Mal Wright Discusses Her New Normal After Appearing On ‘The Ultimatum: Queer Love’

I had zero interest in watching The Ultimatum: Queer Love until I saw their statuesque contestant, Mal Wright, on my television screen. Suddenly, I, along with the rest of the world, was heavily invested in a love story that would eventually fizzle, launching Wright into a new normal that she never expected. Dating shows have become a guilty pleasure of our generation. Whether you’re looking for love or attempting to repair a strained relationship, folks have defaulted to reality TV to explore

The Color Purple: Rediscovering Joy, Forgiveness, and Healing

The Color Purple is an influential and iconic film derived from the 1982 Pulitzer-winning novel written by Alice Walker. The story explores 40 vital years of Celie’s life as she evolves from a bashful, timid girl to a resilient, powerful woman who eventually finds her voice. When the film was released in 1985, it highlighted the oppression of the early 1900s. Celie wasn’t enslaved, but she wasn’t a free woman either. She was a teenager when she birthed two children, bred by her father, that wer

From Stonewall to Global Celebration: The Evolution Of LGBTQ+ Pride

Every June, Queer superheroes from across the nation gather to celebrate their lifestyles unapologetically; this is known as Pride Month. I’ve been celebrating pride since I was a curious 18-year-old teen. Now at 39, I am proud to be part of a diverse community that is changing how we see the world today. June is an important month for members of the LGBTQ+ community. For some, it symbolizes liberation. Many have been forced to live in the closet due to unsupportive friends and family. But when

Mary J. Blige Honors Sisterhood With Her First-Ever Strength Of A Woman Festival

That’s the best way to accurately describe Mary J.Blige’s first annual Strength of a Woman festival held in Atlanta, GA, on Mother’s Day weekend. Women from all over the country gathered in the name of sisterhood, with a common goal to be fed mentally, spiritually, and musically. The weekend was jam-packed with a comedy show, concerts, and empowering summit that included veterans of the entertainment industry, and a Mother’s Day brunch that concluded the festivities on Sunday. Sisterhood is pow

My Trip To Charlottesville, Virginia Taught Me The Importance Of Black Ownership In America

As a native New Yorker, I always felt removed from the history of the South. Sure, books and the internet can educate you, but experience has always been my best teacher. When I was invited to visit Virginia for the launch of “Discover Black Charlottesville,” I had no idea what to expect. As I began to tell my friends about my upcoming trip, they reminded me of the incident that happened five years prior. In August of 2017, white nationalists gathered for the “Unite the Right” rally to protest

The End Of An Era: 5 Times Insecure Was The Revolutionary Art Our Generation Needed

Season 5 came at us fast, didn’t it? The final stretch of Insecure took us through a worldwind of emotions, but it also taught us so much about life, love, friendships, careers, family and more. Season 1, episode 1 begins on Issa Dee’s birthday. As she’s at work dodging insulting questions from inquisitively rude teenagers, she realizes that age 29, she’s not doing what she loves, she’s in a 5 year potentially dead end relationship, and she’s ready for something to change. She’s completely inse

Mental Health Professionals Discuss The Importance Of Detaching From Black Trauma

The history of Black people is complex, intriguing, triggering, and traumatizing. It began when we were transplanted from our native land and forced to build America from the ground up. From slavery to segregation to our now "free" world, we've endured so much pain that's been transmuted into resilience. Despite our long, tumultuous history, we're still striving for the ability to exist in the same way that our Caucasian counterparts do.

Meagan Good: True Power Lies In Authenticity

Meagan Good has a clear definition of power that she learned — through years of public scrutiny — to harness with masterful control. With unshakable faith and an uncracked foundation built on ideals she inherited from her mother, Meagan is good at keeping the haters at bay. The beloved Black actress, with film credits like The Intruder, Think Like A Man, and the most recent Death Saved My Life, has built up a skin of armor, albeit a dewy one, and an impenetrable layer of confidence throughout her 26-year career.

