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New variant covers from Sara Pichelli, Betsy Cola, and more coming in March

This March, Marvel Comics is proud to spotlight an all-star lineup of female artists with a new variant cover program commemorating Women’s History Month. Sara Pichelli, Betsy Cola, Jan Bazaldua, Rian Gonzales, Ema Lupacchino, and Karen Darboe will depict some of history’s most inspirational women with a Marvel twist! Fans can see Emma Frost, Sersi, Magik, and Captain Carter pay homage to Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and British suffragettes in gorgeous portrait-style covers that will adorn your favorite Marvel series all month long!

Check out the first four WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH VARIANT COVERS now and stay tuned for the reveal of the final two variant covers in the coming weeks. Collect all six starting on March 9. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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GLAAD Nominees

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 finalist Gottmik announced nominees in select GLAAD Media Awards categories live via GLAAD’s TikTok channel.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally. The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Ketel One Family Made Vodka.

For a full list of nominees, see below or HERE. A tip sheet with a breakdown of nominations by media and trends among the nominees is available HERE

The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released, or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2021. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2022, and in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Friday, May 6, 2022.

“Media can create positive change and this year’s nominees represent powerful projects, stories, and creators that positively shifted culture and enlightened audiences with new and impactful LGBTQ stories,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “There are more nominees this year than ever before, highlighting a growing landscape of LGBTQ visibility, and serving as a reminder of the critical role that film, television, music, journalism, and other forms of media can play in growing LGBTQ acceptance in the face of ongoing attacks against our community.”

Streaming services saw a total of 63 nominees, with cable receiving 39 nominations, and broadcast networks receiving 17 nominations. HBO/HBO Max scored the most nominations of any network with a total of 19 nominees, followed by Netflix with 17 nominees. Hulu received 7 nominations, while ABC, MSNBC, and Peacock all received 4 nominations. In the Spanish-language categories, Univision and Telemundo both received two nominations.

During a year when anti-transgender violence rose and lawmakers across the U.S. introduced an unprecedented number of bills attempting to stop transgender youth from participating in sports and accessing gender-affirming healthcare, many of the nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards centered on transgender people and issues in timely, nuanced, and empowering ways. Of the 30 television shows nominated across Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding New TV Series, 18 feature trans and/or nonbinary characters, including: 

Other nominated shows and films featuring trans and/or nonbinary people or characters include: 

A large number of nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards also include powerful and impactful stories about LGBTQ people of color. In the film and television categories, those nominees include: 

  • Port Authority
  • Cured
  • No Ordinary Man
  • Pier Kids
  • Pride
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Sex Education
  • Shrill
  • Work in Progress
  • 9-1-1: Lone Star
  • The Chi
  • Good Trouble
  • The L Word: Generation Q
  • Pose
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • 4400
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls
  • Sort Of, With Love
  • Y: The Last Man
  • I Am Jazz
  • Legendary
  • MTV’s Following: Bretman Rock
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • We’re Here

GLAAD announced 246 nominees in 30 categories, including two new categories: Outstanding New TV Series and Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology. As LGBTQ representation continues to expand across television and streaming, the Outstanding New TV Series recognizes scripted comedy or drama series in their first season that include impactful LGBTQ stories. The Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology category recognizes an original graphic novel or an anthology of short stories appearing in the same book released by a mainstream publisher and its subsidiary labels.

“After decades of LGBTQ characters being excluded, sidelined, or misrepresented on television, it is incredibly powerful to see how many series introduced fresh, impactful, and fully developed LGBTQ characters and storylines in their first season, many of which were some of the most beloved shows of the year,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “The introduction of the Outstanding New TV Series category recognizes the shows and creators getting LGBTQ inclusion right from the beginning and encourages other showrunners to include LGBTQ characters and stories that enlighten and entertain in new projects.”

Each year, GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories. For the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD is presenting Special Recognition honors to eight media projects that spotlighted diverse segments of the LGBTQ community in innovative ways. The eight media projects include: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]; “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects); CODED: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (Paramount+); Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider; The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia); Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News); Outsports’ Coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics; and “Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo” (Telemundo). A full summary of the projects receiving Special Recognition can be found in the tip sheet with an additional breakdown of facts and figures about this year’s nominees available HERE.GLAAD’s Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media honors a pioneering individual, group, or community media outlet that has made a significant contribution to the development of LGBTQ media. The award is named after Barbara Gittings in recognition of her groundbreaking work as editor of The Ladder, and for her appearances as an out lesbian on national news media throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis serves as Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, alongside GLAAD staff Rich Ferraro and Anthony Allen Ramos. Spencer Harvey will serve as Producer, Juana Guichardo will serve as Associate Producer, and Wendy Shanker will serve as Headwriter.

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Ivy League BLM Courses

By: Emily Bunn

Ivy League Schools to Begin Teaching “Black Lives Matter” Courses

Proving their commitment to diversity and understanding, several Ivy League colleges will begin offering courses on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Whereas other Ivy League schools, such as Cornell, have created Africana Departments that focus on the centrality of Africa and the African Diaspora to the modern world, BlackLivesMatter classes are situated in a specific cultural moment. Though, of course, the Black Lives Matter falls under the umbrella of contemporary African history, it is positioned in a more concentrated, modern application. Princeton and Dartmouth are the two first schools to begin accrediting this intersectional coursework. While Princeton most recently enacted their BLM coursework, Dartmouth has been pioneering this change since 2015.

Dartmouth’s Black Lives Matter course discusses topics such as The Ivory Tower, understanding St. Louis and its racial history, race and class, racial violence, and systemic and unconscious racism, among other topics. Part of Dartmouth’s course description reads, “though the academy can never lay claim to social movements, this course seeks in part to answer the call of students and young activists around the country to take the opportunity to raise questions about, offer studied reflection upon, and allocate dedicated institutional space to the failures of democracy, capitalism, and leadership and to make #BlackLivesMatter. Developed through a group effort, this course brings to bear collective thinking, teaching, research, and focus on questions around race, structural inequality, and violence.” The course is taught by a wide variety of professors from different academic disciplines and social backgrounds. Taught for ten weeks by close to 20 different professors, Dartmouth’s Black Lives Matter coursework stands as a comprehensive example of a cross-disciplinary concentration that recognizes and situates history in a contemporary, American context.

Princeton’s #BlackLivesMatter class looks to examine the “historical roots and growth of the Black Lives Matter social movement,” and is “committed to resisting, unveiling, and undoing histories of state sanctioned violence against Black and Brown bodies.” Princeton’s #BlackLivesMatter’s course description reads as such: “This seminar traces the historical roots and growth of the Black Lives Matter social movement in the United States and comparative global contexts. The movement and course are committed to resisting, unveiling, and undoing histories of state sanctioned violence against Black and Brown bodies. The course seeks to document the forms of dispossession that Black Americans face and offers a critical examination of the prison industrial complex, police brutality, urban poverty, and white supremacy in the US.” The course’ sample reading list includes selections from Angela Davis, Claudia Rankin, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Princeton’s course will be taught by Professor Hanna Garth, who has previously taught “Race and Racisms,” “Postcolonial and Decolonial Theory,” and “Theories of Social Justice.” Garth’s self-defined interest in “the ways in which people struggle to overcome structural violence” and past experience has well-prepared her for teaching this class. Garth remarks, “All of my research, teaching, and mentoring is designed around my commitment to feminist methodologies and critical race theory.”

While some have aggressively asserted that Princeton’s course readings are from a former communist party leader who once made it on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, their negativity further highlights the necessity of this course. While these assertions may be true, it is telling that certain critics commonly overlook the individual’s many (more recent) accomplishments. The author in question is Angela Davis – a revered, respected, and well-educated civil rights activist, philosopher, academic, and author. By painting Davis as an unpatriotic, dangerous criminal, it distracts from the important lessons that are to be learned from this influential leader. Similarly, Fox News’ article on Princeton’s new course links their mention of the “Black Lives Matter” movement not to an explanation of what the movement is, but instead to a page on US protests. As opposed to creating an educational resource for what the BLM Movement is, conservative critics are quick to jump to claims of Black violence and riots.

Especially in 2021, as the United States grapples with the fight for racial and civil justice, discussions surround race, policing, prison reform, and politics are more pertinent than ever. It is absolutely essential that our nation’s college students are exposed to critical race theory and critical thinking. By shielding America’s youth from the necessary history of this country – which is still being experienced today – we are only putting them in a position of increased vulnerability and ignorance. Knowledge is power and educating oneself on society’s issues is the only way to efficient work towards progressive social change. Hopefully, as the most prestigious academic institutions begin to model examples of intersectional and anti-racist coursework, other colleges and universities will soon follow suit.

Mariah Carey Makes History

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” continues to make pop music history this year as the artist’s perennial yuletide standard (cowritten and coproduced by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff in 1994) keeps breaking new records while lighting up the 2021 holiday season.

This December, “All I Want for Christmas is You” became the first and only holiday single to take home the RIAA’s coveted Diamond Award (in recognition of ten million sales and streaming units in the United States).

Listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” here.

“The continued love for my song never ceases to amaze me and fill my heart with a multitude of emotions,” said Mariah. “It blows my mind that ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has endured different eras of the music industry. The RIAA DIAMOND award?! Wowww! I’m so fortunate to have the greatest fans on Earth, my Lambily, who continue to support my legacy. I love you.”

“Mariah is the Queen of Christmas,” said President of the Commercial Music Group at Sony Music Entertainment, Richard Story. “Her Sony Music family congratulates her on breaking yet another record, and continuing to make history as the first and only artist to achieve this incredible milestone.”

“Mariah Carey is one of the top Gold & Platinum awarded artists of all time, and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ becoming the only holiday song to achieve Diamond is a remarkable milestone forever etched in music history. Congratulations and happy holidays to Mariah and her amazing Sony team,” said Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.

Carey also spotlights the global fan-favorite “All I Want for Christmas is You” in the Apple TV+ smash-hit, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, with a show-stopping performance of the record-breaking song, along with her twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe. On the heels of this exciting news, Carey debuts her all-new holiday extravaganza Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues, premiering globally today and available now on Apple TV+.

