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Black-on-Black Crime is Not the Issue Here
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The past couple of weeks have been extremely hard for me and many of us, as the drama in Ferguson, MO, has left us feeling worn, confused and maybe even a bit helpless. Yet despite those feelings, there are thousands of men and women who are marching the streets of... Read More...

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Listen to These Voices: Why We Shouldn’t be Afraid of Ferguson
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I don’t know how to write this article and not have it sound like every other article since the Trayvon Martin shooting. Or since Marissa couldn’t “stand her ground”. Or since the reporting statistics never discuss white-on-white violence because, duh, racism. I don’t know how to write about this and... Read More...

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“Purge-uson”, Missouri: Martial Law & No Order
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Ferguson, MI – Several cities in these United States have been deemed war-like zones. "Chiraq" and "Killadelphia" come to mind immediately, but Ferguson is the latest to join the list. With each day turning up new allegations in the Mike Brown shooting, tensions returned at an all-time high. At this... Read More...

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UR Book Club: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
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Emily Dickenson famously called for literature, poems and words to “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” The Night Guest by Australian writer Fiona McFarlane does just that. In her debut novel, McFarlane creatively uses her tale to navigate the mysterious waters of aging memories and the ties of... Read More...

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Ask An Urban Romantic
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Here at Urban Romance Online, our aim is to help you style your life—that is, to live your best life while conquering the urban jungles we all love so much. To help you pull it together when life gets to be too much, we offer Ask An Urban Romantic—an advice segment for... Read More...

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UR Book Club: California by Edan Lepucki
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Edan Lepucki’s first novel, California, joins the ranks of a long and successful list of post-apocalyptic popular fiction. It’s a fast and exciting read laced with a twinge of unsettling realism, although it never quite manages to be the clever and incisive book it wants to be. The story of how... Read More...

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UR Recipes: Spice Up Your Summer Salads
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Who says salads have to consist of the usual lettuce, tomato and croutons? These unique and flavorful salad recipes are great for any summertime event and can serve as the main course or a cool side dish. Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad Ingredients 3 pounds unpeeled, cooked large shrimp 1 large red onion, sliced 1 red bell... Read More...

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Keke Palmer to Play First Black Cinderella on Broadway
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It's safe to say Keke Palmer is having a great year. Being the youngest person to ever have her own talk show wasn't enough. Now, the young actress is set to star in "Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" on Broadway. Palmer announced the news in an excited tweet: "I’m sooooo excited to... Read More...

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3 Tips to Help Protect Your Hair from Chlorine Damage
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Summer is in full swing! Most of us are racing to the beach or spending afternoons mingling with family and friends by the pool. However, many of us tend to shy away from fully enjoying the pool because of chlorine and its effects on the mane. Chlorine’s main purpose is to keep... Read More...

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Eric Garner and the Modern Day Lynch Mob
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“I don't see any American Dream; I see an American Nightmare.” - Malcolm X. Living as a black man in society, in many ways, echoes the remnants of former slave and black codes of the antebellum and postbellum south. Although these codes technically no longer exist, in particular circles, black people... Read More...

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Ring the Alarm: Philly’s Summer Hot Spots
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I have to admit I am one of those people who tends to miss out on the great places my hometown has to offer, even when they are sitting right under my nose. But so as to not stand by idly and let others like myself end up late to... Read More...

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UR Book Club: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
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Trashy paperbacks tend to dominate the summer beach-reads market, and there’s definitely a time and place for those books, but sometimes you just want something a bit more literary. Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado gives the best of both worlds: a classic American novel that’s every bit as fun to... Read More...

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Film and Television: Are We Done With Comedy?
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The type of movies I most associate with my younger years, in the mid ‘90s and early ‘00s, are comedies. Not just movies that were funny, but movies whose sole purpose was telling jokes and performing skits while the overarching plot sort of slipped by. The actors would cop some ridiculously... Read More...

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Shoe Craze: New Balance Sneakers Inspired by 'The Catcher in the Rye'
Comments (0) UR Men, UR Style

Anyone who truly knows me knows I have a soft spot for New Balance sneakers. So when I saw the new M1400HB style, I pretty much jumped out of my seat. The sneakers are part of New Balance’s new series that pays tribute to classic American literature, and this pair is dedicated... Read More...

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What is Beauty? Wise Words From Ebony Magazine's Melanie Yvette Martin
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Ebony.com Associate Beauty and Style Editor Melanie Yvette Martin shared her personal and professional journey with us at July’s Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series event. Host and interviewer Syreeta Martin of Sincerely Syreeta asked the provocative and engaging questions that kept the audience riveted, over vegan food prepared by... Read More...

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Bank Bust vs. It's A Must
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Move over leopard; python is in it to win it this season! The good weather is still on our side, so we at the Urban Romance Style department are keeping our pedis fresh and our tootsies out. Just like leopard print, python is a sexy neutral, great for updating your shoe wardrobe. Monsieur Christian... Read More...

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Celebrate National Lipstick Day With an Orange Pout
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We're loving bold lips this season and an orange lip color is the perfect poolside pop of color for this National Lipstick Day. Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Purty Persimmon. At just $2, this is a great place to start if you want to try the orange lip trend. Why... Read More...

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UR Style Profile: Mariel Haenn
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Name: Mariel Haenn Hometown: New York City Client List: Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Solange Knowles, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Pharrell Williams—just to name a few. If you've ever perused a "best dressed" list for an MTV Video Music Award or Grammy red carpet, there is a strong possibility that you've... Read More...

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UR Scene: Red Red Wine Bar
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It's pretty safe to say that I'll drive from point A to Timbuktu for a good time. Great eats, stylish urbanites, and cocktails are all a part of the package deal and thanks to Red Red Wine in Annapolis, Maryland, I didn't have to sacrifice any of those essentials. On a... Read More...

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DIY with Francesca: What's the Tea?
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Tea and tea tree oil are natural, inexpensive and versatile solutions for many problems, from head to toe. Let’s review all the major benefits of a daily “tea time.” There are major health benefits to consuming tea, if you're willing to kick your daily coffee habit. Wake up in the morning... Read More...

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The Cheese Does Not Stand Alone: FDA Withdraws Wooden Board Ruling
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Social media has been used to draw crowds to parties, to unite protesters that topple governments, and now, to keep the American artisan cheese industry from melting. As a fan of good cheese, I’m very happy to hear that the Food and Drug Administration has backed down from its recent... Read More...

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UR Recipes: Strawberry Bruschetta
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this tasty treat! This strawberry bruschetta recipe can be served as an appetizer or dessert. Either way, prepare for your guests to become obsessed with this recipe. Ingredients 4 thick slices whole wheat bread 6 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 2 teaspoons lemon juice 3 cups sliced... Read More...

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Home Style: OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington®
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You know that much-loved OPI color you beg your manicurist to keep in stock? Now you can surround yourself in your favorite color with OPI paint for the home.   Ace Hardware and OPI have teamed up to make OPI's most popular colors available for the home with an exclusive color palette by... Read More...

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Karl Lagerfeld x Barbie
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Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld to design his own Barbie... Just when you thought Barbie couldn't get any more fabulous, Mattel Inc. has decided to team up with iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld to create a limited edition “Barbie Lagerfeld” doll. Though no official release date has been announced, the doll is... Read More...

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