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Will Smith's ex-wife Sheree Zampino is accused of selling fake bags online.

According to MTO News, a group of angry customers contacted the FBI to report Zampino for allegedly selling bootleg designer bags at designer prices.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills "friend" reportedly sells the high end bags on her online boutique called Sheree Elizabeth Boutique.

"I take great pleasure in buying & selecting each item offered at Sheree Elizabeth Boutique," she writes on her website. "My mission is to provide each customer access to a variety of coveted styles, designs, and trends in order to create a unique shopping experience that you won't find anywhere else!"

But Zampino's clients complained that she sold them cheap Chinese knock off handbags which look similar to the authentic bags but with noticeable differences.

It's illegal and a federal offense to knowingly sell bootleg designer handbags. The offense is punishable by prison time and a stiff fine.

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Zampino, 54, is actor Will Smith's first wife. They were married from 1992 to 1995 and they share a son named Trey Smith, 29.

She also has a daughter by her second husband, Terrell Fletcher. Zampino and Fletcher separated in 2014 after 7 years of marriage.

Zampino responded to the allegations in a video on her Instagram page.
 

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Rihanna is expanding her Fenty Hair Brand to take over the Black hair accessories market.

On July 15, the pop singer's company Roraj Trade, LLC filed a trademark for Fenty Hair, according to documents obtained by E! News. The hair line will include hair bands, barrettes, picks, bows, clips, pins, ribbons, scrunchies, nets, hair extensions, wigs and hair curlers.

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After the news hit social media, RiRi's fans couldn't contain their excitement.

One fan tweeted: "Fenty Hair?! Rihanna is really trying to take all my coins."

Another person wrote, "Now Fenty Hair is something I can get behind!!!! Rihanna has always had the best hairstyles!"

A third person tweeted, "She is really a game changer in the cosmetic/beauty industry man. Love watching the moves she makes."

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The billionaire beauty mogul is already dominating the makeup, clothing, and lingerie markets with her successful businesses, Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, and Savage X Fenty.

"I'm looking at my next project completely differently from the way I had wanted to put it out before," she told Vogue in April. "I think this way suits me better, a lot better. It's authentic, it'll be fun for me, and it takes a lot of the pressure off."

Rihanna, 34, recently welcomed her first child, a boy, with rapper A$AP Rocky, 33. The family lives in her native Barbados.

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Law professor and author Ralph Richard Banks wrote a controversial editorial for the NY Post titled "Why more black women should consider marrying white men."

Banks shared examples of successful Black and brown women who are in long-term marriages with white men. He seemed to suggest these women are successful, in part, because they are married to white men.

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Banks lists statistics that show Black men are less likely than Black women to graduate high school and 50 percent less likely to hold a college degree.

He also notes that Black women are the least likely of any minority group to marry outside of their race, quoting data from the Pew Research Center.

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Banks upholds Vice President Kamala Harris (who is actually Indian) as an example of a successful Black woman in an interracial marriage. Harris and Douglas Emhoff, who is white, were married in 2014.

Banks compared Harris to Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is married to Dr. Patrick Jackson.

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Banks says Harris and Jackson (pictured with husband Patrick Jackson and daughter Leila) will be the most powerful women in America if Brown is confirmed to the Supreme Court and Harris becomes president of the United States.

"Rather than partner with men of other races, many heterosexual black women either don't marry or marry black men with whom they are not especially well matched," Banks writes.

According to Pew Research Center, 12 percent of black women were in an interracial marriage in 2017 compared to just 3% in 1980. The statistic is even higher in 2022.

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Actress Jodie Turner-Smith who is married to "The Affair" star Joshua Jackson, has faced backlash on social media for some of her tweets about marrying outside of her race.

According to Banks, "Black women should not be held hostage to the struggles of black men."

He writes that Black women should not have to "marry down," they should "marry out".

Banks, co-founder & faculty director of the Stanford Center for Racial Justice, argues that successful Black women are at the forefront of national media coverage while "there has been little discussion in the media or culture" about their white partners.

He hopes that prominent Black and brown women like Harris or Jackson will help to increase social acceptance of interracial unions.

"If so, then Black women will be able to enjoy the relationship freedom they deserve," he wrote.

Ralph Richard Banks is also the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.

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Kim Kardashian's advice for aspiring business women backfired badly. The 41-year-old millionaire and aspiring lawyer offered tips for working women in a cover story for Variety magazine, while promoting her family's new reality TV series on HULU, "The Kardashians."

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Noting that most women are on social media, Kim said, "I have the best advice for women in business. Get your f—ing ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days."

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Actress and frequent Kardashian critic Jameela Jamil was among those offering a reality check to the single mom-of-four.

