Stylist’s Hair Hack Makes It Look Like You Just Got a Professional Blowout — Video

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The perfect Zoom meeting beauty trick: Hairstylist Olivia Smalley shared a video to Instagram that she calls “Fake Blowout Hack” — and there isn’t a hair dryer in sight. And the round brushes the pros use to create perfectly smooth strands? Conspicuously absent. “If round brushing your ends isn’t your friend, here’s a fun hair hack to get a bend without a brush,” Smalley writes in the caption.

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En Vogue Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Debut Album ‘Born To Sing’

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It’s been 30 years since influential R&B group En Vogue made their debut with Born To Sing and the ladies are celebrating the milestone with a re-release of their debut album and a few new mixes.

The Grammy-nominated group is considered one of the best female R&B groups in music. En Vogue’s platinum debut album includes hits like “Hold On,” “Don’t Go,” and “You Don’t Have to Worry.”

Terry Ellis, a founding member of the group, told ESSENCE that the group never imagined that they’d make such an impact.

“It was something that we dreamed and hoped to,” she said, “but [never dreamed of]. It’s been really amazing and surreal. We’re just very grateful and honored to still be doing what we love to do.”

En Vogue currently consists of Ellis, Cindy Herron, also an original member of the group, and Rhona Bennett, who joined in 2012.

On Friday, the group re-released Born To Sing with remixed versions of “Lies,” “You Don’t Have To Worry,” and “Hold On.”

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Kobe Bryant To Be Inducted Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

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Late NBA superstar and Academy Award-winner Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

ESPN reports that Bryant is one of nine inductees in a star-studded class that includes Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star

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‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Star Viola Davis Says Series ‘Ends Perfectly’

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Viola Davis has shared her feelings about the final episodes of ABC hit series How To Get Away With Murder.

In a recent interview with Variety, the actress told the publication that while fans may not get a “happy ending,” it will be a “great ending.”

“I don’t know if I’m into happy endings, I’m into great endings,” Davis said. “I think happy endings sometimes can be a manipulation to give the audience what they want, but in a way that’s pat; in a way that maybe is not a realistic trajectory for the character. But I think this is gonna end exactly the way it should. You know what? It ends perfectly. With all of it, it makes absolute sense.”

The series returned earlier this week after a four-month hiatus, with only five episodes left in its sixth and final season.

Davis told Variety that the show’s final episodes were like a “love letter” to the series.

“What a magnificent job they’ve done with the last episodes. It’s like [creator Pete Nowalk] took all of these fireworks and put them in a box and said, ‘What would happen if we blow them all up at the same time?’ And that’s what he did. He blew them up.”

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Kylie Jenner Is Quitting Hair, Nail, and Lash Extensions While Isolating — Photos

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On Friday, April 3, Jenner posted a photo to her Instagram Stories in which she’s playing with her now naturally almost-shoulder-length hair. She flips the bob around while using a butterfly filter, the video overlayed with the caption “Hair health journey rn.”

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Marsai Martin Enlists Young Hollywood Stars For Comfy Spin On #DontRushChallenge

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Marsai Martin has tapped some famous friends for a new spin on Tik Tok’s #DontRushChallenge.

Enlisting the help of young Hollywood stars like Storm Reid, Skai Jackson, Eris Baker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Riele Downs, Lexi Underwood, and Kayla Drew Simmons, the ladies go from chic to cozy.

Don’t Rush, Stay home #dontrushchallange pic.twitter.com/HBt9NLWurA

— Marsai Martin (@marsaimartin) April 4, 2020

People across the world have been isolated in their homes since the coronavirus outbreak began, inspiring many to take to social media, specifically Tik Tok, to share new challenges that inspire connection.

The #DontRushChallenge has seen Black women everywhere ditching their sweats for a glammed up look but Martin’s twist on the trend is a fun new addition.

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Miley Cyrus Shaved Cody Simpson’s Head While They’re Staying Home Together

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During a recent episode of Instagram live series “Bright Minded,” Cody Simpson unveiled his new buzzcut and revealed Miley Cyrus as his hairdresser. “I was mad about my own haircut so I had to give Cody a little makeover as well,” she told viewers.

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Black Romantic Comedies You Can Stream Now

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It may feel like you’ve watched every movie and TV show under the sun since social distancing went into effect. But sometimes, the answer to our streaming fatigue is a classic feel-good rom-com (trust me, it works every time.)

