The Christmas Tree Without Presents

Gaylon Garner of Illinois.
The Garner family’s Christmas tree has no room for presents at its base, because it’s full of history and her family tradition. Mrs. Gaylon Garner, an award-winning retired educator, shares the meaning behind her family tree.

Clean-Up Woman: Loving Him After a Savage Breaks His Heart

Clean-Up Woman: Loving Him After a Savage Breaks His Heart
By A Comeaux  Earlier this year RiRi had even the good girls crooning homage to their inner savage when she broke down how she played with-and then dismissed-a lover with an open heart.   I must admit, it was a guilty pleasure to belt those lyrics, mimic that cold-natured swagger and feel damn good about... Read more »

FREE Screenings: LaLa Land & Hidden Figures

FREE Screenings: LaLa Land & Hidden Figures
DATE NIGHT! We have two BIG screenings for you. Be sure to enter to win passes and VIP prize packs for both films. LALA LAND: Screening December 13th In LALA Land Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they... Read more »
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Travelling Abroad as a Black Woman

Travelling Abroad as a Black Woman
By Kym B. Despite the high number of American passports distributed, few take advantage of touring the world. Breaking out of the comfort zone of American lifestyle is scary. I have been asked “Why, travel abroad? There are several regional cultures in America, with outstanding vacation destinations – there is no need to travel outside... Read more »

Events: Art, Beats and Lyrics & Chicagoans of the Year

Hip Hop legend, Scarface performed some of his top hits for a packed house at the Art, Beats and Lyrics event in Chicago.  Presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Art Beats and Lyrics showcases some of today’s best upcoming artists, along with seasoned veterans in art and music under one roof. For information on Art, Beats and Lyrics please visit www.JackHoneyABL.com. (Photo by Kat Goduco/AB+L)
Event Recap: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats and Lyrics Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats and Lyrics delivered a packed house in Chicago as part of its national tour. The traveling lifestyle experience showcased visual masterpieces renowned visual artists such as Miya Bailey, Frank Morrison, and AB+L’s curator and co-producer, Dubelyoo. The show also featured... Read more »

Marriage Blues: Unhappily Ever After

Marriage Blues: Unhappily Ever After
Editor’s note: The author has requested to remain confidential. All I ever wanted was to be a good wife and mother. I had no idea it would leave me feeling resentful, lost and depressed. I met and married my husband after a very short courtship. I was head over hills in love, and I knew... Read more »
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After President Trump: 5 Things Black Men Must Do NOW

After President Trump: 5 Things Black Men Must Do NOW
By Morris Brent Based on the devastation of yesterday, here’s my 5W© solution for the BLACK MAN: 1. Now, more than ever, you will need a strong black WOMAN by your side, as she is the foundation of the family. You will need a Queen with whom you can love, be loved and create a... Read more »

I Won't Accept His Lies Anymore

I Won't Accept His Lies Anymore
By A Comeaux Happy Monday. There’s a lot on my canvas today. Please bear with me as I expound, decompress and articulate the current condition of my heart in its truest form. A much-needed venting session with my bestie ensued a self-reflective ode to how maturity and honesty has given me a confidence and self-love... Read more »

Photos: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference

Photos: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers conference attracts some of the brightest students in the country. Engineering pros and corporate reps gather to meet the students and listen to their ideas. During the event, eight teams of students gathered at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, to compete in the Nissan Design Competition, where... Read more »
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DC Young Fly's New Baby is Super Cute!

DC Young Fly's New Baby is Super Cute!
Actor DC Young Fly received his Christmas gift early; the birth of his daughter, Nova, with his girlfriend (and fellow Wild’n Out star Ms. Jacky Oh). DC Young Fly is also making a splash on the big screen in the star-studded new film, Almost Christmas. In Almost Christmas, DC Young Fly portrays the street smart family... Read more »