"Nobody needs to hear your thoughts on success/work ethic," Jamil wrote on social media. Jamil noted that Kim and her privileged siblings made very little effort to collect men, money and material things.

"They shouldn't be asked about their secret to success. They shouldn't answer those questions," Jamil wrote.

"It's all obvious to everyone, and I hope nobody holds themselves to the standards of people who were raised by millionaires. Just take the money, use it for good and chill the f— out when lecturing others about grind and hustle. And learn how to brag without putting others down who have less."

Jamil added:

"I think if you grew up in Beverly Hills with super successful parents in what was simply a smaller mansion... nobody needs to hear your thoughts on success/work ethic."

TV personality Meghan McCain, said Kim ignores the economic and environmental factors that hold women back.

"Being born into privilege is a blessing," McCain said. "Millions of Americans get up at the crack of dawn, work multiple jobs and have incredible work ethic, but are unable to pull themselves out of their socioeconomic station."

She added:

"Kim's comments also play into the archaic belief that some women's careers stall because of their actions. Kim's remarks ignore that inflation is skyrocketing, gas prices are hitting historic highs, society has been savaged by Covid and the world appears to be on the verge of a possible WWIII. All of these factors impact everyone's success."

Twitter weighed in on the controversy.

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The EnrichHER $5,000 small business grant launches today, January 20! Women and business owners of color are encouraged to apply. The EnrichHER Grant supports diverse-led businesses with funds to help navigate today's tough economy.

The EnrichHER $5,000 Grant Contest targeting women and founders of color is now live, EnrichHER announced today. EnrichHER will begin accepting applications Thursday, January 20, 2022 until Thursday, February 3, 2022 at enrichher.com/grant. A grant winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, March 31, 2022. Applicants must be a U.S.-based business owned by a woman or person of color.

As inflation, COVID-19 and labor shortages continue to complicate today's economy, small business owners are under tremendous pressure to manage and grow their businesses. The $5,000 EnrichHER Grant is a lifeline for founders seeking funds for operational needs such as new equipment, a marketing campaign or payroll support.

Registered grant applicants will receive information on financing options, the EnrichHER Accelerator Program, as well as access to a weekly newsletter providing over $50,000 in grant opportunities and pitch competitions weekly.

"I'm excited to begin the new year with an opportunity that will help New Majority founders reach their 2022 business goals," says Dr. Roshawnna Novellus, founder and CEO of EnrichHER, which to date has connected businesses to $14MM in capital.

"Despite the challenges businesses led by women and people of color face, these owners are growing and managing companies that are stabilizing our economy and providing consumers with much-needed goods and services. Their survival is crucial to our community’s ability to get through these uncertain times. I am proud that EnrichHER is playing a role in empowering this demographic of entrepreneurs."

EnrichHER is the only Black woman-owned fintech lender serving women and business owners of color.

For more information, visit enrichher.com/grant.

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Atlanta entrepreneur Pinky Cole graces the cover of Essence Magazine's January/February 2022 issue.

The gorgeous cover photo and article were just released, and includes the announcement that famed entrepreneur Derrick Hayes is the father of Pinky's baby girl

Pinky, the visionary and CEO behind the Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan restaurant empire, just announced her upcoming cookbook "Eat Plants, B*tch" via Simon & Schuster imprint 13A of GALLERY Books Group.

The cookbook features 91 vegan recipes from Cole herself, including Jamaican dishes from her childhood, tapas and small plates created to celebrate and invoke joy, and Cole's signature southern comfort food.

Pinky is changing the world with her vegan comfort food, philanthropy & activism as profiled on CNN, Bon Appetite, Forbes, National NBC News, Tamron Hall, Essence & more.

Dedicated to reinventing vegan food culture, Slutty Vegan crave-worthy, indulgent menus, and joyful customer interactions draw locals and visitors to eagerly wait in now-infamous lines down the block for vegan burgers and more. Sluttified fans include celebrities Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Jermaine Dupri, Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, and many more.

Her new cookbook, "Eat Plants, B*tch", is available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase at bookstores across the country Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

From Avocado Egg Rolls to Cole's Black Pea Cauliflower Po'Boy or Oyster Mushroom Parm and everything in between, the book is chock full of delicious recipes aimed to please dedicated vegans, flexitarians, and carnivores alike. In addition to Cole's insights, she has recruited fellow vegan chefs, influencers, and entrepreneurs to share their favorite recipes, advice on running a business, and takes on veganism.

Pinky (who is also a new mom) has taken over Shake Shacks with an exclusive "SluttyShack" burger, launched PETA's Push for Food Justice, provided life insurance policies to 25,000 Black men, paid rent for local businesses, and paid the tuition of 30 Clark Atlanta students.

