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I wrote earlier this week about my total opposition to white wedding dresses and everything they stand for. Instead, I’ll be wearing a two-piece black dress to my wedding. Black dresses are versatile and re-wearable, always an excellent addition to your wardrobe, and blessedly more affordable than most traditional white wedding gowns. Flip through the… READ MORE »


News

Last year, a woman was diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, according to Susan G. Komen. This year? Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Want to know what’s even scarier? Although African-American women tend to be diagnosed with breast cancer less often than Caucasian women, we’re more likely to die… READ MORE »


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“Maybe The Frisky can do a piece on where to find an affordable black jumpsuit. Love the one in your day-to-night guide but it’s a bit out of my price range!” — Brittany
Never fear, Brittany! You asked for it, and you got it: black jumpers at every price point. No matter whether… READ MORE »


News

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will “correct the information” in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org]

School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the new dress code at… READ MORE »


Celebs

Pediatric dentist Dr. Misee Harris of Kentucky is petitioning to become the first ever Black “Bachelorette.” This prospect means a lot is surfacing for me regarding the harmful stereotypes reinforced by women of color on reality television. How would she be received? If she did get an opportunity to be on the show and chose a… READ MORE »


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As you can surmise from the outfit I wore yesterday, I love a good all-black look. I’m not ashamed to reveal that black is without a doubt the predominant color (neutral?) in my wardrobe. It is, of course, the consummate color (shade?) to wear — it’s chic, it slims, and it goes with anything and… READ MORE »


News

A New York City billboard posted by an anti-abortion group reading “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb” will be removed by LaMar, which owned the billboard, after complaints. [Feministing]
South Dakota killed a bill which would have expanded the legal definition of “justifiable homicide” to include murdering an abortion… READ MORE »


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The anti-abortion movement tries many tactics — guilt, misinformation, assuring women they’re smart and capable enough, more guilt — but one of the latest permutations has been framing abortion as a racial issue. Some anti-abortion activists are framing legal abortion as a way to deter black women’s reproduction. The latest example is this billboard hanging… READ MORE »


Celebs

Beyoncé in blackface? I never thought those three words would be in the same sentence. But yes, Ms. Bootylicious has darkened her light skin and thrown a scarf over her head for a L’Officiel Paris campaign. Is Beyoncé trying to make a statement that dark black skin is beautiful? Is Beyoncé trying to make a… READ MORE »


Entertainment

Most authors would die to see their book made into a movie or TV show. But not Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez — not anymore. The author of The Dirty Girls Social Club got ahold of a script based on her book and was shocked to see that: 1) all the black characters were removed and changed to… READ MORE »


Parenting

One of the privileges I had as a little white girl was always having had toys that look like me. In fact, American Girl’s brown-haired, brown-eyed Samantha Parkington doll looked almost exactly like me. Like little girls all around the world, I used to hold her, brush her hair, pretend she was my daughter and… READ MORE »


News

Essence, an African-American women’s lifestyle magazine, is featuring lesbian couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for the first time ever on the “Bridal Bliss” section of its website. “Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity,” said the magazine’s managing editor. [AfterEllen.com]
Carl Paladino, a candidate for New York governor, banned… READ MORE »


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Howard University has admitted it lost the Oscar won by Hattie McDaniel for the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.” Upon her death in 1952, McDaniel, who was the first black woman to win an Academy Award, bequeathed her statue to the HU drama department. [Essence]
Effective today, Indonesia’s conservative Islamic Aceh province has banned… READ MORE »


Style

Black is the whore of the fashion world. It gets passed around from group to group like nobody’s business. See: Mourners, too-chic for school chicks, little dresses, beatniks, Goths, robbers. A shared cultural and fashion phenomenon, the color (or non-color, if you’re really picky) definitely merits some analysis, which is what you get at Antwerp’s… READ MORE »


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When Annika posted about how to wear black and brown together, some of you still couldn’t get behind the color combination. Commenter Chicka Chicka Boom Boom even said, “This is one trend I will definitely not be following.” Well, last night, while watching “The Biggest Loser,” I noticed that host Alison Sweeney paired a brown… READ MORE »


Style

Brace yourselves, girls. Experts have found yet another culprit to accuse in the “it’s bad for you” blame game, and this time, it’s your signature color. Some yahoo claims that wearing black means you might as well hole up like a hobbit and keep your ugly mug hidden away from the world, because the color… READ MORE »