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…

#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…

#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…

Viola, Kamala, Janelle and More Are Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year

What do Viola Davis, Kamala Harris, Janelle Monae, Naomi Wadler and 97-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin have in common? Well, aside from all being incredibly dynamic and inspirational black women, they’ve been named Glamour’s 2018 Women of Year—alongside Chrissy Teigen; the other young female activists of March…

New and Next: Your Bimonthly Black Magazine Cover Roundup Is Here!

What’s this, you ask? Oh, just another crop of black girl magical magazine covers for fall. In fact, there have been so many since September’s record-breaking number that we’ve decided it’s best to just round them up twice monthly, to keep you up to date on who’s covering us. Our last check-in was a mere two weeks…

Halloween, Celebrity Style: Beyoncé Goes Braxton, Al Roker Claps Back and More

Who doesn’t love Halloween? Okay, plenty of people—including The Root’s beloved editor-in-chief, Danielle Belton (she doesn’t like being scared). But for those of us who do (like Michael Harriot, who considers it his favorite holiday and starts planning his costume the day after Christmas), the 31st of each October…

For the Culture: 2018's Pop Culture Becomes Halloween's Most Popular Costumes

Fun fact: I’ve been low-key lobbying for us, just once, to turn The Root 100 into a costume party, where all of the guests and honorees are expected to come as their favorite black historical figure or pop cultural reference. After all, our annual gala takes place close to Halloween—and it’d be an understatement to…

Off-White Is Named World’s Hottest Brand; Kaepernick Catapults Nike Into the Top 5 of Lyst Index

Virgil Abloh’s seemingly unstoppable reign in fashion continues. The Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of fashion’s hottest brands and products, place his Off-White label firmly atop the list in its third-quarter findings. This is a jump from Quarter 2, which placed the brand in the second spot, and leapfrogs the brand…

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