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RESPiRE by DESiGN

In 2015, veteran Nyja M. Grant’s health was drastically declining. Her doctor informed her that she was going to have to make a decision. She saw several specialists, and they all agreed. To ensure that she was making the right decision, Nyja began researching her condition, less evasive treatment options and what had possibly caused it. 

Nyja’s research led her to alarming data. She learned that by age fifty, 80 percent of African American women of African descent are diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Nyja was astounded. Digging a little deeper, she found out that fibroids are the number one cause of hysterectomies and other reproductive issues. Several studies have linked the ingredients in African American beauty products to infertility, fibroids, and ovarian cysts. Many hair products on the market for Black women contain chemicals that affect hormones and can cause these bodily issues. These harmful ingredients contribute to the higher mortality rate concerning neo-natal deaths for Black women. With Nyja’s failing health, thinning hair and continuous alopecia flare ups, she decided to make a change. 

Nyja chose to use this time to heal from the inside out. She promised to give herself a two-year grace period. During this time, she would not relax, cut, or dye her hair. She began to research alternative natural hair care and body products. Nyja searched for products that were safe, good quality and didn’t break her spending plan. To Nyja’s dismay, she was not able to find any products that she loved. 

In formulating her product, Nyja chose to use ingredients that were free from parabens and mineral oils, with no dyes or unnatural fragrances. She instead only opts for necessary and natural components, such as avocado, argan and jojoba oil. Not only are her products FDA-approved, but they are also cold-pressed and organic. As such, her skin and hair care easily penetrates hair shafts and absorbs into the body. Nyja’s focus on clean integrants also reflects her simplistic approach to branding. 

RESPiRE by DESiGN (RbD) products work for all hair types, no matter one’s ethnicity or gender. These unisex formulations can be also used for the face and skin to provide hydration, exfoliation, and moisturizing properties. R&D’s “Restore” neem oil is has anti-inflammatory attributes, which are great for rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. For those who struggle with pigmentation and dark spots, “Lots of Love” can be used directly on the skin or infused into bath water. The company’s oil can also be used for cuticle care and massages. A little bit of this product goes a long way, and because of its many uses, it is wonderful for travel. Nyja helps heal her customers from the inside out, and they continue to repurchase her trustworthy, versatile hair and skin care. 

RESPiRE by DESiGN is geared towards 30–40-year-old women. However, Nyja’s demographic is expanding now more than ever as Black hair is becoming more protected by HR agencies. Whereas Black hair has wrongfully been seen as unprofessional– and children have been banned from school for sporting their natural styles– this antiquated attitude is beginning to shift. Now, celebrities like Justin Beiber are sporting dreads, and the politics of Black hair are being brought into the cultural conversation by change-makers like Gabrielle Union 

As the years passed, Nyja started to give out her butters as gifts. People loved her healthy, safe, affordable product and wanted more. One day, Nyja’s son told her that she should sell her product. He even provided her with a whole business plan. Nyja launched RESPiRE by DESiGN as a birthday gift to herself, while living in the United Kingdom. 

RESPiRE by DESiGN Mission Statement

“’Respire:’ to build hope and strength, despite difficulty. I understand that life is not all about looks, but let’s be honest – people feel better if they are comfortable in their own bodies. Something as simple as a good hair day and glowing skin can do wonders for self-esteem. ‘RESPiRE by DESiGN’ was birthed from a difficult situation, and evolved beyond being just a business. For founder Nyja, ‘RESPiRE by DESiGN’ is personal. The lowercase ‘i’ stands for inner beauty, insight, inspiration, and intention. ”

  • Nyja M. Grant, Founder & CEO, Analyst, Database Manager, Anthropologist, Epidemiologist, Veteran

Questions for RESPiRE by DESiGN by 360 Magazine:

How did your diagnosis affect your outlook on life?

