Why We Need Nicki Minaj

On last night’s VH1 Big In 2015 special, hip-hop legend Queen Latifah praised Nicki Minaj as “one of the greats.” “You’ve become an inspiration everywhere,” Latifah said. “I love how you were never afraid to speak your mind. You’re a strong woman. You refuse to be backed into a corner.” To be applauded as a “force […]

Sorry, R. Kelly, You Don’t Get To Ignore Your Past

On Monday afternoon R. Kelly sat down at HuffPost Live to plug his latest album, “The Buffet.” After 17 minutes, the singer stormed off set because he felt that he was being unfairly “interrogated” by host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. His behavior, not only in the interview but throughout his controversial career, is a perfect, shining example […]

Black Women Get Real About What It Means To Be ‘Classically Beautiful’

In a world where black women are often made to feel less than because of the way they look, a new online documentary series is helping to redefine what it means to be beautiful. “Classically Beautiful: The Discussion,” produced by Coal Crown Creative, features candid interviews with black women of different ages and backgrounds speaking about […]

Beyonc Has Always Been Political — You Just Didn’t Notice

 When Beyoncé dropped “Formation” over the weekend, it was an exciting, exuberant, and decidedly political celebration of blackness.The song, and its video, were lauded for proving that Beyoncé is “woke,” and fully plugged into what it means to be a black woman in America. What’s most fascinating about the reaction to “Formation” is that it assumes […]

7 Black Business And Tech Professionals Who Are Changing The Game

Jopwell Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams, founders of Jopwell. Porter Baswell and Ryan Williams are two business professionals who made the incredibly bold move of leaving jobs on Wall Street to start a company that has the potential to change diversity in the corporate world. Their platform, Jopwell, has partnered with some of the most successful companies […]

The ‘Nina’ Trailer Is What Happens When White People Tell Black Stories

On Wednesday, the trailer for Zoe Saldana’s upcoming Nina Simone biopic was released, and Black Twitter wasn’t happy about it. There’s nothing extraordinary about the straight forward one-minute teaser for “Nina,” but what has sparked the outcry is the fact that Zoe Saldana appears in blackface.  On Twitter, people shared their dismay at the imagery […]