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Amber Rose Tells Women To Do What They’ve Done For Centuries, And People Are Mad About It

November 12th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Amber Rose is not ready to date following her split from husband, Wiz Khalifa, who is said to have cheated on the curvy socialite.

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Amber Rose has the internets talking again. In a recent interview with Time Magazine, the stripper-turned-businesswoman, gave entrepreneurial and financial advice to women who are trying to do something for themselves.

Since Rose is known to cause controversy every time she speaks or does anything, it really comes as no surprise that people took her comments as a direct opposition to feminism. So what is it that’s got people so shook?

Well, Amber told women that it’s important to master the art of seduction when it comes to getting money from your man to start your next business venture.

“As women, we’re fortunate enough to use our seductive skills in order to be able to get money from our significant others. I also talk about seduction in the book. A lot of women don’t know how to seduce a man. It is extremely easy once you get to that point, and you can get anything you want out of them. And I know it might sound messed up, but once you get to that point, it’s not using. It’s not using a man, it’s literally getting what you want by any means necessary.”

In her defense, that’s not the only advice Amber gave. She told women to research the industry they’re trying to enter, advised them to prioritize their goals over socializing and talked about the importance of being nice to people once you make it to the top.

But it’s the topic of seduction that has people in their feelings. They argue that if Amber is trying to be a feminist, relying on your assets and sexuality is counterintuitive.

I don’t necessarily think her belief is anti feminist. Maybe it represents a lack of self worth, believing that your only way to negotiate is through sexuality. But women, since the beginning of time, have used seduction and sexuality in order to sway the opinions and actions of a man.

I’ve literally heard my own mother giving advice to one of her friends, whose husband was being particularly hardheaded.

“Oh, he said no?! That’s too bad. Well, here’s what you do. Call him at work and say, ‘When you get home, leave your clothes at the door.'”

And the very next day, my mother’s friend, had a different, more suitable answer.

No one died, my mom’s friend didn’t feel like less of a woman and everybody in the situation benefitted.

Now, does that mean you should always use sex over logic and discussion. Hell naw. But if you really want something, seducing or even having sex with someone you’re already in a relationship with, is not that big of a deal. You’d do it anyway.

There are women who believe men should be paying your bills just because you’re sleeping with them, in a relationship. And then there are others who wouldn’t reject the offer.

I’m not one of those women who would want a man, other than my husband, to pay my bills. But there is something entirely different about having a man believe in you enough or love you enough to invest money into funding your dream.

Perhaps people are troubled by the idea that a man who truly loved and supported you might not need sex to persuade him to do so. And maybe there are some men who might need a little coaxing to make the right decision.

After all, sex is powerful and might make some men feel spellbound. But when that feeling wears off, he never intended to give you any money, a little sex or seduction won’t be enough to make him cut you a check.

At the end of the day, Amber didn’t say anything new or revolutionary. People are just ready to attack her for anything these days.

What do you think? Is it wrong or anti-feminist for women to use seduction or sex to get money from their significant others? Should a man or woman in a serious, committed relationship automatically contribute financially to help support their partner’s dreams?

Do tell.

Zendaya Coleman, Malia Obama & Amandla Stenberg Named ‘TIME’s’ Most Influential Teens

November 7th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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If the #blackgirlmagic hashtag is fitting for celebrating the power of melanin, the time is now!

This year, Zendaya Coleman, Malia Obama and Amandla Stenberg make up just a few of the wonderful rising teens who made it to TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens. In addition, Jaden Smith, “Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae” sensation Silentó, an assortment of actors and actresses, and even Nobel Peace prize winners were included on the prestigious list. But this trio of gals in particular are giving us life!

19-year-old Nickelodeon star Zendaya made the cut just by one year, but her significance in the entertainment industry has been plenty. From being known as fashion’s “it” gal to confidently taking on Giuliana Rancic’s “patchouli and weed” comments to calling out magazine’s for photo shopping, Ms. Coleman has managed to grow up in the public eye and still remain a role model for her younger fans. “I keep it real,” the actress and singer told TIME. “I do what Zendaya does. I do what Zendaya feels like doing.”

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Amandla Stenberg, who we’ve gotten to know through her role as Rue in Hunger Games has emerged as a powerful and uplifting voice for young black women. And who could forget when the 17-year-old made headlines on nearly every website when  she called out Kylie Jenner for cultural appropriation.

