Brazil Ditched Its First Dark-Skinned Carnival Queen for Being Too Black

Meet 27-year-old Nayara Justino, an Afro-Brazilian who, in 2013, was selected out of thousands of contestants and by public vote to be Brazil’s next Globeleza. The Globeleza is a ‘carnival queen’ of sorts, crowned by Brazil’s largest television network, Globo,... Continue Reading

The Incredible and Tragic Story of Henrietta Lacks: The Only Known Human With Immortal Cells

Henrietta Lacks was a black mother and wife whose cancerous cells were taken without her knowledge while she was receiving treatment.  Long after her death in 1951, her cells lived on being researched and contributing to medical advances, such as the development... Continue Reading

Naturals Need to Quit Okra Hair Gel Before It Becomes a Thing (From a Concerned Nigerian)

I know being super connected to the continent is in vogue right now – from tribal makeup at music festivals to dashikis – I get the appeal and I’m all for the unity of Africans regardless of how far back... Continue Reading

5 Easy and Work-Friendly Protective Styles

So, it is a new year, and you are working on a new you all the way down to your protective style.  You are in a rut and want something new (AND easy) for 2016.  Well, look no further.  Here... Continue Reading

26 Beautiful Photos from the Annual Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

The annual Trinidad and Tobago Carnival was held this past Monday and Tuesday in the City of Port-Of-Spain. Masquerade bands, each dressed in its own colorful costume, took to the streets dancing (or, “jumping up”, as its called). The event... Continue Reading

Christina Milian’s 5-Year-Old Daughter Violet Applies Makeup Better Than Some Adults in Cute Instagram Videos

Some of us remember peeking into our mother’s closet, trying on clothes and playing in beauty products. I was playing in my mother’s makeup at age 5 and I’ve been a sucker for it ever since. Of course, I was never... Continue Reading

Why Are Black Women Makeup-Shamed So Heavily?

When Youtube Beauty Vlogger Nikkie Tutorials posted the viral video The Power of Makeup in response to makeup-shaming, the internet lit up. Those in the beauty community have always known of its existence, but Nikkie was the first to really... Continue Reading

[Video] UCLA Gymnast Hits the Quan, Harlem Shakes, Whips and Nae Naes in Incredible Floor Routine

The gymnastics world has no shortage of black women slaying the game. From history-making Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes to trailblazing Gabby Douglas, black women have really set things off in the demanding sport. Enter two college gymnasts at UCLA who... Continue Reading

12 Natural Tapered Cuts According to Face Shape

The tapered haircut is a big chopper’s dream.  The style is sleek, edgy, and instantly gives your face lift. There are, however, many variations to the infamous tapered cut. Deciding which style would most suit your face has a lot... Continue Reading

Fans are Divided on Vanity Fair’s Makeup-Free, Partially Nude Portraits of Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis

Vanity Fair recently released its annual Hollywood Issue which features up-and-comers in the film industry. The cover is beautiful and rightfully includes Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. But it’s the “additional intimate portraits“, shot by famed photographer Annie... Continue Reading

15 Black Cultural References in Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Video You Might Have Missed

Some time in the afternoon of February 6, 2016, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles put out the ‘Formation’ music video, which not only snatched the wigs and edges of many, but also came to rightfully shine as a pro-black, black girl anthem for... Continue Reading

Jeffrey Campbell is Trying to Reinvent the $5 Beauty Supply Slipper

Remember when Urban Outfitters sold old-school hair balls and Murray’s Hair Pomade for a ridiculous price this past summer? Well, shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell is following in those foot steps. This week the company posted this photo and caption on... Continue Reading

The Black Victims of the Holocaust in Nazi Germany

The Holocaust of 1938 to 1945 resulted in the murder of an estimated six million Jews.  However, the Nazi terror did not stop there. As part of Black History Month, we remember the often forgotten black victims of the Holocaust.... Continue Reading

5 Ways To Rock a Bantu Knot Out

Bantu knot outs are a classic in the natural hair community, but there are many ways to take it to the next level. Check out my top 6 ways to rock a bantu knot out. OG Knot Out @Chocolateblackdoll shows... Continue Reading

[Pics] Hijarbie (Hijab Barbie) Is the Cutest Thing on Instagram

Hijarbie is the brainchild of 24-year-old Nigerian medical scientist Haneefah Adam who wanted to see herself reflected in the popular dolls. Adam was inspired after perusing Barbie’s official style account on Instagram. She spoke to Mic.com about it; “It got... Continue Reading