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Happy Valentine’s Day??

Few circumstances can mar Valentines Day festivities, at least for the man, like overpriced prix fixed menus and bouquets of flowers bought after midnight on February 12, when “last-minute husband” prices apply. Well, late, expensive flowers and hastily assembled dinner reservations are nothing compared to the stream of expletives and one racial epithet that Robin Cross, […]

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Meghan Said ‘Yes’ to Prince Harry’s Proposal!

Blame it on my tea-drinking commonwealth heritage or my love of Jane Austen, monogrammed stationery, and bone china. But when the British royals announced on Monday that American actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are engaged, I took notice. We should have all suspected that Ms. Markle was going to get a special […]

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Where Are the Black Romeos?

Lately it seems like the one segment of society that broadcast networks are loathe to affirm in a dominant time slot it’s that of a stable, intact and even affluent Black family, especially one anchored by a Black man.

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A Valentine for Whitney

Costner’s compliment comes days after the world marked the fifth anniversary of her death, and news broke that the Black-owned cable channel TV One is producing a biopic about her only child, Bobbi Kristina.

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This Is Making America Great?

I didn’t hold out the slightest bit of hope or optimism for the direction of the country since the reality TV host tossed his hat into the ring to become the nation’s 45th president of the United States. He painted a picture of a political establishment that enriched itself on the backs of decent, hard-working Americans, […]

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Empties: The B.O.M.B. Edition

It’s one thing to be a beauty vlogger who jumps on a trending tag to raise awareness of your channel, and quite another to be an Afrocentric consumer. Here are the B.O.M.B. products that were so good that I hit pan, pumped out the very last drop of foundation, and scraped the insides of the tube of mascara to get every last bit.

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Black Twitter: Season 3, #BlackPlotTwists

Black people are never bored. That’s because we have everything: the Cradle of Mankind, the richest man in all of history, One of the greatest U.S. Presidents. What we don’t have is any chill whatsoever. And on that note, I turn the service over to Black Twitter.

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Don’t Be Surprised When Race Bending Comes Full Circle

I’m ambivalent about this whole “race bending” contagion spreading through the entertainment industry right now. When a Black actor wins a role from a screenplay where the race or ethnicity of a character hadn’t been established, that is a case of pure merit. I draw the line at switching the race of iconic characters whose backgrounds were clearly and reasonably understood.

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Ladies, We Need to Talk. About Graciousness

American society filled out Chivalry’s death certificate decades ago, presumably because any public behavior that put women in high regard and placed a high value on their comfort and well-being was supposed to be condescending and suspicious.

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He Might Not Think You’re A Sex Worker. He Just Might Be Into You

In this personal essay, a Black woman tells Jezebel that she has resigned herself to having a lower chance at love, passion and companionship in the U.S. because of racist dating attitudes here. Is it fatalistic thinking now that Black women are confident in themselves more than ever?

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