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15 Of Our Favorite Magazine Covers Featuring Black Women In 2015

October 20th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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There used to be a time when the only magazines that featured Black women on their cover were Ebony, Essence, Jet, and Vibe. Well, times have changed, and Black women of all shades, ages, and sizes are showing up and showing out on a variety of mainstream magazines all over newsstands. We’re being represented just about everywhere. Let’s take a look at the top 15 covers of the year so far.

Serena Williams Covers Vogue Magazine

March 22nd, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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For the second time, tennis star Serena Williams has graced the cover of Vogue Magazine. Williams rocked a gorgeous natural look for the annual SHAPE issue.

In the issue, Serena talks about being a good friend, her confidence and her future goals. Take a look at some of the highlights from her interview.

Her Personality

“On the court, I am fierce! I am mean and I am tough. I am completely opposite off the court. My confidence just isn’t the same. I wish I was more like I am on the court. Nobody would know that I am constantly crying or complaining.”

On maintaining her physique

“Nowadays everybody goes to the gym.  But when I won my first Grand Slam, I had never been.” Even then, however, she was ambivalent about her naturally muscular physique, refusing to lift weights lest her arms get bigger. “I hated my arms,” she remembers. “I wanted them to look soft.” To this day, she uses TheraBands instead of weights to avoid overdeveloping her muscles.

The top can get lonely 

“It’s hard and lonely at the top.  That’s why it’s so fun to have Caroline and my sister, too. You’re a target when you’re number one. Everyone wants to beat you. Everyone talks behind your back, and you get a lot more criticism. God forbid I lose. It’s like ‘Why?’ Well, I am human.”

Playing Against Her Sister 

“I don’t look at Venus on the court. I can’t,” she said. “If I am winning, I might feel sorry for her. If I’m losing, I will want to knock her out.”

Her Thoughts On Men 

“I am really shy. I don’t talk to guys.”

“You don’t talk to guys?” Caroline (her best friend) says in disbelief. “That is a lie.”

“Friends? Yes. But a potential? No. I get nervous that I will say the wrong thing, and then I just start laughing.”

Don’t you just love Serena? For the full article, click here.

9 Times White Folks Tried To Claim A Black Trend As Their Own

November 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When you consider the fact this country was founded on the principle of taking from others who had already been there and done that, it’s really not surprising that this behavior is still going on today, in smaller, more passive ways. Oh, don’t get it twisted the government is still figuratively raping and pillaging but that’s another story for another day.

What I’m talking about are the micro ways in which fashion magazines. pop culture websites and mainstream culture adopts vernacular, dances, hair and fashion trends from the Black community and pretends they’ve stumbled upon a new trend. It happens quite often.

Check out a few examples on the following pages.

And for more on this topic, check out the trailer for “Bleaching Black Culture,” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now.

Future Fashionista: North West Poses In Chanel For Carine Roitfeld

August 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Both her parents, Kim and Kanye, want you to know that they’re fly. They pride themselves on being fashion forward. Don’t even get Kanye started on the leather jogging pant. So it’s no stretch of the imagination that they want their little girl, the adorable North West to follow in their footsteps. And since she’s already appeared in Vogue, she has to keep the momentum going. She must be a model darling.

And North West doesn’t model clothes from the Baby Gap or Children’s Place, she’s stunting in Chanel…and she’s not even two yet. Am I jealous that North’s wardrobe cost as much as my college tuition? No, not at all. Get it how you live little one.

North was seen with Carine Roitfeld, the former editor -in-chief of Vogue Paris a couple months back but no one know what that was about.

But yesterday, Kim revealed this adorably precious ad featuring her daughter.

There’s a barefooted North with a tiny Chanel bag, plush cashmere cardigan- complete with Coco Chanel’s signature flower, pearl earrings and a quote from Karl Lagerfeld that reads:

“It’s never too early to care about fashion.”

The ad will appear in Roitfeld’s CR Fashion book. Roitfeld posted this picture of herself and North a few months ago on her Instagram page, calling her a lovely girl. Awww!

