Black Hair: The Debate Untangled

To straighten or not to straighten is still a heated debate within the black community, as the New York Times article, “Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics” points out. The topic came up recently when 11-year-old Malia Obama was criticized for wearing her hair in twists while visiting Rome this summer. She was deemed by some to be unfit to represent America because her hair wasn’t straightened. Also, Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” sheds further light on a culture in which “good” straight hair is preferred to “bad” nappy hair, especially when Chris asks a hair store owner: “So my nappy hair isn’t worth anything?”

I’ve had my own trials and tribulations with the “creamy crack,” as chemical straightener is sometimes referred to in the black community, so choosing to leave my hair natural was a decision that came, well, naturally to me. However, the Great Black Hair Debate still weighs heavy on my mind at times because naturally nappy black hair still isn’t widely accepted. Keep reading »

Happy Friday: Cute Otter Already Enjoying The Weekend

One of the best parts of this video isn’t just the way it will make you grin like an idiot at your desk, but it’s kind of rad to hear the giggles and disbelief of the people who’re witnessing this crazy coolness go down. Oh right, and the otter part is really, really cute, too. Keep reading »

Barbie Takes Off Her Clothes, Finds Her Way Into Famous Paintings

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“Sleepers After Courbet”

Czech artist Kristyna Milde recreates famous works of art by Francisco Goya, Gustave Courbet, and more, posing Barbies in place of the women the artists painted. Milde said she wanted “to show the similarities between stereotypical representation in the past and the present time.” We know art can be deep and say things about society, but all we can think of when we look at these are the dioramas we made for a fifth-grade class project. Obviously, our mini worlds were not nearly as well-done as Milde’s, which even include sunbeams. Click through to see more of Milde’s creations and the famous works that inspired them. [MildeArt via Designboom]

The Frisky Guidebook: The Venice Of The North

It was only a matter of time before we covered a city famous for sex. But Amsterdam is really less about the Red Light District and coffee shops than it is about great Dutch architecture, trendy restaurants, and great vintage shopping. Keep reading »

Joe Francis Assaults A Chick. Again

Joe Francis is the guy we’d most like to vote off planet Earth. The Girls Gone Wild impresario (wait, I’m revoking this term since it includes the word “impress” and there ain’t nothing impressive about Francis) got in a scuffle last night at Guys and Dolls in Los Angeles, and allegedly assaulted a woman. And not just any woman—Jayde Nicole, Playboy‘s Playmate of the Year for 2008, who you know as Brody Jenner‘s girlfriend on “The Hills.” Here’s what supposedly went down, according to TMZ Keep reading »

You’re OUT: Five Reasons Why “Project Runway” Is Over

Daniel Vosovic, “Project Runway” season 2 runner-up and “All-Stars” winner, tells NYMag.com’s “The Cut” that being on “PR” again was a “mind f**k.” He goes on to explain, “It felt like a weird summer camp. Four years later everything was the same — same stage, same crappy lights, Heidi’s pregnant again. It’s like I had never left.” That may be true of the “All-Stars” reunion (which aired last week) — which brought together some of the show’s biggest personalities and best designers — but the new season of “PR” is rapidly proving it’s not the same fabulous, edgy, and fashion-forward show now that it lives on Lifetime.

I’m just gonna say it. “Project Runway” — you’re OUT. Here are five reasons why. Keep reading »

Dating Across America: Sleeping Arrangements When You’re Staying With The ‘Rents

Even if you get to the point in a relationship where you and your boyfriend are totally comfortable with one another, things change when you bring others into the equation. At some point you may find yourself in a bit of a predicament: managing sleeping arrangements while at his or your parents’ house.

Some lovebirds will abstain and refrain from giving into their sexual urges. Others will sneak into each other’s rooms, regardless of the rules and etiquette of their host’s home, because when you’re feeling frisky, sometimes you have to give in. Some women are nonchalant about getting caught, while others say the sheer embarrassment causes them to rethink their sleeping arrangements for the future. We asked 10 women: “What’s a normal sleeping arrangement when you and your boyfriend are staying at your parents’ house?” Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Rihanna Kills It With Her Vogue Italia Cover

Rihanna‘s cover of Vogue Italia (September) is so hot she had to put out the flames. [Fashion Copious]
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A Sex Strike We Can Really Get Behind

In the West African country of Gabon, Rose Francine Rogombe has been in power since June, when President Omar Bongo Ondimba died. And this weekend, there’s an election that will determine whether she stays at the helm of the country. Guess what some Gabonese men are willing to do if a man defeats her in the election? “Sleep with their clothes on.” That’s right girls … they’re going on a sex strike. Why? Because the leader of the Gabonese Liberation Movement, Samuel Ntoutoume Ndzeng, says the men will strike because “the power must remain with women.” I am totally pumping my fist right now—I don’t care who laughs at me. [AFP]

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Steal Kirsten Dunst’s Manga Style: How To Dress Like Human Anime

We’ve got to admit that Kirsten Dunst looks completely eye-catching (in a cuh-razy kind of way) all dolled up in her Manga finest. Is it a look she should wear every day? Probably not. Are we totally down to try it out? Yes, we are. How to dress like human anime after the jump. Keep reading »

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