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Guess Who's NOT Coming to Dinner: Relationship Compromise on Thanksgiving
Comments (0) UR Men, UR Renewal

As someone who has been in a committed relationship for a few years, I have decided to give Thanksgiving’s mandatory holiday coupleness the big F U. That’s not to say that I haven’t on more than one occasion had that yearly battle with my guy about Thanksgiving. You know, the... Read More...

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Cool Cooks: Raoul Bryant Shares His
Comments (1) UR Men, UR Recipes

Raoul Bryant is a 32-year-old Harlem native who conquered the kitchen as a way of saving money. Now his DrinkCakes are earning him props among sippers, dessert lovers, and the grandmother who mentored him. With four years in the cooking game, Bryant has developed a passion for delivering what he describes... Read More...

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Culinary Cannabis: Marijuana Lunch Truck Could Be Coming to Your City
Comments (2) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Recipes

Now that the food truck is as commonplace as Starbucks, food truckers have had to think of inventive ways to stay on top. One Seattle-based company has decided to take the food truck experience to the next level by giving it a green boost. When Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for... Read More...

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Hunger is No Game: The Food Crisis in America
Comments (0) UR Affairs

America is having a major foodie moment right now. You can’t blink without seeing a new food trend pop up or a new restaurant open in a neighborhood near you. But as fun as it is to linger on restaurant reviews and new twists on recipes, we also need to... Read More...

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Could Your Guy Be in the Closet?
Comments (1) UR Men, UR Renewal

Before a video of a Church of God in Christ (COGIC) man went viral online last week, a friend brought another YouTube video to my attention. In this video, the topic “Your Boyfriend is Gay” is expressed by Essex Alexander, a relationship vlogger and straight man. He starts by pointing out... Read More...

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Hair Raising: 3 Foods Guaranteed to Give You Healthy Hair
Comments (0) UR Beauty

Frigid temps are in full swing on the East Coast, which can definitely do a number on your hair. The colder weather may also put you in the mood for comfort foods that keep you feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside. While you’re indulging in some of your favorites,... Read More...

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Thug Kitchen: Clever or Culturally Exploitative?
Comments (1) UR Book Club, UR Kaleidoscope

Thug Kitchen started off as a food blog that soon catapulted into an online empire with the release of the cookbook, Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. It was all good until it was revealed that the people behind the Thug Kitchen brand were Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway, a white couple... Read More...

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Wedding Bells: Solange's Ultra-Cool Wedding
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Style

Solange Knowles tied the knot this past weekend in a wedding that can only be described as quintessentially Solange—chic, modern and heavy on hipster cool. The 28-year-old singer and DJ married her longtime beau, 51-year-old music video director Alan Ferguson, in New Orleans in front of family and close friends. The... Read More...

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Politics as Usual: Can You Spot the SPOT (Stupid Politician Over There)?
Comments (2) UR Affairs

I recently had the tremendous honor of being in the presence of President Barack Obama at an event where he wanted to show support for a fellow Democrat running for office. I mean, what candidate running for any office wouldn't want the president to come out and support him? You... Read More...

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UR Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Comments (2) UR Book Club

Known in the mainstream for her commentary on feminism during a break in Beyoncé’s single “Flawless,” novelist and fashion lover Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah provides a mountain-top view of many worlds. Among other accolades, Americanah, Adichie's third published novel, was selected by the New York Times as one of “The 10... Read More...

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Militarization, Police Brutality, and the Trial of Emily Yates
Comments (5) UR Affairs

Emily Yates, an Iraq war veteran, anti-war protester, and Oakland, CA-based musician, went to trial in federal court last Thursday for alleged assault. Although accused of assaulting police officers, a video of the incident makes it patently clear that Yates was the one being assaulted when she was violently arrested... Read More...

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This Isn’t Over: The Aftermath of Ray Rice and NFL Violence
Comments (0) UR Affairs, UR Renewal

The news hits, and for a while we are outraged, intrigued, ready to riot and change the world, end all the violence and stand up for our rights. Then a new story launches and we forget. We go back to our lives, uninfluenced, unchanged. There are a few who never notice... Read More...

