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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.

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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.



With the...

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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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Six Must-Have Apps to Enhance Your Shopping Experience

trendtracker_Jan17From snagging discounts on the fly to e-sharing a new outfit with friends to organizing your expanded wardrobe, there are numerous applications that you can download to your mobile device to help you shop smarter and enhance your overall shopping experience. Here are six handy apps to get you started.

 

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Looking for inspiration off the runways of New York and Milan or hoping to spice up your wardrobe with this season’s hottest...

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Underage Social Networking on FB is on the Rise. Find a Better Alternative for Your Child

Girl_and_laptop_reversed_isShould children under the age of 13 be allowed to use Facebook? Facebook’s privacy policy clearly says no. But despite the rules, underage social networking on Facebook is on the rise.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Facebook removes the profiles of 20,000 underage users per day. While this number may seem significant, it is miniscule fraction in comparison to the 3.6 million underage users in the United States who access the popular network monthly without parental consent. Experts fear...

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Celebrity 2.0 – “Meet the Browns” Terri J. Vaughn Talks Favorite Gadgets

Terri Vaughn--300x300She became a household name playing the quirky and lovable Lovita on The Steve Harvey Show. Now, producer, philanthropist and Meet the Browns actress Terri J. Vaughn sits down with B. Couleur to reveal her favorite tech toys and why the Teleporter is her transportation of choice.

B. Couleur: What is your favorite gadget?

Terri J. Vaughn: I love my blackberry, but now I’m hooked on the iPad. I love using iBooks to do my reading. I’m also addicted to Words with Friends (Scrabble). I play...

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Self-Defense Gadgets In Disguise

Self Defense Gadget for Women Blush Pepper SprayThey may seem like devices only Q from James Bond could dream up. But thanks to mobile technology, designers have become more creative and innovative in the way that they create self-defense gadgets, especially for women.  Whether it’s pepper spray camouflaged as a tube of lipstick or a knife disguised as a hair comb, women are now packing heat masked as everyday accessories and cosmetics.

If you’re hunting for a portable gadget that you can use to protect yourself if needed, and if...

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