Black Women Two Times More Likely To Die Of Cervical Cancer Than White Women. Dr. Jackie Says “Early Detection Is Your Best Protection.”

When was the last time you prioritized a trip to the doctor? If you’re honest, it probably has been a while. During the pandemic, it can feel like an appointment that can wait or that a telehealth visit can figure out, but according to Dr. Jackie Walters, famous Atlanta-based OB-GYN, Married to Medicine star and two-time breast cancer survivor, we can no longer stall on trips to the doctor. When we do, the necessary tests and examinations we need end up falling by the wayside.

All The New Beauty Products To Get Your Hands On In 2021

When the year 2020 was coming to an end, we showcased all the great beauty products that helped Black women look and feel our best, even when we were going absolutely nowhere, via our Melanin Awards feature. But now that it’s a new year, new products are being rolled out every week and have made their way to shelves (including the online ones) that you should know about. From moisture-rich products just in time for winter to ones that are a necessity all-year-round, we compiled a list of new mus

Hair Hacks: Some Of Us Are Simply Meant To Have Dry Hair. A Celeb Stylist And Dermatologist Say You Should Embrace It.

As someone with thick, 4C hair, I’ve struggled greatly with dryness all my life. Whether relaxed or natural, I could wash my hair and throw all sorts of hot oil treatments in it, only for the oil to end up building up on my scalp and failing to penetrate my strands. A day or two after having a greasy head of hair, my mane would be as dry as a Brillo pad again, rough to the touch. I believed that with the right moisturizing products, my hair could feel like satin. I just had to find them.

Beauty Of 5: Free Radicals Are Contributing To Hair Loss. P&G’s KeepItAnchored Has Products To Combat Them.

Of all the things that cause hair loss, from major changes to the body due to stressful events, and intense forms of stress, none may be more complicated than hair loss caused by oxidative stress. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. Oxidative stress is when reactive oxygen species, like free radicals, impact the ability of the biological system to detoxify itself. Risk factors for this imbalance include exposure to pesticides and/or industrial chemicals, pollution, smoking cigarettes, obesity,

Grownish Stars Chloe x Halle Talk Shedding Teen Image – And Some Of Their Clothes: “We’re Growing Into Who We Are As Women”

For Grownish stars Chloe and Halle Bailey, the theme song they sing for the show in which they star is very much pertinent to their lives: “Watch out world I’m grown now.” The 22 and 20-year-old sisters came into the spotlight when they were children, doing covers of popular songs as young girls with big voices on YouTube. Since then, they’ve released two studio albums, toured with their mentor Beyoncé, become fan-favorite stars of the popular Freeform sitcom, and, as everyone has noticed, grow

Saweetie On Her Grownish Debut, Why Women “Deserve” Birkin Bags, And How Fetishizing Her “Blasian” Roots Is Disrespectful AF

Saweetie is doing it all these days. The star, who is best known for being a rapper, is also becoming a social media star, or the unofficial “Content Queen” with her creative posts. She’s also something of a YouTube personality thanks to her docuseries The Icy Life. In addition to that, the beauty is breaking into acting, making her silver screen debut on Grownish.

Beauty Of 5: Aussie’s Gone Natural With New Miracle Coils Line For Type 4 Hair

Not sure about you, but when I think of the Aussie brand of haircare products, I think about commercials from the ’90s, filled with white women and the occasional Black girl with the loose, soft curls. It’s 2021 though, and not only are the ads more diverse but so are the types of products Aussie has that actually cater to curls. Created in 1979 by Tom Redmond, Aussie decided to focus in on curls in 2018. Since then, they’ve launched their curls line, recently expanding it with the Miracle Coil

Beauty Of 5: Dermatologist Explains How To Strengthen Nails With Help From ORLY’s New Breathable Treatments Line

Getting your nails done is quite the treat. Who doesn’t love to feel pampered as hands that have been submerged in dishwater, typed on laptops at home, and detangled a head full of hair get massaged, moisturized, and cleaned up? But what regimen do you have for your nails that doesn’t involve a nail tech? When you’re at home, are you regularly clipping and filing your nails, oiling your cuticles, and moisturizing your hands after washing them? If you are as swamped as most people stuck at home d

Serena Williams' Outfits Are Not the Issue for Tennis—It's Her Blackness

With 23 Grand Slam titles under her belt and arguably the most recognizable name in tennis, you would think that Serena Williams would be commensurately respected within the sport. But there are moments—often not-so-subtle ones—where you are reminded that one of the greatest athletes of all time, for all her success and stature, still faces the challenges of having a Black body in a predominantly white space. In June, Williams wore a Nike catsuit to play in the opening round of the 2018 French

Nike launches 'Unlaced,' a sneaker destination for women

Of all the kicks that Aleali May has had, it was a pair of red-and-black Nike Air Jordan 12s that jump-started her sneakerhead journey. "My uncle G always bought me Jordans growing up, but you know, I didn't understand what it was then," says May, a 25-year-old stylist and blogger. "I received a pair of Flu Games, and for some reason, I just loved playing in the dirt with them and then getting them cleaned and then going back [out to play]." Like many collectors, the Los Angeles native's love

