Saturday, July 6, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

NBA Free Agency Popcorn Watcher

By: Tonisha Hood, BMMO Consulting

NBA free agency started with a few bangs.  First, everyone was amazed by KD leaving the Warriors and heading to Brooklyn with Kyrie.  Rumors began to spill out about why KD left and his true unhappiness. Kyrie is returning home so it seemed like a good go for him, and a pact among friends to change the East.  We know that KD will be out all of next year, so Kyrie gets his second chance to lead a team.  

Good luck with the whole situation. 

Next, everyone was on Kawhi-Watch. This was the pin everyone was waiting to drop.  So many teams are holding off on making moves until the Kawhi decision. Toronto was hoping for Kawhi’s return for a back to back, the Lakers were hoping for an All-Star big 3 team and the Clippers were keeping it quiet shooting their shot.  And then an earthquake happens, I mean Kawhi makes a decision, but no, an earthquake really did happen. Kawhi shocked everyone and went to the Clippers, but he didn’t go alone! He brought with him Paul George from OKC!! I know everyone thought KD and Kyrie were cute, but I’m taking Kawhi and Paul George over them.  Russell Westbrook is in a corner wondering why all his friends keep leaving him.  

Now the real chess versus checkers moves really will play out.  Keep watching because we surely will be!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Remembers

Michael Jackson!

You all know Michael Jackson is a favorite here at B.A.F.F.L.E.D., and we are saddened to remember today as the 10th anniversary of his death.  No matter the chatter in the media, and ancillary discussions continuously circling, Michael was an amazing entertainer, humanitarian, and provided the soundtrack of many of our lives.

We're remembering him today with some favorite tracks and photos.

Rest in Heaven, MJ!


Thursday, June 20, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Our Favorite Spotlight Features!

As you know, we are gearing up for our 10th Anniversary in July.  To get ready, we are sharing some of our favorite posts over the last 10 years, appropriately on Throwback Thursday! #TBT.

This week, we are sharing some of our favorite spotlights--features we do on people and brands who deserve some shine for the work their doing. 

Check out some of these favorites, and all of the B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights here!

Rachel Gadson of ILA (I.Love.Art) - Rachel took our logo up a level a few years ago, and we've never turned back.  Her artwork is amazing!

Layla Bryant, Author of Naturally You - This nature hair journal is a must for anyone on the forever hair bond journey.

Ade Hassan of Nubian Skin - The flesh tone necessities for every shade.  

Christopher Cleveland of Brushworks by Chris - He's a master at makeup artistry!

Beelove Skincare - This honey-based brand is not only good for your skin, but socially conscious, so good for the soul.  The honey is amazing, too!

Shontay Lundy of Black Girl Sunscreen - A summer essential with all the right ingredients.  

Dana Jackson of Beneath Your Mask - Treat your skin to ingredients that matter.  It's a must for your arsenal.  

Don't forget to check out the rest here!

See you for more #TBT next week!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Fashion Law Faves!

As we continue celebrating our upcoming 10-year anniversary, we are sharing some of our favorite posts leading up to the big day.  This blog wouldn't even exist if it weren't for the marvelous legal niche called fashion law, so it's only right we share some of our favorite fashion law posts.

Fashion law is literally the reason we're here.  While we certainly talk about more than just IP, design, labor, licensing, and more in the fashion industry, the blog was started just as the niche itself was talking off and getting the notoriety and traction it deserves.  We couldn't contain our excitement when we found other fashion law friends around the country, ready to take this thing to the next level.  Shortly after, our fearless leader, Susan Scafidi, along with Diane von Furstenberg, launched the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham School of Law.  Fashion Law had a home!  Soon following was the Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School in LA, led by Staci Riordan.  Chicago obviously wouldn't be left out, as the students at John Marshall Law School created the Fashion Law Society.  

You don't see many people frequently walking around naked, so clearly clothing is important, no?  The layers the industry experiences getting them to your drawer are important, too.

Today we're paying homage to fashion law, and its critical importance to the B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Blog.

So 1st, some Fashion Law Family Photos....

And now...take a walk back down memory lane with these favorites, and check out all of our fashion law posts here!  

The Ladies of Fashion Law - Can't say enough how fun this was to create!

How to Spot Fake Merchandise  

Africa Fashion Law Spotlight 

Labor Issues for Models

Fashion Law & the Global Economy

5 Legal Issues for Fashion Shows

Fashion Law in France

Cultural Appropriation & Fashion Law

Is Fashion Fashion Killing Your Pockets

Fashion Law & Why Your Should Care

Can't wait to see what our beloved fashion law brings us in the years to come!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Our 10th Anniversary!!

