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Swizz Beatz Was His Wife Alicia Keys’ Biggest Fan Last Night at the Grammys

Alicia Keys made her hosting debut at the 2019 Grammy Awards last night, and looked absolutely radiant while doing it. Know who else agrees? Her hubby Swizz Beatz. The super producer couldn’t be more proud of his wife who stunned on stage (wearing minimal makeup, might we add!). Swizz was...

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Cardi B Got An Extra Special Gift From Baby Kulture On Grammy Night

Cardi B is truly on her Cinderella steez. The “Money” rapper absolutely crushed her first-time performance at the Grammys and, if that weren’t magical enough, snagged the award for Best Rap Album. It’s everything a “regular, degular” Bronx girl could’ve ever imagined. But God wasn’t...

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Respect The Hustle: Here Are 5 Of Cardi B’s Top Career Wins

In her 2017 breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B declared, “I pay my mama bills, I ain’t got no time to chill,” and she’s been on her grind ever since. Sunday night, the Bronx rapper joined an exclusive group of female emcees when she took home her first Grammy Award for Best Rap...

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Sunday was music’s biggest night as singers and rappers walked the red carpet at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. ESSENCE caught up with some of your favorites, including ESSENCE’s first-ever digital cover stars Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., and Pusha T, and asked them which songs they listen to when...

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This year’s Grammys made a bigger effort to nod towards the culture at the podium and on center stage—and Black performers rose to the occasion each and every time. Missed all of the melanin flourishing? Check out every performance from the 2019 awards below. ‪Janelle Monae Janelle Monae...

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Most music fans know jazz originated in New Orleans, but many don’t know about the early pioneers of the genre that would change the world. But all of that is about to change when Dan Pritzker’s forthcoming film, Bolden, hits theaters this spring. Based on the life of Charles “Buddy” Bolden,...

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Even though we have Black History month in February, our culture is to be celebrated 365 days a year. Every day is a chance to show the world just how dope and powerful being Black really is. So what’s a way for you and your crew to give praise to your Black, Blackity, Blackness anytime […] The...

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People Have A Lot Of Feelings About Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute

On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez took the stage at the Grammys to pay tribute to music’s most iconic label, Motown. Lopez’s set included songs like “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing In The Streets,” and “Money (That’s What I Want),” with the singer teaming up with Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo....

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Yikes…About One Third Of Americans Think Blackface Is At Least Sometimes Acceptable

Do we have more Blackface photos to uncover? Maybe, considering about 1/3, or about 34 percent of Americans believe that Blackface is either always or sometimes acceptable as part of a Halloween costume. Which timeline is this? Because this ain’t it, chief. A new Pew Research Center survey,...

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They say that the eyes are the windows to one’s soul, but food is the way to one’s heart.  Preparing the perfect dish can be all you need to fill your partner’s heart – and belly – with love this Valentine’s Day. Instead of battling crowds at a local restaurant, why not set the mood...

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It seems as if the history of Blackface isn’t the only history that embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam struggles with. In an interview with CBS This Morning host Gayle King that is set to air on Monday, the Democratic governor started out on a poor note, referencing the “indentured servants...

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“I’m struggling right now with the stress and everything,” explained Erica Garner shortly before an asthma episode that caused her fatal heart attack in 2017 at the age of 27. “This thing, it beats you down. The system beats you down to where you can’t win.” Her words illustrate the...

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“Why can’t God’s image be disabled and queer? Does God make mistakes? Is that it?” Vilissa Thompson is someone who defies definition. Binaries. Boxes. And in ways that are constant, enthusiastic and, frankly, creative. That said, if you ask Thompson to succinctly define herself, she’ll...

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It’s been more than 50 years since Claudia Jones gave her final farewell, but every August as Londoners don fanciful feathers down the streets of Notting Hill, you can still feel the activist’s spirit of resilience and togetherness making its way through the very neighborhood that gave her...

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Sometimes self-care comes in the form of a one way bus ticket. In the new Netflix original movie Juanita, Alfre Woodard abandons her three irresponsible adult children and thankless job in search of her best life. Convinced that there must something better somewhere else, the grandmother takes a...

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New Orleans, Louisiana Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the people of the city she represents are everything and the part of her job that brings her most joy. “What brings me the most joy about being the Mayor of the city of New Orleans, a world-class city, no other city in the world in my opinion […]...

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On Sunday, the Recording Academy celebrated some of music’s best at the 2019 Grammy Awards. This year’s nominees included stars like H.E.R., Ella Mai, Chloe x Halle, and Cardi B. Hip-hop history was made and some of our favorite songs got recognition. If you weren’t able to tune in, here are...

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H.E.R. was a big winner on Sunday night, taking home two Grammy Awards. And the R&B singer was a star on the 61st annual Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday at the Staples Center, with not only Linda Perry stopping to congratulate her, but also fellow R&B singer Ella Mai. “Sorry to interrupt, but...

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A few of Hip Hop’s leading ladies are celebrating their fellow rap princess and her first Grammy win. Music’s it-girl Cardi B was overwhelmed with gratitude on Sunday night when she took the stage to accept her very first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album before a room full of her industry peers,...

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Cardi B Becomes First Female Solo Artist To Win Best Rap Album At The Grammys

Cardi B made history Sunday night with the first Grammy win of her career. The rapper took home Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, the first time in Grammys history that a solo female artist has won the award. Cardi is only the second woman to receive the honor; Lauryn Hill took home the […]...

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