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Our 5 Top Favorite Brandy & Monica Music Videos!

Last night our 90’s dreams were lived out, thanks to R&B Queens Brandy and Monica. In case you haven’t seen their 90’s music videos, let’s take a little trip down memory lane  to watch. These videos are absolute gems when

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New Music Mondays: FKA twigs “Sad Day” (VIDEO)

FKA twigs debuted the video for her MAGDALENE song “sad day.” Directed by Hiro Murai, known for his work with Donald Glover on Atlanta…this is his first music video since directing Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” The six minute short

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Personal Update: Hospitalization & My Cat Vladimir’s Passing

Hey Guys. I’ve been meaning to write this sooner and I guess it’s taking me a while because I knew it would open up some wounds…and it is, but might as well get it out. As you probably know, I’ve

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RECIPE: 3 Ingredient, Gluten-Free, Vegan Cookie (Low Cal & No Equipment Needed)

A few months ago, when the pandemic first hit and finding groceries was like digging for gold (or what I imagine that to have been like) – I stumbled upon a cookie recipe that answered all my prayers. I was

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FBF: Our Top 10 Whitney Houston Music Videos

This upcoming Sunday, August 9th, is the bornday of Miss Whitney Houston. Born in 1963, this legend would be 57 this year. Taken too soon, but at least we have her iconic music and sound that will surpass the test

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15 Common Candies You May Not Know Were Vegan

There are a lot of candies on this list that I had no idea were vegan. Happy to know that all my childhood years of eating candy from the bodega on the way to school – I was at least

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3 Black Trans Women DJ’s You Need To Know!

I have been honored with being featured for my DJ work on some great lists amongst really incredible women, but I don’t think many of those lists have ever included Black Trans Women who are killing the game! Since I

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Happy Birthday Patrick Ewing! Watch His Top 10 Career Plays

Happy Birthday Patrick Aloysius Ewing! Born August 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica – this Basketball Player was a beast on the court. Check out his TOP 10 CAREER PLAYS!

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How Safe Are Your Beauty & Household Products? Find Out on EWG.Org

Since 2013, I have been utilizing the website (now also a handy app) EWG.Org to find how toxic my everyday products are. Now, why would one want to do that? Well, I am no healthcare professional – but, believe that

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It’s #NationalLipstickDay! Here Are 5 (Vegan) Lipsticks From Black-Owned Brands

Today is #NationalLipStickDay and yes, it seems like everyday is 10 new holidays for something or another, but at least this is  a bit  fun! Here are 5, Cruelty-Free, Vegan Lipsticks Owned by Black Brands that you can buy right

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6 Trendy Sunglasses for Under $25

We recently posted 5 TRENDY SUNGLASSES UNDER $215  and a few of you replied saying that the price point was too high. Of course, I checked out the readers who replied (via their socials) and saw them decked out in

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Wellness: 11 Ways to Support Someone During Mania via IBPF.Org

Whether you like him or not, the recent Twitter events from one of our most beloved artists has left us all feeling a bit enraged, infuriated, ambivalent, concerned or maybe even apathetic. The biggest take-away I’ve had from it all

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Throwback: 5 Of Our Favorite Jodeci Jams (Happy Birthday Mr. Dalvin)

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Jodeci (@jodecimusic) on Apr 10, 2015 at 3:27pm PDT Wikipedia defines Jodeci as… “Jodeci (/ˈdʒoʊdəsi/ JOH-də-see) is an American R&B quartet with members DeVanté Swing, Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci, and JoJo. Formed in 1989 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jodeci’s members began

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5 Trendy Sunglasses for Summer Under 215$

*Image from the RetroSuperFuture x BornxRaised Collaboration. Summer 2020 may be partially quarantined, but you still need to protect your gazers from the sun. Here are 5 trendy frames to keep you styling and profiling, if only for the ‘gram!

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Culture: Trace Magazine & “Their Annual Black Girls Rule” Issue

Growing up in the 90’s/2000’s, before we had social media and the internet to give us the cheat codes, we only had first hand experience, word of mouth and (if those things were still out of reach for you) magazines.

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Recipe: Kimchi Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Thanks to the pandemic we are all flexing our Guy Fieri day dreams in real life, including me! I saw someone eating Kimchi Pancakes on Instagram and it inspired me to find a simple (vegan, gluten-free) recipe that I could

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I Got Tested (Fast & Free) for Covid-19…How You Can Too!

About a week ago, The 🦊  and I got tested for Covid-19. It was so easy!!! I highly recommend it. In New York State, where we live, you can go to various locations and quickly get tested. We chose City

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CULTURE: “Used To Be With Vashtie At Santos.” What Does My Drake Shoutout Refer To?

*This post was originally posted in January 2018, when the song debuted – but, it felt like a good time to revisit. Also, yes I am still excited about my mention which is why I want to revisit it! A

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6 Must See LGBTQ Films On Netflix!

If you’re venturing into an exploration of LGBTQ Films, here are 6 on Netflix that will get you on your way! Enjoy! 1.”MOONLIGHT” 2016 – R – 1h 50m  In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up

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5 Of My Favorite Trans Musicians To Add To Your Playlists!