On Tuesday, December 7, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) will make two Mariah Carey films, Live at the Tokyo Dome and First Vision, available for digital purchase and rental for the first time in the United States. Showcasing more than 80 minutes of music, including a stunning live version of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey: Live at the Tokyo Dome captures the artist’s historic first concert in Japan, lensed during her 1996 Daydream World Tour. Mariah Carey: First Vision gives viewers an inside look at Mariah on the cusp of her meteoric rise to superstardom; this 1991 film contains early music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, an interview and songs from her very first live performance at New York’s intimate Tatou Club in 1990. Currently available in the US only, four additional Mariah Carey films–Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden, Here is Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey Around the World and Mariah Carey: MTV Unplugged +3–will be released worldwide via SPE on December 7.

Billboard recently named Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” as the #1 record on their Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs list. The song first cracked the Top 10 of the Hot 100 in December 2017 and, in December 2019, 25 years after its original release, became the second holiday single ever to hit #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for longest span from release date to #1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit #1 again in 2020, giving it a five week total in the top slot, a new milestone for a holiday recording.

Recorded in August 1994 at The Hit Factory in New York, “All I Want for Christmas is You” was originally released in October 1994 as the first single from Mariah’s Merry Christmas album, a showcase for Mariah’s interpretations of familiar holiday songs alongside the new material she’d composed with co-writer Walter Walter Afanasieff. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” went on to become one of the best-selling singles (of any genre) of all time and the best-selling holiday ringtone in the United States for several years running.

When “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 2019, it was Mariah’s 19th claim on the top spot, a record for a solo recording artist; when her holiday single hit #1 the following year, Mariah became the first artist to have a Hot 100 # 1 in four separate decades (the 1990s, the 2000s, the 2010s and the 2020s).

Having charted every holiday season since its original release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”–which The New Yorker called “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon”–has become an essential seasonal standard that continues to bring the spirit of Christmas to the hearts of music lovers the world over.

“All I Want for Christmas is You” is Carey’s biggest international success, topping the charts in twenty-six countries including Australia, Canada, France, and Germany. In 2020, the holiday classic topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in the UK Top 40 before reaching #1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the all-time best-selling Christmas single by a female artist and one of the top-selling physical singles in music history. It’s the first holiday ringtone to be certified double platinum by the RIAA.

As of December 20, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” makes an unprecedented return to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, rising from No. 2. The carol logs its sixth total week atop the Hot 100 and becomes the first song in the chart’s history to have led in three distinct runs on the ranking (2019, 2020, 2021). Additionally, the record tops both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. The two global charts rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories, as compiled by MRC Data.

The song was first released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994 and, as streaming has grown and holiday music has become more prominent on streaming services’ seasonal playlists, it hit the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time in December 2017, before ascending to No. 1 in both December 2019 (for three weeks) and December 2020 (two).

Carey’s gift that keeps on giving (and leading) paces six holiday classics in the Hot 100’s top 10, with Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” rising to No. 2 and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” returning to the tier at No. 9.

A deeper look at Carey’s latest Hot 100 coronation with “Christmas,” on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings:

Airplay, streams & sales: Carey’s “Christmas” drew 37.6 million U.S. streams (up 16%) and 26.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 7%) and sold 7,400 downloads (up 7%) in the Dec. 10-16 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

The song spends a 13th total week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and rises 9-7 on Digital Song Sales; and 24-23 on Radio Songs. It also leads the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 49th week, of the chart’s 54 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 34 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season, and dominates as the top title on the recently-revealed Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs chart.

Since its release, the song has upped its U.S. totals to 4.3 billion in radio audience, 1.4 billion streams and 3.7 million in download sales.

No. 1 in a third separate chart run: Carey’s “Christmas” first topped the Hot 100 dated Dec. 21, 2019, and led again on the next two lists, dated Dec. 28, 2019, and Jan. 4, 2020.

The following holiday season, it returned to No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 19, 2020, and, after a week at No. 2 (below Taylor Swift’s “Willow”), topped the Jan. 2, 2021, dated tally.

As “Christmas” rules the latest, Dec. 25, 2021-dated chart, it claims its sixth total week at No. 1 in its third seasonal run at the summit, becoming the first song in the Hot 100’s 63-year history to lead in three distinct chart runs. The track has re-entered the survey each November or December dating to 2012.

(As “Christmas” has made four interrupted climbs to the top of the Hot 100, on charts dated Dec. 21, 2019, Dec. 19, 2020, Jan. 2, 2021, and now Dec. 25, 2021, it ties 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, beginning in October 2020, and Drake’s “Nice for What,” in 2018, as the only songs with four separate ascents to No. 1; unlike “Christmas,” the latter two tracks logged their four distinct rises to No. 1 over unbroken chart stays.)

Longest span atop the Hot 100: Carey’s “Christmas” now boasts the longest span from a song’s first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to its latest: two years and four days (Dec. 21, 2019-Dec. 25, 2021).

It passes the only other song to lead the Hot 100 over multiple runs: Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” which topped the tally dated Sept. 19, 1960, before, thanks to new popularity among adult audiences, leading the lists dated Jan. 13 and 20, 1962, ruling again after a gap of a year, three months and three weeks. (Still, that break remains the longest between Hot 100 reigns.)

Most weeks at No. 1 for a holiday hit: With its sixth week atop the Hot 100, Carey’s “Christmas” extends its record for the most time at No. 1 among holiday songs. The only other seasonal single to jingle to the apex, “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville & the Chipmunks, spent four weeks on top beginning in December 1958.

Carey’s record 85th week atop Hot 100: With “Christmas,” Carey claims her record-extending 85th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
85, Mariah Carey

60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
52, Drake
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
41, Beyoncé
37, Michael Jackson
34, Elton John
34, Bruno Mars

“Christmas” became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and one away from The Beatles’ overall record 20. It also made Carey the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades, dating to her first week on top with her debut single, “Vision of Love,” in 1990.

Further, “Christmas” is Carey’s record fifth Hot 100 No. 1 to rule for six weeks or more. She one-ups Boyz II Men, Drake and Usher, each with four such leaders.

Plus, it’s not only fitting that “Christmas” leads the Hot 100 dated Dec. 25, 2021, but Carey is the only artist to top the chart on multiple rankings dated Dec. 25: her “Hero” began a four-week stay at No. 1 on the Dec. 25, 1993, Hot 100. (This week’s chart is the 10th dated Dec. 25 in the list’s history.)

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Holiday Wish List

Now that it’s fall, it’s officially that time of the year. The holidays are still a way’s away, but the must-have items are coming out earlier and earlier and your list seems to get longer and longer. It’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021! Whether you’re looking for the latest toys, present for your wife, your kids, or even your boss, this 360 MAGAZINE list will be your one stop shop to find the coolest gift ideas.

Check out our favorites below, and we hope you pick out something nice for yourself as well!

Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’

Leica Camera has unveiled a new Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’ to celebrate the release of the 25th Bond adventure, No Time to Die.  Limited to 250 pieces only, the camera exudes understated elegance – just like James Bond – marked by Leica’s signature minimalist design.

The new camera features the iconic 007 logo on the deck cap and the famous Bond gun barrel design on the lens cap. Each of the limited-edition cameras will be individually numbered, making the “007” camera a sought-after collectable. The camera comes in a customized and handcrafted case designed by the British luxury suitcase brand, Globe-Trotter. Inspired by the bespoke cases that are featured in No Time To Die film, both the camera case and camera are finished in the same ocean green leather colorway.

A combination of both photography and cinema, this makes a perfect gift for anyone who is a film major or enthusiast! Available for purchase on the official Leica website.

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Oakley × Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes II and Oakley has released the second iteration of the MVP quarterback’s Signature Series, Contrail. The new eyewear is inspired by the MVP’s limitless talent and includes features that honor the Super Bowl LIV Champion.

The Signature Series Collection launched in early 2021 with the bold design of Oakley’s Sutro Lite frame. Ahead of the brand’s third season partnership with the NFL, Oakley is adding Contrail to the collection, a modern design available in matte black with metallic gold icons to celebrate the unconventional success of the Kansas City Chief’s player. The frame features a lightweight, durable C-5 alloy frame and Prizm lens technology engineered to enhance color and contrast while discoverable Mahomes details on the Contrail include an etched lens with II for Mahomes and a signed microbag.

Modern yet timeless, the Patrick Mahomes Signature Series is available on Oakley.com and in Oakley retail stores.

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Casio EDIFICE × Scuderia AlphaTauri Racing

Super-charge your speed and precision with this special Casio EDIFICE watch designed in collaboration with the F1™ team Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Made with the same type of 6K carbon fiber used in the floor and wings of the Scuderia AlphaTauri racing machine, the EFR571AT-1A puts the latest motorsports technology right on your wrist. Fluorescent yellow — the color that crew mechanics use at the track for safety — highlights key components, providing the stand-out visibility required by racing teams who have to make every second count. The yellow stopwatch button and second hand ensure easy, no-fumble timing. The last 15 seconds on the dial are also highlighted, in a nod to the F1 rule that crewmembers must leave the grid 15 seconds before the formation lap starts.

This special EDIFICE delivers what you need to manage your day with the confidence of an F1 driver. Available for purchase here.

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Lids × Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowler and Super Bowl LV Champion Wide Receiver, Chris Godwin, has partnered with Lids and is not the retailer’s newest brand partner.

Godwin has created seven custom embroidery designs exclusively with Lids. Along with his signature and a #14 jersey number available in a variety of design options, these exclusive designs will also include a ‘World Champion’ badge as a nod to the Bucs fanbase following their 2021 Super Bowl LV win.

Fans can embroider any one of the designs on a hat or jersey of their choice at hundreds of Lids locations across the country starting today (available at any location that offers on-site custom embroidery). Through this partnership, Lids contributed a flat donation to Godwin’s charitable foundation, Team Godwin Foundation, which provides at-risk animals a second chance through advocacy and financial support.

More information here.

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THE COMFY

Nothing keeps you cozy on chilly fall mornings like the wearable blanket that started it all! The Comfy Teddy Bear Quarter Zip is everything you love about The Comfy Teddy Bear, but with the added flexibility and style of a zip.

Fun, cozy, and will keep you warm while couch surfing on a cool night. It is unisex and stylish enough for all your needs, from sitting on the porch or a quick trip to the store. Luscious, high-quality sherpa wraps you in a giant hug while the quarter zip gives you flexibility, you’ll never want to take it off.

Available in a variety of colors and patterns here.

