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Beyoncé, Jay Z, and More Respond to Gun Violence Epidemic

Peaceful protests took to the streets in major cities in the wake of two fatal shootings by police officers, as worlds of entertainment and fashion reel.

Following the fatal shootings this week by police officers of two black men — Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — activists on Thursday took to the streets in major cities across the country, including in New York City, and entertainment personalities issued statements condemning the violence. Notably, Beyoncé posted a letter to her website urging followers to go to contactingthecongress.org to “demand social and judicial change” — due to overwhelming response, contactingthecongress.org subsequently, briefly, crashed. And husband Jay Z released a new track, “Spiritual,” in the wake of the shootings. Demonstrators marched from Union Square up to Times Square in Manhattan, stopping traffic and recruiting thousands of marchers. Later in the evening in Dallas, sniper fire broke out during an otherwise peaceful protest, leaving five police officers dead as of Friday morning and wounding seven more. Designers, models, and personalities in the fashion world have spoken out against the violence, expressing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media and attending protests.

The global fashion and pop culture community has, meanwhile, chugged on. Here, in lighter news, your fashion and culture highlights:

Ciara
Got married Wednesday in a surprise (at least for the rest of the world) ceremony. The important details: She wore Cavalli couture; he wore custom Giorgio Armani.

Couture, Paris
As the French couture shows come to a close, Elie Saab designs for children and Viktor & Rolf make looks for the haute Mad Hatter.

Mortensen, Viggo
He’s Aragorn, he’s The Man from The Road, he’s Joey Cusack — and now, he’s Captain Fantastic.

Nakamura, Hiroki
With fans like Kanye West, John Mayer, and more, the Japanese designer of of Tokyo-based Visvim, who showed at Pitti Uomo this summer, isn’t just a cult favorite anymore.

Smith, Jaden
Turned 18; released a new track. All in a day’s work.

Stewart, Kristen
A veritable movie star, yet even now, she’s still on the rise, according to Film Comment. Between The Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper, and Still Alice, the Twilight Saga is a thing of the past.

Theyskens, Olivier
Re-launching his eponymous label two years after he stepped down from Theory. He’s been working on his own collection ever since, and he’ll present at Paris Men’s this fall.

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