Life As A Kidd

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Rap Kidd E, a 9 Year Old Kid Rap Artist from Norfolk, Virginia  just released a music video for his single “Life As A Kidd.” He creates inspirational music and focuses on using his art to motivate and inspire many. With his music as a vehicle to spread positive messages, he also makes a point to rap about issues and challenges that society faces. In his latest single, he urges his listeners to put the guns down. In the second verse, we hear the names of black men who were unarmed and killed to include Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell,  Eric Garner to name a few.” Say I’m a kid, and tell me not to worry, but when I see the TV it’s a different story.” Rap Kidd E understands the dangers that can result from gun violence but urges his peers to stay focused so that they can succeed and make it.

Since his debut in 2016, Rap Kidd E has performed at numerous community, charity, talents shows, concerts, and city sponsered events all throughout his hometown area. He was nominated for the 2016 Youth Award Crime Prevention Award held in his hometown. His inspiration and motivation and music has lead to him gaining a huge audience and fan base all throughout his hometown and now expanding beyond. He has been featured on Hip Hop Highlights Radio, WVEC TV News 13,  Wavy TV 10’s “The Hampton Roads Show” as the “I am Hampton Roads” kid of the week. He has also been featured in The Virginian Pilot and Gazette Newpaper. This is only a few of his accomplishments thus far and more to come. We believe his music, his message, inspiration, motivation and personality should continue to reach everyone across the globe.

To learn more about Rapp E Kidd

visit: facebook page Rap Kidd E

Follow him on Instagram @Rap_Kidd_E


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H&M issues an apology

The Stockholm Based apparel company H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) issued an apology after a controversial ad was displayed on the UK website of a black boy wearing a green horror with the text “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”

The Ad was met with heavy backlash from various media sites and buyers. H&M shares were already at 30% lower than usual this past December. The Weeknd and G- Easy both cut ties with the company ending their clothing collaborations.

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Young stars at the 2017 AMA’s

1 year old Asahd Khaled with his parents DJ Khaled and Nicole Tuck

Singer Kelly Clarkson with her step daughter 16 year old, Savannah Blackstock 3 year old daughter River Rose Blackstock

Actor Evan Toss, Singer Ashley Simpson with Jagger Snow Ross, 2 and Bronx Wentz age 9.

Caleb McLaughlin, 16, stars in Stranger things and is wearing a custom suit by Philip Lim.

Actor Gaten Matarazzo, 15, and actress Sadie Sink, 15

Actress Yara Shahidi, 17 who stars in ABC’s Blackish and the spin-off series Grownish in a playful ensemble by Prada.Diana Ross with her children and grandchildren

Legendary singer and actress Diana Ross appears with her children and grandchildren, Callaway Lane 5, Raif Henok Kendrick 8, Indigo Naess, 1.

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Industry Kids Events and A. Royale presents The Fashion Play Date

Actress Donshea Hopkins and Model/Blogger Ameenha Lee

On October 28th, in NYC, Industry Kids and A.Royale hosted The Fashion Play Date, this play date brought together young industry influencers.

As we know with social media, people do not know how to engage with others. The Fashion Play Date was inspired on how to build brand awareness while connecting with other influencers. The idea of The Fashion Play Date came about from business moguls Malika Manning Marketing and Erika DeShazo. They wanted to bring together people of influence.

The Fashion Play Date was hosted by Avery Watson. Avery Watson is a media specialist who has been featured in Black Enterprise. The speakers of The Fashion Play Date included Tru Inc PR, Francis (CEO and founder of Golden Magazine), and Eddie and Carl from Mogul Media. The sponsors of the gift bags included Miss Jessie’s and Townley Girl. The super fun photo booth was sponsored by NYC Photo Booth Experts. Also, the amazing photographer was Terrell Lopez. There were several key influencers that attended The Fashion Play Date. From Ameenha Lee, Aasim Harris, Donshea Hopkins, Webstar, Isaiah Whitehead and more.

This is the very first of the mini series of The Fashion Play Date. Stay tuned for another amazing event coming soon. For more info visit


Erika DeShazo, her son Aasim Harris and Donshea Hopkins

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FKN Designer Spotlight: KICOMO

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Kicomo by Kiara C. Morrow, from the D.C. Metro Area owns Kicomo, an in house Design and manufacturing boutique. Designs range from Streetwear to Ready to Wear for Babies, Children, Teens, and Adults.


