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Shamira Ibrahim

  1. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: All AboardAre Robyn and Gizelle’s powers beginning to decline?
  2. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: All Hands on DeckStriking that most people agree that Candiace could be handling all this better.
  3. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: You Know the VibesIf Candiace wants to make it in the R&B/hip-hop world after landing this distribution deal, dissing strippers is not the way to go.
  4. celebrity
    What I Learned About R. Kelly’s Biggest FansWhen I heard they were attending the singer’s trial to show their support, I had to go see for myself.
  5. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Home ImprovementMia and Candiace fully get into an argument about Mia’s gossiping in the music video. Robyn and Gizelle seem hellbent on stoking tension with Wendy.
  6. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Dude, Where’s My Car?Candiace’s intrusive mother enters the chat and reads Chris for being a lousy manager and husband just in time for Candiace’s upcoming music video.
  7. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: That’s the Gospel TruthMia’s penchant for producing mess is in full effect during her goddess party.
  8. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: The Milkmaid’s TaleAshley agitates something deep in Candiace that at times is warranted, but frequently ends up being an overreaction.
  9. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Whip My HairWe’re in the messy aftermath of Wendy’s read of Gizelle and Robyn now.
  10. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: The Devil Wears ZaraLadies, gents, and everyone in between, Zen Wen has officially arrived.
  11. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Style Over SubstanceGizelle needs to know that it’s tasteless to feign worry so that she can snark on Wendy’s body.
  12. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Wendy Thou Art LoosedThe mystery behind New Wendy is confusing everyone.
  13. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: Bananas in PajamasRobyn realizes she needs to get her groove back as Mia continues to put her girlboss stamp on the show.
  14. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: The Curious Case of Zen WenSeason Two Wendy is itching to create a moment that she isn’t ready to deliver just yet.
  15. obits
    The Wild Wonders of Biz MarkieAppreciating the late hip-hop maestro is a full-body sensory experience.
  16. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Potomac Recap: The Not-So-Newlywed GameThere can only be one girlboss in this cast, and Wendy is dead set on making sure that woman is her.
  17. overnights
    RHOP Season-Premiere Recap: Over the Valleys and Hills We GoIf Gizelle and Karen are going to continue anchoring the conflict this season, they are really going to need to elevate these reads.
  18. close reads
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Bolo Leak Was a Fourth-Wall-Poking Power PlayIf you only watched the show’s version of the fallout from Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party, you didn’t get the whole story.
  19. encounter
    Black Excellence Has Arrived on The Real Housewives of New York CityEboni K. Williams thinks she might be the exact right person for this moment.
  20. power
    Tarana Burke Is Just Trying to Do Her WorkA long talk about Black women, Me Too, and intentions with the activist and founder.
  21. obits
    The Irreplaceable Black Rob, Bad Boy’s First Street StoryHis ascendance is pivotal to documenting the rise of Bad Boy Records, both before and after Biggie.
  22. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Not-Quite-FriendsmasDrew’s final altercation with Latoya is the haphazard centerpiece of a lackluster conclusion to a frustrating season.
  23. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Blocking Your BlessingsWe finally get to the root of the church caper that has been vexing Drew, and the girls make a U-turn right back into Bolo Court.
  24. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Fakeration in this DancerieIt takes a while, but Porsha finally gives the interrogation of her sex life by a co-worker the level of respect that it deserves.
  25. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap:  A Healing Twerk CenterThe ladies are off to the Crescent City for some po’ boys, zydeco, and failed attempts at conflict resolution.
  26. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Snakes on the TerrainFirmly establishing her brand as a chaos agent, Toya systemically dismantles Falynn’s Halloween “party,” one confrontation at a time.
  27. reasons to love new york
    Farewell to That Gentrifying Harlem Restaurant I Really Won’t MissIt catered to the people the owner wanted to see in the neighborhood, not the people who were already there.
  28. where it started at
    Your Guide to New York Rap’s Next GenerationThere is far from a dearth of emerging talent across the five boroughs — and it’s not just concentrated in drill.
  29. where it started at
    The 100 Songs That Define New York Rap, RankedIt’s not a sound, it’s an attitude.
  30. culture
    ‘You Can’t Escape Him, He’s Ubiquitous’Two years ago, Sil Lai Abrams named Russell Simmons as her rapist. She’s still fighting to be heard.
  31. Patricia Okoumou and the Dual Threat to Black ImmigrantsHer Statue of Liberty protest reminded the country that corrosive immigration laws have an effect on black communities, too.
  32. Black Loiterers, White Lingerers, and Starbucks CoffeeAn incident at Starbucks illustrates how norms are racially coded and why the concept of “unconscious bias” is sometimes misleading.
  33. The Death and Afterlife of Stephon ClarkThe violence of police brutality can follow Black Muslim victims and their families beyond the grave.
  34. appreciations
    The New Essence Is a Salon-Chair Dream Come TrueThe return of all-black ownership of the magazine is coming at exactly the right time.
  35. There Will Never Be a Better Dating Show Than I Love New YorkLong before the Bachelorette, there was Tiffany Pollard.