‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

Of the many Democratic candidates campaigning for the black female vote at the 2019 Essence Festival, there was one who presumably had an advantage. As the lone black female candidate running for the presidency in 2020, Kamala Harris is seemingly in the most privileged position to understand the issues most important…

Amid Suggestions That She ‘Focus on Tennis,’ Serena Williams Says She’ll Fight for Equality to the Grave

“The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I’m in my grave,” said Serena Williams, at a press conference following Saturday’s loss in the Wimbledon finals. The statement was made after a female reporter referenced previously published opinions that Williams should…

Say It With Your Chest: Elaine Welteroth Releases Merch Inspired by Her Bestselling Memoir, More Than Enough

If you ask me to tell you my favorite event of Essence Fest 2019, it might surprise you. While I still can’t believe I got to be a part of the amazing energy in the Superdome when Michelle Obama appeared or had a front row seat to see Kamala Harris chop it up with straight-shooter Jemele Hill for Spotify, my favorite…

'I’m Exercising My Freedom': Janelle Monae Talks Liberation in InStyle's Badass Women Issue

What does a free black woman look like? After the coming out party that was Dirty Computer, she might look like Janelle Monáe, who liberated herself and countless fans with not only a stellar album in 2018, but the admission that she considers herself pansexual. And as the cover star of the 2019 edition of InStyle…

Made in Harlem: Dapper Dan Releases a Memoir and Talks to The Glow Up About His New Mission

He was born “the poorest of Harlem’s poor” in 1944, and spent decades hustling before breaking into a legitimate trade. Nearly 75 years later, his designs for Gucci were the ones to be seen in at this year’s Met Gala. He launched “logomania” before it became a phrase, disrupting luxury fashion by infusing it with his…

Winning: Serena Williams Makes the Wimbledon Semifinals, Goes Unretouched for Harper’s Bazaar, and Gets Revealing on Naomi Osaka

As I write this, Serena Williams is celebrating yet another win in her storied career: The 23-time Grand Slam champion advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon for the twelfth time on Tuesday, defeating fellow American Alison Riske and proving that as a mom, mogul and living legend, Williams is still a force to be…

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