Tag: essence festival

Big Beauty Tuesday: What Makes a Beauty Boss?

“We Gloss, We Floss, We Boss”—it’s a little known fact, but that’s The Glow Up’s motto and our founding ethos, as we report on all things beauty, fashion and black women’s empowerment here at The Root. But when it comes to encompassing all three of those principles, no one does it better than black beauty […]

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

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks during the Spotify House Of Are & Be Podcast Session Presenting “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered Live With Senator Kamala Harris” on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans.Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images for Spotify) “Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and […]

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Tina ‘Knowles’ Black Excellence and Urges Us To Never Dim Our Light

Photo: Emma McIntyre (GETTY IMAGES) As a people, we’ve been known to make it out on top in some of the most unfortunate circumstances. With all that we have been through, we still manage to find a way to celebrate the beauty that comes with being black. Even when you trod us down into the […]

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City Girls’ Yung Miami is Here to Coach You to the Hot Girl Summer Championship

ICYMI: Hot girl summer is on and popping. We’ve passed the Fourth of July holiday, and hot girls are up 100 to 0 at the half. We out here winning, y’all. Team fuckboi tried to co-opt the hot girl summer in an attempt to put a few measly points on the board, but the hot […]

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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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‘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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The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 2: How to Eat Your Way Through New Orleans

Chicken and sausage gumbo from The Gumbo ShopPhoto: Tonja Stidhum If, by chance, you find yourself in New Orleans during the July 4th weekend, there are certain things you simply must do: check out the Essence Festival, catch the fireworks display over the Mississippi River, stumble upon a second line and/or live jazz in the […]

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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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30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 22: Mark Morrison ‘Return Of The Mack’

Photo: Atlantic Today is the 22nd day of June, in the year of our lord, 2019. Since the year of our Lord 1996 I’ve been preaching the same (debatably controversial) gospel: Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” is one of the greatest songs ever created. I stand firm and pat on this statement. Mark Morrison […]

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Three Times a Lady: When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Like Iman (or Ciara, or Teyana, or…)

(l-r) Ciara, Iman and Teyana Taylor on Essence’s July/August issueImage: Itaysha Jordan (Essence Communications) How do you celebrate 25 years of hosting the biggest celebration of black womanhood in the world? If you’re Essence magazine, you mark the spirit of the summer festival season by featuring three dynamically different beauties on your covers—all with a […]

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