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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.

Lizzo Covers Teen Vogue and We’re in Love (Again) Lizzo Covers Teen Vogue and We’re in Love (Again)

Fun fact: Every few months, I play this game with my co-workers where I excitedly mention the singer and rapper known as Lizzo, and they all play like they have no idea who I’m talking about, despite likely hearing her music on about half a dozen commercials daily (“Worship,” anyone?). Then I hit them with a link to…

The Pop Up: Once You Hear the Voice of Roc Nation’s Darling, Victory Boyd, You’ll Realize Why Jay-Z Loves Her

Victory Boyd is Roc Nation’s newest darling. She’s a young black queen from New Jersey by way of Detroit. In fact, Victory’s dad, John Boyd (who came with her to The Root’s office) founded the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit. Why am I telling you about Victory’s dad before I tell you more about her? It’s because the…

Chloe x Halle Cover Teen Vogue and Take Us through the Playlist of Their Lives (and Ours) Chloe x Halle Cover Teen Vogue and Take Us through the Playlist of Their Lives (and Ours)

It’s fun proving people wrong. Even with our music, early on when we were even much younger, people sometimes said our music should be more simple, more digestible, but my sister and I, we just pushed through together and we’re like, “Bam. We’re gonna do what we want to do.” — Chloe Bailey

The Pop Up: Sol Development’s ‘Helicopter’ Is a Haunting Tale of Police Brutality in America

The Root is celebrating Black Music Month with stories that dig into the soul of black artistry and with The Pop Up, our new video series featuring in-office performances from black artists we adore. Sol Development are our first performing artists for The Pop Up, and they do not disappoint.

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Tierra Whack Invites Us Into Her ‘Whack World’

Any video that starts with elaborate nail art is likely a good fit for The Glow Up, so we have to thank commenter “Monkeypox0104” for suggesting this week’s Anthem of the Week, Tierra Whack’s 15-minute audiovisual medley “Whack World.”

Spell It Out: Rico Nasty Debuts a New Mixtape With ‘Nasty’ Edges Spell It Out: Rico Nasty Debuts a New Mixtape With ‘Nasty’ Edges

Rico Nasty announced that she’s releasing her new project, Nasty, on the ’gram. The mixtape is set to release June 15, and when fans saw the cover, they were shook. Rico, whose style is ever changing, was rocking nasty edges—literally.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on Cover of Cultured Magazine as a Black Panther Power Couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on Cover of Cultured Magazine as a Black Panther Power Couple

Alicia Keys-Dean and her producer hubby Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean look like a true power couple on the cover of Cultured Magazine. Black Power, that is.

Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists? Is Black Music the Well Many Other Artists Drink From and Profit From More Than Black Artists?

What is black music? For many, it’s soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop and essentially all genres of music that reflect roots in blackness. But the industry doesn’t hear us. Music is very much a culture of “We make it, they take it.” We’ve seen it throughout history in the theft of everything we exclusively create within music,…

What a (Wo)Man! The 2018 Billboard Awards Were Dedicated to the Ladies What a (Wo)Man! The 2018 Billboard Awards Were Dedicated to the Ladies

“Hey, ladies—all the ladies—louder now, help me out. Come on, all the ladies ... ” 

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Ivy Sole’s ‘Life’

Life is short, life is simple Life is joy, life is pain Life is wonderful, and terrible But it’s beautiful, and love’s the same

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Prince’s ‘I Wish U Heaven’

You didn’t think we forgot, did you? Admittedly, it’s been a busy week here at The Glow Up, with the GLAAD Awards, a lingerie line from Rihanna and the questionable Catholic imagination of the Met Gala (oh my!). Frankly, we’re ready to slow it down for the weekend, so we thought we’d start by going classic, and…

Azealia Banks Hates Bath Bombs but Clearly Loves Glitter Bombs, and We Have Questions

Just when we thought Kanye West was going to cause the most confusion this week, Azealia Banks popped up to give us another dose of her special brand of “Huh?” with an “Over/Under” video for Pitchfork as part of the promotional rounds for her new single and bona fide bop, “Anna Wintour.”

Janelle Monáe Says Dirty Computer Is a Soundtrack for Carefree Black Women Who Are ‘Beautiful as Fuck’ Janelle Monáe Says Dirty Computer Is a Soundtrack for Carefree Black Women Who Are ‘Beautiful as Fuck’

I woke up this morning to headlines of Janelle Monáe coming out as a “queer black woman.” Sure, this is something many of us speculated about and indulged over once we peeped the visuals for her new album, Dirty Computer, but to have the CEO, record label owner, CoverGirl, artist and actual black girl magician open up…

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