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L'Oreal Thompson Payton

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by L'Oreal:

How Do You Build a Personal Brand? Here Are 5 Tips to Get You Started

If you're looking to build a personal brand to boost your career, try these five essential tips. → Read More

6 Job Search Tips to Help You Find a Role (and Company) That Won’t Lead to Burnout

There are tangible things you can do to reflect on what you personally need in order to avoid burnout—and to evaluate jobs, managers, teams, and companies accordingly. → Read More

Colorism Is the Key Ingredient in the Meghan Markle Debate

In this debate, colorism is key. → Read More

Are You a Good Ally at Work? Ask Yourself These Questions to Find Out

Here’s how to determine whether you’re actually an ally to your coworkers—and how you can become an even better one. → Read More

How Michelle Obama and Becoming proved that my ambitions are never too bold

When I first saw the cover for Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, it was like staring into a mirror. In her eyes and smile, I saw myself: a smart, ambitious overachieving Black woman—equal parts strong and soft. This is how Michelle helps me think bigger and bolder when it comes to my own dreams. → Read More

What the presence of Black culture at the royal wedding means to Black women

The royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a biracial woman, brought aspects of Blackness — a Black reverend quoting Martin Luther King Jr., a gospel choir — that we've never seen in that historic space before. Here's why that matters. → Read More

Here's what my tough-as-nails mother said when I asked her the hardest thing about parenting

For Women's History Month, our writers are having candid conversations with their moms. Here's what one tough mom said is the hardest thing about parenting. → Read More

Finding the Black female friendship I'd always longed for

We have to rely on each other for strength, support, and love. Nobody knows the struggle and inner turmoil of a Black woman like another Black woman. → Read More

How I became pro-choice after a private school education taught me otherwise

I attended a Catholic girls school that convinced me that supporting abortion access was murder. This is how I finally realized I am a pro-choice feminist. → Read More

Why I decided to celebrate my 30th birthday by myself

When it came time to book my first ever solo trip in celebration of my 30th birthday, I settled on the Land of Enchantment, otherwise known as Santa Fe. → Read More

It took three years for a doctor to finally diagnose my uterine fibroids

Earlier this year, I was finally diagnosed with uterine fibroids. As a Black woman with a family history, why did it take so long to be taken seriously? → Read More

Rosa Parks was the first woman to teach me resistance

I first fell in love with the power of Rosa Parks in first or second grade. I learned I could make a difference. Not only as a woman, but as a Black woman. → Read More

An American Black woman is about to join the Royal Family, and I'm celebrating

I never thought we’d have a Black princess in the Royal Family. (Yes, I know Meghan Markle will technically be a duchess, but you cannot rain on my parade.) → Read More

What Brandy"s "Cinderella" meant to me as a Black girl growing up in the "90s

I'll never forget watching the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Cinderella" 20 years ago, and seeing myself — microbraids and all. → Read More

How my mother's breast cancer diagnosis helped me take my own health seriously

My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and her health battle has inspired me and my sister to take our health more seriously. → Read More

What I've learned from all the times I've dressed as Beyoncé for Halloween

I’ve gone as Her Royal Highness Queen Bey more times than I care to admit (five and counting...), and there’s a lesson to be learned from every Beyoncé era. → Read More

13 things you can do to celebrate Halloween in the Chicago area (if you dare)

If you just so happen to find yourself in Chicago celebrating All Hallow's Eve, don't worry. Here are a few festivities you won't want to miss. → Read More

What Solange taught me about being a creative black woman

Solange Knowles spoke at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago earlier this week, as part of their "In Sight Out" series in partnership with Pitchfork. → Read More

What coming of age is like when you're a Black nerd

I spent most of my time in high school playing down my Blackness to assure my peers that I was cool enough to be their friend — lest I get bullied again. → Read More

I went to a summit for women leaders, and this is what happens when Nasty Women unite

When I heard about Galvanize Chicago, a weekend summit inspired by last summer’s United State of Women Summit, I knew I had to sign up. → Read More