Archive for February 2016

Vunzai's Story: Bouncing Back from Health Crisis and a Bad Marriage

Vunzai's Story: Bouncing Back from Health Crisis and a Bad Marriage
“I Had To Fight For Every Inch” by Vunzai Yeazel In 2008 in my late 20’s, I went for a regular annual visit and was informed that I had three small fibroids developing. So when I thought I met the man of my dreams in 2010 and got married, I always knew I had some things... Read more »

Interview: Actors Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge of Underground

Interview: Actors Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge of Underground
By Devin Miller The series begins with fear, and a sense of urgency to #breakfree. The first scene sets the tone for a journey back in time to African descendants during the slave era in North America. Unlike many other films and TV series featuring of slavery, Underground tells this story and includes modern day... Read more »

Black Women Aren't Supposed to Suffer From This--but I Did

Black Women Aren't Supposed to Suffer From This--but I Did
By A Comeaux There are many things many of us women take for granted. Some of us don’t take heed of what we have taken for granted until something drastic happens, that is, until our world is shaken upside down and life as we know it is no longer the same. I’m one of those... Read more »
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Whiskey lovers: Tower Events + Chicago Mag Launch Barrel Night

Whiskey lovers: Tower Events + Chicago Mag Launch Barrel Night
By Claire LeBlanc, the lovely intern  Hey Whiskey lovers, this invite landed in my inbox and I’m compelled to share it with you: A celebration of fine whiskey and fine spirits, Chicago magazine is delighted to host its inaugural Barrel Night. The event will be held at Montgomery Club in the River North neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 25, and will... Read more »

All Inclusive Fashion at NYFW

All Inclusive Fashion at NYFW
By Kym B. Designer Ashley Chew, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, created a free hand purse stating “Black Models Matter”; which went completely viral.  As a fashion correspondent at the 2016 New York Fashion Week, I was able to take a look at if the frequent shun of African American artists, such as... Read more »

I Gave the Best of ME to the WRONG People--and then I Woke Up

I Gave the Best of ME to the WRONG People--and then I Woke Up
As I sit here, sipping on my coffee, reflecting on the beauty of life, I have to give thanks for being in a place where I can truly say, I love myself and I love myself enough to WIN!  Focusing on Living LIFE,Loving LIFE and Being LIFE is how I have survived my self-destructive past,... Read more »
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RIP Vanity: 10 Unforgettable Photos

By Claire LeBlanc TMZ has confirmed that Vanity, the beautiful leader of the Prince’s sexy girl group, Vanity 6, has died “after years of battling kidney failure and, more recently, an abdominal illness.” Vanity, who was born Denise Katrina Matthews, passed away today in a Fremont, CA hospital.  Later in life, Vanity left the music... Read more »

Girl Interrupted: How Brandi Got Her Self-Love Back

Brandi Davis
My Self-Love Journey: If I were honest… By Brandi Davis If I were honest…I used to live life as a scared 12-year-old girl until I learned to love myself… You see by the age of 12, I had dealt with various things that shaped how I viewed myself. Sexual Abuse By 12, my body was... Read more »

They All Doubted This Teen Mom--Until She Did This

They All Doubted This Teen Mom--Until She Did This
By Andrea Nicole As a teen mom in the early 90’s, I was judged and presumed to be a lost cause all because I had a child. The adults around me believed my future was bleak; I must say my image of self-worth was quite distorted and tainted by their views. Still, I had dreams... Read more »
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Kenyatta's Journey from Alcohol Hell to Inner Peace

Kenyatta's Journey from Alcohol Hell to Inner Peace
By Kenyatta, Formerly Known as KeSera From the very beginning…everybody always wanted something from me. Either it was my mind, my body, what I do, the rewards of what I do, etc. I never felt loved. Ever. The Rage A sharp pain erupted through my temples where a bandage bled red onto an unfamiliar place... Read more »