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Black Women Battling Breast Cancer Deserve More Wig Options, According to Coils to Locs Founder Dianne Austin

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When Dianne Austin decided to ditch her relaxer and transition back to her natural hair in 2011, she had no idea that four years later she would be hit with the heartbreaking news of a breast cancer diagnosis.

“My first thoughts were how ironic it was that I went down this path of embracing my natural hair just to lose every strand of it,” she shares with InStyle. “It was a huge decision for me to stop relaxing my hair and to begin to embrace my natural texture after years of relaxing.”

As she began to say goodbye to her own hair, Austin, like many in cancer treatment, was in search of a wig. And while they’re sometimes covered, depending on the healthcare insurance provider, she wasn’t able to find any that even came close to matching her natural coily texture.

That’s why in 2019, she created Coils to

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Jungalow Founder Justina Blakeney Is Heading to Target as the New Home Style Expert

Photo credit: @justinablakeney/Instagram
Photo credit: @justinablakeney/Instagram

From House Beautiful

Justina Blakeney–Jungalow’s founder and the queen of modern bohemian home decor–is joining the Target team as the retailer’s new home style expert.

Blakeney shared the news in a recent Instagram post. “I believe deeply in the power of design to make a difference in every person’s life, that’s why I’m SO, SO excited that I’m joining the @Target team as a new Home Style Expert,” she wrote in the caption. “Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing inspo and tips for cultivating a beautiful and functional home on any budget!”

Her first task on the job was to design a bedroom–specifically, her own in Los Angeles–with Target’s Casaluna collection. “Designed with materials like 100% cotton, linen, and hemp, this collection is beautiful AND takes it easy on mama earth too,” Blakeney shared. “I went with Clay and Sage as the primary colors in

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National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney stepping down as commissioner

National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney is stepping down as commissioner as part of a restructuring of the league’s governing model, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Rylan Kearney will remain involved as president of an ownership group that controls four of the NWHL’s six teams, and Tyler Tumminia will be appointed interim commissioner.

The league was scheduled to announce the moves on Tuesday.

The restructuring is a result of the NWHL’s forming an incorporated association that will be overseen by a board of governors, with one representative per team. This is a departure from the past, when the NWHL oversaw control of all teams.

Tumminia joined the NWHL as chairman of the league’s Toronto Six expansion team, which was founded in April. The Six and the NWHL’s Boston Pride are operated by independent ownership groups.

Rylan Kearney will oversee the league’s four remaining teams, which

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How a founder bootstrapped her fashion startup to a profitable $2 million in revenue with bags made of apples and no investors

Samara CEO Samila Visram, right, and her sister Samara, left.
  • Samila Visram founded sustainable fashion brand Samara in 2017 after she couldn’t find a bag that was “cruelty free, simple, and elegant.”
  • The brand sells bags, clothing and accessories made from ethically-sourced sustainable materials like apple leather, bamboo and castor oil.
  • A chunk of the company’s profits go to supporting Visram’s other venture, Soular, which provides children in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with backpacks that have solar-powered lights so they do homework without expensive kerosene.
  • Visram said Samara is profitable and has been “since day one,” generating $2 million a year in revenue.
  • Doing small production runs, maintaining a staff of four who perform many roles, and handling projects like photoshoots in-house have all helped keep costs down, Visram said.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Bags made out of apple leather. Sunglasses made out of castor oil.

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Nikola founder sues Utah businessman for defamation over tweets about women

Nikola founder Trevor Milton has sued a Utah businessman for defamation, accusing him of a “malicious campaign to harass” and discredit the billionaire by publicly accusing him over Twitter of sexually abusing women, according to the lawsuit filed Monday.

David Bateman, the founder and CEO of software company Entrata, started tweeting about Milton in late September, posting screenshots of conversations he allegedly had with women who said Milton tried to sexually assault them or propositioned them for sex with other men. In some cases, Bateman posted screenshots from women of conversations they had with Milton. One showed Milton allegedly offering to pay a woman $2,000 to “hook up” with a guy in Las Vegas if he could pick out the man. 

