Paris Men's Fashion Week: Under Virgil Abloh's Eye, the Louis Vuitton Man Channels the King of Pop

Those of us watching Virgil Abloh’s debut as creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear last summer saw a clear nod to The Wizard of Oz on his prismatic runway. But with the presentation of his second collection for the label on Thursday in Paris, France, he made it clear that he was actually referencing The Wiz.…

As the 2019 Women's March Dawns and the DNC and Others Pull Support, Tamika Mallory and Co-Leaders Confront the Divide Within

As feminist activists and allies across the country prepare to join the third wave of Women’s Marches in as many years on Saturday, a well-publicized shadow has been cast over the event. The concern? Longstanding accusations of anti-Semitism and exclusion within the ranks of the Women’s March, with national…

Queen to Queen: Our Forever First Lady Turns 55—With a Tribute From Beyoncé

Michelle Obama is many things: mother, wife, daughter, sister, former forever first lady, record-breaking bestselling author, #bodygoals and fictional mentor/best friend/auntie/big sister in the heads of more folks than she can probably imagine. And today, our inspirational icon turns 55, with plenty of reasons to…

Fenty, But Make It Luxury: Rihanna Reportedly Working on a High-End Line With LVMH—and Partying on the LES?

Remember that time (like, last week) when I suggested Rihanna was slowly embarking on an Amazon-like takeover of our lives? Well, we might as well just sign our estates over to the megastar now, because while we were awaiting new music, word in these fashion streets is that Rih is readying a line with international…

Did Barneys Just Figure Out It Should Be Selling Skincare for People of Color?

Black and brown shoppers have historically had a hard time shopping for the right makeup products in department stores, given that most of products offered are designed to look good on people with lighter skin. When Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty line with 40 shades of foundation, that started to change, spurring…

Film Noir x 4: KiKi, Jenifer, Regina and Amandla Cover Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Issue

It’s awards season, and once again, Essence magazine is right in step with the moment by releasing its annual Black Women in Hollywood issue with four incredible cover stars—who also happen to be this year’s award honorees! Newcomer on the rise KiKi Layne, industry vet-turned leading lady Regina Hall, child star…

Just Mary: For Her 48th Birthday, Mary J. Blige Let Us Know She's Even Better in a Bikini

This time last year, Mary J. Blige was paving the way for Lady Gaga’s current awards season as a two-time Oscar nominee in both the Supporting Actress and Best Song categories for her work in Mudbound—and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her 47th birthday. She was also celebrating her hard-won…

The Critics Have Spoken—Who Were the Best-Dressed Celebs at the 2019 Critics Choice Awards?

With the second major awards show in as many weeks, it’s safe to say awards season is officially in full swing. And while the winners of Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., add even more fuel to the Oscar-buzz fire, as usual, our eyes were turned to the red—well, blue—carpet to see how…

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