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LEMON BRANDS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW AGENCY AND WEBSITE!

By Melvin Browne

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For Immediate Release

Lemon Brands Announces Launch of New Agency and Website

Atlanta, Georgia – Friday, March 7th, 2014 (Lemon Brands) – Today Brand Director Melvin Browne launched operations and company website for boutique creative agency Lemon Brands. In the works since fall of 2013, the new agency has come into full swing this new year. Based in both Atlanta, Georgia and New York, New York, Lemon Brands is set to cover from small businesses to fortune 500 companies with fresh, innovative, and branded marketing solutions.

Lemon Brands is a full-service boutique creative agency that cultivates businesses and products through strategic branding, interactive marketing, social media strategy, product & brand development, innovative solutions and graphic design.

Staffed by a cutting edge pool of graphic designers, project managers, and content developers, Lemon Brands flexibility and special attention to relevance and detail will certainly fuel a great amount of success in the year 2014.

Lemon Brands has already established a diverse roster of clientele. For mentioning – Swell Caroline, Oliver Allen, CoreyBoi Styles, Inovation3 and HomoCouture.Com. The Lemon Brands agency is full service and their creativity is endless. The small business friendly agency specializes in several markets and industries ranging from Fashion/Apparel industries to Minority and LGBTQ Markets.

Lemon Brands aims to have an amazing year and continued success. Lemon Brands invites all businesses seeking marketing and branded solutions to visit the company website site at www.LemonBrands.Com for a full scope of services.

Contact:
Melvin Browne
Brand Director
Lemon Brands
Melvin@LemonBrands.Com

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Tamar Braxton’s HOT SUGAR!

By Stephfon Guidry

a4b34-tamarbraxtonhotsugarthewalkinmannequinTamar Braxton is sticky, sweet, and sexy in her new music video for “Hot Sugar” off her debut album “Love and War”. Tamar (@TamarBraxtonHer) is serving the kids a #SNATCHED body and sex appeal.  Hypnotizing her fan base the “Tamartians” gag over her looks and choreography. Tamar serves face and opulence with a wet look close up in the beginning of the video.  Tamar takes a bold move, in keeping the sets and effects to a minimum which ultimately strengthens the edginess of the music video.  The ‘Hot Sugar’ video features a gang of gays popping and dropping in kilts keeping in step with Tamar’s exuberant energy. A new mom and mogul, Tamar is taking over with this fire video for a club banging hit. She throws her body and hair from side to side seducing you as she lures you to sing to “He want that Sugar, that HOT SUGAR all night!” But if you are still questioning her talent, I’ll let the “Hot Sugar” snatch your sweet tooth so check it out

House of Versace

By Jon Puché

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The House of Versace, a Lifetime movie docudrama starring Enrico Colantoni and Gina Gershon, is a supposed true depiction of how the fashion power house persevered through tragedy and turmoil after losing its head designer and creator Gianni Versace to murder and bounced back as one of the world’s largest and most successful fashion labels of our time. The movie, even though a lot less extravagant and editorial as we would have expected, was very interesting and eye-opening. It brought you into the head space of Fashion Icon Donatella Versace and how she dealt with the overwhelming changes in her life from her brother’s murder, the demands of the fashion world, to her addiction to cocaine, her divorce and facing bankruptcy. Despite the lack of effort and money put into production on this project, Gina delivered an amazing performance as Donatella.

“What the movie didn’t give you in opulence; Gina Gershon gave you in character”. She slayed!

Screen-Shot-2013-09-25-at-10.22.15The famous bleach-blonde wig and deep voiced Italian accent only made Gershon more believable. The fashion shows and photo shoots throughout the movie were not the Versace we all know and love but it gave you a great inside look at how the Versace Family worked to keep the dream of Gianni alive. There are many points in the movie where you “GET YOUR LIFE”, especially the scene when Donatella and Versace’s CEO, Santo, are meeting with their creditors and she says to one of them, “If you are going to put me on a tight leash it better be diamond-studded or you can kiss my ass.”, I gagged!  If you are expecting to get the glitz and glam of the early-mid 90’s, when Versace was in its prime, then it’s not the movie for you but if you want to see how a family torn by murder, jealousy, divorce and drugs triumph and make a DAMN good come back, then this is your movie.

The movie aired on Lifetime Network on Saturday at 8pm and will be in encore viewings throughout the week (Be sure to check your local listings). You can also check it out on MyLifetime.com.