I Can’t Stop Watching This Video Of Lupita Nyong’o Braiding Hair

July 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Surely, by now you’ve seen this beautifully done, short documentary style video Vogue produced of Lupita Nyong’o braiding parting and styling her friends hair. It’s on all the black websites. And honestly, since it was everywhere I wasn’t going to post it here because it was a scene we’re all–or most of us are familiar with.

Many of us can remember a time we sat in between somebody’s legs or in the elevated salon chair and had someone work magic on our heads. It’s something we take for granted forgetting that this really is a beautiful ritual and, as Lupita’s narrative illustrates, one of our connections back to the motherland.

And I particularly like what Lupita said:

“Braiding just tells a story…Your hair is your frame if you jack someone’s hair up, the world sees it. For me, braiding hair is an intimate thing. It’s getting up close and personal and I like to do it for people that I know and love and trust.” 

So, if you’re like me you’ll watch this video again and again, noting the texture, colors and even elegant smoothness of Lupita’s voice as she maintains a time-honored, African and African diasporic tradition.


You Betta Work! Lupita Nyong’o Covers Vogue [Photos]

June 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In case you weren’t certain, yes, Lupita Nyong’o runs the world and everything in it. Get it? Got it? Good.

After covering quite a few major publications during awards season before winning her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for 12 Years of Slave, Nyong’o finally has been given the chance to cover the fashion bible that is Vogue.

In the July issue, Nyong’o speaks on fashion, her surreal rise to the top of the A-list, working on the new Star Wars movie, her contract with Lancome, and much, much more. There is also a part where her relationship status is acknowledged (yes, her boyfriend is rapper K’naan), and she speaks for the first time on her plans to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, Americanah, into a film (with the help of Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B):

“The book blew me away,” she tells me. “This was a project I wanted to work on, and I pursued it with all my being. It’s an unabashedly romantic book, really inspiring and uplifting. I found myself in her pages.”

But on top of all the gems Nyong’o drops in the interview, it’s the striking images of the actress in Rodarte, Givenchy, Prada, J. Crew and more that stand out most. Check out the vivid photos from her spread on the next few pages, and read her full interview with Vogue‘s Hamish Bowles, here.

Sales Numbers For The Kimye Issue Of ‘Vogue’ Won’t Make The 500K Estimate

May 8th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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KimyeWith all the chatter about the Vogue cover featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, there was talk that they could generate as much as 500,000 in newsstand sales. That figure would’ve far outsold the March 2013 issue featuring Beyonce (355,000) and the April 2013 cover with Michelle Obama (269,000). Turns out that half-a-million number was way over-ambitious, with actual sales numbers now estimated to fall in the 250,000 range.

It’s worth noting, the sales number will exceed the Rihanna cover from the month prior, by about 20 percent, according to an expert from a company called Mag Net Data who spoke with the New York Post, which uses scanning info from magazine wholesalers to come up with its figures. And for the first half of 2013, sales for Vogue averaged 269,740. So the numbers for the cover aren’t bad. But that 400,000 to 500,000 are astronomical.

Vogue spokesperson said the company (Vogue is owned by Conde Nast) doesn’t comment on sales numbers. But then as Jezebel rightly says, you have to wonder where that 500,000 figure came from. RadarOnline is credited with pushing it out first. The cover was just controversial enough to make you think that a lot of people would buy it, but there’s enough Kimye saturation to make spending your money to bring home the magazine seem unnecessary.

Despite Past Beef With Rihanna, Teyana Taylor Puts Pettiness Aside To Praise Ri Ri’s New Vogue Cover

April 28th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Rihanna II


Last September, all hell broke loose on Twitter between Rihanna and Teyana Taylor. If you’ll recall, Taylor posted an Instagram video of herself singing Anita Baker’s “Caught Up In The Rapture” (beautifully by the way), and out of nowhere, Rihanna posted a video of a person from her team wearing a long curly wig, a baseball cap, singing (terribly by the way) the same song. Taylor took it as a personal attack and was not only embarrassed, but enraged. She went off on Twitter:

Don’t play wit me rihanna f-ck all this industry sh-t, YOU & I know each other VERY well. Throwing subs 4 wat? u got my #, don’t show off.

y’all could bully everybody else & get away wit that sh-t but that sh-t ain’t gone work ova here. so y’all could miss me with that NAVY sh-t

i sing caught in the rapture on IG then she posts her boy singing the same song, the same part, with curly hair and a snap back???

petty is petty and shade is shade, b!tch knew what the f**k she was doing.

