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The Crossover Queen: Cardi B Is Named ‘Star of the Year’ by People en Español The Crossover Queen: Cardi B Is Named ‘Star of the Year’ by People en Español

They like it like that! Continuing her world domination, Cardi B has gotten the nod from People en Español, who named her 2018’s Star of Year.

A Prince Documentary Is in the Works at Netflix—with Ava DuVernay at the Helm A Prince Documentary Is in the Works at Netflix—with Ava DuVernay at the Helm

“Black excellence” is a phrase oft-used at The Root, but we’re not sure it’s quite adequate to describe this news: In the midst of completing her highly anticipated drama for Netflix, The Central Park Five, Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay is also in production on another documentary for the…

‘Sis Said No’: Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj for Using Unauthorized Sample ‘Sis Said No’: Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj for Using Unauthorized Sample

I guess it’s safe to say Tracy Chapman isn’t a Nicki Minaj fan. According to TMZ, the multiple Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter is suing the “Barbie Dreamz” rapper, alleging that Minaj illegally used the song “Baby, Can I Hold You (Tonight)” for her unreleased single, “Sorry,” featuring Nas.

Missy Elliott’s Ready to Get Us Dancing Again: Teases New Music for 2019  Missy Elliott’s Ready to Get Us Dancing Again: Teases New Music for 2019 

Twenty-nineteen is about to be titled the “Year of Dance,” because Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is coming back with new music after almost 15 years.

We Gon' Let Taylor Break Her Lil' Record, But the 2018 American Music Awards Show Belonged to Us  We Gon' Let Taylor Break Her Lil' Record, But the 2018 American Music Awards Show Belonged to Us 

Real talk? We knew what the 2018 American Music Awards were gonna be about before the first statuette had even been awarded. The intention of the evening was made clear the second it was announced that Taylor Swift only needed three more wins to unseat the much-beloved late, great Whitney Houston as the female artist…

Made for Now? 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include Janet Jackson and LL Cool J Made for Now? 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Include Janet Jackson and LL Cool J

Will this be the year Janet Jackson finally gets her due as one of the most important icons in music? After four prior nominations, will LL Cool J be formally recognized as one of hip-hop’s pioneers? And nearly 40 years after their last platinum-selling release, Masterjam, will Rufus and Chaka Khan finally take their…

NFL Picks Maroon 5 For Super Bowl in America's Biggest Black Music Scene Because... Of Course NFL Picks Maroon 5 For Super Bowl in America's Biggest Black Music Scene Because... Of Course

In keeping with its trend of appeasing fans who believe God so loved the world he gave us his only begotten son whose name is either Tom Brady or Donald Trump, the National Football League decided to overlook the 1,203,034 musical acts in Atlanta, Ga. and announced that Maroon 5 will perform at halftime of Super Bowl…

Made for Now: Janet Jackson's Beauty Is Eternal on October's InStyle Made for Now: Janet Jackson's Beauty Is Eternal on October's InStyle

They said it wouldn’t last, we had to prove them wrong: Fresh off the historic wave of melanated magnificence on September covers around the world, a new crop of black beauties of is greeting us for October, as epitomized by Janet Jackson on the cover of InStyle magazine’s Beauty Issue.

You Had 'One Job': A Mesmerizing Release From Rising Artist TeaMarrr Disrupts the Dollhouse

Hell hath no fury like a doll scorned—that’s the plot of the deliciously innovative video for Haitian-American singer-songwriter TeaMarrr’s debut single “One Job,” which The Glow Up is delighted to exclusively premiere a day ahead of its Friday release.

AfroPunk Brooklyn 2018 Was an Explosion of Style AfroPunk Brooklyn 2018 Was an Explosion of Style

Every year like clockwork, the ultimate young black reunion takes place on the lawns of Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, as all the stylish friends you wish you had come out stunting in their bright, bold, and very unapologetically black street style, ready to mosh and sway the hot evenings away.

'We Want H.E.R': R&B's Newest Star Talks Fame with Vogue, Takes Stage at AfroPunk

She may seem to hide behind sunglasses, but 21-year-old Gabi Wilson—better known as H.E.R.—has made it her mission to be at ease in the spotlight, as she told Vogue while prepping for last weekend’s AfroPunk festival in her home base of Brooklyn, NY.

Face-Off: What Did Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Have in Common at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards? Face-Off: What Did Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Have in Common at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards?

If there’s one event I look forward to every year, it’s the MTV Video Music Awards—I’ma let you finish, but hear me out on this: While the Grammys may be the highest echelon of music ceremony, rivaled only by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, no event has annually given us as many memorable performances and…

'R-E-S-P-E-C-T': Aretha Created a Women’s Anthem Out of a Song Written for a Man

If you grew up a lover of soul music, you know that today, Aug. 16, 2018, is a day to honor the memory of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.

A Good Look: Singer Leon Bridges Collaborates on a Limited-Edition Sunglass Collection A Good Look: Singer Leon Bridges Collaborates on a Limited-Edition Sunglass Collection

It’s probably safe to say that Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is having a very good year. His acclaimed 2018 sophomore studio album Good Thing debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts, and he’s currently touring some of the most acclaimed venues in the country. Now, the vintage-obsessed singer is…

Lauryn Hill, Style Icon? 20 Years After Miseducation, the Singer Fronts Her First Fashion Campaign

I love Lauryn Hill’s music. Like many of you, I grew up with her—in tandem with her, really; when Lauryn and I were both 18, our black student union booked a then relatively-unknown New Jersey rap group called the Fugees to perform in the cafeteria of our small liberal arts college in New York. And when I was trying…

'She Broke Me': Cardi B Gets Real About Being a New Mom

There are certain life events you simply can’t comprehend until you’ve experienced them—as Cardi B recently discovered when she gave birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus on July 10. Since the blessed event, Cardi has reluctantly cancelled her tour with Bruno Mars, and in a recent series of IG stories, explains…

In His Shoes: Lenny Kravitz Shows Off Collectibles From His Idols for GQ

Aside from being a bona fide rock star, Lenny Kravitz is known as a man of style. In addition to his own incredible personal aesthetic, he’s also the creative force behind Kravitz Design, which has created and collaborated on everything from sunglasses to hotel suites to a collection of furniture for CB2.

The Pop Up: pineappleCITI Just Might Be Your New Favorite Rapper

Some say hip-hop is an overstuffed musical genre. That’s both a gift and a curse because it means there’s a variety of ways to express yourself as a hip-hop artist. And that’s what rapper pineappleCITI loves about music—self expression.

Dapper in Dior, Married in Marchesa: How Pusha T and His Bride Tied the Knot in Classic Style Dapper in Dior, Married in Marchesa: How Pusha T and His Bride Tied the Knot in Classic Style

It’s not every day that one of the most savage lyricists in hip-hop gets sweet and sentimental, but that’s what happened on Saturday evening when Terrence Thornton—better known as Pusha T—married longtime girlfriend Virginia Joy Williams at the historic Cavalier Hotel in their hometown of Virginia Beach, Va.

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.

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