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Kimberly Smith founded Marjani Beauty in January 2017 after she noticed a lack of representation of Black and brown women in mainstream beauty campaigns. Smith believes that women of color are trendsetters in the beauty world, yet she was not able to find companies that truly valued Black and...
Today is Earth Day 2022! Let us reflect on how we all are treating our shared environment and to appreciate the resources that ensure our collective survival. Earth Day is especially important for the Black community because African Americans are more likely to live in areas exposed to toxic waste...
“Small businesses are critically important to the culture of their communities, but these business owners have faced so many barriers, particularly in recent years,” said NBA legend Gary Payton Gary Payton is the definition of grit and passion. Nicknamed “The Glove” throughout his playing career, Payton had a legendary run...
Will Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s untimely joke at the Oscars brought even more light to a condition that many people may not have been aware of before — alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that affects up to 6.8 million people in the U.S., according to National...
MahoganyBooks — one of the popular bookstores in Washington, D.C. — features works exclusively by Black artists. The bookstore was born out of a mutual love for literature shared between a husband and wife duo. Ramunda and Derrick Young say that their goal is to provide people from all...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is the multi-talented visual artist Royal Thomas. A graphic designer, videographer and photographer — Royal builds worlds from imagnition using various creative media to boldly explore unique expressions of Black culture, life and art.  View this...
Spring is in the air. While others are excited about spring break escapades, we believe it is time for mothers and daughters to re-connect on a special getaway trip of their own. Experience these special places in Miami — from the beautiful coastlines to communities that scream vibrant creativity....
Despite limited access to equal opportunity, Black women have always gone above and beyond to establish themselves as pioneers across industries. From running for office to running businesses, Black women have consistently exemplified excellence in leadership roles throughout history. As of 2021, Black women are the fastest-growing demographic of...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Natalie Courtney! Natalie, originally from Texas, is a skilled illustrator, painter, creative director and digital photographer.  Recently, Natalie curated her own showcase, “Negritude,” in D.C. to spotlight other artists that she admires. The showcase was hosted by Dupont Underground from March 18–20, and...
Watching “Bridgerton” is an experience. In fact, it’s totally addicting. It’s nearly impossible to watch just one episode at a time because it commands your attention and doesn’t let go. That’s because there are so many reasons not to: love, sex, friendship, family, secrets, betrayal. It has all of...
GIRLAAA is an agency, a collective, and a support group from the DMV area that gives women of color a space to pursue their artistic goals. GIRLAAA spotlights artists to raise buzz for Black-women artists. They host workshops and events to promote culture and creativity in the District, and they...
Our D.C. Artist of the Week is Afrovelvet! Afrovelvet is a D.C.-raised multi-talented artist who specializes in singing, styling, set design, and fashion design. She is beloved by her supporters for her ability to create impressive visual and musical works that span across genres — from punk, to pop,...
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