When I was diagnosed, I felt vindicated. I had been seeing doctors and specialists for nine years, only for them to insinuate that I was a hypochondriac. While I was elated to have a diagnosis, my new reality hit me hard.  I would no longer be able to bear children. My hope for a little Nyja was not going to happen. The pain made me go into research mode. I wanted to identify ways to help myself, what caused fibroids, and how to prevent this from happening to others. I couldn’t change the damage that was done, but I can prevent further by using healthier products. When I could not find healthier products, I decided to make them.

What type of ingredients do you use in your body butter?

Each of my products are formulated with ingredients that are cold pressed, vegan-friendly, and do not contain preservatives, chemicals, and dyes. Each product is safe if ingested, making it safe for our skin and hair to absorb.

The oils I use are: Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argon, Vitamin E and Neem Oil

For scents I use the following essential oils: Lavender, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, and Peppermint

The butters I use are: Mango Butter & Cocoa Butter.

Whether you choose RbD products or not, please keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ on your body. Everything you put on your body will eventually be absorbed into your body.

What is the difference between a body butter and lotion?

To be honest, not much. Several soap recipes use similar ingredients. I just haven’t had a large enough demand from my customers to add soaps to my product line. However, my plan is to add hand-crafted soaps to my line in 2022.

The key difference between a lotion and a butter is in their ingredients. Body butter contains shea butter, and various oils like coconut, or jojoba. Body lotion is often a combination of water and oils. Body butter is often thicker, heavier, and has an oilier finish to it. However, RbD products are uniquely formulated to absorb quickly into the skin and hair to prevent leaving an oily finish.

In what ways does hair butter help hair?

RbD’s ReNew Hair Butter is naturally formulated using oils similar to those produced by our body. This makes it easier for these oils to penetrate quickly to soften hair, minimize tangles, smooth hair follicles, provides moisture, prevent split ends and breakage, improve retention, nourish the scalp, provide protection from sun damage, and promote hair growth.

Would you recommend your hair butter for all types of hair?

Yes, I would recommend ReNew for all hair types. However, I would suggest the product be used as described below:

For thin or straight hair– Use ReNew Hair Butter as a hair mask. Let the mask remain on your hair for 10-20 minutes. Wash your hair as normal with lukewarm water.

For thick, coiled, kinky, or curly hair– Use ReNew Hair Butter when pre-shampooing. Apply a generous amount to your hair, then add your conditioner of choice. If you are going to use a plastic cap, allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. If you are using a steamer, allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, rinse out the conditioner using lukewarm water.

Does RESPiRE by DESiGN have any new products coming out in 2021?

Yes, I have two products coming out in 2021–ReStore Hair Oil and Bath Bombs.

ReStore Hair Oil was formulated for individuals who have a temperamental scalp. The key ingredient is Neem Oil. Research has shown that Neem Oil has the following benefits: promotes hair growth, prevents boldness, conditions hair, helps with dandruff and itching, treats head lice, treats scalp infections, and prevents premature graying.

If used as a body oil ReStore will: moisturize, sooth inflamed and itchy skin, repel insects, treat acne and pimples, treat hyperpigmentation, treat scars and blackheads, act as a layer of protection against environmental damage.

Respire by Design image via Nyla M Grant for use by 360 magazine

Respire by Design image via Nyla M Grant for use by 360 magazine

Respire by Design image via Nyla M Grant for use by 360 magazine
Respire by Design image via Nyla M Grant for use by 360 magazine
Respire by Design image via Nyla M Grant for use by 360 magazine
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BUDWEISER – WHASSUP

Budweiser unveiled a contemporary and timely version of its iconic “whassup” commercial as a reminder for America to prioritize check-ins with loved ones as the country endures unprecedented social isolation to combat COVID-19. The new spot is part of a broader PSA that features weekday programming across Budweiser’s digital platforms to encourage check-ins with family and friends.

