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Meet Guo Pei, China’s First Haute Couture Designer

Guo Pei is best known for making the canary-yellow gown Rihanna wore at this year’s Met Gala in New York. Growing up during the Cultural Revolution and China’s opening up, Guo shares how the country’s past has shaped her designs and innovations.

 

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Guo Pei is China’s most renowned couturier. For over 20 years, she has been dressing celebrities, distinguished ladies, royalty and political elite who turn to her for show-stopping, magnificent creations when they want to look beautiful and stand out from the crowd.
A modern messenger of her cultural heritage, Guo Pei has breathed new life into embroidery and painting traditions that date back thousands of years. Showcasing the finest of traditional Chinese craftsmanship while incorporating contemporary innovation and Western style, Guo Pei is a passionate artisan who wants to evoke people’s emotions and inspire people through her art.
In the world of Guo Pei, fabric, shape, and texture resonate with meaning. Inspired by fairy tales, legends, and even military history, every creation tells a story and is a canvas for artistic expression, bringing beauty, romance and the designer’s imagination to life. They tell the stories which paintings and embroidery have conveyed throughout the centuries.

ORIGINS OF A COUTURIER
Guo Pei’s lifelong passion for couture is deeply rooted in her childhood dream: an aspiration to perfection, born from the contemplation of beauty. Born in 1967, she started sewing when she was two years old, and quickly developed a passion for dressmaking. In 1986, she graduated at the top of her class from the Beijing School of Industrial Fashion Design and spent the next 10 years designing for major manufacturers.

In 1997 she launched her own label and atelier, Rose Studio, where she has been passing on her savoir-faire to a new generation of embroiderers. Today, she employs nearly 500 skilled artisans dedicated to producing her stunning creations, some of which can take thousands of hours and up to two years to complete.

As Guo Pei’s reputation for high-quality, bespoke designs has grown, so has her influence. From daywear for successful businesswomen to elegant gowns for the red carpet, to elaborate wedding gowns, or costumes for films, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the annual CCTV New Year’s gala, Guo Pei is one of China’s most prolific designers.

FROM BEIJING TO PARIS
2015 marked a major turning point for Guo Pei, when the pop singer Rihanna chose to wear one of her designs to the Met Gala, inaugurating the museum’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition, in which Guo’s works were shown. In July 2015, she held her first solo exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; she followed that with a sold-out collaborative makeup collection with MAC. Later that year, Guo was honored to become an invited member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the chief governing body of the high-fashion industry, allowing her to show on the Paris Haute Couture Week calendar.
Guo made her Paris Haute Couture debut in January 2016, unveiling her “Courtyard” collection to wide critical acclaim. In the same year, she was also named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and one of the Businesses of Fashion’s 500 most influential people shaping the global fashion industry.

With a new studio on the prestigious Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, and the launch of an eponymous brand, Guo Pei, the future holds exciting possibilities.

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Q & A with “Toxin” authors Raynesha Pittman and Quincey Bowen

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Q & A with Raynesha Pittman and Quincey Bowen

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofDiaz

What city and state do you guys hail from?

Raynesha: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and Quincey in Memphis, Tennessee but we live in Nashville now.

How has your environment influenced you both as writers?

Quincey: The lack of information on finance that’s available in Memphis has always left a bad taste in mouth. Meeting someone willing to help me put it in a book in hopes to change that was a blessing.

Raynesha: I was actually shielded from my environment by those around but was still a product of it in a strange way. Writing has always been my therapy and get-a-way from it all.

Who are your literary influences?

Raynesha: John Grisham, Terry McMillian, and K’wan

Quincey: Robert T. Kiyosaki and Napolean Hill

What inspired you guys to write Toxin as a team?

Quincey: We would talk for hours about everything and we still do. From finance, spirituality, to relationships and politics. Putting it in a book just felt right, so we did.

As a Christian, I enjoyed how the characters would often quote Scripture from the Bible. How did this help in the creation of the character of Dwayne Hollingswell?

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Raynesha: It made and kept him grounded. Having a relationship with the Lord forced him to remain humble. It’s easy to lose yourself when your banking account has endless numbers in it. We had to find a way to keep him from being the typical rich guy everyone wishes they were and a true man of God would be able to do that because flossing his money wouldn’t be looked upon as righteous so to speak. That doesn’t mean we let God keep the problems away as you’ve read in the book.