Photo credit: Fresh Kid Nation

I was able to see Kicomo spring/summer collection at Posh Kids Fashion week in September 2017, at The Playstation Theater.  The first fashion presentation was at Art & Beauty Magazine presents NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2.0 “The Pageant Edition” on Saturday September 16th, 2017 just one day prior to the Posh Kids show.

Why did you decide to start your clothing line?

I wanted to empower children and let them know they have a voice at a young age. Society today molds us into there definition of beauty. I believe we are beautiful in our natural different ways and should embrace our cultural and ethnic diversities. Clothes are not going to change the world, but the child wearing them can make a difference.
Kicomo is about giving confidence and empowerment to all. Kicomo means to make a change and or difference.

How is your label different from the other childrens brand already on the market?

Its not a everyday children clothing, its art, its creativity but fashionable and
eco friendly. I used Ankara prints for this collection. It is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. It is usually a colorful cloth and is primarily associated with Africa because of its tribal-like patterns and motifs. Being African American myself I strive to really embrace my culture and beauty. A African Proverb that really inspires me day to day ” The best way to fight an alien and oppressive culture is to embrace your own”.

Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?

The world inspires me, music, books, movies, etc. The most random thing can
put me in a creative trance. I knew I wanted to be a designer since I could walk and talk so I am fighting everyday to make that happen. What inspires me is everyday life, my culture, movies, books, music, family, heartbreak, etc. I don’t seek inspiration I just express my emotions in art. 

For more information visit:

Instagram and Twitter: @Kingkicomo

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Celebrity Birthday Bash for Rylee Gabrielle

Last weekend (October 7, 2017) actress and model, Rylee Gabrielle, 7, was surprised by family and friends with a cool birthday celebration at Funplex in Hanover, NJ.

Rylee’s has appeared on the hit Fox show Gotham ‘ , The Blacklist , The ID Channel , and on CBS shows Kevin Can Wait and Bull.

Guests spent the afternoon enjoying  food & drinks , taking rides on bumper cars , face painting , and also partied on the light up dance floor.

After taking photos on the red carpet and playing arcade style games, Rylee treated the crowd to a song and dance to Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk.

Everyone couldn’t wait to enjoy the beautiful circus themed birthday cake from Edo’s Bakery.

Rylee received a beautiful custom jacket from designer Chermia Lucas. Other items from her brand Chermia Amour include hand painted accessories and custom clothing.

Other attendees included industry kids Meghan & Morgan the True Blue twins, River Mason Eromosele , Braxton and Malia ( Niece and nephew of Singer Mary J Blidge ) , Solei Madrid, Madison aka redlilmissy , and model/blogger Ameena Lee.

This event was sponsored by : Industry Kids Events , Fashion Gxd Magazine , Edo’s Bakery ,Miss Jessie’s , MIA NYC , GirlzNDollz , Townleys NYC , KidPik and Antsy Pants

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New York Teen Fashion Week 2017

Photo Credit: ETP Photography

This was the second season of New York Teen Fashion Week. Promised a bigger and more spectacular event with nearly 30 designers participating, amazing performances, celebrity guests and diverse models.

New York Teen Fashion Week was created for youth ages 13-17 years old. We truly appreciate the opportunity to partner with local businesses, designers, vendors, agencies, sponsors, and community organizations to help empower youth and young adults through fashion and entertainment. We vow to help our youth and young adults to gain confidence and knowledge of the industry.