The original “whassup” ad rose to pop culture prominence in 1999, creating a widely-used catchphrase that manifested itself in different corners of culture and achieved industry-wide acclaim. Now, Budweiser was compelled to bring back the commercial for today’s times as the country comes to grips with uncertain periods of isolation. Bud has collaborated with Dwyane Wade and a collection of athletes, musicians and celebrities from his close network to bring back the commercial as a PSA for connecting with each other in order to stave off isolation and loneliness.

“Thanks to modern technology, we’re able to remain virtually connected in ways that otherwise we would not have been able to within the current distance-mandated climate,” said Monica Rustgi, Vice President of Marketing for Budweiser. “In times like these, something as simple as a hello, or in this case ‘whassup,’ means a lot. Following the unbelievable success of the original ad campaign, we found this to be a meaningful opportunity to revisit the original spot’s simplicity and focus on human connection in a time when people may be feeling hopeless, uncertain, and alone. Our hope is that by getting people to check in, we can play a small part in bringing the world closer together during these trying times.”

The campaign’s second episode features Gabrielle Union, joined by Wade, and fellow actors Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Broadway star Daveed Diggs. Watch the new spot here.

The campaign’s first episode launched last week, featuring Wade and Union checking in with Chris Bosh, Candace Parker, and DJ D-Nice.

“My wife and I wanted to partner with Budweiser because we believe the message is crucial,” said Wade. “We both remembered the original ‘whassup’ ads and love the idea of bringing them back as a genuine PSA to connect with each other. We encourage everyone to take a moment out from their day to check-in with their friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Budweiser has partnered with The Salvation Army as part of the PSA campaign. In response to rising levels of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the pandemic, The Salvation Army launched a nationwide hotline in April.

“During times of crisis, feelings of isolation and fear can be overwhelming, and we want people to know there’s someone here to listen,” said David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “The unknown is the hardest part, but thanks to Budweiser, more people will know that they’re not alone. We’re going to get through this—together.”

As part of the campaign, Budweiser will make a donation to The Salvation Army for essential support of those in need due to COVID-19.

Everyday at 6:00 PM EST, Budweiser will be offering its community the chance to say “whassup” through a host of interactive activations on its social platforms. This is headlined by “whassup” live chats every Thursday via Instagram Live on @BudweiserUSA where different celebrities will check in while having a Bud and answering questions submitted by fans. The program will kick off with Dwyane Wade tomorrow, April 30, at 6:00 PM EST. A full list of activities can be found in the notes section.

The Salvation Army has trained staff available for English and Spanish speakers every day from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM EST at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Callers are encouraged to leave a message if they call after hours.

For more information, visit Budweiser on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

ERODNEY DAVIS

Some of the biggest stars in the world rely on Erodney Davis and his agency, Basic White Shirt, with its roster of the world’s most sought-after Celebrity Hairstylists, Makeup Artists and Nail Artists, to look their best.

After graduating with honors from North Carolina A&T State University in 1996, Davis accepted a job at ad agency, Y&R New York, while also moonlighting as part-time personal assistant to Celebrity Makeup Artist and Author, Sam Fine.

After more than a decade developing his acute business acumen alongside visionaries from the world of advertising, beauty and fashion, Davis changed course, leaving corporate America behind with only his savings and a desire to work in a more creative capacity. A month later, he began assisting top Casting Directors in NY, Paris & Milan, helping designers like Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler, Alice Temperley, and J. Mendel choose the most elite models of the moment to bring their designer collections to life on the runway.

During this time, Davis experienced a full-circle moment when Sam Fine tapped him to manage Fine’s freelance bookings and eventually other clients came calling, giving rise to Davis’ boutique agency, Basic White Shirt, boasting a cadre of talented beauty professionals. Davis continued casting models for New York Fashion Week for another 8 years while simultaneously running BWS. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Davis’ main focus is growing his agency’s roster with select, creative clientele and managing the needs of his world-class talent.

