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Minor spoilers for Bridgerton Season 3 ahead. One thing a Shondaland show is going to do is embrace the swirl. Interracial relationships are a recurring component of Shonda Rhimes’ world building, from Scandal to the oft-forgotten Still Star Crossed to the prequel series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. And in Bridgerton proper, where Rhimes is an executive producer, the main couples of the first two seasons continued this pattern. Some fans have strong opinions on the racial dynamics...
The Mondrichs Bring Black Love To The Bridgerton Universe (Finally!)
Minor spoilers for Bridgerton Season 3 ahead. One thing a Shondaland show is going to do is embrace the swirl. Interracial relationships are a recurring component of Shonda Rhimes’ world building, from Scandal to the oft-forgotten Still Star Crossed to the prequel series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. And in Bridgerton proper, where Rhimes is an executive producer, the main couples of the first two seasons continued this pattern. Some fans have strong opinions on the racial dynamics...
“Like many Black women, I tried numerous hair oils that promised hair growth but saw no benefits… with exhaustion, I gave up,” explains Amanda Cowham to Unbothered over email. “I had a bad sew-in [weave] experience that gave me bald patches due to inflammation and an allergic reaction. This prompted me to go to a doctor for thorough testing,” she says, sharing that she had been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid that provoked “inflammation and itching” leading to bald spots. The 30-year...
Black Women Are Turning To Minoxidil To Tackle Hair Loss, But Does It Actually Work?
“Like many Black women, I tried numerous hair oils that promised hair growth but saw no benefits… with exhaustion, I gave up,” explains Amanda Cowham to Unbothered over email. “I had a bad sew-in [weave] experience that gave me bald patches due to inflammation and an allergic reaction. This prompted me to go to a doctor for thorough testing,” she says, sharing that she had been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid that provoked “inflammation and itching” leading to bald spots. The 30-year...
With every new season of 1800s high society London, there are a few things fans can look forward to from the Bridgerton Cinematic Universe: the central couple will have an epic slow-burning romance (and one will burn for the other), instrumental pop covers will serve as the soundtrack for sweeping ballroom scenes, and Queen Charlotte’s hair will be as high as our expectations. And every season, I am seated, snacks in hand, ready to gossip like Lady Whistledown from my couch and ooh and ah...
Why Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel Is “So Moved” By Queen Charlotte’s Natural Wigs
With every new season of 1800s high society London, there are a few things fans can look forward to from the Bridgerton Cinematic Universe: the central couple will have an epic slow-burning romance (and one will burn for the other), instrumental pop covers will serve as the soundtrack for sweeping ballroom scenes, and Queen Charlotte’s hair will be as high as our expectations. And every season, I am seated, snacks in hand, ready to gossip like Lady Whistledown from my couch and ooh and ah...
Golloria Went Viral For Calling Out Youthforia’s ‘Jet Black’ Foundation. Now, She Demands Better
Golloria Went Viral For Calling Out Youthforia’s ‘Jet Black’ Foundation. Now, She Demands Better
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Loreal Palmer (Keke’s Sister!) Is In Her Main Character Era With New Memoir
Content warning: This article contains details of depression, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and the Black Maternal Health crisis. Loreal Chanel “LC” Palmer never felt like the star of her own story. “I wasn’t even a main character,” Palmer writes in the final chapter of her memoir, Keep Living. Instead, she often found herself occupying supporting roles in others’ lives, showing up for everyone else while forgetting about herself. “I was happy with that role, until I wasn’t.” Th...
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“You Can Look Good & Be Good At Basketball.” The SC Gamecocks On Beauty & Buckets
If you were ever under the impression that women athletes would forgo regular manicures and makeup before hitting the court—think again. Throughout their 2024 season, which led to a historic championship win against the Iowa Hawkeyes, South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team were admired not only for their skills on the court, but also their gametime glam. From fresh manis, to flowy textured ponytails and fluttery lashes, these young women have certainly made one thing cle...
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In Rap Feuds, Women Are The Collateral Damage & Drake Vs. Kendrick Is No Exception
In the current digital economy, it is increasingly rare for the world to come together over a single event. Despite the increasingly segmented nature of the internet, however, this past weekend it seemed like everyone was consumed by the hip-hop event of the moment – Drake and Kendrick Lamar, two seasoned artists at the top of their game, finally letting tensions bubble over into a clash of the titans after years of rumored friction. Starting with a pointed guest verse from Kendrick on Fu...
