Take a Bow: Rihanna Is the 1st Black Woman to Grace the Cover of British Vogue's September Issue

When Edward Enninful took over the reins at British Vogue, we knew that big things were in store. Of the 10 issues he’s produced since becoming editor-in-chief, five have featured women of color, already marking his tenure as the first black man to hold the position one of inclusion and positive change. Supermodel…

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters Return, More Relevant Than Ever

Respect your elders. I don’t know a child who wasn’t raised with that admonition, which in my household was often accompanied by a swat on the butt or a swift side-eye when due respect wasn’t paid. But it’s generally far later in life when most of us learn the value of also listening to our elders’ stories—often after…

Watch: Ava DuVernay’s Ultimate Dream Is to Make Room for Other People of Color in Hollywood

Ava DuVernay is no stranger to making history. She’s the first black woman to be nominated for a best director Golden Globe (Selma), she’s the first black woman to win a best director prize at Sundance, and the first black female director to have her film be nominated for an Oscar. And, now, DuVernay is the first…

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…