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Celebrating Black History Month with biophile

February 9, 2021

February is Black History Month, and as a black-owned beauty brand, biophileco-founder Grace Fooden is sharing what this month means to her and how biophile is embracing it.

Grace Fooden is an African American businesswoman with over three decades of experience as a merchant, general manager and brand innovator. Grace is on a mission to inspire the next generation of POC business executives and creatives. She is on the board of advisors at Cal Poly Pomona’s Apparel, Merchandising and Marketing division and is a guest mentor at Otis College of Art and Design and the Fashion Design department of Long Beach University.

As a black female founder, how are you celebrating diversity at biophileI take time to share my journey with students at local junior colleges. I hope to inspire them to think outside the box about their career.

Why is it important that we celebrate Black History Month?  We have to honor the contributions of African Americans in society that have been overlooked!

Who are some African American leaders that have inspired you?  Innovation in science holds a special place in my heart. Harold Amos was a microbiologist and the first African American department chair at Harvard Medical school.

Biophile is a new generation of biologically advanced, sustainable skincare that works to balance the microbiome, activate the skin’s regenerative abilities and strengthen skin barrier function. Biophile’s breakthrough trio of products—Root Bionic Refining Essence, award-winning Bio-Shroom Rejuvenating Serum, and Bio Barrier Nourishing Oil—feed the skin with probiotic bacteria and botanicals, fungi and superfoods to boost skin immunity and hydration, increase cellular energy, reduce wrinkles and pigmentation, and increase smoothness.

Show interest in the girl. Choose the right partner, try to remember the name and learn a little more about the girl. Try to get to know the person at least a little so that your fleeting connection will be remembered. See the girl as a person, not an object of desire, so that she can feel at ease. Nobody likes the feeling of being used. [8]
Take your time or you will look desperate. The girl will not want to leave with the guy who is looking for easy prey.
The girl must show a reciprocal interest. A shy gaze, a smile, raised eyebrows, and a willingness to flirt sexually are great signals. You are well on your way to success if she purses or licks her lips, strokes her hair or body in no uncertain terms, or accentuates her seductive curves.

Forever 21 Celebrates Black History Month

February 5, 2021

This is Forever21’s first-ever collection celebrating BHM!

Designer and photographer, Ashley Sky Walker (of Leimert Park Threads) and illustrator and designer, Stormy Nesbit whose work was featured in an op-ed written by our VP, Kamala Harris – who are both launching limited edition capsule collections this Thursday, February 4th with Forever 21 in celebration of Black History Month.

“This partnership and Forever21 created a space for black creatives like myself to really have a hands on approach from start-to-finish. F21 allowed me to be fully immersed, and to create from my heart, and present my most authentic self without any reservations – so my excitement is an understatement, I’m ecstatic to have my work in a Black History Month capsule. This has shown me that there really is no limit to my art,” says Stormy.

Forever21’s first-ever partnership collection celebrating Black History Month, is a collaboration with three up-and-coming artists and creators, Ashley Sky Walker, Stormy Nesbit and Henry Jones.

Each collection showcases the range of beauty and power of artistic expression. A portion of proceeds from the collections will be shared with the artists, as well as donations made to charity partners including Sole Folks, Tec Leimert and Project Level.

Celebrating artistry and community, the capsule collections will launch online at and select retail locations!

Stormy Nesbit’s Collection

Stormy draws inspiration from the people she’s surrounded with, her environment and God. She’s able to source feelings and emotions that she picks up on when she is surrounded by the people she loves and translates that in each of her pieces. Every single piece was secretly inspired by someone she personally knows and loves – Stormy says, “they might recognize it, they might not.”

Her art collections represent people of color, specifically women in the highest form. Representation matters and Stormy wants to be able to reach her community in the largest scale possible and remind them that they are seen. Stormy has learned her best work comes from her heart, and not what people expect; her best work is created at night while she plays Maverick City music and designs that she feels.