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LOL Cartel

Recording artist and MTV’s Ridiculousness host Chanel West Coast has announced the release of her new LOL Cartel unisex capsule collection. Conceptualized and designed by Chanel herself, the new streetwear line showcases fun, expressive lifestyle apparel that speaks to the laidback and feel good vibes of the West Coast. 

The new drop features a wide array of classic silhouettes such as sweatpants, sweaters, hats, shirts, t-shirts and more in custom-dyed designs and bold color combinations, emphasizing the young and vibrant inspiration throughout. Each piece has been designed with high quality fabrics and materials, and was crafted to be unisex, ensuring a mix-and-match capsule collection that can be enjoyed by people of all genders.  

Shop here.

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Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys is the premier online retailer specializing in limited edition art toys in vinylresin and PVC, as well as imported action figures and one-off custom toys.

Started in 2004 in New York City, Tenacious Toys services thousands of customers worldwide each year with the most reliable fulfillment of bullet-proof packages. Tenacious Toys offers customers a robust program of rewards and freebies, as well as multiple payment options during checkout.

Perfect holiday gift for a friend or partner who loves to collect! Shop Tenacious Toys’ latest collection here.

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EATABLE

Celebrate flavors worthy of your everyday celebrations with the 100% natural, delightfully grown-up popcorn from EATABLE.

Inspired by the flavors of happy hour, each bag features the sophisticated notes of your favorite cocktails without the alcohol. They start with non-GMO corn kernels that are air popped to perfection, imbue them with a sweet candy or caramel spirit infused coating, and then painstakingly hand-sift each batch to ensure those hard unpopped kernels never make it to your mouth. 

Give your movie night a sophisticated twist, upgrade your book club’s charcuterie board, or toast Team USA with the mixed pop of your choice.

EATABLE Highlights:

• Crafted from locally sourced, non-GMO corn kernels

• Twice baked recipe creates the perfect crunchy texture

• Grab and go bags are ideal for snacking, picnics, barbecues, and more!

• Comes in a resealable bag for freshness you can taste

• NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

• Flavors include:

• Whisky on the Pops

• Pop the Champagne

• Pop the Salt & Tequila

• Pop Goes Sangria

• Poppy Caesar

•Poppin’ Rosé all Day 

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Sea Witch Botanicals

Sea Witch Botanicals is committed to being a role model in the shift toward sustainability and ethical business, and transparently dedicated to environmental justice. We are a small, tenacious team that believes you don’t need sinister synthetics or animal byproducts to have a clean home, a beautiful smelling space, or luxurious self-care. All of our products are crafted with only plant-based ingredients and packaged for optimum waste-reduction. 

Sea Witch Botanicals aims to keep the world’s water healthy by providing natural home and body products that are good for you, and the environment. With a huge range of scents and products, find your match of incense and candles here.

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N.Peal Cashmere Knitwear

Know a Bond fan? These gifts would be right up their alley. Exclusive cashmere knitwear brand N.Peal is launching its Navy Ribbed Army Sweater and 007 Combat Trousers as worn by 007 in the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, releasing in theaters October 8, 2021.

Available in a blend of 90 per cent superfine Merino wool and 10 per cent cashmere, the Navy Ribbed Army Sweater  features canvas patches on the shoulders, cuffs and elbow and is augmented by a drawstring neck. The 007 combat trouser is made from 100% Cotton, features-Gun metal zips and poppers- 3 pockets, two zipped and one poppered – Epitomises the modern and informal utility look and marries perfectly with the N.Peal commando sweater.

Modelling its design on British Military Commando sweaters & Combat Trousers, N.Peal developed these pieces with No Time To Die costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb.

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CASIO G-SHOCK

As the most nostalgic time of the year nears, what’s a better way to remember your childhood than to purchase old trinkets? Casio has released a few timepieces that are reminiscent of the 90s, and will surely bring you back in time.

Based on the larger men’s style, the GMAS120SR-7A is a compact G-SHOCK model in the transparent style that became popular back in the ‘90s. This model features a rose-gold metallic finish with a design that makes it the perfect accessory for work and play. 

The square design of the GMS5600PG-1 is reminiscent of the classic G-SHOCK 5600. This model has a metal covered bezel and incorporates standard G-SHOCK shock resistance in a small, lightweight watch that is comfortable to wear. The mirror finish of the case and bezel add a touch of elegance to the watch’s casual look. 

The BG169G-4B offers the nostalgic BABY-G style in an eye-catching pink band and face. Featuring 200-meter water resistance, this model has an ion-plated metal ring and with a face protector, creating a face that is dynamic, yet classically BABY-G. The wire face protectors on the case allow for worry-free wear at the beach, pool, or in other high-activity areas.

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Pureaty Naturals – Biotin Hair Serum

One of those products that went viral over quarantine, none other than this biotin hair serum from Pureaty Naturals.

According to more than 5,000 five-star Amazon ratings awarded for its ability to regrow hair even in nearly bald spots after a month of use. Shoppers say it makes a huge difference in their hair’s strength and thickness, rescuing thinning hairlines from intense shedding and encouraging growth like a “miracle serum.” 

Prior to trying the Pureauty formula, one person says that nothing seemed to help their drain-clogging hair loss. Within two weeks, the cycle turned around: “The results are AMAZING! I legit only had like two strands fall out per shower.” They continue, “The only downside: I didn’t find this product sooner. I could not be happier. Thank you so much to whoever made this. You literally saved my depressed soul from losing my hair.”

Another person “desperate” to reverse their chemo-thinned hair says their hair loss is now so minimal, the results are “hard to believe.” But by all accounts it doesn’t much matter what’s behind the hair loss — the Pureauty’s hydrators, including the glycerin and squalane mentioned above, keep your scalp optimally moisturized regardless. As the last person concludes: “Thank you, little bottle of serum.” 

Shop Pureauty here.

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Tubble Royale Inflatable Bathtub

Give the gift of a portable tub, Tubble! Imagine taking a private hot bath in the snow after skiing or on your balcony over looking the city! Tubble was designed for urban living but is also great for outside adventures (veranda, porch, balcony, living room, cabin, glamping, RV). With the Tubble, you can take a bath anywhere-anytime. You just need a water source! Tubble is great for contrast therapeutic bath (hot to cold and vice versa) any type of therapeutic bath is an option. Fits a 6’ tall person or two people very comfortably! Quality materials (like a yoga mat) makes it more comfortable than a regular bath. Lightweight when empty, travels easy, and holds 60 gallons of water when full. Perfect for the holidays.

Available on Tubble and Amazon.

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nutpods

You know the holidays are near when you see Pumpkin Spice on the shelves again. Keep the good times pouring with nutpods unsweetened Winter Collection flavors; Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Holiday Nog. The party goes on to the last drop. All three are creamy, foamy, and free of dairy and sugar.

Shop here.

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Cornbread Hemp

The CBD industry has become an oversaturated $2.1 billion market notorious for a lack of consumer awareness, large corporations, and countless athletes/celebrities fronting brands (without any real involvement in the company). However, a few smaller CBD brands are setting themselves apart through a purpose-driven mission and commitment to product quality.

Cornbread Hemp is one of the rare few that has been able to gain market share as an underdog, in large part due to its signature Flower-Only™, full spectrum, and USDA-certified organic hemp. They are going down a different path, not cutting corners, and offering a product that is light years ahead of what you see at your local convenience store.

The founders at Cornbread Hemp have made taking on corporate CBD as one of their causes to ensure that consumers know what is in the product they are ingesting or rubbing on their bodies. Co-founder Jim Higdon has said that “what most consumers don’t know is that corporate hemp manufacturers produce substandard products, only to dress them up with the term ‘Whole Plant.'”

Shop Cornbread Hemp here.

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ZAGG

Know someone that got the new iPhone? Here’s a quick gift idea. ZAGG, the global leader in accessories and technologies that empower mobile lifestyles, introduced screen protection and protective case solutions for the new Apple iPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. ZAGG also announced screen protection for the Apple Watch Series 7 and iPad mini (6th gen).  

ZAGG accessories for these Apple devices are available beginning today on ZAGG.com with some products arriving in the coming weeks. Consumers may find ZAGG InvisibleShield and ZAGG Gear4 products at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Best Buy, and Walmart stores nationwide.

ZAGG backs its mobile accessories with an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty and will replace the product if it ever gets worn or damaged for the life of the device. With more than 250 million screen protectors sold worldwide, ZAGG InvisibleShield is the #1 selling brand for smartphone screen protection in the U.S. and has set the industry standard for screen protection. Shop here.

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Oakley Coyote Boot

Born more than 20 years ago, the Coyote boot was built to function like a sneaker while still offering an iconic combat-inspired product. The boot is not meant to be just for anyone, it was created for a purpose with a will to run alone and to run with the pack.

Designed to take on any adventure whether in the city or in the wild, the Coyote boot itself features an EVA midsole and slip-resistant rubber outsole which moves naturally with your foot, while providing plush shock absorption. The lightweight material and genuine leather offers ventilated comfort while the rugged nylon laces stand to rough wear to complete this durable, everyday boot. In addition to the regular colorways, The Coyote Boot will also offer three new limited-edition colorways featuring vibrant, neon soles: black/neon green, coyote/neon orange, and sage/neon light blue. 

A gift made for any adventurous friends or partners, the Coyote Boot is available in select stores and online here.

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PUMA

The second PUMA collaboration with Black Fives collection celebrates the way teams in the Black Fives Era expanded their reach beyond neighborhoods where they began, into cities and towns throughout the United States. This seven-piece collection encompasses vintage-inspired designs with historical graphics and authentic logos maintained by the Foundation. Banner graphics showcase Black Fives teams along with cities they played in across the U.S. from Los Angeles to New York.

The Black Fives Foundation’s mission is to research, preserve, showcase, teach and honor the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball. Items in the collection include multi-colored hoodie and sweatpants, shorts, T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt, cardigan, and a black Suede Mid Black Fives, which includes a pop of color on the sole and team logos on the formstrip.

The collection launches globally October 8 in stores and online.

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Affirmicious

Has this last year taken a toll on your friends’ spirits? Are you on the lookout for a gift that inspires change and growth There’s nothing like the holiday season to spread a little cheer, and with Affirmicious and their uplifting Zodiac Affirmation Card Decks you can help nip negativity in the bud.

Each deck of fun and focusing cards is tailored to the personality of a specific Zodiac sign, offering positive statements and reminders to help change the flow of your thoughts the more you practice them. 

