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Tell It Tuesday: Teyana, Don’t Put Your Business in the Street if You Can’t Stand the Heat

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Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert By Ta-ning Connai Remember back in the days when Grandma used to say, “Don’t go putting your business out in the streets”? Well, Grandma would be surprised to find that too much information has become WAY TOO MUCH information as the line between people’s personal and private lives have virtually been removed. This isn’t just…

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Anyone Buying a Lauryn Hill Ticket In 2018 Deserves Whatever She Gives Them

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Ms. Lauryn Hill Courtesy Photo via TheMiamiTimes By Veronica Wells  I was in fifth grade when Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation was released. I don’t think I could overstate what that album meant to me. It changed the game for me (I would learn later, so many other young, Black women.) A year later, during a family reunion—where we ended up in…

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BET’s Docu-Series VIXEN Explores the Rise & Fall of the Video Model

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Rapper Nelly with video model in his Tip Drill music video By Brenda Alexander After watching BET’s 30-minute digital docu-series “VIXEN,” I was left wondering: was video modeling a legitimate starting point for Hollywood hopefuls that could spearhead a dream career? And did the supposed tell-all ‘Confessions of a Video Vixen’ by Karrine Steffans change the narrative and perception of video…

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How Long Will Women Sing About Men Doing Wrong Instead of Demanding That They Actually Do Right?

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 Queen Naija  By Mwabi Kaira I heard a song called Medicine by Queen Naija on the radio the other day and immediately thought, “Oh, we’re still doing this.” Each generation hopes that the one behind it gets all that we got wrong right. I really enjoy watching young girls being so sure of themselves these days and I foolishly thought…

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The Blow-Up on Twitter About Beyonce’s ‘Natural Curls’ Proves We Still Have a Long Way to Go With Our Hair

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Beyonce via Neal Farinah IG By Veronica Wells I’ll never forget my homeroom teacher Mr. Litz and the thoughts he shared one day about Black hair. In addition to home room, Mr. Litz, a White man, was also my middle school art teacher. And during his explanation of how he recreates Black hair, he told us, his predominately Black class,…

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Nas Is My Favorite Rapper, But I Still Haven’t Been Able to Bring Myself to Listen To ‘Nasir’

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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST By Britni Danielle His raspy voice first boomed through my headphones on the Wake Up Show anthem back in 1994, changing my life forever. I remember sitting up in bed when he began spitting his intricate rhymes, wondering who the hell he was and how I could hear more. At the time, I…

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The Miseducation of Azealia Banks: 5 Takeaways from her The Breakfast Club Interview.

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Azealia Banks on the Breakfast Club By Brenda Alexander Azealia Banks has been hard for me to figure out. One minute, she’s professing the most thought-provoking, incense lighting ceremony worthy opinions and the next, what’s uttered from her tongue makes you eager to refer her to the closest clinical psychiatrist for an immediate diagnosis and treatment- or hire a crisis…

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