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THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING FRIENDS OUT YOUR DATING LIFE

There’s no true rulebook for a successful relationship, but there are certainly preventative measures one can take to ensure its survival. One of the surest ways to send your relationship up in flames is to allow other people in it. Serena Williams could not learn that any quicker following rumors her gal pals are cautioning her to take things slow with Drake. Allegedly they think the rapper, based on their past dating history, has a healthy appetite for the ladies and do not believe he’s capable of being faithful to Serena. By the looks of it, Williams could care less what… Continue Reading

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WHAT IS BLACK MEN’S BEEF WITH BLACK WOMEN?

Black men have seemingly declared war on Black women, and it’s getting real. It’s no secret that the battle of the sexes is something that’s existed since Adam blamed Eve for biting that godforsaken forbidden fruit. For centuries,  men and women have been at odds over their biological and psychological differences, both legitimate and naught. For men and women of color, however, the stakes seem to be at an all-time high. Whether it’s baby mama vs. baby daddy drama or the delicate topic of dating outside one’s race, Black men and Black women just can’t seem to see to eye… Continue Reading

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WHY NICKI MINAJ’S PROVOCATIVE WAX FIGURE IS PROBLEMATIC [COMMENTARY]

Nicki Minaj achieved yet another great feat in her career with her very first wax figure at the Madame Tussauds museum in Las Vegas. This makes the Queens MC the first female rapper to do so. Minaj, 32, celebrated the achievement on her Instagram, calling the wax figure “iconic.” The life-like figurine depicts Minaj on all fours with her now famous booty tooted in the upright position. The depiction replicates the rapper’s controversial “Anaconda” video, in which she and a team of dancers shake their butts in female solidarity. In just 11 days it got over 100 million views. But while… Continue Reading

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SHAME ON BLACK PEOPLE WHO EMBRACE ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’

The recently coined “All Lives Matters” slogan may sound harmless from a distance. Who wouldn’t agree that life breathed into any human being is valuable? But when used amid the racially volatile climate America is in it right now, it would behoove any logical, well-meaning person to understand that All Lives Matter is nothing but a slap in the face to the “Black Lives Matter” movement and all that it stands for. It’s particularly disturbing when the argument for All Lives Matter is co-signed by Black people themselves. Exhibits A and B: Raven-Symoné and Terry McMillan, author of “Waiting To Exhale.” The two… Continue Reading

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ERICA CAMPBELL, HUSBAND TALK MISCONCEPTIONS OF BLACK FATHERHOOD [EXCLUSIVE]

While Black women are often celebrated for the phenomenally strong and beautiful beings that they are, Black men don’t always get to share the spotlight. That’s why Erica Campbell and her husband, Warren Campbell, decided to join My Black Is Beautiful’s latest campaign, “Grooming My Black Man For Greatness.” During the month of June, the gospel music couple will be using their voices to encourage African-American women to celebrate Black men in the home. While the Campbells understand the unique challenges Black families face, they are on a mission to dispel longstanding negative perceptions of Black men and Black fatherhood that… Continue Reading

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MUSIC VETERAN, SHANTI DAS, SPILLS THE ‘1, 2, 3S OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ [EXCLUSIVE]

In 2009, Shanti Das was on top of the world. As executive vice president of marketing at Universal Motown, she had nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry, helming careers for the likes of TLC, Outkast, Usher, among others. But during the height of career, Das quit her job to embark on a path of entrepreneurship. Five and half years later, the music industry veteran is now the proud founder and CEO ofPress Reset Entertainment, which provides consulting to artists like Kelly Price and Demetria McKinney, as well as other services such as talent booking and speaking engagements. While most people in her… Continue Reading

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Album Review: Ciara – ‘Jackie’

In recent history, Ciara‘s personal life has superseded her musical career–and for obvious reasons. Nearly a year after announcing her engagement to hip-hop artist, Future, the singer shockingly called off the anticipated wedding, followed by rumors of infidelity on the rapper’s part. She even graced the cover of Brides magazine, donning a wedding dress she would ultimately never get the chance to wear. As most artists do when met with personal strife, Cici put her public breakup on wax with her first single “I Bet.” It gave listeners a glimpse into what the singer thought of the betrayal from the… Continue Reading

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PIPE DOWN AND GET OVER BEYONCÉ’S NUDITY

Like every year, the fashion at the MET Gala made the whole social media world stop. The evening’s Chinese theme inspired an array of sartorial expressions, from Rihanna’s show-stopping yellow fur cape, to Solange’s out-of-the-box Chinese fan creation. No female guests, however, garnered more attention than Beyoncé, who wore a jeweled, nude Givenchy couture gown. Reactions to the entertainer’s dress varied from “she SHUT DOWN the red carpet!” to “Blah.” Most were more on the affirmative side. But as in most cases, many accused Beyoncé of showing too much skin. Some critics felt the singer was screaming for attention, while… Continue Reading

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MO’NIQUE CALLS ON MOTHERS TO LOVE AND ACCEPT THEIR GAY CHILDREN [EXCLUSIVE]

Though Mo’Nique hasn’t been on the big screen since her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious, the actress is back with a new project and message for mothers everywhere. In Blackbird–which she also executive produces–Mo’Nique plays a mother in the deep South who struggles with her son’s homosexuality, among other family dynamics. But the theme of homophobia in the church and parents failing to accept their children simply because of their sexuality is one that pervades the film. Not only does it serve as the major thread in the film, but it’s something families are dealing with across the globe…. Continue Reading

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MISS JESSIE’S CO-FOUNDER TALKS NEW BOOK, BEAUTY IN STARTING YOUR OWN BIZ

When it comes to being your own boss, Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s knows exactly what it takes to be the commander of your own ship. Created alongside her sister Titi Branch, who passed away in December 2014, Miko built a hair care giant from the ground up, leading the charge in the curly hair movement. Over ten years since coming to the market, the business-minded beauty is now ready to share her story and how her and Titi’s sister-act dream team came to be. In “Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business From Scratch-Naturally,” (which goes on sale… Continue Reading