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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai yesterday at 08:00.

Everybody, Every Body: Serena Williams Debuts a New Shoppable Series Fit for All

Everybody, Every Body: Serena Williams Debuts a New Shoppable Series Fit for All

The tennis season may not resume until January, but Serena Williams is keeping busy (as usual), now partnering with Verizon Media to present “Everybody, Every Body,” a shoppable video series featuring the latest releases from her S by Serena Autumn/Winter 2020 collection.

Flashback Friday: About That Time Serena Williams Took on NYFW

Editor’s note: While we try to stay on top of everything at...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai yesterday at 04:00.

The Glow Up's Guide to Gifting: Let's Get Intimate...With Liberté

The Glow Up's Guide to Gifting: Let's Get Intimate...With Liberté

During the holiday season, there are gifts you give, and gifts you give yourself—and then, there are gifts that do both. When it comes to mutually pleasurable offerings, lingerie ranks high on the list, though it’s a gift that can be enjoyed with or without a partner.

That’s why we’re in love with Liberté, the black female-founded lingerie line that manages to accomplish the elusive feat of...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. yesterday at 02:00.

We Know What Trump Uses to Make His Face That Color. Hint: It’s Not Pig Vomit

We Know What Trump Uses to Make His Face That Color. Hint: It’s Not Pig Vomit

If you ever wanted to look like the president—or a weathered, sun-soaked, wrinkled Trader Joe’s orange—and run through the neighborhood scaring the shit out of children and people of color, then now is your chance, as the president’s favorite concealer has been revealed to be Russian prostitute urine!.

Thanks to hardworking journalists at the Washington Post and several undocumented immigrants...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai yesterday at 01:00.

In Response to a 23,000 Signature Petition, Amazon Agrees to Stop Selling Mercury-Laden Skin Bleaching Products

In Response to a 23,000 Signature Petition, Amazon Agrees to Stop Selling Mercury-Laden Skin Bleaching Products

A major battle was recently won in the war on colorism, with the biggest retailer in the world cracking down on the sale of skin-bleaching products. As reported by the Washington Post, after over a year of lobbying by Minnesota-based nonprofit The Beautywell Project, Amazon has agreed to remove skin-lightening products containing mercury from its online marketplace; typically those boasting...

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 06, 2019 at 21:00. 1 comments

I Tried Trap Yoga. Trap Yoga Won

I Tried Trap Yoga. Trap Yoga Won

It’s not my fault. I’m a victim.

Since I was a child, my musculature has been as rigid as a slightly inebriated white man trying to learn the kick-pivot part of the electric slide at his co-worker’s daughter’s wedding. To say I’m not flexible is an understatement. Although I am a card-carrying member of the rhythm nation, I was never able to touch my toes. I pop-lock like an ironing board. In...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 06, 2019 at 06:00.

The Glow Up's Guide to Gifting: Get That Paper...With Greer Stationery

The Glow Up's Guide to Gifting: Get That Paper...With Greer Stationery

Walking into Greer Stationery is like walking into the fondest of memories—at least, that’s how I felt when The Root’s Managing Editor Genetta Adams (a longtime fan of the brand) insisted we visit their Chicago location last summer. The moment I entered Chandra Greer’s jewel box of a shop in the city’s upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood, the burgeoning writer I was in my youth—the one who had...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 06, 2019 at 03:30.

Seeking to End Hair Discrimination Nationwide, Cory Booker and Colleagues Bring the CROWN Act to Congress

Seeking to End Hair Discrimination Nationwide, Cory Booker and Colleagues Bring the CROWN Act to Congress

After successfully passing in California and New York with at least six more states pending, the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) may soon be signed into law nationwide—that is, if presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and several of his congressional colleagues have their way. As reported by Insider NJ, on Thursday, Booker introduced a bill “that...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 06, 2019 at 02:00.

Looking for Juliet: Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and More Star in the 2020 Pirelli Calendar

Looking for Juliet: Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and More Star in the 2020 Pirelli Calendar

Of Shakespeare’s many works, perhaps none is more famous than Romeo & Juliet, and the bard’s teenaged heroine is the muse for the 2020 edition of the always-anticipated Pirelli calendar, this year photographed by the legendary Paolo Roversi, and themed “Looking for Juliet.” The question posed: how do modern muses embody the romantic yet tragic fictional figure? Along with Emma Watson, Kristen...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 06, 2019 at 00:30.

Could Your Beauty Routine Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer? A New Study Reveals Permanent Dyes and Straighteners May Pose Dangers

Could Your Beauty Routine Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer? A New Study Reveals Permanent Dyes and Straighteners May Pose Dangers

When it comes to black women and hair texture, The Glow Up has always maintained that it’s a personal concern—in fact, we launched on the stance that we’re #TeamNeutral. Unfortunately, a new report published on Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer indicates that hair texture may also be a health concern, as scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered that...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 05, 2019 at 06:30.

The Glow Up's Guide to Giving: Thinking Inside the Box

The Glow Up's Guide to Giving: Thinking Inside the Box

By now, we’ve made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even Giving Tuesday; now, it’s “WTF Are We Gifting This Year Wednesday,” otherwise known as time to get our asses in gear for the next round of holidays, because shipping only gets more expensive the longer you wait.

