If you ask me to share my earliest memory of clothing, in spite of the bevy of beautiful dresses my mother delighted in buying for me as a child (which I equally delighted in wearing), the first thought that comes to mind is an outfit I wore to kindergarten one day in 1980. I clearly remember strutting into the…
Danielle Brooks has *some personal news.*
Cardi B may have brought the catchphrase “okurrr” into the mainstream (and even into the Super Bowl ad echelon, via Pepsi), but like Madonna and voguing, she did not originate the concept—a fact recognized by Bronx natives, members of the drag and ballroom communities, and now, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Things we automatically associate with supermodels: runways, magazine covers, fashion-related reality shows, and cosmetics lines. But Tyra Banks continues to prove that she’s not your average supermodel—an oxymoron, we know—with out-of-the-box ideas that include a model-themed amusement park, an upcoming body-positive…
A Year After Trademarking the Word ‘Kimono,’ Backlash Convinces Kim Kardashian to Do the Right Thing
Well, wonders never cease...and it only took a year for you to grow some damned common sense, Kim.
Her father once implored us to “Let Love Rule,” and now, Zoë Kravitz, the genetically-blessed daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, has done just that, marrying longtime boyfriend Karl Glusman in a star-studded wedding at her father’s home in Paris, France, on Saturday. (Bonus points if you also get the musical…
New York City knows how to throw a party—and for World Pride Weekend, the city gave a rainbow-fueled celebration for its LGBTQ community, who were out in force to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, widely considered the start of the modern queer liberation movement.
California Is a Governor’s Signature Away From Prohibiting Employers From Discriminating Against Black Hair
On Thursday, California lawmakers passed a bill protecting black folks from hair discrimination, an important step in decriminalizing blackness.
Like a Mother: Poet Staceyann Chin Chronicles Her Queer and Challenging Path to Parenthood in Motherstruck!
The first time I heard Staceyann Chin perform, it was (at the risk of dating myself) during the early aughts Broadway run of Def Poetry Jam, where the poet and activist joined a diverse crew of talents onstage at New York City’s Longacre Theatre for nearly 200 performances, before the show closed in 2003. Even then,…
What would we do without our besties? In my case, I’m not sure I would’ve gotten through the first half of the Democratic debates on Wednesday night without text-heckling half of the candidates with my BFF from our respective living rooms, but my criteria for eternal friendship is likely a mite lower than that of…
All those weeks of feeling like it was taking forever to heat up finally make sense; we were waiting for our
former forever first family to give us the go-ahead on summer! (I kid, I kid—or do I?) Thankfully, like a groundhog predicting the coming of spring, the first leaf to fall from a tree, or the unfortunately dry…
Don’t Call It a Comeback: With an Ethically-Based New Label, Designer Tracy Reese Honors Her Detroit Roots
She was the first black female designer to be recognized by the ever-exclusive fashion industry, and two decades after launching her eponymous label, Tracy Reese continues to lead the charge. After taking what appeared to be a well-deserved break from the flurry of biannual Fashion Weeks the past few seasons, the…
Over the Rainbow: This Pride Month, Kehlani and Rico Nasty Debut Gender and Sex-Positive Clothing Collections
This is what we call “music with a message.”
Styled in Sound: Solange Composed and Conducted a New Work to Bid Kenzo’s Longtime Designers Farewell
How do you end an era of fashion? If you’re longtime Kenzo designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, you want to make your exit even more fashionable than your entrance, which the duo did when presenting their final Men and Women Spring Summer 2020 Fashion Show in Paris on Sunday.
Fun fact: I hate pink lipstick.
It’s the most important meal of the day, and she’s known as the greatest female tennis player to play the game, so how is it possible we’re just now celebrating Serena Williams getting her own Wheaties box?
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 to find out; we’re traveling to New Orleans to join our play cousins at Essence for the 25th-anniversary celebration of their legendary festival.