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'It’s All Divine Play to Me': Angelica Ross Bodies Her Latest Magazine Feature—Literally“The things Angelica did: THAT,” said The Root’s Entertainment Writer Tonja Stidhum upon seeing Angelica Ross’ new pictorial, photographed by Malik Ahmir and styled by Amiyah Scott for Interview magazine. And looking like this (with bamboo earrings, to boot), that could really be the whole post. In fact, if you suspect this blog is actually an Angelica Ross stan account, we can’t really deny it...and can you really blame us?
Mr. America: Billy Porter Is the First Gay Man to Cover EssenceIt’s unfortunate that in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary, Essence has also been implicated in a rising controversy as past and current Black female staffers have anonymously launched a campaign to #TakeBackEssence. But as we also commemorate 50 years of Pride and the closing of Pride Month, we can simultaneously celebrate another milestone made by the legacy imprint.
From Black Designers to Drugstore Brands, Meg Thee Stallion and Amanda Seales Served Accessible Beauty for the 2020 BET AwardsThe culture could not be canceled on Sunday night, as the 20th—and entirely virtual—BET Awards set a new standard for quarantine entertainment. As was to be expected from the pioneering Black entertainment network, the evening was Black Lives Matter-themed—and the stars did not disappoint.
No, Symone Sanders Won't Shut Up—and She Doesn't Think We Should, EitherLater this summer, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden will announce his running mate—and it’s widely presumed he will choose one of the many dynamic Black women who have risen to the top of the political sphere (and its adjacent headlines) in recent years. But as anyone watching the Biden camp knows, he already has a dynamic Black woman in his ear: Senior Adviser Symone Sanders, who made headlines of her own in March when she, along with Dr. Jill Biden, preempted security in wrestling protesters off the stage during a Biden campaign event in Los Angeles.
Big Beauty Tuesday: A Look at the Legendary World of Ballroom With Makeup Artist La Sonya Gunter & FriendsLa Sonya Gunter didn’t initially set out to be a makeup artist. In fact, the makeup department lead on HBO Max’s Legendary discovered her craft while still a singer-songwriter, transfixed by the transformative nature of a well-made-up face. Honing her talents while working with M.A.C. Cosmetics, Gunter found a bridge between her two passions, becoming Billy Porter’s makeup artist during his Tony Award-winning run in Kinky Boots, and later, part of the Emmy-nominated team on NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, where Gunter helped craft the look of Brandon Victor Dixon’s Judas Iscariot. A favorite of Porter’s, Gunter’s gifted hands are also behind some of the gender-fluid style icon’s most memorable looks, including his appearances at the 2019 Tonys, the Love Ball and his Diana Ross-inspired look for the Season 2 finale of Pose. And who could forget Porter’s show-stopping 2019 Met Gala entrance, carried onto the pink carpet as a gilded Egyptian Sun God?
Fashioning the Future: Gucci Celebrates Its 1st Class of Changemaker ScholarsIf the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s the difference between promises and platitudes, and actions and accountability. Words of support are empty without effort and quantifiable results, and while multitudes of people are becoming more comfortable with phrases like “Black Lives Matter” all we’ve ever been asking is that they act like they do, too.
An End to Product Profiling? Walmart Will No Longer Keep Multicultural Beauty Brands Under Lock and KeyRacial profiling is an issue that remains unreconciled in our country, but we’ll reportedly be seeing less of it in Walmart’s beauty aisle, as the company has announced it will no longer keep “multicultural hair care and beauty products” in locked cases in any of its stores.
'Representation Matters': Vanity Fair's Samira Nasr Becomes the 1st Black Editor-in-Chief of Harper's BazaarIf the world at large is struggling with its response to the outcry that black lives matter, so, too, is the fashion industry—much of which, in the words of one fashion editor to The Glow Up, has quite obviously been “scrambling” to show solidarity in recent weeks. The lack of both preparedness and representation within the industry’s ranks have been telling; to paraphrase the immortal words of The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestly, “Why was no one ready?”
