Danai Gurira gives acceptance speech at the 2016 Black Girls Rock! Awards

by Mike Orie of www.theconscioustip.com

Last night, BET aired the celebration of the 10th annual Black Girls Rock! Awards. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the award celebrated black women who are making strides all over the world. Black Girls Rock! celebrated and honored the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Amandla Steinberg, Rihanna, Danai Gurira and the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Below are some of the most powerful moments!


Black Men Conquering the Classroom

by Tiffani Greenaway of mymommyvents.com

Think back to your years in school. Besides the Trapper Keepers, Jansports, and Columbia jackets, what do you remember? Can you think of any teachers who looked like you?



By Erickka Sy Savané of PopMomDaily.com

I just heard that my favorite library has burned. When I got the news I wanted to cry, "Why this library and not another? This library, though old and frail, had so much more to give. Just recently it was set to be given yet another award for its incredible contribution to the world. I can't help but wonder what my life might have been without this library.


To Be Young, Gifted, and Woke

by Tiffani Greenaway of mymommyvents.com

Oh what a lovely, precious, dream.

In a popular 1958 song, Nina Simone's powerful lyrics helped to demonstrate the pride in being a young person of color. Today, young social activists are taking a stand, using their platforms to speak up and educate their peers.


Between (Reality) TV and Real Life: On Black Women and Abortion

by EricaThurman of EricaThurman.com

I was watching the Love and Hip Hop reunion last week and something occurred to me. Somewhere between Olivia Pope and Amina Pankey by way of Mary Jane Paul and K Michelle, Black women are having, and talking about, abortions on TV.

Round about last fall, near the intersection of reality tv and Shondaland, we saw a Black woman get on a table, have an abortion and then go back to her job and life without seeming to miss a beat (Olivia Pope). We saw a Black woman reveal the abortion she had kept secret from her family for years (Mary Jane Paul). We watched a Black woman express regret about having an abortion (K Michelle). And we followed along as a Black woman made the decision to terminate a pregnancy while simultaneously declaring that she did have a desire to have more children (Amina Pankey).

source:Victor Garcia

by Tiffani Greenaway of mymommyvents.com

Looks like someone’s In Love With A Church Girl. Gospel recording artist Israel Houghton, who divorced his wife of 20 years last month, is now dating Robert Kardashian’s ex and the Real host Adrienne Bailon. The former Cheetah girl and the “Your Latter Will be Greater” singer were spotted enjoying a vacation in Tulum, Mexico recently.

Katt Williams Fought A 12 Year Old. And Lost

by Tiffani Greenaway of mymommyvents.com

In the series of unfortunate events that is Katt Williams’ life, this one takes the cake. The silky haired comedian allegedly got into it with a 7th grader in Melrose, FL. The video, which shows 42 year-old Williams sucker punching a child and then getting tackled and put in a chokehold by that child has gone viral after it was posted to the website Fameolous.


From Degrassi to Black Actress, the Story of Andrea Lewis

by Mike Orie of www.theconscioustip.com

When you’re a kid, there’s one question you’re commonly asked. What do you want to be when you grow up? For some, it’s the traditional response of doctors and lawyers, a reflection of what little they’ve seen. However, as you get older, you’ll look back and realize just how absurd of a question that is for a 5-year old. Society tells us that it’s completely normal for you to change your mind. Multiple times. But what if the answer your 5-year old self gave is still in line with present, 30-year old you? It’s a rare thing, but it’s the story of Andrea Lewis. Acting is literally all she’s every known. In kindergarten, her 5-year old self knew exactly what she wanted to be, and today she still manages to find new ways to fall in love with it all over again.


Barack Obama Gives Afro-Cubans Hope

by Kanisha Parks author of Love Letters from the Master

Obama didn’t just go to Cuba to make history—he went there to make a difference.
And that’s just what he’s doing: it’s the first time a sitting president has visited the country in almost ninety years, but Barack Obama isn’t just any president. He’s the first black President—a point isn’t lost on Afro-Cubans in particular, who hope his visit marks the beginning of a new era regarding relations between the United States and Cuba and vast improvements in the quality of life for all Cuban citizens.


by Kanisha Parks author of Love Letters from the Master

After accepting her Kid’s Choice Award for favorite female star in a kid’s show, the 19-year-old star of Disney’s “K.C Uncercover,” Zendaya, hardly had time to celebrate before having to address being skinny-shamed by “Difficult People” creator Julie Klausner.

