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An Ode to the Men of My Past, Present, and Future As Told By “4:44”

I am the girl whose first introduction into Hip-Hop was sneaking her step-father's copy of Reasonable Doubt in her book bag to play "Dead Presidents II" on her CD player on her way to school.  I am the girl who begged her mother for a pair of S Dot Carters the moment they dropped. I am the girl who in 2004 watched in amazement as Hov tore down Madison Square...

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Summer in the City: A Guide to Finessing an NYC Summer

After a long and cold winter and spring that made many wonder if global warming was going to take away our best season, it's finally here. June 21st marks the first day of the summer solstice—  which means it's time to break out the pum pum shorts, jerseys, and actually make good on all those promises to travel to Brooklyn. It's "officially" spring now so I gotta make right on...

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Lessons From “The Weekend” Girl

If you know me, read my blog, or even listen to my podcast, you know two things about me: My dating life is a series of unfortunate events and I learn things on my time which is a very nice way of saying I'm hard headed. While spending the entire weekend listening to the album that has become the soundtrack to my messy ass life, SZA's CTRL, one track really...

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20 Black Owned Haircare Lines That Deserve Our Coin

In case you missed it, what was once the holy grail of natural hair products, Shea Moisture rolled out a not-so-new promo on Facebook and Twitter. The month old video featured two red headed women and a light skin 3A hair typed woman discussing their self-imposed "hair hate." SheaMoisture is CANCELLED pic.twitter.com/T4Dru1JgAq — NANA JIBRIL 🌙🏳️‍🌈 (@girlswithtoys) April 24, 2017 Now, the issue is not that Shea Moisture has chosen...

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GOOD EATS: The Best Taco Spots to Hit This Valentine’s Day

It's that time of the year again. The aisles of Durane Reade and CVS are filled with an array of pink and red heart shaped candies and oversized teddy bears. You probably have a million and one emails from clothing brands pressuring you to buy the perfect outfit. It is officially Valentine's Day season. Now, whether you have plans to be cuddled up this V-day, having a girl/guys night out,...

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For Girls Who Considered Hot Yoga When The Treadmill Wasn’t Enough

They say summer bodies are made in the winter. But, if you're anything like me, you probably haven't started working out...AT ALL. Working out is one of my least favorite things to do. But, in a time where we could use a mental escape— and let's face it, I'm trying to stunt on the gram in a bikini in Cuba real soon— I've found solace in hot yoga. Hot Yoga...

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Everything I’m Manifesting in 2017…So Far

1. I will get a job that I want, not one I need. Since my time at WatchLOUD is coming to an end, I've been running into many people and companies who want to work, but don't want to pay. While I could easily work for clout, exposure, and a ton of other things that won't pay bills and go back to hustling three paying jobs just to maintain... I...

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Dating in NYC: The Art of Letting Your Guard Down with PSIMDOPE

I'll let you in on a little secret about me: Letting my guard down is one of the hardest things about dating. I struggle with hiding behind this facade of being a "mean girl"— it's my defense mechanism. My resting bitch face —which I've had since 12— works as a gate that protects me from men I've subconsciously weeded out and judged as a "believes." I've convinced myself that my "not with nothing"...

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Dating in NYC: Recognizing the Importance of Self Love with Olivia Jade

Contrary to popular belief, self love and dating go hand in hand. Healthy relationships with others start with a healthy relationship with yourself. I entered 2016 a heartbroken girl fresh from a break up of a relationship that I had based on other people's standards. I entered the relationship extremely self conscious and in so many ways forced my partner to give me the love I should've been giving myself. I was...

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Dating in NYC: Taking a Break from the Grind with Chelsea

In New York, everyone is busy. It seems like everybody has a day job, a night gig or a side hustle and if they don't, they're desperately looking for one. With the constant need to chase money, opportunities, or inspiration, it can be hard to find the time to date or to get to know a person at all. As a firm believer in making time for people and things...

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