“To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried,” said Serena Williams on Saturday afternoon, after her heartbreaking Wimbledon loss to German Angelique Kerber. Admirably, Williams made it all the way to the final round of the famed tennis tournament less than a year after giving birth to daughter…
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.
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.
Amazon Prime Day officially kicks off on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EDT, but as many of us steadfast Prime members know, great deals are already available—including some exclusive beauty finds.
The category is: “season two.”
2008 was a very interesting year. A massive recession hit mid-summer, a writer’s strike paralyzed Hollywood, Barack Obama was elected, and the 2018 CFDA [Fashion] Influencer honoree Kim Kardashian looked like this:
Updated: Thursday, July 12, at 9:45 p.m. EDT: As promised, we’re back with details: the color-blocked blouse Bey was rocking is from French fashion house Céline and the studded denim cutoffs are from Coal N’ Terry Vintage, creators of her Beychella cutoffs. The red cat-eyed sunglasses are from Illesteva.
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:10 p.m. EDT: According to TMZ, Minaj did not send a gift, after all—or at least, not one from Petit Trésor. Despite multiple reports that a source from the boutique had confirmed the gift, TMZ reports:
“We are not post-racial—at all,” White House correspondent April Ryan told an Essence Festival audience during a panel last Saturday. “But when you dig into the weeds ... it’s beyond race; it’s now going down to the black woman. It’s a deliberate attack on the black woman.”
They aren’t bamboo earrings (at least two pair), but jewelry designer Simone I. Smith (wife of James Todd Smith, also known as LL Cool J) recently launched a new collection with close friend and multihyphenate icon Mary J. Blige.
The Fenty Effect can’t stop, won’t stop; and thankfully, it now doesn’t cost $34 to find your perfect foundation match, as less than a year after Fenty Beauty’s groundbreaking 40-shade launch, it now feels almost requisite for other cosmetics brands to get into the act.
Every so often, someone says exactly what we’re thinking about a certain issue, saving us the trouble. Today, that person was comedian, actress and 2017 Root 100 honoree Franchesca Ramsey (aka “Chescaleigh”), who can now add “mind reader” to her lengthy resume, since she succinctly summed up our thoughts on Forbes…
“This was not an easy decision,” Adrienne Banfield-Norris tearfully says at the open of the latest episode of daughter Jada Pinkett Smith’s series, Red Table Talk. “It’s difficult to talk about something that is gonna go out to the world.”
As you by now likely know, our favorite regular, shmegular, degular diva, Cardi B, announced that she’s officially a mom by posting a never-before-seen pregnancy pic to Instagram on Wednesday morning with the simple caption “Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18.”
Here’s a long-overdue moment: retailer J. Crew, which has built its brand success upon creating iconically American fashion, is finally making a significant gesture to include the 68 percent of American women who wear a size 14 or above. In collaboration with “fashion freedom” brand Universal Standard, J.Crew is now…
There’s a reason Tarana Burke is so often featured on our #WomanCrushWednesday: the activist and #MeToo movement founder consistently does the work of advocacy and uplift for black women and girls, a fact she made sure to remind attendees of the “I’m Woke, Now What?” panel at the 2018 Essence Festival, as reported by …
Breaking Bey News: Memorably, Beyoncé broke the festival format wide open this year at Coachella Beychella, when she performed two epic 24-song sets backed by a college marching band and wearing an all-Balmain wardrobe, personally designed by creative director Olivier Rousteing.
Here’s what I’m doing on my summer vacation: writing hundreds of posts for The Glow Up, maybe fitting in a trip or two to midwestern meccas in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Iowa to catch up with the fam, catching a few free concerts in the park in Chicago and intermittently catching a few rays at my building’s pool or while…
Updated: Tuesday, July 1o, 2018, 4:14 p.m. EDT: We spoke too soon! In a dynamic quick change, the Duchess of Sussex, who appeared at Tuesday morning’s Royal Air Force centennial celebration wearing a custom-made dress by Dior, came through with a very “Emerald Isle”-appropriate burst of color in the afternoon, donning…
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).