The up and coming actress was attacked on social media via a random series of tweets from Klausner calling Zendaya a “thinspo model for your impressionable tweens” and making false claims if her having an eating disorder. After Zendaya’s fans rushed to her defense, Klausner pledged to “be more thoughtful going forward,” but not before Zendaya made sure the world heard her two cents:

“Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well #youreallywannabenext?”


by Tiffani Greenaway of mymommyvents.com

It’s pretty safe to say that Obama administration has been the most lit in our nation’s history.

From rallying the millennial generation’s votes to hanging out with Jay, Bey, and Kendrick Lamar, Barrack and Michelle have been the real MVP’s. For little brown boys and girls across America, the Obama family has proven that hard work and dedication can take you anywhere you want to go—and Michelle’s new single proves it.


by Tiffani Greenaway of mymommyvents.com

Let's keep it 100.

We've all questioned Will and Jada's choices when it comes to their kids. The fashion choices. The social media. That picture. But we whipped our hair back and forth with Willow like she was our own, and we applauded when both children became the faces of major fashion campaigns. Key word? Children.


Why Misty Copeland’s Conversation with President Obama Matters

by Kanisha Parks author of Love Letters from the Master

Recently, Misty Copeland, sat down with President Obama and Time Magazine for a thought-provoking discussion regarding the confluence of race and body image and how it affects black girls and women.


Beyonce's #Formation Slays--In Syncopation.

by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Whenever Beyoncé brings the beat in, our heads start nodding. One all-female tap dance troupe has got our feet moving, too.


Lupita Nyong'o- 'I really enjoy doing my friends' hair...'

I received an email from a Vogue editor this morning about an amazing short video starring Oscar Award Winner, Lupita Nyong'o, and I just had to share with y'all! So how 'bout, Lupita loves braiding hair! She learned to braid, twist and create bantu knots from an aunt in Kenya after being disappointed by the local braiding situation in NYC back in undergrad.  Watch as she braids her girlfriends' hair and chats about how it almost became a side hustle!

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On the Couch with Karyn Parsons- Updates and a Rally Cry

For my first interview with Karyn, click here

For pics of Karyn and I at a CN event in NYC, click here!

Tell us about the hair situation. Updates!
I'm definitely far more educated, though that doesn't always translate into practice.  I'm on the run so much it seems, that I don't have the time that I dream about to take my time deep-conditioning every other day for an hour at a time, or twisting every night. When I do these things, I'm instantly gratified. I always see a difference. Still, I've learned about sealing in moisture and have been doing that more, as well as using coconut oil on my hair, which it loves.  I still hit the blowdryer (diffuser) too much, and too HOT :(.  Rushing too much. Once I leave the city for a few weeks (soon!) with my family and don't have to worry so much about meetings, I'll be pampering my hair and hopefully, making some good habits.

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Yesterday news posted that the excitable diva of a rapper Nicki Minaj has recently fired her "wig specialist" Terrence Davidson. But according to this statement made by the stylist in 2013, he claims he decided to "step away as hairstylist and wig creator for Nicki Minaj." And now, he is suing her for $30 million.

Why, though?
According to TMZ, Nicki Minaj prevented the hairstylist from pursuing a career in reality TV, and now she says he's bitter about it. Um, extremely bitter, huh? Or possibly positioning himself for his next big business venture (re-read first half of this sentence). Nicki (whose real name is Onika Maraj) states that "his self-described talents are insufficient to garner the same types of business opportunities he may have received when serving as Mrs. Maraj's hairstylist."

Lupita Nyong'o- "There is no shame in Black beauty."

On Thursday night, the stunning actress was honored at Essence’s 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in Hollywood, where she delivered a powerful speech on her quest to accept the skin she was born in. Like most young children growing up, her perception of beauty came from what she saw celebrated on her television screen, and it wasn’t until she saw a model that looked like her, walking the runways that she began to embrace her beauty. She also revealed that she spent years praying that she would wake up a lighter complexion, but she learned over time that beauty is so much more than the external. Beauty is compassion for yourself, and those around you. You can’t just consume it, it’s something you have to be.

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Bre Scullark- "My Hair Is Not a Trend."

Before it was trendy, before it became this “new phenomenon” it was and still is, who I am. My natural hair is so much more than a breakthrough in chemically processed and damaged hair. My natural hair is so much more than just a liberating experience from the monotony of long body wave weaves and sleek flat ironed hair. My natural hair is a composition of my life’s journey on redefining the value of spiritual beauty.

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Nicole Byer's Natural Hair!

For about a year now, I've been quickly becoming a big fan of the bubbly, witty personality on MTV's Girl Code, Nicole Byer.

As if this show isn't funny enough, Nicole definitely adds a bold perspective on everyday topics pertaining to young women, like dating, guys, and makeup.

Nicole is known for telling us like it is on Girl Code. She might be a lot of things, but afraid isn't one of them.

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