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The Science of Sex: UK Teens Design Safer Condoms
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Despite the shade that some members of Generation Y have for today’s teenagers, it’s hard to think of anyone who can’t see the benefit in the latest teenage innovation. Three 13 and 14-year-olds in the UK have come up with a brainchild so good it’s hard for the rest of... Read More...

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No Sleeep: Janet Jackson Drops Sexy New Single
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In May, Janet Jackson surprised fans with a mysterious message promising that she would be back with a new movement that would include new music and a world tour. Mutha kept her word, announcing the North American dates for her Unbreakable World Tour. With the excitement from the tour announcement barely... Read More...

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You Are Regular: Lupe Fiasco's Open Letter To White Supremacy
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Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is known for being outspoken about his religious and political beliefs, never minding any backlash it may bring from detractors. Lupe recently took to his Instagram account to pen an open letter of sorts, not to any one person, but to the concept of white supremacy. The... Read More...

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Proud Papa: UR Fave Dads On Father's Day
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Celebs went into cuteness overload for Father's Day and we were present for all the father-son and daddy-daughter bonding. Check out a few Father's Day flicks from your industry faves... A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jun 21, 2015 at 10:02am PDT The world's coolest dad, Jay Z, treated daughter Blue Ivy... Read More...

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UR Men: Father's Day Gift Ideas Any Dad Will Appreciate
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Ties may never go out of style, but they are a bit too buttoned-up of a gift for many cool dads. Loosen up your gift ideas this Father’s Day for the man in your life. Whether you’re buying for your own father or your husband or boyfriend, gift him with... Read More...

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Golden State Warriors Win 2015 NBA Title
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The Golden State Warriors won their first NBA title in 40 years, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in game six. Cleveland's prodigal son LeBron James gave it his best, playing with little help from his team, especially by NBA Finals standards. The self-proclaimed "best player in the world" finished the game... Read More...

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Jhene Aiko Remembers Tupac Shakur
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Jhene Aiko was still just a babe when Tupac Shakur died, but that doesn't mean little 8-year-old Jhene was too young to feel the late rapper-actor's influence. In a recent interview with MTV News, Aiko recalls, "I was born in ’88, so when ’Pac was at his prime, I was still a toddler,... Read More...

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The Curious Case Of Rachel Dolezal
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Of all the insufferable instances of cultural misappropriation endured, none of them is more strange than what Rachel Dolezal has given us. One day we were all justifiably pissed off about cops acting like savages at a child's pool party in McKinney, Texas, when out of nowhere, a white woman in... Read More...

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UR Trends: Man-Bun Mania
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I've never been into long hair on guys. Not that I've never seen it work (Oh hey, Jason Momoa), but when it comes to men's hair, I prefer a clean, low-maintenance approach. I was so underwhelmed when braids were the big hair trend for men in the early 2000s. With the... Read More...

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Bright Idea: Akon Initiative To Bring Electricity To Millions In Africa
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Senegalese-American singer-producer, Akon, announced the launch of Akon Lighting Africa this past Thursday at the United Nations Sustainable Energy forum. The institution aims to give African engineers and entrepreneurs skills that will help them develop solar-powered electricity systems. If all goes according to plan, the "Solar Institute" could bring electricity to some of... Read More...

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UR Men: Would You Take Her Last Name?
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Zoe Saldana's husband wants the world to know that Zoe is his equal and to prove it, he's decided to take her last name. Zoe and 36-year-old artist Marco Saldana (né Perego) married two years ago in a secret ceremony. It was then that Marco decided to buck tradition and take... Read More...

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D.C. Yuppies: Web Series Newcomer Explores Buppie Life in Washington, D.C.
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I met Brandon Hairston last year while in New York City with Cammay Gray for the American Black Film Festival. We discovered that we, along with a handful of other festival attendees, were given shady information as to where the main festivities were taking place. Once we figured out where we... Read More...

