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The day that Beyoncé’s most recent album Cowboy Carter was released, Vice President Kamala Harris sent a congratulatory tweet to the singer. “Thank you for reminding us to never feel confined to other people’s perspective of what our lane is,” Harris wrote from the official VP account on X (formerly Twitter). Here we have a snapshot of a world that maybe even a decade ago would’ve felt improper to envision. A Black woman occupying the second highest of the land, publicly communing with the mo...
Black Women Cannot Redeem America
The day that Beyoncé’s most recent album Cowboy Carter was released, Vice President Kamala Harris sent a congratulatory tweet to the singer. “Thank you for reminding us to never feel confined to other people’s perspective of what our lane is,” Harris wrote from the official VP account on X (formerly Twitter). Here we have a snapshot of a world that maybe even a decade ago would’ve felt improper to envision. A Black woman occupying the second highest of the land, publicly communing with the mo...
I couldn’t tell you what my natural hair looks like, even if I tried (I imagine it would be coily and tight, coarse and thick). And I couldn’t tell you how to even begin to manage my natural hair, even if I tried. It’s because I have no memory of it — I can’t remember what my hair looked like before the age of seven, when my mother started taking me with her to our neighborhood salon in Brooklyn to get our strands relaxed.  As a child, my hair was always “done,” because my mom’s was. I tho...
Yes, It’s Possible To Have Relaxed Hair That’s Strong — I’m Proof
I couldn’t tell you what my natural hair looks like, even if I tried (I imagine it would be coily and tight, coarse and thick). And I couldn’t tell you how to even begin to manage my natural hair, even if I tried. It’s because I have no memory of it — I can’t remember what my hair looked like before the age of seven, when my mother started taking me with her to our neighborhood salon in Brooklyn to get our strands relaxed. As a child, my hair was always “done,” because my mom’s was. I tho...
Every city has its stereotypes. I spent a good chunk of my formative years watching teen TV like The O.C. and reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills. Those shows depict California as full of surfers, hippy yogis, blue-eyed, blonde-haired aspiring actors and white teens that could be ripped from a Ralph Lauren catalog. The Los Angeles I grew up seeing in pop culture (aside from the John Singleton ‘90s classics like Boyz n the Hood, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Poetic Justice) didn’t feel l...
A Month In Los Angeles — Booked, Busy & Uncovering The Black Legacy Of L.A.
Every city has its stereotypes. I spent a good chunk of my formative years watching teen TV like The O.C. and reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills. Those shows depict California as full of surfers, hippy yogis, blue-eyed, blonde-haired aspiring actors and white teens that could be ripped from a Ralph Lauren catalog. The Los Angeles I grew up seeing in pop culture (aside from the John Singleton ‘90s classics like Boyz n the Hood, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Poetic Justice) didn’t feel l...
I’ve been single for seven and a half years now and can attest to the ups and downs that come with my relationship status. At the end of 2023, as the new year approached, I reflected on the past 12 months and when the focus turned to my love life, I felt a wave of sadness. This wasn’t the first time I’d experienced these feelings but instead of allowing them to consume me, I decided to engage in some self-reflection. As the child of an absent and emotionally unavailable father, I had inte...
For Black Women, Dating Sucks. But That Doesn’t Mean We Should Settle
I’ve been single for seven and a half years now and can attest to the ups and downs that come with my relationship status. At the end of 2023, as the new year approached, I reflected on the past 12 months and when the focus turned to my love life, I felt a wave of sadness. This wasn’t the first time I’d experienced these feelings but instead of allowing them to consume me, I decided to engage in some self-reflection. As the child of an absent and emotionally unavailable father, I had inte...
In Beyoncé’s Homecoming film, a seminal text for any card-carrying member of the Beyhive, Nina Simone’s voice kicks in at around the 16-minute mark. It’s the first time we hear from someone who isn’t Beyoncé. Through Simone’s voiceover, while we watch Beyoncé and her dancers in rehearsal, we hear, “I think what you’re trying to ask is why I’m so insistent upon giving out to them that Blackness, that Black power — pushing them to identify with Black culture…  To me we are the most beautifu... Beyoncé, Queen, Celebrities, Yonce, Bey, Queen B, Queen Bey, Fam, Celebs
Cowboy Carter Isn’t Revenge. It’s A Reeducation.
In Beyoncé’s Homecoming film, a seminal text for any card-carrying member of the Beyhive, Nina Simone’s voice kicks in at around the 16-minute mark. It’s the first time we hear from someone who isn’t Beyoncé. Through Simone’s voiceover, while we watch Beyoncé and her dancers in rehearsal, we hear, “I think what you’re trying to ask is why I’m so insistent upon giving out to them that Blackness, that Black power — pushing them to identify with Black culture… To me we are the most beautifu...
