22 Days of Eating Like Beyoncé: The Good, the Bad, and Can You Pay My Bills?

There’s a lot to love about eating healthier—but the cost isn’t one of them; a point that has been roundly driven home to me, as I’ve attempted to comply with 22 Days Nutrition, the plant-based eating plan designed by Beyoncé’s trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges. For those of you who have wondered aloud if I’ve…

In Defiance of Trump's 'Gag Rule,' Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X; Low-Income Women Most Likely to be Affected

The fears of low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services were confirmed on Monday: In response to attempts by the Trump administration to stifle abortion rights by imposing a gag order on health practitioners, the 103-year-old organization announced that it has opted to withdraw…

Y'all Gon' Make Me Lose My Mind: The #DMXChallenge Is Trending...and It's Not What You Think

“There was Brenda, LaTisha, Linda, Felicia, Dawn, LeShaun, Ines and Alicia, Teresa, Monica, Sharron, Nicki, Lisa, Veronica, Karen, Vicky (damn), Cookie, well I met her in a ice cream parlor, Tonya, Diane, Lori and Carla, Marina, Selena, Katrina, Sabrina, about three Kims (WHAT?) LaToya and Tina, Shelley, Bridget,

From Jackie Aina to the CROWN Coalition, Black Women Lead Glamour’s List of Women Changing the Beauty Industry

It’s our turn. That’s the message Glamour magazine is giving black women, with the release of its “Women of the Year All Year” list honoring the biggest influencers in beauty. Of the 12 women the magazine profiled for 2019, eight are black, indicating that our influence is finally moving beyond being fodder for…

‘There’s a Bigger Lesson’: Laverne Cox Talks About the Future of Trans Visibility—Onscreen and Off

Laverne Cox is looking beyond being “first.” Now nominated for her third Emmy since 2014 for Orange Is the New Black, which just aired its final season, the actress and activist, indisputably a pioneer in her field, spoke to W magazine about the honor. In particular, Cox spoke about the unique challenges of being a…

Just When We Thought Marsai Martin Couldn’t Be More Adorable, We Discover She’s Janelle Monáe’s Cousin

It’s no secret that talent and good looks tend to run in families, but here’s a genetic connection that we were particularly tickled to learn, thanks to InStyle magazine. They’re both phenoms in Hollywood, and as it turns out, InStyle’s August 2019 cover star Janelle Monáe and Black-ish star Marsai Martin are also…

Portrait of a Nation: Gayle King to Host Biennial American Portrait Gala Honoring Earth, Wind & Fire and More; Michelle Obama Among Presenters

The National Portrait Gallery continues to make big news: A week after announcing that Vogue’s history-making portrait of Beyoncé (photographed by Tyler Mitchell) will grace its hallowed halls, the Smithsonian institution announced the talent lineup for its biennial American Portrait Gala, which will take place on…

Sweet Dream or Beautiful Nightmare? In 22 Days, I'm Going to Find Out That Beyoncé's Diet Is No Joke

I was kidding, I swear. At least, I was mostly kidding when I DM’d The Root’s Editor-in-Chief, Danielle Belton, and asked if the company would pay if I tried the new, Beyoncé-endorsed 22 Days Nutrition program. I even ended my message with the laughing/crying emoji—a clear tip-off that I was joking, right?

Get You a Gayle: For the 1st Time in the History of O Magazine, Gayle Joins Oprah on the Cover

“We was girls together.” That’s the Toni Morrison quote I’ve often used in reference to my very best friend in the world, who has held that title since pretty much the day she and I met, at ages 18 and 19, respectively. The quote is from Sula, one of the many favorites we’ve shared over the course of our almost…

Post-Presidential Flex: New Netflix Producers the Obamas Unsuccessfully Woo Will Smith, but May Have Sealed a Deal With Denzel

You win some, you lose some; that’s the lesson the Obamas are learning as newly minted producers for Netflix. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the dynamic duo has been moving full-throttle into their Hollywood hustle via their Higher Ground productions, already set to release the documentary American Factory,…

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