The nine-page lawsuit filed in Utah federal court says Bateman “engaged in a malicious campaign to harass and defame Mr. Milton, using Bateman’s Twitter account to publish a series

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Kurlee Belle founder on pivoting to ecommerce and making 6 figures

  • When the pandemic hit, Terrinique Pennerman quickly pivoted her haircare business, Kurlee Belle, which normally sells in major retailers like Sally Beauty, to ecommerce. 
  • A few months later, Kurlee Belle hit the six-figure mark in revenue for 2020 — a milestone in her business’ history.
  • The Bahamian native always had a passion for creating her own haircare mixtures using natural ingredients.
  • She credits the company’s surging popularity to a need for at-home hair solutions and found creative ways to fill orders online quickly. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Like many entrepreneurs, Terrinique Pennerman didn’t know how the pandemic would impact her natural haircare business, Kurlee Belle.

Before COVID-19, Pennerman relied on her product distribution deals with Sally Beauty and other local hair stores in Caribbean countries for in-person sales. Once she was forced to transition her focus to ecommerce after stores closed amid coronavirus, she was surprised to

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Founder of fashion brand Kenzo dies from coronavirus

Kenzo Takada, the founder of global fashion company Kenzo, has died at the age of 81 from coronavirus.



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The Japanese fashion designer was at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, when he died on 4 October.

Takada was born in Japan but moved to Paris in 1964, at which point he began his fashion career.  In 1970, he launched his namesake fashion line, which proved wildly popular with its loud colours and vibrant prints. 

Kenzo was later purchased by luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1993, with Takada retiring from the company in 1999.

After stepping down from his eponymous line, the designer continued to pursue other creative pursuits, including most recently a luxury homeware and lifestyle brand called K-3.

“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada,” the company said in a statement. 

“The world-renowned

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Two women file sexual abuse complaints against Nikola founder Trevor Milton

  • Milton’s cousin Aubrey Ferrin Smith filed a formal complaint Saturday with the local police in Holladay, Utah, saying he groped her bare breasts when she was 15 in 1999. 
  • Her police report follows accusations she’s lobbed at Milton over social media.
  • A second woman has come forward accusing Milton of sexual abuse when she was 15 and working as an assistant in a security company he was running in 2004, according to her attorney.



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Trevor Milton CEO of Nikola

Two women have come forward with formal sexual assault allegations against Nikola founder Trevor Milton, accusing the 38-year-old billionaire in complaints filed with Utah authorities of sexual abuse when both women were 15 years old.

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The accusations, stretching back more than 15 years ago, follow Milton’s resignation as executive chairman of Nikola on Sept. 21 after short seller Hindenburg Research released a damning report detailing

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Nikola founder Trevor Milton accused of sexual abuse by two women

Two women have come forward with formal sexual assault allegations against Nikola founder Trevor Milton, accusing the 38-year-old billionaire in complaints filed with Utah authorities of sexual abuse when both women were 15 years old.

The accusations, stretching back more than 15 years ago, follow Milton’s resignation as executive chairman of Nikola on Sept. 21 after short seller Hindenburg Research released a damning report detailing fraud allegations. The report has reportedly sparked inquiries into Milton and Nikola by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.

Through a spokesman, Milton “strongly denied” what he said were false allegations and declined to address the specific details of the women’s complaints. 

Since the Hindenburg report dropped a little over two weeks ago, the shareholder lawsuits and personal attacks on social media have started to pour in.

The turnabout for Milton has been swift. The company went public June 4 and Milton

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How Harlem’s Fashion Row Founder Brandice Daniel (Finally) Got the Industry’s Attention

Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm
Photo credit: Design by Ingrid Frahm

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Although it was just days before Harlem Fashion Row’s 13th annual fashion show and style awards (held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic), unfinished hemlines and the latest RSVP count were the furthest thing from founder Brandice Daniel’s mind when she picked up the phone. “Today is my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, and I’m actually sitting outside of her school right now,” she says, adding that she had to fight the urge to abandon work and spy through the classroom window all day. With another 30 minutes until dismissal though, Daniel spoke about the business and community she’s built with the passion and matter-of-factness that’s made her one of the fashion industry’s most respected figures.

Daniel founded Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) in 2007 with the simple-in-theory, but arduous-in-practice goal of supporting designers of color. In May, she doubled down on that

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