Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss became the winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Announced at a ceremony dinner on Nov. 5, Jean-Raymond received a $400,000 prize which, for a black designer, is a lot to help an already great brand even better. Pyer Moss is a luxury brand that is centered on activism and Black culture. This was on full display at what was a historic Spring/Summer ’19 show in Brooklyn in September where Jean-Raymond showcased designs exclusive to the label and for a collaboration with Reebok. This award was much deserved for Pyer Moss, and I can’t wait to see where the brand goes from here.
And in other news…
Cardi B Lands Deal with Reebok
Our favorite Bronx girl Cardi B just keeps on securing bags! It was announced earlier this week that the hip-hop starlet just signed a deal with legendary athletic brand Reebok to promote their Aztrek Sneaker, which will be retailing for $100. Along with the shoe, Cardi will also be promoting apparel by the brand. There hasn’t been much details revealed about the deal, but either way, she is two-stepping her way to the bank. I ain’t mad at her. Source: WWD
Missy Elliott Makes History
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is finally getting the propers that she deserves. On Wednesday, Elliott (who is one of my all-time favorite artists to listen to) made history as the first female rapper to be nominated for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. An artist is normally nominated for this twenty years after the commercial release of their first song. Since 1997, Missy has been giving us hit after hit. After being snubbed for the MTV Video Vanguard Award (and all of Black America giving MTV hell for it), this honor is much deserved for the icon. The ceremony takes place on June 13, and I’m sure Missy’s performance and speech will be the epitome of epic. Source: HuffPost Black Voices