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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 today 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...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai today 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...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 07:00.

Surviving the Last Supper: The First Deep Breath Is a Family Drama That Hits Home

Surviving the Last Supper: The First Deep Breath Is a Family Drama That Hits Home

For every family who revels in reuniting with each other this time of year, there is another for whom the holidays feel more like survival than a celebration—painful truths are choked down with the meal, and more words are eaten than leftovers. Such a family is the Jones clan of Lee Edward Colston II’s The First Deep Breath, currently making its world premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens,...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Dec 04, 2019 at 04:15.

Becoming and Benevolent: For Giving Tuesday, the Obamas Pay It Forward

Becoming and Benevolent: For Giving Tuesday, the Obamas Pay It Forward

In the years since they left the White House *sniff*, the Obamas have proven to be the gift that keeps on giving—whether it be writing bestsellers, elevating black artists or simply reminding us to live our best lives in defiance of Trump’s America. Now, for #GivingTuesday, they’re setting an example of philanthropy at work with two new charitable announcements.

The tremendous success of...

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...

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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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 22:00.

In The Water: Rhiannon Giddens Pays Musical Tribute to the Painful Legacy of Wilmington, N.C.

In The Water: Rhiannon Giddens Pays Musical Tribute to the Painful Legacy of Wilmington, N.C.

Rhiannon Giddens is nothing if not prolific; the Grammy award-winner and Macarthur Genius Award recipient may have initially made her mark as co-founder and lead vocalist of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but her musical acumen spans genres. From the roots music of her banjo-based all-female super-quartet Our Native Daughters (earning her one of two Grammy nominations for 2020) to her work as...

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...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 29, 2019 at 23:00.

What's Good? We've Got Your Black—and Beautiful—Friday Deals Right Here!

What's Good? We've Got Your Black—and Beautiful—Friday Deals Right Here!

By now, your stomach has hopefully settled from that third plate you insisted on having on Thanksgiving—and if you refrained from lining up outside of a big box store last night, you’re now ready to burn off some of those calories taking advantage of all the Black Friday deals. (Yes, pacing around your house between orders on your laptop counts as exercise.)

Obviously, when we think of Black...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 27, 2019.

Google Us, Baby: What Loni Love Doesn't Know About Black Plus Models Is Hurtful to the Women Who've Been Doing the Work

Google Us, Baby: What Loni Love Doesn't Know About Black Plus Models Is Hurtful to the Women Who've Been Doing the Work

“There are no real plus size icons for me,” The Real co-host and author Loni Love told Hello Beautiful earlier this month—ironically, while hawking her first fashion collaboration with full-figured fashion stalwart Ashley Stewart. While we and a whole gang of Aretha, Oprah, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Lizzo fans would beg to differ (not to mention anyone who’s watched Adele or Ashley...