Women of Color

Chicago muralist claimed black woman’s stunning Michelle Obama image as his own

"He didn’t change anything, not one line mark," says Gelila Mesfin, who first made Obama over as an Egyptian queen<p>Over the weekend, Instagram and Twitter blew up over a beautiful image of former first lady Michelle Obama wearing the garb of an Egyptian queen. Chicago muralist Chris Devins painted …

Instagram

Black Women Are Upset Over SheaMoisture’s New Whitewashing Marketing Ploy

<b>Updated Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m.:</b> SheaMoisture has issued an apology stating that it really fucked up.<p><b>Earlier:</b><p>For years SheaMoisture has …

African-American News

This College Student's Stepdad Didn't Believe He'd Graduate - But Look At Him Now

Daivon Reeder's tweet caught fire after he graduated from Eastern Michigan University last weekend.<p>It's graduation season and college students all …

College & University

Husband Of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam: Suicide Claims Have No 'Basis In Reality'

The widower of the esteemed judge does not believe her death was a suicide<p>The husband of the late Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam has stepped forward to …

Mental Health

Why Tyra Banks In 'Life Size' Was So Important For Black Girls

Tyra Banks is an OG supermodel and icon with a long list of accomplishments.<p>She started and hosted “America’s Next Top Model,” she’s a Victoria’s …

Barbie

'Us or Else:' BET Airs T.I.'s Police Brutality Film

The film will be followed by a panel hosted by Angela Rye, featuring a discussion with artists and activists about preventing tragedies in our …

Black Lives Matter

The Murder Rate Of Transgender Women In The U.S. Isn't Declining

On Friday, Florida native Chayviss "Chay" Reed was fatally shot in Miami, becoming the ninth transgender woman to be murdered in the U.S. this year. Trans women face disproportionately high rates of violence, and the number of reported trans murders each year isn't declining.<p>Reed, 28, was initially …

Transgender

Jesse Williams And Wife Aryn Drake-Lee Have Split

After being together for ten years, the couple have allegedly gone their separate ways.<p>Say it isn't so!<p><i>TMZ</i> has reported that woke BAE, also known as …

Black History

John Legend Challenges Men To Join The Fight For Women's Rights BEFORE They Have Daughters

The 2017 ESSENCE Festival performer says he's not a fan of guys who wait until becoming fathers of daughters to care about equal rights for …

Women's Rights

Rep. Maxine Waters Calls Bill O’Reilly A ‘Sexual Pervert’; Still Fighting For Trump’s Impeachment

Since President Donald Trump has been in office, Rep. Maxine Waters has been in the forefront working to hold him accountable.Waters called into The …

African-American News

American Experience - WGBH

Article<p>The Casual Excellence of Ella Fitzgerald<p>The <i>“</i>First Lady of Jazz” expanded the parameters of black women’s art.<p>By Emily J. Lordi<p>One hundred …

Jazz

Janet Jackson Fan Is Suing Live Nation For Rescheduled Tour Tickets

The singer put her Unbreakable Tour on hold in 2016 to have her son.<p>Fans were excited to see Janet Jackson when she first announced her Unbreakable …

Live Music

Shea Moisture Drops Second Commercial Focused On Black Women

Shea Moisture has decided to pull their latest campaign ad, which tried really hard to include the customer base they want as opposed to the …

Skin Care

Facebook

<i>This post is part of our online roundtable on Black Women and the Politics of Respectability.</i><p>The politics of respectability were a response to the …

Black History

TV One's NewsOne Now Get's A Facelift, Network Adds Investigative Series and Original Films

A Tasha Smith-directed film is coming to the network, as well as a new investigative series executive produced by Viola Davis.<p>TV One is amping up …

Documentaries

Solange's 'A Seat At the Table' Won't Be Touring, But Here's Where You Can See Her

The singer revealed that she doesn't have a set tour for the Grammy award-winning album. But we've got you covered.<p>You may not be able to catch a …

Music

Twitter User Pays Homage To Beyoncé's Bodyguard Julius

Julius has stood by Bey through some trying times, so a Twitter user created a thread of his most iconic moments.<p>Julius De Boer is an iconic figure …

Beyoncé

Amandla Stenberg Goes Back to a Buzz Cut and It's Perfection

We're head over heels for this bold and badass 'do!<p>Back in January 2017, actress and activist Amandla Stenberg kicked off the New Year by unveiling a …

Fashion

Everything You Need to Know Before Getting An IUD

Here's answers to many common questions about the IUD—like the Mirena or copper version—from effectiveness, to cost, to insertion.<p><i>This article</i> …

Birth Control

We'd Definitely Go See This Rihanna And Lupita Nyong'o Film The Internet Dreamt Up

The idea stemmed from a 2014 photo of the pair looking sickeningly gorgeous.<p>The internet is a gold mine for fresh ideas, and this latest one has …

Rihanna

Kendrick Lamar's Mom Is Definitely His Biggest Fan

The rapper's mom gave his new album high praise in a sweet and hilarious text message.<p>Our parents are alway our biggest fans and Kendrick Lamar's mom …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Look of the Day: Beyonce Gives Ultimate Baby Bump Style in Flowy Spring Look

We're loving Queen Bey's maternity style!<p>Beyonce is not playing when it comes to her pregnancy style. The superstar has absolutely no time for looks …

Fashion

More Black Employees To Sue Fox News Over ‘Jim Crow’ Abuse

If you thought that Fox News’ problems would dissipate with the firing this week of anchor Bill O’Reilly, think again. Seven more African American …

Racism

Why The White Feminism Of The Women’s March Is Still On My Mind

My interactions have confirmed that if we have the energy and the time, we can’t overstate white feminism post-march.<p>More than two months after the …

Feminism

The Impact of “Lemonade” a Year Later

A year ago, I was sitting on the edge of my friend’s couch, eyes glued on the TV. We all were huddled around the flat screen TV, excited but most of …

Beyoncé

Remembering the Forgotten Organizations that Fought for Black Power

When we think of the Black Power and civil rights movements of the 1950s/1960s/1970s, we usually think of figures like Martin Luther King and Angela …

Black History

Why Solange Thinks It’s Important to Embrace Failure

Mistakes aren't always a bad thing<p>Solange Knowles has always been expressive, thoughtful, and strong,but after an intimate performance of her recent album, <i>A Seat at the Table</i>, at Coachella's Reebok Classic Leather Crib, she got real about how exuding that strength and confidence can be exhausting. …

Fashion

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Reunion, Part Two: Divorced Or Not?

A lot was discussed, but the hot topic of the evening was Phaedra and her drawn out divorce.<p>The second part of <i>The Real Housewives of Atlanta</i> reunion …

TV

Mack Wilds Performs ''Explore'' From New Album 'AfterHours'

Shots Fired actor Mack Wilds stopped by ESSENCE Live to give us a glimpse of his new album AfterHours, performing "Explore," a pensive new song on …

Music

Beyoncé's Easter Was A Cute Family Affair

Three generations of family love were in attendance to share in the intimate Easter festivities.<p>Queen Bey dropped a new photo slideshow of her Easter …

Beyoncé