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Police Brutality in America: The Big Picture
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A few days ago, LAPD officers were caught on tape attacking and shooting a homeless man. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? It’s not just that this case has eerie similarities to Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and countless other, less high-profile stories of murder by police. It’s... Read More...

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The New Mid-Twenties, Part 3: Jobs and Dogs
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This weekly fiction series, based on actual events, explores what life is like for a twenty-something facing the unique struggles of a millennial world. Get caught up on Part 2 here. A few days later, I was sitting at my old desk applying for jobs online. I filled out the same... Read More...

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UR Mixology: Sweet Winter Drinks to Beat the Cold
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Remember those snow days as a kid where you curled up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate while watching your favorite cartoons? These grown-up drinks will bring back sweet memories, and create some even sweeter ones. Spend your frosty days enjoying one of these sexy treats, alone... Read More...

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The New Mid-Twenties, Part 2: Batta-Bing, Batta-Boom
Comments (0) UR Renewal

This weekly fiction series, based on actual events, explores what life is like for a twenty-something facing the unique struggles of a millennial world. Get caught up on Part 1 here. The sunlight fell through the window and hit my eyes like a laser beam. To be honest, I was scared... Read More...

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#HoodLove Part 2: PDA (Public Displays of Aggravation)
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The latest trend of PDA has social media to thank for its popularity. From the average person to celebs, people are making their relationships and quarrels a matter of public record. So there’s no wondering why when it all goes to shit. After his break with Naya Rivera, Big Sean spun... Read More...

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UR Politics: Who Actually Commits Welfare Fraud?
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You don’t have to believe it’s real to know the stereotype of the inner city “welfare queen”: nails done, nice phone, flatscreen T.V., blah blah blah. Like most stereotypes, it’s idiotic, and it’s also not true. Earlier this year, 30 people were arrested for welfare fraud in Brushton, N.Y. Not only... Read More...

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The New Mid-Twenties, Part 1: Moving Home on Valentine’s Day
UR Renewal

This weekly fiction series, based on actual events, explores what life is like for a twenty-something facing the unique struggles of a millennial world. The minute I exited the aircraft, I knew it was real. This was really happening. The weight of desolation fell hard on my shoulders as I shifted... Read More...

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UR Opinion: Does Fifty Shades of Grey Misrepresent BDSM?
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Renewal

Spoiler alert: Yes, it does. The film adaptation of the absurdly notorious book Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters on February 13. As with the release of most big-budget movies, it's being hailed with a storm of excitement and criticism from armchair critics (and real ones) all across the Internet. But... Read More...

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Scandale: Halle Berry Launches Sexy, Affordable Lingerie Line
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Style

When it comes to sex appeal, Halle Berry has the game on lock. Now, the 48-year-old actress can add designer to her résumé having bought into French lingerie label Scandale Paris, a high-end line of lingerie usually marketed to women who can afford to drop a significant amount of coins... Read More...

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#HoodLove Part 1: Jazmine Sullivan’s Reality Show
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Romance

For those who have been in a winter-induced hibernation or just too busy to keep up with new music, Jazmine Sullivan returned with her sophomore album Reality Show. In it she highlights several relationship woes ranging from falling too deeply in love to the risks she has taken for her... Read More...

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2015 Grammy Awards Recap
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If you were able to make it through the entire three hours of the 57th Grammy Awards, you may have noticed its slow and somber mood. The show was heavy with ballads and message songs, and besides Beck winning the coveted Album of the Year award, there weren't many surprises. The night... Read More...

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It All Depends on God: One Woman's Fight Against an Illusive Disease
Comments (1) UR Renewal

Sabré Ocasio was enjoying success as a model and transitioning into a career as a fashion show producer when she began to suffer from inexplicable headaches and shortness of breath. As these symptoms became more persistent, Ocasio decided to see a neurologist who diagnosed her with a simple case of... Read More...

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Passion Makes Perfect: An Interview with CEO and Entrepreneur Kweighbaye Kotee
Comments (1) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Renewal

As an entrepreneur, creative, and all-around inspiring woman, Kweighbaye Kotee is a true Urban Romantic. After immigrating to the U.S. with her family at a young age, she spent her youth in prestigious schools before discovering a love of filmmaking and founding the Bushwick Film Festival, all while balancing other... Read More...

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Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number?…
Comments (5) UR Renewal, UR Romance

...throwing down ain’t nothing but a thing, this lovin’ I have for you, it’ll never change.   It's the familiar candor of the beautiful R&B songstress Aaliyah that reminds us that underage dating is no new phenomenon. But recent entertainment news has shown us just how much agitation is caused by the... Read More...

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Title IX – Realizing Your Power on Campus
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Trigger Warning – This article contains subject matter relating to sexual assault. I am an employee on a state-funded college campus. I tend to work later in the evenings to help supervise closing procedures for a department. One evening, I was closing down the center I run. A student came to... Read More...

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6 Ways to Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day
Comments (0) UR Renewal, UR Romance

Valentine’s Day: for some reason, the damn thing just keeps happening every year. I wouldn’t say I’m a complete non-romantic, but this saccharine so-called holiday holds absolutely no appeal for me. But since ignoring it doesn’t make it go away (trust me, I’ve tried), here are a few ideas for... Read More...

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Hope and Prayers for Bobbi Kristina
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Family, friends, and fans of the late Whitney Houston are heavy with emotion as the third anniversary of the singer's death approaches. On February 11, 2012, Houston was found unconscious in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was later concluded that she died of accidental... Read More...

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Kevin Hart and His Trademark Happiness
Comments (1) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Renewal

Being happy is an extremely sought-after and valued state of mind. What makes each of us happy is unique. In my line of work, I often come across people who seek their idea of happiness at some great cost and people who are extremely unhappy pretending to be happy to... Read More...

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Artists and the Human Body
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The human body has been of interest to artists ever since we started making art. Some artists explore the beautiful and the sensual, while others delve into death, disease, and dark emotions, but the theme of expressing our experiences with our bodies resonates with everyone. We’ve compiled a list of... Read More...

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What Are the Odds? Newborn Shares New Year's Birthday with Parents
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The chances of a New Year's Day baby being born on the same day as both of her parents are one in 48 million. Despite those odds, baby Autumn Rain Stover was born on January 1—the same birthday as her mother, Qiana Stover, and father, Raheen Stover. Autumn wasn't supposed to... Read More...

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Excuse Me Sir, You Dropped Your Halo
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope

I grew up watching Fat Albert on Saturday mornings. I didn’t think much about Bill Cosby again until he appeared in the popular The Cosby Show. I, along with the rest of America, watched and laughed from 1984 until 1992. Each week, Dr. Huxtable doled out lessons to live by along... Read More...

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Will Idris Elba Pull Off This James Bond Thing?
Comments (1) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Men

The idea of British actor Idris Elba playing James Bond has been on the minds of his fans for some time now. Elba's roles on popular shows like The Wire and Luther have more than proven that he can handle the suave-and-dangerous, man-of-mystery type. Until a recent email hacking at Sony Pictures Entertainment,... Read More...

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Chris Rock Files for Divorce After 19 Years of Marriage
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Comedian Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife of 19 years, Malaak Compton-Rock. Rock's attorney confirmed the news in a statement to People: “Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process... Read More...

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Ring in the New Year With a Perfect Manicure
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I firmly believe that bringing in a new year with fresh nails (and hair for that matter) has a positive effect on the days to come. Even if it doesn't, there's no sense in bringing in a new year with ravaged cuticles and chipped nail polish. Just because I am very... Read More...

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