Was Toxin more a fable of the duality between following the word of God and the worldly pursuit of material wealth?

Quincey: You hit it on the nose! You can only serve one master, and although there is a devil who is God’s nemesis, money also has its share of servants.

The story of Toxin revolves heavily around the Stock Market and its inner workings. Did you guys have to research the Market deeply before writing this novel?

Raynesha: I did a lot of research only because it was second nature to Quincey and I felt so out of the loop. Quincey has study finance since an early age and has been published in the City’s paper for trades he made as a finance major in college. His knowledge of the markets floored me and it still does.

One of the most frightening characters in the novel is one named Cynthia. Can you guys please give us a brief description of her?

Quincey: Honestly, we aimed to leave Cynthia’s description to the eyes of the reader, hence the reason the follow up to Toxin is titled Perception. Cynthia is a very unstable character and we believe everyone has run across a “Cynthia” in their lives whether it was a male or female. The title Toxin was created mainly from this character and when we do give a description of her in perception we hope her physical appearance sends our readers in shock.

 If Toxin was ever adapted as a film, which actors would play the main characters?

Raynesha: Idris Elba, hands down would be a great Dwayne Hollingswell

Quincey: I’d go with Gabrielle Union as Nivea Bowen. She has her spunk.

 Are there any future projects in the works?

Raynesha: Yes, Perception is the follow up to Toxin that we are currently working on and we also have created a Children’s book series that touches on a lot discussed in Toxin. The main characters are Dwayne, from Toxin as a child and Uncle QB as the mentor of the group of kids. The first book is out and is titled, “The Traffic Light of Finance” and book two, “Building Blocks of Business” is up next.

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Karlton Clay is the Victor.

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Why Karlton Clay is the Victor?

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

Let’s get started. Introduce yourself to the readers, your name, where you’re born, and your profession.

My name is Karlton T. Clay. I am 32 years old. Born and raised in Augusta, GA. Graduated from the illustrious John S. Davidson Fine Arts School in 2004 and from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 2008. I am the founder and CEO of Victory Productions Network.

There are a lot of people who are interested in filmmaking. Take us through the process of how you became a filmmaker and how long did it take for you to start your own production.

Well, I actually started out in theatre. They say that the stage is a good training ground and it truly is because you learn the real technical aspects of acting and writing for an audience. I learned editing and filming while I was at Davidson and I began utilizing it while I was at Georgia State. I started out doing short films/videos but of course, i was coming from theatre so i’m treating the actors like we’re on the stage. Even going into the first two seasons of my first web series College Daze, I had that mindset. But over the years, I learned the importance of camera shots and different angles and lighting and all that stuff. Even today, I’m on my 9th web series and I’m still learning and growing as a writer and content creator.

Basically, for our readers who want to be a filmmaker, they have to go through those procedures or is it like learning on the spot when it comes to the details of filming?

For me, it’s about learning on the spot. Would I suggest film school? Yes of course. I believe education is important. But you won’t develop and grow unless you go through the process of producing your own work. Experience IS the best teacher.

Victory Production Network is the name of your business. You run and operate the production as you should be being the CEO. Tell me about your experience running a production company. What’s life like being the CEO of an upcoming and rising production company?

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It is a LOT of hard work. It is fulfilling and it can be fun at times but it’s definitely a lot of work. I’ve put 15 years into building company and the grind is real. it definitely isn’t overnight success over here. Not only am I running the business end but I’m behind all the creative business as well. I write, produce, direct, and edit all the shows. So it’s a lot of hard work but i love it. And I know it’s all going to pay off. I’m grateful for the group of people that God has blessed me to work with here at VPN.

What is the goal for you and your brand? Do you set goals for yourself or do you just go with the flow and continue to push content with no goal in mind?

My ultimate goal is to operate a national television and online network. As far as content, I am just being the creative being that I am. When I have an idea, I put it out there. I have a voice and stories to tell. And even if I’m not at the main stage YET, I won’t let that stop me from telling the stories and developing these characters. I believe it’s important to continue to push the content.

Right. I notice you have launch VPN Magazine which I will be buying this Friday to show my support. Looks like a great magazine that you publish. What’s the next step for your brand?

