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M.A.C seems to be intent on profiting off the nostalgia that fans have for dead artists.

By Ruby Mora Aaliyah, the legendary R&B singer who created an unforgettable legacy in the music industry as the ever-reigning queen of R&B will have her own makeup collection in collaboration with her estate and M.A.C Cosmetics set to launch in Summer of 2018, according to a recent announcement by the makeup company on their Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/p/BYLdzglB9pD/?taken-by=maccosmetics “Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all,” the company stated. “Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the Aaliyah x M·A·C collection. You made it happen! Stay tuned in 2018.” This announcement left me with mixed feelings. Although I’ve been an Aaliyah fan for years, I can’t help but feel like the decision M.A.C made to launch this collection is odd, inconsiderate, and a bit heartless, to say the least, especially since the company had already released a collection in collaboration with the family and estate of Selena, anther legendary singer with a legacy as queen of Tejano music and iconic in her own right. Both collections coming into existence are mainly in result of fans who signed a petition created in July 2015 demanding the makeup collab (after the announcement of Selena’s collection), which has surpassed 26,000 signatures at this point. The Selena collection also had its own petition that accumulated 40,000 signatures before M.A.C announced its impending creation.

If you're not equipped with a Tarot deck yet, we're here to help!

By Donyae Coles Tarot is an excellent skill not just for telling fortunes at a party but also for self-reflection. Learning to read the cards can help you figure out where your life is heading how you really feel about it. The problem is that there’s a lack of diversity in tarot cards. The good news is, they may be a bit harder to find but they are out there. There are some wonderful decks that feature a wide range of diversity but you have to dig for them. Dust II Onyx and Next World Tarot are both amazing for representation but the problem with both is that they’re not available for purchase (but you can preorder them). Here are eight (ish) decks that feature diversity and you can buy them right now.

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Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot: This deck is a fantasy-inspired deck based on the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) style of tarot cards. They  feature a variety of people dressed a medieval/fantasy style of clothing and involved with various magical dealings. Although it seems like this would just be a bunch of white people, the cards feature people of various colors and although body size and shape diversity is lacking, it does show people in different romantic pairings. This deck is rich with esoteric knowledge and symbols, but is easy enough to read for a beginner. Haindl Tarot: This deck’s art is more experimental and the card type is Thoth, the second most popular tarot type. This deck has pip cards for all of the minors which means it only shows the suits and the number, but there is some variation in the illustrations, so look closely! The major arcana and the court cards both feature people from various cultures. This deck may seem a bit scary at first but it’s light hearted and the art is quite beautiful. Tarot Illuminati: This is a very basic take on the RWS deck. The cards look very lovely with gilded edges but at the end of the day, they are a very traditional set. Like Modern Spellcaster, the figures are dressed in more medieval clothing style but the art is more consistent with the classic deck. It doesn’t have as much diversity but for a reader on a budget who wants to see people of other colors, this is a solid deck. The artist’s follow up deck, Tarot Apokalypsis, has much more diversity but is much harder to work with.

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