Amplifying Black Voices

For Filmmaker Makeba Ross, Her Hair Was Never "Just" Hair

By Theresa Massony
For the first 11 years of her life, all Makeba Ross wanted was straight hair. "I just didn't really see [my hair type] on TV," she tells me in an interview for Elite Daily. "I always saw long hair. I always saw straight hair." It wasn't just the…

'Social Distance' Star Asante Blackk Wants You To Think Differently About BLM

By Sarah Halle Corey
Netflix's newly-launched anthology series Social Distance is striking a chord with audiences. The episodes follow various characters as they face the tumultuous first months of the coronavirus pandemic. Many critics and viewers at home aren't too…

Lizzo Made A Serious, Necessary Statement With Her BBMAs Dress & Nails

By Margaret Blatz
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards had music performance after music performance, tons of fan-voted awards, and out-of-this-world fashion. But perhaps the most poignant outfit at the BBMAs was Lizzo's "Vote" dress. While accepting the award for Top…

For Black People, Protesting Is Life & Death — Not A Costume

By Ciarra Jones
Halloween costumes tend to reflect our cultural moment, and the summer before Halloween 2020 was defined by protest and unrest. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor ignited already simmering tensions concerning the…

More Than 50 Black-Owned Beauty Brands That Deserve Your Support Every Day Of The Year

By Theresa Massony
Every minute of every day is prime time to support Black-owned beauty businesses and the creatives behind them who have worked tirelessly to perfect their craft. Even better, the beauty realm is chock-full of 'em, and so many of these products are…

Over 50 Black-Owned Fashion Brands That Should Be Staples In Your Wardrobe Year-Round

By Theresa Massony
Despite the sheer wealth of Black-owned fashion brands already out there, the fashion industry has a lengthy, exhausting history of exclusive, racist behavior toward the Black community. Even though the industry has taken steps toward diversity and…

Black Joy Is The Key To Change For These Young Revolutionaries

By Caroline Colvin
Among 2020's endless carousel of restlessness and trauma, racism and police brutality against Black people have once more sparked protests and outrage. But as the media circulate seemingly endless videos of killings and violence, images of…

No One Can Stop Talking About Regina King's Emmys Outfit

By Theresa Massony
As she accepted the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Limited Series/Movie for Watchmen, Regina King made an enormous statement in more ways than one. The one thing no one can stop talking about? King's Breonna Taylor shirt.…

Zendaya's Emmys Dress, Jewelry, & Shoes Are All Just *Chef's Kiss*

By Theresa Massony
Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the show must go on (sort of), and TV's biggest night, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, is here, starting off with one star in particular. Debuted pre-Emmys on Instagram, Zendaya's 2020 Emmys dress, jewelry,…

The Celebrity Lineup For Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Has Me On The FLOOR

By Theresa Massony
Do you ever just sit in awe of all the ways Rihanna continues to outdo herself in multiple industries? The correct answer is duh. Having already dominated the fashion industry with the introduction and continued success of both her Savage X Fenty…

Yes, Kamala Harris Loves Wearing Converse Sneakers As Much As You Do

By Margaret Blatz
Your favorite shoes just made it on the campaign trail. That’s right, 2020 vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris loves Converse sneakers just as much as you do. She's rocked the iconic style throughout her campaign trail, and I’m so here for it.…

John Boyega Got Real About The Diversity Issues In Disney's 'Star Wars' Movies

By Dylan Kickham
When the character of Finn was first introduced to the world in a 2014 trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was a protagonist wrapped up in mysterious drama and intrigue. A stormtrooper setting off on his own was a whole new direction for…

OK, But HOW Cute Is This Detail On Keke Palmer's VMAs Dress?

By Theresa Massony
Even though she's literally hosting the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, Keke Palmer and her VMAs outfit did not have to go this hard!!! The look, though timelessly classic at first glance, is packed with small details that deserve every award tonight.…

15 Black-Owned Vintage Depop Shops For Endless Retro Inspo

By Margaret Blatz
Given the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, and everyone should still be complying with social distancing orders, you’re probably missing all your favorite places hard right about now. Sure, you can get take out from tour fave restaurants. But…

9 Black-Owned Etsy Haircare Shops To Peep Right Now For Natural, Handmade Products

By Margaret Blatz
Despite the amount of people who care for natural hair, and despite the how the ritual of haircare is something everyone can relate to, a number of larger, wider-known haircare brands don't properly cater their products to natural hair texture.…

What Do Voting Rights & Reproductive Justice Have In Common? Everything

By Monica Edwards
Monica Edwards (she/her/hers) works as the federal policy manager at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. She is a proud Southerner and queer intersectional Black feminist. My grandmother, Lizzie Mae Kelly, fought for her rights. In 1965,…

Here's Where You Can Snag Michelle Obama's "Vote" Necklace She Wore At The DNC

By Margaret Blatz
On Monday, Aug. 17, Michelle Obama delivered a powerful speech about the character required of presidents, empathy, and how crucial getting to the polls (or mailing in your vote) this October and November is to the future of the United States. The…

TikTok Is Jackie James' Stage & Everyone Is Watching

By Gabe Bergado
Before the idea of fame ever occurred to her, TikToker Jackie James knew she was an activist. This revelation happened around fifth grade, when she started to process what it meant to be a young Black woman and the daughter of an immigrant family.…

Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" Music Video Outfits Deserve All The Awards

By Margaret Blatz
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion recently came out with the new must-listen-to song, "WAP." What’s even better than the song is the over-the-top, extravagant music video. If you haven’t heard “WAP” yet, be prepared to hear it at every party and club…

This Editor-In-Chief Created The Teen Magazine She Always Wanted To Read

By Lara Walsh
As a teenager in 1998, Sesi Magazine's editor-in-chief Andréa Butler had what her mom called an "intense obsession" with magazines. But the experience was soured by the lack of diversity found in the pages of her favorite publications. At the time,…