In just a few weeks The B.AF.F.L.E.D. Blog will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary!  We've written about and changed quite a bit since July of 2009, but it's been such a great journey.  From guest posts, to brand and product Spotlights and launches, we're excited to see what the next phase brings us.

Like any good Thursday, we'll be sharing some of our favorite throwbacks from the last 10 years as we gear up for the big day.  Surely we'll share fashion law tips and trends, popular Tuesday Tops posts, and many others.  

Check out a few of our most popular posts as we get this flashback to thrive forward poppin!


Fabulous Ladies of Fashion Law - This post was not only fun to work on, but critical as the fashion law industry began to really take flight!

Michael McCann - Sports Lawyer Dedicated Professor

A little history on blue jeans  

20 Little Known Facts About Fashion

Naturally You: A Spotlight on the Natural Hair Journey Journal  

Enjoy these faves, and get excited about more!!

*Don't forget to check us out on Twitter and Instagram, too!

Monday, May 13, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

Thoughts On How Talcum Powder May Cause Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma
Talcum powder makers, especially Johnson & Johnson, have been facing an increasing number of lawsuits over long-term use of the product and cancer. Many regular, often lifelong users of talc products, like baby powders, are winning these cases, while studies are proving there is a link between talcum powder and both ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Most of the lawsuits targeting talcum powder manufacturers are related to instances of ovarian cancer. The women bringing the suits used baby powder and similar talc-based products for years or decades and then received a cancer diagnosis. That regular use of baby powder included application to the genital area.
Researchers began to study the issue and determine if there was a connection between talcum powder and cancer. They found over the course of studies with thousands of subjects that women who used talcum powder has a 30 percent greater chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer as compared to women who do not use these products regularly or often.
Other studies have found important evidence that, even if researchers don’t fully know why it occurs, that there is a definite link between talcum powder and cancer. These studies investigated the tissue from tumors in women with ovarian cancer. They found particles of talc in the tumors. This indicates that talc particles can migrate through the body and into the ovaries.
Talcum Powder and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is linked to asbestos exposure. It most often occurs in workers who spent years on job sites inhaling asbestos fibers. There have been some mesothelioma lawsuits against talcum powder products over cases of mesothelioma rather than ovarian cancer. The inhalation of airborne particles of talc may contribute to or cause this cancer of tissue in the chest cavity. Studies indicate that this could be an explanation for how some who had no workplace exposure to asbestos developed mesothelioma.
Talc and Asbestos
The underlying cause of both ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in women who used talcum powder over a long period of time may be asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral like talc that is mined. Talc deposits often include some contaminating asbestos.
The talc that is used in baby powder products is supposed to be free of that contamination. But, some studies have analyzed talcum powders and found that they often do have asbestos fibers in them. The talc itself may not be harmful, but when the products contain asbestos, they may cause cancer.
Lawsuits over Talcum Powder Continue
The link between talcum powder and cancer continues to be proven in the courtroom. Multiple cases have now gone in favor of the women who were harmed by regular use of this product. This includes one lawsuit in which the plaintiff’s lawyer presented evidence that Johnson & Johnson knew their talc products contained contaminating asbestos. The woman in this case developed and died from ovarian cancer. The jury awarded her family $72 million.
Research into talcum powder and its risks is likely to continue to uncover more important information about this issue. There are currently no definitive answers as to why talcum powder increases cancer risk, but asbestos is likely to be a big part of it.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Mothers' Day!!

Every year I get excited about sharing the things my Mommy taught me. There are countless things she's taught--and is still teaching me. Her Wisdom never ends. 

What has your mom taught you that has changed or directed your life in a certain way?   Share yours with us!


1. Be nice.
This is a simple lesson, but it goes a long way.  Being nice to people not only gives them a good feeling about you, but also puts out good Karma to come back to you.  My mommy still reminds me today the importance of being nice, especially when it is easy not to.   I see traces of her whenever I feel the need to bake for friends and coworkers, have guests over, style for people, advise on legal matters, or whatever comes to mind to allow me to lend a hand to someone else. I always carry this with me.  

