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My Kinky Relationship With The Teeny Weenie Afro

I cut most of my hair off eight weeks ago. And yes, I meant to do it. I love my new kinky curliness and now, as I walk down the street, I feel like I see natural hair — twists, coils, dreadlocks, afros...

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Text-Talented Or R U All Thumbs?

Back in front of my computer where thankfully I can use more than my thumbs to type, I see that Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wis., grabbed the title again at the competition in New York City this...

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Record High Prices At The Gas Pump Likely To Linger In California

Gas prices spiked overnight Thursday by as much as 20 cents per gallon in parts of California, causing some stations to close and shocking many customers.According to The Associated Press, the average...

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'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History

I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed a year or so ago, when I saw a photo of Joyce Bryant. The caption said she was once dubbed the "black Marilyn Monroe" and was mentioned many times in Walter...

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How Did Thanksgiving End Up On Thursday?

Move Thanksgiving to Friday? That's what F.B. Haviland asked President Hoover in 1929.Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of...

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A Black And White 1860s Fundraiser

They look like any other 19th century vignettes and portraits of children kneeling in prayer or cloaked in the U.S. flag.But these cartes de visite (a calling card with a portrait mounted on it that...

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Our Pancakes Are Saved! Charges Filed In Canadian Maple Syrup Heist

After months on their sticky trail, Canadian police have finally fingered the people allegedly involved in the great Canadian maple syrup caper Bill Chappell told us about in August.While police...

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Dear Lawyers: Order In The &*%# Court!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPfhax17CoU

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Game On! Rare 1865 Baseball Card Tossed On The Auction Block

Update at 8:06 p.m. ET. Card Sells For $80,000The nearly 150-year-old Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card that was was discovered late last year in a photo album bought at a yard sale has sold for $80,000...

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No More 'Negro' For Census Bureau Forms And Surveys

The Census Bureau announced Monday that it would drop the word "Negro" from its forms, after some described it as offensive. According to the Associated Press, the term will be replaced next year by...

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Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

There's been a tug of war between aesthetically pleasing and safe when it comes to American embassies around the world.Many embassies have been slammed as bunkers, bland cubes and lifeless compounds....

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American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

An auction of sacred Native American artifacts scheduled for Friday in Paris is stirring up controversy on both sides of the AtlanticSeventy Hopi "visages and headdresses"— some more than 100 years old...

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Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

I've been following Easy Rawlins since reading Devil in a Blue Dress in the '90s. That's a lot of time to give to a character. And as I read Little Green, I realized that I hadn't been following Easy,...

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If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYofm5d5Xdw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHh0bqD78b0

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Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu6Us7fpr00

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Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRUfzs6I4jk

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Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

On the list of things to be outraged about at the moment, I'll admit this isn't at the top: The Swiss tourism office apologized to Oprah on Friday because she wasn't allowed to buy a $38,000 designer...

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How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

On Tuesday, artist Andy Warhol's oversized and iconic Coca-Cola (3) will hit the auction block at Christie's, and to borrow an old slogan from the company, It's The Real Thing.Warhol painted the...

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The Case For — And Against — Loving 'Love Actually'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKuDoTdxvb0

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Dear Internet, It's Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About 'Love Actually'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUm2K6eDuMU

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