Don’t let twitter get you F-CKED UP!!!!

Melissa & Robyn never been about that life. Them b-tches know wassuppp!

Sh-t I Hate Broke B-tches Too.

You Used To F-ckn With B-tches Knowing They NOT Gon Clap Back #yougonelearntoday #shortywhereyourheartat @rihanna

Let me stop y’all know RiRi punk A$$ be pressing charges

Things got really ugly when Taylor posted this photo on Twitter:

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People, especially fans of Rihanna’s Navy, were very upset about all this. And after months of online petitions and some deliberating, Taylor was fired as a spokesperson and sneaker creator for Adidas in December.

So with all that, you would think that Teyana Taylor would be through with the Bajan pop star. However, she put animosity and pettiness aside to show love to one of Rihanna’s new Vogue Brazil covers. She said this on Twitter about the image:



No response from Rihanna, but I would have to agree that Ri Ri is looking quite amazing on this cover. Hey, the girl knows how to take an amazing picture! But are you surprised that Taylor would come out and show Rihanna love after how ugly things were between them? Speak on it below.


Dunn Was Born With It! Maybelline Announces Jourdan Dunn As New Brand Ambassador

April 17th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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A few weeks ago, we were excited to announce that Lupita Nyong’o becoming  the brand ambassadress for Lancome cosmetics. Today, we are pleased to share that the exquisite Jourdan Dunn will be the new face of Maybelline. The British single mother turned supermodel is known for her editorial spreads, pronounced runway walk and cooking show on Jay Z’s site Life +Times. Dunn was also featured in Beyonce’s “Yonce” video.

“Jourdan’s look, style and positive energy are perfect for the Maybelline New York brand. She truly reflects Maybelline’s vision of global beauty,” Maybelline’s brand president Jerome Bruhat says.

In a statement released to Vogue UK, Jourdan Dunn said of her accomplishment, “It is an honor to be a spokesperson for such an iconic brand. I am proud to say that I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up. The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive. To now be a part of that is a dream come true!”

Dunn’s first job assignment for the legendary brand will be its Go Extreme mascara, that arrived in department stores this month. Dunn also has contracts with Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Burberry Beauty and DKNY, to briefly describe her resume.

She’s killing the game one fashion and cosmetic house at a time. Black beauty is well on its way to change the fashion industry’s uniform look and that’s both a blessing and what the marketplace is calling for.


Kimye Vogue Cover To Sell 400,000 Copies, Surpassing Popular Beyoncé And Michelle Obama Covers

April 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This cover caused quite the controversy last month did it not?

People from all walks of life who had an appreciation for the magazine were talking about cancelling their subscription, and even Naomi Campbell had a little bit of shade to throw about earning the chance to be on the cover as a supermodel. But as always, controversy can be a good thing when it comes to the dollar.

According to The New York Post, media sources say that the Kimye cover is on track to sell almost 400,000 copies. The Post says that it will surpass the sales of Beyoncé’s popular March 2013 cover (355,000) and Michelle Obama’s April 2013 cover, which sold almost 300,000 copies and was loved by many.

But what is Vogue saying about the sales? Are they having the “last laugh” as some would say? Actually, they’re not saying anything:

“[We] never comment on sales figures.”

But when the Kimye cover dropped, it wasn’t a spokesperson, but the magazine’s editor-in-chief, who commented on all the criticism and rumors that Kanye West begged like no other to get his lady on the cover. Anna Wintour said that the cover was actually her idea:

“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”

If it was her idea, I’m sure she’s somewhere flipping her signature bob back and forth in private because her plan worked. Touché, Anna. Touché.