  • Features 100 personalized affirmation cards per set
  • Cards are based on the unique traits, needs, and energy of each Zodiac sign
  • Reinforces and emphasizes your positive traits
  • Helps put an end to negative self-talk
  • Fun for Zodiac believers and dabblers alike!
  • Available for all 12 Zodiac signs

Shop here.

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spermidineLIFE®

This holiday season, give the gift of natural cell renewal from the inside that supports health and beauty from the outside. Cell health affects growth of our hair and nails, and the appearance of our skin.

A new supplement, spermidineLIFE® by Longevity Labs, is the world’s first natural spermidine-rich wheat germ extract dietary supplement that supports our bodies rejuvenation and renewal of cells from the inside, which supports health and beauty health from the outside.

spermidineLIFE® is an all-natural, clinically tested supplement that supports brain, heart and organ function, helps reduce inflammation, improve immunity, detain the effects of aging, improve the growth and appearance of nails and hair, and support skin firmness. MSRP: $99 (subscription price $89)

Support cellular renewal through spermidine supplementation with a simple two-capsules per day dose.

  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • Free of artificial colors or flavors
  • Free of lactose, nuts, and caffeine
  • 100% GMO-free product
  • Available in a convenient monthly package

Shop here.

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Privé Revaux

Founded on the belief that head-turning style shouldn’t be a luxury reserved for a select few, celebrity founded Privé Revaux continues to provide affordable and effortlessly chic eyewear. A great gift that has been given the golden seal of approval from a variety of celebrities from Billie Ellish, to Common, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, J. Lo, Dwayne Wade, Rachel McAdams and more. Countless styles have been worn and loved by the a-list, and with its inexpensive price point, it’s an easy gift that your loved ones will delight in.

Join the a-list and gift Privé Revaux this holiday season. Shop here.

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Barton Perreira

Barton Perreira is an independent brand that sees things differently, taking the time to invest in craftsmanship that produces nothing less than the finest eyewear in the world. Meticulously crafted by hand in Japan, a single pair of Barton Perreira frames takes weeks to refine. Barton Perreira’s weightless fit originates from the use of Japanese titanium without any composites to construct the most durable frames available today. Barton Perreira premium lenses are created through a hand-dipped double staged process that results in a stunning gradation of color.

Distinguished for their passionate attention to each one-of-a-kind detail, Japan’s leading artisans ensure every facet of Barton Perreira eyewear is brought to life with precision and virtuosity. Available here.

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Skechers × JGoldcrown

Spread love and comfort this holiday season with Skechers x JGoldcrown: BOBS Too Cozy slippers featuring the iconic #Lovewall heart design of muralist James Goldcrown. Feel warm and fuzzy inside and out with this gift that gives back – for every BOBS from Skechers item purchased, a donation is made to help save shelter animals’ lives nationwide through Skechers’ partnership with Petco Love. The BOBS from Skechers movement has raised more than $7 million to help more than 1.3 million shelter pets in the United States and Canada.

The casual vegan slippers feature an allover print of the artist’s signature design, soft microfiber suede-textured upper with a faux-fur trim, striped midsole and cushioned Skechers Memory Foam™ footbed, providing ultimate comfort while you sip cocoa by the fire. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the Too Cozy styles which make the perfect welcome gift for out of town guests joining you for the holidays.

Retailing at $50 on Skechers.com.

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DIESEL

DIESEL has recently introduced a stylish new way of listening to music or taking phone calls on the go with their new True Wireless Earbuds. Comes in two color variations, black and red, both featuring the silver ‘D’ logo detail. The case is compatible with wireless charging and doubles as a charging portal. The earbuds are sweat and splash resistant, equipped with voice assist and has a total battery life and playback time of 32 hours. This fashion tech accessory will make for the perfect stocking stuffer and will retail for $128 and will be available at DIESEL stores, online at diesel.com and at select fashion, tech and electronic retailers worldwide.

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SKECHERS

Skechers new GO Lounge™ footwear and apparel deliver the cute and cozy looks we are all craving as the temperatures start to drop.

Available in a variety of designs and colors, the cozy GO LOUNGE styles feature the brand’s Comfort Technologies for ultimate ease and support at home or on the go. Skechers line of GOLounge™ apparel compliments the footwear with its all-around comfort designs and tranquil color story.  

Skechers GO Lounge pairs feature a Patented Skechers Arch Fit® contoured footbed with podiatrist-certified arch support. Developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans, the contoured footbed helps mold to your foot to reduce shock and increase weight dispersion. Apparel is designed with signature Skechers fabrics delivering incredible fit and features with a luxe lounging feel.

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AveSeena

Inflammaging is AveSeena’s NEW Green Caviar Facial Oil Elixir is the only oil to beat inflammaging (Inflammation + Aging) and is formulated with peptide complex Matrixyl 3000™, sea sourced Green Caviar Algae Oil, Vitamin C, retinol replacement Bakuchiol and Squalane offering key nutrients essential to skin’s strength and defense system.

This vegan, gender inclusive, certified clean Elixir is a multi-nutrient loaded anti-aging facial oil that addresses skin concerns including fine lines & wrinkles, dryness, dullness, uneven texture and signs of inflammaging. It is also the only oil to feature the ingredient Matrixyl 3000™, as it typically is only used in cream-based skincare products.

Additional Green Caviar Facial Oil Elixir benefits:

  • 100% of respondents felt that it was easily absorbed
  • 90% said their skin looks better overall
  • 80% stated the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles is visibly improved
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Signed By McFly

Say no to generic gift cards, scratchy sweaters and ugly underwear this holiday season and give the gift of style with Signed By McFly. The fashion label offers everything for men and women – from puffer jackets to athletic wear, socks and hats as stocking stuffer gifts, swimwear for any tropical travel, sneakers, and cozy sweats for holiday lounging.

The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities worldwide. Drip style with Signed By McFly’s Alphabet Varsity Jacket, crafted to keep you cosy and cool! The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities worldwide. Available nationally at signedbymcfly.com

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Triptech

All the functions you need! Flipside Sticks to Your Current Phone or Case by Adhesive for Instant use A slim, snag free design Protection from shattering drops with our Finger Ring, the most vertical and stable viewing kickstand. Triptech’s portrait stand gives you the option for a different view Impact stand allows hard touch for emails, games, and texts. Never be without a GPS mount because it goes with you!

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Simon Ardem

This fall, Simon Ardem is launching the New York Fall Collection, a capsule collection of one-of-a-kind rings and bangles inspired by Central Park landmarks.   

The New York Fall collection features all-natural-colored diamonds. With graduated placement, to resemble the myriad of warm fall colors; each piece is a tour de force. The North Meadow Ring is named after one of Central Park’s largest open areas with a countryside-like feel. Its fancy orange brown round diamond is surrounded by an open field of billowing brown and white diamonds, capturing the essence of space and fall’s natural beauty. The Great Lawn Ring features a brown Ascher cut diamond, surrounded by an ombré arrangement of smaller diamonds, reminiscent of how the Great Lawn appears amongst the hustle of the city. Another classic spot, Central Park’s Cop Cot is a historical wooden shelter surrounded by greenery, and the Cop Cot Ring celebrates its placement through an abstracted, diamond view, featuring rounds and cushion cuts in champagne, yellow, white, and a mix of graduated browns.

Find out more here.

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Session Goods

To celebrate the brand’s fourth birthday, Session Goods has taken their award-winning, iconic design, smoking accessory line and created a limited edition run of all black and white bongs, pipes, and cleaning caps.

This series was created to explore the beautiful styling of their modern products by purposefully indulging in stereotypical designer aesthetics of monochromatic black and white. These two contrasts have inspired countless artists, designers and brands and conveys class and refinement. Fashion can be so much more than clothing and accessories. Session Goods new Designer Series intersects fashion and cannabis – two things that are important to many but rarely connected. With thoughtfulness that flows through every fine detail, this matchup is timeless, sleek, and effortlessly trendy. Intersecting fashion and cannabis is a new phenomenon.

All sold on Session Goods.

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Gemmist

This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift of ultimate pampering with exclusive gift sets from Gemmist, including recently launched salon grade haircare products made to tend to your tresses this holiday season and all year round. Offering two bundles for the ultimate self-care queen, or the person in your life looking to give their hair a little extra love, Gemmist makes shopping easier for you as all products can be ordered online on Gemmist.com and delivered straight to your door (21+ ONLY).  

Start your self-hair journey with the Scalp Balancing Bar, made to exfoliate and stimulate the scalp  while nourishing hair from the root. After brushing out your worries with the flexible detangling brush, deliver essential moisture and tame frizz with the Crème Styler. After a day spent celebrating at holiday soirees to the fireplace with glee, spritz on the new Hair Freshener to instantly refresh hair by capturing unwanted odor molecules to make hair smell clean, even when it’s not wash day.

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Eco Lips

Eco Lips Makes Christmas 2021 More Sustainable with First Holiday Line that Comes in 100% Plant Based Tube

Christmas is just around the corner! And in case you’re looking for more sustainable ways to celebrate the season, Eco Lips has the answer for you.

The certified B Corp, also known as the nations’ largest independent organic lip balm manufacturer, has recently announced the upcoming launch of its 2021 Holiday offering–Candy Cane Organic Lip Balm line. Bursting with deliciously sweet minty flavor, this quintessential holiday lip balm flavor features invigorating peppermint, which leaves a pleasant tingling sensation, and warming vanilla to comfort and soothe dry lips.  It makes for a perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for yourself or loved ones.

As with other Eco Lips products, Candy Cane Organic Lip Balms are made with certified organic beeswax combined with hydrating Fair Trade Certified™ coconut oil to nourish, moisturize, and restore lips back to health. They also come in the brand’s revolutionary Plant Pod, a patented 100% plastic-free, plant-based packaging that looks and acts like a regular tube. 

Candy Cane Organic Lip Balms will be available on Eco Lips’ website and will hit retail in the weeks following its online release. Each set of 3 tubes will sell for $9.99.

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In Good Conscience

Officially launching November 16, In Good Conscience is the perfect self-care gift + stocking stuffer for everyone on your gifting list. The modern personal care and body wash brand is designed for universal appeal and for all bodies. Each body wash is designed with clean beauty standards, steeped with select naturally derived ingredients and gently scented with all natural aromas. 

