Saturday, 1 October 2022

Fashion is Coming! Experience Africa’s finest fashion at the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend

Fashion is Coming! Experience Africa’s finest fashion at the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend

Fashion and style enthusiasts around the world can once again look forward to experiencing unparalleled fashion moments at the 2022 Guaranty Trust, GTCO Fashion Weekend scheduled to hold on November 12th and 13th, 2022, at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Lagos.

GTCO Fashion Weekend is a free business platform that combines elements of global fashion trends, the delicate nuances of African streetwear styles, and human creative enterprise to create one of the most delightful experiences in fashion retail.

Over the years, the event has brought together universally celebrated fashion icons and engaging style personalities to interact with young Africans who are passionate about fashion.

This year’s event will feature masterclasses, runway shows, free retail stalls, and a streetwear village. All-comers are in for an immersive shopping experience as indigenous small businesses showcase their fashion collections and style accessories.

Commenting on the 2022 GTCO Fashion Weekend, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We have kept our vision of supporting Small and Medium Enterprises in focus through the uncertain times of the past two years.

“Just like our core values as a financial institution, our promise of Promoting Enterprise will never change. We will continue to lend the full weight of our franchise to improving the lives and livelihoods of every African, not only through servicing the full range of our customers’ financial needs with innovative products and services, but also by creating and championing initiatives that help businesses and economies thrive.”

He further stated that; “Fashion is primarily a form of self-expression, and in light of everything that has happened since our last Fashion Weekend event in 2019, we are happy to be able to explore the possibilities within the fashion industry locally and abroad, particularly as people increasingly return outdoors and get to experiment with new fashion and style ideas.”

Guaranty Trust Bank is the flagship subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services across eleven countries spanning West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom.

The Group operates a diversified, proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement, especially through its non-profit, consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses, which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond.

The GTCO Fashion Weekend is critically acclaimed as one of the main events in Africa’s fashion circuit and its 5th edition is sure to entertain.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Diddy Confirms He Executive Produced Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap'

Diddy Confirms He Executive Produced Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap'

After some speculation, Diddy has finally confirmed to the public that he was one of the executive producers of Nipsey Hussle‘s Victory Lap.

In a recent interview with Real 92.3 Los Angeles, Puff first revealed that somebody tried to “jerk” him but he fortunately managed to fix the issue. ”I’m actually one of the executive producers of Nipsey Hussle’s last album,” he affirmed. “A lot of people don’t know this, we got them to change it in Wikipedia. Somebody at the label tried to leave my name out but he came to me and said, ‘I want you to be a part of helping me finish up this album.’”

“That’s why I have so much footage of us in the studio because the last five days of him finishing the album, he said, ‘Would you come on as one of the executive producers?’” he added. ”We had started really getting extra close and tight and then everything happened.”

Diddy also opened up about the late artist’s willingness to learn anything and everything about the industry — an attitude he admired. “Nip had no ego,” he shared. “Nip came to me saying, ‘I want you to mentor me, I want to get into real estate. I want you to teach me, all your business secrets!’ I was like, whatever you got questions, pull up!”

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Uptown Style Takes Focus During Harlem Fashion Week

Uptown Style Takes Focus During Harlem Fashion Week

Harlem Fashion Week is an explosion of culture and style that bridges the downtown fashion hub to uptown.


HFW celebrated season ten at the Harlem Parish, a central and more convenient location for Harlem residence to attend. The family duo, Tandra Birkett and Yvoonne Jewnell, championed the evening with an eclectic display of fashion creations and industry honorees. 

The celebrated honorees include Janet Rodriguez of So Harlem Inc., Fashion pioneer Egypt Ufele of Chubii Line, Ashley J. Sharpton of National Action Network, Billy Council of Councilhim Foundation, Business Coach Ellie Diopand, Fashion Stylist Ty Hunter and Harlem’s legendary fashion icon Dapper Dan.

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The event showcased emerging fashion brands competing for the Harlem Fashion Week Emerging Designer Award. Baayfall Hustler, Hennaflower Couture, Tiye Eliza, Live Now Clothing and Monet by Liaa. Rhonda Taylor Gooden of Chez Laa Reine Boutique was selected winner for her Parision chic, Chez Laa Reine Collection. A care-free, flowing and fun collection of dress looks for the occomplished woman. In February of 2019, Rhonda took a leap of faith and opened her ladies’ boutique. 

Rhonda is the only African-American owned ladies’ boutique established in Huntington Village, West Suffolk County, Long Island. “To inspire women to feel their best by dressing their best is my form of therapy for revitalizing self-confidence and wellness.” explains Rhonda. “So, my boutique works as a conduit, which allows me to apply my training in sociology, and my enthusiasm for fashion; to better serve my community. It’s a blessing to have many talents unfold as a career in an occupation you love. I can apply my many talents with creativity in fashion.” 


