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Couples Inc. : Nicaila & Muoyo Use Tech to Inspire Entrepreneurs

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For our Couples Inc. series, we’ll be highlighting dope couples who either run a business together or separately (With the support of their partner of course!) First up, Nicaila Matthews, founder of Side Hustle Pro, the first and only podcast to spotlight bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business,…

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Today is International Self-Love Day Because We Said So

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Here we are, a couple days after Valentine’s Day. The dust has settled and love is just a tumbleweed rolling down the aisles of retailers that are offering candied hearts, goo-filled chocolates, faux silk flowers, teddy bears and heart-themed jammies at a cool 25-30% off. Pro-tip: savings will probably grow to a full 75% off…

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Progressive Black Love: To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate, That is the Question

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A little over a month ago, I jumped the proverbial broom with my now husband, and threw what has been dubbed the #BlackestWeddingEver. There were ideas I had about our marriage that would directly follow the spectacular celebration that we threw in honor of our matrimony. However, the concept that I never gave too much thought to was…

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New course, “The Power of Black Self-Love” offered at Emory University

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“The Power of Black Self-Love” is a new course being offered at Emory University in Atlanta. This course is a combination of “Black Love” and “Resisting Racism”, courses taught by Dr. Dianne Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion and African American Studies and Dr. Donna Troka, associate director at the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, respectively.…

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Shoppe Black presents: “Jollof and Jambalaya” bka The Blackest Wedding Ever

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On November 19th 2016, I married my soulmate. It was a perfect blend of her New Orleans roots and my Nigerian culture. One of the things I learned is how African the city of New Orleans is and how connected we are as a people. Friends and family came to celebrate from all over the…

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How GirlTrek Inspired a Love Letter to Black Women

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My interview with GirlTrek is one that has been in the making for a while now—I just didn’t realize it.  My first encounter with them was last year. I was in New Orleans, spending Christmas and ushering in 2016 at the home of my future parents in-law.  I came across GirlTrek’s website while doing research…

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The Black Joy Project: Putting Smiles On Black Faces

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A few years after my great grandmother, Ramona passed away, my grandma, Maria, told me that the pain she felt from losing her momma was something she got used to. “Eso nunca se quita,” she told me as her eyes traveled to a time that seemed brighter. It never fully goes away. In February of…

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Dating while Black – Hard, but not Impossible!

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Dating is a complex topic in itself, one with nuances that can be discussed for hours on end from literally every angle. Compound the mystery of dating with “Dating while Black” and you have a unique set of challenges for any eligible bachelorette to conquer. As a Black woman, i’ve found dating while Black to…

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Oo-oop! Why I’m So Glad I Pledged Alpha Chapter, DST

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Before enrolling at Howard, I knew the Greek alphabet by heart, because one of my childhood besties Susanne Brown Robinson’s sister was two years older than us and had already crossed the burning sands into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I had already begun reading ‘In Search of Sisterhood’ by renowned feminist Paula Giddings, a…

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The Biggity Blackest Moments of The Wiz Live and Why We Loved It So Much

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If you’re Black and you have a TV, then last night you were watching The Wiz Live with every other Black woman, man and child. We all know remakes aren’t always the best. Matter of fact, they’re oftentimes the worst. So I think we all held our breath, while truly wishing for the best, for last…

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