Anti-Selfie and Self-Aware: Visionary Arielle Bobb-Willis Explains How Photography Saved Her Life

Much has (deservedly) been made of Tyler Mitchell, the 23-year-old photographer seemingly whisked from obscurity after he was tapped to shoot Beyoncé’s 2018 September cover story for American Vogue. But while Mitchell is indeed a talent, he is far from the only young black photographic phenom on the rise today.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and RiRi: Rihanna Plays Muse for Artist Deana Lawson

Sometimes, the strongest statements are made without saying a word—which is why we’re enthralled with a new editorial featuring Rihanna—sans interview (at least for now)—in Garage magazine, Issue 15. But while the lens may be focused on Rihanna, the woman behind it is equally interesting, as acclaimed fine art…

This Is How We Do It: Essence's September Issue—Starring Naomi!—Is a Study in Black Excellence

Leave it to Essence to remind us what black excellence looks like on both sides of the camera. Making their contribution to a season of intense black girl magic—where we are covering a full 50 percent of the 2018 fall fashion issues—the legendary black women’s magazine shows us exactly how excellent a product by a…

She Did That: Because of Beyoncé, Tyler Mitchell Is the First Black Photographer to Shoot a Vogue Cover

Say what you want about Beyoncé, but what we’re not going to do is act like she doesn’t use her power to champion black excellence, prosperity or artistry. Case in point: According to the Huffington Post, when Beyoncé agreed to cover American Vogue’s September issue, she was contractually given “unprecedented control”…