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What a (Wo)Man! The 2018 Billboard Awards Were Dedicated to the Ladies What a (Wo)Man! The 2018 Billboard Awards Were Dedicated to the Ladies

“Hey, ladies—all the ladies—louder now, help me out. Come on, all the ladies ... ” 

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Ivy Sole’s ‘Life’

Life is short, life is simple Life is joy, life is pain Life is wonderful, and terrible But it’s beautiful, and love’s the same

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Prince’s ‘I Wish U Heaven’

You didn’t think we forgot, did you? Admittedly, it’s been a busy week here at The Glow Up, with the GLAAD Awards, a lingerie line from Rihanna and the questionable Catholic imagination of the Met Gala (oh my!). Frankly, we’re ready to slow it down for the weekend, so we thought we’d start by going classic, and…

Azealia Banks Hates Bath Bombs but Clearly Loves Glitter Bombs, and We Have Questions

Just when we thought Kanye West was going to cause the most confusion this week, Azealia Banks popped up to give us another dose of her special brand of “Huh?” with an “Over/Under” video for Pitchfork as part of the promotional rounds for her new single and bona fide bop, “Anna Wintour.”

Janelle Monáe Says Dirty Computer Is a Soundtrack for Carefree Black Women Who Are ‘Beautiful as Fuck’ Janelle Monáe Says Dirty Computer Is a Soundtrack for Carefree Black Women Who Are ‘Beautiful as Fuck’

I woke up this morning to headlines of Janelle Monáe coming out as a “queer black woman.” Sure, this is something many of us speculated about and indulged over once we peeped the visuals for her new album, Dirty Computer, but to have the CEO, record label owner, CoverGirl, artist and actual black girl magician open up…

Janelle Monáe Is Serving Lewks on Lewks on Lewks ... and We Like That

Another day, another Janelle Monáe drop. This time it’s the accompanying visuals to “I Like That,” which we declared The Glow Up Anthem of the Week on Friday.

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Janelle Monáe’s ‘I Like That’

A little crazy, little sexy, little cool Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth I’m always left of center and that’s right where I belong I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs And I like that I don’t really give a fuck if I was just the only one ...

Don’t Disrespect Our Anthems: 6 Black Songs Off-Limits to Taylor Swift and Other White Musicians Don’t Disrespect Our Anthems: 6 Black Songs Off-Limits to Taylor Swift and Other White Musicians

When I first called the Department of Homeland Security to report Taylor Swift for suspected terrorist activity, the federal agents hung up on me just as I was explaining why I didn’t consider Swift’s remake of “September” an attack on the legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire so much as I regarded it an assault on the…

Beyoncé x Balmain = Best Coachella Homecoming Ever Beyoncé x Balmain = Best Coachella Homecoming Ever

What happens when the reigning prince of fashion gets a request to dress Queen Bey for her takeover of one of the most famous music festivals in the world? You get some major fashion moments to go along with all of that amazing music.

We Got the ‘Pynk’: Janelle Monáe’s Got Girl Power on Lock

Just when Drake thought he’d written the #GirlPower anthem of the season, here comes Janelle Monáe to remind us of the power of the ... pynk.

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Lizzo’s ‘Fitness’

From the time we launched The Glow Up, we’ve known that music would play a part in our mission to inspire, uplift and empower our readers. After all, your managing editor is also a musician (and may or may not also have been a DJ in her pre-recording-deal years). Besides, what glow up is complete without a great…

Sister Act: Chloe x Halle Cover Nylon Magazine’s Music Issue

Stripes, spots, suits, sisterhood, and lots and lots of smiles; that’s what “it” girls Chloe and Halle Bailey—better known as Chloe x Halle—are made of for their cover shoot for this month’s issue of Nylon magazine.

#SisterhoodSaturday: Yes, Chloe x Halle, The Kids Are Alright

It’s #SisterhoodSaturday here at The Glow Up, so it’s only natural to feature one of our favorite sister-acts, Chloe x Halle (aka Chloe and Halle Bailey), whose premier album, The Kids Are Alright, debuted Friday.

Red-Carpet Roundup: It’s All Love at the iHeartRadio Awards (With a Healthy Dose of Cardi B) Red-Carpet Roundup: It’s All Love at the iHeartRadio Awards (With a Healthy Dose of Cardi B)

Working in digital media as a middle-aged person can be challenging. After all, there’s a constant need to know what the kids are into these days, and without kids of my own, it can be tough. Thankfully, we’ve got the annual iHeartRadio Awards to tell us old heads who’s hot and who’s on the come up.

Double Vision: Janelle Monáe Drops 2 New Baddie Anthems on Us

In case you haven’t had your fill of African royalty this week (as if), Janelle Monáe dropped in on us today with not one, but two new singles sure to be in heavy rotation over the coming weeks, accompanied by stunning visuals that are already giving us fashion inspiration.

The Wait Between Sade Singles? Just A Wrinkle in Time The Wait Between Sade Singles? Just A Wrinkle in Time

It’s official: Sade is a goddess. She may not always come when you call, but she’s always on time. Or, if you’re Ava DuVernay, Sade may actually come when you call, just in time for your upcoming film, A Wrinkle in Time (premiering March 9).

Come Through, 30! Rihanna Celebrates 3 Decades of Bad Gyal Magic Come Through, 30! Rihanna Celebrates 3 Decades of Bad Gyal Magic

How do we solve a problem like Rihanna? Truth is, we don’t want to. Sometimes we hate how much we love her, but what can we say? We found love in a hopeless place, and this Barbadian “rebelle fleur” remains a constant fave, shining bright like a diamond, always giving us wild thoughts and never more than four, five…

Perfect Music Moments in Black History: Rick James and Smokey Robinson ‘Ebony Eyes’ Perfect Music Moments in Black History: Rick James and Smokey Robinson ‘Ebony Eyes’

I’m not saying that I embarrass my kids often, but I can’t lie; I rather enjoy the fact that I have a child who has already found it possible to be ashamed of things I do. One of those things that absolutely go Full-On Embarrassing Dad is singing Rick James and Smokey Robinson’s “Ebony Eyes” at the top of my lungs…

Just Bey-Cause They Can: The Carters Are Killing It This Grammy Weekend Just Bey-Cause They Can: The Carters Are Killing It This Grammy Weekend

Love them or not, you must admit that music’s most powerful couple knows how to make an entrance. Attending the Roc Nation brunch at New York City’s One World Trade Center this weekend, the Carters took a kid-free day-date to the next level.

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