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How to Handle Rejection Like a (Rick Ross) Boss

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In the words of Mr. Ross, “Who ever thought that fat girl would grow into Oprah, or that boy Rick Ross will be moldin’ the culture. A couple of months ago a guy I really liked broke my heart. I don’t usually dwell on things,...

I’m a Single Black Girl and I Refuse to be Scared by the Statistics Saying I Will Never Get Married

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Statistically speaking, black women do have a tougher time in the world of dating, but what’s the benefit in knowing that? As a black woman I’m probably more likely to get struck by lightning than get married. Okay, I definitely made that up. But with...

I’m Sick of Travel Writers Who Insist That Anyone Can Afford to Travel

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Travel can be rewarding, but I don’t believe it is necessary to lead a fulfilling life. I didn’t mind sleeping on the floor when I was a kid. If you do it right, it has its advantages and can be surprisingly comfortable. You could sleep...

“Empire” Can Redefine Black Media Stereotypes

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As you can probably tell from my last post on black television characters, I’m very invested in media representation. Television can make or break a character of color, depicting her in an inspiring light or writing her off as a basic, one-dimensional figment of the...