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INTERVIEW: Patientce Foster’s Fashion Brand For Curvy Women Is Iconic—Here’s How Cardi B Inspired Her Drive!

INTERVIEW: Patientce Foster’s Fashion Brand For Curvy Women Is Iconic—Here’s How Cardi B Inspired Her Drive!

At BET, we are privileged to celebrate our Blackness every day. In honor of Black History Month, we are pulling out extra confetti as we profile some of the most influential Black people in the fashion and beauty industries—especially if their accomplishments and contributions are overlooked by mainstream society. Cheers to our icons!
Patientce Foster has purposefully aligned herself with women…

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I know black history month has already ended but I meant to say this earlier, but if you haven’t I’d suggest reading Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom! The author is very nice, I met her in person when she did a talk at my school.

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February’s WritingTipWed! Every Wednesday I post a writing tip on my Twitter! If you want to see these weekly, follow me @/EmilyLaJaunie.

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#WritingTipWed 29 - While it can be frustrating, it’s perfectly normal to keep rewriting your story before it becomes the first draft. Major world/character changes are often the cause and this will inevitably make your story better in the end.

#WritingTipWed 30 - When writing about love, try not to prioritize romantic love over platonic love. Don’t fall into the tired trap that friendship is below/lesser than romantic relationships. 

#WritingTipWed 31 - Authors should support authors, but we don’t always know the best way, especially for minorities. It’s #BlackHistoryMonth, so here is an article to explain 10 Ways to Support Black Authors.

#WritingTipWed 32 - It’s #AromanticSpectrumAwarenessWeek! The aro character I want is the one whose partner is also fine with not making anything a “date”, not doing generic romantic gestures, and needing alone time. Add what you want to see!

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Black Photographers Share Their Challenges in the Photo Industry

This article may open your eyes to some truths.

I spoke to black photographers to learn about their experience in the photo industry.

As February was Black History Month, my focus was predominantly on black photographers. Most people welcome that, and some don’t. My pieces celebrated black photographers and the work they produce. My pieces also highlighted some of the issues the black community is facing within the industry, which got me…


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At the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, fashion has found a way to honor the strong, female ancestors that came before them.

For South African designer Thebe Magugu, it was an easy choice. At the core of his Fall/Winter 2021 collection, African spirituality and female divination is celebrated at full volume. The collection titled “#Alchemy,” explores the occult, cultural heritage of the South African upbringing and the modern women changing the landscape.

“This season, I wanted to have a conversation with traditional healers, who have divinely been given powers to answer our most burning questions, and who act as a conduit between various realms, often by using objects of divination,” The LVMH prize-winning young designer writes. “It’s a very particular kind of strength, one that doesn’t show-off and relies heavily on the natural.”

Ana Escalante for CR Fashion Book

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In many cultures, ethnic groups, and nations around the world, hair is considered a source of power and prestige. African people brought these traditions and beliefs to the Americas and passed them down through the generations.


In my mother’s family (Black Americans from rural South Carolina) the women don’t cut their hair off unless absolutely necessary (i.e damage or routine trimming). Long hair is considered a symbol of beauty and power; my mother often told me that our hair holds our strength and power. Though my mother’s family has been American born for several generations, it is fascinating to see the beliefs and traditions of our African ancestors passed down. We are emotionally and spiritually attached to our hair, cutting it only with the knowledge that we are starting completely clean and removing stagnant energy.

Couple this with the forced removal and covering of our hair from the times of slavery and onward, and you can see why so many Black women and men alike take such pride and care in their natural hair and love to adorn our heads with wigs, weaves, braids, twists, accessories, and sharp designs.

Hair is not just hair in African diaspora cultures, and this is why the appropriation and stigma surrounding our hair is so harmful.

