of umami-explosive black bean sauce, best experienced with other singles. Like our Instagram friend @hongseokhwa92, I ate to bursting, hailed a cab, and lay down directly upon arriving home. Call it triaging Maslow’s hierarchy, but a food coma always helps a broken heart sleep a little easier.

    A plate of tangsuyuk (Chinese-Korean sweet-and-sour pork) with vegetables

    Tangsuyuk, or Chinese-inspired sweet-and-sour pork, is commonly eaten on Black Day along with jjajangmyeon. [Photograph: Shutterstock]

    “The ritual of sharing jjajangmyeon and tangsuyuk helps rid me and my friends of depression,” Gloria says. “We eat and talk about boys over our food.” Celebrants sometimes gather wearing all black, as if in mourning for their love lives, with the added benefit that black clothing won’t bear the scars of splashes of black bean sauce.

    Summer Jung says that even in elementary school, she and her friends would joke that if they were alone in their twenties, at least they could share jjajangmyeon with one another. She blames South Korea’s couple-centric culture, including the highlighting of Black Day on news channels, radio, and websites, for the ostracization of singles.

    “In Korean society, if you’re older than 25 and haven’t dated anyone, they call you a magician, because it’s like you can perform magic because you’re so rare and unique,” Jung says. “So I think that tells you how much pressure and social stigma there is against single people.” That pressure tends to peak in the spring, the season of matchmaking, in anticipation of Silver Day (July 14), when couples exchange silver promise rings and potential spouses are introduced to families.

    Alex Paik, a director at a marketing and communications agency in Seoul, sees a lot of pressure in the several months of couples-oriented holidays, but also the potential for a romantic silver lining to Black Day’s miseries: “Black Day perpetuates the atmosphere of courtship among those without a partner, thereby making it not awkward to bring up [courtship] in discussion with someone you’re interested in.”

    Though it’s unclear exactly when and how South Korea’s mid-month relationship-focused holidays, like Silver Day and White Day, got started, they’re usually chalked up to the work of eager corporate marketers looking to profit off of youthful romantic longings. (One of the more absurd examples of this phenomenon, Pepero Day, calls for friends and lovers to exchange Pepero treats, a line of Pocky-like chocolate-dipped sticks, every November 11.) But Black Day is the dark finale, the Return of the Jedi of the trio of major love-centric holidays, in a nation where couples flaunt their unity on Instagram by donning matching coats, shirts, and even underwear.

    Still, there’s light at the end of the tunnel: June 14 is Kiss Day, when you can start the cycle again by confessing your affections for a crush, perhaps even sealing your new romance with a kiss freshened by the last of your Lotte Black gum. If not, Black Day will still be waiting for you next year, the friendship-solidifying holiday of a jjajangmyeon lover’s dreams.

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