“A tree is best measured when it is down,” the poet Carl Sandburg once observed, “and so it is with people.” The recent death of Harry Belafonte at the age of 96 has prompted many assessments of what this pioneering singer-actor-activist accomplished in a long and fruitful life.
Belafonte’s career as a ground-breaking entertainer brought him substantial wealth and fame; according to Playbill magazine, “By 1959, he was the highest paid Black entertainer in the industry, appearing in raucously successful engagements in Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles.” He scored on Broadway, winning a 1954 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical – John Murray Anderson's Almanac. Belafonte was the first Black person to win the prestigious award. A 1960 television special, “Tonight with Belafonte,” brought him an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, making him the first Black person to win that award. He found equal success in the recording studio, bringing Calypso music to the masses via such hits as “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and “Jamaica Farewell.”
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Belafonte’s blockbuster stardom is all the more remarkable for happening in a world plagued by virulent systemic racism. Though he never stopped performing, by the early 1960s he’d shifted his energies to the nascent Civil Right movement. He was a friend and adviser to the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and, as the New York Times stated, Belafonte “put up much of the seed money to help start the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was one of the principal fund-raisers for that organization and Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that “he helped launch one of Mississippi’s first voter registration drives and provided funding for the Freedom Riders. His activism extended beyond the U.S. as he fought against apartheid alongside Nelson Mandela and Miriam Makeba, campaigned for Mandela’s release from prison, and advocated for famine relief in Africa.” And in 1987, he received an appointment to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador.
Over a career spanning more than seventy years, Belafonte brought joy to millions of people. He also did something that is, perhaps, even greater: he fostered the hope that a better world for all could be created. And, by his example, demonstrated how we might go about bringing that world into existence.
In the last year, we've fallen head over heels for Thrive Causemetics. This vegan, cruelty-free beauty brand has not only transformed our day-to-day looks but also where we decide to spend our money.
Thrive Causemetics stands out not just for its long-lasting, game-changing products but also for its Bigger Than Beauty™Giving mission. When you purchase from Thrive Causemetics, they donate products and cash to organizations that help women thrive. In the past, sizable donations have also been made to support those impacted by COVID-19 and the California Wildfires.
With June's arrival Thrive Causemetics is gearing up for another big donation on June 19th.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the news of emancipation and the end of the Civil War finally reached Texas, more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Thrive Causemetics will be donating 100% of profits (up to $500,000) that day to nonprofit organizations across the US that are dedicated to racial and social justice and are advancing African-American and Black Communities.
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While we love Thrive Causemetics for their makeup and skincare, we love their commitment to social justice even more. With that in mind if you're already a fan of this brand then June 19th is definitely the day to stock up and know that your money is going to an important cause.
New to Thrive Causemetics? Their products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances while being packed with high-quality formulas and technology. Plus, they even have an amazing subscription option so you'll never run out of your essentials and you get free shipping.
This affordable, award-winning brand has so much to offer from cosmetics to skincare and all made with an inclusive range of shades that work for every skin tone and skin type. Start your journey with Thrive Causemetics on Juneteenth and help others thrive.
Here's what we recommend filling your Thrive Causemetics cart with on June 19th (their best sellers of course):
The best-selling mascara that won't flake, smudge, or clump.
A cream-to-powder highlighter that you can use for an instant eye lift or smokey eye.
Foundation, sunscreen, and moisturizer in one - available in 18 shades.
Instantly lift, tighten, and brighten the look of skin around your eyes (and hydrate!).
Ultra-lightweight, buildable, waterproof + crease-proof formula - available in 24 shades.
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Our editors have found and fallen in love with a new beauty brand: Thrive Causemetics. They've captured fans with their 100% vegan, cruelty-free products, and with each purchase, they donate to help a woman thrive.
Thrive Causemetics has a wide range of makeup including the award-winning Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™, but now they have so many other best sellers.
They've taken the beloved Brilliant Eye Brightener™ and added 3 new shades! If you don't know, this Thrive must-have is an amazing cream to powder highlighter that gives you a great instant eye lift look, smokey eye, and just generally opens the eyes up without a ton of work.
Plus, it's powered by ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba oil, and macadamia, meadowfoam, and sunflower seed oil. You'll get skin-balancing hydration and antioxidants to help reduce the look of fine lines.
We already love the Brilliant Eye Brightener™ for its fast application - just apply it to your lids, waterline, the inner & outer corners of your eyes, and blend with your finger or a brush. But now these new shades are taking it to another level.
The Soft Metallic shades include Callie (Greige Taupe), Anise (Warm Bronze), and Pili (Cool Gold) with each one giving just the right amount of shimmer. If you love Thrive Causemetics already, these shades are your next addition, and if you're trying Thrive for the first time this is definitely a great staple to start with.
