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Jun 12, 2020.

Belly of the Beast Documentary Aims to Uncover Injustices Faced by Incarcerated Women

Belly of the Beast Documentary Aims to Uncover Injustices Faced by Incarcerated Women

Belly of the Beast, a powerful documentary film about the human rights abuses experienced by women at the hands of the criminal justice system, will premiere on Thursday during the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. ET. A Q&A with the filmmakers is set to take place at 8:00 p.m. ET, and those who are interested can watch here.

The film’s Peabody Award-winning director Erika Cohn...

Jun 12, 2020. 1 comments

Cover Stories: The #VogueChallenge Is a Black Beauty Revolution for the Fashion World

Cover Stories: The #VogueChallenge Is a Black Beauty Revolution for the Fashion World

In a world currently consumed with black trauma (and copious amount of white guilt, in response), black beauty may feel like a luxury we can’t currently afford as the moment demands we keep our eye on what feels like an ever-moving goalpost.

Nevertheless, beauty is not only necessary to black life, but it is a revolution in and of itself: it demands to be seen and dares us to imagine something...

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Jun 12, 2020. 4 comments

An End to Product Profiling? Walmart Will No Longer Keep Multicultural Beauty Brands Under Lock and Key

An End to Product Profiling? Walmart Will No Longer Keep Multicultural Beauty Brands Under Lock and Key

Racial profiling is an issue that remains unreconciled in our country, but we’ll reportedly be seeing less of it in Walmart’s beauty aisle, as the company has announced it will no longer keep “multicultural hair care and beauty products” in locked cases in any of its stores.

As reported by NBC News:

The practice, which Walmart says was only in place “in about a dozen” of its 4,700 U.S. stores,

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Jun 12, 2020. 3 comments

Thanks to Aurora James, Sephora Just Pledged 15 Percent of Its Shelf Space to Black-Owned Brands

Thanks to Aurora James, Sephora Just Pledged 15 Percent of Its Shelf Space to Black-Owned Brands

Here’s to black boxes that aren’t performative: beauty emporium Sephora has become the first to accept the #15PercentPledge proposed by designer Aurora James (Brother Vellies), committing to devote 15 percent of its shelf space to black-owned products.

What's the #15PercentPledge? A Way for Major Retailers to Prove They Really Care About Black Liv...

Aurora James has a plan. As well-meaning...

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Jun 11, 2020. 6 comments

No, Serena Williams Didn't Convince Alexis Ohanian to Leave Reddit—but Daughter Alexis Olympia Helped

No, Serena Williams Didn't Convince Alexis Ohanian to Leave Reddit—but Daughter Alexis Olympia Helped

We’ve long known that Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian rides hard for wife Serena Williams; he’s almost always to be found in the stands at his wife’s matches or front row at her runway shows, loudly cheering her on, and his steadfast support has made him one of our favorite hype-men on social media.

But when it came to stepping down from the board of the online platform he co-founded in 2005...

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Jun 11, 2020.

'Representation Matters': Vanity Fair's Samira Nasr Becomes the 1st Black Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar

'Representation Matters': Vanity Fair's Samira Nasr Becomes the 1st Black Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar

If the world at large is struggling with its response to the outcry that black lives matter, so, too, is the fashion industry—much of which, in the words of one fashion editor to The Glow Up, has quite obviously been “scrambling” to show solidarity in recent weeks. The lack of both preparedness and representation within the industry’s ranks have been telling; to paraphrase the immortal words...

Jun 11, 2020. 2 comments

'We Have Made Mistakes Too': Anna Wintour Apologizes for Vogue's Treatment of Black Talent

'We Have Made Mistakes Too': Anna Wintour Apologizes for Vogue's Treatment of Black Talent

Vogue magazine has long been at the forefront of the fashion industry, forecasting trends that the rest of the world follows. But now, the magazine is in the rare position of working to get ahead of a cultural moment in which the fashion industry—and its publications—are being indicted for their treatment of the black talent in its ranks.

Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue since 1988...

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Jun 11, 2020. 7 comments

Solidarity Is in Style—but Is Fashion Media Really Ready to Reckon With Its Race Problem?

Solidarity Is in Style—but Is Fashion Media Really Ready to Reckon With Its Race Problem?

Though we’ve long known it to be true, in some ways “Black Lives Matter” has suddenly become the little black dress of the fashion industry: the oft-forgotten yet indispensable and unfailingly stylish way to show solidarity in a moment of global outrage. One need look no further than the spate of daily newsletters sent by an assortment of fashion publications, now suddenly laden with...

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Jun 10, 2020. 1 comments

Celebrities, Activists, Sports Stars and More to Participate in Instagram Initiative #PassTheMicNow

Celebrities, Activists, Sports Stars and More to Participate in Instagram Initiative #PassTheMicNow

A new Instagram campaign featuring black actresses, activists, designers, Olympic athletes, politicians and more aims to shine a light on magnifying black voices.

According to a press release obtained by The Root, #ShareTheMicNow will find black women speaking about the importance of listening to black voices, and they will share their messages from the Instagram accounts of white women across...

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May 02, 2020. 15 comments

Reclaiming Our Sourdough Starter: 'Rage Baking' Began With a Black Woman—and Right Now, We Want It Back

Reclaiming Our Sourdough Starter: 'Rage Baking' Began With a Black Woman—and Right Now, We Want It Back

A twisted tale only recently came to our attention, but feels especially relevant today as Paula Deen and her loyal following celebrate her new weekly Fox & Friends’ segment, “America Cooks Together”—you know, because Paula Deen is such a great American unifier.

But we promised you a story, so here it goes, albeit a couple of months after the fact: Just as the COVID-19 crisis was wending its...

