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UR Mixology: Freshen Up Your Spring Cocktails
Comments (0) UR Home, UR Recipes

All weather is drinking weather, but spring has finally arrived and it is drinking-outside weather once more, thank god! Since relaxation time is at a premium in the busy life of a city-dweller, don’t spend it searching for specialty ingredients for a 10-step cocktail that requires shaking, stirring, blending, and... Read More...

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UR Shopping Bag: Alexander Wang x H&M
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Designer, Alexander Wang, pulled a Beyoncé move. At midnight on April 13, Wang took to his label's official Instagram account to announce a collaboration between his signature label and fast fashion retailer H&M. The news also hit at this year's Coachella Music Festival where Wang and H&M hosted an event that included Iggy Azalea, Diplo, and Major Lazer. Alexander... Read More...

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UR Style File: The Chic of the Week
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Once again it's on! The week started slowly, but ended strong. This time around, two of our fave celebs were clocked in and ready to slay by hitting us with hot looks more than once... Oh, hey Olivia Munn! You looked so pretty in Reem Acra at the 2014 ACM Awards Alesha... Read More...

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My Love Affair with Yoga: A Tale of Vulnerability
Comments (0) UR Renewal

I can remember when I first started practicing yoga; it was sloppy, difficult, and fucking frustrating. I would look around the class and see all these beautiful women and men transforming their bodies into gorgeously artistic shapes, while my clumsy figure stumbled about and struggled to keep up with the... Read More...

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UR Style File: Rihanna the Fashion Icon
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We've admired Rihanna's style for years and now the CFDA will be honoring the style star with the Fashion Icon Award. The Grammy-winning recording artist, actress, fashion designer, and trendsetter will be acknowledged for her philanthropic achievements with the MAC AIDS Fund’s Viva Glam campaign and her contributions to the fashion industry... Read More...

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UR Beauty: Zoe Saldana Snagged by L'Oréal & Lupita Nyong'o is the New Face of Lancôme
Comments (0) UR Beauty, UR Kaleidoscope

Without a doubt, Zoe Saldana and Lupita Nyong'o are two of the most beautiful women in the world. Now, the silver screen stars join a long list of Hollywood A-list beauties who have landed huge endorsement deals as spokespersons for two of the largest cosmetics brands in the world. Zoe Saldana... Read More...

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UR Style File: The Chic of the Week
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Chic of the Week is back! See which celebs made us want to sit in the front of the class and be present for their style... Somehow, someway our girl RiRi manages to pull off any look. Here she is in a cute sweatsuit and shady braids, making us all want... Read More...

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Pharrell Celebrates His 41st Birthday with SpongeBob-Themed Party
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope

Pharrell Williams has been the man on top for 2014 thus far. The 41-year-old renaissance man threw himself a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed birthday party on Friday night in New York City with many celebrities in attendance, including Q-Tip, Nicky Hilton, and Chanel Iman. Cipriani was transformed into Bikini Bottom—the famous cartoon character’s underwater home. Pharrell and his hat have become quite the item and, of course,... Read More...

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Jazmine Sullivan Returns to Music After Three-Year Hiatus
Comments (1) UR Kaleidoscope

Singer Jazmine Sullivan is back on stage after taking a three-year break from recording. The Philly native took stage at the KOKO Theater in London over the weekend, where she performed hit songs from her first album, Fearless, and a few tracks from her 2010 release, Love Me Back. Sullivan was... Read More...

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UR Style File: Runway Abuja
Comments (0) UR Style, UR Traveler

"The beauty of a woman becomes useless if there is no one to admire it." – African Proverb As the models of Nigeria paraded down the runway, reflecting the hues of the various associated tribes, the lights and cameras, the African drum music beating throughout, and the audience's undivided attention gave... Read More...

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Design Crush: Jan Showers
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Our latest design crush is Jan Showers. We love her understated glamour and that she doesn't follow trends! Jan's chic book, "Glamorous Rooms", is always featured on Pinterest and blogs for her use of rich furniture and textures in everyday homes.   Here are some of our favorite rooms from this inspiring... Read More...

