Tag: black women

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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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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Erika Alexander’s an Iconic Actor, but Life in Hollywood Ain’t No Crystal Stair

This just in: disparities persist in Hollywood. Beyond a lack of inclusion and pay inequities—which are both critical—the ways that we see black women, as well as the breadth of our roles and even the level of imagination assigned to the specific characters we play, can be stifling. “I think that black men [in Hollywood] […]

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Black Women OWN the Conversation Puts Black Women in the Center

Black Women OWN the Conversation, a collaboration between OZY Media, co-owned by Carlos Watson, a former CNN and MSNBC analyst, and the Oprah Winfrey-branded network OWN, is a historic first for television. Launched August 24, the series features panels of such well-known women as Stacey Abrams, singer Monica, comedic actress Kym Whitley, Pose star Angelica […]

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Angela Bassett to Receive Icon Award at 2019 Black Girls Rock! Ceremony

Photo: Rebecca Sapp (Getty Images) There are certain things we can always depend on being fact: Water will always be wet, fire will always be hot and the world would be lost without black women. Facts are facts, America. Knowing that black women make the world go ‘round, BET is once again gathering attendees to […]

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From Jackie Aina to the CROWN Coalition, Black Women Lead Glamour’s List of Women Changing the Beauty Industry

Jackie Aina speaks onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Beauty Carnival on April 28, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Essence) It’s our turn. That’s the message Glamour magazine is giving black women, with the release of its “Women of the Year All Year” list honoring the biggest influencers in beauty. Of […]

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Rapsody’s Upcoming Album, Eve, Pays Homage to Black Women; 1st Single ‘Ibtihaj’ Keeps It All the Way Live

Photo: Dia Dupasil (Getty Images for BET) Rapsody, the North Carolina lyricist known in hip-hop circles as a rapper’s rapper, has consistently delivered on both her individual releases and features. In 2017, Rapsody (born Marlanna Evans) dropped her critically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated album, Laila’s Wisdom (Jamla/RocNation). The first record on the album—the title track—has been in […]

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Angela Davis to be Inducted Into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Photo: Jemal Countess (Getty Images) The National Women’s Hall of Fame prides itself on celebrating the achievements of transcendent women throughout the course of American history. And this fall, educator and activist Angela Davis will be recognized for both her courage and accomplishments. The Associated Press reports that Davis is among the class of 2019 […]

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Beyond Dick: This One’s for the Ladies Is All About the Joy and Pain of Black Women

Screenshot: This One’s for the Ladies Trailer You would think This One’s for the Ladies, Gene Graham’s foray into strip shows for black women, would be all about dick. If so, you would be wrong. In fact, once you nasty girls (and boys) are drawn into this world, you are in fact exposed to the […]

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Money Moves: Elizabeth Warren Touts Plan to Increase Pay for Black and Brown Women

Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) embraces a supporter at a campaign event, July 2, 2019, in Las Vegas.Photo: John Locher (Associated Press) Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth “I have a plan for that” Warren pledged Friday to help close the pay gap suffered by women of color, especially by women who are black or […]

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California Is a Governor’s Signature Away From Prohibiting Employers From Discriminating Against Black Hair

Photo: iStock On Thursday, California lawmakers passed a bill protecting black folks from hair discrimination, an important step in decriminalizing blackness. Huffington Post reports that the state assembly passed the CROWN Act, which prohibits both employers and schools from enforcing discriminatory policies that penalize black people for wearing their hair naturally. Specifically, those who wear […]

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How to Throw a 25-Year Party: Why Essence Festival Is Your Faves’ Favorite Event of the Year

Regina King (R) takes a selfie with a fan at Essence Festival 2018 on July 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Bennett Raglin (Getty Images for Annapurna) What makes a great party? No, I mean a really great party; the kind people look forward to, year after year. This Fourth of July weekend, we’re going […]

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Black Women Are More Likely to Be Sexually Harassed on the Job, a Study Finds

Photo: iStock Reports of sexual harassment in the workplace are down among women overall, but the decline is far less steep among black women, signaling they are at greater risk. That’s according to a study published in the journal Gender, Work and Organization and written by New Jersey researchers Dan Cassino of Fairleigh Dickinson University […]

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More Than an Awards Show: BET Just Gave Us Another Unforgettable, Female-Fueled ‘Experience’

Rihanna walks onstage at the 2019 BET Awards.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Fun fact: When Rihanna gives you a standing ovation in the middle of your flute solo, your DNA test is probably right: you’re 100 percent “that bitch.” Frankly, we didn’t expect Lizzo to top the stellar Sister Act 2 tribute she gave only […]

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Auntie Who? Ava DuVernay Sets Some Boundaries and Sparks Major Debate—and The Root Digs In

Ava DuVernay attends the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton (Getty Images for Essence) So, it seems we owe Ava DuVernay an apology. Last Friday, when we ran her picture (along with buddy and co-producer Oprah Winfrey) above an article titled “Aunties Know Best? Data Suggests Single, Childless Women […]

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