After People Shamed Her Natural Breasts At The BET Awards, Singer Tanerélle Posed In Playboy To Celebrate Bodies Like Hers

While others may not want to identify with being body positive for different reasons, for artist Tanerélle, it’s something she fully supports. The Atlanta-born singer says it’s not about some cliche idea of celebrating people for having the courage to wear what they want or encouraging others to love bodies they believe they can’t change. Instead, she says it’s just about an individual protecting the autonomy over their body. “I think people get the meaning of body positivity twisted,” she shar

An OB-GYN On Ways COVID-19 Is Impacting Black Maternal Healthcare And How To Best Advocate For Yourself

When Texas-based Ob-GYN Dr. Andrea Alexander first considered writing about fighting the Black maternal health crisis, she was fed up. She watched, with the rest of America this past summer, as the deaths of Black men and women in 2020 due to racial injustice and medical negligence, kept happening. From Breonna Taylor to Sha-Asia Washington, Black death was becoming far too common to hear about for avoidable reasons. “This was the first time I was crying. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I felt

Hair Hacks: On Dandruff And Why You Should Stop Oiling Your Scalp, According To A Dermatologist

Let’s talk about dandruff. It’s a Debbie Downer when it comes to scalp health, peppering your hair and covering your clothing in embarrassing flakes. For some, it’s a sign that it’s simply time to give your scalp a deep cleansing, but for others, it’s a consistent issue. For all of us though, it grows in one way or another because of something present on each and every one of our scalps: yeast. “We all have yeast that live on our scalps,” says Dermatologist and Hair Wellness expert Dr. Yolanda

Ease Up On Alcohol, Get Active And Other Ways A Doctor Says You Should Prioritize Heart Health In 2021

If you’re going into 2021 with goals in mind to achieve, one that you should add to your list is taking care of your heart health. Heart disease is the leading killer of all Americans, with causes for it including high blood pressure, not properly managing stress, obesity, high cholesterol, and a lack of physical activity, among other things. Black people are especially impacted by high blood pressure, with Black women 60 percent more likely to have it than white women. “There are many reasons

Mya And Erykah Badu’s Holistic Health Guru, Queen Afua, Shares How To Change Your Relationship With Food In 2021

Queen Afua does not believe in “cheat days.” The famed herbalist, master healer, and author has been eating clean for so long, she has no desire for the traditional treats that most people can’t imagine parting ways with. She does have a not-so-guilty pleasure, though. “My thing now is eating two or three rice cakes and putting some olive oil on it,” she says over the phone, laughing. “If I ate it late at night I would be clogged up! But it’s so good.” The way Queen Afua looks at food is not

Working Moms Are Leaving Their Jobs At Unprecedented Numbers In The Pandemic. Employers Need To Offer Better Support.

Working moms are tired of trying to figure out how to juggle kids and working from home during the pandemic. That is not a figure of speech to simply say they’re fed up, but rather, it’s a fact backed up by stats. According to a survey of more than 40,000 workers done by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org recently, one in four women were looking to either downshift their careers to be able to better handle their responsibilities, or they decided to leave the workforce entirely to focus on their home

Hair Hacks: A Dermatologist Explains Why Survivors Of COVID-19 Are Losing Their Hair

According to the The New York Times, there have been more than 14 million reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and 199,988 new cases were reported across the country on Wednesday alone. At this point in the pandemic, we all know someone who has had the virus — those who’ve succumbed to it and those who’ve survived. In the latter group, there are those who are dealing with some lasting health issues, from serious long-term symptoms like decreased lung and kidney function, to those who

Fitness Fridays: Raised By White Parents, Olympian Aisha Praught-Leer Ended Up Running For Jamaica After Meeting Her Biological Father

It is only October, but earlier this week, it was snowing in Crested Butte, Colorado. It was snowing very hard, in fact. “We woke up to maybe eight inches of snow yesterday,” said Olympic and Under Armour endorsed athlete Aisha Praught-Leer. Despite the heap of snow on the ground in the mountainous town, she still plans to hit the ground running. For the middle distance runner, she usually does 95 miles a week. During a “down week,” she runs 50 miles. “We just kind of shift things around and w

How Kubra Kay Founder Khadidja Toure’s Job As A Biomedical Engineer Helped Her Develop A Must-Have Skincare Line

Khadidja Toure has a lot to be proud of, including the fact that she’s a successful entrepreneur and a biomedical engineer by day. But at one point, there was something Toure wasn’t so proud of that greatly altered her confidence: her skin. “I struggled with horrible acne for most of my teenage years and most of my adult life. It was something that made me self-conscious,” she said to us over email. “While everyone else was phasing out of the teenage acne years, I was still suffering from horri

Niecy Nash Glad To Have Her Kids’ Support Of Marriage To Jessica Betts, But She Didn’t Need It: “I’m Going To Do Everything I Want To Do”

“Happy Holidaaaaaays!” says Niecy Nash over the phone. The star is feeling the holiday spirit. Despite the state of things these days, the 50-year-old actress has a lot to be merry about. She’s a newlywed after marrying Jessica Betts in August. She also has some great projects lined up, from the final season of TNT’s Claws to an ABC limited series called Women of the Movement focusing on the killing of Emmett Till and the ways in which it galvanized the civil rights movement. In general though,
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