black beauty matters

Welcome to Black Beauty Matters

A series celebrating Black excellence and influence in beauty.
  • art and soul An Awakening in Aspen Colorado’s frenetic art scene is drawing comparisons to the Hamptons and Palm Beach, but it’s also facing familiar growing pains.
  • fiction Other People’s Kitchens In this original piece of fiction from Bryan Washington, a private chef spends lockdown cooking for Houston’s wealthiest.

Style

power

  • first person I Still Worry That I’ll Be Next A lifetime of being taught to fear sexual assault didn’t make it easier for me to call what happened by its name.

self

culture

  • art and soul An Awakening in Aspen Colorado’s frenetic art scene is drawing comparisons to the Hamptons and Palm Beach, but it’s also facing familiar growing pains.
  • it’s a dog’s market It’s a Dog’s Market Adopting used to be a good thing that good people could do. These days, you’re probably not good enough.
  • dream date Nicholas Braun is No One’s Fool The Succession actor talks bad romances, dating rituals, and his very misunderstood Zola character.
  • the group portrait The Crew of DJs Behind the Best Parties in Brooklyn “All the DJs have been at home becoming themselves, working on their music,” says one. “The sound is about to be out of control.”

Best of The Cut

  • self Thank You for Talking About Your Botox An ode to the public service of keeping it real.
  • art and soul An Awakening in Aspen Colorado’s frenetic art scene is drawing comparisons to the Hamptons and Palm Beach, but it’s also facing familiar growing pains.
  • fiction Other People’s Kitchens In this original piece of fiction from Bryan Washington, a private chef spends lockdown cooking for Houston’s wealthiest.
  • power USA Gymnastics Isn’t in Charge of Its Future Simone Biles’s moves at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are a sign of what’s to come for the sport, its governing body, and its athletes.
  • power We’re Done Here  It’s time for Andrew Cuomo to go.
  • first person Ballet Lessons Years after I quit, I’m still plagued by my own relentless perfectionism.
  • cut covers Sandra Oh Is Speaking The acting great on entering the “mother chapter” of her career, challenging the unbelievable pressure of being a modern woman, and more.
  • crime They Thought They Were Lucky to Get an Appointment Dr. Joseph Silverman was renowned for treating young girls with anorexia. But patients in his care allege he raped them repeatedly.
  • first person I Still Worry That I’ll Be Next A lifetime of being taught to fear sexual assault didn’t make it easier for me to call what happened by its name.
  • restorative justice Can ‘Bad Men’ Ever Change? Would face-to-face meetings between a victim and an abuser — a form of restorative justice — help a society overwhelmed with toxic behavior?
  • it’s a dog’s market It’s a Dog’s Market Adopting used to be a good thing that good people could do. These days, you’re probably not good enough.
  • encounter Sam Jay Is Still Figuring It Out And so is her late-night show, Pause.