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Navigating Interracial Friendships through Racial Conflict

DiverseFriendships can be tricky business, even when the individuals involved come from similar backgrounds and have congruent interests. Add to that the tension that can arise when an issue of race rears its head in the middle of an interracial friendship, and if not handled properly, you could have the end of a bond on your hands.

 Whether you’re debating about President Obama and The Tea Party or talking about the behaviors of other cultures, issues of race are bound to come up in interracial friendships. How you handle (or avoid) this particular brand of conflict could make or break your friendship. Here are some tips to help soothe your relationship without losing a dear friend.

Be Honest

When it comes to racial tension in a...

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Hip Hop vs. Black Women: Who Wins?

BitchTrickHoeThree things in life are certain: death, taxes, and misogyny in hip-hop.

As a younger, tween version of myself, I used to sing along and shake my booty to songs like "Money, Cash, Hoes."

Somewhere along the way, my pesky conscience intervened and left me with an acute case of cognitive dissonance. How could I love this music, when it clearly did not love me back? The more I was bombarded with images of half naked black women who seemed to serve no other purpose than being half naked, the...

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Cultural Connection: Two American Art Curators Make History in Havana

blackart1The face in the mirror slowly transforms from the artist's medium brown complexion to an image resembling a Congolese mask and finally, a coal-black reflection with open eyes and white teeth. American artist Maren Hassinger's Daily Mask (2004) is a video portrayal of cultural stereotyping and breaking barriers presented to citizens of Havana, Cuba and art lovers from around the world.

"There is a certain universality to our stories and our histories as the women living in these black...

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Wearing Your Sunday’s Best : How to Take Control of Your Online Reputation

girlswhisperWhen I was a young, my mother would always squeeze me by my shoulders before I ran like a bat out of hell to the playground. She would say (with her thick Nigerian-accent) “Make sure that when you are out there, you remember that you are wearing your Sunday’s Best.”

And although my mother’s metaphor would go in one ear and out the other as soon as I set my foot and rascally intentions on the yard pavement, now, thanks to the Internet, her words ring truer than ever.



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Celebrity 2.0 – Tatyana Ali Gives Us the Scoop on Her Favorite Gadgets

Tatali2She stole America’s heart playing the adorable Ashley Banks on NBC’s hit comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now, hot off the heels of a successful run with the hit TV One series, Love That Girl! actress, producer, recording artist and activist Tatyana Ali chats with B. Couleur about her gadgets of choice.

B. Couleur: What is your favorite tech toy or gadget?

Tatyana Ali: Of course my iPad, which I love because I travel so much and not having to bring my computer everywhere is genius...

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