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When Fairy Baemother Blurbs Your Book And You LIVE!

When I finished writing my book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, I was proud of what I did. I was proud of the 75,000 words and I knew I had done something good. The test for me, was if people who I loved and respected felt the same way. …

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About My Epic Week (I Interviewed Oprah), Dreams Realized and Lessons Re-Learned

“Your gift makes room for you and brings you before great men.” Mannn, look. If that ain’t been my testimony, I don’t know what is, and last week was the epitome of that. I am still processing it all, but I had to write about it because it was surreal and I …

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Because BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 2016 Was Dope: My Recap

The Gap just dropped an ad on how girls can do anything, featuring a Black girl who is being used as an armrest by one of the white girls. Kirsten West Savali wrote an amazing piece on The Root about it. Read: The Price on Our Heads: New GapKids Ad Sparks Racially …

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Still Reveling in Joy From ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood 2016

Every single time I’ve gone to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, I’ve floated away from it. No, I don’t walk away from there. I glide on clouds because that room is nothing short of spell-binding. It puts you in a high that you can’t come down from for …

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ESSENCE Magazine’s Cover with Ava, Issa, Shonda, Debbie and Mara is EVERYTHING!

Lemme tell you something, ESSENCE Magazine. Why must I have to buy each of your issues TWICE? Why, I ask? Lawdt. The magazine is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary with the May 2015 issue. The cover is the dopest, featuring Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae and Debbie Allen. …

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Lupita, Shonda and the 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

My favorite event of the year is the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. I’ve gone three out of the last four years and there is no other space that feels as supportive, inspiring and epic as this one. There’s something incredibly special about how accessible the celebrities who come …

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4 Things We Already Know About Scandal Season 4
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4 Things We Already Know About Season 4 of Scandal

Gladiators! Long time no chat about our addiction, Scandal. The show ended its season 3 in mid-April. That feels like ages ago. It’s been 3 months already. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Anywho, Scandal is revving up again because channels are getting ready for Fall TV. Already, there are some facts …

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The Shonda Rhimes Takeover Continues on ABC This Fall

At the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in 2012, the president of ABC (Anne Sweeney) presented Shonda Rhimes with an award. Before she did, she said “We usually give people a seat at the table. We gave Shonda the table.” WELL DAMB! It seems she wasn’t playing one bit …

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There’s a Snake in the Garden: Scandal Episode 217 Recap

The fact that the last episode of Scandal ended without me rolling on carpet shoulda let me know that Shonda was preparing to slay all our feelings this week. I shoulda been ready, but I wasn’t. Let’s just get right into it. Charlie’s on the Job – Cyrus meets Charlie, …

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Boom Goes the Dynamite (and My Blood Pressure): Scandal Episode 215 Recap

I know I’m 10 days late for this but I had to get my mind right before watching the newest episode of Scandal. Since I missed it when it first came on and folks told me the next new one isn’t coming on til March 21, I wanted to delay …

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