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Six Things You Can Do TODAY to Keep Yourself Looking (and Feeling)…

On July 17, I’ll be 41 years old. Yet I still get carded for alcohol purchases, get mistaken as a student when I’m in the vicinity of a college campus, and regularly get called a MILF. I’ll not tell you what that means, but trust me, when you hear it from someone who is literally […]

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Long Time BB&W Fan, Shaun Brown Marries His Beloved!…

You might remember Shaun Brown, a big fan of the blog who is also a staunch Christian and conservative. I only mention that because there’s often a presupposition that if a non-black man has those qualities, he’s using the Bible to justify slavery or something and would never make you his Mrs. I’ve mentioned several […]

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The Breast Cancer Diagnosis of a Loved One…

My mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We’ve subsequently learned that her type of cancer is “triple negative,” which can be aggressive and spread easily. We are still processing lots of information and sorting through everything but two things come to mind. First, my mother has access to health insurance from having gotten remarried […]

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How to Grow Bigger, Better Tasting Plants with High…

When you’re an urban gardener like me, you might be trying to figure out how how to maximize the limited space while producing high yields. While you’re finding creative ways to hang tomatoes from the chandelier, don’t forget that the single best thing you can do to ensure you’ll make the most use of limited […]

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BB&W Partners with Black Girl Travel To Bring…

Beyond Black & White is the first blog to feature the wandering escapades in Europe chronicled from Fleace Weaver, founder of Black Girl Travel (BGT). The company has been getting a lot of attention lately from the press, and for good reason. It’s the only travel club catering to black women discovering themselves and taking in an […]

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Ann Coulter Belittles the #BringBackOurGirls Hash Tag and Gets Her Ass…

She thought she was gonna be a snarky, irreverent biotch, making fun of REAL HUMAN BEINGS who have been kidnapped, raped repeatedly, beaten, and sold for $12. But then Twitter did this… And this… And this…     And this. Twitter is a mess, but you’ve got to love how it puts everyone on a level […]

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Man Candy Monday (Night Cap): Now Come to Bed….…

Yes, there comes a time in a woman’s life where she will have to make a decision. Should she, or should she not, join him in bed? Beds are for sleeping, among other things, and what woman doesn’t need her rest? After all, we’re all adults and if you happen to find yourself stranded at […]

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Okay NFL Fans, What Did You Think of “The Kiss?”…

The NFL’s first openly gay draft pick for the Rams was exuberant at the news that he made the team that he kissed his boyfriend. Tongues are wagging. I don’t follow sports unless my husband makes me, but this stood out for a variety of reasons. Yes; he’s black. Yes; he’s gay. Yes; his boyfriend […]

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May is Mental Health Month. What Brings You Peace?…

There’s a month for everything, isn’t there? But May being the official month for mental health sort of makes sense. Spring is FINALLY here, and everything around use is undergoing renewal and transformation. As someone who has suffered from Generalize Anxiety Disorder for most of my adult life (and maybe even during my teenaged years) […]

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Man Candy Monday: Hot Guys With Beards…

“Guys with beards kisses tingle, and make all the girls giggle”, or so I hear. What’s all the fuss about when it comes to men with beards? Who knows, it could be because facial hair denotes a certain maturity in a man or it could also be the desire to have a bad boy on […]

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Sweet and Paleo-Friendly Honey Roasted Carrots…

  Yesterday on my way to visit my Mother for Mom’s Day, I noticed something strange about my feet when I reached down to slather lotion on my ankles. The bottom of my feet are turning orange. This happens occasionally when you consume too much Vitamin A, because it isn’t water soluble. It will just […]

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Before Dr. Dre Sold His Earphones to Apple, He Sold Black Girls Out to…

So I just got wind of the news that Dr. Dre is in the process of selling his Beats earphones to Apple for $3.2 billion, making his the first “hip hop billionaire.” (Although not quite…Forbes says he’s worth $800 million, but who’s really counting when it’s that much dough?) On the one hand,  I think it’s GREAT […]

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Spring Means Brown Girls Get Glowing…Makeup, Skincare, Color…

Spring is all about embracing color. It’s all around you–the flowers and trees…all bursting with it. As a chocolate girl, I was once afraid to wear bright colors, because I was told that they would bring too contrast to my mocha skin. After years of embracing–and then rejecting those notions, I’m at a point in […]

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#Trending: Pacifica SS 2014…

Summer is fast approaching and the days have been heating up (unless of course you are on the south side of the planet below the equator). Being that it is late spring, the trends always lend themselves to reflect what is going on nature. For example, every year there are a plethora bright colored and […]

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QOTW: Black Father Blames Himself for Daughter’s Interracial…

Here’s the question: Dear Christelyn , A very heart breaking issue has arisen in my family because of my dating preferences. A brief history: I was raised in a home with my mother and grandparents. My father unfortunately was incarcerated when I was only 2 years old and was not released until I was 13. […]

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More Research Proves Benefits of Yoga…

A new study published in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine show that yoga can help with lowing blood pressure and enhance cardiovascular health. That’s just many benefits of yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga for over seven years, and the practice has been essential in helping me manage my anxiety […]

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Escaped Captive from Boko Haram Gang Said She Was Raped 15 Times a…

The stories from this troubled region just continue to get worse and worse. I can’t tell you how utterly helpless I feel. The little power I have on this platform, I will use it. I’ve even reached out to those I know hate me because getting the message out is more important than hurt feelings. These […]

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Feminism Series: Real Reasons Women Aren’t Happy During…

So the conversation rages on over the real meaning behind the study released by Stephen Wu and Paul Hagstrom revealing the level of unhappiness experienced by Black women during pregnancy. I can’t be the only person who isn’t shocked by these findings, and while I can appreciate a conversation that attempts to find racially motivated factors, it […]

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3 Fantastic Trends re-introduced at the Met Gala…

Last night all the stars were out in the glimmering glory, dazzling us anew as they strut the red gas stream known as the Red Carpet. Some were dressed to impressed and some, not so much, and a few, whom I will not mention, looked skeletal and wasted away–I worry. However, I am one who […]

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Boko Haram: “I Will Sell Your Girls. There is a Market for…

There’s no way you can watch this clip and believe these men of Boko Haram are doing what they’re doing for “Allah.” You have to listen to his smugness, like an immature teenager taunting with, “Nee-ner Nee-ner Neee-ner!!!” He basically poked the eye of the toothless and corrupt Nigerian government. These men are not religious. […]