Same-Sex Marriage in the Garden State

By Stephfon Guidry

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Jersey boys grab your tuxedos, wedding gowns, and book the chapel’s because marriage equality is coming soon! Judge Mary Jacobson of Mercer County Supreme Court ruled this past Friday that Same-Sex Marriage is set to happen LEGALLY in the Garden State of New Jersey on October 21st 2013. No longer will Jersey residents need to cross the bridge into Manhattan to tie the knot, they will be able to perform their own nuptials at home.

Judge Jacobson ruled in favor of Same-Sex Marriage after reviewing the United States v. Windsor case. She wrote a 53-page opinionated essay detailing her views on the matter of legalizing same-sex marriage.  “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution,” said Judge Jacobson to press on Friday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie publicly opposes same-sex marriage equality on the stance that he is following the will of the voters.  Spokesman Michael Drewniak for Governor Christie commented on the matter saying, “Governor Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day.” While Governor Christie’s camp gears up to appeal and possibly freeze this ruling, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) seeks to change Gov. Christie’s mind on the matter altogether. Menendez stated, “I am thrilled this court decision now brings us closer to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equality and I urge our governor and state attorney general to accept this ruling and finally give same-sex couples in New Jersey the equal rights they deserve.”

DOMA and more states than ever have developed their views on marriage and love. These political victories for civil rights represent the progressive culture of America. The battle for Same-Sex Marriage and civil liberties is still on going but for the moment it seems Jersey boys can count this a win as they are ready to hear wedding bells.

HC Shots and the Cast of NOSHADE!

By Stephfon Guidry
Photos By Mia Marcus

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#YesGawd the cast of NoShade gave me life as they partied with HomoCouture during New York fashion week. My sit down at the bar was both entertaining and uplifting with cast mates: David Bradyn (Noel), Terry Torro (Eric), Donnie DuRight (Kori) and Tamara M. Williams (Danielle). Each member of the cast gave great insight to the ins and outs of creating their ‘dramedy’ of a web series.

HC: Who is the actual writer/ creator of the show?

NS: “Director, Sean Anthony, came up with storyline and the cast knew they wanted to write a show.” David Bradyn detailed, “We knew we were going to write [the show] together. We knew who our characters were and wanted to write a story that was authentic to our experiences. It’s based on true stories, things that have happened and can happen. ”

HC: So you each got to create your characters back stories?

NS: “Yes” Tamara chimed in saying, “As writer/actors we not only add authenticity to the show, but we definitely add a story that hasn’t been told yet.” These untold stories are present in each character on the show. For example, Noel exploring his sexuality in a traditional West Indian household, Danielle’s emotional roller-coaster as she fights for her transgender rights and Kori’s aspiring artists lifestyle while navigating in the “gay family” dynamic. Eric rounds out the group with his bourgeois and promiscuous antics but each member of the NoShade family is definitely a different shade of gay!

HC: Damien Crawford had a cameo on the show; should we expect any more surprise guest stars?

NS: Donnie DuRight replied, “That’s up to Sean. He does his networking and whoever he brings in we always know it’s going to be magic!” Terry Torro let it slip, “There will be a surprise guest for the season finale.” The most they were able to clue me in on were these remarks, “It’s a fab artist that you already live for.”

HC: With serious topics how do you guys keep the show fun?

NS: “Majority of the time we are just having a good time filming the show. Sean keeps us serious when we get a little off—Quiet on Set,” said Donnie DuRight jokingly.

HC: Will the cast stay this tight knit group or are you very Drake #NoNEWfriends?

NS: Terry Torro gave his thoughts, “We would love to have it that way but this is real life you never know what happens.” Donnie DuRight added, “Sean is keeping season 2 very quiet, he slipped telling us that we might add few small characters. But honestly we are just excited to read what story he brings to us to see where the show is going.”

HC: Tamara is Danielle Williams getting a love interest?

NS: “This is real life. I would be very jealous of Danielle if she did. Danielle is first transitioning. When you are going through that time in your life it is about rebirth of yourself,” was Tamara’s heartfelt response. Her powerful testimony and story-line adds depth and visibility to the transgender community–#YASGawd.

The talented cast overwhelmed me with their class, wit, and REALness throughout the entire interview. We chatted about their most memorable and/or fun scenes to shoot. Many hinted that the first episode and the season finale hold that title.

