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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 24, 2020. 5 comments

For the Culture: Barack and Michelle Obama’s Portraits to Make Multi-City Tour

For the Culture: Barack and Michelle Obama’s Portraits to Make Multi-City Tour

Haven’t made it to Washington, D.C., to see forever president and first lady Barack and Michelle’s portraits yet? Not to worry; they may be coming to a city near you.

The Washington Post reports that the portraits, painted by artists Kehinde Wiley (Barack Obama) and Amy Sherald (Michelle Obama) have attracted

record crowds since their unveiling in 2018, with many making what Director of the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 17, 2020. 12 comments

Forever, for Always, for Love: On Michelle’s 56th Birthday, She and Barack Look More Boo’d Up Than Ever

Forever, for Always, for Love: On Michelle’s 56th Birthday, She and Barack Look More Boo’d Up Than Ever

“In every scene, you are my star...Happy Birthday, baby!” wrote forever mack President Barack Obama in an Instagram tribute to the first lady in his life, Michelle Obama, in celebration of her 56th birthday, today, Jan. 17. But it’s not Mrs. Obama’s enduring good looks and enviable arm definition that have us swooning on her birthday but the fact that these canoodling new empty-nesters look...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 16, 2020. 14 comments

Royal Recap: Piers Morgan and Meghan’s Dad Continue to Disappoint—and If the Queen Lets You Leave After You’ve Left, Does It Make a Sound?

Royal Recap: Piers Morgan and Meghan’s Dad Continue to Disappoint—and If the Queen Lets You Leave After You’ve Left, Does It Make a Sound?

I took a few measly sick days, but still can’t escape #Megxit—hasn’t this woman already followed the North Star to freedom? I kid, I kid...kind of. As we well know, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

rolled out of England like the London fog a mere three days after she and Prince Harry rolled back in after a six-week holiday vacation—one in which they decided being full-time monarchs was not their...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 16, 2020. 11 comments

It’s All Greek to Me: After Pushback and a Petition, Ralph Lauren Apologizes to Phi Beta Sigma for ‘Chino-gate’

It’s All Greek to Me: After Pushback and a Petition, Ralph Lauren Apologizes to Phi Beta Sigma for ‘Chino-gate’

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Ralph Lauren, keep our black Greek iconography off of your chinos. In what was the latest but likely most inadvertent incident of cultural appropriation since Gucci’s blackface-sweater scandal this time last year, American legacy brand Ralph Lauren crossed the line—by demonstrating that no one on their design staff has likely ever crossed a black...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 11, 2020. 6 comments

Billy Porter Just Made History as the First Man to Cover Allure. What’d You Do This Week?

Billy Porter Just Made History as the First Man to Cover Allure. What’d You Do This Week?

“I’m part of the first generation of gay men, ever, who get to be out, loud, and proud in the world. My generation is the first,” says Pose star, red carpet slayer, and multiple major award-winner Billy Porter. “Bitches are scared. And they should be.”

Porter, who in September became the first openly gay black man to win

an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series is making history yet again,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 11, 2020. 5 comments

#Megxit Moves at Warp Speed as Meghan Makes a U-Turn to Canada, Oprah Expresses Support, and Scotland Yard Investigates?

#Megxit Moves at Warp Speed as Meghan Makes a U-Turn to Canada, Oprah Expresses Support, and Scotland Yard Investigates?

Remember late 2016, when, faced with the reality of Trump’s not-so-great vision of America, many fantasized about an exodus to nearby Canada, led by a then-seemingly idyllic, pre-blackface-scandal Justin Trudeau? At the time, then-actress Meghan Markle was starring in Suits, a hit show shot in Toronto, and enjoying a new, unexpected romance with Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 10, 2020. 6 comments

It’s ‘Complicated’: Buckingham Palace Responds to the Sussexes’ Announcement; Royals Are Reportedly ‘Hurt’

It’s ‘Complicated’: Buckingham Palace Responds to the Sussexes’ Announcement; Royals Are Reportedly ‘Hurt’

