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Can You Feel The Love? These Famous Family Instagrams Are Melting Our Hearts

October 1st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In ❤️!

A photo posted by Lucy Liu (@lucyliu) on

Family love is definitely in the air on Instagram as of late, and these celebrity family pics have everyone saying “aww.”

Snapshots Of Celebrity Friends Hanging Out Behind The Scenes

September 29th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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#TBT Gettin' Some Luv From Comedienne/Actress – #Luenell Where Have You Seen Her? #ThrowBackThursday #LoveAndLaughterTour

A photo posted by Morris Chestnut (@morrischestnutofficial) on

Morris Chestnut and Luenell? You would be surprised to know which celebrities call one another friends. Did you know these stars were close?

I Woke Up Like This: 15 Flawless Makeup-Free Celebrity Selfies

September 23rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Shutterstock

Image Source: Shutterstock

Celebrity selfies are always fun, but you rarely see these celebrities without a face painted with the help of their makeup artists. So what do the following stars look like makeup-free? Just as cute as they look with it on.

What Happens When A Man Proposes On The Shade Room?

September 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Man Proposes On The Shade Room

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When most of us think about our proposals, we envision a man in our face, on bended knee. But we’re living in the digital age and it seems that almost everything is done so it can be seen by others. We love The Shade Room over here and this morning we were surprised to see the man who tried to propose…or rekindle his relationship with his lady love through the gossip site’s Instagram page.

Don’t believe me? Just watch.

#TSRProposals : So one of our #roommates reached out to us, hoping that we could aid him in helping his girl see that not only does he want her back, but he wants to make her his wife. His girl is a daily reader of TSR and he wanted to surprise her with this post. You know we LOVE, LOVE. So here is his story: _______________________________________I met my best friend 3yrs ago.. She was working at a hospital in Memphis TN as a nurse. Shortly after meeting her she started changed her career to become a traveling nurse.. and wanted me to be as supportive of her career as she was of mine. So I agreed to it. After a month or so I started to get Lonely. So I started flying out to Boise Idaho where she was working at least once every 2 months. Through it all I never cheated not once. Then once her Boise assignment was over she wanted to try Cali so I flew out and we drove to Cali.. She loves it in Cali and has been there almost a year.. For me to explain why I'm asking for her back I gotta explain how I lost her: Communication with long distance. So I moved to Cali with her for about 6months from the beginning of the year to now. Things were really going good until I couldn't find steady work and take care of her the way she deserved. So now I'm in a position where I'm getting stable and don't wanna lose the 1 that has my heart.. She's the world to me and I don't wanna lose her. I know true love only comes once and I refuse to let it slip away from me that easily! I'm just willing to fight for the one I love! The woman I met 3and a half yrs ago and still today is worth it! I just want to make her my wife!" #TSRBreakUps

A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc) on

It seems sweet enough. Sadly, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. If Bud had done this in the privacy of his own home, or at least off of Instagram no one would have known about it. Sadly, it’s all on the internets.

And so was her rejection.


Naturally, since their business is all aired out, people in the comment section are discussing the “proposal” and whether or not she should give this brother another chance. They referenced Michelle taking a chance on Barack when he was her intern, riding around with a hole in his car. They said that sometimes you have to build with a man.

There’s nothing wrong with building with a man but the operative word in that sentence is “with.” From the story, it’s clear that career is important to this woman. She was willing to travel all over in order to pursue her dreams. And while it’s lovely that Bud was willing to follow and support her, he didn’t have the financial stability to go along with it. And not only that, she waited three years for him to get it together. And he has yet to do so. If that’s not showing a desire to build with a man, I don’t know what is. Three years is a long time to be unstable. People love to reference Barack and Michelle when Barack had already graduated from an Ivy League university and was on his way to the top with the internship. He was already walking in his potential. So she had plenty of signs to know that he could be something great.

Furthermore, I never hear this talk of men building with women. Ladies, have you noticed that if a man doesn’t like something, that’s it? Men generally don’t compromise on their relationships preferences. But women are always expected to bend, even when we know we won’t be happy doing so. Time out for that.

Bottom line is, you have to know your partner. If financial stability is important to her, as it is with many people, then why are you offering a marriage proposal when you haven’t met her requirements?

From her words and even that last hashtag it seems that she’s still holding out hope for their relationship. I am too. They would have an amazing story to tell if it did work out. But if Joe Budden and Tahiry taught us anything, it’s that a marriage proposal is not enough when you haven’t addressed the core issues in your relationship.

What do you think about this woman and Bud? Should she give their relationship a chance or does Bud need to show and prove?

Jay Z Joins Instagram, Posts Tribute To Michael Jackson

August 30th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Brooklyn emcee and all-around business man, Jay Z, has finally given in and succumbed to yet another social media app. Back in 2010, he surprised all by creating a Twitter account, and just yesterday (Aug. 29) he joined the popular photo sharing app, Instagram.

Going by the username “HovSince96,” Mr. Carter’s first post honored the life of Michael Jackson on what would’ve been his 57th birthday. And while many of us thought this day would never come, he wanted to be sure everyone knew he wouldn’t been snapping pics for the ‘gram on the regular and flooding timelines, captioning the post: “Happy Birthday to the King! This may be my first and last post.”

As of today, Jay Z has already accumulated 96.1k followers. And in the words of Hov himself, “Grand opening, grand closing.”

Keep It On The Hush: 15 Celebrities Who Unsuccessfully Used Direct Message For Hookups

August 24th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Kevin hart and mike epps throwing punchlines


Mike Epps isn’t the only one who has been caught with his hand in the direct message cookie jar. These celebrities have also been caught using social media to try and hook up with people. Have you ever received a celebrity DM?

