Tag: essence fest

Big Beauty Tuesday: The Glow Up Is Real!

Photo: Maiysha Kai 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 […]

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Black Women Invented Style and Essence Fest 2019 Is Proof

It’s no secret that black women invented style. As the daughter of a black woman who stays dressed-down-to-the-ground, I have come to associate black women with elegance, grace and a lot of pizazz. We slay magazine covers and shut down runways, all while becoming fashion icons who have even used style to discuss larger social […]

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Big Beauty Tuesday: ‘Before I Let Go’ of Essence Festival 2019, I Have to Say Thank You to Black Women

The Root’s Felice Léon celebrates the end of Essence Festival 2019 at Color of Change’s Black Women BrunchPhoto: Maiysha Kai/The Root Essence Fest tried to take me out, y’all…and I can’t wait to go back. The final day of The Glow Up’s Essence Festival diary was unfortunately delayed, due to the fact that no sleep […]

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‘Let’s Go’: I Watched the First 12 Minutes of Queen & Slim at Essence Fest. Damn.

Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, Queen & SlimPhoto: Courtesy of Universal Pictures “Black people don’t live, they survive,” Lena Waithe uttered to an eager audience of Essence Fest patrons who had just witnessed something that left us wanting more. That line not only reflects reality, but embodies the upcoming film she wrote, Queen & Slim, […]

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Kamala Harris Proposes $100 Billion Black Homeownership Plan

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) Joining what seems like every black woman in America at Essence Fest, senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris unveiled a $100 billion plan to increase black homeownership that, if implemented, could serve as a major step toward closing the racial wealth gap or at least pay two or three months […]

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‘I Thought I Was Meeting A Nerd:’ Michelle Obama Shares Her First Time Meeting Barack Obama

Image: Chip Somodevilla (GETTY IMAGES) Like I’ve said before, the America in which I reside is currently single and is using this time to rediscover itself after the Obamas’ departure from the blackest administration in history. We currently don’t have a president, so America is currently swiping right to find a love that’ll give it […]

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The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 4: Maybe My Mascara Should Run for President

Michelle Obama speaks onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Bennett Raglin (Getty Images for ESSENCE) No, Michelle Obama is not running for president, y’all. But we all know that if she did have the inclination, she’d have the coveted black female vote on lock. […]

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The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 3: That Voodoo That Essence Fest Do

When your Essence Fest pass inspires an eye look…Photo: Maiysha Kai As our days in New Orleans progress, it’s easier and easier to see why the Essence Festival has chosen the city has its home for almost all of its 25 years. Aside from the beauty, history, and incredible food, there is an unparalleled warmth […]

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Missy Elliott Performed At Essence Fest and We Are All Better Because of It

Photo: Bennett Raglin (GETTY IMAGES) Last night, my life was changed. I witnessed Melissa “Missy” Arnette Elliott perform and the quality of my existence has been upgraded for the better. I type this to you in lieu of voice because I spent a good 30+ minutes screaming the hits that Missy was ever so kind […]

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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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The Glow Up Goes to NOLA: How Do You Dress for Essence Fest?

Models attend 2018 Essence Street Style Festival on September 9, 2018 in Brooklyn City.Photo: Dave Kotinsky (Getty Images for Essence) I’ve traveled the world and been to multiple parts of the Caribbean and Africa, but I don’t think I’ve never been on a plane as black as the one I boarded to attend Essence Fest. […]

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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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