Whoo, just when you thought the British monarchy’s tea was hot enough! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made waves on Wednesday with their

“we’re stepping back” statement , officially putting us all on notice that they are no longer with the royal shits. But as the Los Angeles Times and the BBC report, the Sussexes apparently made that move without first discussing or clearing it with the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 09, 2020. 17 comments

Clearly Unaware That Shutting Up Has Zero Calories, Celebrity Trainer Jillian Michaels Weighs in on Lizzo’s Body

Clearly Unaware That Shutting Up Has Zero Calories, Celebrity Trainer Jillian Michaels Weighs in on Lizzo’s Body

Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, known for any number of infomercials after being one of the original taskmasters on The Biggest Loser, appeared on Buzzfeed’s morning show AM2DM Wednesday morning to hawk her fitness app, during which she managed to prove that the biggest loser may actually be the one with the biggest mouth. Asked by host Alex Berg for her thoughts on the wave of body...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 09, 2020. 17 comments

Returning From a Holiday Break, the Sussexes Announce a ‘Step Back’ From the Monarchy

Returning From a Holiday Break, the Sussexes Announce a ‘Step Back’ From the Monarchy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex—also known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—have just concluded several weeks out of the spotlight as they retreated to North America to celebrate the holidays. But their return came with a major announcement, via the Sussex Royal Instagram page: the duo has decided to “step back as ‘senior’ members” of the British monarchy.

The post, published on Wednesday...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 09, 2020. 8 comments

No Need to Worry About Nicki Minaj, She Approved That Sketchy-Ass Wax Figure

No Need to Worry About Nicki Minaj, She Approved That Sketchy-Ass Wax Figure

If, like me, you were thoroughly confused about why Nicki Minaj’s nearly five-year-old Madame Tussaud’s likeness was trending on Tuesday, congratulations; you pay way too much attention to pop culture! (Here’s hoping you’re at least getting paid for it). I instantly recalled the August 2015 Las Vegas unveiling of the “Anaconda”-themed figure, which caused the famed wax museum to quickly

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 09, 2020. 7 comments

Virginia Beauty Supply Accused of Racial Profiling After Black Teens Are Mistaken for Shoplifters and Locked in Store

Virginia Beauty Supply Accused of Racial Profiling After Black Teens Are Mistaken for Shoplifters and Locked in Store

Racial profiling in retail environments is unfortunately nothing new; many of us are all too familiar with “extra attention” while innocently browsing a store, and reports of incidents have seemingly been unceasing since the advent of social media. Whether being accused of stealing from the soon-to-be-shuttered

luxury retailer Barneys or finding black beauty products locked away in a Walmart...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 07, 2020. 6 comments

Deal Drop: Someone Hates Walmart Enough to Infest One of Its Stores With Bedbugs

Deal Drop: Someone Hates Walmart Enough to Infest One of Its Stores With Bedbugs

Well, here’s something you don’t want to pick up from Walmart during the post-holiday sales: As reported by CNN, a store location in Edinboro, Pa., has been deliberately infested with bedbugs, seemingly dispensed via the men’s changing room.

A manager at the store in Edinboro found a closed pill bottle with live bugs crawling inside and reported it to authorities Thursday, police said in a...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 04, 2020. 17 comments

In a World of Full Spectrum Foundation Ranges, an Ulta Shopper Is Told She Is 'Too Dark for Most Colors in the Store'

In a World of Full Spectrum Foundation Ranges, an Ulta Shopper Is Told She Is 'Too Dark for Most Colors in the Store'

It’s 2020, and after decades of greige, beauty brands across America now regularly stock over 40 shades to accommodate a wide range of skin tones. But as Ulta client Ebony Kankam London learned when she attempted to get her makeup at the beauty chain’s Holmdel, N.J. location in preparation for her baby shower, accessing those shades in-store continues to be a challenge.

