You strip away the makeup, the costumes and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.
We long for the day when no one feels compelled to “come out”—or for straight folks to feel equally compelled. Ideally, sexuality should just be considered another natural and accepted part of identity—but then again, so should blackness.
“Whenever I’m doing Zendaya’s hair, it’s always a collaborative effort between her, her stylist Law Roach and myself,” says celebrity hairstylist (and The Glow Up fave) Ursula Stephen. The hair aficionado has made a name for herself teasing the tresses of some of the best-known beauties around, including Rihanna,…
Give Tiffany Haddish all the gold-plated popcorn. If you got through the first five minutes of Monday night’s 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards without laughing your way into tears, you need your humor checked. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out your new Marvel superhero, T’Tiffany Haddish:
The MTV Movie & TV Awards air Monday night, but Saturday’s pretaping gave us a lot to look forward to by way of the red carpet. The annual ceremony, now in its 27th year, is where the most current phenoms in film and television collide—and the red carpet is a reliable range of good, bad and WTF fashion (because ...…
Rihanna wowed us at last week’s New York City premiere of her now-hit film, Ocean’s 8, wearing a metallic, micro-pleated and ruffled plum-colored confection by Givenchy, and going monochromatic with matching sandals, nails, lips and eyes.
Tiffany Haddish has been steadily rising in the ranks of Hollywood royalty since her breakout role in 2017’s Girls Trip—and an accompanying series of hilarious late-night appearances. But industry staple the Hollywood Reporter captured Haddish as we’ve never seen her before for its June 13 issue: looking ethereal…
Niecy Nash is full of surprises. Last summer the former host of the HGTV reality show Clean House helped change the TV landscape as star of the wacky TNT dramedy Claws. Nash’s character, Desna, owner of the fictional nail salon Nail Artisan of Manatee County in Palmetto, Fla., found herself wrapped up in a very…
“The business is finally catching up to the genius that is Tracee,” says Kerry Washington.
Urkel. Moesha. The Fresh Prince. If you were a kid in the 1990s, at least one or all of the above were likely among your faves. We’re not sure if Issa Rae, who was born in 1985, grew up on these classic characters, but it sure gave us a laugh to see her dress up as each for the June issue of GQ magazine.
While several of the entertainment industry’s elite flocked to England on Saturday to celebrate the royal wedding, other members of Hollywood royalty concluded their takeover of the French Riviera for the closing events of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
“What becomes a legend most?” That was the tagline of now-vintage ads for Blackglama mink. But if you were a black female entertainer at the height of your fame between the 1940s and 1960s, chances were you found your most legendary looks courtesy of designer Zelda Wynn Valdes.
Fun fact: Thandie Newton collects Star Wars action figures. Well, only the black ones.
The red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival got even more colorful Wednesday as 16 black and biracial actresses staged a very glamorous protest on the steps of the Palais des Festival convention center.
Actress Aïssa Maïga was the first black woman to be nominated for a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for the film Bamako in 2006. My Profession Is Not Black is the title of a new book by the French Senegalese actress, who has fought an uphill battle for the last 20 years to show the depth and breadth of…
If you’re of a certain age, there’s a likelihood that you remember the iconic words spoken by the character of teacher Lydia Grant in the opening credits of the ’80s hit television series Fame:
Liberté, egalité, fraternité (“liberty, equality, fraternity”) is France’s motto, and equality has appropriately emerged as the theme of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, taking place May 8-19 on the French Riviera.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, one of Hollywood’s most famous moms is inviting us to her table—the red table, that is—for Red Table Talk, a new Facebook series created and hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, featuring her 17-year-old daughter, Willow, and mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
Go down a wormhole, but make it fashion. This was pretty much how I spent Tuesday night, watching video after video on Vogue’s YouTube channel, where all of our Met Gala faves were featured talking fashion, true confessions, and their takes on the night’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”