Casting/Fashion Clients:

Bottega Veneta

Calvin Klein

Carlos Miele

Coach

Emporio Armani

Fashion Fair Cosmetics

GAP

Giorgio Armani

J. Mendel

Levi’s

Narciso Rodriguez

Ohne Titel

Proenza Schouler

Ralph Lauren / Polo.com

Rachel Zoe

Temperley London

Tommy Hilfiger

Mgmt/Agency Clients:

Sir John

Sir John Celebrity Makeup Artist whose clients include Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Erykah Badu, Viola Davis, Margot Robie, Priyanka Chopra & Gabrielle Union

Sam Fine

Sam Fine Celebrity Makeup Artist & Author whose clients include Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Iman, Mary J. Blige, Vanessa Williams, Keri Hilson, Paula Patton, Patti Labelle & Tyra Banks

Oslyn Holder

Oslyn Holder Celebrity Makeup Artist whose clients include Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams, LionBabe, Bernadette Peters, Kelly Clarkson, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Danaii Gurira, Holly Robinson Peete & Regina King

Mila Thomas

Mila Thomas Celebrity Makeup Artist whose clients include Jenifer Lewis, En Vogue, Neicy Nash, K. Michelle, Karrueche Tran, Angela Rye, Amara La Negra & Jasmine Sanders

Complex × Fuse

Talent Featured: Jamie Foxx, Meek Mill, Post Malone, A$AP Rocky and Mike Will Made-It

Airdate: Wednesday, August 8th at 11 p.m. ET / PT

TUNE-IN: Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx shares celebrity stories about Diddy, Drake and more; Rapper Meek Mill discusses his all-time favorite sneakers; Producer Mike Will Made-It reveals how he made Beyonce’s hit single, “Formation”; Rapper Post Malone taste tests some of the world’s hottest sauces; rapper A$AP Rocky talks future fatherhood, collaborating with legendary rock stars and more on an all-new Complex x Fuse, this Wednesday, August 8th at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse.

Episode Highlights:

  • Rapper Post Malone tests the world’s hottest sauces and reveals his definition of “saucin’ on you,” on “Hot Ones” with host Sean Evans. Oscar award-winning actor Jamie Foxx shares incredible celebrity stories about Denzel Washington, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and more from an all new season of his show “Off Script” with “Complex News” host Speedy Morman.
  • Rapper Meek Mill goes “Sneaker Shopping” with Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods and reveals why he admires Allen Iverson. Rapper and model A$AP Rocky sits down with “Open Late” host Peter Rosenberg to share his thoughts on Travis Scott and his relationship with Kanye. And later, producer Mike Will Made-It explains how he made the smash hit “Formation” for Beyoncé.

ABOUT: Complex x Fuse features exclusive first-looks of athletes and celebrities eating killer food, answering burning questions, and revealing the secrets behind the hottest kicks. The weekly Complex-branded block features first-run segments from Complex’s core slate of more than 20 digital shows including signature series like First We Feast’s Hot Ones, Sneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.

En Avance x Maison Francis Kurkdjian Collaborative Concept Opening

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, luxury fashion and lifestyle store En Avance, a pioneer in Miami’s Design District founded by Karen Quinones, hosts the first Maison Francis Kurkdjian store-within-a-store in the United States. The new collaborative concept opened on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Paradise Plaza – 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 129 Miami, FL 33137 in the Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design and architecture. To commemorate this silver milestone and new partnership, over 160 longtime friends of the brand came to celebrate and support this meaningful new juncture.

“What an amazing way to ring in my 25th year and celebrate this amazing collaborative concept with Maison Francis Kurkdjian. I’m really proud of the beautiful Store we created together,” said Karen Quinones, founder of En Avance.

