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Save Sundress Season! Rihanna Just Reminded Us of the Summer We're Not Having Save Sundress Season! Rihanna Just Reminded Us of the Summer We're Not Having

If you’ve yet to hear the rumors, Rihanna and Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) are currently filming together in Cuba, as both are reportedly cast members of the upcoming Guava Island, directed by Atlanta and “This Is America” video director Hiro Murai. While we’ve yet to hear any details about a plot or release…

She Got That Glow: Why We're Low-Key Obsessed With Laura Harrier's Ever-Changing Looks She Got That Glow: Why We're Low-Key Obsessed With Laura Harrier's Ever-Changing Looks

We love a girl who keeps us guessing, and when it comes to red carpet looks, BlacKkKlansman star Laura Harrier always does. In fact, she rivals her Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star Zendaya in switching up her look regularly and sometimes, dramatically; especially as her profile (and promotional appearances) have…

Older Is the New Ageless: Angela Bassett Is 60 Today and We Need to Get Our Lives Right Older Is the New Ageless: Angela Bassett Is 60 Today and We Need to Get Our Lives Right

That skin. That smile. That body ... though we’ve certainly said it before, to say Angela Bassett is #agegoals is pretty much the understatement of the century; especially considering the fact that at now 60 years strong, she’s still sexier than many of the starlets in her wake.

A Study in Contrasts: Teyana Taylor & Ruth Negga Stun on Separate September Covers A Study in Contrasts: Teyana Taylor & Ruth Negga Stun on Separate September Covers

What do multihyphenates Teyana Taylor and Ruth Negga have in common? Aside from both being well known and extremely talented black women, it would seem not much ... except the two were both raised as only children, both worked at their crafts for decades before making a major breakthrough, and each is a style icon in…

'I Really Stepped Into Myself': Lena Waithe Says Cutting Her Hair Liberated Her from Gender Norms 'I Really Stepped Into Myself': Lena Waithe Says Cutting Her Hair Liberated Her from Gender Norms

Lena Waithe doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for who she is, how she loves or why she cut her famous locs last month; but the writer, actress and producer graciously gave one to Vanity Fair’s cameras while on the red carpet for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet on Thursday night.

Aja Naomi King Gets Powerful for the Cover of Shape's September Issue Aja Naomi King Gets Powerful for the Cover of Shape's September Issue

“All the things I’m involved in now are about women standing up for themselves,” How to Get Away with Murder’s Aja Naomi King tells Shape magazine as its September issue cover girl.

'Fun, Honest and a Hot Mess Sometimes': Tiffany Haddish Answers Vogue's 73 Questions

Vogue’s “73 Questions” series has given us insight into the habits and tastes of many of our faves, including Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Serena Williams and Tracee Ellis Ross. But the latest star is Tiffany Haddish, which catches the star before an appearance at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York City.

Do You Want More? September 2018 Is Shaping Up to Be a Beautiful Month for Black Women Do You Want More? September 2018 Is Shaping Up to Be a Beautiful Month for Black Women

It’s only the first day of August, but with a slew of September issues featuring black women on their covers, it’s hard not to look forward to a change of season. We’re still seeing new reveals, but already Slick Woods is in full bloom and beaming on Elle UK, Tiffany Haddish is glowing on Glamour, Rihanna is the first…

She's So Colorful: Tiffany Haddish Covers Glamour's September Issue! She's So Colorful: Tiffany Haddish Covers Glamour's September Issue!

September 2018 is officially gonna be lit, y’all. Just when we’d finished gushing in anticipation of Beyoncé’s next Vogue cover—shot by the first black cover photographer in the magazine’s 126-year history—fellow Condé Nast publication Glamour is bringing its own bit of #blackgirlmagic to the table, giving its most…

Madam C.J. Walker Makes It to Netflix: Octavia Spencer to Play America's First Black Beauty Mogul Madam C.J. Walker Makes It to Netflix: Octavia Spencer to Play America's First Black Beauty Mogul

Here’s a television event bound to be binge-worthy: on Sunday, Netflix announced an upcoming limited series event on the life of black hair-care pioneer and self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, starring Octavia Spencer as the famed mogul.