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Reigning Men: Pharrell Williams, Shayne Oliver & Tom Ford Win Big At CFDA Awards
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The 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards were held in New York City on Monday in celebration of the best in American fashion. This year's CFDA Awards recognized Pharrell Williams, Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air and Tom Ford—three men who have proven themselves to be the 21... Read More...

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5 Autobiographies Every Urban Man Should Read
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When I was in 7th grade, I had an assignment to create an autobiography. I remember my mom and I poring over the first 12 years of my life, which was mostly photos of me as a baby, photos of me from various dance recitals and photos of me on... Read More...

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Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris is riding the wave of small-screen success all the way to the box office. Sony has pulled Barris to pen the script for a movie adaptation of the 70s sitcom Good Times. Barris' groundbreaking show about an upper-middle-class African-American family, whose only real struggle is maintaining the family's blackness, is in stark... Read More...

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Breaking Barriers: Taraji P. Henson Is The Critics' Choice
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For the first time in the history of the Critics' Choice Television Awards, a black actress has taken home the award for best actress in a drama series. The coveted award went to Empire's Taraji P. Henson, for her role as 'hood matriarch Cookie Lyons. Henson thanked Fox for being bold enough to... Read More...

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#TurnupTuesday: Lil' Mama Drops The Summer BBQ Banger [Video]
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Leave it to Lil' Mama to give us some extra-catchy shit we can act up to this summer. Last week the "Lipgloss" rapper released "Sausage," a high-energy song "inspired by" the Internet-famous #SausageMovement created by Miami student Mathew Belamy. Lil' Mama's "Sausage" is quite literal in that it takes pieces from just... Read More...

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Former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writer-performers, Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, have created a comedy series that has just been picked up by HBO. The Lorne Michaels-produced Brothers In Atlanta tells the story of struggling best friends and entertainers "trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta." The pilot episode stars Maya... Read More...

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Rza To Direct Film Starring Azealia Banks
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Wu-Tang Clan's Rza will direct Coco, a come-up tale set in Brooklyn, starring controversial rapper Azealia Banks as the title character. The feature-film role will be the first for 24-year-old Banks, who dropped the critically-acclaimed album Broke With Expensive Taste last November, but is perhaps best known for her epic Twitter feuds with... Read More...

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Hello World: Meet Caitlyn Jenner
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The athlete and one-time Wheaties cover model known as Bruce Jenner will now and forever be known as Caitlyn. Bruce spoke with Diane Sawyer in a candid interview about how he's lived his entire life feeling as if he were a woman trapped in a man's body. Those days are gone; the... Read More...

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Congratulations: Kimye Pregnant With Baby No. 2
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Congratulations are in order. After almost two years of trying and several weeks of speculation, Kim Kardashian West has confirmed that she is pregnant with her second child with hubby Kanye West. Kim's difficulty getting pregnant was well-documented on this season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. In next season's preview... Read More...

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Rest In Peace: Beau Biden Dies At Age 46
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Joseph "Beau" Biden III, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday at the age of 46. Biden was treated for brain cancer in 2013, but was given a clean bill of health after undergoing surgery. The cancer returned this spring. CNN reports that Biden died Saturday evening, surrounded by family. Biden was... Read More...

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UR Trends: Pretty Pastel Nails
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Put the dark, vampy nails on ice for a bit and get into soft, flirty pastel colors. Think lavender, powder blue and cotton candy pink manicures paired with this season's ultra-feminine styles. Throw on a white body-con t-shirt dress and white sandals and watch how perfectly a mint green mani-pedi pops against that... Read More...

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Eating Clay to Slay: The Bentonite Diet
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We have had the low-carb, no-carb, Atkins, South Beach, grapefruit, protein-rich, portion control, and more—diets promising to strip you of unwanted weight. Weight has been and still is such a huge obsession that it is almost impossible to find someone, even children, who has not had concerns about their weight. The... Read More...

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