Credit: Mario Mitsis/

Credit: Mario Mitsis/

Dubbed as a “cultural icon,” Malia Obama caught the eye of TIME editors for both her burgeoning status and prominence. Not to mention, when paparazzi caught the soon-to-be college student rocking one of Joey Bada$$’s Pro Era t-shirt’s the internet and kids alike went crazy. Although her father is Barack Obama, Malia is just like any other teenager interning and grabbing coffee for higher ups.

Congratulations to all three of these young black women!

Amateur Baltimore Photographer Lands TIME Magazine Cover

April 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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TIME Magazine
has consistently lived up to their name, choosing cover images and writing articles about the issues that most significantly and memorably affect the days, weeks, months and years in which we live.

The publication just released the image from this week’s cover. And not only is it powerful and profound, it’s authentic to the current #BlackLivesMatter movement in Baltimore and across the nation.

According to the TIME, the image was taken by native West Baltimore resident, 26-year-old Devin Allen. Up until last week, Allen only dreamed of becoming a professional photographer. But when the Baltimore Uprising emerged, he got out there and started documenting for his personal Instagram page. The images captured the attention of Rihanna, the BBC, CNN and thousands more on Instagram and Twitter.

Allen prides himself on documenting the good, the bad and the ugly of the protests. For the cover image, which shows a man running from a pack of police, Allen says, “When I shot that, I thought it was a good picture, so I uploaded [from my camera] to my phone. By the time I’d done that, the police was all around me. I was in the middle of it.”

Allen also explained the significance of being featured on the cover.

For me, who’s from Baltimore city, to be on the cover of TIME Magazine, I don’t even know what to say. I’m speechless,” says Allen. “It’s amazing. It’s life changing for me. It’s inspiring me to go further. It gives me hope and it gives a lot of people around me hope. After my daughter, who’s my pride and joy, this is the best thing that’s happened to me.”


You can check more of Allen’s work, all of which has been published on Instagram, on the following pages.

Laverne Cox Becomes First Trans Woman To Cover TIME Magazine

May 29th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last year we fell in love with the cast of Orange Is The New Black! One character, Sophia Burset, moved us with her story line of credit card fraud where she steals money in order to become a woman and transgender actress Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, has become an overnight sensation due to her acting skills and spirited activism for LGBTQ people. This week, TIME Magazine placed Cox on its cover, making her the first transgender woman to accomplish this feat, and published a riveting interview with her on race, gender and bullying. Here are the highlights from Cox’s interview and below, a behind the scenes video of Cox as she prepares for her historic cover.

Are there any particular instances of bullying that stand out in your memory?

There was this one instance in junior high when I had gotten off the bus and I was chased by a group of kids, which was, you know, pretty normal. They couldn’t really bully me on the bus because the bus driver could see in the rearview mirror, and that wasn’t allowed. But the second we got off the bus, they would try to beat me up. So I’d have to start running, immediately. So that day I was running for my life, basically, and four or five kids caught me. They were in the band. And I remember being held down and hit with drumsticks by these kids. And a parent saw it, the parent of some other student, and called the principal and the principal called my mother and my mother found out about it.

Is there a moment or time you remember first feeling like you might be transgender?

I tell this story about third grade. My third grade teacher called my mom and said ‘Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress.’ Up until that point I just thought that I was a girl and that there was no difference between girls and boys. I think in my imagination I thought that I would hit puberty and I would start turning into a girl.

How did things change as you got older?

I started trying to find a compromise in terms of gender in high school. I started embracing androgyny. I was just really scared and in a lot of denial. And I wanted to make everybody proud and happy and find a place for myself in the world. The funny thing is being in this androgynous space really wasn’t any better, in terms of perception or reception from people. It was part of my journey that got me to where I am now.

How do you think life might be different for trans kids who are in middle school or high school right now?

There’s a way to connect through the Internet that I didn’t have. So you can connect with people who are like you, who may be in another part of the country. That didn’t exist when I was a kid. I think there are more media representations that young trans people can look to and say, that’s me, in an affirming way. There’s just so many resources out there now that it makes you feel like you’re less alone and gives some sort of sense of, okay, this is who I am and this is what I’m going through, as opposed to being ‘What the f*** is wrong with me?’ That was what I grew up with.

The people out there in America who have no idea what being transgender means, what do they need to understand?

There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience. And I think what they need to understand is that not everybody who is born feels that their gender identity is in alignment with what they’re assigned at birth, based on their genitalia. If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence. … That’s what people need to understand, that it’s okay and that if you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself.