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UR Style File: Pharrell Williams Continues His Fashion Takeover
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Men, UR Style

We all know the musical genius that is Pharrell Williams. He breathes life into his tracks with the blaring presence of an 808, his falsetto singing voice, or his raspy rap voice. His most recent single, ‘Happy’, has everyone and their brother dancing down the street and reciting its feel-good... Read More...

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Self-Made: Women Billionaires in 2014
Comments (0) UR Affairs, UR Kaleidoscope

In their March issue, Forbes magazine gave a run-down of "The Richest People On the Planet 2014". Oprah remains the sole self-made female African American billionaire, but there is much progress to be noted. Of 1,645 people, which unfortunately did not include myself, 138 of these extremely wealthy individuals are... Read More...

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Is “Feminist” Still a Dirty Word?
Comments (0) UR Affairs

Feel free to answer “true or false” honestly to the following statements. No, the results will not be posted to your social media account. You believe in equal pay for equal work. Both women and men are capable of moving a table. Prejudice of any kind relating to gender, age, ethnicity, social class,... Read More...

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Florals for Spring... Groundbreaking?
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"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking!" This infamous sarcastic quote from fictional fashion editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly consumed my thoughts when I began to write this article. Not only is it spring, but printed clothing seems to be all the rave as well. Despite all efforts not to fall victim to this particular trend, I could... Read More...

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Pulling the Weave Over My Eyes: Reality Show Portrayals of Women
Comments (2) UR Kaleidoscope

OMG, did you see that catfight? Her weave was yanked right out. Which show? Um, actually, pretty much any reality show starring women. There was a time when I turned my nose up at reality shows. Nowadays, I have trouble looking myself in the eye in my bathroom mirror—partly because I’m... Read More...

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Behind the Scenes: Beyoncé's Wardrobe Team Gives the Skinny on Her Tour Looks
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Beyoncé's wardrobe stylists give a behind-the-scenes look at her costumes from her world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show. Exciting stuff!

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The Clothes Don’t Make the Feminist
Comments (0) UR Affairs, UR Style

A comic I came across some time ago threw me immediately into seething rage. In the left panel, a sleek, well-dressed young woman was perched in front of a MacBook, martini in hand. In the right panel, a disheveled, frumpy young woman was crouched on the floor over a notebook,... Read More...

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Ask A Boss: Rick Ross Gets an Advice Column
Comments (0) UR Kaleidoscope

Your favorite rappers are making it more and more difficult to keep hip hop in a bubble of hustling and braggadocio. It's not enough that Snoop is out here making brownies with Martha Stewart. Now Rick Ross wants to help you get your life by sharing some bawse advice in his own... Read More...

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Single, Unwed Mothers: Still Taboo?
Comments (13) UR Affairs

Recently, I took up the task of planning a baby shower for my sister. She’s an intelligent young woman pursuing her B.A. in Psychology at Temple University, and at 24 this will be her first child with her long-time boyfriend whom she’s been with since they met in high school.... Read More...

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Kim Kardashian Finally Gets a Vogue Cover (And It's So Good)
Comments (2) UR Kaleidoscope, UR Style

Kanye West's campaign to get his boo Kim on the cover of Vogue was not in vain. After countless rumors, including the one where Anna Wintour hates Kim Kardashian's guts, it's finally happened—Kim Kardashian is on the cover of Vogue. Kardashian shares the cover with her husband-to-be and number one... Read More...

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Gael Brethren: Black People of Irish Descent
Comments (1) UR Affairs, UR Kaleidoscope

The term "Black Irish" is often used in reference to people of Irish descent with black hair and otherwise "dark" features compared to what are considered typical Irish physical characteristics (think Jennifer Connelly or Lara Flynn Boyle). As folks around the world mix and mingle, a present-day definition of Black... Read More...

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29 Ways to Stay Creative
Comments (0) UR Renewal

Creativity in need of a little boost? Check out this video of 29 ways to stay creative courtesy of To-Fu Design: Motion Graphics... [Original words by Paul Zii]

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Careers Over Kids? Women Defying Traditional Roles
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With questions like “Can women really have it all?” perennially on the table, the issue of whether women can cultivate both a career and a family seems far from resolved. I’m not one to tell a fellow woman she can’t do something, and I know there are many who have... Read More...

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