LIKE #NOShade on Facebook, Tumblr and IG/Twitter @Noshadeseries to get your LIFE! For the latest updates or to catch up on the Latest Episodes Check Out their YouTube Channel. Get into the Photos of the Creator and Cast Members at the HomoCouture.Com Fashion Week Event in NYC!

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What’s next for the Show/Cast? No Shade is going from the Big Apple to the Lone Star State for Dallas DFW Pride Event October 3-7. Their country chic promo gave me everything so give it a look here:

New Music Video: J. Cole “Crooked Smile”

By Stephfon Guidry

J.Cole-Crooked-SmileJ. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is a sit down and listen track with a video that demands attention from his “Born Sinner” album. J. Cole spits out storytelling lyrics detailing a tale of two fathers. He portrays a father preparing for his daughter’s birthday as another featured actor is playing Cop. It is in their clash that everything in the story gets gritty and real. J.Cole’s music video visually depicts this hard knock life of being a family man and getting caught up. The bullet has no name or age limit which is so true to current events. Gun violence is present everywhere in America as the video states and it is no longer a random happenstance.

“Crooked Smile” is bursting with lyrics all about self-love and embracing your flaws. TLC is a perfect fit for the chorus to the track for this uplifting single. J. Cole pairs emotional lyrics with deep imagery. The dedication is clear and painfully beautiful for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7 year-old victim to gun violence in a police raid. Take a few moments and let “Crooked Smile” lyrically bring a smile to your face then visually bring tears to your eyes.

Miley Cyrus Breaks the Mold in “Wrecking Ball” Music Video

By Stephfon Guidry

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Red lipstick, Doc Martens, a T-Shirt and panties on the “Wrecking Ball” music video demolishes Miley Cyrus’s All American pop persona. The song is packed with vulnerable lyrics leaving her emotions naked to your ears and eyes.  She takes the video to the edge with raunchy sexual visuals and tattoos. Grinding a wrecking ball, destroying cement walls or almost giving a sledgehammer fellatio Miley Cyrus’s video is a middle finger to her haters.

Miley Cyrus rocks out in “Wrecking Ball” without a care for any of her recent press about her ethics or moral character. Miley Cyrus gives an unapologetic video in lieu of her recent MTV music awards nude twerking debacle. Her tongue wagged for all to see in sighting horrified faces from the Smiths and unbothered expressions from the Barbadian bad gal Rihanna herself. It all boils down to one question does sex sell? Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video is borderline sex-tape or just enough with this girl who can’t be tamed!

Obama Optimistic For Diplomatic Syria Decision

By Stephfon Guidry

110203_biden_obama_clinton_ap_605President Obama plots a fine line between diplomacy and military action with the Syria situation. After receiving intelligence that Syria was in development of chemical weapons he began to consult with advisers on options. President Barrack Obama presents his case to the public clearly and pulls no vague punches.

 “If we can accomplish this limited goal without taking military action, that would be my preference,” Obama said. “On the other hand, if we don’t maintain and move forward without a credible threat of military pressure, I don’t think we’ll actually get the kind of agreement I’d like to see.” (CNN.com reports) While President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin do not share sociological views they are currently working together to end the Syria conflict for global safety. As military action looms on the horizon Syria President Bashsar al-Assad found the Russian diplomatic plan agreeable. Syria is a nation in the midst of a bloody 2 year civil war with a death toll up to 100,000. Further warfare for Syria only exacerbates resources which is why President Obama and other world leaders are adamant to use an attack as a last resort.

2016 potential presidential nominee, Hillary R. Clinton, former Secretary of State weighed in on her views of the Administration’s plans after the Russian diplomacy came forward Monday. She tells CNN, this is an “important step” expounding further with “But this cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction. And Russia has to support the international community’s efforts sincerely or be held to account.” 

The entire global and national political world stands on the fence assessing the goings on between the US and Syria. It is certain that President Obama follows the age old adage that “history favors the prepared” as the Syria situation is far from done.

Remembering September 11th

By HomoCouture

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Today New York will be remembering one of the most horrific acts of domestic terrorism in US history. Throughout the day the nation will be holding ceremonies in various cities to pay honor to the victims of the 2001 World Trade Center and the Pentagon attacks. Tonight in New York majestic blue twin beams will light up near the World Trade Center site to honor the towers and victims. The illuminated memorial reaches 4 miles into the sky and can be seen pretty much from anywhere in New York. Feel free to comments with stories and memorials. God Bless

Colorless Runways this Reason!?

