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Besides Zendaya’s Locs, Here Are Five Looks That Are (Supposedly) Better on White People

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What was a harmless joke to Giuliana Rancic and Kathy Griffin is a constant reminder to Black women of how our hair is perceived. At Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, Zendaya arrived on the red carpet looking fabulous in an ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and a new...

I Am Unteaching My Daughter All of the Double Standards I Taught Her About Slut Shaming

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One of the pertinent bits of info that I originally shared with my bundle of joy is the need for not being labeled a slut at school. Being a mother is hard work, #thatisall. Well, not really all but that sentiment feels overwhelmingly true. I...

My Mother Died Three Months Ago, And I’m Still Figuring Out How To Grieve For Her

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“Mommy, I wanna see grandma.” The toddler always makes this demand casually, usually as I'm picking him up from school or fixing him dinner. Three months later and I still can't find the words to tell him she's gone for good.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Managing Frizzy Hair, Regardless Of Your Hair Type

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Plus, a crash course on dew point and how to use it to stop a bad hair day before it starts.

#SheSquatsBro: Fitness Culture and the Black Booty Paradox

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All across social media can be found the image so familiar as to be blasé: the faceless spandex-clad individual, booty first, reminding without words, “Isn’t it about time you started squatting?”

5 Things I Learned Dating A Med Student

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Medical students hardly have enough time to learn how to not kill people, let alone maintain a healthy relationship.