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Matthew Hussey Gives Hopeful Viewpoint to Single Mothers and Dating…

We talk a lot here about how single motherhood can be a complication when it comes to dating, especially if you’ve never married the father. No doubt there are a segment of men who won’t ever consider that as a viable option for them. But hey–everybody, woman or man, has the right to desire their […]

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Fan Bought “Swirling” Started a Journey that Ends with an…

I swear, it never, EVER gets old when I get notes like this… From Shanae Lamorne: I’m engaged!!!! He proposed on Easter Sunday, a beautiful day of new beginnings and love!! Thank you Christelyn Karazin!!! Your book ‘Swirling‘ was one of the first resources I read in my journey to expanding my options and dating men of […]

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Kenyan Short Film, “Yellow Fever” Show How Pervasive, and…

When I first heard of this short film by Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii, I thought…WOW! What a unique use of illustration, animation and videography to transmit the epidemic of skin lightening throughout the African continent. Then as I was watching, I saw the hairdresser with the yellow face and hands– the only body parts she […]

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Leona’s Love Quest : In Defense of Television…

This is a little weird for me, but I’m stepping away from my Love Quest this month to speak about another topic that is near and dear to my heart: television. Alright, maybe not television so much as the art and craft of storytelling and the representation of black people working in the field of […]

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OCC Does Smashes with New CRÈME COLOUR CONCENTRATE…

That’s a raspberry in my mouth, in case you were overcome with curiosity. So I bet you’re wondering about my latest red-lip obsession, and “obsession” is apropos in this context, because the originators of the widely popular “lip tar” (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) have come up with a cream color that isn’t stingy about giving you […]

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Author Tells Women to Use Their “P*ssy Power” to Get the…

I downloaded a book recently, The Power of the Pussy, by recommendation from someone on this blog. Yes; the name alone incites waves of pearl clutching, but as I read through, I have to admit the author makes a whole hell of a lot of good sense. So much so that I’m going to put […]

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Frankie and Alice: Mental Illness, an Unhelpful Family and Interracial…

In light of recent tragedies involving black mothers who were likely suffering from mental illness, I decided to check out Frankie and Alice, a film starring Halle Berry (who also served as executive producer) about a black woman suffering from what we now know as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Berry was nominated for a Golden […]

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Matthew Hussey Live Event Gives Female Pickup Lines that Work!…

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Matthew Hussey work a room. A very large room, full of adoring women in rapt attention on how this Brit can help them get the man of their dreams. Matthew is in the midst of a live “Get the Guy” tour that’s part eye-candy, humor, coaching, and […]

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BB&W Exclusive: “Empire” Makeup Artist Unveils…

Boy, do I have a treat for you. Last weekend at The Makeup Show Los Angeles, I stumbled upon a dynamic and charismatic makeup artist giving a tutorial on contouring. This artist was the renowned Ashunta Sherrif, and she’s done the faces of some of our favorite African American celebrities, including Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, […]

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Letter Writer Explains Non-Black Male Hesitancy in Approaching Black…

Got this note today. It’s an important reminder about why interracial dating is often more complicated for black women and non-black men, and why this site is so important, and why our critics are terrified that it exists. Christelyn, I’m a religious reader of your site, and love to hear your responses to guys’ questions […]

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Great Times at SXSW…

I recently had the pleasure of checking off a bucket list item: attending the SXSW Film Festival! It was my first time in Austin and everyone I met was amazingly nice (not to mention the excellent BBQ I enjoyed). I saw unique, engaging films featuring people of color and/or women, graciously received autographs from two […]

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Breaking Point? What’s Up with All These Stories of Black Women…

I woke up to yet another story of a black woman who brutally killed her child in a restaurant bathroom. She’s 35, most likely a single mother. From the New York Daily News: A “soulless” mother shockingly killed her 20-month-old son in the bathroom of a Midtown burger joint Monday — and prevented restaurant workers […]

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QOTW: Hispanic Man Hesitant to Approach Black Women……

The Question: “Hey Christelyn just wanted some advice on how to approach black women i’m hispanic but i am mixed with white/american indian(cherokee)/and mexican. i do get alot of stares from black women (interested stares) but i am scared to approach them because i know how black people can be( the families not the girl) […]

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Black and White Gingham and Red All Over……

This weekend was a double whammy of a good time for me. I attended one of my favorite yearly conventions, the Make Up Show Los Angeles, and while I was there, I got a chance to see Matthew Hussey at one of his live events. Matthew is amaze balls, but more on that later. Here’s […]

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Black Beauty: Celebrating Black Women’s Luscious Lips…

By Zara Let’s face it, our lips are so juicy that they go out and buy them – but without wanting to give us the credit where it is due! We often hear about the “great lips” of certain white actresses and public personalities (who shall remain nameless) but we NEVER hear about the numerous black women […]

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Wait…WHET?! Azealia Banks Dates White Guys? Is She Not Allowed…

Now…I didn’t see this coming. Looks like Azealia Banks dates white men, and prefers to do so over black men.   I would have never guessed. Humans are complicated, are they not? What I found interesting is the response Clutch had about this: It’s always interesting to hear why someone chooses to not date their […]

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False Claims of Racial Profiling Like Son of Taraji P. Henson and…

I’d read in passing curiosity that Empire star, Taraji P. Henson had decided to take her son out of USC, one of the top, most coveted universities in the country, and transfer him to Howard University–also a great school and as HBCUs go it’s the cream of the crop. The reason? Outrage over the belief […]

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More Film and TV Projects Featuring Black Women…

We got great feedback on our last rundown of film and TV projects featuring black women so here’s more news. Film Kerry Washington to portray Anita Hill. Rihanna’s animated film, Home, opened at #1 with over $54 million at the box office, sounding beating expectations. View a few clips here. A film on baseball phenom […]

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QOTW: Featuring ‘Maxi Me,’ Discussing High School Love and…

Brought in heavy reinforcements on this! Here’s the question: “I’m 16 years old and I’ve never even had a boyfriend before, sometimes I am content, but most of the time I am very lonely, the thing is, is that I have always been attracted to boys of other races, I have never been attracted to […]

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Advertisers Take Notice at Rise in Multicultural Families…

If you’ve had a feeling all the ads with interracial couples and mixed-race kids has recently ramped up, it’s not your imagination. In a report by Nielsen, The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers, young and savvy spenders are setting trends and establishing brand relationships with companies that confirm their existence. From the report: The Multicultural […]