Pajamas & Lipstick Is The Girls’ Night In Experience We Didn't Know We Needed
What do you get when you mix pajamas, lipstick, and the company of an epic girl gang? Well, xoNecole's inaugural Pajamas & Lipstick event of course!
Planned by It's Your Party, the event took place on Friday, December 21 in Buckhead Atlanta, and offered everything a lit girls' night in could ask for. We had desserts by Good-N-Sweet Treats on deck, signature cocktails, tee pees, and a spicy card game that would truly act as the grand finale of our incredible night together.
Although I loved the attention to detail, the accents of pink and xoNecole blue that dripped throughout the intimate setting, what I loved most was the tribe of women xoNecole's Editor-In-Chief Necole Kane helped cultivate by bringing this idea to fruition. A room full of strangers and writers quickly evolved into an unbreakable bond as we shared dating tales and the moment when we found our self-worth.
The highlight of the night was a custom card game called Pajamas & Lipstick that was inspired by xoNecole's hottest topics on dating, relationships, sex and womanhood. Each attendee pulled a colored paper from a fish bowl to see which color card we'd get to pick from the pile. What happened next was nothing short of amazing.
The event ended up being the girls night we didn't know we needed. A circle of support, unity, and transparency, one that echoed and embodied the site, mirroring our core messaging of empowerment and uplifting all multifaceted woman. We were able to completely let our guards down and be open to share our experiences in a non-judgement atmosphere while also receiving the experiences of others.
As a result, for a lot if not all of us, walked away from the girls' night in experience with an undeniable feeling of empowerment, our heads held high, and crowns unmoved.
Check out the slideshow below for more moments from our first ever Pajamas & Lipstick event:
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Kingdom Business is back for its second season, with even more sermons, songs, and serpents. The series picks up where it left off, with actress Serayah as Rbel caught between the stripper pole and the pulpit. With the first lady of the church working desperately against her, Rbel must find a way to live her dreams and honor her friend while figuring out her faith in the process.
Season one served a collection plate of rivalry, deceit, and revenge –– among many other tribulations. Between the 28-year-old’s acting, conviction, and harmonious voice, here are a few reasons why season two of Kingdom Business is a must-watch.
If the Spirit Doesn’t Move You, Serayah’s Singing Voice Will
Rbel, formally known as Rebecca Belle, is a stripper whose life forcibly takes a turn after suffering a tragedy. Through her quest to find the truth, Rbel finds herself at odds with the head of a local church, First Kingdom’s Denita Jordan, played by the legendary Yolanda Adams. Rbel unknowingly emerges as what a faithful Christian embodies: a perfectly imperfect human who works every day to try their best while leaning on God. Although struggling with her faith, each ballad sung by Rbel can be felt, as the lyrics relate to personal struggles we all endure in different ways. Gospel songs hit differently when your life is in shambles, and chile, Serayah is singing new life into folks.
Serayah is a Formidable Opponent to The Yolanda Adams
As one of the best-selling gospel artists of all time, it’s no easy task to take on the role of a person on the opposing side of greatness. Serayah’s Rbel does an excellent job meeting Jordan at her level while shining through her solos. Throughout season one, Rbel emerges as a top streaming artist, an accomplishment that begets something of a holy war.
Serayah’s Acting Range is Engaging
As a former stripper trying to make a name for herself in the gospel industry, you can imagine the struggles that could come with it. Rbel goes through a range of emotions, all understandable and relatable. Despite several crises of faith, Serayah ensures Rbel delivers a humbling performance that makes the audience root for her redemption.
The Kingdom Business Soundtrack is Everything
Streaming now on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music, the Kingdom Business: Season 1 soundtrack is one you’d want to add to your playlist for high and low times. Aside from four soul-soothing songs from Serayah, the soundtrack also features singles from co-star/Hamilton’s Chaundre-Hall Broomfield, gospel artist Chandler Moore, and legend Yolanda Adams.
