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Baze Mpinja

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J. Cole: Rapper, Producer and... Body Image Counselor?

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 5:55 PM

This post first appeared on Baze Mpinja's blog,

When hip-hop artists spout horribly misogynistic lyrics, the Twittersphere weighs in, the media chooses sides and sometimes protestors take to the streets. Fair enough, but how about we give credit to rappers when they do...

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Makeup Bars: Are They Helpful or Harmful?

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 9:52 AM

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week reported that makeup bars -- boutiques where women pay about $40 to get their faces dolled up by a professional makeup artist -- are becoming a trend in big cities like Los Angeles and Atlanta. But, it's not just...

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Why I'm Glad My Mother Didn't Relax My Hair

(25) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 7:36 PM

A blogger for recently sounded off on black moms who chemically straighten their daughters' hair before they're even old enough for pre-school. I'm so glad my mother didn't do that to me -- if she had, I doubt I would have as much hair confidence as I...

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