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EVERYBODY LOVES KEKE WYATT [EXCLUSIVE]

In the land of R&B music, love is an ever-constant theme. From heartbreak to first loves, singing about the wonders and perils of romance comes second nature for soul singers. For nearly two decades, Keke Wyatt has made a name for not just singing about love, but SANGING about it, with a range so powerful it stops anyone fortunate enough to hear her voice dead in their tracks. Wyatt isn’t shy about showing off that voice of gold while sitting in a conference room at Centric’s headquarters on the 27th floor, overlooking Times Square in New York City. She belts out falsetto… Continue Reading

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GREAT WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE

Feeling like the walls of life’s many stresses are caving in on you? Maybe it’s about time you do something about it. Between holding down the board room, home life and your love life, it can almost seem like too much. That’s where de-stressing comes in. While we can’t help how life affects us, we can certainly do something about it.   So if you’re one of the countless people looking to de-stress your life, here are some great ways to get started. Check out it! Unplug Yourself. Technology can sometimes be the root to all evil. Whether we’re glued… Continue Reading

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CASE OF THE EX: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PARTNER IS STILL HOLDING ON

Mya was certainly onto something with her 2000 hit “Case of the Ex.” Dealing with a man or woman who keeps in touch with their ex feels sort of like being an emotional third wheel. Simply put: it sucks. But there are levels to the case of the ex. There’s the ex your lover periodically checks in with to see how they’re doing. The ex who can’t seem to let go or take no for an answer. And then there’s the ex who seemingly still holds a special place in your man’s heart; you know the one who left all… Continue Reading

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HOW BERSHAN SHAW TURNED BREAST CANCER TO A LIFE’S CAREER [EXCLUSIVE]

Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a devastating blow for Bershan Shaw. At just 33, she was faced with a reality no woman is ever prepared for. “You should be living your life. You should be thinking about your career, marriage, kids…not breast cancer,” Shaw tells Centric of her 2007 diagnosis. Though she underwent successful radiation, two years later her cancer came back. This time at stage 4. “I walked out [the doctor’s office] and said ‘I will live.’ I got on my knees outside the door and was like ‘God, please let me be a vessel,” Shaw recalls. “Let me… Continue Reading

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DINING ETIQUETTE: HOW SHOULD YOU SPLIT THE BILL?

One of the most common dilemmas in dining out is when the actual bill comes to the table. Suddenly all parties are left with the task of trying to determine how they should split the bill. Do you split it evenly or divvy up the cost according to who ordered what (on non-dates of course)?   While the question may seem trivial in nature, quite a few experts and opinionated writers have provided their own analysis on the matter. In fact, Forbes points out a 2004 academic study called “The Inefficiency of Splitting the Bill,” which stated that there’s a… Continue Reading

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FAMILY WOES: WHY EBONY’S COSBY COVER HITS HOME

When Ebony magazine unveiled its November 2015 cover issue, jaws literally dropped. A classic portrait of “The Cosby Show” fictional family, The Huxtables, smiling is punctuated by a seemingly broken glass frame. The root of the crack spreading from the face of the family’s adored patriarch: Cliff Huxtable. Or the man behind the character, Bill Cosby, depending on how you interpret the image. Upon first reviewing the cover, it doesn’t take long before concluding the magazine is going there. For the “Family Issue,” Ebony  says it “explores the intensely complicated relationship between the fallen icon, his most beloved character and the broken… Continue Reading

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NEW MAGAZINE WANTS BLACK WOMEN TO KNOW THEY ARE ENOUGH

“Nobody cares about Black women.” Those were the words that ignited fire in the belly of Qimmah Saafir to finally go out on faith with launching her own magazine for Black women. The statement came from an industry insider who started a number of magazines in the market. A casual conversation about diversity in the magazine business led to a sobering reality. “I realized nobody else cares about this. Nobody else is going to do this for us, so why not just do it?” she says. And then the conception of Hannah magazine was born. The biannual glossy seeks to give… Continue Reading

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DON’T LET VIOLA DAVIS’ EMMY WIN FOOL YOU

Viola Davis‘ graceful acceptance speech at the 2015 Emmy Awards was a powerful moment for Black women in Hollywood. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said to a round of applause while accepting her historic award for Best Lead Actress In a Drama Series. The FIRST Black woman to do so in the Emmy’s 67-year history. For obvious reasons that’s no feat to go unnoticed. Contrary to the opinion of Wendy Williams–who said she was tired of Black “Firsts” and that people should simply be recognized as winners–it’s a big deal. It’s… Continue Reading

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OUR BLACK WOMEN IDOLS ARE HUMAN TOO

We love Sanaa Lathan. And we most certainly LOVE Serena Williams. Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous with killer bodies, the two women represent Black female excellence to the highest degree in entertainment and sports. Serena has more championship trophies than Beyoncé has Grammys. And Sanaa’s acting credits include some of the culture’s biggest blockbusters, not to mention she’s the star and executive producer of America’s No. 1 film The Perfect Guy. Though they are every woman’s idol by all accounts, both ladies got a little heat this week for decisions they’ve made that some felt were not becoming of the… Continue Reading

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Dawn Richard Gets Real [Exclusive]

Real women are stars, and stars are real women… When Dawn Richard hits the stage she’s electrifying. Often coloring outside the lines in both her music and fashion, she makes it clear she’s never afraid to take risks. The singer and dancer (also known as D∆WN) made quite the splash with solo projects Goldenheart (2013) and Blackheart (2015), two albums from a trilogy concept that will round off with her upcoming offering RedemptionHeart. But when she’s off the stage, the New Orleans, Louisiana native is just like any other woman trying to conquer the trial-and-errors of life. A self-described, “belligerent introvert,” Dawn is both raw and mysterious. Right off… Continue Reading