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POSTED: Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:10 PM

Relive our Sexy Singles celebration by checking out this video!

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POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:16 AM

We're now just a week away from unveiling our 2014 Sexy Singles!

Here's a look at some of this year's Sexy Singles.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:42 PM
FILE - This Feb. 17, 1998 file photo shows Dr. Laura Schlessinger posing during her morning talk show in her Los Angeles studio. Schlessinger is (AP)

More women are staying home these days to care for their kids. According to research released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, the number of stay-at-home mothers has jumped to 29 percent in 2012. That’s a 7 percent increase since 1999 when the number of moms making that choice was at a modern-day low.

But it’s not exactly time for conservative radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger, author of “In Praise of Stay-At- Home Moms,”  to pull out a champagne bottle and pop the cork just yet.  

What’s driving the trend are all the frustrated moms who either can’t find jobs or else who don’t earn enough to justify paying for daycare. In Pennsylvania, the average cost of daycare for an infant in 2012 was a whopping $10,319 and $5,520 for a school-age child, according to ChildCare Aware of America.  And that’s just for a single child.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:51 PM
Female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.

Uncle Sam wants you - but maybe not your hairdo.

The U.S. Army has angered some African-American female service members by issuing new regulations clarifying certain black-oriented hairstyles such as dreadlocks and two-strand twists. Army officials go into detail and the exact specifications put a crimp into some hairstyles worn by African-American women who opt to keep their hair in its natural state. For instance, female service members can wear multiple braids but they have to be small - about a quarter inch in diameter.  That means no elaborate goddess styles.

As soon as the new regulations came out on Monday, female soldiers started agitating and rightly so. One of the last things a service member wants to worry about when she’s serving her country is the size of her hair braids.  Having curly hair braided or getting locks, are logical solutions for black women with natural hair especially when a service member is facing deployment to a war zone.

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POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:02 PM
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Warning:  Don’t read another word of this blog post if you have a problem with gross over generalizing and racial stereotyping. In Nazaree Hines-Starr’s new book, “Why Every Black Woman Should Marry a Jewish Man,” she does an awful lot of that. It’s offensive.  It’s off putting. It’s insulting to African American and other non-Jewish men. I can see why she had to publish it herself. Yet, when I left it sitting in a pile on my desk, I couldn’t help but notice how many of my friends picked it up however briefly. “It is time for African American women to consider all of their options,” Hines-Starr writes. “Women in general should expand their horizons and stop listening to their single girlfriends. Forget about the often hypocritical brothers calling them sellouts, because in the final analysis, their opinions don’t count. Get over those old images of slavery and stop blaming every white man for sins perpetrated by others.”

Here are some of the points Hines-Starr, a black woman married to a Jewish guy, goes on to make:

*Jewish men at least attempt to marry before making babies.

POSTED: Monday, January 20, 2014, 4:37 PM

Poor Pam Oliver. One unfortunate hairdo and suddenly she’s being compared to Star Wars’ Chewbacca and trending on Twitter and with comments like these:  “Did Pam get electrocuted?” and  “Does #PamOliver have a damn mop on her head? She fell off like big mac toppings...NFLonFox.” I could share more but I won’t. It’s too ugly. And, no, I’m not talking about Oliver, who’s a veteran in sports broadcasting. She’s gorgeous and I give her mad props for being a survivor in a tough business.  I’m referring to the self-appointed members of the black hair police who monitor other people’s hair.

These flat-iron enforcers pop up from time to time.  In 2012, instead of praising Gabby Douglas’remarkable  athletic achievements at the Olympics, they zeroed in on her hair as if that should have been the final arbiter of whether or not the teenager was worthy of her two gold medals. The “controversy” made headlines around the world. Luckily for the pint-sized gymnasts, the judges were more interested in her incredible gymnastic abilities than in whether she’d recently had her butt in a stylist’s chair. Now, the hair police have fixated on Oliver – when they’re not looking side-eyed at the hair on Beyonce’s tot, Blue Ivy who’s only 2!  (Leave her alone already!)

Look, I know black hair is a touchy topic of debate for many African Americans, but from the way certain people are carrying on about Oliver on social media, you’d think she’d committed a crime other than daring to show her face on TV looking less than picture perfect.  She’s not a movie star. She’s a sidelines reporter. The wind blows.   It’s hard to keep every strand in place, especially if you don't get to sit in a nice cozy booth like the males who host these games. Oliver was on her feet working. Besides, who has never had a bad hair day?Let she who's never looked whack, toss the first curling iron.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 6:03 PM

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is on Monday, so now we’re dealing with the usual shows of disrespect that tend to pop up this time of year.

This time around, though, I’m not complaining about the MLK retail sales you see advertised from time to time. Those are mild in comparison to the party fliers featuring the image of the slain Civil Rights leader which are being passed around.  One I spotted on Facebook earlier this week had the nerve to show a doctored image of King wearing a set of headphones. Another flier has a falsified image of King wearing a giant gold chain and throwing up a gangsta-like hand symbol.  The latter was designed to advertise a “Freedom 2 Twerk” party for teens scheduled for Saturday in Flint, Mich. Thankfully, that event has been cancelled, according to the New York Daily News.

“I feel like we have failed to reach these [groups],” Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., told an Atlanta-based TV reporter.  “This imagery thing is just appalling, and it’s almost embarrassing. For me, as his daughter, it’s like ‘wow,’ I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 2:15 PM
This image released by NBC shows host Jimmy Fallon dressed as a mom, left, dancing with first lady Michelle Obama during an appearance of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." (AP Photo/NBC, Lloyd Bishop) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

After tongues began wagging about First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday save –the-date cards instructing guests to “eat before they come,” it wasn’t long before some well-known etiquette experts began weighing in on the unconventional advice.

“I don’t think it’s rude, but I do think it’s a little . . . different than what people are used to. How’s that for putting it delicately?” Lizzie Post, the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, told the Washington Post.

That was on my mind earlier today, when I chatted by phone with a local food culture expert who suggested another reason why the first lady might have worded things the way she did, given her emphasis on healthy eating and the Let’s Move Initiative.

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What’s up, everyone? Welcome. Let's discuss whatever's on our minds - pop culture, relationships, politics, even the latest fashion trend. If you read my Daily News column, you know I like to mix it up: One day, it's the state of hip hop and the next, the latest political race. Also, it's always fun to try to figure out the opposite sex and check the latest trends. It’s all about learning from each other, exchanging ideas and hopefully making some changes for the better. Nothing is off limits - just keep it clean and civil.

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