In Good Conscience body washes come in three sensorial aromas, Mandarin Rose, Rosemary Bergamot and Peppermint Sage, offering a unique aroma for everyone on your gift list. Additionally, in the spirit of the holiday season, each product purchase supports the brand’s mission of cultural sustainability, and contributes a portion of product proceeds to non-profit community organizations driving social impact for under-resourced communities of color.

Product Highlights:

Made in America 

Size: 12 FL OZ / 355ML

Naturally clean: Clean formulas that are highly natural, sensorial & ingredient transparent (100% natural fragrance, formulas free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and with naturally derived ingredients, cruelty

Features Babassu Oil, known for it’s lightweight hydration and anti-oxidant properties and sustainably sourced from the Dominican Republic

Universally Essential: Inclusive, everyday products for all skin types & tones

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Barebells

Holiday Crisp is a limited edition for the Holiday Season. Barebells’ Holiday Crisp will be available for purchase starting November through their website, GNC, Trader Joe’s, and select gyms. Barebells protein bars are rich in protein with 20 grams of protein, no added sugar, without palm oil, and only 200 calories. They suit everyone who wants to give their taste buds a real treat but this year it’ll be a special holiday treat with the same great taste and health benefits.

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Barbie

Choosing a holiday gift for your daughter, niece, or younger sister? Barbie has your back. Most recently, Barbie made an appearance at The LA Auto Show to unveil her new Extra Convertible designed by Barbie designer Judy Choi, with a life-size version, designed by Mattel’s vehicle team. Cars have always been an important part of the Barbie brand – Barbie got her first car in 1962 and since then has had everything from convertibles to campers, beach buggies, and more. Now, kids everywhere can give new meaning to the phrase “passing with flying colors” by sporting their own Barbie Extra Cars, available now at Walmart for $30

When it’s time to take Barbie’s Extra looks on the go, the convertible’s trunk includes spaces for shoes and a trendy top. For Barbie’s furry friends, the Extra Convertible features a pet pool at the rear. The car is the latest extension of the “Barbie Extra” line, which launched in November 2020.

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Banana Phone

Is your goal to win the office’s white elephant this year? Looking for a screen-free phone alternative? Discover a whole bunch of fun while supporting gorilla conservation with the first ever bluetooth enabled Banana Phone!

The Banana Phone is both a bluetooth mobile handset and a speaker that can connect to virtually any smartphone so you can take calls, listen to music, or activate Google or Siri when your hands are full. Best of all, a portion of all sales go to support Gorilla Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Banana Phone Highlights:

  • 60 ft Bluetooth range 
  • Make phone calls or play your favorite music 
  • 20 hour talk time 
  • 120 hour Idle time 
  • Connects to iPhone and Android via Bluetooth
  • Rechargeable via micro USB (cable included) 
  • 2% of all revenue is donated to Gearing Up for Gorillas to support Gorilla Conservation in the democratic Republic of the Congo while working with 1% for the Planet

Available to purchase on Amazon and ShareASale.

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Cheegs

Cheegs is a Minneapolis based apparel company with a mission to better people’s lives through clothing. Cheegs understands the impact that clothing can have on the trajectory of your day and engineer clothing to work with you, not against you. Using innovative fabric technology and versatile designs, Cheegs offers clothing that provides unmatched comfort, utility and durability, all while ensuring a minimal footprint. Re-imagine business attire with optimal comfort.

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TableTopics

For the perfect stocking stuffer, we’re introducing you to the TABLETOPICS® Holiday Conversation Trio PackThese festive questions will add sparkle to the holiday table and bring family and friends together in new ways. Discover, reflect, reminisce, and share laughter through the season and beyond.

For ages 6 and up, this pack is a boxed set of 3 to-go editions – each containing 40 question cards. MSRP $20 from Amazon and major retailers nationwide, including Barnes & Noble. 

  • Thanksgiving with Family: Add a special ingredient to your traditional Thanksgiving with these engaging conversation starters.
  • A Very Merry Christmas: Bring friends and family, young and old into the conversation with these festive questions about everyone’s favorite time of year. 
  • New Year’s Eve: Pop the champagne! Whether your guests are “old acquaintances” or new friends, these conversation starters will inspire humor, reminiscence, and resolutions.
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Reebok

Dropping Friday November 26, the new Question Mid “Class of ’16” sneaker honors Allen Iverson‘s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as the city of Philadelphia where he spent the bulk of his professional career.

The new Question Mid “Class of ‘16” blends colors representative of each of the five professional teams Iverson played for. Beneath a clean execution of his signature shoe, the Question Mid is laced with the red and blue accents, signifying Iverson’s return to his Philadelphia roots to finish off an illustrious NBA career. Dropping November 26, the sneaker will be available globally in adult and kids unisex sizing from Foot Locker, Champs Sports and EastBay.

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At Home With Ray

Offering home goods and accessories with an artistic edge, At Home With Ray is the brain/love child of Kris Roufa, designer and maximalism extraordinaire that has a true flair for the unexpected. 

You can’t quite put a label on Roufa’s overall aesthetic. She is clearly unafraid to let her delightfully curious imagination shine through in her designs. You’ll find elements of nature intertwined with bold unapologetic colors. You’ll enjoy sharp modern lines paired with soft feminine touches. At Home With Ray is kind of like the cool kid that doesn’t even have to try to be cool. 

Scarves, twillys, cocktail napkins, table runners, stationary…you’ll find treasures within the At Home With Ray collection that you’ll cherish forever and want to save for your grandchildren. Visit AtHomeWithRay for more information and to enjoy the full line of quirky goodies.

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CMY Cubes

Meet CMY Cubes – the makers of the most curious and utterly magnificent sensory toy you’ll ever get to handle. 

These seemingly magical color-defying cubes, tetrahedrons, icosahedrons, and more are captivating the world, seeing 1200% growth in the first six months alone. The almost instant success came from a mixture of launching a first-of-its-kind product that is extremely visually appealing and good digital marketing, thanks to Saper’s experience in the industry. Shortly after launching, CMY Cubes went viral on TikTok & Reddit, which launched CMY into the market quickly.

Highlights:

  • Each face is coated in electromagnetically subtractive materials that appear as cyan, magenta, or yellow
  • As you twist and turn it creates all-new color combinations
  • Use it to teach color mixing, light refraction, angles and geometry, and more!
  • Available in a myriad of shapes to suit your taste

Purchase here.

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Skechers

Skechers is committing to help our planet through a multi-year partnership with environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a minimum commitment of $800,000 to help the organization achieve its mission to protect our world’s lands and waters. TNC impacts conservation in over 70 countries and territories, operates more than 100 marine conservation projects and has protected more than 125 million acres of land.

To further reduce the Company’s environmental impact, Skechers has created Our Planet Matters, a new collection of sustainable men’s, women’s, and children’s product which utilizes recycled materials in its designs.With this initial offering of casual lifestyle and performance product, The Comfort Technology Company™ hopes to encourage shoppers of all ages to take steps to become more environmentally conscious.

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adidas Headphones

adidas Headphones announced its first-ever true wireless collection, debuting with the help of Grammy Nominated hip-hop recording artist, Quavo. Best known for being the front man of hip-hop/trap trio Migos, as well as for his skills on the basketball court, Quavo perfectly embodies what makes adidas Headphones the ideal choice for those with an active lifestyle, as well as a passion for creativity and sport. 

Debuting alongside adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC ($189), are two additional pairs of earbuds, each developed to enhance sport performance while offering all-day comfort: adidas Z.N.E. 01($99), an accessible pair of true wireless earbuds built to withstand various aspects of daily life and adidas FWD-02 SPORT($169), a sleek pair of true wireless earbuds designed with insight of adidas Runners to lock in place and help runners of all levels push forward. 

adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC and adidas Z.N.E. 01 are available now for purchase on adidasheadphones.com, while adidas FWD-02 SPORT will be available early next year.

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G-SHOCK

Inspired by the colors of the national flag of Benin, Hachimura’s father’s home country, the new, limited-edition GM110RH-1A is based on the original metal forged case design of the GM110 and adds a polished copper IP bezel. The new model comes with two interchangeable urethane bands, the first being a black textured band with a metal copper IP buckle and the second, a West African Kente-cloth motif band inspired by the traditional clothing of the region. 

The new GM110RH-1A also offers G-SHOCK features, such as shock resistance, magnetic resistance and 200M water resistance, a full auto calendar, 3-year battery, world time, 24-hour countdown timer and more.

The GM110RH-1A retails for $420 and will be available for purchase in December at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

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Kidrobot

Kidrobot brings your favorite Dungeons & Dragons characters to life with an all-new collection of plush toys & collectibles.

Pre-order the new 3″ Vinyl Mini Series 1 here now.

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INDOGGO Gin

Share the love this holiday season by gifting your family, friends, or coworkers a bottle of Snoop Dogg’s INDOGGO Gin. Unlike any other Gin in the world, INDOGGO is a remix of seven botanicals and all-natural fruit flavoring mixed with a laidback California style, compliments of the Doggfather himself. 

With the holidays right around the corner, we are all looking for ways to relax and unwind while surrounded by family and friends. INDOGGO Gin by hip-hop legend, Snoop Dogg is a gluten and sugar free delicacy that will make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift to your family, friend, or coworker. After maintaining his place in the public spotlight for over 25 years, the “Gin N Juice” singer ventured out into creating his own spirits brand with the mission of making a Gin that exemplifies a laidback lifestyle that is easy to mix, easy to drink, and hard to forget. Experience warm holiday cheer unlike any other while experimenting with all the possible cocktail combinations that INDOGGO offers, including, “The Doggfather, “The Long Beach Lemonade,” and “The Laid Back.” Give the gift of warm holiday cheer unlike any other with INDOGGO Gin.

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GAUCHO

Gaucho – Buenos Aires is a brand for tomorrow’s originals.  It’s values — strength, resilience, optimism — run through everything they make, from the quality of its leather to the fearlessness of cuts and unending passion for Buenos Aires’ fashion heritage. They’re here for entrepreneurial spirits and self-starters, and for people who want their fashion to feel as good as it looks. In complementing your style now and inspiring your future choices, it gives you the confidence to realize whatever version of you you’re working towards. 

GAUCHO has exclusive gifts for men and women. The brand carries different accessories, such as colorful scarves made of exquisite silk foulard at $265, leather saddle and tote bags starting at $325, Gaucho classic wide brim hats at $165, and leather belts at $175.  All accessories are available for both men and women.

