L.A. pot shop named after Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday

What if Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday — two powerful, celebrated, weed-smoking, Jazz Age Black women — somehow discovered a time portal in the back of a 1930s smoke-filled speakeasy and stepped through it into modern-day Los Angeles, where they promptly opened a pot shop? That sounds like the elevator pitch for a fantastical time-traveling stoner comedy, but it’s basically the vibe of Josephine & Billie’s, a cannabis dispensary that opened its doors on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard late last month.

In keeping with the L.A. dispensary’s Prohibition-era theme, what visitors first see is a postage-stamp-size shop emblazoned with an Apothecarry sign and stocked with a tightly edited collection of smoking paraphernalia (think bedazzled joint holders, handbag-shaped lighters, globe-shaped water pipes and sweatshirts emblazoned with the all-caps slogan “Buy weed from women”) but nary a cannabis nug, vape pen or THC-infused edible.

Visitors who step up to the shopkeeper

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China’s Singles’ Day shopping fest muted amid tech crackdown

China’s biggest online shopping day, known as “Singles’ Day” on Nov_ 11, is taking on a muted tone this year as regulators crack down on the technology industry and President Xi Jinping pushes for “common prosperity.”

HONG KONG — China’s biggest online shopping day, known as “Singles’ Day” on Nov. 11, is taking on a muted tone this year as regulators crack down on the technology industry and President Xi Jinping pushes for “common prosperity.”

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Erase Spa owner explains the best types of chemical peels for Black, Brown skin


You may have heard of Erase Spa. The hot spot located on 7th Avenue in New York City is known for its laser hair removal and esthetician services to big names like Serena Williams, La La Anthony, and Angela Simmons. But why is Erase so well known you may think?

Since its opening in 2014, Erase Spa owner Lisa Guidi has made it her mission to offer a safe space for people of color to achieve trusted spa results on Black and Brown skin. The services of the spa tackle concerns of acne, hyperpigmentation, cellulite, skin tightening, hair removal, anti-aging, and stretch marks.

As of recently, due to the power of social media Instagram Reels and TikTok, chemical peels have been all the rage with many people of color thinking that this may be the quick fix their skin needs to get rid of scarring forever.

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