HFW offers fashion hopefuls a series of events throughout fashion week that include fashion finance coaching, industry panel discussions, business workshops and social networking. Harlem Fashion Week is celebrated bi-annually and welcomes fashion creators from all over to present their wears in the historic community of Harlem, NY were style icons are made. 



Harlem Fashion Week
Tandra Birkett

Chez Laa Reine Boutique

Rhonda Taylor-Gooden


Monday, 22 August 2022

Drake loses 120 million Naira betting on Kamaru Usman to beat Leon Edwards

Drake loses 120 million Naira betting on Kamaru Usman to beat Leon Edwards

Drake loses 120 million Naira on Kamaru Usman. Usman could not make Drake money like Israel Adesanya 2 months ago.

Canadian rapper, singer, and actor Aubrey Drake Graham rose to the top of the trend after the action at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 278.

Drake placed a sizeable amount of money on Nigerian-American professional mixed martial artist (MMA) Kamarudeen Usman in the welterweight championship fight.

Usman suffered a shock defeat to Jamaican-born British professional MMA star Leon Edwards in the early hours of Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Drake a high-profile celebrity is known to gamble on several UFC fights with huge amounts of money.

Monday, 15 August 2022

Rihanna Dethrones Kim Kardashian As America’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Rihanna Dethrones Kim Kardashian As America’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaire

Rihanna has set a high bar in her debut year on forbes World’s Billionaires list.

At 34, the nine-time Grammy winner and beauty brand proprietor has been named as the the youngest self-made billionaire in the U.S. with a net worth of $1.4 billion. She takes the title from 41-year-old Kim Kardashian, who has a net worth of $1.8 billion. Both also appear on Forbes’ list of Twitter’s most-followed billionaires, which Rihanna leads.

As Forbes notes, Rihanna’s immense fortune was made in music career and her entrepreneurial endeavors. Her biggest brand is Fenty Beauty, which is co-owned by French luxury retailer LVMH and generated $550 million in 2020. She also has a 30 percent stake in Savage x Fenty lingerie, which had a $1 billion valuation in 2021.

Being Barbados’ first billionaire apparently hasn’t gone to Rihanna’s head, though.

Saturday, 13 August 2022

TLC Singer Chili Sparked Dating Rumors When Spotted With Actor Matthew Lawrence

TLC Singer Chili Sparked Dating Rumors When Spotted With Actor Matthew Lawrence

According to Radar Online, TLC member Chilli(actual name Rozonda Thomas) and actor Matthew Lawrence have the rumor mill going after the pair was recently spotted on a beach together in Hawaii.

Lawrence is currently going through a divorce from estranged wife Cheryl Burke, Radar Online reports.

Paparazzi snapped photos of the supposed couple soaking in some sun on the beach, according to images obtained by TMZ.

A rep for Chili allegedly said to TMZ that the two actors are not dating, according to Popsugar.

To clear the air of any speculation, Chilli’s rep told TMZ that the “Waterfalls” singer is shooting a show on the island and invited friends to come out and show her support, Radar Online reports. 

Lawrence has tried to stay out of the public eye since Burke filed to end their three-year union in February,  Radar Online reported. 

Lawrence and Burke met while on “Dancing with the Stars” and got married but eventually drew apart, “We definitely did try. People evolve. People grow. And sometimes they grow together and sometimes they, unfortunately, grow apart,” Burke said to People in May of their breakup.

Burke also added on her podcast Burke In The Game, “At the end of the day, you know, when I close my eyes and go to bed, it is kind of lonely,” she disclosed in July.

“I wouldn’t mind having a text relationship with someone or even just someone to flirt with,” Burke continued, saying she is “open to definitely starting to date, slowly but surely.”

Source : Radar Online

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Diddy Pays Sting $2,000 a Day For a Sample He Used in the ’90s

Diddy Pays Sting $2,000 a Day For a Sample He Used in the ’90s

Rapper and record executive Sean “Diddy” Combs rose to prominence in the 1990s alongside his good friend, The Notorious B.I.G. After Biggie’s death, Diddy paid tribute to the “Hypnotize” rapper with his own song. But the Sting song that it sampled continues to cost him money to this day.

Diddy sampled The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ for his song ‘I’ll Be Missing You’

The Notorious B.I.G.’s death in 1997 rocked the music industry and let to an outpouring of condolences for his loved ones. That same year, Diddy — who went by Puff Daddy at the time — released “I’ll Be Missing You,” a heartfelt tribute to Biggie featuring R&B group 112 and his ex-wife, Faith Evans. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song famously samples The Police’s 1983 hit “Every Breath You Take.” Sampling had become a common practice in hip-hop (thanks in part to artists like Biggie), but laws around sampling remained unclear.

Diddy never cleared the sample with The Police, leading to some frustration from the band’s members and some financial difficulties for Diddy. 

Diddy didn’t ask to sample the song, so he owes Sting $2,000 a day for the song

If Diddy had asked permission to sample The Police’s iconic song, he likely would have only had to pay 25 percent of the publishing royalties. But because of copyright law, Sting — the group’s frontman — was able to claim 100 percent of the royalties.

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