The luxury brand is set to open in the Miami Design District January 2022. Visit GAUCHO – BUENOS AIRES, a luxurious lifestyle brand known for its leather goods, including clothing and accessories for both men and women.

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Champion × Hasbro Gaming

The perfect combination of comfort and holiday tradition is encapsulated with the new collaboration between Champion and Hasbro Gaming. Created for those who love playing board games and relaxing in comfy loungewear, the Champion x Hasbro Gaming collection features four board games – Monopoly, Twister, Scrabble and Candy Land.

The collection includes a range of head-to-toe Champion looks with products varying from apparel and footwear. Designed keeping the whole family in mind, Champion constructed the collection for fans of all differing ages ranging from adults, youth and toddlers. Each piece encapsulates the unique essence of each game paired with that signature, classic Champion flare.

The collection is available now on Champion.com, and can be found in select Champion retail stores and retailers. Adult sizes range from XS-2XL and prices range from $30-$80.

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Hazo Maximalist Bag

Looking for a sustainable fashion gift this holiday season? From Baobab Roots comes the Hazo Maximalist Bag.

Baobab Roots is a brand that prioritizes sustainability while operating with a global mindset. Created to encapsulate the beauty and signature look of the African Baobab, aka the tree of life, this line of handbags is devoted to their conservation.  Designed in Africa with leather sourced from Italy, all Baobab Roots bags are manufactured in the United States. The bags are not mass produced as to reduce the companies carbon footprint.

Hazo Maximalist Features:

•  Produced with Italian leather

•  Produced in small batches to ensure quality control

• Transforms from crossbody to clutch using removable straps

•  Metallic silver spike and stud hardware that is sure to make a statement

•  Showcases two large compartments, one zip pocket and a leather credit card sleeve for easy, practical storage

Baobab Roots donates a portion of each purchase to aid organizations that safeguard the endangered Baobab Trees in Africa and Elephants without Borders.

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Cloney × LL COOL J

35 years after LL COOL J’s debut album, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021. To commemorate this accomplishment, LL COOL J’s Rock the Bells and Cloney worked together on a limited edition collection.

The collection includes streetwear such as hoodies ($185) and trucker hats ($95). The aim of the collaboration is to encapsulate LL COOL J’s iconic street style and success in the music industry.

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Maurice Lacroix × Junghans Watches

Now represented by Paul Wilmot Communications, both Maurice Lacroix and Junghans have a selection of affordable, high design watches.

Maurice Lacroix

After being in the watchmaking business for over 40 years, Maurice Lacroix knows how to construct a modern style of watch. In 2016, they recreated their Calypso watch from the 90s, re-released as the AIKON. Styled for Millennials that have ambition and talent, and for those who aim to take over the world’s major cities. The electrifying energy that encompasses these cities has been named a supplier of inspiration for the Maurice Lacroix team, and something that the team continues to relate its image with.

Junghans

Founded in 1861, Junghans has been an innovating timekeeping for over 160 years. Changing the game since the early 1900s as the worlds largest clock manufacturer in the world, Junghans was also the official timekeeper in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Adding to the list of successes for this company, they also invented the first radio-controlled wristwatch in 1990.

The current collection references the long history of Junghans while keeping a contemporary touch. Meister watches and timepieces of max bill are some cases of pieces that have been reinvented. These Bauhaus originals were created back in 1956 with Swiss designer Max Bill. Today, they are produced in an almost unaltered design.

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Blowfish Malibu Vegan Collection

Grow your wardrobe this holiday season with Blowfish Malibu’s vegan collection. Showcasing a variety of boots for the holiday season, Blowfish Malibu has a wide range of footwear that will be sure to enhance your closet.

Warm up this winter season with Chillin-SHR, a comfortable Chelsea-inspired ankle boot, with a low pancake wedge and shearling details.

Incorporate the fall style into your closet with Venom-C, an ankle mini-boot with cutouts and a cushioned footbed.

With a reimagined version of the combat boot, Rauly is modernized and showcases a new tonal welt and a snug lug sole.

The collection does not use any type of animal products or by-products in the shoes, even down to the glue and outsole. The boots are made from man-made materials, 100% cruelty free and guaranteed to maintain their value, appearance and comfort. All styles apart of the collection are formally registered with the Vegan Society.

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Stündenglass Gravity Infuser

From Stündenglass comes an assortment of brand new gravity infusers that are hot on the market. Designed with a 360° rotating glass hookah, the structure of the hookah generates kinetic motion via water displacement with resisting airflow technology paired with the natural force of gravity to dispense smoke. Included with the range of infusers is an aluminum hookah bowl kit and glass bowl that can connect to smoking or vaporizing devices with a 14mm male joint.

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Signed by McFly

Sick of your partner stealing your hoodie? Or guilty of being a hoodie thief yourself? Score some style you can both enjoy this season with Signed by McFly‘s range of unisex hoodies, sweats and sneakers. Buy it for yourself or give it as a gift to your bae so you can both stay stylish and cozy all season long! The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of celebrities such as Doja Cat and Post Malone. Please let me know if I can send you any designs or images. 

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Blundstone

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get that last-minute shopping complete, and Blundstone has something for everyone on your list. If you’re in the NYC area, the Blundstone Pop-Up Shop located in SoHo at 250 Lafayette Street, has endless pairs of boots that are as comfortable as they are stylish. 

With a wide range of colors, styles and prices, there’s a pair for every family member, friend and colleague.

#558 – Built to stand the test of time, the #558s are turned up to the max. All the durability. More comfort. More shock absorption. These boots will become your best companion.

#584 – Built to weather the elements, the fully waterproof #584s are sturdy boots packed with features. Genuine shearling footbeds and Thinsulate® insulation will keep your feet toasty and dry.

#585 – Most admired for a reason, these boots are a companion for life. A dialed-up version of our Original boots, the signature #585s deliver all the durability with superior comfort and outstanding shock absorption.

#1630 – Rain or shine, the #1630 boots are admired for their rustic black leather and brogue accent details. Made for whatever the day throws at you, this boot offers outstanding comfort and durability.

#1671– Our Women’s heeled boots combine legendary comfort with rugged, yet distinctly feminine looks. With a sleek design and contoured fit, these boots come in soft, supple leathers that feel as good as they look.

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Uber Appliances

From mini-fridges for your at-home office space to air-fryers for your home-cooked meals to a sorbet & frozen ice cream maker for a little fun with the kids, Uber Appliance has you covered.

The Sleek and highly functional Uber Chill Personal Mini Fridge/cooler is capable of housing up to six 12 ounce cans of four 16.9 ounce bottles of your favorite beverage. Utilizing state of the art and environmentally friendly thermo-electric peltier technology, this mini fridge is capable of cooling or warming the contents within a reasonable amount of time, making it convenient in almost any occasion. In addition to this, the portable unit comes with both standard home and car power cables for ultimate portability. This is a great mini fridge for the bedroom, this small refrigerator is great for a kids room or simply for having refreshments or snacks withing close proximity (as a dorm fridge, or a cubicle mini fridge).

Features:

Compact yet roomy 4-liter size, holds up to six 12-oz. cans or four 500-mL. bottles 

Features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Both options are preset optimal temperatures Portable Plugs into 12V car or Home outlet (Built in AC/DC transformer) Both cord’s included

Eco Friendly High quality Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system keeps drinks at optimal drinking temperature 

Retro styling perfect for bedroom, office or dorm. Features a removable shelf and a self-locking recessed door handle

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Aquasonic

Electric toothbrushes are not made equal. Some are powerful, others are stylish, and some are portable. But what if one electric toothbrush has all these incredible things? Aquasonic black series provides all those features and more:

  • 40,000 VPM Smart Toothbrush – Beauty, brains and power. The Black Series is a world class modern electric toothbrush packed with the most up to date technology. It features an ultra-powerful and industry leading motor producing 40,000 vibrations per minute , lithium-ion battery, ultra-fast wireless charging, 4 mode operation, smart vibration timers, 8 DuPont engineered brush heads and bristles, and a custom travel case; all with a sleek ultra-slim, lightweight and IPX7 rated waterproof design.
  • Accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs – We put our money where your mouth is. Investing in premium oral care technologies has earned the Black Series the prestigious ADA seal of approval. It has shown efficacy in removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis. Black Series goes beyond just cleaning teeth – it provides complete oral care with unique modes that include one for whitening and polishing teeth and one for improving gum health.
  • 8 DuPont Brush Heads & Travel Case Included – Every Black Series toothbrush comes with 8 brush heads engineered by world famous DuPont; a world leader in quality & materials science. Each brush head lasts 4 months so 8 will last for over 2.5 years. Also included is a convenient custom hard shell travel case made of BPA Free plastic with space for two brush heads. AquaSonic can last 4 full weeks (2 min/2x a day) on a full charge so it’s perfect for on the go travel with the included travel case
  • Modern Tech for a Healthy Smile – Black Series brings toothbrushes into modern times with its built in enhanced features. A lithium-ion battery, ultra fast wireless charging (forget outdated USB charging), 4 distinct brushing modes and a smart vibrating notification timer are some of the enhanced features built in to the sleek and ergonomic waterproof black satin handle
  • What’s in the Box – 1 AquaSonic Black Series Smart Toothbrush, 1 wireless charging base, 8 DuPont Brush Heads, 1 Travel Case, Instruction and Support Contact Manuals

Read full-depth review of Aquasonic here in comparison to other brands such as Sonicare and Oral-B.

Aquasonic is available for purchase on Amazon currently.

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Skechers

Inspired by the designs of Chicago street artists, the Skechers X Hoop ‘Til It Hurts! charitable footwear line will have kids feeling great from the inside out because a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Hoop ‘Til it Hurts Foundation. Gear up for the big game in the Powershot – Skech-Hops, featuring a mid-top leather lace-up front with adjustable strap in black and red or white and blue signature graffiti design styles. Get a boost of comfort and style in the Skech-Speed which includes a lace-up leather and mesh upper and an eye-catching tech design coming in blue and black styles.

The sneaker styles retail for $65 and can be purchased on skechers.com.

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Casio G-SHOCK x Kanoa Igarashi

Casio G-SHOCK has created their second exclusive extreme sports watch in collaboration with pro-surfer Kanoa Igarashi.

