Ray J Is Going to Philander Smith College. Homecoming Finna Be Lit!

Ray J is going to college, y’all. And while that sounds like the name of a new reality show helmed by Mona Scott-Young, it’s an actual factual true statement. According to his Instagram account, Ray J, real name Willie Ray Norwood, has decided to enroll at Philander Smith College, a historically black college located…

Dear White People: Please Get the Fuck Out of Michelle Obama’s Pockets

There is, I believe, a conversation that could be had about an unease we (black people) might have with the Obamas’ post-White House relationship with money. And not just with money as a tangible object, but in surrounding themselves with it and being ensconced in markers and signifiers of it. The word “Obama” has…

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…

These $1 Phone Grips Are the Last Line of Defense Between Your Phone and the Ground

Are you clumsy enough to star in an infomercial? Can you really not afford to crack yet another phone screen? Then perhaps you should check out PopUps Direct, where you can buy up to 10 PopUp Grips for $1 apiece. They won’t magically glue your phone to your hand or anything, but they will give you slightly more secure…

African American Film Critics Association Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

This award season, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will celebrate ten years of bridging the gap of exposure for filmmakers and artists of the African Diaspora. While the organization actively reviews cinema at-large, it has a particular emphasis on films that include the black experience.

When You Do Caucasian Clownery: UTSA Suspends Professor Who Called Cops on Black Student [Updated]

The University of Texas at San Antonio professor who called the cops on a black student for allegedly putting her feet up on a chair during a lecture will be taking a semester’s worth of seats. The university announced Tuesday that biology professor Anita Moss was suspended for the semester following the incident. Two…

#JusticeforGlitter: 17 Years After It Bombed, Mariah Carey's Fans Make Her Glitter Soundtrack No. 1 

Color us confused: We know that enduring megastar Mariah Carey’s new album, Caution, is coming out tomorrow, Nov. 16, but here’s a marketing strategy we didn’t see coming. Ahead of the release of her newest offering, Carey’s legions of fans—better known as her “Lambily”—have catapulted the soundtrack to her infamous…

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