              In honor of June being Pride Month, but also in support of the Trans Community – here are 5 of My Favorite Trans Musicians that you must add to your playlists! These Trans

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10 Black Owned Wineries To Support Right Now!

If you’re a wine lover like me and you want to support Black Owned Wineries, then this list will make you very happy. Who doesn’t love a little sip and support?! In honor of National Rosé Day, let’s kick it

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6 Ways To Be a Better Ally (For Non-Black People) *Repost From NewInt.Org

This was first published by New Internationalist on March 15th, 2018 – written by Kristina Wong. See the original article HERE. I loved the perspective coming from an Asian-American woman so much, I wanted to share.  “Are you a non-black

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3 Black Docs/Series To Educate & Inspire on Netflix Right Now!

With all of the protests happening in the world right now, it’s so important to keep the conversation about race and equality going – now matter how upsetting it can get (*but, I do believe you need to go at

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54 Black-Owned Brands to Support Today & Every Day *repost by Marie Claire Magazine

*This is a repost by Marie Claire Magazine, written by  Marina Liao  (June 3rd, 2020) “In the wake of George Floyd‘s death and the nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality, it’s important not to give up on the

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How To Help #BlackLivesMatter

We are in very challenging times,  but nothing has ever been accomplished by silence or non-action. I have great hope for the future with all the efforts happening in the world, but I know…it’s still easy to feel helpless at

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My Secret Wedding Day + How We Met (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

If you’ve been following me or have been reading this blog, you already know that marriage was not an absolute for me. I just wasn’t the girl who dreamed of her wedding or even imagined it…ever. In fact, I was

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THROWBACK: In 2010 I became The First Woman To Design a Jordan

I can’t believe how much time is flying! It’s been 10 whole years since I became the first woman (and maybe the first non-athlete) to have her own Jordan sneaker! Since then, other iconic women like Aleali May and Melody

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3 Ways I Workout at Home – Using a Trampoline, Jump Rope & YouTube!

Being unable to go to the gym threw me way off my game in the beginning of lockdown. I am the kind of person that craves routine and without it, I was a bit lost. It took me about 4

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9 Tips To Celebrate A Lit Lockdown Birthday

Are you about to celebrate a birthday or plan festivities for a loved one? Well…I’m coming straight from an amazing birthday spent in quarantine (April 23rd, 2020) and I learned a few ways you can celebrate your born day at

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5 Immune Boosting Foods & Supplements I Take Daily

I hope you are all well and staying safe. Now,  I am no doctor… but my holistic/vegan lifestyle has put me on to natural ways to stay healthy and build up my immune system. I will say that some of

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RECIPE: Immune Boosting Tumeric-Ginger Shot To Help Fight Viruses Off

Okay, so as we know – food and shelter are very important and more than ever now! But, also…nourishing ourselves with the right foods has proven to be very beneficial. If you can find these ingredients (and they work in

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Everything I Eat in a Day (Quarantine Edition)

As requested via Instagram, I have recorded everything I eat in a day. I’m not sure what my eating habits will look like to y’all – but, here goes. Keep in mind this has been my current, “sort-of”, meal plan…but

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RECIPE: Sweet Potato Slices with Homemade Hummus & Bean Salad

Okay, so a lot of you asked for this recipe and here it goes! But in the meantime, I need a better name for it. Comment below your votes! Winner gets a shoutout on my Stories!   This is vegan,

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RECIPE: Butternut Squash Spaghetti with Garlicy Marinara & Soy Chorizo with Peppers

Okay. As I have established on my social media, I don’t care for cooking – however, I am good at it. It just doesn’t bring me joy. I don’t even like cooking shows or hearing people talk about what they

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#GroceryGrooming: 5 Ways to Stay Beautified with Everyday Kitchen Items

These days are challenging for everyone. Not only are we worried about our health, wealth, work, families, friends and future – but, a lot of us are facing frustration that our beauty and grooming appointments have been put on indefinite

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My 3 Favorite YouTube Workouts For At-Home Fitness

Some of you may know, pre-Coronavirus – I was a gym rat. It was never that I loved working out, but rather I enjoyed the benefits. Anyways, now that we are facing a pandemic and gyms are shut down, it’s

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Stop Playing Yourself & Start Meditating Now!

Many of the most famous and successful people meditate daily. It’s free, it’s easy, you can do it almost anywhere and the benefits are astounding. So…why aren’t you doing it yet? I’ve been meditating every morning for 4 years now

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5 Toilet Paper Alternatives to Cover Your Butt in a Crisis!

Unless your Jared Leto, everyone in the world is aware of COVID-19 (aka “Coronavirus”). Aside from the natural worries of our health, economy and food supply – we are also now facing real shortages of toilet paper. Whether people stocked

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#BeautyTipTuesday: Easy Home-Made Turmeric Face Mask for Acne and Dark Spots

  As you probably know, I am all about all eating natural ingredients that Mother Nature has provided us. That interest doesn’t stop at my diet, it continues into home cleaning and also beauty. After all, your skin is the

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Vegan Vittles: Comfort Vegan Food at Organic Grill in NYC’s East Village

I’m kicking off  “Vegan Vittles” with shares from all the vegan eateries I enjoy. Here we go… A couple of weeks ago I finally dined at the famed, vegan Organic Grill in New York City’s East Village. I can’t believe

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