In a pivotal scene in Black Panther, Erik Killmonger, the complicated antagonist to King T’Challa (otherwise known as the Black Panther), recalls his father telling him about the beauty of the sunsets in the mythical African country of Wakanda. “Can you believe that?” he asks. “A kid from Oakland running around believing in fairytales.” For a long time now, the hope of films told from the non-white perspective of the people and places of Africa have felt as distant...
When a movie centers on the relationship between a mother and daughter, it means that there is more than one important female role in the movie and that there are roles for an older and younger woman. (This is rare enough, but hopefully changing.) And for those two women to be nominated for Oscars from the same movie is a true rarity.
At your last gynecological exam, your doctor told you she felt a mass in your uterus. She said not to worry, but made an appointment for you to get an ultrasound. Fibroids, she tells you, are very common. You nod along waiting to put your clothes back on and go, but once you leave the office, you wonder — wait, what exactly is a fibroid?
‘Tis the season… flu season, that is. Symptoms like a runny nose, scratchy throat, or fever are all telltale signs, but there is another way to know your body might soon be down for the count. If you drag yourself to the doctor, she will likely feel behind your ears and under your jaw and declare that your glands are swollen.
We know how often you move and what you eat can certainly have an impact on how you feel. In addition to your vinyasa yoga and quinoa bowl, it turns out that your next shopping trip might also impact your health. So, can science really help you justify that pair of boots you just bought?
In our 20s, we may not think that much about our bodies. Why bother when most of us are pretty healthy? Our bodies tend to do what we want them to do with ease. But, taking good care of our bodies more in our 20s, may help us stay fit in our later years. Your body is already aging even if isn’t visible. Eating well and exercising are great places to start, but there are also specific ways to keep yourself in shape to enjoy this decade and all the decades to follow.
Your 20s might have been lots of fun, but chances are they were also confusing. In your 30s, life is finally starting to make sense. Your career path is clearer, your friend circle is closer, and you may have found your life partner or at least you know the kind of person you’re looking for. However, just as your life is coming together, it might feel like your body is starting to fall apart.
It’s your fabulous 40s and if you’ve been minding your health, your body could be feeling pretty fabulous too. Aging is a dirty word, but it shouldn’t be. We all get older, but the challenge is to adapt to how our bodies are changing. With a doctor as a partner and a focus on maintaining or increasing healthful habits, your body can still do a stellar downward-facing dog. Your 40s are the gateway to your later years, so what’s going on in your body now?
Diane Keaton's 1987 film depicted both the dilemmas and triumphs of the working mother, and it remains relevant 30 years later.
Twenty years ago, the romance about two Black artists depicted a very different Chicago than the struggling city we're seeing now. And this administration is only going to make it worse.
In episode five of the Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure, the protagonist (also named Issa) stands in front of a mirror after having had sex. At first she’s joyous then incredulous, sad, and ultimately compelled to get the hell out of there. She is in a complicated situation and the moment doesn’t shy away from showing the range of her feelings.
Everyone is getting on your nerves and did you just tear up at that insurance commercial? Take a look at the calendar because it’s probably your body preparing for your period.
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 85% of menstruating women experience one or more PMS sym...
When our period rolls around each month, we care a whole lot about our hormones. We know that estrogen might be affecting our emotions, our moods, and the severity of our PMS symptoms. What we might not be thinking about is how hormones affect us every single day and that those hormones aren’t ju...
Summer heat means short shorts, sleeveless dresses, bikinis, and, oftentimes, hair removal. Body hair trends may vary by culture or change from year to year, but every body part is subject to hair removal somewhere in the world. For American women, hair removal usually centers on underarm hair, l...