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RIP: Virgil Abloh Dead at 41 after private battle with cancer

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Louis Vuitton artistic director and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh died Sunday in Chicago, Ill, after a private 2-year battle with cancer. He was 41.

In 2019, Abloh was diagnosed with malignant primary cardiac angiosarcoma, an extremely rare tumor of the heart.

His death was announced in a tweet by luxury group LVMH and the Off-White label on Sunday.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH said in a statement.

The designer was the first Black man to head a major European fashion house when Louis Vuitton named him as menswear designer in 2018.

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Abloh graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He received his Master of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006.

He first gained fame in the mid-2000s through his affiliation with rap producer Ye, formerly Kanye West, after the two met at a Chicago print shop where Abloh worked.

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Abloh interned at Fendi in the same class as Ye in 2009. He worked in Fendi’s Rome, Italy office, where he and Ye began to collaborate on designs.

In 2010, Ye appointed Abloh as creative director of his DONDA agency. In 2011, Ye hired Abloh as the artistic director for his and Jay Z‘s album Watch the Throne.

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Abloh founded his second fashion house Off-White in 2013. He launched Off-White’s women’s wear line in 2014.

In 2018, Abloh designed a custom Off-White gown and veil for Hailey Bieber‘s wedding day. On the veil, he included his famous quotation marks design around the words “till death do us part”.

In 2019, LVMH reported a 20% growth in sales attributed in part to Abloh’s appointment as artistic director.

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In July 2021, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced it acquired a 60% stake in Off-White, with Abloh retaining 40%.

Abloh leaves behind his wife, Shannon Sundberg, and their two children.

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Kanye West Hints He Wants To Collaborate With Nike’s Air Jordan With Cryptic Post

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Kanye West shared two new photos, including one with the Michael Jordan jumpman logo and one with a comment from the basketball legend’s son Marcus asking his father to collaborate with him.

Kanye West, 44, teased a possible future collaboration with Nike and Michael Jordan in his latest post! The rapper shared a black and white photo of the popular Air Jordan jumpman logo as well as a screenshot of the former professional basketball player’s son Marcus Jordan expressing interest for him and DJ Khaled to team up with his dad and the sneaker company in the future, on Jan. 21.

“Let’s make THAT convo happen. It’s a new year, new teeth, new stores, new watches, new whips and new convos,” Marcus’ comment read in the pic.

Kanye’s caption for the surprising post only included an emoji of two eyes looking forward, indicating it’s something he may be looking into. It didn’t take long for his fans to respond with questions and excitement about what he might be planning.

Kanye West teased a possible Nike collaboration in a recent social media post. (Image Press Agency/NurPhoto/Shutterstock)

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Ari Lennox Swears Off Interviews & Visits To South Africa After Disrespectful Podcast Appearance

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Ari Lennox is so fed up after a run-in with podcaster MacGyver “MacG” Mukwevho that Complex reports she swore off interviews and ever visiting MacG’s native country of South Africa. The R&B singer appeared on his Podcast and Chill show where a question about very sexy lyrics one of her songs called “Pop” turned into an ambush that left her feeling blindsided. “And where are we at right now? Is someone fucking you good right now?” MacG asked.

The 30-year-old was obviously shocked and uncomfortable with the question while the host simply continued laughing. “Oh my god. Wow! That’s a wild question,” she said. Why ask it that way? Whoa.” He brought up her own lyrics to justify coming at her sideways with that personal question. Despite the inappropriate turn, Ari tried to push through it and finish the interview like the professional she is.  After the interview, the “Pressure” singer took to Twitter to share her frustration with the unacceptable situation.

“I’m just like…why was I alone on a call full of people? Why didn’t anyone intervene?” she wrote on Friday. “And why wasn’t parts of the interview destroyed like the team promised? Why did it happen to begin with? I just feel slow and ambushed and blindsighted. Just because I happily and freely sing/write about sex don’t make any kind of creepy disrespect warranted. I clearly was in immense shock and hate that I didn’t react differently.”

MacG is known for catching guests off-guard with controversial questions, but that doesn’t mean Ari should have to put up with this kind of treatment. Although she is known for being down-to-earth and accessible, this moment was the last straw. After repeatedly getting trolled for her looks and even bullied online for enjoying her trip to Ghana, Ari is going the Beyoncé route and shutting down interviews for the foreseeable future.

“I’m tired of the narrative,” she wrote. “Exhausted. I’m good I promise. But as for interviews I’m not doing them anymore. There’s enough lives and interviews out there already. … I’ve been my most happiest creating music and exploring life sober. I’m not allowing anything to tamper with my peace anymore.”

Publicly checking MacG and everyone involved in the interview wasn’t enough. Ari called out everyone making comments that defended the disrespect. In response to a comment saying, “If you hate being treated like a piece of meat then stop marketing yourself as a butchery,” she swore off ever stepping foot in the whole country. It sounds a bit extreme, but who wants to visit a country full of people telling you that you deserve to be sexually harassed or even worse for putting out songs with sexual lyrics? Hard pass!

“South Africa! Y’all got it!!! Heard you loud and clear. This won’t be a place I will ever visit,” she wrote. “Really got grown men justifying rape and predatory culture. Disgusting.”

Hopefully, a break from social media and interviews is just what Ari needs to focus on the follow-up to her instant classic Shea Butter Baby album.

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Erika Jayne Changes Caption After Lisa Rinna is Accused of Blackfishing, See RHOBH Star’s Photo Post

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RHOBH's Erika Jayne Changes Caption After Lisa Rinna is Accused of Blackfishing for Seemingly Channeling Donna Summer

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Erika Jayne has changed the caption of a photo she shared of herself and Lisa Rinna amid Lisa’s Larger Than Life Launch for her Rinna Beauty line on Thursday.

After attending the event with the entire cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12, including newbies Sanela Diana Jenkins and Sheree Zampino, Erika took it upon herself to alter her caption after Lisa’s alleged Donna Summer-inspired look led to claims of blackfishing against the soap actress turned reality star.

On January 20, Erika posted a side-by-side photo of herself and Lisa. And, as revealed in a screenshot shared by Bravo Snark Side on Instagram, she compared the two of them to “Donna and Jerry” in the caption, seemingly giving a nod to Donna and model Jerry Hall, the former girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

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Once her post went live, Erika was flooded with comments from her fans and followers, many of whom deemed the look inappropriate and offensive.

“If that is Donna Summers…..Rinna be hitting up the black face!” one person said.

“It’s giving blackface,” another agreed.

A third said that Lisa was staying “problematic” by “blackfishing.”

“That face makeup is not ok [Lisa Rinna],” someone else wrote.

Other people compared Lisa’s look to the Diana Ross-inspired costume Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps sported during a Halloween party thrown by co-star Dorinda Medley in October 2017.

“First Luann, now Rinna?!?!” an Instagram user asked.

“Rinna and Lu both sure do love that lowkey blackface,” another added.

Following the controversy, Erika returned to Instagram, where she changed her caption from “Donna and Jerry” to “Cher and  Jerry.”

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Although Lisa has yet to speak out about the claims being made against her, Luann did choose to address the scandal she faced years ago.

“I had makeup on, but not anything that would make me look– I had like, tanning cream on,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I think that the tanning cream, and the big hairpiece I have, which was amazing… I was doing my version of Diana Ross.”

“I was being an impersonator for Halloween,” she continued. “I didn’t mean to offend anyone by being Diana Ross for Halloween, it just didn’t even kind of enter my mind… and all of a sudden it became a thing,” she added. “I’m so sorry. I don’t want it to be a thing, so I apologize if I have offended.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 will premiere on Bravo sometime later this year.

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