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Here, we’ve enlisted the aid of some of our favorite distilleries, restaurants, mixologists, and spirits industry vets across the country to share what they’re serving up this summer. They even provided the inspiration behind the drinks along with the recipes so you can tap into your inner bartender at home. …
What My Mother Really Meant When She Fussed About My Hair
One spring in Milan, my then partner and I discussed whether Italians first loved to cultivate beautiful gardens, or if the ease of plentiful sunshine and fertile growing conditions led to the pastime. We walked past bright overstuffed bowls of flowers gracing every street and bridge hanging from above. I …
What Does It Mean to Be a "Carefree Black Girl"?
Black women aren't a monolith, but there has always been a sense of community among Black women and Black femmes; sharing similar challenges and perspectives allows us to understand one another. In her essay collection, Carefree Black Girls, Zeba Blay considers niche experiences within Black womanhood. The Ghana-born author, whose …
Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a New Queen of Heartbreak
Summer Walker’s Still Over It, which debuted in November, is a work of radical honesty. With her sweet, dark, hypnotic tone, Walker invites fans into her world, showcasing how it feels when happily ever after never happens. Throughout the 20-track album, she opens herself up to the public, walking us …
Can You Cure Motherhood Burnout?
By giving exhausted moms a paid time-out, the Germans may have found the remedy for what ails you—if what ails you is the stress of raising a child. But is it as simple as that?
Emma Watson just wore a gown made from recycled wedding dresses
The actress wore a custom look by Harris Reed which had been created in collaboration with Oxfam
Logan Browning Says 'Dear White People' Made Her 'Think Deeply' About Colorism
Since its premiere in 2017, Netflix’s Dear White People has been unafraid to tackle today’s most pressing racial, social, and political issues—all through the lens of its signature sarcastic humor. The show has become a cultural force, garnering awards attention ranging from nominations for the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Award …
Five ways to be sustainable during Second Hand September and beyond
Every year, Second Hand September rolls around and we're encouraged to approach how we shop in a greener light. Unfamiliar with the concept? Oxfam started the pledge to make fashion-lovers rethink the month that's usually associated with Fashion Week and shopping for a new season as autumn dressing begins. Instead, …
Thuso Mbedu Believes Acting Is “a Tool for Positive Social Change”
The star of 'The Underground Railroad' discusses breaking out of her shell and into the world of Hollywood, and her new role as Cora in Barry Jenkins's breathtaking series.
I Have a Rare and Chronic Skin Condition. Does the Beauty Industry Care?
Roughly six years ago, at the onset of my career as a beauty reporter, I penned a about living with Netherton syndrome, a rare genetic skin condition categorized as an “orphan disease.” It affects fewer than 200,000 people nationwide, and the anomalous malady manifests itself through red scaly rashes, scalp …
For Danielle Brooks, Playing Mahalia Jackson Was a "God-Ordained, Universe-Sent Type Thing"
“Tell them about the dream, Martin!” From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Mahalia Jackson called out to a young Martin Luther King Jr. before his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. On that hot day in 1963, she not only changed the direction of King’s address, but also changed …
Real-Life Urban Cowboys Are Standing Up to Gentrification
Gentrification, or what can also be described as modern-day colonialism, has always been an invasive parasitic process and a severe detriment to the Black community. In North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, gentrification and harmful city mandates are threatening the survival of the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club (FSURC), a Black-owned …
Nomzamo Mbatha Says It’s Not Just About Getting a Seat at the Table, It’s About Building Your Own Room
The Coming 2 America star and humanitarian talks heartfelt moments among the cast, opportunity for Black women in film, and why you should always bet on yourself.
Talia Smith is an investigative journalist who has a deep passion for documenting and investigating political, social, and human rights violations that affect overlooked and underrepresented people across the globe. When she's not reporting, she's watching endless amounts of Studio Ghibli films.
In Texas, We Are The Rescue Team
It’s nearly midnight in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, February 14. The temperature has plunged to 10 degrees, but my husband, Adrian, and I are not yet worrying about how we’ll keep our toddler and baby warm if the electrical grid fails, which it will within hours. We’re not thinking …
Before There Were Instagram Horoscopes, There Was Susan Miller
If social media introduced a new wave of interest in astrology, then Susan Miller is its dot-com foremother.
'The Queen's Gambit' and the Dangerous Myth of Drug-Induced Genius
“The idea that the creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time,” author Stephen King, who struggled with addiction for years, wrote in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. As the daughter of an artist with a drug addiction, seeing …