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

Woman Who Originated #BlackGirlMagic Speaks Out: ‘Round the Way Girls are Being Left Out’

Cashawn Thompson is responsible for making ‘Black Girl Magic’ a mainstream expression. In a 2015 LA Times interview she explained why she started using the hashtag on Twitter in 2013; “I say ‘magic’ because it’s something that people don’t always... Continue Reading

[Pics] Hundreds Attend the Cape Town Natural Hair Festival in South Africa

The Cape Town Natural Hair Festival, held on December 18, is a beautiful reminder that the normalization of natural hair continues globally. The event was organized by Cape Town Naturally, a group dedicated to celebrating and educating about natural hair.... Continue Reading

9 Soft Pink Lipsticks for Black Women with Dark Skin

Pink can be a difficult lipstick color to purchase when you have dark skin. This typically leaves us with two choices — 1) rock it “bold and proud” OR 2) avoid the color altogether. However, there is a third option for those... Continue Reading

[Pic] ‘Slavery Was Legal, Can You Blame Them?’ School Assignment Encouraging Black 9 yo to Rationalize Slavery Goes Viral

Blacks in America are still feeling the well-documented effects of slavery, Jim Crow and racist housing, education and banking policies. And yet, in American classrooms across the country, educators continue to instruct black children to minimize or ignore slavery altogether.... Continue Reading

[Pics] “I Just Want People to See the Real Me” Eva Marcille Stuns in Rolling Out Magazine

Eva Marcille has grown a lot. She shot into public view 13 years ago as winner of cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model, an LA woman with a stunning look and a tough attitude to match. Now she is... Continue Reading

10 Makeup Brands With Diverse Foundations for Brown Skin

It’s no secret that the cosmetics industry doesn’t necessarily have the best relationship with black women. It seems like there is a new issue every week, with brands either ignoring or disrespecting black consumers in a variety of ways. The... Continue Reading

[Video] National Geographic Releases Incredible Footage of Self-Sustaining All-Black 1920s Town

As black hubs all over the country struggle against gentrification and rising housing prices, it’s heartening to remember that, for a moment of American history, blacks were actively creating self-contained and self-sustaining communities. The southern state of Oklahoma was a... Continue Reading

Mary J. Blige Posts Age-Defying Bikini Pic for Her 46th Birthday

Mary J. Blige isn’t letting her issue-plagued divorce from Kendu Isaacs keep her down. The day after her 46th birthday, the singer posted a picture to Instagram wearing a bright yellow bikini with the simple caption “#MOOD”. The look is... Continue Reading

‘Colorism Activist’ Plans to Launch Magazine That Will Only Feature Dark-Skinned Women

A self-described “colorism activist” who posts online under the moniker Chrissie is planning to launch a magazine featuring only dark-skinned women. Chrissie is currently raising money for the magazine, to be named Divine Dark Skin, and is at $1300 of... Continue Reading