Hey all, meet my older brother, Byron!
When I was a kid, we made a lot of road trips to Texas by way of Arizona to New Mexico. By far, it’s some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen the purple, reds and pinks of a New Mexico sunset against the gorgeous mountain range. […]
Because of the sensitive nature of this story, we’ve decided to hold the conversation over at the forum. You can read and contribute to the conversation here. This is an important conversation to have, and it should be done in a safe and secure environment.
So Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey are back in court, and this time it’s over Halle’s outrage that Nahla’s father seems to be chemically straightening and highlighting her hair in an attempt to look a fraction less than 1/4 black. This from TMZ: Halle Berry just took Gabriel Aubry to court … claiming he’s trying to make their […]
Many people sense that there is something greater at work in the universe; that humans on Earth are not the sum game of life. Religion often provides helpful answers and guidance to these larger than life questions. Several American black women, myself included, identify with some form of Christianity and find engagement with other Christians […]
I’m mad it took till my 40’s to understand eye makeup. No use crying over smudged eye shadow, though. Better late than never. I recently picked up Urban Decay’s latest, Vice 3 palette, and I think this might be the best one yet. Unlike last year’s Vice 2 (silver/white undertones), the undertones are gold which […]
I’ve watched with some amusement and more than a little bit of incredulity the series of lies and propaganda against black women dating and marrying interracially. In 2010, the argument was, “White men don’t want black women. They only go for white-looking black women.” Simultaneously, I was belittled by black men who said the only […]
How many ways can reality television exploit black women while said black women go willingly off the cliff like lemmings? Better question–when are we actually going to get pissed off enough to vote with our pocket books to get this mess off the air? Because I tell you what, executives are laughing all the way […]
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My name is Matthew – and I’m regular member of the Beyond Black and White Community on Facebook, the Beyond Black and White Google Plus Hangout Group, the Beyond Black and White Twitter presence, and now the Beyond Black and White Forums. I have a story to tell you about my personal weight loss journey. […]
Two things you can count on during the holidays are food and photos. You’ll want to make sure you look your best in all those photos during the parties you attend, and I have a product recommendation for those of you who need minimal coverage to just don’t like the cake-y feel of liquid foundation. […]
Likes and recommendations: Gentle Shampoo and Gentle Conditioner: great smell, cleans and conditions without hair feeling stripped Products to avoid: Leave-in conditioner, curly custard (leaves hair feeling dry and hard; custard flakes Website has ingredients and prices.
As some of you have already noticed, my perspective on life and relationships has changed since I went on the Matthew Hussey Retreat. However, taking more risks and pushing myself out of my comfort zone has not been easy. I can even foresee the potential for things to get even worse. I always tend to […]
People often wonder why I cover the minefield that is black women and obesity. It stems from experience, watching my mother and half-sister eat, and eat, and eat themselves literally to the brink of death. I’ve lived my life modeling for myself and others the exact opposite of what I witnessed, because I saw how […]
I recently saw Beyond the Lights, drawn in by a female centered story as well as the actors playing the lead characters, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Noni Jean) and Nate Parker (Caz). I loved Gugu in Belle earlier this year and developed an appreciation for Nate Parker in the Great Debaters a few years ago. The film […]
Before the New York Post wrote about Jacque Reid’s reversal of her decision to participate in my coaching, I was often the running joke of online media in the so-called “black space.” First they mocked me. Then they ignored me. But then, the New York Post comes along and validates and reports a position I […]
A subway brawl between a Dominican man and a black woman has gone viral leading to four arrests. Danay Howard was subjected to a very hard slap from Jorge Pena after she ridiculed and insulted him for several minutes before hitting him in the head with her high heeled shoes. It has been dubbed “the slap […]
I remember back in 2010 when No Wedding No Womb first entered the foray, and everybody and their single mothers were railing against the mere acknowledgement and discussion of the 72%+ out-of-wedlock rate in the black community. There’s so much defensiveness on both sides, and little to no discussion is ever brought from the child’s […]
We were all thrilled when Jacque Reid took up the challenge to expand her dating options with the help of my coaching and InterracialDatingCentral.com. What I couldn’t tell you until today is that Jacque pulled out. There’s a reason, and I’ll get more into detail as to the reason for this on the forum, because […]
The Savage Plan for the Swirling Man by Savage Tango So then, gents…we’re almost at the end of our quest to be Swirling for The Holidays and New Year’s Eve. It’s getting close to crunch time and we have just a few more things to do to make sure we are indeed Swirl ready. But […]
While I love getting messages from black women who have successfully crossed color lines, there’ something so endearing when a man, who thought he’d never had a chance, share his story. Thanks, Jim for sharing your swirling story! —————————- Being a closet reader of “Beyond Black and White” for almost 8 months, I finally feel […]