Pinky also purchased a car and life insurance for the family of Rayshard Brooks, who was slain by police outside an Atlanta fast-food restaurant. She is the founder of the Pinky Cole Foundation, which provides a roadmap for black economic progress achieved by creatively leveraging economic opportunities, successful risk-taking, and innovation.

Serial Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, and Veteran Television Producer, Pinky pours all her love, experience, and talent into a recipe for success. When restaurants were closing, Slutty Vegan opened two locations with socially distanced lines down the block. Just two years old, its revenues grew to $4 million within the first six months of its grand opening.

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Breakout star, entrepreneur, and bestselling author, Taja V Simpson is making waves on the current season of BET's & Tyler Perry's, The Oval.

She is best known for her role as long-suffering wife and White House staffer Priscilla Owen in BET's #1 scripted cable drama, Tyler Perry's THE OVAL.

Taja was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is very proud of her southern roots. Her journey hasn't always been easy, but it's been worth it.

Taja has quickly become one of the screen's most sought-after artists. She is starring in her new film Lola 2, which is slated to begin production in March 2022.

Through this success, she launched her own academy, The Working Actors Academy, which helps advise up and coming actors.

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The award-winning actress believes in helping others and sharing knowledge within the industry. She created The Working Actors Academy to help show actors the ins and outs of how the business works -- a skill that isn't shown or taught really anywhere else.

Membership with TWAA gives an inside look, into the business and teaches aspiring and working actors how to successfully book jobs and has received rave reviews since its inception.

Entertainment isn't the only thing Taja is passionate about. She also loves the beauty industry and she's all about bold looks and bright colors. She started a lipstick line called the Taja V. Simpson Collection.

At the moment, she has three different shades of lipstick on sale in her online store. Taja also launched her own hair growth line, "TAJ. Hair Growth." The company was born out of her own past experiences with hair problems.

Taja is co-author of a best-selling book, "Cracking the Acting Code," which teaches aspiring actors how to jumpstart their acting careers.

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NeNe Leakes reportedly shuttered her last remaining SWAGG Boutique and didn't inform her employees who are still waiting for paychecks, according to sources.

NeNe's employees and managers showed up to the SWAGG Boutique at the MGM Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland, only to find the door padlocked and the space empty.

One of Nene's former employees is being evicted from her apartment. In an email to Sandrarose.com, she said Nene never informed her or any of the other employees that she was planning to close the store.

"We can't even get unemployment because Nene is refusing to answer and return the phone calls from the unemployment office," the former employee wrote.

"She is trifling and is really a fake individual who cares about no one but herself. She used us and spit us out like we was trash and gives 2 f*cks about about our livelihood."

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Money has been tight for the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star who lost her high-paying RHOA gig due to alleged insubordination and alleged difficulties getting along with her co-stars.

NeNe closed down her Buckhead and Duluth stores last year due to the pandemic. She also shut down her Sugarloaf Mills location in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and one store in Florida.

The 53-year-old Sagittarius still manages The Linnethia restaurant & lounge in Duluth, Ga.

Calls to The Linnethia lounge for comment were not returned.

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Ladies, this post is for the men. You are welcome to lurk.

A Sandrarose.com reader requested this post after I commented on Hello Beautiful's post titled "11 Black Men Who Could Have Been This Year's Sexiest Man Alive."

Hello Beautiful was disappointed that PEOPLE magazine, which caters to a majority white audience, picked a white actor as this year's "Sexiest Man Alive."

It probably didn't dawn on Hello Beautiful that Black men graced the last three 'Sexiest Man' covers.

The following women were chosen for this post because they are intelligent Black women who are successful in their chosen fields. Our community needs good role models for our young women.

Without further ado, check out Sandrarose.com's 11 Black Women Who Could Have Been This Year's Sexiest Woman Alive.
 

1. Dyesha Jador (Instagram model)


 

2. Brooke Valentine (Influencer)


 

3. Jade Cargill (Wrestler)


 

4. Shalom Blac (Interior decorator)


 

5. Sydney Seethal (Instagram model)


 

6. Rom'nya Akia (Artist/CEO/model)


 

7. Itsjustnife (Dancer)


 

8. Tanita Dee (Web designer)


 

9. Sese Meslayy (Makeup artist)


 

10. Phaith Montoya (Instagram model)


 

11. Leslie Sidora (Fashion model)

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It's hard to find good help these days. Customers who purchased Kylie Jenner's new swimsuit line are complaining about the "shoddy" quality of the line on TikTok.

TikTok users point out the "cheap" and "flimsy" material used to make the products.

Kylie can't be expected to supervise the sweat shop workers who make her swimsuits. So there will be slight imperfections in the workmanship.

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star released her new swimwear line, Kylie Swim, earlier this month, and bragged on Twitter that some styles had already sold out.

