Maya Smith’s The Doux brings salon quality and hip-hop culture to hair care

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the natural hair care aisle in your local store, then you couldn’t miss the bold ’90s-inspired packaging for the product line The Doux.  The brand was created by veteran hairstylist Maya Smith, a 20-year beauty industry veteran. She developed the products when she was a salon owner in […]

Black Twitter slams Madame Tussauds’ attempt at a Nicki Minaj wax figure

Madame Tussauds is the internationally trusted authority on wax figures, memorializing celebrities of the past and present in their museums, but still sometimes they receive hate from celebrities’ fans. This time the Berlin Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is receiving backlash for its latest installation, rapper Nicki Minaj. Many fans were not pleased with the wax […]

Play about Germany’s attempted Namibian extermination comes to Chicago

Between 1904 and 1907, Germany’s imperialist policies attempted to exterminate a whole section of the Namibian people. Steppenwolf for Young Adults will examine that time in history when it stages Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2012 play “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the […]

J. Cole finally gets overdue college degree withheld for the most hilarious reason

J. Cole’s impressive 2015 just keeps getting better. Not only can he celebrate his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, being a critically acclaimed platinum smash, the first rap album with no guest appearances to achieve that feat since 1989, but the “Apparently” rapper can now proudly call himself a college graduate. Last week St. John’s University presented the […]

Germany’s DJ Gün breaks down European and American hip-hop

Sebastian Gündel initially made hits while on the gridiron. After several years of playing American football in Berlin and Rostock, Germany, Sebastian Gündel decided to delve into music. Now known as DJ Gün, he is one of the premier DJs in Europe and also owns an event management company, Weekend Warriorz. DJ Gün recently shared his […]

FIFA fans go too far, wearing blackface to World Cup match

In the thick of the World Cup competition, fans have made it impossible to enjoy the games without sprinkling in a bit of controversy. On Saturday, Instagram user @selma_slim uploaded the above photo from the Germany vs. Ghana match of the World cup with the caption,“So far I’ve counted 8 Germans in black face [sic]. […]

D-Day and black soldiers: Excluded heroes

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day — the day of the Normandy landings initiating the effort to liberate mainland  Europe was from Nazi occupation during World War II. Today, President Obama spoke at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach. But the contributions of black soldiers are continuously overlooked. Why? Of the 31,912 […]

5 Reasons ‘Super’ Mario Balotelli Is Soccer’s Next LeBron

Mario Balotelli’s two thrilling goals against the favored German soccer team on Thursday, June 28, sent Italy to the European Championship final.  If you haven’t seen his spectacular play, turn to ESPN at some point on Friday, June 29.  At 21, Balotelli is probably the most talented player in his age group and he already […]

Living In Urban Areas Causes More Health Disorders and Mental Problems, Study Says

For many African Americans, urban life and living in a city is commonplace. We are well aware of the risks related to safety but, now, scientists have shown evidence of a new risk that causes reduced positive health outcomes for individuals living in urban areas compared to people living in non-urban areas — stress. The […]