17 Stunning Images of Black Women During the Harlem Renaissance Era

The Harlem Renaissance was a rebirth of African American culture and art in the wake of slavery, which had ended just 50 years prior. Occurring from 1918 through the 1930s and first coined the New Negro Movement, the Harlem Renaissance... Continue Reading

We Went to Amber Rose’s SlutWalk and it Was Awesome

Amber Rose’s long-awaited SlutWalk happened in Los Angeles yesterday and it delivered on its promise of making a strong statement against woman shaming. The event is particularly poignant given that Rose has been consistently skewered in the press and on... Continue Reading

Black Mississippi Man Reinvents the Hooded Dryer After Witnessing Wife’s Struggle

I think it’s safe to say that sitting under a hooded dryer is not a pleasant experience. Your neck is uncomfortable, you can’t move your head freely and we’ve all done the ‘ear bend’ to keep from getting burned. On... Continue Reading

In This Dominican Village, Girls Biologically Turn Into Boys at Age 12

This is not science fiction. It’s a fascinating case of genetics! In the Dominican Republic village of Salinas babies are born with no visible penis or testes, and what appears to be a vagina. As puberty sets in around age... Continue Reading

10 Stunning Photos of Black Albinos from the #InMySkinIWin Campaign, Celebrating Albino Beauty

Albinism is a congenital disorder that removes pigment from the skin, hair and eyes. It occurs worldwide but has particularly high occurrences among certain African ethnic groups; The prevalence of albinism in some ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa is around... Continue Reading

Black Women Are Being Trolled on Tinder

Online dating is challenging for all women, but black women in particular have a rough time. Negative stereotypes seem to inform how black women are approached — or whether they are approached at all. In an eye-opening article for Continue Reading

America’s Oldest Culture Directly Descended from West Africa is in Danger of Extinction

Admittedly, the first thing many people think of when they hear the term “Gullah,” is a memory from the popular 90s Nickelodeon children’s show, Gullah Gullah Island. Although, this was a show made for kids it was based on the... Continue Reading

Mattel, Why Isn’t the Zendaya Doll Available for Purchase?

Over the weekend, my Twitter timeline and Facebook newsfeed were both flooded with praise for Mattel for their production of Zendaya Coleman’s gorgeous 2015 Oscars look, faux locs and all. The doll presents Mattel with an opportunity to join the... Continue Reading

North West’s Growing Curly Fro is Adorable

Say what you want about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, they have one cute and spirited kid! The adorable and stylish tot makes regular appearances on her mother’s Instagram account and we are loving her mop of springy curls. Kardashian... Continue Reading

‘To Be Black in a Country That Idealizes Mixedness is Rough’: Growing Up Black in Trinidad

By Ayana Malaika Crichlow for The Huffington Post I grew up in Trinidad in the 80s and 90s as a black girl child. To be black in a country that idealizes the curly hair and mixed ethnicity aesthetic, is rough... Continue Reading

Does Zendaya’s Oscars Barbie Contribute to the Erasure of Black Women with Real Locs?

It’s a moment that’s been seared into pop culture history. Then 18-year-old Zendaya Coleman showed up to the Oscars in a Vivienne Westwood gown and faux locs decorated with hair jewelry. The look was representative of the starlet’s style diversity... Continue Reading

The Real History of Black Native Americans

*Editor’s note: The original title of this piece included a playful reference to African Americans erroneously claiming to have ‘Indian in their family’. Many of our commenters rightfully found this title offensive and dismissive of the many African Americans who... Continue Reading

[Video] Melanin Rich Skin Appears Almost Flawless Under UltraViolet Camera

When people off the street volunteered to be filmed with an ultraviolet camera by photographer and filmmaker Thomas Leveritt, they had no idea what they were in for. Men and women, young and old, of various ethnicities were photographed and subsequently shocked... Continue Reading

Meet Dr Jedidah Isler: The First Black Woman to Graduate from Yale with a PhD in Astrophysics

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jedidah Isler at a mutual friend’s wedding this summer.  She was so humble, that I had no idea I was meeting the first black woman to graduate from Yale with a PhD in... Continue Reading

From The Ironing Board to Space: #ItWasABlackWoman Spotlights Black Woman Inventors and Innovators

A couple of days ago, the internet was ablaze for the quarterly #blackout day dedicated to celebrating black beauty. Shortly thereafter, the #itwasablackwoman hashtag appeared. Twitter user @WhoisSizzle stated he wanted to create the hashtage to celebrate the accomplishments of... Continue Reading