Viola Davis Only Lasting 2 Days of a 28-Day Cleanse Is All of Us

We are now firmly in the holiday season—or, as I like to call it, “food-pocalypse,” because it is the suspension of all rationale. Specifically, each Halloween to New Year’s Eve is the time of year that I, like most, give up trying to be virtuous and succumb to the lure of holiday parties, happy hours and seemingly…

Obamaganza: Michelle Obama Continues Her Reign on Essence's Next Cover—in Curls!

If you feel like you’re seeing Michelle Obama everywhere these days, get used to it. With the release of her acclaimed memoir, Becoming, plus a nine-city book tour with crowds rivaling any her friends Beyoncé and Oprah might attract, she’s successfully transitioned from former First Lady to bona fide phenomenon. Very…

'I Make Hits': Cardi B x Fashion Nova Sells Out Immediately—Proving Her Midas Touch

We tried to warn you weeks ago...in fact, so did she. But if you were one of the unsuccessful among the throngs hoping to get their hands on a piece of Cardi B’s collaboration with online fast-fashion mecca Fashion Nova when it dropped at midnight, you’d better start stalking eBay, because that’s likely the only place…

Independent Woman: Beyoncé Buys Out Ivy Park Co-Founder, Amid Charges of His Misconduct

Beyoncé’s Ivy Park activewear line is one of the lower profile of her many ventures. The two-year old line, available at retailers such as Nordstrom and Foot Locker, among others, will soon be leaving the shelves of English-based fast-fashion juggernaut Topshop. Launched in 2016 with the retailer’s chairman, Sir…

Design Flaw: Serena Williams' GQ Cover Deserved Better Than Virgil Abloh

Serena Williams looks stunning on GQ’s latest issue, one of four in its 2018 “Man of the Year” series. She is the sole woman honored. Equally stunning was the major miscalculation made by the magazine’s editors by inviting designer of the moment, Virgil Abloh, to customize the cover, which he did by crossing out the…

#AllTogetherNow: Gabrielle Union Introduces Us to Her Covetable—and Affordable—Holiday Collection for New York & Company

With a thriving life as an in-demand actress, television and Broadway producer, bestselling author, beauty entrepreneur, wife and mother—with a newborn, no less—it’s hard to imagine that Gabrielle Union could possibly fit anything else on her already very full plate. But with the release of her latest collection with…

The Hangover: We've Finally Recovered from The Root 100 Gala (and Gee, Did We Clean Up Nice)

What do you get when you put hundreds of well-dressed black folk, a great DJ, an open bar, and boundless black excellence into a trendy event space in New York City ? Well, if you’re me, you likely get a weeklong hangover, but you also get The Root 100 gala, our annual celebration of the year’s 100 most influential…

Dressing the Part: In Becoming, Michelle Obama Gets Candid About Fashioning a First Lady

Melania Trump may claim to be the most bullied person in the world, but truly, has there been any first lady more scrutinized than Michelle Obama? During her time in the White House (and before—and since), Obama was attacked for her race, her hair, her body, and her mere existence as a black woman in a space many…

The Midterms Makeover: Donna Brazile’s Glam Squad Talks About Her Epic Transformation

Black women were big winners during the 2018 midterm elections, but there was one we couldn’t keep our eyes off as the results rolled in. After keeping a slightly lower profile since the fallout following the Democratic National Committee debacles of 2016, Donna Brazile reemerged with a stunning new look last Tuesday,…

Reverence or Reach? The Tupac x Black Panther Collab Raises More Questions Than Interest

“From one icon to another” read a caption promoting a recent collaboration between Marvel’s Black Panther and the estate of slain rap star Tupac. But for followers and fans alike, there were questions about the correlation between the Marvel superhero and slain rap star, with many calling a co-tribute to the two a…

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