“I brought in a picture...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 03, 2020. 12 comments

Proving Misogynoir Is Alive and Well, Blue Ivy, Ari Lennox and Teyana Taylor Were All Insulted Online for New Year's

Proving Misogynoir Is Alive and Well, Blue Ivy, Ari Lennox and Teyana Taylor Were All Insulted Online for New Year's

Remember when you were a kid, and your elders told you “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” Apparently, a few writers for some of the world’s most illustrious publications didn’t get that memo, as each got the New Year’s reckoning they deserved after commenting on the evolving beauty of Blue Ivy Carter. Specifically, the soon-to-be-8-year-old posed for both a...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 27, 2019. 8 comments

A ‘Bad’ Gift Choice or a ‘Thriller’? Kanye and Kim Gave North West One of Michael Jackson’s Jackets for Christmas

A ‘Bad’ Gift Choice or a ‘Thriller’? Kanye and Kim Gave North West One of Michael Jackson’s Jackets for Christmas

It’s been quite a decade for the Kardashian-West clan, but it seems they’ll continue giving us head-scratching moments for the foreseeable future. On Christmas Day, Kanye blessed his fans with

his latest gospel-fueled offering , Jesus Is Born, and, as Complex reports, this Christmas, he and wife Kim Kardashian West gifted their firstborn with a piece of pop legend memorabilia.

“For Christmas,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 20, 2019. 7 comments

In the 2020s, We’re Hoping Plantation Weddings Go the Way of the Confederacy—and We May Get Our Wish

In the 2020s, We’re Hoping Plantation Weddings Go the Way of the Confederacy—and We May Get Our Wish

On Monday, The Glow Up’s very smart brotha Damon Young made the proposition that perhaps

we should just burn down the remaining plantations in America—you know, those sites of the American holocaust that some seem intent on romanticizing as charming and picturesque—hosting tours, reunions and most often, weddings at these problematic venues.

And celebrities have done their part to promote the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 17, 2019. 13 comments

Doin' Big Thangs: The Root's Michael Harriot Inks a Two-Book Publishing Deal; Will Bring 'Wypipology' to the Masses

Doin' Big Thangs: The Root's Michael Harriot Inks a Two-Book Publishing Deal; Will Bring 'Wypipology' to the Masses
It's Lit!It's Lit!Where all things literary live on The Root

He has

clapped back at our hate mail weekly ; regularly educates us on the inextricable links between American history and racism ; has called out Pete Buttigieg on the biases and policies that most affect black America (prompting a sit-down with the presidential hopeful himself); and just this past weekend, The Root’s Michael...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 13, 2019. 14 comments

Forbes Just Published Its List of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women—With the Glaring Omission of Michelle Obama

Forbes Just Published Its List of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women—With the Glaring Omission of Michelle Obama

“In 2019, women around the globe took action, claiming leadership positions in government, business, philanthropy and media,” writes Forbes in the introduction to its 2019 list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, published Thursday. “These trailblazers are not to be messed with,” they add.

Many of the names are familiar—for instance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list for the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 13, 2019. 6 comments

Because #TheChickening Knows No Bounds, Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Jumps the Shark—Onto an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Because #TheChickening Knows No Bounds, Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Jumps the Shark—Onto an Ugly Christmas Sweater

‘Tis the season to be eatin’—and wearing hideous sweaters to holiday gatherings. Now, the chicken sandwich that kept America in its clutches has yet again put its indelible stamp on the culture, lending its image to the ugly Christmas sweater craze, now available at—no, not Popeyes—but the aptly named UglyChristmasSweater.com.

“The knit runs $44.95, roughly what it would cost you to buy 14 of...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 13, 2019. 5 comments

Double Vision: Lupita and Zendaya Are Stunning in a Joint Lancôme Ad

Double Vision: Lupita and Zendaya Are Stunning in a Joint Lancôme Ad

Martin Luther King Day is still a month away, but here at The Glow Up, we dream of a world in which little dark-skinned girls and little light-skinned girls can see themselves represented equally—and beautifully—in mainstream advertising.

That’s why we have to give kudos to legacy cosmetics brand Lancôme, which paired its two black brand ambassadors, Lupita Nyong’o and Zendaya, in a simple yet...

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