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To ‘Loc’ or Not to ‘Loc’: Women Talk the Politics of Hair in Workplace

Getting beyond negative stereotypes of a centuries-old style

Writer Starrene Rhett explores the professional issues related to women wearing dreadlocks in the workplace.


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In 1983 amateur boxer Dewey Bozella was accused and later convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. It took 26 years in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison before his name could be cleared. Now a free man, Bozella, 52, finally got the chance to live out his dream of being a professional fighter when he stepped into the ring on October 14 and went against 30-year-old fighter, Larry Hopkins, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Against all odds, Bozella not only finished the fight but won against an opponent 22 years his junior. The redeemed pugilist ended the evening saying, “Don’t ever give up.” In light of Bozella’s determination and story of redemption, takes a look at seven notable figures that were able to find success despite carrying the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. —Amber McKynzie

7 Celebrities Who Changed Their Lives for the Better After Serving Time

While prison typically is a career killer, these former prisoners still managed to achieve their American dream

After serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit Dewey Bozella achieved his dream…

By Amber McKynzie

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New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham: A Story of Survival & Beating the Odds

Overcoming abuse and abandonment, the inspiring NFL star tackles life head on

Before he was an NFL star Jimmy Graham was an orphan abandoned by his mother…

By Raynard Jackson

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6 Good Things About the Worst Row on an Airplane

When you're flying coach you always have to remember the silver linings

Traveling is already a headache when you’re flying coach, but add in a seat in…

By Caroline Clarke

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The specialized passport sleeve

Bellroy Travel Wallet for the On-the-Go Businessman

Organize all your travel essentials in one convenient billfold

Focused on minimizing space Australia-based Bellroy creates the perfect Travel Wallet. Featuring a passport sleeve,…

By Anslem Samuel

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Supermodel & Businesswoman Tyra Banks Becomes First Fashion Icon To Invest In Through F

WATCH: Tyra Banks Talks ‘Modelland’ and Moving Beyond the Doubters

Tyra Banks adds best-selling author to her long list of accomplishments and talks about facing…

By Elayne Fluker

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The cast of The Girls Bathroom

Entrepreneurs Launch Next ‘Chapter’ in Web Programming offers original online programming that breaks the broadcast television mold

The brainchild of Darralynn Hutson and Michael Negri is a revolutionary source of Web-based…

By Aliya Ewing

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Taking a Stand Against Tobacco

22-year-old activist is determined to stop young people from smoking

Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, in the heart of tobacco country, Chad Bullock understood…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Lalah Hathaway Discusses Breast Cancer Advocacy & Her Latest Project

The R&B artist sings the praises of her latest body of work and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Soul singer Lalah Hathaway has been a longtime advocate of breast cancer advocacy and her…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Earlier this week, a select group of online reporters were given the opportunity to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Old Family Dining Room in the East Wing of White House. Among those in attendance was iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, who spoke with Mrs. Obama about a wide range of topics, including her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity and creating a normal environment for her daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, despite residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. pulled a few parenting nuggets of wisdom from Michelle on keeping your kids grounded. —Anslem Samuel

Michelle Obama’s 6 Rules of Parenting

In addition to being the First Lady Michelle Obama is still a mother that knows best

A First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has a duty to uphold as…

By Anslem Samuel

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The beauty business is a multi-billion dollar industry. From hair and fashion to makeup and spa treatments, there are numerous avenues to carve out a lane for oneself. That’s something both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and Chioma Valcourt have done. An Emmy Award-winning journalist with a successful career in media, Trigg-Jones followed her passion and opened Spa Catchi, a Midtown Manhattan day spa/cosmetic surgery center with her husband, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Michael E. Jones. Similarly, Valcourt, who’s made her mark in the industry as a celebrity hair designer, runs Next Vanity, a full service salon in Manhattan. caught up with the entrepreneurs, who shared their personal commandments for finding success in the beauty business. —Anslem Samuel

5 Commandments of Finding Success in the Beauty Business

Two women that have managed to carve out their own niche in the beauty world share their trade secrets

Both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and celebrity hair stylist Chioma Valcourt have followed their passions in the…

By Anslem Samuel

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A sampling of what Armstrong & Wilson have to offer

Armstrong & Wilson Reinvent the Pocket Square

Stylish entrepreneurs re-envision the classic men's fashion staple

Recognized by Esquire as two of the best dressed real men in America, Ontario Armstrong…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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How I Did It: Celebrity Jewelry Designer Aklia Chinn’s Custom-Made Success

Using a love for travel and unique craftwork, she turned passion into profit

Aklia Chinn took her love for travel and creating unique jewelry to Hollywood,

By Janell Hazelwood

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NYFW: Hot Style at Harlem’s Fashion Row Show 2011

CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row Brandice Henderson provides a platform for up-and-coming designers

BE Next gives you a front-row, center view of this year’s Harlem’s Row lineup.


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Music Managers Chris Lighty & Blue Williams Make a Power Move

The successful music moguls join forces to launch a new full-service firm, Primary/Violator

After steering the careers of artists like 50 Cent and OutKast, among others, music moguls…

By Brett Johnson

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Corporate Professional Trades in Suits for Soccer Gear

Long love of sports takes woman into international career path

Quina Martin spent years as a corporate hiring professional until one day, she answered the…

By Souleo

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Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.  This year’s gathering was no different as a who’s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon” award.


As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art form’s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. —Anslem Samuel


Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.

Hip-Hop Stars Take a ‘Cultural Odyssey’

Hip-hop's biggest names got a chance to flip through the new coffee table book that documents their culture

A photo recap of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011 that highlights various rap stars and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Actress Adepero Oduye (right) as "Alike" in director Dee Rees' "Pariah"

Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks ‘Pariah’ & National Coming Out Day

The filmmaker’s coming-of-age drama reflects some personal experiences and struggles coming into her sexuality

Drawing from personal experiences, Dee Rees directs Pariah, the critically-acclaimed coming of age story of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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	David Yurman has always been a brand that has excelled at creating quality jewelry for men that is handsomely beautiful and here are a selection of their rings that exemplify just that.
	Clockwise, from top left: Armory Dome Ring ($550); Curb Chain Ring, wide ($400); Maritime Band Ring, 10mm ($850); Naturals Sea Urchin band ring ($575).
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23 Accessories for the Well-Dressed Man

Accenting your outfit is not just for women, here are several pieces of men's jewelry to help you stand out in style

Men’s style doesn’t end with a tailored suit and crisp shirt and shoes, having the…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Two-time Emmy winner Katreese Barnes

SNL’s Former Musical Director Breaks Out on Her OWN

Two-time Emmy winner and cancer survivor Katreese Barnes serves as musical director for The Rosie Show

Winning two Emmy Awards for her Justin Timberlake sketches on Saturday Night Live, Katreese Barnes…

By Benè Viera

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How to Budget for Unexpected Windfalls

Having a plan for unexpected windfalls can be as important as anticipating surprise expenses. Just…

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Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)

How to Get Paid for Traveling

Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)
Have a passion for…

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