Culture

[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

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

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

[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

Unaware of Jamaican Patois, Critics Blast Rihanna For Speaking “Gibberish” On Her New Single ‘Work’

Some Americans are not at all happy with Rihanna’s new single Work. The futuristic Caribbean song has gotten generally great reviews, but some have blasted the singer for speaking “gibberish.” Here is a sampling of reviews: From The Gizzle Review;... Continue Reading

From Rotating Sprinklers to the Fire Escape; 50 Things You Didn’t Know Black People Invented

When people speak of the contributions African Americans have made to society, they tend to center on dance, sports and music. But our contributions extend way beyond that. Here are 50 things African American inventors created, patented and/or significantly improved.... Continue Reading

Indian Publications Don’t Agree on Whether Beyonce Was Engaged in Cultural Appropriation

Imagine that you are watching the latest video from a white pop star dressed head to toe in the style of a culture not their own. It happens all the time… Take Katy Perry for instance. The typical assumption is... Continue Reading

[Pic] RHOA’s Kandi Burruss Breastfeeds New Baby Ace While Getting Her Hair Washed

Kandi Burruss knows about that new mom multi-tasking struggle! The Atlanta peach, who gave birth to son Ace on January 6, shared a funny photo of her breastfeeding while getting her hair washed. This #breastfeeding stuff is no joke. @sewjodie... Continue Reading

#RepresentationMatters: 4 Adorable Pics of Black Boys Channeling Finn from Star Wars

The most recent Star Wars film The Force Awakens puts diversity in the forefront with the casting of newcomer John Boyega as the lead. In the wake of this announcement, there was much discourse among fans of the Star Wars franchise.... Continue Reading

How One Black Woman Went from Looking Down on Africans to Relocating to Accra, Ghana

Africa consists of 47 nations, is the most natural-resources-rich continent in the world and produces the most highly-educated immigrants to America. But sample the latest Western media portrayals of Africa and you won’t hear any of that. This is part... Continue Reading

My Experience as a Black Mother Raising Bi-Racial Kids

In an interview given recently, Taye Diggs said he doesn’t want his son to be called black, instead encouraging people to call his son what he is: biracial. As a black woman raising two beautiful biracial children, I disagree. I... Continue Reading

[Pics] Tia Mowry Embraces Her Recent Weight Gain Despite Internet Hate

Tia Mowry is refusing to let Hollywood’s twisted perceptions of acceptable beauty change the way she sees herself. After debuting her new cooking show Tia Mowry at Home, the 36-year-old actress gained what she described as “10, 15 pounds”. She... Continue Reading

[Pic] This Surprising Ad Reveals that in 1982 ‘Waves’ Were Marketed to the Entire Black Family

Black folk have grappled with their natural hair texture for a long time. Told by forces within and outside of our culture that our coils are just too tight and need to be loosened we’ve come up with quite a... Continue Reading

[Pics] Supermodel Jourdan Dunn Rocks a TWA on the Cover of Vogue Brasil

Vogue Brasil just announced supermodel Jourdan Dunn is covering their February issue. Dunn always gives us fierce looks but this time she’s also serving a fierce TWA. This is particularly meaningful given that Afro Brazilians are asserting themselves in Brazilian... Continue Reading