Over the span of 3 days in Manhattan designers presented collections that included ready to wear, couture and a street style show.  Designers Sirgarde Karizda, Vanessa Simmons and international singer Meredith O’Connor were honored for their work with children charities. Founder Dawane Cromwell, shared with the audience his dedication and passion for supporting young people, and charities like the Ronald McDonald House

Vanessa Simmons Photo: ETP photography

List of designers for Saturday and Sunday shows:

Ali Hanan

Wynter & Sherices Pieces

Original Crackage

1220 Apparel

Clothgami Couture

Stitch By Chanel

Kadjoe Designs

Society Robot Clothing

Made By B

Tyrone Chablis
For more information visit:

For more photos visit : @NYCTFW on instagram


Founder Dawane Cromwell with Sirgarde and Trinidad James ETP Photography

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Christina Colby, Meredith O’Connor and Dawane Cromwell ETP Photography

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Majesty Fenty shines in Mischka Aoki at the Diamond Ball

Pop star Rihanna hosted the 3rd annual  Diamond Ball, last night at famed Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  The gala raises funds for her charity the  Clara Lionel Foundation. The Clara Lionel Foundation provides healthcare and educational opportunities for those in need in the Caribbean and Malawi. Comedian Dave Chappelle was the host and Calvin Harris as well as Kendrick Lamar performed for attendees.  Many stars and influencers attended the gala, yet the most celebrated guests in attendance, who all share a special place in our girl Rih Rih’s heart, were members of her immediate family.


The tiniest Fenty, Majesty looked ‘majestic’ in an exclusive gown from designer Mischka Aoki. Majesty Fenty, age 3, is the daughter of Noella Alstrom, Rihanna’s cousin. Mischka Aoki is known worldwide for couture clothing for children.

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A press release from the brand states

Majesty Fenty, Rihanna’s niece wore  Mischka Aoki,  ‘I’m the prettiest’ dress which is
an exclusive design only available from Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

The soft pink lustrous tulle dress with French lace top is adorned with hand-
embroidered flowers, delicate feathers and Swarovski Crystals.


For more information visit



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FKN Real Style File: Zen Chef


Cool Kid: Zen Chef, age 6 from Washington D.C.

You might recognize this young star from his adorable IG photos. Besides cooking Zen Chef, he enjoys acting, playing piano, golfing, traveling and reading books. He is currently working on a new record, his debut is song coming out soon.



Follow Zen Chef on Instagram @Carshowprince


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9oclockteeparty & Deborah of Brooklyn Runway Show


On a steamy SundayI was invited to attend a cool runway showcase in Bed-Stuy. It was the first fashion show presented by entrepreneurs Tiffany Mack and Deborah Mack who both own unique fashion companies. The event featured not only a fashion show but many vendors were in attendance meeting new clients and promoting their businesses.



Tiffany Mack and mini models


Photo from Instagram

9oclockteeparty and Deborah of Brooklyn has joined forces to host a fantastic fashion forward event for all ages. 9oclockteeparty eyewear is a customized eyewear business owned and created by Tiffany Mack. Tiffany has always had an eye for style. As a teen she attended Fashion Industries High School and went on to graduate from the famous Fashion Institute of Technology later on.
Deborah Of Brooklyn is a apparel business owned and created by Deborah Mack.
Tiffany’s energetic mother. Deborah enjoys sewing and creating custom outfits. She designs many special items such as dresses, tunics, dashikis, skirts and more for men, women and kids.

Sweet Temptastings Oreo Cupcake!

Guests who attended the event were able to visit vendors tables, to shop or purchase food and beverages before the show started. Cups of Kamoni Ice, a tropical flavored adult beverage was passed around for guests to enjoy. Kids in attendance had their faces painted by Ru Yisrael of Healing Hadarr.

Photo: Fresh Kid Nation

List of Vendors:


Yaelyah Hargrove of YaBI Designs



Creating for the Soul
Healing Hadarr
YaBI Designs
Meditation Creations
Dynamite Diva Hair
Pip Treasures
She’ Color’s Cosmetics
Sweet Temptastings

tween models a dynamic duo

The fashion runway show features apparel and accessories for children, juniors/teens, women and men.  The kids really rocked the runway in designs created by Debrorah. The show opened with a little fashionista slowly working the runway, eyes adorned with pearl frames from 9 o’clock tee party and a huge smile beaming for the crowd as we all applauded. Each model was styled with items from vendors in attendance.
I had a great time meeting young business owners, who each shared their vision with me about their brands. Overall this event was fun and engaging. Kudos Tiffany and Deborah for you very first fashion presentation! I look forward to another show this fall.
Photos below from Fresh Kid Nation, please give credit if reposting @freshkidnation
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