The Breast Cancer Diagnosis of a Loved One

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My mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We’ve subsequently learned that her type of cancer is “triple negative,” which can be aggressive … [Read more...]

Stop Telling Women to Smile comes to Oakland!

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  I am very proud to share that the Stop Telling Women to Smile campaign that I backed continues to roll along. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, the … [Read more...]

The Sad Story of Sandra Laing: A tale of White Privilege, Rejection and Fetishism

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Have you heard of Sandra Laing? Her story, though originating in apartheid South Africa, will likely resonate with us here.  From the Guardian: The … [Read more...]

Searching for a Matchmaker: Back to a Familiar Place

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If you had access to ten men who had been vetted for good character and were already attracted to you, would you meet them? What if all of them … [Read more...]

Are Condiments Poisoning You?


Did you know that in 1973 the U.S. government raised food safety standards in response to botulism outbreaks? While strengthening standards for … [Read more...]

The Best Interracial Dating Resources for Black Women


It’s a new year and with it, perhaps new incentive to finally pursue what you want! While many people still believe interracial relationships are some … [Read more...]

Calling All Geeks! Comic Con 2014!!

Comic Con

  Anyone going to Comic Con in 2014? Chris attended last year’s San Diego convention and the Swirling after-party seemed like it was a blast … [Read more...]

BB&W Writer Goes Full Throttle Matchmaker Mode…

After kicking the idea around for a while, I’m excited to finally pursue utilizing a matchmaker! While I don’t mind being single, the idea of a … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Paul Walker


I was stunned Saturday evening to learn of the death of actor (and BB&W favorite), Paul Walker, in a car accident. While he is most famous for his … [Read more...]

Jackie Ormes: First African-American Woman Cartoonist

Jackie Ormes

  The home of all things random, I recently came across this blurb on tumblr regarding Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman … [Read more...]