Daveia OdoiWhat’s the best way to fight the “angry black woman” stereotype? spread images of black women smiling and exuding joy and contentment.

That’s exactly what entrepreneur Daveia Odoi aims to do with “The DynaSmiles by DNT,” her very own collection of artwork depicting black girl joy. Odoi’s images appear on several products, some of which are journals, makeup bags, smartphone cases and laptop covers. 

Idris Elba in black and whiteCurrently at the height of his career, 44-year-old British heartthrob Idris Elba is the quintessential black Alpha Male: tall, dark, handsome, successful, and overflowing with confidence and sex-appeal.

In terms of work, his cup runneth over; he is scheduled to star in not one, not two, but six projects this year,  including Thor: Ragnarok and the fifth season of Luther. 

1111963_1280x720If you think Ayesha Curry is here for encouraging competitiveness and slut-shaming among black women, think again.

In an interview with Essence published on Wednesday, the chef and wife of NBA star Steph Curry talked about the recent memes that have been circulating on the internet containing her photographs. Some of those memes look like this:


1401x788-photo-credit-myriam-santos-extralarge_1431975963446Looking fierce as ever on the June cover of Essence is none other than soulful songstress Andra Day.

Along with the cover comes an interview in which the Cheers to the Fall artist talks about her influencers, her acclaimed debut album, and her personal style.


thaisIt’s Flashback Friday, and this Friday’s Flashback takes us back to a few weeks ago at the auspicious 2016 Essence Black Women in Hollywood event.





basketball-wives-la-jackie-and-brooke-almost-fightI recently watched a video via Essence Debates Now in which the three women on the discussion panel, Yolanda Sangweni, Deena Campbell and Charli Penn, discussed the possible negative effects of black people consuming reality TV that features black people, the issue being how black people are portrayed in such reality TV shows.

These sistas raised some valid points. Among points raised was that of having to teach children that what they see on realty TV shows such as Real Housewives of Atlanta and Mob Wives was the opposite of how they ought to lead their lives, and whether or not there should be an adults-only age limit imposed upon viewers.

debbie allen (1)Essence has officially released their powerhouse list for the 2016  “Black Women In Hollywood” Luncheon.

Noteworthy names on this list include Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Cooglar and Oprah Winfrey. Essence Editor-In-Chief  Vanessa De Luca issued a statement prior to the release of the list.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and performers in Hollywood. At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing the indomitable power and presence of Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw at our annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”