Ashley Sky Walker’s Collection

Much of Ashley’s inspiration for his F21 capsule came from within; he looked into archives of his photography and paintings over the years and was able to spot consistencies reflecting Black life. By showcasing moments of joy, rebellion and magic through his work, he realized that was the collection he needed to design – celebrating Black History through the lens of his camera and paintbrush.

“When F21 reached out and asked me to be a part of their Black History Month campaign, it felt amazing and honestly validating. I had a quick stint with the company back in 2016 to shoot their e-comm and was let go after a few months, which ultimately led me to launch Leimert Park Threads. The studio where we photographed the campaign shoot was the same studio where I was told would be my last day…I could not have planned this journey any more than the universe did. It was an unreal full circle moment!” says Ashley.


Stormy Nesbit is a Phoenix-based illustrator and designer with roots in the Midwest whose works primarily expresses the beauty and strength of America’s Black communities, with a focus on the women within them. Her brown-skinned characters echo the pride she has for her community, and the modern aesthetic provides a new take on the elegance in melanin. Stormy’s work has been featured in campaigns by national brands and in several publications, including an illustration created to run with an article written by Vice President Kamala Harris (linked in the intro paragraph).

Ashley Sky Walker started his career as a photographer the second he got his first camera, beginning to see work in a different light and experience. Being raised in South Central Los Angeles, Walker learned the importance of respect and patience when dealing with the ebb and flow of life. After studying at Howard University, Walker lived in New York City for over a decade which allowed him to work with brands like DVF, NIKE and VIBE Magazine and show off his raw but elegant photography style.

Walker eventually returned to Los Angeles with a new venture in mind and Leimert Park Threads was born in 2017 – a unisex clothing brand motivated by the struggle to bring awareness to black, brown, and colored life. Designed by Walker himself, he aims to create original streetwear pieces that are empowering and a tribute to cultural movements of the past. The brand first launched with the COLORED Collection, a line meant for every race, gender and creed standing for unity and equal rights for all and has been worn by celebrities like Issa Rae, Beyonce, and Chadwick Boseman.

How To Up Your (Rosemary Yuzu) Hand Sanitizer Game Now

Dry knuckles, sticky palms, unpleasant smell?

Cleanli is here. This all-natural Rosemary Yuzu Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is giving me life.

Founders Ryan Lewendon, Alex Sourry and Blake Mitchell scoured the market but could not find a hand sanitizer that was effective in use but spoke to the modern consumer. They launched Cleanli ’s Rosemary YuzuMoisturizing Hand Sanitizer to create an elevated but effective sanitizing experience for clean hands and a grounded mind. And it’s working for me.

WHAT: Cleanli ’s Rosemary Yuzu Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer meets the CDC and FDA guidelines, is a certified over-the-counter drug and is made in the USA using traceable ingredients. It uses all natural, USDA-organic ethyl alcohol for it’s 63% alcohol content, which is then denatured using natural rosemary essential oil,  making this product equally enjoyable and effective.

The Rosemary Yuzu Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer incorporates antioxidants from Yuzu, Vitamin E and glycerin to moisturize, soften and restore the skin during use.

The result is smooth, clean hands with no sticky residue. Additionally, Cleanli balances the energizing citrus aromas of yuzu and green mandarins with calming rosemary essential oils to ground the mind and create a pleasant sanitizing experience.

Cleanli ’s Rosemary Yuzu Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is packaged in a recyclable frosted glass spray bottle, for around $6.99 per unit.

Cleanli is available for purchase online at and select retail locations including all locations of Alfred Coffee (Los Angeles, CA) and Pitkin County Dry Goods (Aspen, CO).

