Essence Magazine Joins the #BlackGirlMagic Movement with New DocuSeries

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Black girls being “magical” is nothing new, but the celebration of what makes black girls so amazing is definitely on the rise. Who know how and where the #BlackGirlMagic movement began but it taken it on a life of it’s own and we’re with it…And so is Essence Magazine. Who better to add to the celebration of black girls than Essence? The iconic magazine has launched ‘ESSENCE Black Girl Magic‘ presented by Walmart in an effort to spotlight young women across the country who epitomize Black excellence.

Dej Loaf, Tinashe, Halsey & Lion Babe Join Mac’s “Future Forward” Campaign

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DejLoaf and Tinashe are among the ladies who are apart of the Mac Cosmetics “Future Forward” ongoing series of collaborations and campaigns that spotlight newer talent who are making waves within the music industry. They along with Halsey and Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey will be among the first to debut their products on a rolling basis beginning in March.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Hits the Road with Macy’s to Celebrate Black History Month

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When it comes to adding to the landscape of black history, it’s one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk. Jurnee Smollett-Bell is doing both. Yesterday the actress kicked off her month long national tour with Macy’s in celebration of Black History Month. Jurnee, personality/actor Terrance J and singer Monica Brown hit up Macy’s Herald Square in New York. The trio participated in a panel hosted by Fashion Editor of Essence Magazine, Joio Thorpe, to chat about the next wave of African American cultural luminaries and tastemakers.

ORS Olive Oil Upping the Ante with “ORS™ Olive Oil Plus™” Line

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This is for all of you product loving naturalistas out there. Looking for some new products to try? Well ORS™ (formerly Organic Root Stimulator™) is upping the ante on their “curly girl” product area by combining the power of Olive Oil with the power of additional oils that elevate performance in curly, kinky and wavy hair. Tracey V. Bell, Sr. Marketing Manager for Namaste Laboratories, the makers of the ethnic hair care vet company, dished on the new high performance line that has been dubbed ORS™ Olive Oil Plus™.

Preschool TV Network “SPROUT” Celebrates Black History Month with Inspirational Content

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As the mother of a young child, I am always worrying about what he’s exposed to and how he sees himself. The television programming that we allow him to watch (other than the occasional episode of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lol) is always educational. If at all possible, we prefer the images he sees to be relatable to him in some way. In that regard, Sprout is already one of our favorite networks for him to watch, but learning that the 24-hour preschool TV network teamed up with NBC News’ Peacock Productions to produce a series of vignettes that celebrate Black History Month made me love it even more.

Black Hollywood Turns Out for “MLK NOW” Event in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King & Other Civil Rights Activists

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Who would have thought that in 2016 we would still be fighting against racism, classicism and the continued disregard for the talents and contributions of black people to the world. In fact, the fight for equality seems just as prevalent in 2016 as it was in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. Yesterday was a day to honor him. It was a day to refocus on his dream and what needs to be done to keep it alive. It was a day where entertainers including comedian Chris Rock, actors Harry Belafonte, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, musical artists India Arie, J. Cole, Jussie Smollett and numerous others joined hundreds of people to pay tribute to Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. The event touted as “#MLKNOW” was sponsored by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and was held last night at the Riverside Church in Manhattan where Dr. King delivered his historical sermon opposing the Vietnam War in 1967.

Celebs Get Selfie Happy with “Ty-Lite” iPhone Case by Beyonce’s Stylist Ty Hunter

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Have you noticed your favorite celebs stepping their selfie games up? You have Ty Hunter to thank. Beyonce’s stylist turned entrepreneur has invented a phone case with built-in LED lights to help with those all important selfies. The case has three lighting settings, “warm” for a glossy effect, “cool” for outdoor lighting, and “brilliant” for that extra glam. Ty dished on the new case to Glamour Magazine.

Mielle Organics Announces Yandy Smith as It’s First Celebrity Brand Ambassador

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There’s no better way to know that a product is worth a try than to hear it from someone who has tried it and loved it. For those of you that need to be convinced that Mielle Organics is a line worth trying (because I don’t :)), then Yandy Smith is telling you from her first hand experience that it is. The reality TV star has become the first celebrity Brand Ambassador for the hair and skin care line. 

Mielle Organics Founder, Monique Rodriguez, Dishes on the “The Mielle Life” and Everything Natural Hair

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It seems as if Mielle Organics emerged out of the darkness overnight. The natural hair care product line has resonated with naturalistas all over the world since it’s creation in 2014. However, it’s founder, Monique Rodriguez says that although it’s been a whirlwind, her journey to creating Mielle Organics was far from a overnight success. I spoke to the hair care guru and she dished on how the idea to create Mielle Organics came to be, the amazing reception from the natural hair community, hair texture shaming and more. Check out our chat below.

#DearMrPresident Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

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If you’re tired of the faces on your “dolla dolla bills” being solely male, you may be getting the change you’ve been looking for. In a recent online poll geared towards pushing President Obama to diversify the look of our hard earned cash, over 600,000 people voted to replace former President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman as the new face of the $20 bill. Tubman won with over 33% of the votes, beating Eleanor Roosevelt by 7,000 votes.