2. Beauty is simple.
Mommy has made it clear to me, loads of make-up does not make you pretty, and there's a way to look your best without a mess!  Going back to being nice on the inside, it is easy to look nice on the outside, too.  Too much of anything is usually just that--too much and it will catch the wrong eyes most times.  As I put together my looks for each day, I definitely think..."what would Mommy say?"

As Tatyana Ali put it: "My mother is my beauty role model.  She's gorgeous, giving, and gracious - a true G!"

3. Be strong.
I haven't come across a strength like the strength my mother has, and am not sure I will.  Her lessons in being strong go far beyond helping my dad out in the yard against my will.  They extend to knowing things won't always go my way, and when they don't, I cannot give up.  I will encounter some challenges, and as cliche as it sounds I hear her telling me "this, too shall pass".  I may not want to hear it, but I always want to believe it...and in due time, I see it to be true.  I know my mother got her strength from my grandmother, and great-grandmother, so I work hard to be sure I can pass it on someday as well.  Because of my Mommy, I feel there is nothing I cannot do.  

4.  Be....patient!
Ugh!  I am still working on this one, and actually, so is Mommy.  She's been trying to teach me patience all my life, and I think I just may be starting to get it--a little.  I remember as a little girl hearing her tell me "beee..." and waiting for me to say "patient". I'm not sure I always understood the value of patience as a youngster, but I have gotten a much better understanding in my adult life.  I can't count the number of times I hear her in my head reminding me...and sometimes it is her actual voice.  I have found patience to be so critical, especially as I get older, and can say I have received and encountered some wonderful things from being patient.  I keep this lesson with me.  But, she and I both know, I'm not done learning it.

5. Always do your best.
I often look at my mom and think she has so many things on her plate...and wonder how she balances them all.  Then I realize I am, in my own way, doing the same thing.  I have learned over the years, she not only has a lot on her plate, but only enough for her to handle, and handle well.  It appears to be a lot to the onlooker, and I know it is to her as well.  But, the way she handles family, work, and social activities is always with ease and grace.  Mommy has taught me about not taking on too much, but being there to step up and step in if necessary.  Sure, you may have a lot going on, but giving each your very best is all that's acceptable.  I keep this lesson close.

I could go on and on about the lessons my mother has taught me, but the space here is limited.  I am endlessly thankful for such a loving and giving mother, and wouldn't trade her for the world.  Thank you, Mommy for everything.

Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing Mommys out there.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Dana Jackson of Beneath Your Mask--

We love a good skincare brand, and find there's a major difference in caring for your skin with the right products containing the right ingredients.  When I stumbled upon Beneath Your Mask, I was more than convinced there was something special about this brand.  From the unique glass holding the carefully curated products, to the story behind the brand, I keep this as a staple in my bathroom and travel bag.  I've shared it with friends, and left my office timely for once to go meet Dana in person at Neiman Marcus in Chicago.

I could go on, and on about this brand, but I'll let Dana tell you about Beneath Your Mask through her own words.

1.        What sparked your interest in the beauty and skincare industry?  Has it always been a passion of yours?  What did you do prior, if not?
I was always a product junkie, but never wanted to be in the skincare industry. I was completely happy being a consumer. I was working as an entertainment business manager, and after being diagnosed with Lupus and Lupus Nephritis, I started paying attention to not only what I was putting in my body, but on my body.

2.        How did you decide on the name Beneath Your Mask?  How did you decide which product types would be in the collection?
The name, Beneath Your mask, comes from the premise that you cannot truly be healed until you remove the mask you’re presenting to the world. God can’t heal your representative. I wanted to launch with the multi-taskers first, the items that could be used pretty much head to toe, like Heal, Polish, Indulge and Nourish. Then from there, I wanted to start focusing on face and we launched our Illuminate Clarifying Face Mask. It was important to me that our collection to be great for all skin types.

3.        What sets Beneath Your Mask apart from other brands?
I think one of the key differentiators of our brand is the mulit-use aspect of our collection as well as the fact that it’s unisex. Our packaging was intentionally designed to appeal to both men and women as men love our products as well.

4.        As a fashion and beauty law blog, we always ask, are there any legal issues or challenges you've faced (that you can or want to discuss--no pending litigation, just general bumps in the road)?  Infringement issues?  Licensing/partnership challenges?
There is so much copying in this industry. I’ve seen brands have photography done that looks exactly like mine, or brands that follow me make ingredient profiles almost exact to mine. It really is prevalent in this industry, but there’s not much you can do about it. These aren’t things you can really pursue legally, but I definitely pay attention.