By Stephfon Guidry

glambethannMercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York takes the city by storm with its tantalizing style, opulent couture and runways as far as the eye can see. But on the runway beneath the decadent new duds of next season are the bodies all colorless? Is the fashion industry leaning further away from using models of color on these couture catwalks? Jourdan Dunn (@missjourdandunn) tweeted earlier in the year about not being cast in a Dior show, “I’m normally told I’m cancelled because I’m ‘coloured’ so being cancelled because of my boobs is a minor : )” The mere fact that a top model such as Dunn needs to talk about color should sound the bells.

Former model turned model agency owner, Bethann Hardison authored an open letter  to the fashion world (London, New York, Milan, Paris) talking about this racist global discrimination. Hardison presents a list of the designers with one or no models of color in their shows. Bethan Hardison blasts designers saying “Not accepting another based on the color of their skin is clearly beyond “aesthetic” when it is consistent with the designer’s brand.” She expounds further, “Whether it’s the decision of the designer, stylist or casting director, that decision to use basically all white models, reveals a trait that is unbecoming to modern society.”

Supermodel IMAN, now cosmetics mogul, recently voiced her views to Good Morning America, “I’m not calling any designers racist but the act [of exclusion] itself is racist…There were more models of color on the runway in the 70’s than there are now in 2013.” Iman was joined in the interview by none other than reigning runway diva and supermodel, Naomi Campbell as well as Bethann Hardison. The Council of Fashion Desingers of America (CFDA) sent an email to all designers saying that “The most powerful message is one of diversity.” However sadly it seems designers use and abuse the excuse of “artistic vision” or the “aesthetic of the line”. It is clear that the Diversity Coalition has its work cut out for it and these strong women of color are not going to sit in silence.

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Tamartian’s ‘Love & War’ has Landed!

By Stephfon Guidry

tamar-love-and-war-coverLove & War catapults Tamara Braxton from reality TV Star to R&B sensation. Tamar delivers sensational trained and ranged vocal ability on her new album. With a legion of fans and “Tamartians” the Real talk show hosts vows to let her music legitimate her as an artist. She is more than her hair flips, catch phrases, and talk “Love & War” plays like a musical love letter. Tamara Braxton clearly sings about what she knows and who she is—a grown woman in love and it works! Love & War is packed with jams like “The One”, “All the Way Home”, “Hot Sugar” , “Stay and Fight” and “Pieces” which is why it is flying of shelves.  So are you ready to crown Tamara Braxton a Queen of R&B or is she just out of this world with her Love & War Album?

John Legend Bares all in New Album “Love in the Future”

By Stephfon Guidry

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John Legend’s ‘Love In The Future’ is all about love whether you’ve got it, want it, lost it or are lusting for it; beginning to end the album tells some chapter in your life’s love story. John Legend plays with new and old sound that all compliments his vocals perfectly. He is truly coming into his own as a vocalist. Male R&B is rekindled as John Legend belts out each bridge, verse and chorus song after song in Love In the Future.

He released “Who do We Think We Are?” featuring rap titan Rickey Rozay aka Rick Ross. The decadent lyrics and tone of the song craft a brand new love story. As his 2nd released music video, “Made to Love” portrays love as psychedelic drug melting with lust and music. Love in the Future is a definite staple for late nights and early mornings in the bedroom.

Love in the Future takes you on a ride in music with songs like “The Beginning”, “All of Me”, “Dreams” “For the First Time” & “Wanna Be Loved”.  The album takes notes from the past to with 70’s inspired music then flashes forward, keeping a constant pulse on fresh R&B. As if his “nude” spoof viral video wasn’t enough exposure, John Legend bares his heart and soul in Love in the Future. Is the “Love In the Future” a step forward or step back for John Legend? Give it a listen and let HC know!!

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In Theaters: Riddick

RDK_31_5_Promo_4C_5F.inddRiddick (2013) – also known to fans as Riddick 3 – is the third movie installment in the highly regarded series that launched with Pitch Black (2000) and was followed up with The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). Vin Diesel reprises the title role and teams up once again with director and writer David Twohy for this highly anticipated movie.

The plot focuses on the anti-hero Riddick; he has been left for dead on a desert planet where he finds himself fighting for his life against alien predators far more vicious than any human he has ever faced. Riddick is forced to use a beacon to alert the very bounty hunters he has been evading to come and collect him as this is the only way he can possibly escape. Riddick Hits Theaters Everywhere Today! Check Out the Movie Trailer and Photos Below.

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