If You’re A Same Gender-Loving Woman

You deserve the same rights and privileges of a loving abundant relationship without fear or shame!!

The National Enquirer put an attention-grabbing spin on what is (if true) an empowering moment in the life of one young woman living life on her terms. It’s not a shock and awe publicity stunt.

FORMER “Cosby Show” cutie RAVEN-SYMONE’s family is furious that she’s fallen in love with another woman and has moved the sexy model into her home, say sources.

Whatever!

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Women Chronicling Their Travel Adventures

Many of our US-based readership will be observing Memorial Day and spending time with loved ones. Since many folks will be cooking large communal meals, it got me thinking. Traveling, friends and food. How we need a “great” escape to recharge our batteries. How we may have obligations that require our immediate attention. Or have to allocate funds elsewhere.

Thank goodness SOMEBODY else not only explores the world, but documents their adventures to share with us! Here’s a few video series I’ve been enjoying recently.

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Did Steve Stoute Try To Link Kim Kardashian To His Black Woman Bashing?

Any black person with even a rudimentary knowledge about our history knows the reasons that black women’s bodies, hair texture, phenotype and skin shade have been historically politicized and dehumanized. In the context of interacting with the dominant white groups, blacks can intellectualize Eurocentric standards of beauty and worth hasn’t been supportive in acknowledging our particular beauty. In turn black men and women internalized this on varying levels, across the span of ethnicities and nationalities.

Typical West-African ‘Negroid’ features being labeled unattractive was a manipulation tool used by the dominating group for control. The attitude of defeat (from not being proud to come from ancestors who SURVIVED chattel slavery) has been passed amongst the black collective like a permanent defect upon birth. The present ongoing conflict lies in how black women and girls are continuously assaulted (physically, mentally, emotionally) by other blacks and the lack of accountability for it.

We have the POWER to change those patterns now.

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When Advertisers Positively Acknowledge Black Women #3

We may have a love/hate relationship with commercials due to implications of consumerism and concerns about products. Something to consider is image, recognition of buying power and simple consideration. I believe there was an episode of Mad Men where a company had solid research AAs made up a substantial percentage of their customer base, but chose to ignore them. We’re coming full circle and should take advantage of every opportunity (and create some).

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The Dr. Seuss Response To Prejudice Adults Should Revisit

From wikipedia:

At the beginning of the story, Sneetches with stars discriminate against and shun those without. A “fix-it-up chappie” named Sylvester McMonkey McBean appears and offers the Sneetches without stars the chance to have them with his Star-On machine, for three dollars. The treatment is instantly popular, but this upsets the original star-bellied Sneetches, as they are in danger of losing their special status.

McBean then tells them about his Star-Off machine, costing ten dollars, and the Sneetches who originally had stars happily pay the money to have them removed in order to remain special. However, McBean does not share the prejudices of the Sneetches, and allows the recently starred Sneetches through this machine as well. Ultimately this escalates, with the Sneetches running from one machine to the next,

“until neither the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knew
whether this one was that one… or that one was this one
or which one was what one… or what one was who.”

This continues until the Sneetches are penniless and McBean departs a rich man, amused by their folly. Despite his assertion that “you can’t teach a Sneetch,” the Sneetches learn from this experience that neither plain-belly nor star-belly Sneetches are superior, and they are able to get along and become friends.

Do you think with all of the turmoil and rhetoric that’s been encouraged, people will reconsider being so reactionary and reaffirm basic kindness and common sense Seuss-style?

Evaluating Men For Alliances & Marriage Series #16: When A Man Talks About Your Relationship A Certain Way It’s A Good Thing

I just had to do a quick post reshuffling when the scans for the June issue of US GQ magazine appeared on several Michael Fassbender fan sites yesterday. So, while we’ll be discussing him as the overall example for this post, this isn’t really about him. Or any male for that matter. This is about you, women making smart choices that benefit them from a position of confidence.

The article is part of the media blitz for Prometheus. *While some of the accompanying photos are typically objectifying, it is a men’s magazine and par for the course (insert eye roll). The interview was quite good. Now onto the topic at hand.

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Shortbread + Mimolette + Coffee = Foodgasmic!

 

How can you not want to try this? Dang it Bon Appetit!

PARMESAN SHORTBREAD with Fennel and Sea Salt

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt or other coarse salt  [note from me: this definitely calls for pink sea salt!]
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Get the cooking directions at Bon Appetit.

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