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How the Internet Has Helped African Americans Break Into the Hair Business

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It was a quick run with his little sister to the Korean-owned beauty supply store for a couple of packs of Brazilian hair which initially sparked Damien Stephens interest in the hair extension business. With no real clue on how to start, he went on...

‘For Better or Worse’: Tasha Smith Says Don’t Leave Your Man Over ‘One Piece of Booty’

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Most times, getting relationship advice on infidelity from our girlfriends is like Sheila (Jill Scott’s character on Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married) listening to the very opinionated Angela (actress Tasha Smith’s character) talk to her about Mike: It’s somewhere along the lines of...

‘Gone With the Wind’ prequel starring Mammy may be a mistake

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Are we ready for Mammy’s story?” is a loaded question, with no easy answer. But it’s a question that Simon & Schuster has prompted with the announcement that it will publish a Gone With the Wind prequel, Ruth’s Journey, through its Atria imprint, focusing on Mammy, the role in the...

Ms. Muffin: The creator of several viral ‘prank’ videos speaks out

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You might have seen a video in your Facebook newsfeed earlier this month that was filmed via camera phone. An obviously pregnant young woman is arguing loudly with her boyfriend/father of her unborn child. The fight gets physical and passengers intervene twice. One woman even takes...

#Breaking Black: Hillary Clinton, the big left and black America

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In case you missed the news, Hillary Clinton has sewn up the Democratic primary and is well on her way back to the White House. Former president Bill Clinton, as the nation’s first gentleman, will have to balance curtain selections with his job as an...