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Makeup By Monae: Quick Hair and Makeup Look…

If only we all had the time to make ourselves look like the hottest celeb on TV, but that isn’t realistic.  I’m here to help those of us who only have a few minutes, and want to look beautiful. This quick hair and makeup look is great for hanging out or even going on a […]

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Princess Learns the Hard Way “Project Help a Brutha” Often…

Before I show the excerpt of this woman’s formal statement, I need to make myself clear so as to stave off the fire-breathing ass weasels who will come in here claiming I’m “dissing the bruthas.” This is a lesson on vetting. In a society led by the patriarchs, a woman of high station marrying a […]

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One Letter Writer’s Experience Being the Only Black Girl and NOT…

There’s very few letters I get that move me to immediate action, but this one did. Once you read it you’ll understand why. I bolded the moral of this letter because I want you to sear it into your psyche, ladies. The writer has inspired me to do MORE in educating this audience about how […]

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Social Graces 101: In Memoriam Maxine Powell 1915-2013…

“Mrs. Powell was always a lady of grace, elegance and style, and we did our best to emulate her. Every asset of my personality has been by her influence. Even to the end, she was making sure that I was standing with posture and exuberant grace.” ” -Martha Reeves “She taught us all — men […]

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QOTW: I’m black, but now I have “white people problems”……

I’m black, but now I have “white people problems”… My boyfriend and I have been dating for just over 2 years. He (47) and I (44) are divorced. He was married for 20 years and divorced after 4 years of enduring a sexless marriage. I, because of spousal infidelity. In the divorce decree, he got […]

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Man Candy Monday: Danell Leyva’s Naked Body Is Good for Us All…

There is something about a man’s body that I just can’t deny. The lines of his shoulders, the width of his waist, the way his calf muscles flex as he walks. I live and breathe to witness these moments displayed by the masculine gender. It should be of no surprised that I am immediately interested […]

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Monday is Punday # 9…

Warning: SirLoin is an incorrigible punster. Do not incorrige. – – – – – – – There once was a young man from Rhode Isle Who said jogging just wasn’t his style “I’ll get my workouts,” he said. While at home in my bed, ‘Cos a Miss is as good as a mile.” – – […]

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OOW Children Are No Mistake, But Stop Projecting Your Ego Onto Your…

One of the most difficult discussions when it comes to the OOW rate among black women is acknowledging that it is a problem. Mainly because black women often erroneously draw the conclusion that to call OOW births a problem or mistake means that the child is a problem or mistake. This is why every related conversation, […]

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Have You Heard about ‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’?…

A few weeks ago, I came across a Kickstarter campaign for Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s public art series “bringing awareness to gender based street harassment.” As I have had a fair number of experiences with street harassment, ranging from catcalls to being followed to being threateningly called a “bitch” for ignoring the harassers, I immediately backed the project. […]

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What in De Cuss?! Orlando Bloom DIVORCES Wife for Phylicia’s…

What is the wholly hell do we have here??? You could have knocked me over with a feather with this: From MediaTakeOut.com October 25, 2013: We TOLD Y’ALL a few weeks ago that actor Orlando Bloom and his Broadway co-star Condola Rashad had something going on . . . and some of y’all ain’t BELIEVE […]

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Studies (and experience) Show Black Men Benefit and Lose by Conforming…

In two separate studies, Megan Holland and  Simone Ipsa-Landa examined the experiences of Black boys and girls who participated in diversity programs (LINK to brief Holland article and LINK to original journal article; Link to Ipsa-Landa Abstract, no free full text). The kids in the programs were bussed to predominantly White suburban schools. During interviews with the […]

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Do White Men Who Swirl Prefer Darker Skinned Naturalistas?…

A little something me and my writing partner noticed while doing promotion for SWIRLING was that most (bordering on all) of the white guys we saw with black women where booed up with dark girls with natural, kinky ‘fros. As someone who’s been in this domain for quite some time, I’d say it’s there’s  a […]

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The Cost of Not Smiling…

By Ashley One perfect summer night in June, I stood on the rooftop of an exclusive hotel in West Hollywood at a swanky event. At first, I made it a priority to scan the crowd for anyone who could spark my interest but no one appealed to me. So, I decided to participate in the […]

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The Best Dang-Darned, Most Comprehensive Guide to Going to School…

This information comes courtesy of longtime BB&W member, Tammy Ghalden. Thanks Tammy, for sharing such valuable information with all of us. The Basics of Higher Education and Choosing Online Programs Tammy Ghalden When it comes to post-secondary education, there is a bit of a learning curve. I will start with a few of the basics you […]

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Whatcha Got Growing?…

The weather in Southern California is (slightly) cooling off and I’ve planted some cool-weather plants: mixed greens, green onions, carrots, kale, and cabbage. I won’t be able to live on it for another two months (who am I kidding?) but it feels good to know that I’ll be able to go out into my backyard […]

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Tamar Braxton “Hot Sugar” Long Ponytail…

Meet Monae Everett, BB&W’s new beauty blogger! Have you seen the Tamar Braxton “Hot Sugar” video? Say what you want about the video theme, but Tamar’s super ponytail is all the rage. Get her super sleek, extra long ponytail in just a few mins. No hairpins or glue involved. Check out Monae on her blog, […]

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Ashley Harvard, On Overweight Women’s Hostility to Fit Women…

By Ashley Harvard, BB&W Health and Wellness Editor One evening last week, I popped into my local grocery store for some dinner ingredients after pounding out a 5 mile run at the gym. I was in my sweaty workout clothes, but since I would be in and out of the store in less than five […]

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BWE And Validation-Seeking: Are You Looking To Be Told What To Do?…

You know, there are things I agree with and disagree with when it comes to how BWE reaches black women, however there has always been one thing that has concerned me and it was actually a recent post that brought that concern to the forefront.   “Quick, Someone Tell Me What To Do!?!” A side-effect […]

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New IR Movie Alert: “Belle,” A ‘Tragic…

First, we had My Last Day Without You, now this… Summary: Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet […]

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Photo of the Day: Me and Ben Carey, Lead Guitarist for Lifehouse!…

As if I needed another reason to love my town, me and The Husbster go out on Saturday to a fledging restaurant and lo and behold we see Ben Carey, the lead guitarist for Lifehouse, running around shaking hands and kissing babies. He’s bought a restaurant in Temecula, but more on this later. I got […]