The partnership between G-SHOCK and Igarashi created the GBX-100KI, which is modeled after the GBX100. This new model is perfect for your loved ones that enjoy surfing, and showcases the use of Mobile Link functions, which allow the watch to be linked with a smartphone app. In the app consumers have the option to rack information vital to surfers such as tide data and sunset/sunrise times.

The watch itself has many unique designs that are distinct to Igarashi, like the number 50 on the band’s lug side, which is Igarashi’s number on the WSL Championship Tour. The dial, case back and band tip even highlight Igarashi’s inscribed signature. The GBX-100KI utilizes regular G-SHOCK features; 200M water resistance, shock resistance, world timekeeping and a 2-year battery life.

The new GBX-100KI retails for $200 and can be bought at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

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Justice For Ahmaud Arbery

On November 24, 2021, three white men were found guilty of murdering 25-year-old unarmed Black man Ahmaud Arbery. The murder was committed by the three white men after unfounded suspicions that Mr. Arbery had been committing break-ins in their neighborhood in South Georgia.

The three defendants were Travis McMichael, 35, his father, Gregory McMicheal, 65, and William Bryan, 52, their neighbor.

Mr. Arbery lived outside of the small town of Brunswick, Georgia with his mother. He enjoyed staying in good shape and was a jogger who was often seen running in and around his neighborhood. Mr. Arbery was shot dead in a suburban neighborhood known as Satilla Shores through which he was jogging.

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, Arbery was murdered after being provoked by a white man and his son. Gregory McMichael saw Mr. Arbery running in Satilla Shores from his front porch and believed Mr. Arbery looked like a suspected man involved in numerous break-ins in the area. He then called to his son, Travis McMichael.

The police reports state that “the men grabbed a .357 Magnum handgun and shotgun, got into a pickup truck and chased Mr. Arbery, trying unsuccessfully to cut him off. A third man was also [William Bryan] involved in the pursuit.” In a recording of a 911 call that was made before the chase began, a neighbor reported a Black man was inside a house still under construction.

A video shot by William Bryan shows a struggle that preceded three shotgun blasts. The video is about a half-minute long and shows Mr. Arbery running along the two-laned suburban road when he comes upon a white truck. Travis opens the driver’s side door with a shotgun, and Greg, his father, is in the bed of the pickup truck with a handgun.

Mr. Arbery then runs out of frame, and muffled shouting is heard before Mr. Arbery appears back in the video’s view. Mr. Arbery and Travis enter view of the camera recording, fighting outside of the truck as three shotgun shots echo.

Mr. Arbery then tries to run but stumbles and falls after a few steps.

There was another video published that depicted a man walking into a house that was under construction in the same neighborhood, with him eventually running out. S. Lee Merritt, one of Mr. Arbery’s family’s lawyers, released a statement that the video does not reveal anything that was not already understood evidence. Merritt continues by explaining that Mr. Arbery was not engaging in illegal activity and did not take anything from the site.

Gregory McMichael is a former Glynn County police officer and past investigator with the local district attorney’s office.

Two months passed after the shooting, and still, no one had been arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The prosecutor for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, Jackie Johnson, recused herself from the case because of a potential conflict of interest. Gregory, one of the men involved in the shooting, had previously worked in her office.

The case was sent to George E. Barnhill, the district attorney in Waycross, Georgia, who also later recused himself from the case. This came following Mr. Arbery’s mother arguing the point that Barnhill had a point of conflict as well because his son also worked for the Brunswick district attorney. Before he was released from the case, Mr. Barnhill did write a letter to the Glynn County Police Department arguing there was not adequate probable cause to arrest the pursuers of Ahmaud Arbery.

In December, the Atlanta news station WSB attained police body camera footage from when officers arrived on February 23, including the conversations that took place immediately following the shooting. These recorded conversations show that the officers on the scene knew of Gregory’s background.

Ms. Johnson, who was voted out of her job as chief prosecutor for the area, was indicted with a charge of violating her oath. This came about from her demonstration of “favor and affection” to Gregory. There was also a charge of obstruction due to her instructions to two police officers on February 23 to not arrest Travis.

During the eventual lead prosecutor in the case, Linda Dunikoski’s, closing statement, she argued that the defendants began a pursuit after and an attack on Mr. Arbery, “because he was a Black man running down the street.” This raised her question of whether race was a leading issue in the attack. The prosecution continued to argue to the jury that Mr. Arbery posed no imminent threat to the men and that they had no reason to believe he had caused such suspected crimes, a tactic that proved effectual due to the guilty verdict by the jury.

The case and trial have been carefully followed in the United States since the earlier April conviction of white officer Derek Chauvin for the second-degree murder of George Floyd. Video from the scene depicted Chauvin kneeling on the neck of unarmed Black man George Floyd for nearly nine minutes. This video generated an international uproar, placing an emphasis on questions about the unfair treatment that minorities endure at the hands of the police in America.

The three defendants face sentences of up to life in prison for the state crimes that were committed. They had each separately been indicted on federal charges that include hate crimes and attempted kidnapping. They are expected to stand trial for those charges in February.

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Rittenhouse Murder Trial Reaches The End

By: McKinley Franklin

After 24 hours of deliberations, Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all charges. Read more about the case and Rittenhouse’s shooting on the night of August 25, 2020 at a Black Lives Matter protest HERE.

Let’s analyze the trial and how the jury came to their decision.

The Rittenhouse trial resumed once again on November 11, as the closing arguments of the case have commenced. At the top of the day, the case progressed, and Judge Bruce Schroeder dropped the sixth count that Rittenhouse faced. This sixth count accused Rittenhouse of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. Although the prosecution objected this, Schroeder ultimately ended up dropping the charge.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys also filed for a mistrial shortly after the charge was dropped. Schroeder conveyed this news, announcing that Rittenhouse’s team had filed an official motion for mistrial, which read “The state has repeatedly violated instructions from the Court, acted in bad faith and intentionally provided technological evidence which was different from theirs. For those reasons, the defendant respectfully requests the Court find ‘prosecutorial overreaching’ existed, that overreaching was intentional and in bad faith and thereby grant the defendant’s motion for a mistrial with prejudice.”

The prosecution started their closing arguments first, having head prosecutor on the case Thomas Binger speak about Rittenhouse’s intentions of being in Kenosha. Binger urged the jury to question the intention that Rittenhouse had in Kenosha on the night of the shooting. Binger continued his argument for the prosecution by debunking the rumor that Joseph Rosenbaum, one of Rittenhouse’s two victims, threatened to kill him earlier on the night of the shooting. The prosecution highlights this to communicate to the jury that they believe Rosenbaum posed no real threat to Rittenhouse when the shooting occurred.

As the closing argument resumed, businesses in Kenosha started boarding up their storefronts amidst the final verdict of the case. 500 Wisconsin National Guard troops are reportedly on standby in Kenosha as well.

The prosecution wrapped up their final closing arguments with Binger arguing that Rittenhouse was not acting in self-defense. Binger points out that Rittenhouse killed two unarmed men and wounded another with a firearm that did not belong to him. While Binger has used several videos from the shooting as evidence to the jury, he urged the jury that Rittenhouse is guilty of all the counts against him.

Binger closes, “He committed first-degree reckless homicide against Joseph Rosenbaum. He put Richie McGinniss’s life in jeopardy. He put jump-kick-man’s life in jeopardy. He intended to kill Anthony Huber and he attempted to kill Gaige Grosskreutz. The question is whether or not you believe that his actions were legally justified, and I submit to you that no reasonable person would have done what the defendant did. And that makes your decision easy.”

The defense began their closing argument critiquing the arguments of the prosecution. Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards argues that Rosenbaum was intentionally trying to attack the defendant and that he even had his hand on the gun. Richards asked the jury to “use your common sense and judgment” when contemplating if Rosenbaum was a real danger to Rittenhouse when the shooting occurred.

As the closing argument continued, defense attorney Richards argued that there has been a “rush to judgment” in the case. Richards pointed out that after the shooting on August 25, 2020, there were rumors circulating about the shooting and Rittenhouse’s intentions. There was talk about the fact that Rittenhouse crossed state lines to attend the protests and brought his AR-15 with him.

Richards then stated that Gaige Grosskreutz should have not provoked Kyle Rittenhouse. The defense attorney says that Grosskreutz should have “let him be and go give aid and comfort” to Rosenbaum who was just previously shot by Rittenhouse. Richards also argues that Grosskreutz was proceeding on Rittenhouse when he was shot, and this was part of the reason for him shooting.

Richards goes on with his point that Rittenhouse was not searching for trouble when he went to Kenosha despite what the prosecution argued. The defense states that Rittenhouse “feels for this community,” and that he was not trying to start conflict.” The defense soon after wrapped up their closing arguments, and the court went on break.

After returning from the break, the prosecution began their rebuttal. Attorney James Kraus argued that it was unnecessary for Rittenhouse to react to threats by using deadly force. The prosecution says that Rittenhouse should have used all other methods of self-defense before turning to shooting.

Deliberations for the Rittenhouse trial began on November 16, 2021. The panel of 18 potential jurors was narrowed down to 12, with those who were not chosen to serve as alternates. The jury consists of five men and seven women. During the first day of deliberations, the jurors made two requests for more copies of the jury instructions. The jury was dismissed on November 15 after a little over eight hours.

The second day of deliberations continued for the Rittenhouse trial again on November 17, 2021. Judge Schroeder did receive a question from the jury during the morning of November 17, asking about the reviewal process of video evidence in the case. The question was essentially if the jurors would be able to view videos in private or in the courtroom.

Schroeder also addressed the fact that he had not had a chance to read the defense’s motion for mistrial with prejudice. He explains that only one day prior to November 17 he received the motion. Schroeder continues, stating “And I really think before I rule on a motion, I should let the state respond. So why anyone would think, it is odd for the judge to sit on a motion to dismiss, I have no idea.”

Following the request of video evidence earlier during the day of November 17, this permission was granted to the jury. The jury requested a livestream video shot by Gaige Grosskreutz. The livestream was shot moments after Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum.

Deliberations continued through November 19, and after 24 hours of deliberations, the jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges he faced.

Judge Bruce Schroeder spoke to the jury and thanked them for their efforts, stating “”All of you – I couldn’t have asked for a better jury to work with, and it has truly been my pleasure. I think without commenting on your verdict… the verdict themselves, just in terms of your attentiveness and the cooperation that you gave to us justifies the confidence that the founders of our country placed in you.”