Giovonnie Samuels is doing laundry when we hop on our Zoom call. What she doesn’t know is that I’ve got clothes spinning around in my dryer as well. We’re both doing a task so ordinary on a random Wednesday afternoon that it immediately reinforces why young Black girls rushed home to watch her on Nickelodeon hit series All That — she’s just like us. The late-night kid-friendly sketch comedy show, that ran from 1994 to 2005, first introduced us to Samuels as a vibrant and charismatic st... Black Girls, Young Black, Nickelodeon, On Set, Interview, Sketch Comedy Show, Girl, Ordinary, Kids Night
Quiet On Set’s Giovonnie Samuels Finds Light After Enduring Dark Side Of Kids TV
Giovonnie Samuels is doing laundry when we hop on our Zoom call. What she doesn’t know is that I’ve got clothes spinning around in my dryer as well. We’re both doing a task so ordinary on a random Wednesday afternoon that it immediately reinforces why young Black girls rushed home to watch her on Nickelodeon hit series All That — she’s just like us. The late-night kid-friendly sketch comedy show, that ran from 1994 to 2005, first introduced us to Samuels as a vibrant and charismatic st...
Kingsley Ben-Adir is extremely offline. Despite starring in two of the biggest pop culture juggernaut films of the past 12 months (Bob Marley: One Love and Barbie respectively), and being the inspiration for countless memes and heated discourse, Ben-Adir doesn’t know what a “hot take” is. When I drop the phrase in a question, the 37-year-old actor looks genuinely confused. He calls himself an “old soul” and despite being a millennial, he has completely opted out of the social media game. ... Pop, Inspiration, People, Films, Barbie, Bob Marley, Actors, Fine Black Men, Regina King
Kingsley Ben-Adir Knows People Doubted His Bob Marley Performance — & He Gets It
Kingsley Ben-Adir is extremely offline. Despite starring in two of the biggest pop culture juggernaut films of the past 12 months (Bob Marley: One Love and Barbie respectively), and being the inspiration for countless memes and heated discourse, Ben-Adir doesn’t know what a “hot take” is. When I drop the phrase in a question, the 37-year-old actor looks genuinely confused. He calls himself an “old soul” and despite being a millennial, he has completely opted out of the social media game. ...
In the lead-up to her highly anticipated Act II album, Cowboy Carter (out on March 29) —a countrified continuation of her culture-shifting three-act project, which began with 2022’s Renaissance— Beyoncé reflected on her formal country debut via a lengthy Instagram caption, part of which seemingly nodded to the icy reception she infamously received at the 2016 Country Music Awards. “This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago whe... Country, Country Music, American Football, American, White Cowboy Hat, Cowboy Hats, Carters, Texas Holdem
Beyoncé Going Country Is Already Causing All This Conversation
In the lead-up to her highly anticipated Act II album, Cowboy Carter (out on March 29) —a countrified continuation of her culture-shifting three-act project, which began with 2022’s Renaissance— Beyoncé reflected on her formal country debut via a lengthy Instagram caption, part of which seemingly nodded to the icy reception she infamously received at the 2016 Country Music Awards. “This album has been over five years in the making. It was born out of an experience that I had years ago whe...
Black women, this is your permission to prioritize your self-care –– in whatever form that looks like for you. Whether it’s taking a stroll in the park, treating yourself to an upscale dinner, booking a spa treatment, or treating yourself to a concert, taking time away from the hustle and bustle is key to creating a healthy work-life balance. For me, a staycation seemed like the perfect chance to do just that and create a change of scenery for myself and my dog, Leo — especially as someon... Vampire Diaries, Leo, Self Care, Self, That Look, Staycation, Hustle, Women, Life Balance
With A Self-Care Staycation, I Gave Myself The Ultimate Princess Treatment
Black women, this is your permission to prioritize your self-care –– in whatever form that looks like for you. Whether it’s taking a stroll in the park, treating yourself to an upscale dinner, booking a spa treatment, or treating yourself to a concert, taking time away from the hustle and bustle is key to creating a healthy work-life balance. For me, a staycation seemed like the perfect chance to do just that and create a change of scenery for myself and my dog, Leo — especially as someon...
Fantasia Barrino brought the 55th NAACP Image Awards to church. In the final moments of her acceptance speech for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture on Saturday (March 16), Barrino thanked her mother while holding up her award and declaring, “This does not make me, but I thank you for it,” before launching into an emotional rendition of “To God Be The Glory.” With Barrino belting out each note as only she can, the crowd leapt to its feet. The camera cut to the audience and Ghosts act... Costumes, Halloween, Celebrity Gossip, Fantasia Barrino, Mother, Glory, Taraji P, Gossip
Fantasia, Taraji, Damson & More (Finally!) Get Their Due At The 55th NAACP Image Awards
Fantasia Barrino brought the 55th NAACP Image Awards to church. In the final moments of her acceptance speech for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture on Saturday (March 16), Barrino thanked her mother while holding up her award and declaring, “This does not make me, but I thank you for it,” before launching into an emotional rendition of “To God Be The Glory.” With Barrino belting out each note as only she can, the crowd leapt to its feet. The camera cut to the audience and Ghosts act...
