Long before social media liberated unadulterated images of black women’s beauty, there was Kamoinge.
Now, this is what we call pretty in pink: Perennial fave Yara Shahidi looks poised to take flight on the cover of June’s Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, wearing powder-pink-feathered Chanel, with her glorious curls teased to voluminous perfection by go-to stylist Nai’vasha Johnson.
If the future is female, what of the present? Former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and now Black-ish writer and Ms. Foundation Gloria Awards honoree, Elaine Welteroth says, “As millennial women, we exist in this interesting intersection between the past and the future and we bridge generations. On one side, you have…
Here’s a conversation we don’t want to miss: Black-ish actress and all-around brilliant bae Tracee Ellis Ross will interview our forever first lady, Michelle Obama, this Saturday, May 5, at the United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles—and we officially know how we’re spending this weekend.
Death by a thousand cuts. A thousand micro (and macro) aggressions, a thousand dismissals, a thousand violations, both overt and oblivious. A thousand subtle—and not-so-subtle—ways in which women all over the world are told they don’t matter, that our bodies, autonomy and feelings don’t matter.
The anger of black girls is potent. And given what we deal with, it’s sometimes masked. Or internalized and regurgitated in harmful ways.
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part interview about Brittney Cooper’s book Eloquent Rage.
Author, intellectual and educator Brittney Cooper is a Black Feminist; capital “B,” capital “F.” It’s a distinction so important it’s the title of a chapter in her latest book, a groundbreaking work titled Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, out now on St. Martin’s Press.
Each year on March 8—including last Thursday—the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The holiday dates back to 1911 and is the origin of Women’s History Month, which we also celebrate in March and which The Root is celebrating in tandem with our sister site Jezebel.
Symone Sanders loves a good rant—which is great, because we love a good rant from Symone Sanders. The political strategist, former press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and current CNN commentator has become well-known for her show-stealing, straight-shooting, mince-no-words…
The first paragraph of Brittney Cooper’s Eloquent Rage lets us know she’s not playing with or scared of you motherfuckers:
Currently, I am navigating a depressive episode. While I have access to the resources (therapy, medicine, communal support) to ensure my wellness, living with depression can be difficult. The triggers come fast, and when it hits, all you can do is ride the wave. But while I was talking to one of my best friends this…
Sexual harassment got you down? Microaggressions become too much? Poverty a pain in the ass? Racism got you fucked up?
Angelina Diash is a black woman, a native-born Ukrainian patriot. She loves her country but hates the direction in which it’s headed. Corruption is rampant. The leadership talks a good game about democracy, but at times, she says, it feels like a dictatorship. Though with a new, pro-Western government in office,…
Two months ago on a whim, I got my first tattoo. After an hour and a half, I emerged with a tiny Egyptian cross etched between my least favorite parts of my body—my breasts. It was a daily reminder not to ignore them and to finally start to embrace them. It’s safe to say I felt like Rihanna standing in the bathroom…
Paris is buggin’. Or at least its mayor is. She says she will ask the city to formally ban Paris’ first Afro-feminist festival on the grounds that it is discriminatory against “white people.”
Mother’s Day is a triggering day for many women, but there is also joy and community and love.
There’s a young woman who lives on the first floor of my apartment building. She’s cute, probably in her mid-20s, although life has prematurely etched the signature of age across her face and carriage.