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Kyle Rittenhouse Murder Trial

By: McKinley Franklin

18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is currently on trial for the killing of two men and wounding of another. Rittenhouse’s shooting occurred on the night of August 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin at protests that occurred following the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake. On the night of the shooting, Rittenhouse shot at a total of four people, resulting in two fatalities and one wounding. Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were killed, and Gaige Grosskreutz was wounded.

Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree attempted homicide. The prosecution seeks out to show that Rittenhouse’s acts were uncontrolled and criminal, whereas the defense argues that he was acting in self-defense.

Let’s recount the night of August 25, 2020:

Prior to the night of Rittenhouse’s killings, Kenosha had endured two nights of protests concerning the shooting of a local Black man, Jacob Blake. The protests were referred to as chaotic, and police were using rubber bullets and tear gas to “control” crowds.

At around 10 pm on the night of the killings, Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, held an AR-15-style rifle outside of a used-car dealership with other armed men. While testifying, Rittenhouse said that he was asked to help guard the dealership to prevent looting and arson. He also testified that he had a medical kit with him and that his goal was to help anyone who may become injured that night.

During his testimony, Rittenhouse states that Rosenbaum threatened his life twice this night, and that he eventually ambushed him. Rittenhouse says that he tried to run from him, and that Rosenbaum threw a bag at him that he mistook for a chain. Then, Rittenhouse aimed the rifle at Rosenbaum, and Rosenbaum proceeded towards him, Rittenhouse also testifying that Rosenbaum grabbed his gun. Rittenhouse states that he then heard a gunshot behind him, and then fired four times at Rosenbaum, killing him.

After fleeing the scene of the Rosenbaum shooting, a crowd followed him, and he began to get hit with a skateboard by Huber and had rocks thrown at him. This caused him to fall to the ground, and Huber hit him with the skateboard again. Again, Rittenhouse states that Huber grabbed his gun and even “felt the strap coming off [his] body,” and he proceeded to fire a shot, killing Huber.

Grosskreutz, also armed, then ran up to Rittenhouse, with his hands raised in a “surrender” position. Grosskreutz continued to proceed towards Rittenhouse, and he fired a shot towards him, hitting him in the arm. Rittenhouse testifies that Grosskreutz was pointing the pistol towards his head before he shot.

After the shootings, Rittenhouse testified that he approached police with his hands up, but they ordered him to get out of the way and go home. Rittenhouse then turned himself in at the Antioch Police Department an hour after these events.

The murder trial has drawn in a great amount of attention, for numerous reasons. Most recently Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is overseeing the case, made an inappropriate joke regarding Asian food. As the court was prepping to take a lunch break on November 11, 2021, the judge stated, “I hope the Asian food isn’t coming… isn’t on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor.” Schroeder’s comment seems to refer to the supply chain backlogs that have stemmed from overcrowding problems in California ports. John Yang, president, and executive director of AAJC says that the judge’s comment “harms our community and puts us in the crosshairs of micro aggressions as well as physical violence.” Schroeder’s insensitive comment comes only a week after a juror in this trial was dismissed over another inconsiderate joke. This time, the juror made a joke concerning the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the shooting that ultimately has direct correlation to the Rittenhouse trial. Schroeder summarizes “what he remembers” about the comment the juror made, stating that, “He was telling a joke … he made a reference about telling a joke about ‘Why did it take seven shots to shoot Jacob Blake,’ something to that effect.” Prosecutors argued that the comment alludes to racial bias, and both the defense and prosecution agreed to dismiss the juror. In response to the dismissal of the juror, Schroeder stated that, “It is clear that the appearance to bias is present and it would seriously undermine the outcome of the case.”

The jury of eight men and 10 women will be reduced to 12 by a drawing of names earlier next week, when they expect to finish the case. More on the current status of the case HERE.

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Al Sharpton Responds

Today, November 11, through the trial of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, William Bryan’s lawyer Kevin Gough shared some objections and concerns to the judge. Gough’s objection came from the presence of civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton being in the courtroom. He expressed to the judge, Judge Timothy Walmsley, that the presence of such civil rights leaders is “intimidation.” Reverend Al Sharpton was in attendance of the trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. While in attendance at the trial, Reverend Al Sharpton organized a prayer vigil with his parents outside of the courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia. Reverend Al Sharpton has since released this statement following the accusations of his presence being used for intimidation:

“The arrogant insensitivity of attorney Kevin Gough in asking a judge to bar me or any minister of the family’s choice underscores the disregard for the value of the human life lost and the grieving of a family in need spiritual and community support.

My attendance yesterday and in the days to come is not disruptive in any way and was at the invitation of the family of Ahmaud Arbery who have stated that publicly.

The only way I could have been identified as a member of the ministry is if I was recognized for my public position and leadership. How else would the defense attorney know who was a “black pastor” or not?

This objection was clearly pointed at me and a disregard to the fact that a mother father sitting in a courtroom with 3 men that murdered their son do not deserve the right to have someone present to give spiritual strength to bear this pain. This is pouring salt into their wounds.

I respect the defense attorney doing his job but this is beyond defending your client, it is insulting the family of the victim.”

Judge Timothy Walmsley who is overseeing the case indicated that he would not make blanket rules over attendance of the public and acknowledged that the company of Reverend Sharpton would not be a distraction.

Background on the Case

Sunday, February 23, 2020, the unarmed, Black twenty-five year old Ahmaud Arbery was chased and killed by three armed white men in a neighborhood in South Georgia and was killed. The National Action Network has continuously stood by the family of the victim in their quest for justice and continues to criticize the range of the jury for the case. The jury consists of eleven white women, three white men and one Black man in a county that is predominately Black. Though Judge Timothy Walmsley acknowledges the presence of “intentional discrimination” in the range of the jury, he states that the trial over the killing of Arbery will proceed.

*Additional coverage from USA today

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Astroworld Festival

By: McKinley Franklin

Popular rapper and Houston-native Travis Scott hosted the Astroworld Festival this past weekend. The festival resulted in eight fatalities and dozens injured. How did the once cherished Astroworld Festival turn so dark so fast, and how can society learn from this atrocity?

This year’s Astroworld Festival marked the third of an annual series since 2018. The festival is held in Houston, Texas, where Scott grew up. Scott’s third studio album attributes directly back to Houston, being named after a theme park from Scott’s childhood, Astroworld. Before the festival was held in 2019, Scott was given a key to the city of Houston from the city’s mayor. The rapper received the key during his Astroworld Tour while performing in Houston. While presenting Scott with the key, mayor Sylvester Turner praised him for the recognition and reputation that Scott linked with the city of Houston. During the presentation Turner also announced that Scott had inspired the city to bring back another amusement park, like the original Astroworld, to the city.

Later in 2019, the second annual Astroworld Festival was held where a prelude to the events in this past year’s festival would be showcased. Much like the most recent festival, fans stormed the venue and three people were reported to be trampled. Such patterns of seemingly aggressive behaviors have been associated with Scott in the past that date back to 2015. Two arrests of Scott have been reported for similar behaviors of prompting fans to engage in disorderly conduct(s). Both instances involved Scott encouraging fans to breach security at music festivals.

After another successful year of the festival in 2019, the annual scheduling came to a halt amidst the ongoing pandemic in 2020. With much anticipation due to the cancellation of the festival in the past year, Scott announced the third annual festival in May 2021. This year the festival would be extended to two days “due to overwhelming demand as well as rave reviews around the festival’s incredibly curated lineup.” The official lineup was not released until October 26 of 2021, a little over a week before the festival was scheduled. Popular artists in the lineup included SZA, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Lil Baby, accompanied by Travis Scott as the leading headliner of the festival. Scott promoted the festival on his socials and referred to members of the lineup as “avengers.” In the same post Scott also communicated that the festival was sold out, but he had managed to acquire more tickets so that more fans could be in attendance.

November 5, 2021, marked the beginning of what was supposed to be the two-day Astroworld Festival. Festival gates opened at 1pm this past Friday, and mayhem began shortly after. A lot of the set protocols and rules surrounding security at the festival were disregarded early before the festival commenced. Security was failing to enforce ID and coronavirus vaccination checks, as well as other rules surrounding prohibited items and general security checks. The performance areas were noticeably packed around 7pm, and the crowds only grew as Scott’s performance was approaching. A countdown started thirty minutes prior to when Scott was set to perform, and as the countdown crawled down, so did the available space for those at the venue.

When Scott finally did take the stage, the intense compressing of the crowd really took off. The squeezing of the crowds became unoccupiable as the first song in Scott’s performance began. Fans in the crowd had nowhere to move, and if there was movement it was inevitably devastating. People were falling onto the floor, piling on top of each other in some areas. Individuals began to become so crushed that they were passing out in the crowds. Fans that were close enough to the front of the stage begged security to pull them out of the crowds to safety, As the night continued, paramedics were seen amidst the masses of fans performing CPR, treating unconscious people and even carrying off lifeless bodies.

During the chaos, Scott continued his performance taking few short pauses to notify security of fans being unconscious in the crowds. Kylie Jenner, Scott’s baby mother of two, posted to social media a video of the crowds at the festival with a noticeable ambulance in the mass of people. Multiple videos and images have been posted from fans at the festival across social media platforms. Specific videos recount the fearful experiences that individuals went through, and some even recount people trying to notify security of the chaos that was occurring throughout the swarms of fans in the crowd. The festival continued, forcing over three hundred people to be treated on-site by medical personnel, dozens being hospitalized and eight individuals dead.

How did the festival turn out so gruesome? On the Astroworld Festival webpage there are clear rules, regulations and precautions written out that were to be followed. One of the main problems that resulted with this festival was the insufficient quality of security and amount of medical personnel/ supplies onsite. Fans were spotted running past security throughout the day leading to Scott’s performance. Security checks were not followed as intensely as they were publicized to be. An insufficient number of medical supplies and personnel showed cracks in the groundwork of the festival throughout the day and when Scott’s performance started.

How can festivals be prevented from tragedies like this from reoccurring? A few simple tactics can be implemented that all lead back to ensuring efficient safety of all people in attendance of a festival. To ensure a safe venue, festivals must be held at safe venues with secure layouts. Creating a reliable layout with a well-organized security team can allow for a safer and more comfortable experience for everyone. Making sure the facility and its grounds have been well-inspected, kept and prepared for the festival are key elements to a safe experience. A well-managed and prepared security team and plan for the facility of an event can also ensure a safer experience for a festival.