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Making Hair-Story: This Artist Is Styling Her Way out of Insecurity Making Hair-Story: This Artist Is Styling Her Way out of Insecurity

Artist Laetitia Ky has had enough: enough body-shaming, self-doubting and denying the natural beauty all of us possess—no matter what form it takes. The 21-year-old self-proclaimed “Ivorian goddess and polyvalent artist” has taken matters into her own hands—and hair—creating an Instagram full of surrealist imagery…

Desired Extensions Is Changing Lives, One Tress at a Time Desired Extensions Is Changing Lives, One Tress at a Time

Gina Conwell knows hair. You could say the owner of high-end hair boutique Desired Extensions was born into the beauty industry; her parents own All-in-1 Beauty Supply, an Atlanta beauty emporium that has served local residents for the past 40 years. Conwell began working in the family business as a sales rep in her…

Now They’re Just Trolling Us: An Italian Beauty Company Gets In on the Racist Branding Trend

Fellow black folks, our collective outrage is clearly proving very lucrative because trolls keep trolling, and fashion and beauty companies keep trying it with racially insensitive marketing. Hot on the heels of H&M’s absolutely irresponsible and boycott-inducing use of a black boy to market a sweatshirt proclaiming…

Acting at the Intersection: Lupita Nyong’o Speaks to The Glow Up

If you’ve followed Lupita Nyong’o’s career since her breakthrough Oscar-winning role in 12 Years a Slave, you know she’s more than an ingenue—or four-time Vogue cover model. The Yale-educated actress, writer, producer and director is the product of a highly artistic, academic and political upbringing, and has long…

Join The Glow Up for the SAG Awards Tonight! Join The Glow Up for the SAG Awards Tonight!

Glow Up Gang, we’re back! Tonight we’ll be hosting a thread for the 2018 SAG Awards ceremony, starting with the red carpet at at 6:15 p.m. EST. You can join us by joining our Facebook group, where we’ll be dishing on our faves and hopefuls! (We’re personally pulling for a first-time win for supporting actress nominee…

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Is a Loving Look at the Legacy of Lorraine Hansberry

I wanted to be able to come here and speak with you on this occasion because you are young, gifted and black. ... I, for one, can think of no more dynamic combination that a person might be. ... And that is why I say to you that, though it be a thrilling and marvelous thing to be merely young and gifted in such times,…

Yara Shahidi Performing Assata Shakur Is More #BlackGirlMagic Than Our Hearts Can Stand

As media partners for the Blackout for Human Rights-produced MLK Now event at New York City’s Riverside Church on Monday, The Root found a lot to be inspired by this Martin Luther King Day. But at The Glow Up, we were pleasantly surprised to also find #BlackGirlMagic in full effect.

Calling Professional Black Girls Everywhere! Ready for a Road Trip?

“Professional Black Girl is, like, my favorite thing that I didn’t plan to do.”

#RedCarpetRoundup: The Stars Came Out to Shine at the 2018 NAACP Awards #RedCarpetRoundup: The Stars Came Out to Shine at the 2018 NAACP Awards

Don’t you just love us? On Monday night, #BlackExcellence was out in full force at the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards, and our best and brightest stars did not come to play. They came to werk.

From Anecdote to Endorsement: Tiffany Haddish Is Playing the Super Bowl With Groupon

She ready! In addition to her star turn in last summer’s runaway hit Girls Trip, comedian Tiffany Haddish won the adoration of millions with her now viral appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in July. During her visit, she hilariously recounted taking Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on a swamp tour in New Orleans, using…

Grown Women, This Young Queen Is Here to Remind Us We Can Do Whatever We Want

If you’ve ever caught an episode of Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle, you know it can be addictive. Based on a recurring segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, it premieres its fourth season Jan. 18. There’s something about watching celebrities get silly for the sake of a song that makes for irresistible…

Dressing Coretta: We Honor the Woman Who Helped Mold a Movement as Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Revisits Selma  Dressing Coretta: We Honor the Woman Who Helped Mold a Movement as Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Revisits Selma 

In the 50th year since his assassination in 1968, much has and will be said about Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader and icon whose legacy of nonviolent resistance inspired the world—while compelling some to distort and dilute his message of activism.

Remembering a Pioneer: Civil Rights Attorney and Activist Frankie Muse Freeman Dies at 101

She was a fearless fighter for our freedom, and one of the first of her kind: She was Frankie Muse Freeman, a brilliant civil rights attorney, activist and icon. She died Friday, Jan. 12, at the age of 101.

#RedCarpetRoundup: Color Made a Comeback at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards #RedCarpetRoundup: Color Made a Comeback at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards

Spring is coming! We know, we know ... we’re still a long way off, but with the dark and gray days outside, we could use use a little pick-me-up. Cue the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday night in Santa Monica, Calif., fresh on the heels of Sunday’s Golden Globes, which kicked off awards season.

Just Fine: Mary J. Blige Looks Like She’s Living Her Best Life, and We Love It Just Fine: Mary J. Blige Looks Like She’s Living Her Best Life, and We Love It

She may consider herself “just Mary,” but liberation is looking really good on Mary J. Blige. Riding high on a wave of supporting actress nominations for Mudbound—including two Golden Globe nods and one from the Screen Actors Guild (with the Oscar nominations still pending)—the songstress and actress also celebrated…

#BlackGirlMagic on Ice: Black Girls Rock on Skates, Too

Each day I live, I want to be A day to give the best of me. I’m only one, but not alone My finest day is yet unknown ...

How to Get Away With Murdering the Red Carpet: We Still Haven’t Gotten Over Viola Davis at the Golden Globes How to Get Away With Murdering the Red Carpet: We Still Haven’t Gotten Over Viola Davis at the Golden Globes

We seriously thought the 2018 Golden Globes would be no biggie; a whole gang of black outfits on not enough black people? Easy peasy. And then Viola Davis happened, and worlds were ROCKED. For years now, she’s been teasing us on the red carpet, occasionally giving us amazing natural-hair moments that make us wonder…

Brown Beauty Alert! This Is the Melanated Moment We Didn’t Know We Were Missing This Week

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, 6:20 p.m. EST: As if we weren’t already jelly enough, Erivo’s team reached out to let us know everyone we missed at the soiree, organized by legendary celebrity event planner Kathy Romero (who has spearheaded high-profile events such as Asahd Khaled’s birthday, Gucci Mane’s wedding and…

She Got That Glow: Love Issa Rae’s Golden Globes Look? Look No Further Than Your Favorite Drugstore She Got That Glow: Love Issa Rae’s Golden Globes Look? Look No Further Than Your Favorite Drugstore

The Golden Globes happened Sunday night in Los Angeles, and while we weren’t expecting much excitement from the red-carpet “blackout,” it proved to be pretty entertaining for our inaugural Facebook thread, where The Glow Up gang rated their hits and misses. Though most of last night’s dresses fell firmly on the side…

On Golden Globes Sunday, Here’s #WhyWeWearBlack: The Stars Behind #TimesUp Hope You’ll Stand With Them

Some of your favorite Hollywood actresses—including Tracee Ellis Ross, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington and Rashida Jones—have a message for you: They are standing with women across the world, and hope you’ll stand in solidarity with them this Golden Globes Sunday by wearing black.

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