Now, a completely new addition to Thrive Causemetics' wide range of game-changers is the Buildable Blur HD Creaseless Concealer™. Every woman has their go-to foundation or CC cream to get the coverage they need, but what's missing in so many of those is the ability to target conceal, correct, and brighten.
The Concealer does exactly what it says. Their crease-proof formula gets the coverage you want without the product settling into any wrinkles and fine lines. It comes in 24 shades so you can find your match and also treats your skins to the benefits of super ingredients like snow mushroom extract, vitamin E, and betaine & coconut emollients.
To top it all off, the Blur Effect Technology™ will blur out those pesky pores, fine lines, and imperfections and leave you with a natural skin-like finish. No more caking on tons of foundation thanks to this lightweight formula made for your dark circles, blemishes, and brightening needs. Not to mention those super ingredients are also incredibly hydrating so you can say goodbye to flakey, dry concealers.
You can't go wrong when it comes to Thrive Causemetics. Their formulas are innovative, 100% vegan, and made to tackle your needs. We certainly have been long-time fans and with all these great additions our love for Thrive Causemetics is staying strong.
Try out Thrive's Brilliant Eye Brightener™ and Buildable Blur HD Creaseless Concealer™ - trust us, this brand lives up to the hype!
Concerned by beauty industry scandals lately? We got you.
Whether it's big beauty brands still including harmful ingredients, or overpromising and under-delivering, we're tired of trying to cut through the noise.
We've finally found a brand we're throwing our support behind 100%: Thrive Causemetics. They're an inclusive makeup and skincare brand that strives to create the highest quality beauty products, and use their status as a reputable brand to give back!
Founded in 2015, they've already manufactured an award-winning mascara and given millions of products and dollars to different communities who could use the support.
Here's everything you need to know.
What is Thrive Causemetics?
They're a company that delivers iconic, high-performance products that are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and don't include any harmful ingredients, like parabens or sulfates
What products do they sell?
You can find anything for your beauty and skincare needs!
If you need a new mascara, get the Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™ immediately. It lifts, lengthens, and provides incredible volume, thanks to a blend of castor seed oil, shea butter, Orchid Stem Cell Complex™, and Youth B5 Complex™ that help build healthy lashes over time. It's also so good, it looks like you're wearing falsies, and it never clumps or flakes (but still comes off with just warm water and a washcloth). Not to mention, it comes in a unique Brown Black shade which we love, as well as Rich Black.
There's the Brilliant Eye Brightener™ that instantly brightens your eye area with a universally flattering glow. It's easy to use, hydrating, waterproof and is the perfect accessory for any Zoom call.
We also love the Buildable Blur CC Cream™ with SPF 35 in 18 shades, the Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner™ in 7 colors, and their Liquid Light Therapy All-in-One Face Serum™ that mimics red and blue light therapy for a glowing complexion.
How much do they cost?
Prices are super affordable considering the high-quality and clinically-proven ingredients used. The Mascara is $24, and the whole line ranges from $16 to $62. The key here is incredible quality and efficacy at an affordable cost (for the beauty world).
How does the subscription work?
It's always optional, but if you want to guarantee free shipping, you can opt in to get certain products delivered every 1, 2, 3, or 4 months, so you never run out.
How do they choose ingredients?
First off, they're always 100% vegan and cruelty-free. They also work to source ingredients that replenish your skin, your lashes, your face, so they won't dry you out or cause harm.
What are people saying?
Not only has the brand grabbed an Allure Beauty award, but their products are beloved, with the Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara™ and theBrilliant Eye Brightener™ ascending to cult must-have status. Their colors are approachable and inclusive, they serve a wide range of skin tones, and the products have silky non-flaky textures.
How is Thrive Causemetics different from other organizations that give back?
They're extremely transparent about where your money is going, so you know it's going to actual causes. For every product purchased, they donate to help a woman thrive; they've already given $500,000 worth of Thrive Causemetics products to frontline workers battling Covid-19.
In 2020, they spread their donations across multiple organizations that support first responders, women experiencing homelessness, women fighting cancer, families facing food insecurity, racial justice advocacy, grocery + restaurant workers, women surviving domestic abuse, underserved marginalized youth, healthcare professionals, LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations, and women veterans.
Also, 100% of the profits of their Moisture-Enriched Hand Sanitizer is donated to the Black Women's Health Imperative, "the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls."
We're tired of two shade offerings from brands that don't seem to care about what ingredients they use. Thrive Causemetics is the real deal when it comes to amazing products and using your brand as more than just a brand, but a way to support communities of women.