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What? Starbucks Wants Baristas to Talk About Racism?…

By: ZacofBothSides Some of my best friends are Carmel Macchiatos. This is really happening.  No not Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather , I mean, that IS happening, but no, this is better. And no- not Al Sharpton going undercover to capture a top Isis lieutenant .   Avengers opus 2? Could be fun, but you’ll […]

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LaToya: Steps to Take TODAY to Kick Start Your Fitness Journey…

I got a chance to speak with LaToya, the official BB&W ‘Best You’ trainer, to discuss how those of us who have signed up for the ‘bikini body challenge’ on our forum can get a jump on their personal fitness goals. She and I did this informational video, and I’ll share this first one, but […]

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Kesha: “My Husband Was Not the Man of My Dreams”…

By:  Kesha Fisher He was a single man and two daughters made up my world.  We set off on a quixotic journey, bumping into love and marriage along the way.  Then came the house, the children doubled, and a rescue dog sealed the deal.  I had the perfect family as far as I was concerned. […]

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Check Us Out: Alex Barnett and I Have Hilarious Convo About Blended…

  If you haven’t yet heard of comedian, Alex Barnett, I feel sorry for all the laughs you’re missing. Alex, a lawyer by trade and a funny guy by nature, is married to the gorgeously-afroed, Camille, and together they have a son, whom Alex regularly wrings his hands over like a old Jewish mother. In […]

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QOTW: “Should I Continue Dating Someone Who Might Be…

From Alexa: Christelyn, I’ve been following your page for quite some time and I was wondering if you could give me some insight on how to overcome the racial divide that seemingly happens in interracial relationships. My boyfriend is white, and while he understands racism exists, not only does it seem he is not concerned […]

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Bobbi Brown Does Mauve Like a Boss, Plus #ThePaintedLipsProject +…

By now you all know I’m a sucker for a good pink. The weekend, after taking the little princess to see Cinderella… …We went to Sephora, which is basically crack in merchant form for makeup addicts. I asked the make up artist to show me a lipstick that would give me that come-hither, sex-kitten look […]

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How to Date an Alpha Male…Do You Have What It Takes?…

*Due to the politically correct climate we live in, the author of this piece has opted to remain anonymous. First, if you’ve turned the head of a *true* alpha male, pat yourself on the back. Because an alpha male believes he should have the best of everything, and if he wants you, then you’ve got […]

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Calling All Expats!…

We have so many BW here who have worked, taught or studied abroad. On travel posts, a wealth of information often comes out in the comments section. So, let’s dish on our experiences abroad for readers who may be watching from the sidelines, gaining the courage for a big jump. Hair? Taxes? Belongings? Visas? Cultural […]

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‘Best You’ in a Bikini! BB&W Lands Personal Trainer to…

It’s nearly mid-March and soon the snow will begin to thaw and you’ll want to trade your sweaters and long johns for short shorts and bikinis. The question is…are you ready? Keeping the promise to give you AWESOME interactive content you can’t find anywhere else, the Beyond Black & White forum will host the ‘Bikini […]

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Maybe Next Lifetime (My intercultural dating experience)…

By Shannon Rodgers Many of the ladies here in the BB&W community, have expressed concerns about dating men of certain cultural, and ethnic back grounds; and with good reason. A lot of us feel that men of certain cultures would never take a relationship with a black woman, an American woman, a Christian woman, or […]

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Carrie Rebounds After False Start with the ‘Emotional…

Editor’s Note: This post was created shortly after Carrie’s abrupt ending with you-know-who.  “Ricochet Rebound” By Carrie Thompson YouTube lurkers (who don’t know me from a can of paint) are commenting on how ugly, sad and lonely I am over a guy who called me for two weeks? Seriously. Albeit I did not expect a […]

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Pinks and Blues…Get the Look!…

Colored eyeliner can be daunting, right? You’re not sure if you’re daring enough to divert from basic black, and you’re worried it’s just for high school teenagers. Then, eureka! A color that just screams to be worn, and goes on easy enough that you don’t have to resort to old-school techniques like lighting the point […]

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On Vetting: Beware of “I Can’t Find a Black Woman!”…

I’ve written about this before, but recent events make it necessary to revisit the con game men play to illicit pity and activate the nurturing instinct in women when they says they want a [in this case, black] woman, but can’t seem to find one. The red flag goes up when these men are good […]

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New Study Points to Parent’s “Over Praise” as…

Who could forget this scene from the Nutty Professor?   Turns out that sort of blind praise (telling your kids their better than everyone else and deserve superior treatment) is fostering narcism later in life, according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State University. As a child of the 70’s and the abysmal […]

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Serious Question: Would You Date You?…

Black women are in a unique crossroads when it comes to dating these days. Often, the openness to expand our dating pool comes as a result of some harsh and uncomfortable realizations. After the dissipation of denial, comes the anger. And alas, many of us are “dating angry.” We know we’ve been played, we’re lashing out, […]

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Chris’ Top Beauty Pics from Expo West 2015!…

If you’re committed to keeping your beauty options natural, you definitely need to take a look at what’s coming up for 2015 with my favorite cosmetics companies.     Mineral Fusion is the standout, and it’s for good reason they’re the number one cosmetics company in the natural space. They have some really great offerings, […]

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The Latest Film and TV Projects Featuring Black Women…

There’s been a ton of news over the past week about film/television projects featuring black women. We’re everywhere! From developing horror films to playing God to headlining new TV shows. Check out the latest rundown: Recently Announced Octavia Spencer to Play God in Movie Version of The Shack. Carmen Ejogo to Star in ‘Born to […]

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From the Travel Desk: Las Vegas Bucket List…

  !!!!!!!!Update:  We now have 10 reserved rooms and growing for our Vegas trip with 15 people currently planning on attending Jeff and Toni’s wedding!!!!!!!!     Christelyn and I now want to discuss what we can do after the wedding as a group that would be a fun way for us all to enjoy […]

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Carrie: “Is ‘Sexy’ A Compliment?” …

by Carrie Thompson Sexy. The Apple Dictionary defines the term as inciting arousal. My overly-active mind doesn’t take it as an insult, but how much more worth do I possess than the power to give wood? How can ‘sexy’ be deemed a compliment? Here is my take… Chocolate. A disclaimer placed on my beauty. Not a […]

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Jeff and Renée – A Relationship That Was Worth One Last Look…

Sometimes, it’s just worth giving your online dating account one last look before you close up shop. That was definitely the case for Jeff, 54, and Renée, 44, who were both about to close their Match.com accounts when Renée’s profile showed up in Jeff’s inbox. He decided he had to contact her. There was just […]