5.        How do you work to protect your brand?  
One of the first things I did was file a trademark on my logo, and as soon as we had it in use, I filed the Statement of Use.

6.        Which item is your favorite go-to and why?
Our Nourish Skin & Hair Serum. It’s one of our top sellers and for good reason. You can literally use it on face, body and hair. There are tons of uses, and I won't travel without it. My favorite ways to use it are mixed with our face mask, mixed with my conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment, massaged directly onto my edges and rubbed directly on scars and rashes. I was going to name it Everything, because you can use it on everything!

Oh goodness, I love these tips!

7.        Tell us about the product containers and unique glass you've chosen:

Beneath Your Mask is packaged in a dark violet Miron glass that energetically activates our botanical formulas. We do NOT package in plastic, and never will! We don’t want plastic getting into your products and subsequently your skin. In addition to being visually beautiful, Miron glass is unsurpassed in preserving the life of products. The technology is simple; the sun emits visible and invisible light parts that enable all plants to grow. It also emits light that accelerates molecular decay. Miron violet glass works like a natural filter that only lets in the sunlight that protects and improves quality, thus lengthening the lifespan and actually increasing the potency of our products. This means that our products will not only be optimally preserved, but will also be energetically enriched. Our packaging protects the ingredients, potency, and naturalness of the products, ensuring they arrive to you with exceptional quality.

8.        What do you feel the beauty industry needs most?  How are you filling that gap?
Transparency and brands that aren’t willing to compromise for the sake of their bottom line. We’re filling that gap in the way we source our ingredients. All botanicals aren’t created equal, for example, the population lavender essential oil that we source is incredibly expensive. It’s sourced at the highest altitude in France and is the most therapeutic form that we’ve been able to find. It’s nothing like the lavender that will be in most products. We don’t cut costs when it comes to ingredient quality. 

Why cut costs when it comes to the only skin and body you have, right?!

9.        Tell us about a major moment you won't forget in the Beneath Your Mask journey:
On day 27 of a 30 day fast, I got the call that we’d be going into Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue. It was such a surreal moment for a girl from the south side of Chicago. I was literally in tears!

10.     What's next for Beneath Your Mask?
We have a couple of new products launching this year, plus a beauty tool I’m really excited about! That’s all I can share right now. ;) 

        11.     What quote keeps you energized and inspired?
“There’s no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.” This quote just reminds me that nothing worth having is easy, so keep grinding. It will all happen in when it’s supposed to.

Convinced?  Of course you are.  See more of Dana's story here, and shop for your Beneath Your Mask items here.  We know you won't regret it.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Zakia Clayton of E&J Gallo Winery--

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, we're excited to highlight Zakia Clayton, Business Intelligence Analyst at E&J Gallo Winery, and commemorate her accomplishments in the corporate construct.  

During the month of February, Gallo has been spotlighting the careers of African-American employees and their many accomplishments, both with and aside from the brand. This has become a major initiative to promote Diversity & Inclusion in the Wine & Spirits industry, and will clearly reflect how Black employees, Black buying power, and their contributions provide major impacts to the beverage industry.  This translates to broader access, advertising, and brand awareness.  

Always innovating, Gallo has been using employee spotlights to organically build as many media impressions, engagements, and social media actions as possible.  Even more while running this campaign. The benefits will be immeasurable afterward.  

Here's a little more about Zakia, her wine story, and of course--Which Wine and Why?

Check out the other employees spotlighted on social media @gallocareers on TwitterInstagram and Facebook, and E&J Gallo Winery on LinkedIn.

 Be sure to use #gallocelebratesbhm #diversityinWine when you share!

Monday, February 18, 2019

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Africa Fashion Law Presents...

Protection of a Fashion Business!

The next edition of the AFL Online class is coming up next week.  Join us on February 27th and get answers to the question most entrepreneurs are constantly trying to figure out.

"How can I protect my business?"

There is so much value which you can gain from the upcoming AFL Online Class:

▪Learn about the key areas which you need to cater for in order to protect your business, as it will help you operate your business efficiently.

▪Learn how to enhance your market value through the law.

▪Learn about the importance of an agreement in a business in dealing with partners, clients,investors employees, photographers, make up artists and individuals in the industry.

▪Brand development through the law.

▪Determine which business structure is best for your company.
Do you recognise the value in your business? You need to protect it. Do the needful; hire experts, ask questions, read more, attend the Africa Fashion Law Online Class...

Interested in being a part of the class. Register with the the link below 

Register now!

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