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The Music, the Myth, the Muse: Sade Turns 60 The Music, the Myth, the Muse: Sade Turns 60

She’s gorgeous, talented, stylish, and ever-elusive. And today, the woman we know simply as “Sade” turns 60.

Film Noir x 4: KiKi, Jenifer, Regina and Amandla Cover Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Issue Film Noir x 4: KiKi, Jenifer, Regina and Amandla Cover Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Issue

It’s awards season, and once again, Essence magazine is right in step with the moment by releasing its annual Black Women in Hollywood issue with four incredible cover stars—who also happen to be this year’s award honorees! Newcomer on the rise KiKi Layne, industry vet-turned leading lady Regina Hall, child star…

#MuteRKelly: NYC Rally Planned to Pressure RCA to Drop 'The Pied Piper of R&B' [Updated] #MuteRKelly: NYC Rally Planned to Pressure RCA to Drop 'The Pied Piper of R&B' [Updated]

Several powerful advocacy organizations are joining forces at the RCA Records headquarters in New York City on Wednesday morning in an ongoing effort to #MuteRKelly.

Calling Foul: Virginia Referee Barred From Future Games After Complaining About 10-Year-Old Girl’s Hair Calling Foul: Virginia Referee Barred From Future Games After Complaining About 10-Year-Old Girl’s Hair

Another day, another person who has an issue with a black child’s hair.

Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies at 97, 'Proud as Can Be' of Her Black Heritage Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies at 97, 'Proud as Can Be' of Her Black Heritage

“No white woman can do it like I did,” Carol Channing told CNN host Larry King in 2003. The beloved singer and actress enjoyed more than 70 years of success on stage and screen before dying of natural causes on Tuesday morning in her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Channing was 97 years old.

The Best Men Can Be? Gillette Poses a New Challenge—but Can Men Accept It?

Hell hath no fury like a man who thinks he’s being held accountable.

Missing from the Immigration Discussion? How the U.S. Gov’t Has Failed to Prevent Child Marriages Missing from the Immigration Discussion? How the U.S. Gov’t Has Failed to Prevent Child Marriages

In the midst of separate but simultaneously disturbing cultural conversations about both the United States’ immigration policies and the sexualization and victimization of underage girls by adult men, another startling report has emerged.

Just Mary: For Her 48th Birthday, Mary J. Blige Let Us Know She's Even Better in a Bikini Just Mary: For Her 48th Birthday, Mary J. Blige Let Us Know She's Even Better in a Bikini

This time last year, Mary J. Blige was paving the way for Lady Gaga’s current awards season as a two-time Oscar nominee in both the Supporting Actress and Best Song categories for her work in Mudbound—and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her 47th birthday. She was also celebrating her hard-won…

Enough: Rwanda Becomes the 3rd African Nation to Ban Skin-Bleaching Ingredients Enough: Rwanda Becomes the 3rd African Nation to Ban Skin-Bleaching Ingredients

Rwanda just became the latest country to take aggressive action against the widespread practice of skin bleaching, now enforcing a ban on products that contain ingredients intended to lighten the skin—most commonly, hydroquinone.

The Duchess Narrows Down Her Due Date—and Keeps Pregnancy Colorful The Duchess Narrows Down Her Due Date—and Keeps Pregnancy Colorful

Bookies have forecast March as the odds-on favorite month for Meghan Markle’s due date, but the Duchess of Sussex herself revealed during an appearance Tuesday that she is due in late April. Speaking with one of the many fans who turned out to see Meghan and Prince Harry in the town of Birkenhead, England, People…

Indya Moore, Thandie Newton and More Star in Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall Lookbook Indya Moore, Thandie Newton and More Star in Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall Lookbook

Indya, Laura, Kelela ... a few fresher faces join acclaimed actresses Thandie Newton and Ruth Negga as stars in Louis Vuitton’s performer-driven 2019 Pre-Fall Lookbook, previewing the French luxury label’s next collection.

Legend, John Legend: The Singer Celebrates Turning 40 with a Casino Royale-Themed Bash Legend, John Legend: The Singer Celebrates Turning 40 with a Casino Royale-Themed Bash

He croons like a member of the Rat Pack, and on Saturday night, John Legend celebrated in swingin’ style when wife Chrissy Teigen threw him a belated 40th birthday party based on the James Bond film Casino Royale.

The Critics Have Spoken—Who Were the Best-Dressed Celebs at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards? The Critics Have Spoken—Who Were the Best-Dressed Celebs at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards?

With the second major awards show in as many weeks, it’s safe to say awards season is officially in full swing. And while the winners of Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., add even more fuel to the Oscar-buzz fire, as usual, our eyes were turned to the red—well, blue—carpet to see how…

Ready for a Sequel? The #BlackPantherChallenge Creator Is Raising Funds for Girls to See Captain Marvel! Ready for a Sequel? The #BlackPantherChallenge Creator Is Raising Funds for Girls to See Captain Marvel!

As big a blockbuster as Black Panther was last when it premiered last February, it was an even bigger moment for over 70,000 underserved kids who got to see it for free, thanks to Frederick T. Joseph and the #BlackPantherChallenge.

In Another Case of Dreadlock Discrimination, Texas Elementary School Insists 1st Grader Cut His Locs  In Another Case of Dreadlock Discrimination, Texas Elementary School Insists 1st Grader Cut His Locs 

In a disturbing case of déjà vu, another six-year-old is being turned away from school for wearing his natural hairstyle.

Ruth E. Carter and Marci Rodgers Nab Costume Designers Guild Award Nominations for Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman Ruth E. Carter and Marci Rodgers Nab Costume Designers Guild Award Nominations for Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman

The BAFTAs may have turned a blind eye to the brilliance of legendary costume designer Ruth E. Carter, but a jury of her peers see the light. Recognizing her incredible artistry in Black Panther, Carter has been nominated for a 2019 Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for her work on…

‘We’re Dancing to These Women’s Pain’: Female Activists Escalate Protests Against R. Kelly—and Call Out RCA and Sony ‘We’re Dancing to These Women’s Pain’: Female Activists Escalate Protests Against R. Kelly—and Call Out RCA and Sony

If residents of Culver City, Calif., look to the sky above the Sony Music headquarters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST on Friday, they’ll see a plane bearing a banner that reads: “RCA/SONY: DROP SEXUAL PREDATOR R. KELLY.”

Profile in Courage: Serena Williams Covers Allure’s ‘Body & Mind’ Issue Profile in Courage: Serena Williams Covers Allure’s ‘Body & Mind’ Issue

Will we ever tire of seeing Serena Williams atop magazine covers? Don’t bet on it. We love that Williams—already the most powerful woman in sports—is also having the power of her beauty recognized, again and again.

Lashes Like a 'Mother': Pat McGrath's Next Release? A Major Mascara Lashes Like a 'Mother': Pat McGrath's Next Release? A Major Mascara

There’s a final frontier in the black-owned beauty game, and ironically, it’s the final touch that goes on any major look: Mascara.

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