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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
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Renewal

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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From Mutha's Lips: Janet Jackson's Big Announcement
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Those who still pray to the goddess Janet Jackson received the sign they've been waiting for when she blessed them with a video announcing her return to music. In the video, Jackson's voice levels fluctuate on a computer screen situated in front of a studio soundboard. Though you never see her,... Read More...

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UR Style File: 2015 Billboard Music Awards
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This year's Taylor Swift Billboard Music Awards brought the bold, the beautiful and the downright bizarre to the red carpet. Divas from back in the day like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Celine Dion put in work to prove they "still got it," while Jennifer Lopez slid down the carpet in one of her... Read More...

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Philadelphia: What Happened To Amtrak Train 188?
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An Amtrak Northeast Regional train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, just after 9 p.m. The train was heading to New York from Washington, D.C. when all seven cars came off the tracks, killing eight people and injuring more than 200. Investigators have not said what caused the derailment. However, early reports... Read More...

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Dr. Kanye West Is In The Building [Video]
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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago presented Kanye West with an honorary doctorate degree during the commencement ceremony for the class of 2015. The 37-year-old rapper-producer-designer-college dropout gave a surprisingly light-hearted speech that included a George W.-haha moment and West admitting to feeling nervous about being honored by SAIC. West... Read More...

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UR Home: Give Your Space A Spring Update
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Now is the perfect time to give your home a refresh. If you're on a budget or short on time, no worries. Simple updates with one (or all) of the items listed will give a lot with little effort or strain on your funds.     Slip Covers Slip covers can give off a... Read More...

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UR's Most Stylish Mother-Daughter Duos
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Some time over the past 30 years or so, moms got cool—not just any kind of cool, but super-fly, raid her closet, MILF cool...yeah, we went all the way there. These mother-daughter duos give us coveted style moments and inspire us to keep striving to be wealthy, child-bearing moguls who can... Read More...

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Don’t Fund Me: When Crowdfunding Goes Wrong
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For anyone with big, entrepreneurial dreams, the existence of crowdfunding sites is a blessing. Even for those who have never started a campaign on Kickstarter or GoFundMe, the knowledge that those sites exist is comforting to many millennials and dreamchasers. Asking for funding from friends and strangers now seems normal to... Read More...

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Hey Bro, Do You Have Sh*t In Your Beard?
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Everyone loves a good beard these days, but a recent study is threatening to shit on #beardgang's glory. The study was conducted by a group of microbiologists in New Mexico, who swabbed a number of beards and found the presence of bacteria that "are the kind of things that you find... Read More...

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Philadelphia: Young Women Celebrated At 2015 Girl Code
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The Cupcake Society hosted their 2nd annual Girl Code Project on May 2. Teens and parents were in attendance to support a powerful message against bullying and domestic abuse. One very happy college-bound young lady won a $1,500 scholarship, plus others were honored with awards for their outstanding accomplishments. Actress and model... Read More...

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UR Style File: Met Gala 2015 Recap
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Attendees at this year's Met Gala were tasked with being inspired by the China: Through The Looking Glass theme without totally engaging in cultural appropriation antics. Surprisingly, no lines were crossed. There was high-fashion kitsch from the usual suspects—Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Solange and Lady Gaga—while others like Gabrielle Union and Taraji P.... Read More...

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Floyd Mayweather Defeats Manny Pacquiao in Big Las Vegas Fight
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It took five years of buildup, and for a while, boxing fans wondered if they would ever see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao go toe to toe. The much anticipated Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight happened last night in Las Vegas. As predicted and bet on by many, Mayweather walked away... Read More...

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UR Men: Must-Have Sneakers
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Even if sneakers aren't your thing, every urban gent needs casual footwear to get him through the warm-weather seasons. With the fashion and style gods on our side, finding the best sneaker to fit your personal style is now a breeze. Options come in modern shapes, fresh colors, and mixed textures... Read More...

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UR Opinion: Freddie Gray and Justified Rioting
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Violence begets violence. For all that people decry the riots in Baltimore, the truth is that the reaction to Freddie Gray’s death, riots and all, shows that we’re still human. Somebody died in a brutal, horrific way that should be reserved for Stephen King novels and thriller movies. His spine was fucking... Read More...

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Baltimore Gangs: We Are Not Uniting To Kill Cops
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It's sad that it took the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray to get rival Baltimore gangs to put their beef aside and unite in peace, but that's exactly what happened in the midst of protests ignited by the unexplained,  life-ending spinal injury Gray sustained while in police custody. When it was... Read More...

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Ava DuVernay Has Her Own Barbie Doll
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Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay had a Barbie doll created in her honor. The doll is part of Mattel's "Shero" collection—a set of dolls modeled after "female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere." Other Sheroes being honored include actors Kristen Chenoweth and Emmy Rossum, Lucky... Read More...

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Jay Z Wants You To Know Tidal Is Doing Fine
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He doesn't tweet often, but Jay Z let off a string of tweets over the weekend, aimed at the Tidal haters. Jay Z defended Tidal against critics who claim the streaming music service may be in peril just one month after launching. "Tidal is doing just fine," Jay Z said.... Read More...

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Brandy Norwood + Kelly Rowland Get Shows On BET
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BET has Brandy Norwood and Kelly Rowland on deck for two new programs. Norwood landed the starring role in Zoe Moon, a romantic comedy on which she plays a single mother and career woman trying to keep it all together. The 36-year-old actress is herself a single mother of one daughter.... Read More...

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UR Trends: Spring's Leather Skirt
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I've always loved a good leather moment and lately I've been transitioning my love of leather into this season by adding softer hues to fall in line with spring's cool vibe. But it doesn't have to be all about pastels and neutrals. A leather mini skirt in a popping red or... Read More...

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Self-ish: How to Inspire Self-Validation
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Personal development is a lifelong journey, forever challenging, yet wonderful in its own right. At some point in time, you will feel the need to "find yourself" and gain deeper understanding of who you are and where you're headed in life. How does one find herself and avoid midlife crash... Read More...

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The Talk: Time to Tell The Kids About The Police
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Last Christmas I took my stepsons, Henry and Glenn, for a special trip to downtown Philadelphia. Glenn and Henry are two sweet boys who love cartoons, French fries and strawberry milk. They prefer running to walking. They still think that if they jump off the couch they will not ever... Read More...

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Philadelphia: Cupcake Society Hosts Girl Code 2015
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For many young women, self-esteem can plummet around age 12 and may not fully rebound until around age 20. Puberty can hinder a young woman’s self-perception and those “awkward years” can be confusing. Among high school females, 44 percent are attempting to lose weight for one reason or another, and over 70... Read More...

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Why Earth Day Should Be Every Day
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Today is Earth Day, which means lots of people are checking out eco-friendly retailers and posting their favorite selfies from their last hiking trip. Getting in on the fun is great, but this year, there’s an undercurrent of seriousness to the event. Between California’s ceaseless drought, climate change making the seasons... Read More...

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