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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.

Nicki Minaj Losing Her Mind Over Chanel Redefines ‘Fashion Obsessed’ Nicki Minaj Losing Her Mind Over Chanel Redefines ‘Fashion Obsessed’

Here at The Glow Up, we’re crazy for fashion, but rapper Nicki Minaj clearly has us beat—by a mile. The artist, who recently told Elle magazine “All I do is wear Chanel,” had a Christmas morning moment in July when gifts arrived from the famed French fashion house, filled with as-yet-to-be released goodies from its…

Does Drake’s Scorpion Album Have Any Sting? Does Drake’s Scorpion Album Have Any Sting?

Drake needs a woman who’s going to make him happy.

You Gotta Put Me On: For the Artists Who Haven’t Quite Reached Mainstream Success but Are Killing the Game You Gotta Put Me On: For the Artists Who Haven’t Quite Reached Mainstream Success but Are Killing the Game

When black people who are musically inclined choose to pursue a career as an artist, they are proclaiming that they not only believe in their talent but also don’t subscribe to the conventional ways of making an American dream a reality. These people are dreamers with thick skin. Rejection is palpable when you choose…

Blakanda and the Beautiful: The Best, the Boldest and the Bad(dest) Looks of the 2018 BET Awards Blakanda and the Beautiful: The Best, the Boldest and the Bad(dest) Looks of the 2018 BET Awards

“Blakanda” was the theme, and black Hollywood didn’t disappoint at the 2018 BET Awards Sunday night, when black excellence took center stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Since several of our Root crew were in attendance, we left it to them to fill you in on all the details about the show, while we’ll do…

Fade 2 Focused: Why Teyana Taylor Turned Off IG to Turn Up for Her New Album Fade 2 Focused: Why Teyana Taylor Turned Off IG to Turn Up for Her New Album

Fun fact: We still haven’t gotten used to the idea of Teyana Taylor being grown.

Freedom Over Fear: Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s Freedom Issue Freedom Over Fear: Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s Freedom Issue

You strip away the makeup, the costumes and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.

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