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Here's Where Black Beauty Is Celebrated Online

The Cut | Posted 02.05.2016 | Style
The Cut

Photos from Rita Labib and Jay William Washington, as seen on @BeBeautifulLA (Photo:, Rita Labib) By Ashley Weatherford ...

The Horse With the Human Mind

Amy Phillips Penn | Posted 01.22.2016 | Entertainment
Amy Phillips Penn

Come hither... a magical horse beckons. Gallant Bess, a.k.a. OT as he (yes, he) prefers to be called, has kicked up his hooves in a Rockette lineup...

This Beauty Shop Offers Black Women The Options They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Style

It was only a year ago that Desiree Verdejo resolved to quit her job as a corporate lawyer and pursue her lifelong dream of opening a beauty retail st...

Images of Beauty: The Pretty Series

Rai Mensah | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rai Mensah

The Pretty series curated by Antonia Opiah of Un-Ruly and sponsored by Hairfinity, explores concepts and varied experiences of beauty by women of color across the world in an effortless and artistically inspiring way.

Media Diversity Is a Global Issue

Antonia Opiah | Posted 11.12.2015 | Media
Antonia Opiah

Shows like Scandal, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat lead the way to a more diverse TV landscape. Outside of the U.S., however, there's still much more work to be done.

Representing Black Beauty in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Anique Y.M. Hameed | Posted 10.29.2015 | Black Voices
Anique Y.M. Hameed

It is a gift to now be able to look in the mirror with gratitude, in love with the color and curves of my ancestral mothers being reflected back to me.

7 Famous Novelists ... Who Only Published One Novel

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
Paul Anthony Jones

When it was announced earlier this year that Harper Lee was to release a new novel, Go Set A Watchman, in July 2015, her readers and fans were quite r...

Streetwear at Essence Street Style Block Party 2015

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

ESSENCE, a media company dedicated to celebrating African American women, hosted its 2nd annual Essence Street Style Block Party during New York Fashion Week. This event brought out Brooklyn's flyest streetwear. Check it out below!

AfroPunk 2015 Festival Goers Tell Us What Black Beauty Really Means

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 08.24.2015 | Style

If there is any music festival where black men, women, boys and girls can be their carefree, cool and creative selves, it's at AfroPunk Fest.&nbs...

Why #UnconventionalBlackBeauty Celebrates People Like Me

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

In the black community, we often celebrate those who are Afrocentric as long as they don't look "too African." The funny thing about the hashtag #unconventionalblackbeauty is that most photos were pretty conventional. But partnering these pictures with the word "beauty" has made them unconventional.

How One Mom Taught Her 7-Year-Old Daughter To Accept Her Natural Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices

When 7-year-old Natalie McGriff struggled to embrace her natural black beauty, her mom was the first one to encourage her to love her hair and her bea...

The Inconsistent Acceptance of Black Beauty

Literally, Darling | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

I have grown to love my features, not because the whims of fleeting trends tell me that I am allowed to, but because wishing to be anything different is an affront to who I am. Because there is something beautiful in the curves and hues that contribute to the woman I see in the mirror.

Flawless: Racial Bias in Beauty

Cierra Lockett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

As more white women turn to bronzers, lip injections, butt implants and the like, black women are still forced to maintain more conservative images in public to counteract stereotypes based on these features.

Here's The Problem With Calling Lupita Nyong'o 'The New Face Of Beauty'

Dana Oliver | Posted 06.01.2015 | Style
Dana Oliver

Lupita Nyong'o represents a stunning image of black women that should be seen regularly on newsstands.

'Black Girls Are Magic': 'Being Mary Jane' Powerfully Explores Race And Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices

On Tuesday night, the latest episode of "Being Mary Jane" aired on BET and earned high praise from viewers. Well, let’s be real, every episode does....

Activist Explains Why Black Is Beautiful And Totally Nails It

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices

Eurocentric beauty standards have dominated mainstream media narratives for years. While African American women deal with everything from controversia...

Ain't I a Woman, New York Times and Vogue?

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Ronda Lee

At women's professional groups, I am frustrated by the lack of women of color represented and the sea of sameness among their ranks. I am tired of Vogue magazine and now the New York Times insisting that only a European woman's shape is beautiful.

Black Women Shut Down Bogus Beauty Standards In Times Article

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices

Calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” was not the only problematic part of the highly criticized New York Times article published last week...

Essence Magazine Promotes "Natural" Beauty in the Black Community

Rachel Hampton | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices
Rachel Hampton

I applaud the publication on its endeavor to begin the conversation on natural beauty. "Pretty" goes beyond European style features and Brazilian imported tresses; it starts with a Black woman's kinks sprouting from her roots and raw individuality.

LOOK: 17 Reasons Why We Love Bearded Boys!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices

If you haven't already noticed, beards are back! Well, they really didn't go anywhere but the whiskered look is definitely enjoying quite the resurgen...

Lupita: Black Beauty's Intimate Revolution

Esther Armah | Posted 05.18.2014 | Black Voices
Esther Armah

So many black women have an intimate relationship with rejection when it comes to their own beauty. That relationship has a legacy that walks with them today.

As If Lupita Wasn't Inspiring Enough...

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices

During a recent segment of HuffPost Live, critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussed Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o and her i...

Lupita's Time to Shine

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Rutendo Nyamuda

Judging from this year's awards season, and every other one really, it's clear that the lack of diversity is still a major issue. The fight, however, is on so many levels.

Sheryl Underwood, Re-think Your Judgments on Black Hair

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.04.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Please understand that with all the many issues that are facing blacks in the public sphere, hair should be something we should all strive to look past as a debate.

200 New Orleans Girls 'Imagine A Future'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

Over 200 girls from New Orleans gathered in the city's historic Joy movie theater on Friday to see My Black Is Beautiful's (MBIB) documentary "Imagine...