Stars Who Say They Read Everything You Write–Even The Mean Stuff

August 17th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: ABC

Image Source: ABC

When it comes to megastars, most of us assume that managers handle their accounts. But these celebrities on social media want us to know that they read everything we write — and sometimes it hurts!

Will Authentic Representation Ever Be Achieved For Black People In The Digital Media Age?

August 13th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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Kenneth Wiggins,

On a recent visit to The Studio Museum of Harlem, I was introduced to famed photographer Lorraine O’ Grady’s captivating work. O’Grady’s images had me beaming with Black girl pride as they stood as gentle affirmations and reminded me just how important it is for African Americans to depict and tell our own stories.

In the days of rampant cultural appropriation, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the continual Black death at the hands of police the simple act of seeing oneself authentically, beautifully, and righteously depicted became therapeutic.


Lorraine O’Grady Art Is. . . (Girl Pointing) 1983/2009 Chromogenic digital prints 20h x 16w in Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York © 2015 Lorraine O’Grady/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

O’Grady’s “Art Is…” exhibit featured photos from the artist’s 1983 street performance where O’Grady and her team took to the streets of Harlem dressed in all white holding gold picture frames against their community.


Lorraine O’Grady Art Is… (Framing Cop) 1983/2009 Chromogenic digital prints 16h x 20w in Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York © 2015 Lorraine O’Grady/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

“The performance much like Lorraine O’Grady’s practice was meant to confront and challenge assumptions around race and accessibility…” read the description of the exhibit.


Lorraine O’Grady Art Is. . . (Girlfriends Times Two) 1983/2009 Chromogenic digital prints 16h x 20w in Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York © 2015 Lorraine O’Grady/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

O’Grady’s goal to portray her community authentically and challenge stereotypical depictions of Black life is one we are still aiming to achieve decades later. As the use of social media, smart phones and the web grows, so should the racial depictions seen across these platforms.

In July, writer Morgan Jerkins wrote a piece titled “The Quiet Racism of Instagram Filters” where she showed just how far back racism has been embedded into American photography. Older cameras from the 1950s often focused on depicting white beauty by calibrating skin tones using a white model – no matter the image. One of the largest camera companies, Kodak, did not change the calibration technique of their cameras until candy and furniture companies complained they could not shoot their dark chocolate and brown furniture.

Jerkins argues the same calibration technique is true for platforms such as Instagram today. Instagram’s filters often mute dark skin tones while highlighting lighter features.  Is it time the photo-sharing platform updated its filters? Jerkins thinks so.

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Left: photo with Instagram Reyes filter. Right: original photo – Chelcee Johns

However, the issue of authentic representation does not only fall on sites such as Instagram. For instance, take Apple’s recent move to create a more diverse line of the ever-popular emojis. The social media sphere rejoiced this April as the new smiley faces appeared. It was as if Dr.King’s dream of inclusion had finally trickled down to Apple and, well, we were hype. No more banana-colored skin, we were now all hues of coco.

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But, what about the hair? Or authentic facial structures? Does it take African Americans creating our own images in order to get it right? App company Oju Africa thinks so as they were the first company to create a line of Black emojis.

“It’s very important for us, as a small African company, to make it known to the world that we were the first to do it,” Alpesh Patel, Oju Africa’s Ugandan-born chief executive told CNN speaking of the need for more authentic representation.



Most recently, a stock image company has emerged to bring authentic depictions of Black life to the web. For years, ShutterStock has been the go-to place for online magazines and bloggers alike to find the images they need. But the photo-site does not always have the best images and searches often come back null and void. I once searched for African American museums and yet a picture of three hooded men in all white appeared — the Ku Klux Klan — not exactly what I was searching for.

The new stock images site,, launched its beta stage last week with the tagline ‘Reinventing the Black medium.’


Kenneth Wiggins,

“The benefit of using BlackStock is clear, better representation is needed throughout the digital media space. By focusing on respect, authenticity and culture, we’ve built a platform that presents Black culture in a genuine light — leaving the generic visuals and offensive propaganda to the other sites,” states the site.

Is this the route more businesses will have to take in order to produce authentic portrayals of Black life across our computer and cell phone screens? Or should more mainstream companies such as Shutterstock, Instagram and Apple be more authentically inclusive?


Toilet Shots? When Bad Instagram Ideas Happen To Good Celebs

July 27th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Bad Instagram Ideas

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When you post hundreds of photos for millions of followers, you’re sure to make a mistake and share something NO ONE wants to see. These are good celebrities who had really bad Instagram ideas.

For The Young Yogis, Cardio Killers And CrossFit Queens: Black Female Fitness Gurus To Follow On Instagram

July 21st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I find that following fitness gurus on Instagram has greatly motivated me in ways I didn’t think possible. When I’m on the couch and planning to spend my night watching Netflix and eating junk food, I look on Instagram and see one of my faves going hard in the gym. That makes me think to myself: “I think I’ll do a workout video real quick.” Watching other people on their fitness journeys keeps me on track with my own. And while any woman killing it on the health and wellness tip is worth following, I prefer to follow women who look like me: Black and curvy. So in case you’re looking for motivation as you try to shed some pounds and get both physically and mentally fit, these are the Black female fitness gurus you need to follow.

Lana Ector: @lanagem

Lana and her mother Ellen Ector, the brains and beauties behind the “Black Girls Workout Too” DVD, have been motivating people for years. Lana is a certified trainer and nutritionist who believes that every woman should and can have killer abs and glutes. She works her clients to the bone and makes us want to get it right and keep it tight.