The 25 Black Women In Beauty Collective Is Providing A Literal Seat At The Table For Beauty Executiv

Launched on Juneteenth 2019, 25 Black Women in Beauty is a collective, thoughtfully conceived to serve as an elevated platform for accomplished and driven black women executives, entrepreneurs and influencers in the $600 billion global beauty industry. It serves to highlight these immensely talented women to increase their presence at the C-suite level and beyond, as well as encourage and support the creation and success of indie brands invented by black women entrepreneurs. Created by beauty industry executives Cara Sabin, Vice President of Marketing, NARS and Ella T. Gorgla, previous Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives & Corporate Innovation at Estee Lauder Companies, 25 Black Wome

Writing About the Forgotten Black Women of the Italo-Ethiopian War

I own a picture of a young Ethiopian girl whom I have started to call Hirut. She is in her teens, and her hair is pulled away from her face and hangs down her back in thick braids. She wears a long Ethiopian dress and even in the aged, black-and-white photo, it is easy to see that it is worn and stained. In the photo, Hirut has turned from the camera. I imagine that she is looking down at the ground, doing her best to focus her attention on something besides the intrusive photographer who is beside her, getting ready to shoot. I have given her a rifle that is the last gift from a dying father, and her fate will be tied to a promise she made to never let it out of her possession. There is a w

This Afro-Latina Started a Magazine in Puerto Rico to Celebrate Black Beauty

And when she did get calls for castings, she rarely saw any other Black faces. Antonetty-Lebrón, whose skin was a deep rich brown, learned at an early age that Afro-Latinos—or afro descendientes—were noticeably absent in nearly every form of Spanish media in Puerto Rico From TV anchors to beauty queens, the "ideal" Puerto Rican was always fair-skinned with European features—despite the fact that Puerto Rico’s rich history includes African, Taino native, and Spaniard ancestry. Still, when Afro-Latino images did appear in media or television, they were often in offensive or derogatory roles—and just like in the United States, actors would even dress in blackface for comedy. The erasure and dev

Director Matthew A. Cherry’s animated short film Hair Love

Sony Pictures Animation has released a clip from director Matthew A. Cherry’s animated short film Hair Love, which is currently playing ahead of Sony Pictures Animation and Rovio Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie 2. Co-directed by Cherry and Everett Downing, Hair Love raised $300,000 on Kickstarter back in 2017. That’s the most any short film, animated or not, has ever achieved on the funding platform. Hair Love, is a 6 minute animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair. Despite having long locks, Stephen has been used to his wife doing his daughter’s hair, so when she is unavailable right before a big

The Breakdown: What’s the difference between Latino and Hispanic? What the hell is “Latinx?” What is

September 15 — October 15 may be officially called “Hispanic Heritage Month” but please don’t call me Hispanic because I’m Afro-Latinx. What’s that? Let’s break it down. On the difference between Latino and Hispanic I love the comic created by Terry Blas where he illustrates how Latino is a term telling you about Geography and Hispanic is a term that is telling you about Language. Latino means from Latin America. Latin America refers mostly to everything below the U.S. including the Caribbean. Hispanic means from a country whose primary language is Spanish but not every country in Latin America speaks Spanish. However, even this distinction can bring up different nuances. As Élida Bautista,

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women

On Guinea’s Tristao Islands, the NGO Partenariat Recherches Environnement Medias uses a grant from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality to help rural women generate income and improve community life. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade. As the United Nations prepares for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, taking place in New York on 23 September during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Hurricane Dorian took lives, livelihood, and dreams in one fell swoop in the Bahamas recently. The fires in the Brazilian Amazon continue to burn, and the damage to the ecosyste

These Sorority Sisters Launched A Vegan Lipstick Line To Fund Scholarships At FAMU

Source: Justin Robinson / N.I.A.R.A. x Lovengood Lips We all know the financial hurdles that exist for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across our nation, which is why a group of AKAs took matters into their own hands and came up with a creative way to give back to their alma mater and live up to the principles of their sorority. Earlier this year, 58 Nandi Inspired AKAtects Reclaiming Ascendancy, a group of women also known as N.I.A.R.A., partnered with Lovengood Lips, a vegan, cruelty-free lipstick brand for a good cause. April 19 marked the 10-year anniversary of the women joining the Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, inc. on the campus of Florida A&M Universi

Four Afro-Dominican Models Make History Gracing Vogue Cover During Fashion Month

Licett Morillo, Manuela Sánchez, Annibelis Baez and Ambar Cristal Zarzuela, the women featured on the cover, are clad in black clothes and smiling in the middle of a field. Four Afro-Dominican models can be seen gracing the cover of Vogue Mexico and Vogue Latin America’s September issue — a historical feat made all the more exceptional by the fact that the September issue is considered the most important for fashion magazines as it is on magazine stands at the same time as fashion month. “When envisioning the cover of Vogue Latin America's September issue, it was very important for my team and I to portray the natural beauty of Dominican Republic´s newest faces. In the past couple of years,

Fenty Drives the Final Nail Into Victoria’s Secret’s Coffin Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.

Photo: Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video. You know when you bite into really fresh fruit or fish, and you’re like Oh, this is what it’s supposed to taste like? That’s how I felt watching Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie show on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was an awakening. A revelation. My palate has been so thoroughly cleansed, I forget how deprived I was before. Now, there is only pre-Fenty and post-Fenty. I’m fairly certain that I’m not exaggerating.Savage x Fenty made its New York Fashion Week debut last September after launching in the spring of 2018. It was so exciting, one pre model went into labor immediately afterwards. Viewers a

Pyer Moss Spring-Summer 2020 The Blaxploitation of Rock and Roll

The Pyer Moss Spring-Summer 2020 NYFW made me think to imagine if Saturday Night Fever or the God Farther had an all-black cast. Kerby Jean-Raymond went digging in the crates to pay homage to Blaxploitation and Rock and Roll for his latest collection. The collection took us through the era of Rock and Roll from the eyes of black people. With a little gangsta lean, throwbacks to the birth of hip hop and Harlem Nights. Pyer Moss NYFW Runway Spring 2019 After a Hiatus, last season, Kerby Jean-Raymond was ready for his come back. Shortly after winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award Guess Who’s Back? Staying loyal to is a dedication to celebrate black and brown culture in America. The designer

Brandon Maxwell // Spring Summer 2020 Womenswear

Is it me or did the Brandon Maxwell Spring Summer 2020 Womenswear collection look through the archives of American heritage brand Ralph Lauren and the Georgio Armani? The New York Fashion runway show had a touche of both esthetics in the presentation of what women will wear out on a Saturday and to a Red Carpet event plus the designer introduces men’s wear. Brandon Maxwell had all the top fashion models in the show for that appeal to looking rich and sexy. Another designer who showed in New York that brought the party back to New York Fashion week with dancing and smiling models. One of the latest trends coming off the runways of New York fashion week. At Brandon Maxwell’s Spring Summer 2020

The Studio Museum Residency Has Shaped the World’s Understanding of Black Contemporary Art.

Melissa Smith In 2015, the artist E. Jane began uploading selfies taken by black women to a website under the banner “Alive.” The aim was to show that while Sandra Bland, who had died earlier that year, was no longer living, other black women are. The artist (who uses they/them pronouns) and others posted the images to social media with the hashtag “notyetdead.” A few years later, E. Jane included the “Alive” project in an application for the Studio Museum in Harlem’s artists-in-residence program. The residency is one of the most competitive and closely watched initiatives of its kind in the country, with more than 100 alumni including Kerry James Marshall, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Simon

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