Uoma Beauty Partners With Jackie Aina and Patrick Star for New Collection — See Photos

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Uoma Beauty has launched its newest Carnival Collection Alongside the new products, it has launched the #UOMACARNIVAL challenge with YouTubers Jackie Aina and Patrick Starrr to choose the next “It” beauty creator.

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The Best Street Style In Europe This Fashion Month

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Fashion month is coming to an end with only a few more days left in Paris. This month, NYFW kicked off the “big four” with London, Milan, and Paris that followed.

There has been no shortage of looks this season – on and off the runway but, Europe always bring a unique taste to street style. Fashion guest walking to and from shows are usually in runway looks themselves. From Bottega Veneta bags to Marine Serre bodysuits, the streets in Europe are filled with walking muses. This season, huge street style trends we spotted were structured hats, over sized blazers paired with knee-lengths pants-suits, thong sandals, and prints.

We also caught some style favorites like bucket bags and monochromatic pairing. Check out our favorite street style from fashion month in Europe.

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Beautyblender Launches Bounce Concealer — Review and Interview

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Beautyblender founder and CEO Rae Ann Silva sits down with Allure to talk about the brand’s newest launch, the Beautyblender Bounce Concealer. Silva talks about the foundation backlash, lessons she learned from the criticism, and how what went into making the concealer.

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Montgomery Reimagined

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“History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.”

I spotted the reflection-inducing words by the late Maya Angelou just moments before entering the lobby of Montgomery’s Springhill Suites Hotel. They adorned a nondescript wall at the corner of Coosa and Bibb, which was steps outside of my temporary retreat. Now I’ve always been more Manhattan than Montgomery, slightly more Malcolm than Martin, with more northeastern edge than southern charm. But there I was, just days before the Christmas holiday, excited, and yet nervous, to be in what I considered the epicenter of Black history. 

Growing up a Jersey girl I vowed never to subject myself to the overt racism that lives in the bowel of the “new south.” And what that means for a woman with two immigrant parents who learned American history from a school textbook and museum visits, was avoiding two states, in particular. In my eyes, the hatred harvested in Mississippi and Alabama were responsible for the deaths of the four little girls at the 16th Street Baptist Church,  the torture of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, and the brutal lynching of Emmett Till. More specifically, Montgomery was the home of the bus boycotts, the first Capital of the Confederacy and the place where segregationist Governor George Wallace famously said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Civil rights marchers arrive at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, AlabamaCivil rights marchers arrive at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama after a 50-mile march from Selma to protest racial discrimination in voter registration. (Photo: Getty Images)

Together the two states were home to thousands of racial terror lynchings, and quite frankly, I had no desire to step foot in the part of the country where that history took place. I guess you can say I prefer my racism a little more under the radar. The kind you recognize for what it is, but easily brush off with swear words under the breath. I easily resolved that Alabama was one of those pieces of America I would simply never see.

But two years ago I felt my stance on the Deep South state starting to shift. It was spurred by a press release that came across my desk and detailed the opening of a new kind of museum. The kind that addressed the barbarity of the criminal justice system, confronted the racist history of our country’s “past” and sought to be a teacher of how racial bias runs alongside nearly every governmental structure this nation has ever known. Even more enticing, Montgomery’s Legacy Museum was the brainchild of Bryan Stevenson, a man who had earned renown for preaching equal justice and representing incarcerated individuals on Alabama’s death row.  

Now I am my mother’s child, and as I’ve written before, her thirst for cultural awareness harnessed my own. If there was a new museum in Montgomery, Alabama, I for sure wanted to see it. Weeks before the 2020 new year, that opportunity finally came. 

A mural near Montgomery's center depicts the famous Selma to Montgomery walkA mural near Montgomery’s center depicts the famous Selma to Montgomery walk which led civil rights activists across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. (Photo: Tanya A. Christian for ESSENCE)

Just Mercy, the film based off of Stevenson’s life, was hitting limited theatres with a full rollout weeks later. And I was invited to the place where the story unfolds. I knew from those history books and countless museum visits the significance that Montgomery holds. But what I didn’t know was I’d grow pretty fond of the place I was once adamantly avoiding.     

