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Ciara & Russell Wilson's New Product Is Inspired By Their Quarantine Date Nights

Here are 4 times they worked together to build an empire.

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Ciara needs to stop playing with us and share the prayers she uses to attract abundance because my heart, my pockets, and my womb is ready! The Wilsons are adding yet another business venture to their repertoire, but this fragrance release has a sexy touch to it. Created in partnership with manufacturer Hampton Beauty, they call the fragrance duo R&C that has a very distinct bottle that wrap around each other like a warm embrace symbolizing their love. The couple is saying to hell with entanglements, let's unify as one and give the people something to talk about and sniff. Russell explains in an interview with Yahoo News:

"We wanted our scents to be able to be very strong individually but also be stronger together."

This sentiment seems to echo the thoughts the power couple must have had when courting for marriage (one that has been going strong since July 2016). The Grammy Award-winning artist and Seattle Seahawks superstar used the time indoors together during quarantine to keep that fire burning slow and steady while adding a new addition to their family. This new venture actually brought them closer together, Ciara gushes:

"This was something, I can say, made us smile," she added. "It gave us something to laugh about."

Russell chimes in:

"We had several date nights all around fragrance."

The fragrance will be available exclusively at RandCFragrance. A portion of the sales from the product will be donated to yet another of the couple's joint ventures: The Why Not You Foundation. Ciara and Russell invested in the nonprofit organization to fight poverty all while advocating for children's health and education. The Wilsons do not seem to be slowing down the impact that they make on their communities anytime soon.

Here are 4 times Ciara and Russell Wilson leveled up together:

1. Ciara & Russell Launched the Why Not You Production Company.

According to Revolt TV in August of 2019, the couple decided to invest in their own production company that will focus on film, digital content, and television with the theme of inspiration and providing aspiring narratives. Russell explains:

"While we work in different fields in our day-to-day, we are excited to come together to collaborate and create stories that we hope will touch people's lives. We are both storytellers at heart and we want to be able to share stories that uplift people and inspire others to create positive change. That's ultimately what we want this company to represent."

2. Ciara & Russell Joined the Ownership Team of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC.

According to theLA Times as of August 2019, the couple are co-owners of the Seattle based football team. Russell explains:

"We are fired up about the Seattle Sounders because it's our home. It's the place we get to raise our kids and the place we are forever connected to. We want to have the world's best soccer players play here in Seattle and win championships!"

3. Ciara & Russell Donated $1.75 Million for Creation of Washington Based Charter School.

According to Billboard Magazine, the school was a longtime dream of the couples and it was important for the learning to be both inside the classroom and based on real-time mentorship. Russell explains:

"We've always held the belief that life's successes start with a good education, but recognize that access isn't always created equally for all...The Why Not You Foundation was created with the concept of empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude and that's why it was important for our foundation to partner with Scott, Garth, and Cascade Public Schools to help open doors for kids from less fortunate backgrounds."

​4. Ciara & Russell Joined the MLB to Portland Effort.

According to Forbes back in June of 2017, the couple decided to join the group that works on bringing Major League Baseball to Portland. The couple is dedicated to seeing this venture grow. Russell explains:

"This isn't just a 'Hurray!' thing and see you later. We're dedicated to it and making sure the city's behind it; the kids are behind it. And once it happens, we'll be here in the community."

The scents will be available on November 17, 2020.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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