Skincare Guru on Why Skin Lightening Can Be Good for Black Women


By Lenora Houseworth

There is a common belief that black women either don’t need or partake in cosmetic surgery or other procedures. You’ve probably even used the term, “Black don’t crack.” Well, this is not completely true. As an aesthetician, esthetician and Director of Skincare Services/Partner of Lavish Medical Spa, Leslie Nesbitt has seen the cosmeceutical aka the non-surgical industry become more inclusive while finally addressing the unique skincare needs for people of color.

In recent years, the New York-based Lavish, seen in The New York Times, has exploded with an uptick in procedures like skin lightening, or IV whitening, among women of color.

Gabrielle Union Had to School Dwayne Wade's Sons on the Beauty of Dark Skin Women


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By Erickka Sy Savané

You would think that marrying a beautiful brown-skinned TV and film star like Gabrielle Union would be enough to show Dwayne Wade's sons that darker-skinned women are beautiful. Think again.

From Bullied to Youngest Fashion Week Designer. 11-Year-Old Kheris Rogers is Flexin' in Her Complexion


Kheris Rogers
By Winnie Gaturu

At age 11, Kheris Rogers has already achieved a lot in her life. She is a model, a motivator and a fashion designer. These are many roles for a girl her age but she has handled them with a lot of grace and positivity. You see, Kheris hit a rough patch when she joined first grade. She was one of the few black kids in the school and was constantly bullied by teachers and other students simply because of her dark skin. They would call her mean names and the kids would refuse to play with her. They made her feel different and above all, less human. This made her cry constantly and even prompted her to begin hating her skin tone. On seeing the suffering her sister was going through, Taylor Pollard, Kheris' older sister, decided to do something to brighten up her mood. She dolled up her little sister for a fashion show and posted the photos on twitter with the hashtag #FlexinInHerComplexion. What happened next was more than the two sisters expected. The pictures quickly went viral and received thousands of positive comments. That was the turning point and things started looking all the way up for Kheris.

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Light Skin Tears: A Youtube Channel for Light-Skin & Bi-Racial Women That's Stirring the Pot


By Erickka Sy Savané

I'll be the first to say that when I stumbled across the youtube channel, Light Skin Tears, for light-skin and bi-racial women, I had the same thought as when I first heard of the hair product line 'Mixed Chicks.' Like, seriously, ya'll need to segregate yourselves by calling out the fact that you are mixed? It sounded so pretentious, and I immediately turned off. And then there was the fact that the product was obviously not for my kinky hair. But once I took a listen, this woman has reasons for creating this channel that can't be easily dismissed.

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Keep Melinated Skin Poppin' With This All Natural DIY Skin Mask

Skin & Beauty Vlogger Angeer. a 
Hey Lovers,

In this video I show how I make my facial mask. This DIY face mask which I make with all natural ingredients (Ginkgo Biloba powder, Ginger powder and dark coffee) will help your face Melanin stay young and radiant, and aid in healthy melanin production. You can also use this for your body.

6 Makeup Brands with Diverse Foundation for Women of Color

By Hayden Stewart

As a woman of color, it can be a pain to find the right foundation. Many brands only carry a limited range of shades, and more often than not, you have to settle for an inaccurate, unflattering shade, or you’ll have to put in extra work to blend colors to achieve the right look. And who has time for that?

Thankfully, there are brands that are making efforts to offer more inclusive, diverse shade ranges to accommodate all skin tones. Next time you’re visiting your local pharmacy or Sephora, keep an eye out for these lovely brands!

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Colorism Within the Family and Myself


Photo: Tyra Banks
By Brittney M. Walker

We facetime so he can meet my aunt. Most of my family is still in California so meeting everyone has been a digital experience for the most part.

“What up auntie?”

I introduce him and she says as if she couldn’t stop what was coming out of her mouth, “Does your hair lay down?”

She is referring to his tightly coiled, uncombed, but artsy looking hair. He’s not much into combs or brushes. But it works. It’s his natural, like mine. Like some stranger man said one day in the local Chinese food spot, we match.

We both react with snuffs, disguised as laughs, and I retort, “Mine doesn’t.”

She says, “Oh, well I guess not.”

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Serial Networker Claire Ateku is Slaaying the Naturally Glam Game!


Claire Ateku
Naturally Glam is back again with Claire Ateku! Serial Networker, model, and youtube personality, Claire is from Kenya, but currently lives in Los Angeles. Natural for close to 10 years, find out how this queen stays serving looks and glowing skin from here all the way back to the Continent!

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Forever Young: 6 Anti-Aging Tips for Skin of Color

Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union & Bianca Lawson
By Kanisha Parks

We’ve all heard the famous phrase, “Black Don’t Crack,” and if you look to celebrities such as Angela Bassett (59), Gabrielle Union (45), and even Bianca Lawson who just turned 39 but could easily claim 20, it’s easy to see how this myth has gained momentum. However, all of these women have their own skincare maintenance routines and aren’t relying on being black to keep them youthful and fine (although it does help!) 

Amara La Negra & the Colorism Debate

Amara La Negra & Charlamagne
By Michelby Coco Whitehead

Unless you live under a pop culture rock, you have seen the wonder that is Amara la Negra by now. Her flawless skin and larger than life hair, are hard to miss. However, the Love n Hip Hop Miami breakout star is more than a pretty face and booty bouncing music. She’s actually got something to say and unfortunately, Charlamagne and Dj Envy didn’t seem to grasp that when she appeared on Monday’s Breakfast Club interview. Then again, I’m not sure if these guys were asking tactless questions just for the sake of making the interview juicier. Nonetheless, they acted as if they couldn’t understand Amara’s stance on the discrimination she faces as a dark-skinned Afro-Latina trying to crossover into the American market. Regardless, Amara’s story line is making the world indulge in conversation that has been swept under the rug for decades. What's the topic of conversation you ask? C-O-L-O-R-I-S-M. Colorism.

Lupita Nyong'o Celebrates Her Skin With Children's Book 'Sulwe'

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By Mwabi Kaira

In the ongoing conversation about skin hues and how uncomfortable the world seems to be with dark skin, Academy award winner Lupita Nyong’o has fared well and seems to have come through pretty unscathed since emerging in the public eye back in 2013. Other than former NBA player Gilbert Arenas dumb remarks about Lupita only being cute with the lights off, Lupita is a media darling and well loved and accepted. She is a red carpet favorite and always makes the best dressed lists. She has been on the cover of multiple magazines including Vogue, Elle, Essence, In Style, Marie Claire, Glamour, and was even named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful while making the cover. She is the face of Lancome ads, and has dolls made in her likeness. Her poise and classiness are bar none and the fact that she has accomplished everything while celebrating her natural beauty make her the epitome of black girl magic.

Lupita will team with Simon & Schuster to write her debut children’s book “Sulwe."

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How to Find the Best Nude Lipstick

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  By Mary Wolff
If you follow the latest beauty trends, you know how hot the nude lip is right now. While few trends can work year-round without looking seasonally out of place, this look helps you work it all year! Of course, the idea of a nude lip can be intimidating to some women. The challenge of finding the right tone can be tricky since it is based on skin tone. When looking to get in on this beautiful trend, here are a few tips on how to find the best nude lipstick for you.

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