Tag » women of color
To teach her daughter about inspiring African American women, Chauncia Boyd Rogers dressed Ava Noelle up as some of the most influential ladies in American history. Despite the fact that they're just taken with a cellphone, these photos give us all an adorable HER-story lesson.    Phillis Wheatley is both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.  Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was the first black, female pilot. She was also the first African-American to hold an international pilot license. Read More
One of the most famous faces in the world Frida Kahlo (born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter whose self-portraits beautifully and honestly expressed the female form in a new way. Self-taught, Kahlo created at least 140 paintings, as well as dozens of drawings and studies. The great artist died in 1954 and was cremated, while an autopsy was never done, it was determined that her official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Read More
While capturing the true beauty of brown skin eluded photographers for nearly a century—it wasn't until the 1970s and '80s that film was reformulated so that its emulsions were sensitive to the nuances of non-white complexions—whoever snapped the photos of these women of color during the 1800s were doing something right. Read More
This past New Year’s Eve, a 14-year-old girl was celebrating at home with a friend when she received a video on her Snapchat account of two schoolmates calling her racist and derogatory names. When her adoptive father Brad Knudson found out, he decided to do something about it. After recording the bullying, he managed to contact the father of the kids in the video, Deron Puro, and explain his abhorrence. Read More
Black History month can sometimes feel bittersweet, since once February is over, celebrating blackness seems to end. But while it's here, artists are representing those women making a difference in black history. Then and now. The #WeAreBlackHistory series of photographs was created in order to celebrate women today who are using digital space to hone their voices and create a sense of unity in the black community. Using important online voices and pairing them up with legendary historical figures, the photographs link the women and their glory. Read More
When you are darker than tan, it becomes a little difficult to find makeup that's properly pigmented enough for we women of color: Since most of the color palettes are marketed to women with lighter complexions, it frankly to see how it might look on our skin. And there's nothing more frustrating than picking up a red lipstick only to find it's more orange or pink on your skin. Especially when it is expensive.  We've pulled together 10 super pigmented lipsticks that  complement darker skinned ladies looking to treat themselves on the high-end market. Not even for V-Day. Read More
In honor of Black History Month, we here at HQ wanted to commemorate 5 amazing ladies that may go under the radar in the memory of civil rights in America.  1. Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919)  “I got my start by giving myself a start.”  Born as Sarah Breedlove on a Louisiana plantation to two former slaves, Madam Walker had a difficult early life. She was a wife at age 14, a mother at 17, and a widow at age 20. How she turned her life around? Her hair-care products. Read More
Surely you recall when, last year, SNL’s lack of diversity reached critical (un)mass and much ado was made about show-runner Lorne Michaels’ search for a fresh black female face to add to the cast. Leslie Jones was in the pool along with Sasheer Zamata, and though the latter was eventually recruited as a cast member, Jones impressed too, so she was culled for the writing room. Read More
Andrea Boston is a multimedia storyteller, and the goddess that started TheOddflowers.com. Oddflower is a story project that launched on July 29 to showcase women of color who felt like they hid their passions growing up for fear of judgment. Some of the women Boston interviewed so far are punk rockers, and other ladies who may have hid their musical interests and talents because it wasn’t culturally "normal" or appreciated among their peers. She spotlights women who realized that they were different in their teenage years, but who have since grown to embrace their interests. Read More
You are the coolest and best friend you'll ever have, so why not celebrate that and find some sweet stuff to mail yourself? Everyone loves getting packages and these days subscription boxes are the perfect way to show yourself you care. Peruse this list and find the perfect package that will make you do the happy dance! Or, I suppose you can get one of these subscriptions for a good friend, too.  1) FabFitFun: A fitness and beauty subscription for every season created by the powerhouse, superwoman, and E! News host Giuliana Rancic. Read More