En Avance and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, an iconic French luxury fragrance house co-founded by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and its President & CEO Marc Chaya, share a portion of the space designed by Forall Studio in Paris who created perfectly the chic elegance of Maison Francis Kurkdijan Paris Boutique. En Avance is a chic loft type retail environment with beautiful white concrete floors and an exclusive repertoire of magical themed Fornasetti wallpaper panels that are at once iconic and covetable. The edited selection of designer fashion, accessories and home decor is displayed on metal racks and white lacquer Calligaris furniture. Free floating dressing rooms draped with custom red velvet curtains added a hint of drama to the architectural design of the space. Guests sipped on Moet Champagne Minis and enjoyed first hand looks of styles curated by owner Karen Quinones who has provided a platform to showcase young new talent from across the globe.

“It was such a nice way for Francis & me  to celebrate the opening of our first boutique in the United States in collaboration with Karen & En Avance! The party was all about friendship, beauty and good vibes,” exclaimed Marc Chaya, Co-founder & CEO of Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Notable Attendees: Louis Aguirre, Barbara Becker, Tracy Mourning, Sam Robin, Gabrielle Union, Veronica Webb

About En Avance

Celebrating its milestone 25th year, En Avance, established in 1993, has been a platform to showcase young new talent from across the globe. With its innovative, timeless, luxurious, yet functional sense of style, owner Karen Quinones carefully selects, curates and features new young talent and established designers also stocking sustainable fashion and beauty brands. Along with clothing, En Avance features exquisite fine jewelry, luxury lingerie, books, French ceramics and also exclusively presents Fornasetti’s furniture, objects and decorations adding a fresh and whimsical mix to her curation.Being the first multi-brand boutique to come to the Miami Design District in 2006, En Avance continues to be a destination at the forefront in the ever evolving industry.

About Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian was born in 2009 from the encounter between Francis Kurkdjian, a renowned master-perfumer with scores of successful creations to his name, and Marc Chaya, ex Ernst & Young advisory partner. Together, they fulfil their desire for a sensual, generous and multi-facetted landscape of free expression, creating a new emblem of French know-how and lifestyle. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has since developed into a key player in the luxury fragrance market with presence in nearly 500 ultra-selective retail locations in more than 40 countries. The Maison Francis Kurkdjian collection is sketched like a fragrance wardrobe, with myriad of facets of emotions. Designed in the tradition of luxury French perfumery, it advocates nevertheless a contemporary vision of the art of creating and wearing perfume. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has been a member of Comité Colbert since January 2016.

NAVIA ROBINSON

The talented and beautiful, Navia Robinson is one of the stars of Disney Channel’s hit new series “Raven’s Home.” A spin-off from the hit Disney Channel series “That’s So Raven!” The show follows Raven (Raven Symone) and Chelsea who are now divorced single mothers raising their two separate families in one chaotic, but fun household full of friends. When one of Raven’s kids begins to show signs that they have inherited her trait of seeing into the future, the already hectic household gets turned upside down, keeping even Raven on her toes. On the show Navia plays Raven’s daughter “Nia.” The second season premiere is TBD 2018. The show was recently nominated for 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

In addition to “Raven’s Home,” Navia has a lead role on the hit Netflix series “Free Rein”. After befriending a mysterious horse during a summer in the English countryside, 15-year-old Zoe finds the strength to deal with issues she faces. On the show Navia plays “Rosie” Zoe’s little sister. The second season is currently airing. The show was recently nominated for 2018 NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Children’s Program) and a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award (Best Children’s Series).

Navia’s television career began by recurring as D’Asia, the young niece to Gabrielle Union’s character, Mary Jane, in the ground-breaking pilot and ongoing subsequent series of BET Network’s “Being Mary Jane”. In early 2016 Nicki Minaj handpicked Navia for her new pilot about her life growing up in Queens entitled “NICKI” which was shot for the Freeform Network formerly known as ABC Family. She’s starring in a new Netflix original coming of age series currently titled “Horse Mystery Project”, which is presently in production in the United Kingdom and due for release in Spring of 2017.

(*photo: Rowan Daly)