Solidarity Is in Style—but Is Fashion Media Really Ready to Reckon With Its Race Problem?Though we’ve long known it to be true, in some ways “Black Lives Matter” has suddenly become the little black dress of the fashion industry: the oft-forgotten yet indispensable and unfailingly stylish way to show solidarity in a moment of global outrage. One need look no further than the spate of daily newsletters sent by an assortment of fashion publications, now suddenly laden with black-owned brands and talents previously only featured during Black History Month and recirculated articles of black celebs and influencers, for lack of any more substantive way to say they care about black lives.
'When the Foundation Is Broken, So Are We': Meghan Markle Invokes Black Lives Matter in Emotional Commencement SpeechMeghan Markle wants to make it clear: “George Floyd’s life mattered.” The Duchess of Sussex had been conspicuously silent this past week as protests and uprisings around the country escalated in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, only issuing an online statement of solidarity urging followers to “speak up and speak up” in tandem with her husband Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth on behalf of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which Markle is Vice President.
An Artist Without 'Equals': Remembering Artist-Activist Emma AmosEmma Amos may not have enjoyed the same level of name recognition of some of her contemporaries in the art world; but as an artist addressing sexism and racism in her work years before the term “intersectionality “ was coined, she was a pivotal figure in what she called “a man’s scene, black or white.” A member of the brief but renowned African-American artists’ collective Spiral, on May 21, Amos died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease in her home in Bedford, N.H. She was 83.
Safe Space: Black Imagination Offers a Necessary Respite From the Onslaught of Black TraumaThis is the sobering half-wish offered on page 57 of Black Imagination, an amalgamation of black thought, poetry, rituals, inspiration, hope, and yes, imaginings of what healing might look like amid an inequitable existence. The project and resulting book—more aptly described by acclaimed author Kiese Laymon (Heavy) as “exquisite art in action” (h/t Amazon)—was conceived and curated by Seattle-based conceptual artist Natasha Marin and released on February 4, mere weeks before the coronavirus would become recognized as another crisis disproportionately affecting black Americans. Strikingly, it was also a date when Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd still walked among us (not to mention untold others), oblivious to the fact that a few months later, their deaths would send fresh shockwaves of rage across the country.
'I Was Bald as a Rat': Reality Stars Tamar Braxton and Kandi Burruss Talk Hair and Hollywood Beauty StandardsWe all know how much Tamar Braxton knows her way around a wig; she even launched her own line of wigs and weaves in 2014. But the singer, reality star and new co-host of VH1’s “To Catch a Beautician” recently revealed a little more about her tumultuous hair history in conversation with Page Six Style, recalling an early and especially hair-raising experience (sorry, we had to) at the hands of older sister Traci.
Ink, Dye, Duels and 'Pankinis': Summer Unofficially Begins and Celebs Show Our 'New Normal' Is Anything ButLook, we get it. Aside from being a historically solemn holiday made all the more so this year by the devastating loss and ongoing anxiety caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the unofficial start of summer. Since the weather now seems to consistently be calling us outdoors, staying inside—and entertained—has become that much more challenging, leading us to some...extreme lengths to keep ourselves entertained while continuing to primarily shelter-in-place. (We hope; y’all, please don’t fall for the okie-doke of thinking we can return to our regularly scheduled seasonal frolicking and festivities.)
Better Together: This Mother-Daughter Duo Earned MDs in the Same Year and Residencies in the Same HospitalYes, we know Mother’s Day was nearly two weeks ago, and that we’re now well into graduation season. We also know feel-good moments have sadly been far and few between, as of late—so bear with us, because this mother-daughter graduation story is a bright spot.
Color Correct: A 9-Year-Old's 'More Than Peach' Campaign Meets Its Match in Crayola's 'Colors of the World'If you’ve been spending more time coloring with your kids lately—or just enjoy the occasional adult coloring book as much as we do—you know the unique joy of picking the perfect colors to execute your vision. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you no doubt remember the days when the peachy Crayola crayon was labeled “flesh” and you looked down at your own little brown (or simply not peachy) arm in confusion.