Hidden Figures Director Says He Fictionalized a Scene to Create a White Hero Moment

Hidden Figures is breaking box office records and illuminating incredible black woman history that has, it seems, been purposefully left out of the history books. The true story of how black mathematicians Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson’s... Continue Reading

Yara Shahidi, Whose Father is Iranian, Writes About How the Muslim Ban Would Have Affected Her Family

Yara Shahidi’s mother Keri is African American and father Afshin is a native of Iran, one of the countries included in Donald Trump’s ban of nationals from majority-Muslim countries. As protests against the ban erupted across the country Shahidi wrote... Continue Reading

The Clapback Chronicles: Here’s What Happened When a Troll Said Beyonce Should Stop Wearing White People’s Hair

We’re officially in the Trump era, and one of the ways black people are resisting is wit, humor and the art of the clapback. We’re starting ‘the clapback chronicles’ to document instances where trolls and generally uniformed people try it,... Continue Reading

[Pics] Black Woman Artist Reimagines Black Cinema Posters With Popular Cartoon Characters

The SAG Awards were full of magic this past weekend, recognizing films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and Fences. And recently, Atlanta was recognized during the Golden Globes. We’re happy to see more diversity during awards season, and to add a... Continue Reading

These Stylists are Behind Some of Your Favorite Celebrity Natural Hair Glo Ups

Over the past few years there’s been a steady increase in celebrities rocking natural styles on the red carpet (this previously was very rare.) It is a joy to see beautiful, intricate and graceful natural styles have such high visibility.... Continue Reading

Marvel Comics Unveils Beyonce ‘Lemonade’ Inspired Cover

Marvel is getting in formation with its latest comic book cover featuring queer teen superhero Miss America (America Chavez.) The cover, unveiled on artist Joe Quinones’ Twitter account, shows Chavez in an American flag themed outfit, a matching hat covering... Continue Reading

[Video] Gorgeous New Ivy Park Ad Features Selah Marley, Yara Shahidi, SZA and Chole x Halle

In an incredible harnessing of black girl magic the new ad for Beyonce’s athleisure line Ivy Park, features singer SZA, Lauryn Hill progeny Selah Marley, actress Yara Shahidi and Beyonce proteges Chloe x Halle. The one minute ad includes snippets... Continue Reading

Vintage Photo Shows Rosa Parks Taking Down Her Waist-Length Hair at Night

The common image of Rosa Parks is a bespectacled woman with hair pulled back. But Parks’ had waist-length hair that she did not reveal publicly. Political science professor Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, discusses... Continue Reading

Michael Jackson’s Daughter Paris Explains Why She Identifies as Black

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and in her first in-depth interview, the heiress to the Jackson fortune gives a surprisingly candid look at her life, including how she identifies racially. Paris’ mother, Debbie Rowe,... Continue Reading

8 Ways Black People Made Oscar History This Year

The list of 2017 Academy Awards nominees, announced Tuesday, is diverse and unprecedented. In fact, this Oscar season is record-breaking for black cinema. Not only are the nominated black films true American masterpieces, they are individually unique and show how multifaceted... Continue Reading

Issa Rae Is the Definition of Slay in Elle Magazine

Issa Rae had a stellar 2016 — from the critically acclaimed debut of Insecure to her Golden Globe nomination. And now she’s starting off 2017 with a bang. She is the definition of “slay” in a photoshoot for Elle USA‘s... Continue Reading

‘It Rubbed Salt in a Very Deep Wound in Our Community’; Woman from Lance Gross’ Infamous Holiday Photo Speaks Out

Over the holiday a couples photo of Lance Gross, his wife Rebecca and their friends went viral, sparking widespread debate on color and gender. In the photo, Gross and Rebecca sit with three other couples, all featuring light-skinned women. At... Continue Reading

The End of Her ‘No Makeup’ Movement? Alicia Keys Admits That She Wears Makeup

Alicia Keys is… still talking about makeup. Back in May, the singer made a strong anti-makeup statement in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter that came across to many as makeup-shaming. “Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when... Continue Reading

When Welfare Queens Were White

I will never forget doing a group project in high school and being the only woman of color. The team consisted mostly of middle class white guys who were cool for the most part. But on occasion they weren’t. They... Continue Reading

Baby Beyonce is Blue Ivy’s Twin in This Throwback Photo

Exhibit A: Baby Beyonce Exhibit B: Blue Ivy in July 2016 Blue Ivy in September 2015 Conclusion? Twinsies! Continue Reading