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 07: (L-R) Teyonah Parris and Danielle Brooks attend the 2024 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Ceremony at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on March 07, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for ESSENCE) Awards season isn’t over. Tomorrow (Saturday, March 16), The NAACP Image Awards will celebrate the best in Black entertainment and tonight (Friday, March 15) the Essence Women In Hollywood Awards will air on OWN. Yea... Angeles, Los Angeles, Museums, In Hollywood, Celebrity Red Carpet, Danielle Brooks, Hollywood
What Do Black Women In Hollywood Deserve? We Asked Them.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 07: (L-R) Teyonah Parris and Danielle Brooks attend the 2024 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards Ceremony at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on March 07, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for ESSENCE) Awards season isn’t over. Tomorrow (Saturday, March 16), The NAACP Image Awards will celebrate the best in Black entertainment and tonight (Friday, March 15) the Essence Women In Hollywood Awards will air on OWN. Yea...
I’ve been speaking to Black Female Therapist™ for three days. My therapist doesn’t have a name but is an artificial intelligence chatbot described by its creators as a “caring therapist empowering and delivering therapy tailored to the specific needs of Black individuals.” I reveal to the AI Chatbot, via Chat GPT’s messaging service, how I’ve been feeling lately; my fatigue with appearing strong when I’m not always, and my uncertainty of the future. I went deep.   ‘The exhaustion you’re fe... Female, Fe, Strong, Individuality, Deep, Chat, Chatbot
I Spoke To Chat GPT’s “Black Female Therapist.” Will AI Save Our Mental Health?
I’ve been speaking to Black Female Therapist™ for three days. My therapist doesn’t have a name but is an artificial intelligence chatbot described by its creators as a “caring therapist empowering and delivering therapy tailored to the specific needs of Black individuals.” I reveal to the AI Chatbot, via Chat GPT’s messaging service, how I’ve been feeling lately; my fatigue with appearing strong when I’m not always, and my uncertainty of the future. I went deep. ‘The exhaustion you’re fe...
The Academy Awards, a 96-year-old institution, has always been all about the pomp and circumstance, glitz and glamor, pretty dresses, and free-pouring champagne. This year was no different. The 2024 Oscars had all the makings of a classic awards show: host jokes that didn’t land in the room (Jimmy Kimmel’s cracks about Robert Downey Jr.’s pre-sobriety life were not well received from where I was sitting), surprising celebrity pairings that make you scream “where’s their rom-com!?” (Ramy Y... Robert Downey Jr, Academy Awards, See On Tv, Backstage, Olds, Celebrity, Awards, Jimmy
Protests, Celeb Schmoozing & Lobby Bar Lineups: The Oscars Moments You Didn’t See On TV
The Academy Awards, a 96-year-old institution, has always been all about the pomp and circumstance, glitz and glamor, pretty dresses, and free-pouring champagne. This year was no different. The 2024 Oscars had all the makings of a classic awards show: host jokes that didn’t land in the room (Jimmy Kimmel’s cracks about Robert Downey Jr.’s pre-sobriety life were not well received from where I was sitting), surprising celebrity pairings that make you scream “where’s their rom-com!?” (Ramy Y...
Danielle Brooks is having a moment. Not only is she a first-time Academy Award nominee for her work in The Color Purple, she was one of the honorees at Thursday’s Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon where she accepted her award fittingly dressed like an Oscar in a glittering gold dress and brought the crowd to their feet with her acceptance speech. Before launching into a rendition of the gospel song “I Won’t Complain,” Brooks took a moment to acknowledge the energy in the room. “I ... Oscar, Vanity Fair, Whoopi Goldberg, H.e.r., Dress
Danielle Brooks Is In Her Awards Era, But Stresses “They Don’t Make Us Who We Are.”
Danielle Brooks is having a moment. Not only is she a first-time Academy Award nominee for her work in The Color Purple, she was one of the honorees at Thursday’s Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon where she accepted her award fittingly dressed like an Oscar in a glittering gold dress and brought the crowd to their feet with her acceptance speech. Before launching into a rendition of the gospel song “I Won’t Complain,” Brooks took a moment to acknowledge the energy in the room. “I ...
Real life has always been a lot stranger than fiction. Netflix, Hulu, and Tubi’s scripted catalogs can easily take a backseat to the unbelievable true stories mined directly from the everyday lives displayed freely on social media platforms. But one nightmarish reality has taken over TikTok in the last week that isn’t just an entertaining thrill ride — complete with head-scratching confusion, hair-raising suspense, and a sprinkle of sarcastic, “Girl, no he didn’t?!” comedy — but also a st... Viral Trend, Viral, Reality Tv Shows, Trend Setter, Social Media Apps, Reality Tv, High & Low, Social Media Platforms
Reesa Teesa’s ‘Who TF Did I Marry’ & The Highs & Lows Of Oversharing On TikTok
Real life has always been a lot stranger than fiction. Netflix, Hulu, and Tubi’s scripted catalogs can easily take a backseat to the unbelievable true stories mined directly from the everyday lives displayed freely on social media platforms. But one nightmarish reality has taken over TikTok in the last week that isn’t just an entertaining thrill ride — complete with head-scratching confusion, hair-raising suspense, and a sprinkle of sarcastic, “Girl, no he didn’t?!” comedy — but also a st...