Mommy Mash-Up: The Beyoncé Effect

April 26th, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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It’s no secret that Beyoncé is a staple in the music game, and at this point she’s earned her crown and the title of “King Bey.” And just when you think she’s received every accolade and honor there is to earn and served as cover subject on every glossy there is to cover, she proves you wrong! It’s the Beyoncé effect!

This week TIME magazine unveiled its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2014, and of course, on the heels of her groundbreaking newest, self-titled album, successful international tour, and whispers of a rockstar duo summer tour with her husband, Jay Z, its no surprise the folks over at TIME chose Beyoncé as their cover girl.

The magazine dubbed her a titan and in its profile of the songstress, written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, TIME began with a simple statement that could seemingly fit as her current life’s theme: “She’s the boss.” While this proclamation is certainly true in Mrs. Carter’s career, every mommy knows that behind closed doors, she’s running the show as well. Mommy of two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé has her hands full with the all-too-familiar juggling act of being a hard working mommy and doting, present mother.

In a video featured on TIME’s website, the superstar says about her influence, “I feel like the mother, my daughter have been probably the most influential and being a mother, becoming a mother, looking my daughter in her eyes, made me a woman and made me very, very strong.”

It’s the type of strength only other mommies can relate too. Beyoncé has managed to continue having a fruitful career even after taking on the sometimes-overwhelming task of raising a child. She’s proven that she meant what she said in her 2011 single “Run The World (Girls)” when she proclaimed she’s “smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.”

And that she did within the past two years Beyoncé has broken the bounds of precedence, headlining a brief tour just months after giving birth, then going on an international tour and selling out shows without releasing any new music (since 2011) and later recording and releasing a visual album sans marketing, sending it straight to the top of the Billboard charts and making her one of the most talked about stars in 2014. Beyoncé is an anomaly. A mommy whose reach, career, stardom and longevity rank amongst the best of them, making her truly legendary—and it’s not over just yet. There’s still more to come from the über-successful star.


Talk about influence! Work, mommy!

Guess Who Made The Top 10 Finalists List For Time Person Of The Year

December 9th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Singer and shock celebrity Miley Cyrus is one of the top ten contenders for Time Person of the Year. Yes, you read right. Along with Bashar Assad, President of Syria;  Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder; Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church; and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Cyrus is in the running. 

Last year’s winner, President Barack Obama (who was also the 2008 pick) is once again on the list as is Edward Snowden, the infamous N.S.A. Leaker; gay rights activist Edith Windsor; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; and Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran.

Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs revealed the short list on the Today Show this morning. Obama is the only person who appeared on last year’s short list to also make this year’s. “His predecessor in the White House, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is the only person to receive the title three times,” reports Time.

In 1927, Time selected its first “Man of the Year” in 1927. Now called “Person Of The Year,” the honor goes to the person who Time’s editors think most influenced the news this year–for good or bad.

In a reader’s poll last week, Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, was selected as their Person of the Year. The Today Show is also hosting its own poll for the final candidates.

Time’s Person of the Year 2013 will be announced on the Today Show Wednesday morning.

A Cover We Can Appreciate: TIME Magazine Asks What Happens “After Trayvon”?

July 18th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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While Rolling Stone is catching all kinds of flack for plastering a very rock star esque image of Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaey on the cover of their August issue, Time is taking a different, more tasteful and in our opinion more productive approach to selling magazines. Their August issue features an image of an transparent hoodie that speaks volumes. Withe the bold words “After Trayvon” spread across the cover, it’s quite clear that this issue will cover: racial profiling, Stand Your Ground laws, the George Zimmerman verdict, and race relations in this ever-changing country.

Time’s August issue doesn’t just examine the surface of this complex issue. Essence’s senior writer Jeannine Amber discusses how the lives of black parents changed after the “not guilty” verdict came down, in the same ways New Orleans’ residents lives changed after the levees broke or the ways New Yorkers’ lives changed after September 11th. Amber describes how black parents have been having “The Talk” with out sons for decades, centuries even; but after that verdict, many wondered how to re-stratergize:

These warnings weren’t always heeded, and sometimes they weren’t enough. But they allowed parents to feel that we gave our children a measure of protection against a threat we could identify. When confronted by violent gangs or overzealous law enforcement, we knew these rules of engagement might help keep our sons safe. But in George Zimmerman we saw a new danger, one that seemed utterly lawless.

We may never know exactly what happened the night Zimmerman shot Trayvon, but black parents know this: A neighborhood-watch man saw a brown-skinned teenager–a boy who could have been one of ours–wearing a hoodie pulled up against the rain and assumed he was up to no good. That suspicion set into motion a chain of events that left the boy dead. How do we protect against that? Do we tell our children to run if they are being followed? Or should they stop and turn around? Do we tell them to defend themselves as Trayvon appears to have done or to get on the ground like Oscar Grant?

