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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai yesterday at 02:30. 2 comments

'Brown Skin Girl' Was Bound to Be Our New Anti-Colorism Anthem...But It's Also Blue Ivy's 1st Writing Credit!

'Brown Skin Girl' Was Bound to Be Our New Anti-Colorism Anthem...But It's Also Blue Ivy's 1st Writing Credit!

Bow down, Simba...because we already know who the real star of The Lion King reboot is.

The CGI-fueled film opens in U.S. theaters today, but all week we’ve been ramping up, first falling for the fashion-fueled extravaganza that was the “Spirit” video release , and now getting our Afrobeats on with Thursday night’s release of The Gift, Beyoncé’s personally curated collaborative album timed to...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 19, 2019 at 23:30. 10 comments

Serena Williams Tops the 4th Annual Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50

Serena Williams Tops the 4th Annual Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50

Is it just us, or is Serena Williams everywhere as of late? Just last week, we were in awe of the tennis phenom in all her unretouched golden glory on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and now she’s once again killing the game, covering Sports Illustrated’s fourth annual Fashionable 50 issue. The tagline for the cover? “The Serena Code.”

Winning: Serena Williams Makes the Wimbledon Semifinals,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 19, 2019 at 21:00. 6 comments

It's Official: Michelle Obama Is the Most Admired Woman in the World—and Keeps Paying It Forward

It's Official: Michelle Obama Is the Most Admired Woman in the World—and Keeps Paying It Forward

Confirming what most of us already know, a new poll places Michelle Obama atop its list of the most admired women in the world. As reported by the Hill, an annual study by global market research company YouGov places two black women in the top spots; Obama is followed by close friend Oprah Winfrey in second place, both moving up to unseat Angelina Jolie, who slipped from first to third this...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 19, 2019 at 03:30.

As Part of a $3 Million Investment, Serena Williams Adds Her Power to the Fight Against Maternal Mortality

As Part of a $3 Million Investment, Serena Williams Adds Her Power to the Fight Against Maternal Mortality

What does it mean when the most recognizable female athlete in the world can’t get the attention she needs when suffering complications after giving birth? For Serena Williams, it meant becoming intimately familiar with the crisis currently facing so many black expectant mothers—the threat of a life-or-death outcome.

Serena Williams Reveals What She Learned After Her Near-Death Experience...
Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 18, 2019 at 21:00. 1 comments

The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’: Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Scores Allure’s August Cover

The ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’: Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Scores Allure’s August Cover

She may not have managed another Grand Slam at the French Open or Wimbledon (but that Australian Open, though), but Naomi Osaka is still a tennis phenom on the rise—with a rising profile that now includes the cover of Allure’s August issue. It’s the Japanese-Haitian athlete’s first American fashion magazine cover, and while I personally wish we’d gotten to see a bit more of the adorable face...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 18, 2019 at 05:00.

The Second City Turns Complex Community: ComplexCon Brings the ‘Cultural Super Bowl’ to Chicago This Weekend

The Second City Turns Complex Community: ComplexCon Brings the ‘Cultural Super Bowl’ to Chicago This Weekend

Real talk? I’m not terribly prone to FOMO—I’m grown, respectably connected and have done my share of thangs, so to speak. Nevertheless, I must admit to feeling some significant event envy last fall when my press invite to ComplexCon once again got lost in the mail (and I may or may not have sent a few admonishing emails around, as a result), because it was not an event to miss.

Now...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 18, 2019 at 02:30.

‘Barbie Dreams’...of Fendi: Is a Nicki Minaj Luxury Collab in the Works?

‘Barbie Dreams’...of Fendi: Is a Nicki Minaj Luxury Collab in the Works?

It’s no secret that Nicki Minaj and late luxury designer Karl Lagerfeld had a deep mutual admiration for each other, with the two joining forces on a cover shoot for Elle last year and Minaj frequently fawning over Lagerfeld’s designs for Chanel. But if suspicions are correct, it may be Fendi, another formerly Lagerfeld-designed label, that Minaj has in mind for her first luxury...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 18, 2019 at 01:00.

With a New Amendment, New York State Quietly Joins California in Fighting Hair Discrimination

With a New Amendment, New York State Quietly Joins California in Fighting Hair Discrimination

New York City passed amendments to ban hair discrimination in February, but now the state has followed suit, lending its legislative weight to the ongoing conversation around hair bias. Prompted by the CROWN Act (SB 188), proposed by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Calif.), California became the first state to pass anti-hair discrimination legislation on July 3; on July 12, New York Gov. Andrew...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 17, 2019 at 23:00.

Beyoncé Made So Many Costume Changes in the ‘Spirit’ Video, We Almost Lost Count

Beyoncé Made So Many Costume Changes in the ‘Spirit’ Video, We Almost Lost Count

So far, we’ve counted 12—yes, 12 outfits that Beyoncé reportedly sports in the four minutes and 31 seconds the “Spirit” video runs. That’s gotta be some kind of record.

Granted, only 10 of Beyoncé’s reported 12 costume changes made the final cut of the official video for the first single from her Lion King-themed album of original songs, The Lion King: The Gift. We’re sure there’s an extended...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 17, 2019 at 07:30.

Big Beauty Tuesday: The Glow Up Is Real!

Big Beauty Tuesday: The Glow Up Is Real!

Against my better instincts, am I inadvertently having a “hot girl summer”?

I kid, I kid...all my seasons are hot—and haute—but despite the trend-chasing I do daily for The Glow Up, I’m usually not one to chase them off the clock, generally relying on my tried-and-true routine. I mean, if it ain’t broke...

