The roles are destined to switch when the student eventually becomes the teacher taking what they learned and running with it. The storyline for Junya Watanabe, a Japanese fashion designer, doesn’t fall far from that tree. Taking what he learned as an apprentice with Comme des Garcons (a Japanese fashion house based in Tokyo) Watanabe was able to create his very own crazy clothing line that pushes the fashion world to its limits. 

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A trip to Benihana is always sensationally action-packed. Between the onion volcanoes and the fiery tricks, you’re bound to leave both full and entertained but that usually comes after you've given the chef a standing ovation. Hibachi is normally uniform no matter where you go. You get your rice, veggies, meats and of course-a show. Most people would be scared to go against the grain and add a twist to this tradition, but when it comes to Chef Tavius Parker and his signature Hibachi Pasta, he’s proven that a blacktop grill and a bowl of pasta can certainly meet somewhere in the middle. 

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BCBGMAXAZRIA, a common name on runways, red carpets, and my credit card statements, is the product of none other than Max Azria. Originally from Tunisia and the youngest of six children, he and his family relocated to France where he completed the majority of his studies. Paris was where Azria acquired his taste and inspiration to begin working on designing women’s fashion there. Eleven years later he moved to Los Angeles to open up his own chain of boutiques called Jess. It wasn’t until 1989 that he launched what we all know today as BCBG

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It’s been almost ten months since George Floyd was murdered as a result of four police officers' blatant disregard for yet another black man's life. It’s been almost a year since the shooting death of 25-year old Ahmaud Arbery by neighbors who felt that him jogging in his own neighborhood was suspicious. It’s been over a year since Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police officers while she slept in her Kentucky home. In all three of these instances and many more which have not made headlines, no charges were initially filed. This did not sit right with black America nor did it appease activist Tamika Mallory who’s managed to articulate the pain that black people are feeling in such a way that it leaves her audience jaw dropped every single time she speaks.

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