If you’ve been cozied up with bae, trying adding some romance to your week by snuggling up to one of the many Black romantic comedies streaming right now. From The Best Man to The Wood, here’s where to find some of our favorite Black romance films.

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Mississippi Has Nation’s Highest COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate

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Mississippi currently has the nation’s highest percentage of COVID-19 related hospital admissions with 1,073 people testing positive for the disease, Mississippi Today reports. According to health department data gathered by The COVID Tracking Project, 333 patients have been hospitalized and 22 have died to date.

On Wednesday, April 1st, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves issued a statewide stay at home order, the Clarion-Ledger reports. The order went into effect Friday, April 3, and will last until April 20th at 8 a.m. CT. It includes avoiding groups of 10 people or more, maintaining at least six feet of distance, a suspension on evictions, closures for all non-essential businesses, and enabling employees to work from home.

“Our goal is to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed,” Gov. Reeves said. “I pray that all of our orders and preparations will be enough. We believe that this is the right tool at the right time to save lives.”

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) cites a steady increase in deaths and projects that 918 people in Mississippi will have died from the novel coronavirus by early August. Since IHME hasn’t included those who are currently hospitalized, the projected vs. actual death rates will be higher.

For elderly, pregnant, and immunocompromised folks who are most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 their exposure to the disease can have fatal consequences. While folks are doing what they can to protect these populations against transmission, asymptomatic individuals, including physicians, staff and family members can unknowingly transmit the disease.

With a spike of confirmed cases in long term and elder care facilities throughout the state, an increase in death rates is likely to follow. Of the 1,358 statewide cases, 28 are residents from nursing homes. These residents are now either hospitalized or isolated from general populations, and are receiving care within the facilities, ABC news reports.

The existing racial and economic disparities across the state further marginalize Black and cash poor residents who don’t have equal access to resources, transportation, healthcare and food. COVID-19 is as much a respiratory illness as it is a disease of inequity, poverty, racism and capital.

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Meena Harris On Motivation, Motherhood, And Her Book, ‘Kamala And Maya’s Big Idea’

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Meena Harris, the CEO and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, was born to do the work.

The daughter of Maya Harris, a lawyer, and the niece of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Meena was born into a legacy of dynamic, hardworking Black women. She never felt pressure to be a lawyer like the women around her, but they did instill in her the importance of being her personal best at whatever she attempted, which is a lesson that has stuck with her throughout the years.

“I early on showed interest in the arts and I used to say, ‘I’m an artist, I’m an artist,’” Harris said to ESSENCE. “I was doing visual art and everybody said, ‘That’s wonderful,’ and encouraged it, but still there’s an expectation of excellence. No matter what you do, there’s an expectation that you’re going to be the best at it, that you’re going to get the proper education and training to be good at it. And then again, use that for good.” These are the kinds of truths Harris is sharing with her two young daughters as well.

Harris is also dedicated to sharing the narratives of Black women and girls to facilitate social change, which is exactly what she’s done with her children’s book, Kamala And Maya’s Big Idea. It’s centered around the childhoods of her mother and aunt, and tackles their early interests in social justice. Harris meant for it to be a reality-based story about young Black girls while they were yet becoming, because of how often we hear the stories of Black women who have achieved greatness in adulthood. But Harris wanted to acknowledge the beginning stages of lifelong journeys of excellence.

ESSENCE spoke with Harris about motherhood, how she remained motivated, and more. Check out our chat below.

ESSENCE: Can you expound on the premise of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea?

It’s all about two little girls who have this big idea and decided to go do it. Its lessons are around community organizing, and persevering in the face of people telling you “no.”

[They’re] leaning on each other, on themselves, and on their community, and figuring out how to make something happen that is for the betterment of their community. So it’s really, again, about looking around you, wherever you are. There [was] an unused courtyard that they wanted to turn into a children’s play area. And they saw that need, they wanted to make it better for the children in their apartment complex, and they went and did it.

I think that there are lessons in there that are not just for kids. I draw inspiration from people like Dwyane Wade, who I think has become such an incredible leader, especially around and for his daughter Zaya. He said something that really struck me, which was about listening to and learning from your kid. He’s literally learning from her for the first time about social issues that he previously was not really engaged with or knowledgeable about.

So, I think it’s also about realizing that, especially little girls, little Black girls and girls of color, have a lot to offer the world. And we should look into them and follow them and follow their lead.

ESSENCE: Bringing a unique vision such as this to life isn’t as simplistic as people would think. What inspired you to write a children’s book?

