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‘Helpful’ or an ‘Unhealthy Relationship’? Jada Admits Past Preoccupation with Porn on a Revealing Red Table Talk ‘Helpful’ or an ‘Unhealthy Relationship’? Jada Admits Past Preoccupation with Porn on a Revealing Red Table Talk

What’s your relationship with porn—and how might it be affecting your real-life relationships?

Big Beauty Tuesday: Fake It ’Til You Bake It With Prime Beauty’s ‘Brownzers’ Big Beauty Tuesday: Fake It ’Til You Bake It With Prime Beauty’s ‘Brownzers’

I’m sick of waiting for warm weather to arrive. I don’t know what the temps are in your part of the U.S. (or abroad), but a current look at Chicago’s local forecast is a smooth 51 degrees—that’s right, an actual degree cooler than when I checked in with you guys last week!

After Backlash, Nike Puts Protections for Pregnant Athletes in Writing After Backlash, Nike Puts Protections for Pregnant Athletes in Writing

Protections for their pregnant athletes? After facing criticism for not including allowances for maternity and postnatal leave in its sponsorship contracts, Nike has decided to “just do it.”

A Pose for Pride: Indya Moore Gets Revealing in Calvin Klein’s Latest Underwear Campaign

Pose changed the landscape of television last year, debuting with the largest cast and crew of trans talent in television history, both on and behind the scenes. And it’s proven a game changer for breakout star Indya Moore (purported preferred pronouns they/them/their), who has not only won hearts with their portrayal…

Gift, or Gimmick? What's the Deal with Pür’s 100-Shade Foundation Debut? Gift, or Gimmick? What's the Deal with Pür’s 100-Shade Foundation Debut?

Does size really matter? When it comes to which cosmetic company has the most diverse foundation range, apparently so. Since 2017’s 40-shade Fenty Beauty launch, we’ve watched company after company attempt to match or exceed their all-inclusive ethos (thanks, Rihanna), with occasionally deeply disappointing results…

Billy Porter Does It Again: The Pose Star Wears Upcycled, Gender Fluid Glamour to the 2019 Peabody Awards Billy Porter Does It Again: The Pose Star Wears Upcycled, Gender Fluid Glamour to the 2019 Peabody Awards

If you’re anything like me, you are counting down the days until Pose returns for its second season on FX. But until that happy day arrives, the cast has been giving us no shortage of red carpet drama (see: the Met Gala), most recently at Saturday night’s 78th annual Peabody Awards.

The Newest Face of Fenty: Amandla Stenberg Lends Their Beauty to Rihanna’s All-Inclusive Brand The Newest Face of Fenty: Amandla Stenberg Lends Their Beauty to Rihanna’s All-Inclusive Brand

“BEAUTY FOR ALL ... and more to come,” Amandla Stenberg (who uses the pronouns “they/them/their”) captioned a mysterious Instagram post last week, featuring their luminous face reflected in a rearview mirror. The image presumably teases an upcoming campaign for Fenty Beauty, which also got a “thank u” from The Hate U…

In Love and War: Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket Weighs the Price of Freedom In Love and War: Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket Weighs the Price of Freedom

It’s funny how the more things change, the more they say the same. Friday, May 17, marked 65 years to the day of the Brown v. the Board of Education ruling—a bittersweet anniversary, as civil and human rights continue to be rolled back across America and deep inequities for black and brown people persist with no…

Lookin' Good as Hell: Lizzo Leads the Charge on June Magazine Covers! Lookin' Good as Hell: Lizzo Leads the Charge on June Magazine Covers!

Is summer here yet? As I find myself shopping for a lightweight-but-substantial spring coat (it’s currently 52 degrees in Chicago on this here May the 17th), clearly not. But our constant girl crush Lizzo is bringing the heat on not one, but two covers ripe for the season, starring on both Essence’s digital June issue…

A Year in the Life: Meghan and Harry Celebrate Their 1st Anniversary—With Help from Gayle King A Year in the Life: Meghan and Harry Celebrate Their 1st Anniversary—With Help from Gayle King

*Sung in Tony! Toni! Toné! harmony* Do you know what today Sunday is? It’s their anniversary...

Trauma, Meet Tyranny: If You Thought the Georgia Abortion Bill Couldn’t Get Worse, Consider How It Could Impact Women Who Miscarry Trauma, Meet Tyranny: If You Thought the Georgia Abortion Bill Couldn’t Get Worse, Consider How It Could Impact Women Who Miscarry

And they scoffed at us when we said The Handmaid’s Tale was prescient—or maybe, they were actually smirking.

The Biggest Party of the Year, Made Even Better—Essence Fest Just Booked Our Forever First Lady! The Biggest Party of the Year, Made Even Better—Essence Fest Just Booked Our Forever First Lady!

What a time to be alive—and what a year to be at Essence Fest! The annual convention of black girl magic just announced a major coup: Essence’s December/January cover girl, Michelle Obama will be making her Essence Fest debut on July 6, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome!

Not Again, Gucci: Despite Recent Efforts, the Italian Luxury Label Faces More Charges of Cultural Insensitivity Not Again, Gucci: Despite Recent Efforts, the Italian Luxury Label Faces More Charges of Cultural Insensitivity

“If we made a mistake, I was the person who made the mistake,” Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri told the Washington Post last week, reflecting on “Blackface-gate.”

Surprising No One, Georgetown Study Confirms Previous Findings on Adultification Bias—By Listening to Black Women and Girls Surprising No One, Georgetown Study Confirms Previous Findings on Adultification Bias—By Listening to Black Women and Girls

In 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity released Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood (pdf), providing concrete data that adults typically perceive black girls, particularly those aged 5 to 14, to be more “adult-like” and less…

Behind Picket Fences: In Sam Kebede’s EthiopianAmerica, the American Dream Masks a Common Nightmare Behind Picket Fences: In Sam Kebede’s EthiopianAmerica, the American Dream Masks a Common Nightmare

There is palpable energy prior to a theatrical production; a current of excitement that buzzes through an audience anticipating new work on the stage. At the press night for EthiopianAmerica, the newest production from the Chicago-based Definition Theatre Company staged at Victory Gardens, there was also a profound…

Nike Says ‘Just Do It’—But for the Women They Sponsor, Does ‘It’ Include Pregnancy?

Alysia Montaño is more than a track star; she’s an Olympian and three-time U.S. national champion. And when she chose to compete while eight months pregnant with her first child in 2014, she also earned the moniker “the pregnant runner.”

With a New Collection for Superfit Hero, ‘Running Fat Chef’ Latoya Shauntay Snell Continues to Redefine Fitness With a New Collection for Superfit Hero, ‘Running Fat Chef’ Latoya Shauntay Snell Continues to Redefine Fitness

When we chose marathoner and food-and-fitness blogger Latoya Shauntay Snell—or the Running Fat Chef, as she calls herself—to be one of the first writers featured on The Glow Up (we featured her on Day Two!), it’s because we knew hers was a voice that could speak to so many women; women who are committed to fitness (or…

Big Beauty Tuesday: How Much Do I Love Having HeatFree™ Hair? Let Me Count the Ways Big Beauty Tuesday: How Much Do I Love Having HeatFree™ Hair? Let Me Count the Ways

Anyone who’s gone on a natural hair journey knows it can be a long one, and not all of us are up for it. In fact, I’m currently on my third attempt, having previously opted for the big chop (twice), and then giving in to my keratin routine somewhere around that awkward, in-between stage of new growth.

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