Montgomery, much like Memphis, will likely always be linked to the struggle for equal rights. But what’s happening in both cities is a revitalization that honors its history while working diligently to move past that inherent stronghold. In 2019, the southern city elected its first Black mayor. And in talking to him, it’s obvious that more change is on the way. But even before Steven Reed became its leader, Montgomery was already on its way to redefining its character.

Newly built coffee shops, a Caribbean cafe, and a very impressive tap house are just feet from the months-old statue of the late Rosa Parks. While standing in the center of Court Square, I saw the celebrated icon to my left, the famous Dexter Street Baptist Church to my right, and directly in front of me, the steps where Wallace once gave his regrettable speech. Behind me was the Legacy Museum, fancy restaurants, my recently erected hotel. And where my feet were placed, the ground where enslaved Africans met their fate.

On the side of Montgomery’s Legacy Museum is a quote by the late Maya Angelou. It says “History despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” (Photo: Tanya A. Christian for ESSENCE)

It was interesting to see just how seamlessly the new met the old. How Parks’s former place of business became a popular mixed-use complex. How a one-time auction block became a visual selling point for urban condos. I guess Montgomery, like me — like all of us, really — is in a constant state of evolution, working steadily to establish its next iteration. 

In the four days I was there I covered a lot of ground, taking in my dose of historic sites, while thoroughly enjoying the newer staples. A well-planned itinerary gave me a chance to learn more about racial terror lynchings at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The Rosa Parks Museum was an opportunity to become more familiar with my soror. And I even had an opportunity to tour the Equal Justice Initiative, the very place that spurred the book Just Mercy before it became a theatrical hit. 

But I also went off-script a little, relishing in the less-touristy, but equally enjoyable parts of the city that make Montgomery what is. Places like the King’s Canvas, an art studio founded by Kevin King that gives underdeveloped artists a place to explore their craft. Places like Barbara Gail’s, which sits in the center of the community and serves the kind of breakfast one can only dream of. By the time I left Montgomery, I felt like I was among family. I had sat in at a city council meeting, chopped it up over beers with new friends at a microbrewery, stayed up way past my bedtime to enjoy nightcaps with my guides, and asked a million questions about the place I was starting to seriously rethink.

Montgomery’s Barbara Gail’s is a local hotspot for southern-style breakfast. Shrimp and grits, catfish and eggs are among some of the favorite dishes. (Photo: Tanya A. Christian for Essence)

On my last day in the city, I had a special surprise ride pick me up. It was Michelle Browder in a decked out trolly, waiting just outside the Spring Hill Suites. When I boarded she told me to sit on the “Queen’s throne” for my last ride throughout Montgomery, and a few minutes later we pulled up at her she shed. There she mixes the new with the old, historic artifacts with newly-discarded gems. Like an unassuming art gallery with little easter eggs hidden behind its door. And as she gave me the grand tour of the city, I began to establish that I really did like it there.

Michelle Browder is the owner of More Than Tours which operates historical bus tours throughout the city of Montgomery. In her “she shed” is curated art and artifacts from the city. (Photo: Tanya A. Christian for ESSENCE)

Before I hopped in the car to head to the airport, Michelle gave me a special gift to remember my time. It was a broken piece of glass from the Holt Street Baptist Church, an important landmark on the US Civil Rights Trail. She instructed me to put a magnetic strip behind it, place it on my fridge and think of my time there when I look at it.

One day soon I’ll get around to it. But for now, it occupies a special place on my bedroom desk. A piece of Black history that I faced with courage. A reminder of what will never be lived again.    

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Black History Is Now

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Each February, the nation pauses to remember the contributions Black people have made and continue to make in the United States and around the world. But let’s get real: The fullness of Black history cannot be contained in only one month. Black people are so brilliant that each moment is Black history in the making.

During Black History Month, many people look back at artists who paved the way—like Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, and more—but, we can also look around. One of the most exciting times in Black culture, especially in music, is happening right now.

That’s why Spotify created Black History Is Now; a unique celebration of phenomenal Black music artists from the past, as well as current chart toppers making an impact today.

