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In Love and War: Jiréh Breon Holder's Too Heavy for Your Pocket Weighs the Price of Freedom In Love and War: Jiréh Breon Holder's Too Heavy for Your Pocket Weighs the Price of Freedom

It’s funny how the more things change, the more they say the same. Friday, May 17 marked 65 years to the day that the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling—a bittersweet anniversary, as civil and human rights continue to be rolled back across America, and deep inequities for black and brown people persist, with no…

Lookin' Good as Hell: Lizzo Leads the Charge on June Magazine Covers! Lookin' Good as Hell: Lizzo Leads the Charge on June Magazine Covers!

Is summer here yet? As I find myself shopping for a lightweight-but-substantial spring coat (it’s currently 52 degrees in Chicago on this here May the 17th), clearly not. But our constant girl crush Lizzo is bringing the heat on not one, but two covers ripe for the season, starring on both Essence’s digital June issue…

A Year in the Life: Meghan and Harry Celebrate Their 1st Anniversary—With Help from Gayle King A Year in the Life: Meghan and Harry Celebrate Their 1st Anniversary—With Help from Gayle King

*Sung in Tony! Toni! Toné! harmony* Do you know what today Sunday is? It’s their anniversary...

Trauma, Meet Tyranny: If You Thought the Georgia Abortion Bill Couldn’t Get Worse, Consider How It Could Impact Women Who Miscarry Trauma, Meet Tyranny: If You Thought the Georgia Abortion Bill Couldn’t Get Worse, Consider How It Could Impact Women Who Miscarry

And they scoffed at us when we said The Handmaid’s Tale was prescient—or maybe, they were actually smirking.

The Biggest Party of the Year, Made Even Better—Essence Fest Just Booked Our Forever First Lady! The Biggest Party of the Year, Made Even Better—Essence Fest Just Booked Our Forever First Lady!

What a time to be alive—and what a year to be at Essence Fest! The annual convention of black girl magic just announced a major coup: Essence’s December/January cover girl, Michelle Obama will be making her Essence Fest debut on July 6, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome!

Not Again, Gucci: Despite Recent Efforts, the Italian Luxury Label Faces More Charges of Cultural Insensitivity Not Again, Gucci: Despite Recent Efforts, the Italian Luxury Label Faces More Charges of Cultural Insensitivity

“If we made a mistake, I was the person who made the mistake,” Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri told the Washington Post last week, reflecting on “Blackface-gate.”

Surprising No One, Georgetown Study Confirms Previous Findings on Adultification Bias—By Listening to Black Women and Girls Surprising No One, Georgetown Study Confirms Previous Findings on Adultification Bias—By Listening to Black Women and Girls

In 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity released Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood (pdf), providing concrete data that adults typically perceive black girls, particularly those aged 5 to 14, to be more “adult-like” and less…

Behind Picket Fences: In Sam Kebede’s EthiopianAmerica, the American Dream Masks a Common Nightmare Behind Picket Fences: In Sam Kebede’s EthiopianAmerica, the American Dream Masks a Common Nightmare

There is palpable energy prior to a theatrical production; a current of excitement that buzzes through an audience anticipating new work on the stage. At the press night for EthiopianAmerica, the newest production from the Chicago-based Definition Theatre Company staged at Victory Gardens, there was also a profound…

Nike Says ‘Just Do It’—But for the Women They Sponsor, Does ‘It’ Include Pregnancy?

Alysia Montaño is more than a track star; she’s an Olympian and three-time U.S. national champion. And when she chose to compete while eight months pregnant with her first child in 2014, she also earned the moniker “the pregnant runner.”

