Yelitsa Jean-Charles’ Healthy Roots Dolls teach girls self-love and self-care

Yelitsa Jean-Charles is the creator of Healthy Roots Dolls, a toy doll brand that challenges traditional societal beauty standards that negatively impact young Black girls. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and a concentration in gender, race and sexuality. Healthy Roots Dolls’ mission is to […]

Juanita Woodson describes how to break through to better confidence in 2020

We live in an ever-changing world of what beauty, intelligence and success should look like. If one chooses to chase such things, it could produce a constant climate of comparison, inadequacy, discontent and unfulfillment. More than ever, we need to be fortified with confidence. Self-confidence is the permission and authorization to be powerful and authentic […]

Teenage entrepreneur Lexi P creates Curlanista to inspire girls to be bosses

Lexi P is a hair care entrepreneur, author, independent publisher and motivational speaker. The 14-year-old is the CEO of Curlanista, a natural hair care brand. In August 2019, she launched her Curlanista BOSS Network, a youth entrepreneurial program dedicated to nurturing 1,000 young beauty moguls under the brand. She is an advocate for building self-confidence […]

Anivia Cruz tells her story in BET’s ‘Killer Curves: Bodies to Die For’

Anivia Cruz is and has always been a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, Cruz didn’t realize this about herself until it was far too late. The statuesque Cruz started modeling in her late teens but says she always struggled with body dysmorphia. Although she was constantly praised for her facial features, Cruz wanted a curvy body that she […]

Reality series addresses how women’s self-esteem is damaged by divorce

Gina Neely, Shay Atkins, Nakita Mc Graw, Ashley Russell and Mercedes Young comprise the cast of Bravo’s new series “To Rome for Love.” The series follows the five African American women on a trek to Italy to possibly discover love but more importantly to discover themselves. Matchmaker and love expert Diann Valentine navigates the ladies’ […]

Ex-convict Kimberly Smedley discusses butt injection craze and how to be safe

Kimberly Smedley served almost two years in the federal penitentiary for performing illegal butt injections on the black market, which are a felony. She stops by rolling out‘s Reality Check to discuss her book, The Backside of the Story, which chronicles her introduction to the black market game. [jwplatform ju0KqHdg]

15-year-old girl caught having sex with 25 boys in a school restroom

A teen in Fort Myers, Florida was caught having sex with multiple students while in school. According to WFTX, the incident occurred inside a restroom at South Fort Myers High School hours after the school was closed. School officials said 25 boys locked the door to the main boys restroom while the acts were taking […]

Teens enjoy day of pampering from Dazzle Me Parties

Dazzle Me Parties and Kingsmen Media Group treated a special group of teenage girls in Atlanta to a day of pampering. Girls from the Laporshe Smith Counseling Group were surprised with manicures and pedicures along with makeovers. Located in downtown Atlanta, Dazzle Me Parties is the premiere resource for parents looking to pamper their princesses […]

Barbie gains weight and becomes ethnically ambiguous so girls don’t feel “Unpretty”

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Barbie was always the symbol of perfection. Like most little girls growing up in the late ’70s and ’80s, I had every Barbie I could get my hands on. After a while I stopped playing with them and began collecting them. Initially, Barbie was exclusively Caucasian with blonde hair, later Mattel created an African American version complete with the […]

Chicago artist Ceytra on her new single ‘Good Enough,’ and why sex sells

Chicago emcee Ceytra, born Tracey Iheme, is an artist with dreams and ambitions as large as her hometown. To say that she has a unique story to tell would be an understatement. After all, there aren’t many hardcore female emcees with Nigerian roots on the scene. Add to that equation, that unlike most rappers of the day, Ceytra […]

4 Activities for Dads and Daughters During One-on-One Time

I always tell my friends that they have to have a daughter to enjoy the full experience of fatherhood. Yes, I love my first born, my son, but I am blessed to have poppa’s little princess to share my life with as well. It is a blessing to have her by my side each and […]

Jennifer Hudson Reflects on the Past: ‘I Never Thought I Was Overweight’

Lately, news and gossip outlets alike have been clamoring about the svelte physique of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson. But according to the award-winning artist, she didn’t think she was overweight. She recently shared her thoughts on that and a host of other topics during an interview with Grazia magazine. Here are some of the highlights. On […]

Yasmin Shiraz Spotlights Girls Fighting Girls

On Easter weekend, the internet was buzzing over two different viral videos showing women and girls committing violence toward other women and girls.  These videos brought to mind two staggering facts: 1.  “A girl is bullied every seven minutes at school, either in the playground, classroom or bathroom, by another member of the female population.” […]

Atlanta Mission Event Boosts Women’s Self-Esteem

Last week, I was one of the guest speakers invited to the Atlanta Mission. It’s a shelter for women and children, and this was my second time visiting this outstanding organization. I, too, was homeless back in the mid 80s for two years and, now, I always give back by sharing my story with the ladies […]