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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 04, 2019. 6 comments

'It's Getting Better All the Time': If We Can't Have Love Like Barack and Michelle Obama After 27 Years, We Don't Want It

'It's Getting Better All the Time': If We Can't Have Love Like Barack and Michelle Obama After 27 Years, We Don't Want It

Soul mates. Twin flames. #CouplesGoals. All of these phrases have been used to describe the most idyllic relationships, and could be used to describe Barack and Michelle Obama, who once again flagrantly waved their seemingly perfect marriage in our faces as they celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Of course, we know no one’s marriage is perfect, and Michelle refreshingly...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 03, 2019. 7 comments

On Brand: Gucci Mane Announces a Collaboration With—Who Else?—Gucci

On Brand: Gucci Mane Announces a Collaboration With—Who Else?—Gucci

So, what took so long? Trap originator Gucci Mane borrowed part of his famous moniker from the Italian fashion house of the same name and has frequently sported the brand in public (and likely, private) appearances. But despite the obvious and natural affiliation—and a recent front-row seat at Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2020 show in Milan—no formal collaboration between the rapper and luxury label...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 03, 2019. 5 comments

When 'Diversity & Inclusion' Is Disrespectful and Insulting: Kerby Jean-Raymond Calls Out Business of Fashion for Tokenizing and Appropriation

When 'Diversity & Inclusion' Is Disrespectful and Insulting: Kerby Jean-Raymond Calls Out Business of Fashion for Tokenizing and Appropriation

Sometimes, “a seat at the table” just means “sit there and make us look good while we pick your brain, exploit your culture and give you little to no credit.” At least, that’s what Kerby Jean-Raymond, designer and founder of Pyer Moss and a creative director at Reebok is alleging of fashion analysis and news site Business of Fashion (BoF), which recently included the CFDA Award-winning...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 02, 2019. 10 comments

'There Is a Human Cost': The Sussexes File Suit Against the Daily Mail; Harry Issues a Statement on the 'Ruthless Campaign' Against Meghan

'There Is a Human Cost': The Sussexes File Suit Against the Daily Mail; Harry Issues a Statement on the 'Ruthless Campaign' Against Meghan

Enough is enough; that’s the stance being taken by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex against British tabloid the Daily Mail, after the newspaper published a private letter from the duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, that the couple alleges was edited in an “intentionally destructive manner.”

Specifically, the paper is accused of “strategically omitting select paragraphs,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 02, 2019. 3 comments

New Cameras Cause Major Issues at the World Athletics Championships—but Black Mothers Emerge Victorious

New Cameras Cause Major Issues at the World Athletics Championships—but Black Mothers Emerge Victorious

Well, this seems like a foreseeable flaw: In a quest to “provide innovative angles on the competition,” during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, for the first time, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) installed starting block cameras for the track and field-based competition. Understandably, the new development made several female athletes...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 28, 2019. 3 comments

The Glow Up Gets...a Touch of Power With Coloured Raine

The Glow Up Gets...a Touch of Power With Coloured Raine

Editor’s note: No matter how fresh, fly, or uncracked our black, occasionally everyone needs a makeover—or a “refresh,” as it were. For instance, The Glow Up’s weekly “Big Beauty Tuesday” feature, while a fantastic showcase for black-owned and helmed brands, proved a more restrictive format than anticipated—namely, it both forced us into reporting on a designated day of the week, and...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 28, 2019. 1 comments

Optical Illusions: At Balmain and Off-White’s Spring/Summer 2020 Shows, Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Optical Illusions: At Balmain and Off-White’s Spring/Summer 2020 Shows, Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

As Fashion Week traveled from New York City to London to Milan to Paris, we’ve been waiting patiently to see what the fashion industry’s top two black designers would be offering for Spring/Summer 2020. And while they presented very different aesthetics, Off-White’s Virgil Abloh and Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing are both taking an illusory approach to spring dressing.

There were...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 27, 2019. 1 comments

Flashback Friday: About That Time Serena Williams Took on NYFW

Flashback Friday: About That Time Serena Williams Took on NYFW

Editor’s note: While we try to stay on top of everything at all times, sometimes a post gets lost on the way to publishing—which is what happened when we wrote the following coverage of the first New York Fashion Week appearance of Serena Williams’ S by Serena line on Sept. 10. So, in honor of the GOAT—who celebrated her 38th birthday Thursday, making her one of a handful of women tennis...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 26, 2019. 16 comments

Colorism Isn’t Funny: Japanese Comedy Duo Apologizes for Saying Naomi Osaka Should Bleach Her Skin

Colorism Isn’t Funny: Japanese Comedy Duo Apologizes for Saying Naomi Osaka Should Bleach Her Skin

It be your own people; that’s what Haitian-Japanese-American tennis champion Naomi Osaka—who proudly plays for Japan, her country of birth—found out yet again while winning her first Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday in her hometown, the aptly named Osaka.

According to BBC Sport, Japanese female comedy team A Masso ignored the two-time Grand Slam winner’s incredible athleticism during the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 26, 2019.

‘I Am the Face of a Refugee’: Iman Joins Humanitarian Leader CARE as Its 1st Global Advocate

‘I Am the Face of a Refugee’: Iman Joins Humanitarian Leader CARE as Its 1st Global Advocate

She’s been a supermodel, a beauty industry entrepreneur and pioneer, a fashion designer, activist, mother, and wife and partner to a rock star. But the fashion industry icon known simply as Iman wants to remind us that she is also a refugee.