With a New Collection for Superfit Hero, ‘Running Fat Chef’ Latoya Shauntay Snell Continues to Redefine Fitness With a New Collection for Superfit Hero, ‘Running Fat Chef’ Latoya Shauntay Snell Continues to Redefine Fitness

When we chose marathoner and food-and-fitness blogger Latoya Shauntay Snell—or the Running Fat Chef, as she calls herself—to be one of the first writers featured on The Glow Up (we featured her on Day Two!), it’s because we knew hers was a voice that could speak to so many women; women who are committed to fitness (or…

Big Beauty Tuesday: How Much Do I Love Having HeatFree™ Hair? Let Me Count the Ways Big Beauty Tuesday: How Much Do I Love Having HeatFree™ Hair? Let Me Count the Ways

Anyone who’s gone on a natural hair journey knows it can be a long one, and not all of us are up for it. In fact, I’m currently on my third attempt, having previously opted for the big chop (twice), and then giving in to my keratin routine somewhere around that awkward, in-between stage of new growth.

To the Stars and Beyond: A Single Mom Gets to Intern at NASA, Thanks to Crowdfunding From Strangers To the Stars and Beyond: A Single Mom Gets to Intern at NASA, Thanks to Crowdfunding From Strangers

One small step from a community of strangers just translated to a giant leap for Georgia State University Ph.D. student India Jackson. The single mom earned a highly competitive summer internship at NASA’s field center in Houston but was daunted by the fact that she’d have to fund her own travel, housing and living…

3 Kingdoms of Creamy Complexions: Juvia’s Place to Debut Their 1st Foundation Line on May 20 3 Kingdoms of Creamy Complexions: Juvia’s Place to Debut Their 1st Foundation Line on May 20

Makeup lovers of all ethnicities have fallen in love with Juvia’s Place cosmetics; their super-saturated pigments and gorgeously curated, African-themed palettes make dramatically colorful looks easy—and stunningly affordable.

You Got Next? Harlem’s Fashion Row Is Hosting Its 1st Designer Retreat—Presented by Nike You Got Next? Harlem’s Fashion Row Is Hosting Its 1st Designer Retreat—Presented by Nike

When it comes to breaking through in the world of fashion, black designers remain at a disadvantage—which is why fashion lover Brandice Daniel founded Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR), to give much-needed exposure and support the designers who need it most. Twelve years later, the enterprise has grown tremendously, hosting…

Capitalizing on Comfort: With Dubgee, Whoopi Goldberg’s Next Role Is Fashion Entrepreneur Capitalizing on Comfort: With Dubgee, Whoopi Goldberg’s Next Role Is Fashion Entrepreneur

She’s been a front-row regular at New York Fashion Week, but most would describe Whoopi Goldberg’s personal style as “quirky”—oh, and always comfortable.

They Get It From Their Mamas, Too: How Some of Our Favorite Celebs Celebrated Mother’s Day They Get It From Their Mamas, Too: How Some of Our Favorite Celebs Celebrated Mother’s Day

Good mothers nurture us, protect us and inspire us, and if you were blessed to grow up with a great mother figure (or several) in your life, hopefully, you were paying serious tribute this past Sunday for Mother’s Day.

Rashida and Kidada Jones Say Goodbye to Mother Peggy Lipton Rashida and Kidada Jones Say Goodbye to Mother Peggy Lipton

It was a sad Mother’s Day for Rashida and Kidada Jones after the death of their mother, actress Peggy Lipton, on Saturday, following a battle with cancer. Lipton was 72.

This Mother’s Day, Ask Yourself: Where Would You Be #WithoutMom?

I’m not crying, you’re crying—and this Mother’s Day, our tears have never been more warranted. Friends, we are in the midst of a crisis; approximately 830 women die each day due to complications with pregnancy and childbirth, and the majority of those deaths are preventable. As The Glow Up has previously reported, the…

'Cuz She's Your Favorite Girl: Very-Last-Minute, Love-You-More-Than-Anything Ideas for Mother's Day Gifting 'Cuz She's Your Favorite Girl: Very-Last-Minute, Love-You-More-Than-Anything Ideas for Mother's Day Gifting

Did you forget? Freeze up? Been feeling broke? Or have options just been feeling flat when it comes to honoring the mother(s) in your life? Whatever your reason, if you now find yourself scrambling to find a Mother’s Day gift that makes an impact, never fear: The Glow Up is here!

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