A Joyful Noise! Letitia Wright Covers W Magazine A Joyful Noise! Letitia Wright Covers W Magazine

Letitia Wright may have stolen our hearts as the brilliant and wisecracking princess and little sister Shuri in Black Panther, but it was her performance as an avenging daughter in the gripping “Black Museum” episode in Black Mirror’s fourth season that has earned her a 2018 Primetime Emmy nomination.

Forever Fine: Angela Bassett Proves She's Eternally Bae on the Cover of Porter Magazine  Forever Fine: Angela Bassett Proves She's Eternally Bae on the Cover of Porter Magazine 

Is there anyone more #AgeGoals than Angela Bassett? Twenty-five years after famously sculpting her body into super-toned shape to play music icon Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Bassett’s face remains flawless and her 59-year-old body (she turns 60 in August) is still sleek, muscular, and shown off to…

She Slays: Danai Gurira Is the New Face of Reebok She Slays: Danai Gurira Is the New Face of Reebok

It’s no secret that Danai Gurira’s fiercely-fit frame is #bodygoals, or that the actress, writer and activist is also a force to be reckoned with, stealing scenes in Black Panther and The Walking Dead, and regularly killing it on the red carpet.

Doing the Work: Gabrielle Union Talks Inclusion and the Insidious Influence of Colorism Doing the Work: Gabrielle Union Talks Inclusion and the Insidious Influence of Colorism

Essence Fest is the gift that keeps on giving; the annual celebration of black womanhood, which this year took place from July 5-8 in New Orleans with half a million in attendance, drops gem after gem—many we’re still processing long after the festivities have ended.

Let Love Rule: Zoë Kravitz Is Saint Laurent’s Latest Campaign Star

In the lexicon of cool-girl style, there are very few cooler than double-threat celebrity progeny Zoë Kravitz—that is, unless you consider that she got it from her mama, Lisa Bonet (dad Lenny Kravitz is no slouch, either).

Ladies First: Essence Fest 2018 Took Over NOLA, and We Had FOMO Ladies First: Essence Fest 2018 Took Over NOLA, and We Had FOMO

We wanna be down! While The Root’s own Danielle Young made her way to New Orleans from July 5-8 to party with our sister-girls at the 2018 Essence Music Festival, alas, The Glow Up stayed home to attend to other pertinent business.

Dystopian by Design: Costume Designer Deirdra Govan Isn’t Sorry to Bother You Dystopian by Design: Costume Designer Deirdra Govan Isn’t Sorry to Bother You

Just watching the trailer for Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You is like taking a mini psychedelic trip. The rapper-turned-director’s dystopian fever dream may be set in present-day Oakland, Calif., but explores alternate dimensions as an allegory of the dangers of assimilation. The satirical comedy, which stars…

Uncensored: Alexandra Shipp Attempts to Clarify Those Colorism Comments for Glamour Magazine Uncensored: Alexandra Shipp Attempts to Clarify Those Colorism Comments for Glamour Magazine

Alexandra Shipp will not be censored. The 27-year-old actress was best known for her roles in the 2014 biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and 2015’s Oscar-nominated Straight Outta Compton before being cast as Marvel superhero Storm in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse; but Shipp sparked a storm of her own on social media…

Mona Scott-Young’s Major Keys to Success

Love her or hate her, one thing’s for sure: Mona Scott-Young is a boss.

Happy to Bother You: Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield Serve Up Some Summer Loving in GQ Happy to Bother You: Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield Serve Up Some Summer Loving in GQ

“I was in love with Tessa for the duration of the shoot,” Lakieth Stanfield tells GQ about working with Tessa Thompson on the much-talked-about Boots Riley-directed film, Sorry to Bother You. In anticipation, the two are featured in GQ’s August issue, where they show off the chemistry that won them the roles of…

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