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May 01, 2020. 1 comments

More Love for Mom: Mother's Day Gifts to Help Make Staying-at-Home a Sanctuary

More Love for Mom: Mother's Day Gifts to Help Make Staying-at-Home a Sanctuary

Kids, we don’t need to tell you that this won’t be any average Mother’s Day. Aside from the fact that it’s occurring relatively early in the month this year (Sunday, May 10), if you’re lucky enough to be with the mother figure in your life and both of you are healthy, safe and financially stable, you’re likely to consider that a gift, in and of itself.

But if you’re planning to give a...

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Apr 30, 2020. 3 comments

'My Memory Is Intact': Will André Leon Talley's Memoir Confirm That the Devil Does Indeed Wear Prada?

'My Memory Is Intact': Will André Leon Talley's Memoir Confirm That the Devil Does Indeed Wear Prada?
It's Lit!It's Lit!Where all things literary live on The Root

Now, we’re not ones to gossip, so you didn’t hear this from us, but word on the catwalk is that André Leon Talley is planning to serve some tea with his new memoir, The Chiffon Trenches. In fact, we’ve been hearing increasing buzz about some of the juicier bits of Talley’s tell-all, which he hopes “will astonish all readers,”...

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Apr 30, 2020. 4 comments

Thank You, Heroes: Fisher-Price's New Line of 'Little People' Honors 'Community Champions'

Thank You, Heroes: Fisher-Price's New Line of 'Little People' Honors 'Community Champions'

If, as I did, you grew up playing with Fisher-Price’s “Little People,” you no doubt feel a wave of nostalgia upon just hearing the name. But if you have little people of your own these days, you may already be well-acquainted with the current generation of this legacy line—and are well accustomed to seeing them among the other playthings littering your home as we shelter-in-place.

Wednesday...

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Apr 29, 2020. 11 comments

Black Barbershops Face Divide Over Reopening During Pandemic

Black Barbershops Face Divide Over Reopening During Pandemic

Businesses across the country have been reeling from closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Black barbershops, in particular, have been struggling to survive as their businesses have come to a standstill and their options for relief are increasingly limited.

CNN reports that as more states begin to ease restrictions, black barbershops have been divided on whether or not to reopen. As...

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Apr 29, 2020. 2 comments

Send Her Your Love: Don't Let Quarantine Stop You From Showing Mom You Care

Send Her Your Love: Don't Let Quarantine Stop You From Showing Mom You Care

It may feel like a strange time to be celebrating anything, but if there’s ever been a time to cherish your loved ones, it’s now. While we may not be able to be close or indulge in much-needed hugs (our header pic is wishful thinking—I’m quarantining with my mother and she won’t even hug me), there’s never a bad time to express how much our moms, grandmas, aunties and maternal figures mean to...

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Apr 29, 2020. 2 comments

Missing the Met Gala This Year? Make It Your Own—From the Comfort of Home!

Missing the Met Gala This Year? Make It Your Own—From the Comfort of Home!

Of the many repercussions resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19,

the cancellation of the 2020 Met Gala on May 4 is seemingly among the most superfluous, though New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art would surely disagree, as the event is its most high-profile annual fundraiser. Of course, it goes without saying that the crisis caused by the coronavirus warrants any and all...

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Apr 28, 2020.

Megan Thee Stallion and Fashion Nova Joining Forces to Create Jeans for Tall Girls

Megan Thee Stallion and Fashion Nova Joining Forces to Create Jeans for Tall Girls

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion revealed on Instagram that she is collaborating with fast-fashion online marketplace Fashion Nova to create a line of jeans catered to fellow “stallions”—or tall women with curves and long legs.

After posting a scintillating photo of her in her Fashion Nova ‘fit, fans inquired about her jean size. If you’re wondering, Hot Girl Meg is 5’10” and says she’s a size 11 in...

Apr 28, 2020. 13 comments

Manors & Bad Manners: Black Twitter Calls Out the Double Standard in a White Writer's Disrespect of a Black Influencer

Manors & Bad Manners: Black Twitter Calls Out the Double Standard in a White Writer's Disrespect of a Black Influencer

You would think that during a global pandemic that has united us all (OK, maybe just the reasonable folks) in fear for our lives and livelihoods that folks would have better things to do than to troll and be toxic on the internet—but my friends, you would be wrong. In fact, many of us seemingly don’t know what to do with all the extra time we now have on our hands due to these stay-at-home...

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Apr 25, 2020. 14 comments

Tina Knowles-Lawson Questions Why Georgia Is Reopening Hair Salons Despite Ongoing Pandemic: ‘We Know What Time It Is’

Tina Knowles-Lawson Questions Why Georgia Is Reopening Hair Salons Despite Ongoing Pandemic: ‘We Know What Time It Is’

Tina Knowles-Lawson, patron saint of coordinated outfits and mom jokes, struck a serious note on her Instagram the other day as she addressed the potential reopening of non-essential businesses.

“I know I’m going to be very candid. I know I’m probably going to get some flak for this, but I don’t really care,” Knowles-Lawson said in a video post. “I find it very strange that the businesses that...

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Apr 24, 2020. 5 comments

'I Had to Shave It Off': Halle Berry's Daughter Learned About Hair Maintenance the Hard Way With a Quarantine Cut

'I Had to Shave It Off': Halle Berry's Daughter Learned About Hair Maintenance the Hard Way With a Quarantine Cut

I remember well the age I was when I demanded to take over the maintenance of my own hair. I was 8 and a soon-to-be latchkey kid (with minor supervision from our landlords upstairs), and felt it was high time that I graduate into doing my own hair since my TV journalist mother rarely had patience for more than two braids or, more often, twisting my super-thick, almost waist-length hair into a...

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