However, those customers who flocked to purchase the revealing sarong swimsuits say the new line reveals a little too much skin.

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Many disappointed customers are demanding their money back and the complaints are piling up online.

Among the complaints posted by early consumers include claims that the material is "paper thin" and virtually see-through. Customers complain about the shoddy stitching and shapeless sarongs.

The wave of negative reviews dropped Wednesday - the same day Jenner's other new line, Kylie Baby, launched.

One reviewer wrote, "I get better swimsuits at (discount chain store) Target."

Another woman said she paid $250 for two sarongs - a pink two-piece and a yellow cut-out monokini. She refused to try them on for the camera, explaining the flimsy material "just shows everything".

"Don't even get me started on the quality of this one piece," the TikTok user added in her scathing review.

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She rated Kylie Swim a 2 out of 10 stars, giving points only for accurate sizing and adjustable buttons.

Another woman was angry about the see-thru material, writing: "You need to be waxed, lasered... If you have any hair down there, it’s gonna show."

Still no word from Kylie about the mounting complaints and demands for refunds.

She is currently expecting her second child with rapper Travis Scott.

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Ming x EAP Heat

Are you tired of using styling tools that singe your hair and fry your edges?

Beauty maven and social media personality, Ming Lee, has partnered with thriving hair tool brand, EAP Heat, for a retro-glam collaboration line.

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The new retro-glam line collaboration, "Catch Flights, Not Feelings", which releases today, includes two custom rose gold 100% titanium flat irons measuring 1" and a 1 ¾".

Best known for her creative and viral marketing efforts, Ming Lee's latest campaign features the beautiful vintage hair styles that can be accomplished utilizing the new hair styling tools.

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Ming Lee created #CatchFlightsNotFeelings to promote looking and feeling like your 'best self' while you travel, fine dine, shop and overall enjoy life.

Her motto is: "Only baggage you'll ever see me carrying is at the airport."

You might know Ming Lee as rapper Rick Ross' former fiancee.

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Transitioning from behind the chair, to creating a multi-million dollar beauty empire, Ming Lee worked with EAP Heat to create a series of styling tools that are able to acquire a swift silk press with ease, while having the option to use heat without compromising healthy hair.

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The Ming X EAP Heat collection is available online now at www.eapheat.com. Ming Lee will host a VIP launch party on August 29th with some of the most influential beauty enthusiasts.

Today's Morning Glory is entrepreneur Tai Eisley who founded Maison by Tai because she's a homebody who has a passion for fashion and home decor.

"We happily clothe our bodies in luxury, why not our home indulgences," she writes on her website.

"I'm responsible for setting the vibe in my house as many of you are well aware because I've invited you in for years sharing my recipes, floral experiences, cocktail concoctions as well as playlists.

"No I'm not a formally trained chef, florist, bartender or DJ, though I get requests like I am LOL. I just simply enjoy turning my passions into memorable experiences for everyone around me, including all of you."

What do you think of Tai's personal style?
 

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Entrepreneurs Mimi G and Brittany Jones celebrate the Grand Opening of Melanated Fabrics & Community Creative Center in Atlanta this weekend.

This gorgeous new female and minority-owned downtown Atlanta community hub (10 minutes from Ponce City Market) is a hugely anticipated safe creative space offers workshops, classes, and boutique fabric store for the modern DIY'er.

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With her millions of social media followers, Mimi G is legendary in the world of DIY fashion and sewing, having multiple platforms where she shares her years of sewing experience and expertise.

Mimi G is heading a fashion empire, including the Sew It Academy, the world's #1 online sewing school.

From a homeless teenage single mom to now leading the world's home sewing boom, Mimi G teaches millions of millennials, moms, teens, and more to make their own clothes.

Mimi G joined forces with Brittany J Jones to launch Melanated Fabrics.

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Brittany is an international trendsetting resource for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. Together in Atlanta, they curate a wide array of fun and fashionable fabrics for the modern sewer.
 

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Adidas x Ivy Park

Beyonce's citrus Adidas x Ivy Park collection, Flex Park, goes on sale today, July 22, at 2 p.m. ET. on adidas.com.

According to Page Six, the new line is inspired by muscle beach culture. The all orange line includes pieces from gym gear to swimwear with prices ranging from $45 to $75.

Beyonce recruited husband Jay Z to model a short set from her new collection.

Beyonce's previous lines have all sold well, but the items are rarely seen in public. That's because Beyonce gives away most of her collection to her celebrity friends.

All designs are available in sizes XS to XL and 1X to 4X. And for the first time, Beyonce is releasing unisex slides ($75), perfect for lounging by the pool.

Question: Do you plan to purchase Beyonce's new collection? What's your favorite piece?