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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 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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A Road Back Home: #BringBackOurGirls One Year Later
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April 14 marked the one-year anniversary of the largest abduction seen in history. Over a year ago and counting, well over 200 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped from their school in Uganda by radical Islamist group Boko Haram. This archaic tactic of raiding villages and kidnapping young women and girls... Read More...

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The New Mid-Twenties, Part 9: Barely There, A Natural At Faking It
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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 8 here. Or, start reading from the beginning here. The next morning I woke up wondering if it was all real. Was my father... Read More...

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Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People
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Time magazine released its "100 Most Influential People" list for 2015 with Kanye West topping this year's list. In addition to West, ballerina Misty Copeland, actor Bradley Cooper, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and journalist Jorge Ramos each have one of this year's five Time covers. The list is divided into five categories: Titans,... Read More...

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TGIF:
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Those who consider 4/20 a legit national holiday have good reason to take off work that day and go to the movies. The 20th anniversary of Friday is April 26 and to celebrate the hood classic, 400 theaters will show a special director's cut of Friday on 4/20. Friday Straight Up, a featurette of cast... Read More...

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Chicago Politicians Annoyed Over Title of Spike Lee's Movie
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not loving the fact that Spike Lee has titled his upcoming film project Chiraq. The film will focus on Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, one of the city's most violent areas. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke with Lee, expressing his dislike for Lee's choice... Read More...

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A Clinton for President Again?
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High-waisted Levis, platform shoes, and crop tops are in. Subjects like police brutality, terrorism, and climate change are hot in the news. Voters are discussing the virtues of Clinton versus Bush for president. Is this 2015, or is it the 90s all over again? Of course, the Clinton in question now is Hillary, who surprised... Read More...

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Is There Too Much Arsenic in Your Wine?
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“Drink responsibly”—that’s what mama always said. And I thought I was: my favorite red wine is good for your heart. Consuming one four-ounce glass of red on average daily is supposed to be a part of a healthy lifestyle, right? Except when doing means being exposed to dangerous levels of... Read More...

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UR Book Club: L.A. Times Festival of Books
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When you hear the words “book festival,” a few basics probably come to mind: books, people talking about books, and more books. Of course, that's not entirely true for the L.A. Times Festival of Books, which is about much more than uniting those who love books with those who create... Read More...

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UR Trends: How to Wear This Season's Wrap Coat
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It was all about the oversized trench coat last season. Now that spring is upon us, it's time for a fresh look at wrap coats and why you'll want to pick up a couple. This season is all about taking a cooler approach with your look. Pastels and rich but subdued... Read More...

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The Gospel According to Jeezy: Will Trap-Inspired Gospel Music Be A Thing?
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Trap music's circle of influence came up a few notches when gospel music artist Erica Campbell dropped her new single "I Luh God". The Grammy winner, and former member of the gospel duo Mary Mary, ruffled a few feathers with the track from her latest album Help 2.0—a track Campbell says is... Read More...

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The New Mid-Twenties, Part 8: How Many Feet in a Kilometer?
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 7 here. Or, start reading from the beginning here. I didn't have a lot of time to worry about the crazy coffee shop moment, because... Read More...

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UR Opinion: Why Are We Still Talking About Festival Style?
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It happens like clockwork every year. Before spring is even fully upon us, magazines, fashion bloggers, and retail outlets start hyping up “festival style”: the perennial mix of things like fringe, lace, and cutoff shorts that’s ubiquitous during festival season, from Coachella to Burning Man. The hysteria over festival fashion seems to start... Read More...

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Michelle Obama's Latest Dance Video is Amazing
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At the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, the FLOTUS once again showed that she is the best kind of anti-obesity advocate by proving that being healthy can also be fun. For the fifth anniversary of her "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity, the First Lady hopped onstage... Read More...

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