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Hill Harper: Launches New Skin Care Line for Men & Women

Hill Harper, Co-Founder of Architect and Co., is debuting his new body and hair care products, H2L for men and JUA for women. H2L and JUA are premium all natural hair and body care product lines for men and women with affordable prices. Architect and Co. products contains from the Tree of Life Baobab Oil…



Hill Harper, Co-Founder of Architect and Co., is debuting his new body and hair care products, H2L for men and JUA for women. H2L and JUA are premium all natural hair and body care product lines for men and women with affordable prices. Architect and Co. products contains from the Tree of Life Baobab Oil to keep skin and hair hydrated, while protecting it with antioxidants. Products include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving oil, shaving lotion, razors, and more!


Sylvia: We know that you’re a very multi-talented person; you’re an actor, producer, a philanthropists, and you’re also a NAACP Image Award recipient. Right now, you’re undertaking yet another exciting unique task as an entrepreneur with the launch of your new natural hair and body care product line: The H2L for Men and the JUA Essentials for Women. Can you please give us an overview of H2L and JUA, and how the concept came to be.

Hill: Well, you know for me, as an entrepreneur I’m always trying to impact the world in a positive way. I look at whatever I do, whether it’s as an artist, or a film, or a character. You try to ultimately do projects that actually have a positive impact, even if you’re playing the bad guy, let’s say in something, or the books I’ve written, or the foundation that I have. All of those things. And they usually come out pretty organically in the sense that you see a need that’s unmet and you want to meet the need. And what happened in this case was President Barack Obama appointed me to the President’s Cancer Panel. I kept learning more and more about our skin, and I realized that skin is the largest organ on the body, and every single day of our lives, even when we’re infants, people are putting things on our skin, or we’re putting things on our skin. And our skin absorbs all of that and it goes into our bloodstream, in our liver, our kidneys, and our endocrine system.

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010, and I realized I only wanted to put natural healthy products onto my skin, just like you know it’s the same standard you use for eating food. And what I began to realize is there were no affordable products that did that on the market. You go to where your average American goes to shop for skincare and haircare products: most likely CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, or Amazon. There’s so many different places and 98% of those products are filled. Not just a little but trace amounts are filled with aluminum, parabens, damaging sulfates, petroleum, and oil. It’s just mind boggling. Even when they try to convince you it’s healthy, because they use all these names. But when I broke down all the ingredients, I was blown away. So I said there’s got to be a way. Even when you look at the organic market, the products are just too expensive. You look and it’s a $100 for this lotion, $40 for shampoo, $40 for conditioner. You know you go through it quickly. So I wanted to develop an affordable line, and that’s exactly what I did.

Sylvia: Where can we purchase this new product line?

Hill: So I talk about it all the time, I talk in all my books, that we are the architects of our lives. You literally can build your life like an architect builds a structure, and that’s why I named the company The Architect and Co. And so the site is: You go to, and you see these lines of products: H2L for men and JUA Essentials for women. And so you go to And also I did it as subscription-based service, in that you’ll order and get products every two months. And it’s a fantastic way to do it because it decreases the cost cause you’re going directly from the manufacturer, which is me, directly to you. The cost is exponentially less, and you don’t have to worry about going to the store, and you’re going to get these products in the mail right to your door.

To me, it’s a great way that everybody can win. It gives us streams. We can plan out our manufacturing schedule that way through subscription services. So is the site, and it’s pretty simple and easy to navigate. And I encourage folks to use the promo-code HILL,  to receive a discount. So there’s a promo-code slot, if you use HILL you receive a discount. And I’m very proud of it. Hopefully people understand just by being familiar with me and who I am that I’m concerned about quality, and I meticulously work on the quality of these products for the last two years. And I waited, and waited, and waited to put them out till they were just right. And I couldn’t be more proud and hope to just build it slowly. You know I’m not trying to come just out of the gate with some big bang. It’s more about letting people know about the product, and hopefully they’ll share through word of mouth when they like them cause I know they will. When they like them they’ll share through word of mouth and we’ll just continue to grow.

Sylvia: We want to know is what’s next for Mr. Hill Harper?

