Tag: black girl magic

#AskLupita: Last Night, Lupita Nyong’o Talked Us, Colorism and Sulwe With Twitter

Lupita Nyong’o attends God’s Love We Deliver 13th Annual Golden Heart Awards celebration on October 21, 2019 in New York City.Photo: John Lamparski (Getty Images) Lupita Nyong’o made a name for herself by not using her remarkable acting talent, but by helping to shift the Hollywood beauty paradigm, as she conquered countless red carpets with […]

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Simone Biles Has Apparently Bodied Baseball, Too

Simone Biles performs a flip while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game 2 of the 2019 World Series on October 23, 2019 in Houston, Tx.Photo: Tim Warner (Getty Images) Real talk? I’ve never quite understood the appeal of America’s favorite pastime (*ducks*). Right around the fourth inning, I’m generally starting to doze. […]

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Building Black Queer Womxn’s Community: The Weekend Soiree Heads to New Orleans

Before “safe space” became a dog whistle for white Americans blind to the fact that, by default, every space they occupy is their own, the phrase just described a place for marginalized communities to gather together and, simply, feel safe. For the LGBTQ community, that space had been the bars of the country’s historic gayborhoods, […]

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A New Star Wars Trailer Dropped—Let’s Talk About Victoria Mahoney and Her Historic Directing Role in the Film, Though

Cue the epic saga text scrolling, we have a new Star Wars trailer! That’s right, Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker has dropped its much-anticipated final trailer. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer (2019) / Movieclips Trailers (YouTube) Default fanboy giddiness aside, the trailer looks damn good. Plus, there’s the added […]

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Meghan Markle’s Royal Honesty Moves Us Closer to Reproductive Justice

The Markle Sparkle is real. The Duchess of Sussex is pure poise, professionalism and positivity, and, at times, she can seem more like a Disney Princess whose life is a fairytale beyond imagination. But then there other days, like the one last week, when the crown comes off and she gets real about how hard […]

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Harvard to Honor Queen Latifah With W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for Her Contributions to the Culture

In 1895, W.E.B. Du Bois became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard. Over a century later, Queen Latifah is being honored by the prestigious institution with an award bearing his name. On Oct. 22, the New Jersey-bred multihyphenate will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for her contributions to the culture. […]

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100 Percent That Thief? Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ Slapped With Second Plagiarism Claim

If the latest round of accusations is true, Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” is more than merely a chart-topping smash—it’s the byproduct of some carefully calculated theft. Pitchfork reports that producer Justin Raisen took to Instagram to air out his grievances with the Cuz I Love You singer and was kind enough to include receipts. Advertisement “On […]

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Parker Looks Up: Michelle Obama’s Biggest (and Littlest) Fan Just Published Her First Book

She’s been a viral sensation (more than once), has had a dance party with the forever first lady, and has published her first book—all before the age of five. The adorable little art lover known as Parker Curry can now add “author” to her pre-K resume, as on Tuesday, she and her mom, parenting blogger […]

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‘Yes, I Am Good at This’: Simone Biles, Coco Gauff and Brigid Kosgei Were a #BlackGirlMagic Trifecta on Sunday

Apparently, 13 is a very lucky number—or at least, Oct. 13 was for Simone Biles, Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei and 15-year-old tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff, all of whom had groundbreaking performances to celebrate on Sunday. Within a week of having yet another gymnastics move named in her honor and becoming the most-medaled woman in […]

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She Sparkles: Is 14-Year-Old Zahara Jolie-Pitt Destined to Be a Jewelry Designer?

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, left, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt arrive at the premiere of Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” on September 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Well, here’s an expected privilege of being one of Hollywood’s most recognized families: Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, the […]

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Queen of Our Kingdom: Regina King Is Killing Us Softly in Marie Claire’s ‘Ambition Issue’

That face. That body. That presence. That talent. That longevity. Regina King is giving it all in Marie Claire’s November issue, appropriately titled the “Ambition Issue.” On the verge of her superhero moment in HBO’s Watchmen, King is reminding us that she’s more than built for the role, in a sleek spread for the magazine, […]

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Girls United: For the International Day of the Girl, Essence’s Mentoring Initiative Grows Up

It’s the International Day of the Girl, where we focus (as we should every day) on supporting the growth of girls around the world—through advocacy, mentorship and empowerment. And the black girl magic media juggernaut known as Essence has been doing just that, last fall launching Girls United, a mentoring initiative meant to empower the […]

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Girl Boss: On the International Day of the Girl, Meet the Incredible Girls on Kidbox’s Kids Board of Directors

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, my biggest initiatives were keeping my room clean and babysitting my younger siblings. But for the eight remarkable girls above, their mission is to make the world a better place—from advocating for clean water, to literacy, to gun control. For Kidbox’s Kids board of […]

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She Did It! Jessica Nabongo Is the 1st Black Woman to Visit Every Country in the World

Jessica Nabongo during New York Fashion Week on September 07, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Donell Woodson (Getty Images) The last time we saw world traveler—no, adventurer—Jessica Nabongo, it was this past July in New Orleans at the 2019 Essence Festival. But while NOLA is an undeniably exciting city (and Essence Fest the annual convention […]

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Bish, I Be Running Week 6: Fundraising Is ‘Fun’ (Said No One)

Nah, legit though. You can donate in the link below.Photo: Ashley Velez So, I’m just under a month away from the New York City marathon. Long runs are, well, long and my joints are starting to feel the mileage (don’t fret—these knees are getting iced on a regular). Every day, I have to remind myself […]

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Never Forget: During Fashion’s Biggest Week, Pose’s Indya Moore and Angelica Ross Urge Us to Remember Trans Lives

Indya Moore speaks on stage at The Daily Front Row’s 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Brian Ach (Getty Images for Daily Front Row, Inc.) Seventeen women accompanied Indya Moore to the stage of the Daily Front Row Fashion Media Awards last Thursday night. As reported by The […]

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Royalty in Our DNA: Black Girls Rock! the Stage, the Screen and the Red Carpet

Debra Martin Chase, left, Regina King, Angela Bassett and Beverly Bond appear onstage at Black Girls Rock 2019 Hosted By Niecy Nash at NJPAC on August 25, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.Photo: Astrid Stawiarz (Getty Images for BET) As the cameras panned the audience at the 2019 Black Girls Rock! ceremony, which aired on BET […]

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Black Girls Rock! Reminds Us That the World Would Be Lost Without Black Women

Photo: Jemal Countess (GETTY IMAGES) We owe black women a debt that we could never even imagine repaying. They have blessed us with their presence and for that, we are better as a collective. The love they have shown us held us through some of our darkest times, while simultaneously reminding us that we are […]

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A Thank You to Black Women

Black women are a gift that keeps on giving. A lot of us wouldn’t be the people we are today if it weren’t for black women blessing us with their presence and their grace. The lessons black women have taught us have shaped and saved our lives in infinite ways. We owe them a great […]

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