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Embracing Luxury Made Me Feel Guilty, Until The Trip Of A Lifetime
I’ve heard the term “Black woman in luxury” a lot over the past few years. In fact, at Unbothered I have been encouraged to study it: is it the cultural phenom on social media, or bougie material things to covet, or just the small, cost-free indulgences that make life beautiful, soft, and more tolerable for a Black woman trying to do all the things, all the time? Some equate it to softness, others to material things. Last year, the term “quiet luxury” became a trending term; where looking lik...
Robinne Lee reads the audiobook for her own romance novel, The Idea Of You. The author has also been an actress for over 30 years (you may remember her from Deliver Us From Eva, Hitch, or the 50 Shades movie franchise) so it’s no surprise that it’s her voice bringing the words she wrote to life — but it’s still a little jarring to listen to her say the words “cunnilingus fly by” and “Mr. Campbell, this is a really nice dick,” just before I hop on Zoom for our interview. When I tell Lee I’ve b...
The Idea Of You Author Couldn’t Sell Her Black Romance. So She Wrote White Characters Instead
Robinne Lee reads the audiobook for her own romance novel, The Idea Of You. The author has also been an actress for over 30 years (you may remember her from Deliver Us From Eva, Hitch, or the 50 Shades movie franchise) so it’s no surprise that it’s her voice bringing the words she wrote to life — but it’s still a little jarring to listen to her say the words “cunnilingus fly by” and “Mr. Campbell, this is a really nice dick,” just before I hop on Zoom for our interview. When I tell Lee I’ve b...
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Jurnee Smollett On We Grown Now & The Necessity of Protecting “Black Boy Joy”
After starring in Minhal Baig’s nostalgic coming-of-age film We Grown Now, Jurnee Smollett understands all too well how art imitates life, even at its bleakest moments. The real-life single mother of one plays a hardworking mom of two, Dolores, in Baig’s sentimental drama, set in Chicago’s famous Cabrini-Green housing project during the early ’90s. It follows the unbreakable bond between her young son, Malik (Blake Cameron James), and his best friend/neighbor, Eric (Gian Knight Ramirez). Mali...
Lately, it seems like recently a lot of us have started to take self-care seriously. Black women in my circle and across social media platforms have started placing themselves first in ways I haven’t seen before. For me, the initial focus of self-care gravitated towards external indulgences like waxes, nails, and hair. But when I did some self reflection, I realized that focusing on the physical wasn’t really taking care of me and actually was stressing me out more than anything. This ... Social Media, Self Care, Good Sleep, Care, Focus, Rest, Social Media Platforms, Seriously, External
Sis, You Just Need A Good Sleep. How I Redefined Rest & Self-Care For Me
Lately, it seems like recently a lot of us have started to take self-care seriously. Black women in my circle and across social media platforms have started placing themselves first in ways I haven’t seen before. For me, the initial focus of self-care gravitated towards external indulgences like waxes, nails, and hair. But when I did some self reflection, I realized that focusing on the physical wasn’t really taking care of me and actually was stressing me out more than anything. This ...
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Beyoncé Is Right: My Hair Isn’t Anyone’s Business
Between surprise album releases and avoiding most press interviews for the last decade, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter typically doesn’t let us (the media or the Beyhive) know any part of her personal business until she decides we need to know it, if at all. On Monday, in support of her new haircare line Cécred, the superstar and world’s most recognizable blond (I said what I said) decided to let us into her wash day routine in a new post on Instagram, revealing her natural hair in the pr...
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Good Times: Black Again Isn’t As Bad As Its Trailer — But It Also Isn’t Good
There isn’t a show out right now that’s more offensive than Good Times: Black Again — Netflix’s new animated series reboot of the 1970s classic sitcom Good Times — and that’s saying a lot considering Zeus Network is still actively in business and cranking out almost exclusively aggressive and exploitative content, like the reality TV franchise Baddies. After the Good Times reboot trailer dropped, immediate backlash ensued. If the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) was any indication, mo...
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Tashi Duncan Is Challengers’ Villain & Zendaya Is Its Hero
Challengers spoilers ahead. Zendaya moves beautifully. Whether she’s sashaying down a red carpet or twisting and contorting herself to show off couture gowns in a magazine spread, Zendaya’s physicality is one of her greatest strengths. She can out-pose every supermodel of her generation (my hottest take is that she is the greatest supermodel of her generation). She’s all legs and limbs gliding like a gazelle in high fashion across awards show stages. The most impressive part is that it doesn’...