On Tuesday, the Somali-American beauty, born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, announced a new role: she is now the first-ever Global Advocate for leading global...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 25, 2019. 8 comments

Face/Off: How Much Would It Take for Tekashi 6ix9ine to Erase His Ink?

Face/Off: How Much Would It Take for Tekashi 6ix9ine to Erase His Ink?

If there’s been one major takeaway from the riveting drama surrounding the recent trial testimony of Tekashi 6ix9ine—aside from “stay away from gangs, kids”—it’s this: Don’t tattoo your face, because one day, you might need a clean slate for Witness Protection.

Can't Nobody Sang Like Eddie King, Jr.—Except Tekashi 6ix9ine

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings took on new meaning yesterday when...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 25, 2019. 1 comments

Behind the Brand: BLK/OPL Is Finally Black—and Female—Owned

Behind the Brand: BLK/OPL Is Finally Black—and Female—Owned

We’ve got something major to celebrate this Big Beauty Tuesday (soon to be relaunched as “The Glow Up Gets...”)!

It wasn’t widely known until recently, but Black Opal, one of the most established global beauty brands for black women, was never black-owned. While the brand was created in 1994 with women of color in mind—specifically, by a renowned chemist for his wife, with the help of an...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 24, 2019. 10 comments

O, No! Oprah Reveals a Deadly Health Scare—and Urges Us All to Take Care

O, No! Oprah Reveals a Deadly Health Scare—and Urges Us All to Take Care

As I write this, there seems to be something going around The Root’s virtual newsroom, as both News Editor Monique Judge and I are battling something wicked. Monique, being a much smarter person than I, scurried off to Urgent Care yesterday to address our very similar symptoms (albeit two time zones apart). I, being the more “grin and bear it” of the two of us, am just waiting for this bug to...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 24, 2019. 6 comments

Big Hair, Don’t Care: A 5th-Grader Stands in Defiance of the Policing of Black Hair

Big Hair, Don’t Care: A 5th-Grader Stands in Defiance of the Policing of Black Hair

“So, yesterday, I went to school, and I wore my hair in an afro like this...and a lot of people had a lot of mean things to say about it,” said Nashville fifth-grader Promise Sawyers, gesturing to her enviable halo of natural hair in a now-viral video on YouTube. “So that made me feel some type of way.”

It makes us feel some type of way, too—namely, when will the policing of black...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 23, 2019. 6 comments

When They See Us: Our Stars Were Stunning at the 71st Emmy Awards

When They See Us: Our Stars Were Stunning at the 71st Emmy Awards

There were some significant—and historic—moments to celebrate at this year’s Emmy Awards (we see you, Jharrel, RuPaul and Billy!) There were some major style moments, as well (and a stunning lack of socks on male attendees, but we digress). Several of our leading lights of the small screen turned out in inimitable style for the 71st annual ceremony, which may not have had a host this year,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 19, 2019.

‘Fendi Prints On’: Not-So-Retired Rapper Nicki Minaj Reveals 127-Piece Collaboration With Fendi

‘Fendi Prints On’: Not-So-Retired Rapper Nicki Minaj Reveals 127-Piece Collaboration With Fendi

She may be retiring from musicor maybe (likely) not—but Nicki Minaj is still at work, giving first looks at a new collection with Fendi. She initially teased the collaboration in July, and now tells Elle that her fans “are going to be really surprised when they see that I did think of things for them. I totally know that there are a lot of people who think that they can’t afford Fendi...If...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 18, 2019. 2 comments

Pose, but Make It Presidential: Actress-Activist Angelica Ross to Host a Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ+ Issues

Pose, but Make It Presidential: Actress-Activist Angelica Ross to Host a Democratic Candidate Forum on LGBTQ+ Issues

We fell in love with Angelica Ross as the always-ready-with-a-clapback “Candy” on FX’s Pose, but it’ll be the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who will soon get a taste of the actress and activist’s charm and wit. This Friday, Sept. 20, Ross will host a national presidential candidate forum on LGBTQ+ issues at Coe College’s Sinclair Auditorium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

As noted by The...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 18, 2019. 1 comments

The Women's March Enters a New Era as Co-Founders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland Move On

The Women's March Enters a New Era as Co-Founders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland Move On

The movement known as the Women’s March announced a change in leadership on Monday, as co-founders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland stepped down from their co-presidential roles in the organization. The march’s fourth founder, Carmen Perez, will be staying on.

As the 2019 Women's March Dawns and the DNC and Others Pull Support, Tamika Mallory and Co-Leaders…

As feminist activists...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 17, 2019. 14 comments

1 in 16 Women Say Their First Sexual Experience Was Rape—and They Are Likely the 'Tip of the Iceberg'

1 in 16 Women Say Their First Sexual Experience Was Rape—and They Are Likely the 'Tip of the Iceberg'

One in 16 American women considers her first sexual experience a forced one, according to a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, titled “Association Between Forced Sexual Initiation and Health Outcomes Among US Women,” analyzed 13,310 American women between the ages of 18 and 44 between 2011 and 2017, finding that 6.5 percent—an estimated 3.3...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 17, 2019.

London Calling: Naomi Campbell Struts Into London Fashion Week With Fashion For Relief

London Calling: Naomi Campbell Struts Into London Fashion Week With Fashion For Relief

Most of the fashion world (read: this writer) is still recovering from New York Fashion Week, but the die-hards among us subsequently made their way across the pond to see what the British are serving for Spring-Summer 2020, as London Fashion Week kicked off last Friday.

One of the first must-have tickets of the week? Naomi Campbell’s 14th annual Fashion For Relief runway show, which benefits...

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