Baume Diggity: Philip B.’s Straightening Balm For Brittle Winter Frizz

January 26, 2021

Philip B. my favorite botanically based, color-safe hair product suite extraordinaire, has some savvy balms I’ve been craving to tame hideous winter frizz and brittle.
Philip’s Straightening Balm is nourishing, vitamin rich and activated by heat to help strengthen, protect and support health — boosting a smooth blowout – especially beneficial during winter but good all year round –  with a dynamic duo of two unexpected ingredients:
  • GARLIC– the aromatic bulb- rich in Vitamin C, B6, Selenium and Maganese promotes hair health
  • HORSERADISH– potent pungent root vegetable keeps hair vibrant and strong
And … it works to support straight styling frizz-free for all hair types textures and colors.

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty: BOOK ALERT

December 15, 2020

This stunning book, inside and out, from St. Martin’s Press, is the perfect gift this year.

GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty, by Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, the husband & wife team behind Creative Soul Photography.

““Glory” is Blackness in all its grace and beauty by way of the next generation.”
Chicago Tribune

“An exquisite pictorial love letter to Black children around the world.”
Kirkus Reviews (Starred review) 

“Glorious indeed” — Booklist

From the dynamite husband and wife duo behind CreativeSoul Photography, a photography book (available on Amazon, here) that shatters the conventional standards of beauty for Black children. Featuring a foreword by Amanda Seales. 

With stunning images of natural hair and gorgeous, inventive visual storytelling, GLORY puts Black beauty front and center with more than 100 breathtaking photographs and a collection of powerful essays about the children. At its heart, it is a recognition and celebration of the versatility and innate beauty of black hair, and black beauty. This glorious coffee-table book pays homage to the story of our royal past, celebrates the glory of the here and now, and even dares to forecast the future.

It brings to life past, present, and future visions of black culture and showcases the power and beauty of recognizing and celebrating oneself. Beauty as an expression of who you are is power.

When we define our own standards of beauty, we take back that power. GLORY encourages children around the world to feel that power and harness it.


SARAH: GHANA: Proud and Resilient

Sarah Amaoko is fifteen years old and in her final year at Betenase M/A JHS. She is an Akan and the last born in her family, who hails from the Sekyedumase community. Like her friends Pokuaa and Naomi, she also helps her family farm to harvest food to sell to meet their needs. Sarah wants to be a teacher to help impart knowledge in her community.

A gifted athlete, she also plays for the school’s women’s football (soccer) team. Proud and resilient, Sarah loves her family for their strong bond, and her country for its peace and tranquility.

LAYLA: Illinois: The Fighter

At the age of eight, Layla Lerus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,
an autoimmune disease where the insulin-making cells in her
pancreas attack themselves. Layla can eat whatever she wants, but
everything that she does eat has to be covered by insulin. Until there
is a cure, she will be insulin-dependent. Now thirteen, she wears an
insulin pump (that you see on her arm) and this allows her to get the
insulin she needs minus the needles after every meal.
Layla is a fighter. She never lets her illness get in the way of living
her life to the fullest. Despite these challenges, Layla has a great
sense of humor and loves making people laugh. She hopes to become
an Olympian in track and field. She is a sprinter and comes from an
athletic family. “We are all very close. I love my sense of humor and
making people laugh.” She also loves that she comes from a bilingual
family that speaks French and English.
Layla hopes to show other young children with type 1 diabetes that
there is no need to be ashamed. “Never be afraid to be yourself, even
if you have a little something that makes you different from
everyone else. That is what will make you stand out.”

LIAM: NEW YORK: The Cool Kid

Seven-year-old Brooklyn native Liam Evan Pyram is anything but typical. Always composed and stylish, he is considered a “cool kid” in school. His friendly and helpful nature also makes him a natural leader.

After participating in a modeling showcase at the age of four, Liam
signed with an agency. Some of his most notable accomplishments
include modeling for major campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Brooks
Brothers, Target, J. Crew and more. In addition to modeling, Liam
enjoys being creative, reading, outdoor activities like skating, bicycle
riding, swimming, and other sports. Liam aspires to one day become
an architect and own a construction business. A trailblazing young man, Liam doesn’t let anything or anyone define him.