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Thank you. Yes, I’ve been wanting to do a magazine for a long time but never knew how. Nelson J. Davis and Shamar Allen gave me the push I needed to move forward with that. I always used to complain how those who are making strides aren’t getting the platform or recognition that they deserve. So I decided that I would be the change I want to see and develop VPN Mag. Not only will you meet innovative entertainers and entrepreneurs. You’ll also get to meet people you’ve grown to know and love (or hate depending on the character) within VPN. Next step is to continue to make VPN a household name with different merchandising. I want to get into the wine game next. Been looking at different ways on how to get started with that.d as of incorporating ideas such as a publication?

 

Wine game is looking fierce out there. Any possibility of a VPN talk show or podcast?  I notice you have used social media live stream to your advantage for brand marketing.

 

That’s definitely a possibility. I think we have to get more people on the team so i’m not doing everything but that’s definitely not out of the question.

This is the last question. This is something you probably talk about many times. When you look at the dynamic of entertainment as a whole and also the issues that are happening from the Harvey Weinstein as well as MeToo movement to the lack of diversity in Hollywood. You being the CEO and also an independent filmmaker. What goes through your mind about those events and what do you think about the direction of black films moving forward. Should there be more black films like Girls Night, Moonlight, and etc. happening every year?

 

I think that The lack of diversity is always going to be an issue but I feel it is up to us as content creators of color to continue to create our own paths and our own lanes. The NAACP Image Awards are a perfect example of Black Excellence. Those are the type of moves and strides we should be making. It goes the same with us as independent artists. We have to continue to create our own lanes and dictate our futures. Nothing is given.

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Top ten best-selling books in January 12, 2018. Sponsor by Barnes & Nobles.

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Top ten best-selling books on January 12, 2018. Sponsor by Barnes & Nobles.

By Patrick B. Hill @Pathill17

 

 

We usher in the new year with great material that you may find enticing. Not only are these books controversy or helpful. These books have what you need to keep you reading more. As we are proud affiliates with Barnes & Noble, we are also proud buyers. If you wish to order these books, all you have to do is click on the link below. There is also discounts and a promo code as well.  Let’s reveal the top ten best-selling books of this month on Barnes & Noble.

  1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
  2. The Woman in the Window
  3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  4. The Sun and Her Flowers
  5. Obama: An Intimate Portrait
  6. Milk and Honey
  7. The Last Black Unicorn
  8. Dog Man and Cat Kid (Captain Underpants: Dog Man Series #4)
  9. The Immortalists
  10. Spice Up, Slim Down: A guide to adding spice to your diet to improve your health and lose weight

Fire and Fury have been the talk about book of this month. As the book reveals everything that is happening inside the white house from Micheal Wolf. It talks about the unsettle fracture in the White House under Donald J. Trump. It elaborates on his relationship with certain members including former cabinet member Steve Bannon. It goes in-depth with the tension and concerns of both parties under the president decisions. If this is something you want to read, click on the link below as well as other books. That is the top ten books from Barnes & Noble of January.

 

 

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Wheels for Feet: “I Asked God” (Poetry by Juan C.Diaz)

I Asked God

 

 

At thirteen I asked God if he could make me human

He complied by ripping the thin layer of innocence

That encompassed my heart and tossed it into

The fires of awareness that have been burning

Ever since the droplets of apple juice were

Sliding down the chins of Adam and Eve

God then took a pencil and drew a door

On the surface of my heart which caused

It to bleed a little He then told me

To make sure to open that door

When my first love came knocking

Because as soon as she enters my

Heart a vast and beautiful kingdom will

Be created in its chambers letting me

Know that I am human

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Limited-Edition Magazine is coming

We made a huge announcement back on New Year’s Eve. We share it directly on our Facebook page. We are excited about 2018 and what better way to express this feeling is to tell you that we are going print. That’s right, we are going print, and digital. We are going to launch our official magazines in the Fall. However, we are going to launch our limited-edition magazines this April. The limited-edition magazines will feature 2017 highlighted talents on the full cover. You can collect all magazines of all front cover talents or support your favorite. We will also introduce new merchandises into our store. The magazine is only 30 pages long. You will get reviews, interviews, poems, tips, artwork, events, etc. No information on price and shipment yet. We will update information about the magazine on our Facebook and Twitter page. Feel free to follow us and join us in this journal.

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