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'R-E-S-P-E-C-T': Aretha Created a Women’s Anthem Out of a Song Written for a Man

If you grew up a lover of soul music, you know that today, Aug. 16, 2018, is a day to honor the memory of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.

A Good Look: Singer Leon Bridges Collaborates on a Limited-Edition Sunglass Collection A Good Look: Singer Leon Bridges Collaborates on a Limited-Edition Sunglass Collection

It’s probably safe to say that Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is having a very good year. His acclaimed 2018 sophomore studio album Good Thing debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts, and he’s currently touring some of the most acclaimed venues in the country. Now, the vintage-obsessed singer is…

Lauryn Hill, Style Icon? 20 Years After Miseducation, the Singer Fronts Her First Fashion Campaign

I love Lauryn Hill’s music. Like many of you, I grew up with her—in tandem with her, really; when Lauryn and I were both 18, our black student union booked a then relatively-unknown New Jersey rap group called the Fugees to perform in the cafeteria of our small liberal arts college in New York. And when I was trying…

'She Broke Me': Cardi B Gets Real About Being a New Mom

There are certain life events you simply can’t comprehend until you’ve experienced them—as Cardi B recently discovered when she gave birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus on July 10. Since the blessed event, Cardi has reluctantly cancelled her tour with Bruno Mars, and in a recent series of IG stories, explains…

In His Shoes: Lenny Kravitz Shows Off Collectibles From His Idols for GQ

Aside from being a bona fide rock star, Lenny Kravitz is known as a man of style. In addition to his own incredible personal aesthetic, he’s also the creative force behind Kravitz Design, which has created and collaborated on everything from sunglasses to hotel suites to a collection of furniture for CB2.

The Pop Up: pineappleCITI Just Might Be Your New Favorite Rapper

Some say hip-hop is an overstuffed musical genre. That’s both a gift and a curse because it means there’s a variety of ways to express yourself as a hip-hop artist. And that’s what rapper pineappleCITI loves about music—self expression.

Dapper in Dior, Married in Marchesa: How Pusha T and His Bride Tied the Knot in Classic Style Dapper in Dior, Married in Marchesa: How Pusha T and His Bride Tied the Knot in Classic Style

It’s not every day that one of the most savage lyricists in hip-hop gets sweet and sentimental, but that’s what happened on Saturday evening when Terrence Thornton—better known as Pusha T—married longtime girlfriend Virginia Joy Williams at the historic Cavalier Hotel in their hometown of Virginia Beach, Va.

Ladies First: Essence Fest 2018 Took Over NOLA, and We Had FOMO Ladies First: Essence Fest 2018 Took Over NOLA, and We Had FOMO

We wanna be down! While The Root’s own Danielle Young made her way to New Orleans from July 5-8 to party with our sister-girls at the 2018 Essence Music Festival, alas, The Glow Up stayed home to attend to other pertinent business.

Nicki Minaj Losing Her Mind Over Chanel Redefines ‘Fashion Obsessed’ Nicki Minaj Losing Her Mind Over Chanel Redefines ‘Fashion Obsessed’

Here at The Glow Up, we’re crazy for fashion, but rapper Nicki Minaj clearly has us beat—by a mile. The artist, who recently told Elle magazine “All I do is wear Chanel,” had a Christmas morning moment in July when gifts arrived from the famed French fashion house, filled with as-yet-to-be released goodies from its…

Does Drake’s Scorpion Album Have Any Sting? Does Drake’s Scorpion Album Have Any Sting?

Drake needs a woman who’s going to make him happy.

You Gotta Put Me On: For the Artists Who Haven’t Quite Reached Mainstream Success but Are Killing the Game You Gotta Put Me On: For the Artists Who Haven’t Quite Reached Mainstream Success but Are Killing the Game

When black people who are musically inclined choose to pursue a career as an artist, they are proclaiming that they not only believe in their talent but also don’t subscribe to the conventional ways of making an American dream a reality. These people are dreamers with thick skin. Rejection is palpable when you choose…

Blakanda and the Beautiful: The Best, the Boldest and the Bad(dest) Looks of the 2018 BET Awards Blakanda and the Beautiful: The Best, the Boldest and the Bad(dest) Looks of the 2018 BET Awards

“Blakanda” was the theme, and black Hollywood didn’t disappoint at the 2018 BET Awards Sunday night, when black excellence took center stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Since several of our Root crew were in attendance, we left it to them to fill you in on all the details about the show, while we’ll do…

Fade 2 Focused: Why Teyana Taylor Turned Off IG to Turn Up for Her New Album Fade 2 Focused: Why Teyana Taylor Turned Off IG to Turn Up for Her New Album

Fun fact: We still haven’t gotten used to the idea of Teyana Taylor being grown.

Freedom Over Fear: Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s Freedom Issue Freedom Over Fear: Janelle Monáe Covers Allure’s Freedom Issue

You strip away the makeup, the costumes and everything you know about Janelle Monáe the artist, and I’m still the African-American, queer woman who grew up with poor, working-class parents. When I walk off a stage, I have to deal with these confrontations. I have to deal with being afraid for my family.

Lizzo Covers Teen Vogue and We’re in Love (Again) Lizzo Covers Teen Vogue and We’re in Love (Again)

Fun fact: Every few months, I play this game with my co-workers where I excitedly mention the singer and rapper known as Lizzo, and they all play like they have no idea who I’m talking about, despite likely hearing her music on about half a dozen commercials daily (“Worship,” anyone?). Then I hit them with a link to…

The Pop Up: Once You Hear the Voice of Roc Nation’s Darling, Victory Boyd, You’ll Realize Why Jay-Z Loves Her

Victory Boyd is Roc Nation’s newest darling. She’s a young black queen from New Jersey by way of Detroit. In fact, Victory’s dad, John Boyd (who came with her to The Root’s office) founded the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit. Why am I telling you about Victory’s dad before I tell you more about her? It’s because the…

Chloe x Halle Cover Teen Vogue and Take Us through the Playlist of Their Lives (and Ours) Chloe x Halle Cover Teen Vogue and Take Us through the Playlist of Their Lives (and Ours)

It’s fun proving people wrong. Even with our music, early on when we were even much younger, people sometimes said our music should be more simple, more digestible, but my sister and I, we just pushed through together and we’re like, “Bam. We’re gonna do what we want to do.” — Chloe Bailey

The Pop Up: Sol Development’s ‘Helicopter’ Is a Haunting Tale of Police Brutality in America

The Root is celebrating Black Music Month with stories that dig into the soul of black artistry and with The Pop Up, our new video series featuring in-office performances from black artists we adore. Sol Development are our first performing artists for The Pop Up, and they do not disappoint.

The Glow Up Anthem of the Week: Tierra Whack Invites Us Into Her ‘Whack World’

Any video that starts with elaborate nail art is likely a good fit for The Glow Up, so we have to thank commenter “Monkeypox0104” for suggesting this week’s Anthem of the Week, Tierra Whack’s 15-minute audiovisual medley “Whack World.”

Spell It Out: Rico Nasty Debuts a New Mixtape With ‘Nasty’ Edges Spell It Out: Rico Nasty Debuts a New Mixtape With ‘Nasty’ Edges

Rico Nasty announced that she’s releasing her new project, Nasty, on the ’gram. The mixtape is set to release June 15, and when fans saw the cover, they were shook. Rico, whose style is ever changing, was rocking nasty edges—literally.

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