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Why Jazmine Sullivan’s “Mascara” Is Really For Us All

March 17th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Why Jazmine Sullivan's "Mascara" Is Really For Us All

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We’ve talked about Jazmine Sullivan’s “Mascara” here before. But briefly. And now that her album Reality Show has been out for about two months now, we’ve had time to really let it sink all the way in. I know personally, I’ve picked out my favorite songs and declared Jazmine as one of my faves in the R&B game.

And as most of you know when you declare a fave, it is your duty to bring other people over to your team. So you and the fandom can eventually dominate the world. It was with that mission in mind that I suggested a friend of mine–who just so happens to be a musician– listen to Jazmine Sullivan.

His response was a bit lukewarm. No big deal. I love a challenge. Turns out, I didn’t have to do a whole lot of talking. One day he stopped by my place and Sullivan’s “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” just so happened to be playing on my shuffle. And sure enough he was drawn to the genius of the vocal and the production. (For which Jazmine is also responsible.)

So I played the entire album. And then he listened some more on his own. Of course, he loved it and wanted to discuss some of the songs since Jazmine’s work inspires that type of thing. And “Mascara” came up.

We interviewed Jazmine not too long after the album was released and I asked her about the inspiration behind this particular song. She explained that she kept seeing Instagram models who all looked, dressed and posed the same. They even seemed to be leading similar lifestyles.

If you haven’t heard the song, Jazmine sings as one of these women:

Yeah my hair and my ass fake
But so what
I get my rent paid with it
And my tits get me trips
To places I can’t pronounce right
He said he’ll keep it coming if I keep my body tight.

And even though my friend agreed that the song told an incredible story, he doubted whether or not a lot of people would feel comfortable singing it out loud. She sings about a life that so many either shun or are attempting to avoid entirely. He felt like maybe she takes a condescending tone and people would feel like they were being preached to, singing it out loud. I agreed. Nothing wrong with preach singing. That, after all, is the basis of gospel music.

And while it may seem preachy and condescending on the surface, I told him perhaps he would see things differently if he were a woman.

There’s so much pressure for us to look and dress a certain way that hearing yourself sing “Mascara,” in all of its desperation, superficiality and materialism can serve as a good reminder about how wayward these thoughts of altering or conforming ourselves can sound when they’re actually verbalized.

It could be really easy to sing down or preach to the Instagram models of the world. But to me, “Mascara” is a way to sing to our own insecurities, particularly the parts of us that believe our lives would be better if we only looked a certain way. This is why I ride for Jazmine. She crafted this brilliant song that is actually medicine that tastes like candy.

On Your Teeth? 15 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

March 11th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Coconut oil isn’t just great for your hair. From teeth whitening to chicken frying, these surprising uses for coconut oil are all the reason we need to buy in bulk!

Style Bloggers Recreate Iconic Women In Black History

February 11th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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As we settle in to Black History Month, the fashion world is taking note of iconic African American women who not only influenced society’s style of dress but also transformed whole communities through their art and their voice as civil rights pioneers. Style Influencers Group founder Christina Brown along with Alexis Felder (from our sister site Bossip) and Jessica Andrews came up with the idea to recreate these icons as part of a #WeAreBlackHistory campaign and did so with a group of the top Black female style influencers around, which includes Danielle Kwateng, Senior Editor of our other sister site,, and our girl Kela Walker from “Ask a Black Man,” just to name a few. Check out a few of the stunning photo recreations below and head over to for the full spread.

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Source: Style Influencers Group

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Source: Style Influencers Group

Source: Style Influencers Group

Kiss Your Ashy Ankles Goodbye With This DIY Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

January 22nd, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s winter time and that means two things that are not fun: cold weather and dry skin. We can’t do anything about the first drawback of this time of year, but we can absolutely prevent you from walking around with dry, ashy cracked skin — and it might not even cost you anything.

Sister site MommyNoire recently launched a new DIY with Dee video series and in the first clip she taught the editors how to make an amazing vanilla sugar body scrub at home that will keep your skin supple against these damaging elements. Check out the video above to see how easy this is to make and let us know your results!

How To Banish Ash: Skin Care Tips For The Winter Months

December 24th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Dry winter skin leaving you ashy and itchy? Follow these skin care tips for the winter months to make sure your skin stays moisturized — and healthy!

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Image Source: WENN


Ashy skin is flaking skin. And before you can rehydrate, you’ll need to scrub off old skin cells. If you don’t have an exfoliating loofa, brush or body wash in your shower, winter is the time to get one!

Face On Fleek! A 3-Step Guide To Contouring

December 11th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Contouring is the buzz word in makeup these days but very few do-it-yourselfers really know how to contour like the makeup artists to the stars. Thankfully, StyleBlazer has you covered with this quick and easy 3-step guide to contouring that will have your face highlighted and snatched in a matter of minutes. Watch and learn.

The Cost Of Being A Woman: 15 Female Expenses Men Think Are A Waste Of Money

December 9th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Female Expenses


You might think these are essentials, but when a man sees you pull out your credit card for any of these costs, he hears cash flushing down a toilet. Here are 15 female expenses men think are a waste of money.







Mama Knows Best: Must-Follow Beauty Rules Straight From Your Mother’s Mouth

December 3rd, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Mom always knows best — even when it comes to beauty. These must-follow beauty rules come straight from mom’s mouth — and it’s about time we listened.

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Image Source: Shutterstock

Did You Put Lotion On?

Turns out, mama is always right — even if your skin is naturally oily. Skip the moisturizer and your skin will take it as a cue to produce even more oil.

YouTube Makeup Guru Missy Lynn Says Women Should Embrace Their Beauty

November 17th, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, makeup guru Missy Lynn shares her story and explains why African American women should embrace their beauty.

To visit her YouTube channel for tutorials and more, click here!

Episode 1 – Curly Nikki 

Episode 3 – Black Girls Run! 

Episode 4 – Black Girls Workout Too! 

Episode 5 – The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 – Series Extras


We All Have Insecurities: Celebrities Who Don’t Think They’re Attractive

November 12th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Johnny Depp, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde. These are just some of the celebrities that don’t think they’re attractive.

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Paula Patton

Paula says bad acne made her seriously insecure about her looks:

“I had terrible skin all through college. I kept my hair in my face. I wouldn’t take a photo, and I couldn’t look anyone in the eye.”

And Paula’s insecurities about her looks kept her from breaking into acting until she was 28.