You can read the rest of Amber’s article here. 

Like Amber, Time’s Joe Klein agrees that things have changed. He argues that race and racism in this country is changing in ways that we really haven’t seen before. In the past the man who got away with killing an innocent black child was white, not Hispanic and the men they killed were different than Trayvon Martin.

This is not the 1980s; race isn’t the issue it was 30 years ago. It isn’t binary–black and white–anymore. It’s a kaleidoscope now: Latinos outnumber blacks in the American population, healthy dollops of South and East Asians add to the mix, and the prospect of a nonwhite majority is just around the bend. In 2013 the jury may still be almost all white, but the shooter is Hispanic–and the evidence is cloudy. If I were a member of that jury, operating in the context of Florida’s barbaric gun laws, I might have had to vote to acquit. George Zimmerman clearly was guilty of overzealous racial profiling, but there was no definitive evidence of how the scuffle began. It was not beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was overacting in self-defense. Martin’s death is an outrage, but it is not Emmett Till or Medgar Evers.

Read the rest of Klein’s analysis of the verdict and the changing America here. 

Writers Michael Scherer and Elizabeth Dias discuss what the verdict meant to various people and how we move on from here. And lastly, Time interviewed Maya Angelou about her reaction to the verdict. She had this to say.

“That one man, armed with a gun can actually profile a young man because he is black and end up shooting him dead…It is so painful.”

She then described the psychological and international impact this verdict has on the American people.

“What is really injured, bruised, if you will, is the psyche of our national population,” Angelou said. “We are all harmed. We are all belittled, and we give to the rest of the world more ammunition to sneer at us.”

Read the rest of Maya Angelou’s interview here. And check out the rest of Time’s Trayvon coverage in the August issue.

What do you think of their decision to cover the verdict and its future implications?


One Of These Names Is Not Like The Other…A Look At TIME’s Interesting ‘Most Influential People’ Picks

April 18th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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TIME magazine just released its annual list of the Most Influential People in the World, and as these things go every year, there are some people who unquestionably should be on this list and others who we’re scratching our head over. After a lively and heated debate in the office this morning, I’ve come to the conclusion that influence means different things to different people — and perhaps TIME should revise this list to be called the most influential people of the week, month, or quarter, as some of these pop culture choices appear to be hot right now — as in April 18, 2013 right now — but hardly for the entire year.

But before we debate, let’s shout out the black folks who made the list:

And now for the interesting/confusing ones:

  • Christina Aguilera: In the world? Perhaps the singing competition world, and I’m not even sure that assessment would be completely accurate. This seems like a wild card, we need one more influencer who’s  female addition. Can we say reaching?
  • Jennifer Lawrence: Is it just me or is Jennifer Lawrence just the different white girl flavor of the year? You know the innocent, aloof blue-eyed girl who acts like she doesn’t really want to be famous but doesn’t mind hitting every red carpet to pick up an award. I’ve yet to understand her mass appeal…but I also haven’t seen “Silver Linings Playbook” yet, maybe I’d understand her magnificence afterward.
  • Justin Timberlake: I know Justin’s album just sold a bazillion copies and I have noticed a couple of big band, rat pack redux copy cats since he came back…OK so maybe he is influential. But the boy just came back after a 10-year hiatus. Can we see how much of the attention is based on consistently hot music as opposed to his hyped up return to music. This just seems a bit premature.
  • Miguel: I’m not denying Miguel’s artistic prowess, but the reality is on a mass level people just don’t know who he is. Remember Kelly Clarkson at the Grammys? Plus Miguel just said so himself on The Breakfast Club, acknowledging not enough people are hip to who he is yet. I feel like someone who just got word of who Miguel is last month thought, “yeah, let’s add this guy.” At the end of the day this is still a great look for him though.

Who’s missing?

  • Hello, Hillary Clinton! The former U.S. Secretary of State hasn’t sat down since leaving her latest post, and everyone knows she’s gearing up to run for president in 2013. She’s got a heavy influence right now.
  • Rihanna: I’m not really mad she wasn’t on the list, but with all the accolades the great people of Europe have just bestowed upon her (the new Princess Diana?), TIME might be slipping by not acknowledging her global influence.

Check out the full list of influential people here. Who would you add or remove?