The idea that not only can we look to our kids and take lessons from them, but also, how do you raise your kids in that way? How do you create a household where that’s really injected into the everyday day to day, instead of it being a one-off, right? How do you really develop that with your kids? It’s personal with my own kids.

Also, the bigger picture issue around diversity in children’s literature. I’m really proud that the two main characters are Black and brown little girls. [W]e’re so unrepresented on bookshelves.

“For me, this is my self care.”

ESSENCE: How did you stay motivated throughout the writing process?

Harris: I used to deal with Phenomenal Women. That’s how I came up with this idea in the first place. I was seeing this, I was exerting this, I was experiencing it. I said, “I’m going to go do something.” Which is in many ways, also the lessons and everything that we talk about with people. If you are moved to act, act. Go do something. No matter how small. And that’s what I did. And I think there’s a lot of conversation around self care. For me, this is my self care.

Writing this book has brought me so much joy, as has getting to talk to my kids about it. In terms of kids wanting to emulate everything, my daughter started saying that she was writing a book. We’ll give her white paper to color on, and one day she kept asking for tape and she was like, “I’m going to tape it together because I’m writing a book.”

It took me a minute to realize where that was coming from. Those moments are just really special. So those are the things that keep me going and doing anything that is hard.

ESSENCE: Have you heard any general anecdotes about your mom’s and your aunt’s personalities in their younger years?

Harris: My memories were just that it was a household full of joy and laughter and lots of humor. If I were to distill my household, it was a passion for social justice and a love for food and laughter. And what I loved including in the story was just learning about how they were as kids. And Kamala was definitely the troublemaker and much more mischievous. Whereas my mom was a bookworm. She was a rule follower, kind of nerdy.

One of the funny stories that my grandmother would tell me about my mother would be [when she was] on break from school and would assign book reports to herself. So, not only was she reading books, but she was writing essays and assigning her own schoolwork for her book reading, in the absence of actually being in school. It’s interesting seeing that in many ways they’re very, very different. But I think what’s beautiful is that they really took to heart what my grandmother had taught them and showed them and taught all of us, which was that we all have a responsibility to show off our community. They each did that in their own ways.

And that’s how it was for me growing up, where I had this firsthand view of what that looks like. Through Kamala, I saw it through elected office and being a public servant. And through my mom I saw the lens of racial justice and nonprofit work with folks like the ACLU and philanthropic communities. So, yes, it was a household that was full of the serious stuff, but also very much a fun atmosphere.

“So, I think it’s also about realizing that, especially little girls, little Black girls and girls of color, have a lot to offer the world. And we should look into them and follow them and follow their lead.”

ESSENCE: Like your aunt, you also pursued law. Can you think of any teachable moments between you two that stand out?

Harris: My grandmother actually was not a lawyer, but it feels like I was surrounded by lawyers. And Kamala actually talks about this a lot because she was, too. [During] the civil rights movement, when they were kids, those were the heroes, right? Lawyers who were fighting racism and racial inequality in the courts. That’s what inspired my mom and aunt, I think, to go to law school. And so for me, too, growing up and seeing that there was very much a sense of responsibility around social justice.

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A key lesson that I’ve gotten from Kamala in particular, but my mom and my grandmother as well, is just to pursue things with passion. Kamala would always tell me like, “You don’t cut corners ever. You always put in the work, and it’s going to be hard work and oftentimes it’ll feel like an uphill battle, but you put in the work.” And there’s another layer to that too, which is, for women of color and Black women, it’s not going to be easy. You’re often going to have to work twice as hard as your other counterparts, but that just happens.

As much as I grew up in a household that was surrounded by lawyers, it was never something that I was pressured to do. I early on showed interest in the arts and I used to say like, “I’m an artist, I’m an artist.” I was painting, I was doing visual art and everybody said, “That’s wonderful,” and encouraged it, but still there’s an expectation of excellence, right? No matter what you do, there’s an expectation that you’re going to be the best at it, that you’re going to get the proper education and training to be good at it. And then again, hopefully, use that for good.

And so in the same way, it was really about showing up with intention, whatever you decide to pursue, do it with passion and become an expert in that thing. And lean all the way into it. Don’t do anything half-assed. Leave no stone unturned. These are all, again, lessons around community organizing that are applicable to anything that you do. People often say, “Wow, when you do something, you really do something.” And it’s like, “Yeah, I don’t know any other way. That’s what I was taught.”

This book has been such an amazing opportunity to reflect on a lot of that, and to think about how I share those messages with the world.

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