Revolution, Reparations, Revelry: The Root’s Black (AF) Gift Guide 2019

The theme from last year’s Black AF Gift...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 05, 2019 at 05:00. 1 comments

'Too Black? Nah...She’s FLAWLESS!!!': Gabrielle Union Reveals a New Launch and a 'Productive' Meeting With NBC

'Too Black? Nah...She’s FLAWLESS!!!': Gabrielle Union Reveals a New Launch and a 'Productive' Meeting With NBC

The tangled saga of Gabrielle Union’s departure from America’s Got Talent continues, but the star continues to be bolstered by significant support from both fans and fellow industry insiders. On Tuesday, Tamron Hall added her voice to the chorus calling out NBC’s allegedly discriminatory behavior and “toxic” work environment, weighing in on the issue during her daytime talk show.

“[Difficult]...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 04, 2019 at 23:00.

'May the Fierce Be With You': Pat McGrath Labs Announces a Star Wars Collab

'May the Fierce Be With You': Pat McGrath Labs Announces a Star Wars Collab

Looks like the next launch from Pat McGrath Labs will truly be out of this world. A short time ago in a galaxy not at all far, far away, the most influential woman in makeup (yes, even beyond Rihanna—McGrath isn’t nicknamed “Mother” for nothing) announced that for her next product release, she’s partnered with Disney to create the limited edition Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Collection.

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 04, 2019 at 22:00.

Feeling Herself: Taraji Talks Menopause, Mental Health, and Mature Relationships—and We Feel Seen

Feeling Herself: Taraji Talks Menopause, Mental Health, and Mature Relationships—and We Feel Seen

“Celebs—they’re just like us!” is a phrase we collectively toss around in jest, but every so often a celebrity reminds us exactly how human they are, and awe is replaced by empathy. Lately, actress and activist Taraji P. Henson has been that celeb, pulling back the curtain on her Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award-winning life to crusade for mental health in the black...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 04, 2019 at 01:00.

Black Beauty Won the Night at the 2019 British Fashion Awards

Black Beauty Won the Night at the 2019 British Fashion Awards

It was a great night to be black and beautiful at the 2019 British Fashion Awards, where black women took center stage and made unprecedented wins during the 31st annual ceremony held Monday night at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

No, there wasn’t another surprise appearance by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex this year, but the host of the night was no less stunning. The always stylish, all-around...

Dec 03, 2019 at 23:00.

This Giving Tuesday, Invest in Black Women

This Giving Tuesday, Invest in Black Women

There’s no denying it; black girls are magical. They are resilient, beautiful, strong beings, so it’s no wonder we call their accomplishments #BlackGirlMagic. But, their achievements are not wrought from magic. Black girls are, well, girls. Not magicians. And the constant stress of creating “magic” without political, economic, or cultural support is a heavy weight for them to carry.

If we want...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 03, 2019 at 08:00. 12 comments

'Too Black,' Too 'Difficult,' Too Honest: Why Gabrielle Union's Firing Feels Painfully Familiar to Black Women

'Too Black,' Too 'Difficult,' Too Honest: Why Gabrielle Union's Firing Feels Painfully Familiar to Black Women

Growing up, I was constantly told to “shhh!” Whether I was right or wrong, happy or in distress, I was repeatedly reminded to lower my voice and take up less space—even while being simultaneously assured that I could be anything I wanted to be and that my gifts were worth sharing with the world. Granted, I was a loud-ass kid (and occasionally still a loud-ass adult, if and when the moment...

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Ashley Lyles Ashley Lyles Dec 03, 2019 at 06:00.

Here’s How I Went From Detroit Science Geek to NYC Pageant Chic—and Scored a Win for Heart Health Awareness

Here’s How I Went From Detroit Science Geek to NYC Pageant Chic—and Scored a Win for Heart Health Awareness

Like most science nerds, I’ve always been a little more “geek” than “chic”—unibrow and all. I’m an introverted, quiet girl by nature; I overthink pretty much everything. But three months before I packed up my big stack of books (and small wardrobe) and made the move from my hometown of Detroit to New York City for grad school, a tiny miracle happened: I won a year of personal mentorship with...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 02, 2019 at 23:30. 2 comments

Thanks to Shea Moisture Men, I Might Finally Get a Drake Beard for Christmas

Thanks to Shea Moisture Men, I Might Finally Get a Drake Beard for Christmas

I want a Drake beard. There, I said it.

I want a luxurious, LeBron James-esque, mink-coat-dragging-on-the-floor ass, heal-the-sick-and-raise-the-dead ass, “Momma, I made it!” ass, Drake beard.

I want a beard that belongs in the Louvre.

I want a beard that rocks a shiny suit and busts out with the Harlem Shake in every Bad Boy music video.

If this is the day that the Lord has made, and we’re to...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 02, 2019 at 22:30.

It Ain’t Over: Cyber Monday Means There's Still Time to Buy Black!

It Ain’t Over: Cyber Monday Means There's Still Time to Buy Black!

If you’re like most of us, you’re back at work this Monday—perhaps a few pounds heavier, but hopefully also happy and well-rested after a holiday weekend with family, friends (or maybe just enjoying the silence by yourself). That said, the passing of Thanksgiving means we are officially in the capitalist crush that is the holiday shopping season, and if you’re not the type to stand in lines...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 30, 2019 at 02:05.

From Carmen to Nefertiti, J'Nai Bridges Is the Next Big Voice in Opera

From Carmen to Nefertiti, J'Nai Bridges Is the Next Big Voice in Opera

Amid the surrealist sets, majestic costumes, soaring voices and intricate harmonies of the Met Opera’s current revival of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, based on the 17-year reign of the revolutionary 18th Dynasty Egyptian king, one of the most striking elements is that of his famed queen, Nefertiti.

Performed by mezzo-soprano sensation J’Nai Bridges (pronounced “Jah-Nay”), Nefertiti is equal parts...