What Chu Say Boo: Caption This Picture Of President Obama And Baby Spiderman

December 19th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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You already know that Barack loves the kids. (No disrespect, we know he’s the president but I needed one name here.) In their write up as Person of the Year, Time Magazine included this picture from October 26, of the president  pretending to be trapped by the child of a White House staffer, who just so happened to be dressed as Spiderman.

It’s adorable, no?

So tell us what’s being said in the photo? What is this little boy thinking or saying and what’s on the president’s mind?


The Breast Feeding Mama Of A 3 Year Old Toddler Is Back – On A New Cover

September 13th, 2012 - By Kay Hudson
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I’m still undecided about my views on the “breast feeding mother” on the Time Magazine, Mother’s Day/May 2012 cover. Just when I thought the drama surrounding her pictorial debut had died down, as well as her story on breast feeding, she rises again on the cover of Pathways magazine to discuss attachment parenting.

Hold tight – This time, her breastfeeding toddler is not standing up on a chair to fetch his feed, he is nestled across her arms. Heads up — he may look like a one year old graced across her lap, but keep in mind – he is 4 years old now. Yikes!

CERTIFIED ODD if you ask me.

According to our good friends at Huffington Post:

When TIME Magazine published its radical attachment parenting cover the week before Mother’s Day, featuring a “willowy bombshell of a mother, staring defiantly at the camera, while her 3-year-old son stands on a chair next to her, the better to suckle at her exposed breast,” as HuffPost columnist Lisa Belkin described it, the reaction was immediate and overwhelming — for readers as well as the cover model herself.

And while the mom in that photograph — 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet — said in a Today show interview that her family “knew exactly what they were going to get into,” she also noted that the TIME cover shot wasn’t an accurate representation of the reality of breastfeeding her son, then 3 years old.

At home, she told Savannah Guthrie, breastfeeding the toddler was “more of a cradling, nurturing situation.”

Grumet is a lot happier with the new cover of nonprofit quarterly Pathways To Family Wellness, where she appears (again) breastfeeding (again) her now-4-year-old son. This time, the mother and son are surrounded by the rest of their family in a shot the magazine’s editor, Jeanne Ohm, describes as “the photo that could have been on the cover of TIME.”

Back in August, Grumet wrote on her blog that she “didn’t think anything of it” when her son was asked to stand on a chair during the TIME photoshoot because “Aram has breastfed standing up before.” In a new post, she explains that that the interview with Pathways To Family Wellness took place “a couple of weeks after the TIME cover,” and it reveals more of her reaction to the shot.

“It was nice to be able to tell our story and show toddler breastfeeding in a way we knew would not be manipulated,” she writes.

Grumet, who lives in Los Angeles, has sons aged 4 and 5, and runs the Fayye Foundation, described on its website as “a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the orphan crisis in the Sidama region of Ethiopia.”

When she appeared on the TIME cover, many criticized the magazine for whipping up the “mommy wars” in an attempt to boost sales — while some simply said they felt bad for the little boy who might one day regret his newfound fame. Likewise, a press release issued by the Pathways to Family Wellness calls out TIME’s cover for “cash[ing] in on parent guilt and American cultural breastfeeding taboos,” calling its “Are You Mom Enough?” headline “offensive.” (Pathways itself plays on TIME’s headline by coopting the “mom enough” phrase: “Jamie Grumet: Mom Enough To Speak Out for Attachment Parenting.”)

Lori Dorman, the photographer who shot the family for Pathways, says in the magazine: “My goal was to correct the misperception that was created on the TIME cover. Its message was that nursing a 3-year-old was outrageous and inappropriate, when in fact nursing a 3-year-old is a normal, healthy activity in the world today.”

As for her take on the TIME cover, one we haven’t heard much of yet, Grumet also says in the interview: “The first time I saw it, I just thought, ugh.”

She did not play a large role in the story that accompanied her photo; it was a profile of Dr. William Sears, the man who “wrote the attachment-parenting bible.” A Q&A between Grumet and TIME’s reporter, Kate Pickert, was published separately online, but her fame (LA Weekly calls Grumet a “breastfeeding celebrity”) derived mostly from the photo.

Now, Grumet reveals in Pathways To Family Wellness that she was unhappy with TIME’s headline. “I really believe wholeheartedly that everyone is trying to do their best for their children,” she says.

Mommy’s please sound off on your thoughts about breastfeeding toddlers past 1 years old?

Just in case you didn’t see the Time Magazine Cover:

Intro: Kay Konnect
Reporting Courtesy Of: Huffington Post
Image: Pathways Magazine