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UR Beauty Bag: NY Fashion Week Edition, Part 1
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What better way to begin our fall UR Beauty Bag fun than with Fashion Week essentials? This four-part series includes multi-use beauty tools—used by professional makeup artists during Fashion Week—that you'll want to add to your beauty toolkit this season and beyond. Fluffy Blending Brush The fluffy blending brush is used to buff... Read More...

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UR Style File: Crop Tops, From Casual to Dressy
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Summer is nearing its end, but that doesn't mean you have to put your skin-baring ensembles into the abyss that is the back of your closet just yet. One trend, resurfaced from the glory days of the 90s, that has taken spring and summer style by storm this year is the... Read More...

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Opinion: Why We Should Refrain from Calling Ourselves Poor
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For many Millennials it has become in vogue to make light of one's financial situation by referring to oneself as “poor”. I have been guilty of this on many occasions, but it’s starting to become a pet peeve of mine. The reality is, while the entire world's economy is struggling,... Read More...

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Laughter and Lament: The Link Between Depression and Comedy
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You know that one friend of yours? The funny one? The person who’s always cracking jokes, trying out impressions, and in general is just a hoot to be around. The one exception to that person’s neverending chucklefest is when a switch gets flipped somewhere and they withdraw. Maybe they start... Read More...

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DIY with Francesca: When Life Gives You Lemons, Part 1
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No need for a sour face. These lemon tips are as sweet as they come! The lemon is an amazing little fruit jam-packed with great vitamins; immunity boosting properties; and hair, face and body benefits. Let's start from top to bottom with some fresh-squeezed tips. Hair When life gives you lemons, put them... Read More...

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Black-on-Black Crime is Not the Issue Here
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The past couple of weeks have been extremely hard for me and many of us, as the drama in Ferguson, MO, has left us feeling worn, confused and maybe even a bit helpless. Yet despite those feelings, there are thousands of men and women who are marching the streets of... Read More...

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Listen to These Voices: Why We Shouldn’t be Afraid of Ferguson
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I don’t know how to write this article and not have it sound like every other article since the Trayvon Martin shooting. Or since Marissa couldn’t “stand her ground”. Or since the reporting statistics never discuss white-on-white violence because, duh, racism. I don’t know how to write about this and... Read More...

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“Purge-uson”, Missouri: Martial Law & No Order
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Ferguson, MO – Several cities in these United States have been deemed war-like zones. "Chiraq" and "Killadelphia" come to mind immediately, but Ferguson is the latest to join the list. With each day turning up new allegations in the Mike Brown shooting, tensions returned at an all-time high. At this... Read More...

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UR Book Club: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
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Emily Dickenson famously called for literature, poems and words to “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” The Night Guest by Australian writer Fiona McFarlane does just that. In her debut novel, McFarlane creatively uses her tale to navigate the mysterious waters of aging memories and the ties of... Read More...

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Ask An Urban Romantic
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Here at Urban Romance Online, our aim is to help you style your life—that is, to live your best life while conquering the urban jungles we all love so much. To help you pull it together when life gets to be too much, we offer Ask An Urban Romantic—an advice segment for... Read More...

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UR Book Club: California by Edan Lepucki
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Edan Lepucki’s first novel, California, joins the ranks of a long and successful list of post-apocalyptic popular fiction. It’s a fast and exciting read laced with a twinge of unsettling realism, although it never quite manages to be the clever and incisive book it wants to be. The story of how... Read More...

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UR Recipes: Spice Up Your Summer Salads
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Who says salads have to consist of the usual lettuce, tomato and croutons? These unique and flavorful salad recipes are great for any summertime event and can serve as the main course or a cool side dish. Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad Ingredients 3 pounds unpeeled, cooked large shrimp 1 large red onion, sliced 1 red bell... Read More...

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Keke Palmer to Play First Black Cinderella on Broadway
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It's safe to say Keke Palmer is having a great year. Being the youngest person to ever have her own talk show wasn't enough. Now, the young actress is set to star in "Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" on Broadway. Palmer announced the news in an excited tweet: "I’m sooooo excited to... Read More...

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3 Tips to Help Protect Your Hair from Chlorine Damage
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Summer is in full swing! Most of us are racing to the beach or spending afternoons mingling with family and friends by the pool. However, many of us tend to shy away from fully enjoying the pool because of chlorine and its effects on the mane. Chlorine’s main purpose is to keep... Read More...

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Eric Garner and the Modern Day Lynch Mob
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“I don't see any American Dream; I see an American Nightmare.” - Malcolm X. Living as a black man in society, in many ways, echoes the remnants of former slave and black codes of the antebellum and postbellum south. Although these codes technically no longer exist, in particular circles, black people... Read More...

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Ring the Alarm: Philly’s Summer Hot Spots
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I have to admit I am one of those people who tends to miss out on the great places my hometown has to offer, even when they are sitting right under my nose. But so as to not stand by idly and let others like myself end up late to... Read More...

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UR Book Club: The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
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Trashy paperbacks tend to dominate the summer beach-reads market, and there’s definitely a time and place for those books, but sometimes you just want something a bit more literary. Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado gives the best of both worlds: a classic American novel that’s every bit as fun to... Read More...

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Film and Television: Are We Done With Comedy?
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The type of movies I most associate with my younger years, in the mid ‘90s and early ‘00s, are comedies. Not just movies that were funny, but movies whose sole purpose was telling jokes and performing skits while the overarching plot sort of slipped by. The actors would cop some ridiculously... Read More...

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Shoe Craze: New Balance Sneakers Inspired by 'The Catcher in the Rye'
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Anyone who truly knows me knows I have a soft spot for New Balance sneakers. So when I saw the new M1400HB style, I pretty much jumped out of my seat. The sneakers are part of New Balance’s new series that pays tribute to classic American literature, and this pair is dedicated... Read More...

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What is Beauty? Wise Words From Ebony Magazine's Melanie Yvette Martin
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Ebony.com Associate Beauty and Style Editor Melanie Yvette Martin shared her personal and professional journey with us at July’s Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series event. Host and interviewer Syreeta Martin of Sincerely Syreeta asked the provocative and engaging questions that kept the audience riveted, over vegan food prepared by... Read More...

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Bank Bust vs. It's A Must
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Move over leopard; python is in it to win it this season! The good weather is still on our side, so we at the Urban Romance Style department are keeping our pedis fresh and our tootsies out. Just like leopard print, python is a sexy neutral, great for updating your shoe wardrobe. Monsieur Christian... Read More...

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Celebrate National Lipstick Day With an Orange Pout
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We're loving bold lips this season and an orange lip color is the perfect poolside pop of color for this National Lipstick Day. Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Purty Persimmon. At just $2, this is a great place to start if you want to try the orange lip trend. Why... Read More...

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UR Style Profile: Mariel Haenn
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Name: Mariel Haenn Hometown: New York City Client List: Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Solange Knowles, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Pharrell Williams—just to name a few. If you've ever perused a "best dressed" list for an MTV Video Music Award or Grammy red carpet, there is a strong possibility that you've... Read More...

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UR Scene: Red Red Wine Bar
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It's pretty safe to say that I'll drive from point A to Timbuktu for a good time. Great eats, stylish urbanites, and cocktails are all a part of the package deal and thanks to Red Red Wine in Annapolis, Maryland, I didn't have to sacrifice any of those essentials. On a... Read More...

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