But of course, life has a funny way of disrupting your routines; like, say...when you...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 17, 2019 at 02:00.

Proving ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Are in Fashion, Chanel Hires Its 1st Head of D & I—but Not a Person of Color

Proving ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ Are in Fashion, Chanel Hires Its 1st Head of D & I—but Not a Person of Color

Often, the best way to confront a scandal is to avoid creating one in the first place. After a flurry of major brands—including Gucci , Prada and H&M—quickly scrambled to create diversity-focused positions, boards and initiatives following major gaffes in cultural insensitivity, Chanel, which has thus far avoided being named in a recent racial scandal (and boasts a recent collaboration with...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 17, 2019 at 00:30.

The Breakthrough: Harlem’s Fashion Row Mentors Designers to Success—and a Lion King Collaboration

The Breakthrough: Harlem’s Fashion Row Mentors Designers to Success—and a Lion King Collaboration

Ahead of the July Fourth weekend and the multimedia marathon that was Essence Fest 2019, where we connected with groundbreaking fashion luminaries like Dapper Dan in New Orleans, New York-based incubator Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) was doing what it does best: inspiring and empowering the next wave of designers of color.

In partnership with Nike, HFR launched its first designer retreat in New...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 16, 2019 at 20:50.

‘I Am a Champion for My Brown, Dark Women’: Living Legend Missy Elliot Covers Marie Claire

‘I Am a Champion for My Brown, Dark Women’: Living Legend Missy Elliot Covers Marie Claire

Fun, fly fact: Monday marked the 22nd anniversary of Missy Elliott’s debut drop, Supa Dupa Fly.

If that anniversary astounds you, it’s likely because aside from the fact that we don’t feel 22 years older (that was legit half my lifetime ago, at this point), the song, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” still slaps, proving Missy was always well ahead of her time.

“We created a sound that we didn’t even...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 16, 2019 at 05:15. 1 comments

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered
“Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and then you just turn up on the other side of the barrier...No, there’s breaking involved. And when you break things, it’s painful. You get hurt, you may get cut and you may bleed. It will be worth it, but it is not without pain.” —Sen. Kamala Harris

Of the many Democratic candidates campaigning for the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 18:28.

Tastemaker: Through the Iconoclast Dinner Experience, Lezli Levene Harvell Gives the Gift of a Spelman Education

Tastemaker: Through the Iconoclast Dinner Experience, Lezli Levene Harvell Gives the Gift of a Spelman Education

The Iconoclast Dinner Experience, Dr. Lezli Levene Harvell’s annual series of highly curated culinary events, is becoming well-known for championing the talents and visibility of some of our most exciting chefs of color. But after the last drinks are poured and the dishes are cleared, IDE’s multi-course, celebrity-studded fêtes benefit even more promising talents; one hundred percent of IDE’s...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 18:10.

Fresh Cuts: Lena Waithe Loses Her Locs!

Fresh Cuts: Lena Waithe Loses Her Locs!

Sometimes, you just gotta let it all go ... which is exactly what writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe did over the weekend when she traded her trademark locs with shaved sides for a low fade with a curved side part, created by Barber Doll the Slayer.

While we can’t guarantee that this transformation will be lower-maintenance than Waithe’s locs, we do know that some feel hair holds...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 18:01.

She Got That Glow: Is It Too Soon to Say Meghan Markle's Maternity Looks May Be Her Best Yet?

She Got That Glow: Is It Too Soon to Say Meghan Markle's Maternity Looks May Be Her Best Yet?

It’s that time again ... we’re checking in with our favorite British royal bride (and now, mom-to-be) to see how things are progressing—style-wise, that is.

She’s barely showing, but Meghan Markle is proving a long-held theory about expectant mothers, as she appears to be ... blossoming. Granted, her recent adoption of a few more more vivid colors and prints are likely due to the fact that she...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 17:27.

Girl Power Grows Up: Dozens of Influential Women Explore the Meaning of Power

Girl Power Grows Up: Dozens of Influential Women Explore the Meaning of Power

What does it mean to be a powerful woman? This is the question New York magazine’s Women and Power issue explores, interviewing and profiling some of the world’s most well-known women—and many who wield the power behind the scenes.

Published online in the magazine’s style section, the Cut, the issue features 12 covers—8 in print, and 4 digital only—and more than 70 powerful women...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 17:12.

Start Stretching, Fenty Fans... 10 New Mattemoiselle Singles Drop December 26!

Start Stretching, Fenty Fans... 10 New Mattemoiselle Singles Drop December 26!

Fenty lovers, I hope you saved a little room (and budget) for post-Christmas shopping, because Rihanna is once again coming for your coins!

Fenty Beauty announced last week that it would be dropping not one, not two, but 10 new shades of its Mattesmoiselle lipstick on December 26, just in time for you to pick a shade to go with your New Year’s Eve outfit.

The new shades are (from left to right,...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 17:02.

Alexis Ohanian Wants to Become Skilled at Doing His Daughter's Hair. So, Why Did He Get Pushback?

Alexis Ohanian Wants to Become Skilled at Doing His Daughter's Hair. So, Why Did He Get Pushback?

He may not have been the man we’d expected Serena Williams to end up with (following beaus Common and Drake), but Alexis Ohanian has turned out to be quite the devoted husband and dad. In addition to his own work as a venture capitalist and part-time curator of family-themed social media, Ohanian accompanies his athlete-wife around the globe to cheer her on and co-parent daughter Alexis...

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