Serayah’s Rbel Makes You Root For Her
With First Kingdom beginning to crumble under the pressure of lies, infidelity, and deception, Rbel’s window to take that top spot seems wide open; however, the end of season one showed us the Spirit had other plans. Whether you believe or not, Serayah’s Rbel makes you want to see her win. Who doesn’t love a good underdog with a laid 22” bust down? Whether she seeks Him or not, God is proving to be on Rbel’s side. But is it enough to turn everything around for her? Will Rbel lean on faith or fear?
With secrets coming to light, success within reach, and the devastating conclusion of season one, you don’t want to miss season two––especially with more guest collaborations. Kingdom Business returns to BET+ on Nov 2.
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Issa Rae is the blueprint.
As if the multi-hyphenate media mogul couldn’t add any more credentials to her already extensive resume, the Insecure creator has now entered the spirits industry with her new Prosecco line in partnership with E. & J. Gallo Winery, Viarae.
For years, this bubbly Italian wine has maintained a supporting role in the storyline within Rae’s universe. From being the drink of choice for the show’s lead character of Insecure, Issa Dee, to making special appearances during her A Sip series, it’s safe to say that you can’t indulge in Prosecco without thinking of Issa Rae.
Issa Rae, creator and founder, Viarae Prosecco
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In her October cover story interview withLos Angeles Magazine, Rae shared her hopes to take the stuffiness out of wine drinking and create a brand that makes luxury more approachable. "[Prosecco] just felt not as stuffy as Champagne, which I couldn't afford at the time. And it just felt approachably luxurious, which is how I like to think I live my life."
The Barbie star understands the power of her congeniality, which contributes to the success of her many endeavors. Fans and customers alike know that whether they’re tuning into her shows or picking up her Prosecco, they’re buying into the Issa Rae brand and community-driven pursuits, and truth be told, she can take all our coins.
Her Viarae Prosecco partnership is just one of the many entrepreneurial endeavors that Rae has launched on the tail of her meteoric rise.
The 38-year-old entrepreneur is one of the partners at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen, a chain originally rooted in the heart of South Los Angeles, is the owner of the production company Hoorae, along with her record label, Raedio, has starred in hit films like Barbie and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and recently been named as the creative director for the 2024 American Black Film Festival — just to name a few.
During an interview with Billboard, the writer shared that her secret is all about having multiple streams of income. “I always say that I model myself after Diddy, Ellen [DeGeneres], and Oprah: Oprah for being able to diversify her businesses and being a major influencer in that way; Ellen for being able to make a business out of being herself; and Diddy for his business acumen in expanding beyond hip-hop. I’ve looked to them in terms of ways to make my own imprint,” Rae told the publication.
Being entrepreneurial and scrappy is a personal acumen that Rae accredits the internet for. “It comes from being on the internet. When I just wanted to put out some s**t that I had written, and then being forced to market it and then build a team around it and then having ideas about promoting it.”
"I always say that I model myself after Diddy, Ellen, and Oprah: Oprah for being able to diversify her businesses and being a major influencer in that way; Ellen for being able to make a business out of being herself; and Diddy for his business acumen in expanding beyond hip-hop. I’ve looked to them in terms of ways to make my own imprint."
Viarae Prosecco, a bright, crisp, lively, and refreshingly refined take on the classic Italian sparkling wine.
Courtesy of Viarae
In a 2020 Bustle interview with author and journalist Elaine Welteroth, Rae was clear that while she has achieved a great deal of success in her career, she was only just beginning. “Every single time you do something, there’s a moving goalpost. I still feel like I have so much more to do and so much more to prove,” she said. “To the point of competing, I guess, with myself or with some invisible being just ahead of me, I don’t feel any impact yet. And a lot of that comes with time. Yes, 2007 was 13 years ago, but [it] feels like it’s been two years. I’m like, 'I need more time.'”
Watching Rae soar as a serial entrepreneur, it’s evident that it’s Issa vs. Issa, and the bar just keeps rising — it makes you wonder what can’t she do and what will she do next, all at the same time.
In her October interview with WineEnthusiast, she shared her plans for the future, “I think if people f*ck with this, then absolutely, I would love to expand!” she said. In Issa’s world, lifestyle is king, and her mission is clear. “I want to tell stories around that lifestyle.”
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