How Issa Rae’s Character on Awkward Black Girl Changed The Game, 10 Years Later

I’ll never forget the first time I watched The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl on YouTube. Up until that moment, I never witnessed another quirky Black woman with the same unique approach to life’s situations. My entire life, I grew up feeling like a social misfit that laughed at the wrong punch lines of a joke. It wasn’t until I saw Issa Rae’s character J on YouTube that I felt seen and understood. I am a die-hard fan of Issa Rae’s work, but I also admire her drive and hustle. From YouTub

Plus Size MUA CeeJaye Uses Her Platform To Advocate For Body Positivity and Inclusivity

Courtney "CeeJaye" Jones is a queer-identifying makeup artist who resides in Chicago, Illinois. From her social media page, you can tell she's passionate about a few things; her two adorable kids, highlighting the natural beauty of her clients and advocating for the LGBTQ and plus size community. As a member of both worlds, CeeJaye lends her platform to those who may need a lesson in self-love, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy.

He, She, Them, They: Take a Deeper Look into What it Means to Identify as Non-Binary

According to Wikipedia, the term non-binary or genderqueer “is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine — ‌identities which are outside the gender binary and cisnormativity. Genderqueer people may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.” Growing up, I was exposed to the idea of he or she. It wasn’t until my 30’s that I learned about the community of people who had a preference in the they/them p

My Trip to Amsterdam Taught Me the Importance of African American Representation in Other Countries

I’d consider myself well-traveled. As a child, my mother felt it was important to visit different parts of the world. Over the years, I incorporated the concept of world-travel into my life. No matter the destination, I developed strategies to help me explore different countries and all they have to offer. Beyond exploration, traveling strengthens my spiritual connection with the universe. There is nothing like seeing the sun set against a foreign backdrop. Last September during an impromptu tr

Latoya Snell Proves That You Can be Plus-Size and Fit

It was a cold, rainy November morning when Latoya Snell prepared for the NYC Marathon. The plus-size model, chef and aspiring personal trainer was about to tackle the 26.2 mile run for the 8th time. As a “Jill” of all trades, she was no stranger to the runner’s life, having just completed the Chicago Marathon three weeks prior. She was ready to finesse her way through another victory lap around New York City. With four miles to the finish line, Latoya embraced the end of her marathon, knowing s

This Photographer Documents the Truth About Homelessness Via His Instagram Account

Photographer Kal Barre manages to captivate, awaken and induce emotion through his Instagram account, Street Populace. With an in-depth glimpse of homelessness in San Diego, California, Barre uses vivid imagery and candid commentary to document the lives of each person he meets living on the street. The result: a photo diary that contradicts everything you have ever thought about the voiceless community. The San Diego resident initially focused his lens on buildings, architecture and sunsets. G

5 Things I Learned in Cape Town, South Africa

My desire to see the world landed me on a plane to Cape Town, South Africa. I arrived on African soil with no expectations and an open mind. As an African American woman in the motherland for the first time, I indulged in sensory overload when it came to the culture, food and attractions. With the various misconceptions of Africa as a whole, I traveled to Cape Town to form my own opinion and create my own experience. A trip like this has the potential to change your outlook on life and the rest

Plus Size Model And Reality Star Addresses Body Shaming Comments On Instagram

It is safe to say that social media has created a platform that allows people to obsess over the physical appearance of others.  Whether it is a casual OOTD post or a swimsuit selfie, one must have thick skin to endure the public shaming that comes along with being active on social media.  Just ask reality TV star and plus size model, Sabrina Servance. Sabrina starred in Lifetime TV’s, “Big Women, Big Love,” a reality show about five plus size women on a quest to find a partner.  Since the wrap

Black History Month Future Legends: Stylist Bryon Javar

As we continue our Black History Month series highlighting the future icons of our generation, we take a look behind the scenes of a celebrity’s best kept secret; their stylist. Bryon Javar, stylist behind some of our favorite red carpet looks, sits down with Fashion Bomb Daily to talk fashion and making a mark in the industry. Most people learned of Bryon Javar the moment he styled Karrueche Tran for the 2015 BET Awards in a black and white Stello suit and a La Perla bra.  That specific fash

Fashion News: Riccardo Tisci Leaves Givenchy After 12 Years, Rumored to Have Gone to Versace

In the fashion shake-up heard around the globe, Riccardo Tisci has left Givenchy after 12 long years.  In a statement posted to his Instagram account, the designer wrote, “A giant heartfelt thank you to #givenchy, #lvmh, my incredible team, the magical atelier and everyone who made these 93 collections possible and all the other crazy adventures.  Your love and support, in the day and in the night, will forever remain in my heart.” In a statement made by Bernard Arnault, chairman of chief execu
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