Hill: Well the next thing is to film All Eyes on Me. The Tupac Shakur film comes out June 16th. I’m a part of that film, so I’m excited for that. But I just did a pilot for ABC called The Good Doctor, and we’re going to find out the end of this week if it gets picked up or not. I think it has a good chance. It’s a very, very well-written show. And if that gets picked up then it’ll hopefully be on the fall schedule on ABC. (Editor-in-Chief notes: The Good Doctor was picked up for ABC Fall schedule and will premier Mondays 10/9 central in the fall).

Learn more at, and follow Hill Harper on Twitter and Instagram: @hillharper

Stay tune for Hill complete interview coming in our July Issue





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Black Teenager Attacked by Corrections Deputy in Florida, Investigation Underway



A Florida corrections deputy has been placed on leave after going on the attack against a 17-year-old at a juvenile center … and it’s all on video.

The teenager, Terrance Devon Reed III, was taken to the hospital after the violent altercation with Sarasota County Deputy Neil Pizzo last week. The surveillance footage shows Reed sitting on a bench with his arms tucked in his shirt when Pizzo marches toward him.

As Reed stands up and takes his arms out, the deputy immediately goes for his throat. A struggle ensues before Pizzo throws Reed to the ground, but at no point does the teenager appear to fight back.

Another deputy jumps in to try to wrangle Reed’s feet, and that’s when Pizzo strikes the teen on the back of the head multiple times. Reed’s then cuffed and helped to his feet … but not before suffering abrasions to his head.

The altercation reportedly began after Reed — who was previously arrested and charged with contempt of court, probation violations and cocaine possession — became uncooperative in a police lineup.

That, of course, doesn’t justify the violence by the deputy, and Sheriff Tom Knight says he’s disappointed in what he saw and Pizzo’s failure to de-escalate the situation.

Knight says he placed the deputy on administrative duty while an internal investigation is conducted.

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Tamar Braxton Boyfriend Files A Restraining Order Indicating Domestic



Tamar Braxton boyfriend is running to court asking for protection against her in what he describes as a domestic violence situation.

The singer’s BF, David Adefeso, filed for a restraining order Tuesday in L.A. seeking to prevent Domestic Violence and he’s asking a judge to grant him one against Tamar. For now, it’s unclear what he’s alleging she might’ve done.

It doesn’t look like the court has approved his request just yet  

At any rate, it’s another sign that things have been volatile lately in her life — especially as it pertains to David. Remember, he’s the one who called 911 not too long ago saying Tamar was threatening to kill herself. He also mentioned her WeTV beef to cops at the time.

Also keep in mind … family sources connected to Tamar have told us they believe she’s changed since getting with him — claiming her mood seems to align with his. We’ve also been told that David has come off as controlling in Tamar’s reality show, and that he’s been quite involved in her business decisions of late.

This continues to be a developing story…..

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Bodies of US Couple Found at Bottom of Well in Mexico



The bodies of a missing US couple have been found at the bottom of a well in Mexico.

Ian Hirschsohn, 78 and his 73-year-old wife Kathy Harvey had been missing since August 31, when they were supposed to return home to San Diego from a trip across the border.

Their abandoned car was found in Ensenada, just 90 minutes from the US border, last week.

Investigators then made the grim discovery on Thursday in an unpopulated area just south of the tourist hotspot.

The bodies were recovered over the weekend; San Diego police confirmed their identities, CBS8 reported.

Family members said the couple had been staying at a rented house in El Socorrito, about 200 miles south of the border, a town they frequented over the past 35 years.

Kathy texted her son Robert on August 28 to say they were going to either explore a gold mine or visit a beach; however the family lost contact with them on August 31.

After reporting them missing, the Consulate General in Tijuana finally informed the family the couple’s Toyota Land Cruiser had been found in Ensenada.

“She was really enjoying retirement and had multiple groups of friends,” Robert told the site. “She loved walking and traveling.  She had a huge bucket list of where she wanted to go.”

An investigation is now underway. The cause of deaths has not been revealed, nor has a motive, but investigators suspect foul play.

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