Letter From the Editor: Weekly Recap, Products, News, Books++

Hello Kunts! I hope you all had a lit week. ~The SOAPBOX~ is full of juicy new content, be sure to check it out! We shared an exclusive story about racism at H&M, dropped a sex playlist, talked about the political references in Janelle Monae’s latest video, and more.

Here’s some insight for all my spirit babes.

Products to try:

Epic Blend’s Coconut Dry Skin Hydrating Balm

This is safe to use all over your body, but I like using it on just my face. It keeps my face moist throughout the day Some ingredients are: sunflower seed oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, green tea and coconut oil.

Make sure you rub it in properly, you don’t want the balm to sit on top of your skin. Remember, just a little bit will do!

Colgate Essentials (Daily Toothbrush + Toothpaste with Charcoal)

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of charcoal toothpaste. Some are for it, others are against it, but I think everyone should try it for themselves. Colgate has an inexpensive, two-part kit that comes with a nice sized tube and toothbrush, if you’re looking for a recognizable brand name and an affordable price. I tried it on and off for about three weeks and it definitely got rid of surface level stains. But I found that my research was right and I think it should be used in conjunction with your regular toothpaste for deep cleansing.

Also, go easy. This isn’t for everyday use!


Gender non-specific lingerie is here. Thanks, CantiqLA!

Janet Jackson is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year!

The award-winning vocalist has been eligible for over a decade, but many speculate that Les Moonves, former chairman of CBS and Justin Timberlake are the reasons why her induction was delayed. In 2004, Jackson and Timberlake were performing at the Super Bowl Halftime show, when suddenly the latter ripped off a significant part of Janet’s costume. Her bare breast was revealed for all to see and the horror she felt was apparent. All you had to do was look at her head jerk to see that it was the worst kind of accident.

Timberlake’s career went on (he even performed at the Super Bowl halftime show on his own in 2017, even though Janet was banned for life), but Moonves believed Janet Jackson had deliberately tried to disrespect him. Moonves wielded his power, which is now reduced to ash and dust after sexual misconduct allegations came out, to bar her from performances and dwindle her air time. It hurt her impactful, essentially flawless career, and some fans didn’t know exactly why an accomplished, popular musician like Jackson wasn’t more celebrated.

Now that the truth has come out, Janet is here to collect her things. Finally.

What Are You Doing for New Years Eve” by Azealia Banks is available via CHEAPYXO.

Tyler, The Creator unleashed the lookbook for GOLF’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection.

In an upcoming biopic, Janelle Monáe will portray Dorothy Pitman Hughes, an activist who worked with famous feminist Gloria Steinem. Hughes co-founded Ms. Magazine and was the first person to set up a women’s shelter for domestic abuse survivors in New York City.

Netflix has given the green light to a series centered around the life of Latinx legend, Selena Quintanilla.

Instagram plans to fully do away content that glorifies eating disorders.


The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou – The fourth installment in Maya Angelou’s series of autobiographies. She takes a chance on love, meets Malcolm X and Billie Holiday, and has comes to some conclusions about herself. BBC has a dramatization available if you’d prefer to listen.

Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis – In the early 1970’s, former Communist, educator and political activist Angela Davis sat in prison for a crime she did not commit. The nation rallied against it.


“One More” by Yaeji

Dounia + Kehlani – Rich Girl Mood

The year is winding down, y’all. May it end on a good note!


Brooklyn White

Senior Editor