You can join the celebration in New York City on February 29 and March 1. This interactive experience will include a showcase of musical contributions that shaped the culture, as well as a curated collection of historic music moments with culture critic Jewel Wicker. Attendees can explore and obtain limited, exclusive pieces designed by fashion designer Joe Freshgoods and mixed-media artist Jamilla Okubo. To add to the excitement, they can also enjoy panels featuring top talent and check out unplugged performances. Click here to get more info on this incredible weekend.

Can’t make it to New York? No problem. With the Black History Hub on Spotify, you can experience the amplified music moments from wherever you are right now. Our favorite playlist, Black History Salute, has songs that have the power to define a moment in Black culture—from evoking community (thank you Swag Surf’n) to commenting on political climate and resistance (yes, Fela Kuti!), or simply giving us a reason to celebrate (hello, Celia Cruz).

Here are some of our go-to songs on this playlist. Though some of our musical icons are on this playlist, we also have contemporary Black artists featured as well.

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Celebrity Beauty Looks Of The Week: Feb. 23-Feb. 29

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This week, our favorite Tinseltown players were out and about slaying their beauty looks in the name of theParis Fashion Week, the American Black Film Festival Honors, and so much more. Some simply gave us a beauty lewk for the sake of just Tuesday.

With each event like a new opportunity to experiment with color cosmetics and different hairstyles, they held nothing back. And while for many of our beloved stars it was all about the perfectly painted lip, or expressive eyeshadow, some hit our timelines bare-faced. It reminded us of how fabulous we are even without the enhancements.

Check out the gallery below to see whose faux locs, twist out, and cornrows made us want to switch up our look for the weekend.

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Keyshia Cole’s New Hairdo Proves She’s The Queen Of Switching It Up

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The spring season is the perfect time to start your natural hair journey, dye your strands a new color, braid them up, or cut them off. We’ve seen singer and songwriter Keyshia Cole do it all, and the hair chameleon continues to keep the bold and beautiful looks coming. 

Cole has tried so many different hairstyles that sometimes even she’s unsure of what look to try next. And it appears that in times of uncertainty, she turns to her fans for inspiration.

This week the mom of two debuted two dope ‘dos. We spotted Cole donning sleek electric blue locks that grazed her waist. And we also saw her rocking a hot pink half-up, half-down hairstyle. And now, the singer is ready to switch it up again.

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“Which color should I keep? Or should I try another color for next weeks show,” Cole asked her 6 million Instagram followers.

With fans suggesting that she try “boffum” and hair colors like orange, green, and yellow in the comments section, we have no idea what hot hue Cole will sport next.

However, based on Cole’s history, we’re sure that her next hairdo will look amazing. The 38-year-old can slay anything. Here are ten of her best hairstyles that prove it.

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Trinidadian Recipes To Keep The Fete Going In Your Kitchen

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Carnival Tuesday has come and gone and all the fetes have gone into hiding, signaling the end of your Trinidadian adventure. After two weeks of nonstop bacchanal, it’s not easy to just let go of the picturesque island of Trinidad then just its world-famous event.The country’s flavorful cuisine is a mashup of the various cultures and ethnic groups that have settled there over the years like Asians, Indians, and Africans. From shark and bake to roti and more, you’ll be ready to wine your waist from the very first bite. Don’t believe us? Check out these three Trinidadian dishes that are sure to keep the Trini vibes going right from your kitchen.

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‘Real Housewives’ Tanya Sam Lived Her Best Life At Trinidad Carnival

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There’s no doubt about it, there’s always Caribana!

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The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week

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Spring time can’t come any sooner and these creatives are getting us in the mood to break out a new wardrobe. This week, we caught a few of our favoritearia-label=”spring essentials (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.essence.com/fashion/shop-these-essential-spring-wardrobe-finds/” target=”_blank”>spring essentials – even though it’s still technically winter.

From color blocking get-ups to baby doll dresses to even crop tops, it seems like the weather for a few of our faves was easy breezy (must be nice, we are still struggling on the east-coast). But nonetheless it’s never too early to start planning your wardrobe for the new season ahead. With fashion month wrapping up this week, we are sure to see a lot of new trends popping up.

Check out our favorite looks on Instagram this week below.

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