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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Queer Black Woman Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll

The first time I heard Sister Rosetta Tharpe, I cried real tears. Not because her distinct sound of music sounded as if one of God’s angels drank a fifth of gin and figured out a way to plug an extension cord into its harp. It wasn’t because I was listening to something that was recorded in the 1930s that sounded like…

She Got That Glow: Danielle Herrington Is the 3rd Black Woman to Grace the Cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue!

We’re not crying, you’re crying! We’re not typically short on #BlackGirlMagic here at The Glow Up, but there was something extra special about watching Sport Illustrated’s first black Swimsuit-cover model—some relative unknown named Tyra Banks—pass the torch to the latest up-and-comer (and part of the 2017 Swimsuit…

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She Got That Glow: Danai Gurira Was a Work of Art at Black Panther’s European Premiere

Danai, Danai, Danai ... from The Walking Dead to Wakanda, Danai Gurira has slayed her way into our hearts, and does no less on the red carpet. At Thursday night’s European premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther, she wowed in black and emerald, rising like the beaded phoenix gracing her gown by Jean-Louis Sabaji—who…