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Janelle Monáe is Brought to Tears By a Young Fan

It’s no secret that we love Janelle Monáe here. Her authenticity, her living embodiment of uplift for Black women and girls, and her unchanging stance that being who we are should always be enough are just a few reasons why she has continued to enjoy praises from diverse communities both nationally and abroad. But, it was her appearance on the Queen Latifah Show that really moved us. Her interaction with a young fan is absolutely priceless.


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Black Girls Matter, Even When They Are in the White House

sasha and maliaLast week, GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten attempted to shame first daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, for not smiling enough at their father’s White House annual turkey pardoning ceremony. While the backlash against her words was inspiring, what was most heartening was universal disregard for her (uninformed and invalid) opinion about how the young ladies should behave. No one was having her holier-than-thou respectability tactics. It was a wonder to witness. [Read more…]

Keke Palmer is Heading to Broadway as Cinderella

keke-palmer-cuWe all fell in love with then thirteen year-old Ms. Keke Palmer when she starred in Akeelah and the Bee (2006) opposite Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. The gorgeous actress and singer is the youngest person in history to have their own talk show. Now, she is making history again as she will be playing the lead role in ‘Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ on Broadway starting September 9. [Read more…]

LaVerne Cox is First Openly Trans Woman to Get an Emmy Nod Ever

Laverne CoxThursday’s Emmy nominations were exciting for many reasons. But, one of the most notable reasons is Laverne Cox, transgender actress who plays a transgender inmate, Sophia Burset, on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black, became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy award ever. In this moment, she is making history. [Read more…]

Jill Scott’s Honorary Doctorate Should be an Inspiration to Young Women

jill-scottIt’s graduation season. While many graduates took the traditional route – graduating high school, heading to a four-year college, then walking the stage to receive their undergraduate diplomas – some folks weren’t so lucky. Songstress and Philly native Jill Scott is one such person who never got a chance to finish her academic career at Temple University. But, the school recently awarded her an honorary doctorate anyway. Stories like these underscore how valuable it is to continue working toward one’s goals even after setbacks happen. [Read more…]

Lupita Nyong’o: “My One Prayer…Was That I would Wake Up Light Skinned”

Lupita-Nyong-o-EssenceLupita Nyong’o is certainly shining. The Oscar nominated actress and red carpet stunner has grabbed attention far and wide since her breakout role in 12 Years a Slave. But, at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, she admitted that she used to struggle with her physical appearance. So much so, she routinely prayed for her skin to become lighter overnight. This just goes to show that the evil seeds of colorism abound even for young women whom we would all deem extraordinarily gorgeous. [Read more…]