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UR Style File: Camouflage
Comments (0) UR Men, UR Style

From the military to the backs of anti-war protesters to fashion runways across the globe, camouflage has evolved into a wardrobe staple as relevant as denim. Once limited to the world of urban street style, camouflage can work for just about any occasion. See how to keep your look fresh... Read More...

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Happy Halloween: Last-Minute Costumes for Those Who Really Don't Give a Shit
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope

If you're one of those people who enjoys the festivity of Halloween, but couldn't care less about the costume aspect of the holiday, you're in luck. We've scoured the Web looking for some very simple yet still creative costumes that'll get you into the good Halloween parties and help you... Read More...

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Helping People or Helping Companies Sit Pretty in Pink?
Comments (0) UR Renewal

The old idiom “in the pink” means to be in good health, so it stands to reason that pink would be the color used to dress the public fight for better health for women and men with breast cancer. But is this color, and the ideal behind it, associated with... Read More...

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Why Shoot the Messenger? Charles Barkley on Race in America
Comments (1) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Men

The internet, and Black people in particular, was set ablaze by retired NBA player and sports commentator Charles Barkley last Thursday. Barkley's very candid interview with radio host Anthony Gargano left a strong distaste on the mental palates of some folks. A known facilitator of non-politically correct opinions, Barkley publicly outed... Read More...

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The Backpack Generation and the Evolution of Hip Hop
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope

A round of applause is in order for the conscious rappers, urban hippies, and underground backpackers that transposed their ideals and lyrical taste onto our impressionable youth. For years it's seemed as though future generations were doomed to a legacy of crass lyrics and misogynistic rhymes accompanied by raunchy videos of... Read More...

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Work Struggle: Close Quarters with the Coworker from Hell
Comments (4) UR Renewal

We've all come across a coworker who doesn't seem to understand the concept of boundaries. UR contributor Aisha Boyd had to ditch office pleasantries with an overbearing coworker for the sake of her own sanity... As I am writing this, my co-worker is hawking down my back, waiting for me to... Read More...

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Mommy Dearest: Why Can't Some Mothers Stay in Their Lane?
Comments (1) UR Kaleidoscope

The Hollywood cast of Love & Hip Hop is acting up and exposing all their dirty laundry to ensure some leverage for season two negotiations. Of course, no season of Love & Hip Hop would be complete without the antics of someone's over-the-top momma, and this season is no different. Following the... Read More...

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Does Anyone Still Care About Getting Married?
Comments (3) UR Renewal, UR Romance

With student loans and low job employment numbers, Millennials have a lot more important things to worry about these days than marriage. However, with the divorce rates high and the marriage rates low, it's a wonder if they care about marriage at all anymore. Earlier this year, Pew Research Center reported... Read More...

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Time to Make Your Next Big Move
Comments (0) UR Renewal

A city rich in culture, music, and food, Philadelphia has been a great place to live and grow up. Everyone I truly love is right here and I went to college just an hour and a half away. Philly is a budding hub for Millennials and young professionals from all... Read More...

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Sarcasm: Orgasm for The Contemptuous
Comments (0) UR Renewal

It’s hard for someone like me—so adept at picking up and serving sarcasm—to think that there are people out there like TV character Sheldon Cooper, head geek on The Big Bang Theory, who don’t get or recognize sarcasm because they’re not in tune with social cues or skilled at the... Read More...

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The November Midterm Elections: What You Need to Know
Comments (0) UR Affairs

You may or may not have noticed, but there is an election coming up. Yes, an important one. The years in which the presidential position isn’t up for grabs often get ignored, but that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. Here’s what’s at stake this year and what it could mean... Read More...

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DIY With Francesca: How to Go Organic, Part 1
Comments (0) UR Home, UR Renewal

Toxic chemicals and GMOs, carcinogens and preservatives, killer ingredients on the loose in our food and our personal care products. The cat’s out of the bag, but what do we as consumers do with all this shit? Let’s break it down and get you started on the track to clean... Read More...

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