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OPINION: The History Of Reggae Music Is A Bigger Part Of Black History Than You Know

OPINION: The History Of Reggae Music Is A Bigger Part Of Black History Than You Know

“Don’t care where you come from,” Peter Tosh sang on his 1977 album Equal Rights. “As long as you’re a Black man, you’re an African.” 
The song is classic Tosh—a forceful declaration of unity amongst Black people all over the diaspora, reaching out from Kingston, Jamaica stretching across the Caribbean to the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States of America. “No mind your nationality,” Tosh…

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Living the Dream: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Living the Dream: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Viral immunologist Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is a research fellow and the scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center.
She stepped onto the national stage in 2020 when President Donald Trump visited the NIH for a first-hand look at the effort to develop…

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Black History Month Pride: Ernest Owens

Black History Month Pride: Ernest Owens

When he’s not making international pop stars write and sing songs about him over his assessments of their cultural appropriation, Ernest Owens is speaking truth to power in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Clearly Justin Timberlake did some quaking too. The tune “Say Something,” from the former NSYNC singer’s 2018 album “Man in the Woods,” was written in response to Owens’ blistering Twitter posts…

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Hey Marylanders, End BHM strong by attending this event honoring Gloria Richardson. Known for. Cambridge movement during 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Gloria Richardson Dandridge (born Gloria St. Clair Hayes; May 6, 1922) is best known as the leader of the Cambridge movement, a civil rights struggle in the early 1960s in Cambridge, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore. #representingbmoreThis is news to me too. But honestly, this only makes me love Black history more. There’s always so much to discover about Baltimore and about Black people!This is another fierce Black woman. Yall know that iconic photo from the Civil Rights Era of that Black women pushing the gun out from her face. THAT WAS GLORIA RICHARDSON, PUT SOME RESPECT ON HER NAME!!!!! SHE IS 98 YEARS OLD RN!I love this quote to describe her: Richardson’s work left a legacy for Black women to be unabashedly radical in the fight for civil rights. THANK YOU MS. GLORIA FOR YOUR COURAGE, YOUR ACTIVISM AND DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE EVEN THOUGH IT SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR FINDING THE WILL AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR JOURNEY WITH US!!!! #gloriarichardson #balckhistorymonthLINK TO EVENT (pls register): https://lewismuseum.org/…/womens-history-program…/…

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long live the legend. i miss you so much dad, and may your memory stay with me forever.

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The Citizen Dame 5: Essential Films from Black Artists

The Citizen Dame 5: Essential Films from Black Artists

The Citizen Dame 5 is back! This week, Black History Month might have ended, but we are keeping the conversation going with essential films from Black artists. From the early days of silent film to a very recent love story, all of these movies are available for streaming now.

Lauren’s 5

1. Uptight (1968) — Criterion

Directed by Jules Dassin and written by stars Ruby Dee and Julian Mayfield…


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Represent! #6 - “The Lesson” (2021)

written by Dominike “Domo” Stanton
art by Dominike “Domo” Stanton & Emilio Lopez

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From cutting freestyles in the front seat of her car to the top of the charts with tracks like “My Type” and “Best Friend”, AND a recurring guest spot on our very own #grownish, the trajectory on @saweetie’s success is out of control. Women are clearly running the rap game right now, and Miss Icy over here is no small part, having been manifesting her dreams into reality for years. Serving looks, talent, and comedy across social media, and having a knack for making big business moves, she continues to assert herself as a multifaceted future mogul.

@Saweetie is: The Iciest, You Know Das Right #YoungBlackAndFreeform

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Inspired by the uniquely fascinating faces of his community, Bronx-raised first-generation Ghanaian photographer and director Joshua Kissi set out to document the diverse Black experience from the rare Black POV. Years later, the CV on this man! #Beyonce’s #BlackIsKing scenes in Ghana? Yup. #MichaelBJordan’s @People cover for “Sexiest Man Alive”? That, too. A portfolio intent on elevating Black joy and visibility, trust that melanin will always glow and Black will always be seen if Joshua’s behind the lens.

@JoshuaKissi is: Black Brilliance In Focus #YoungBlackAndFreeform

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