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Zondra Hughes

Zondra Hughes is the creator and CEO of The Six Brown Chicks.

As seen on "Iyanla Fix My Life," the Six Brown Chicks blog about life, love and letting go of the drama.

Hughes is a multimedia trained journalist and published author.

Outside of work, Hughes regularly participates in community outreach programs which garnered accolades such as one of the 100 Women Making a Difference; (Today’s Chicago Woman); Who’s Who in Black Chicago; one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Chicago, (Rolling Out Magazine); and Top Media Movers (Monarch Magazine) among others.

Hughes has co-written the wildly popular Ritz Harper Goes To Hollywood with Wendy Williams; and her first novel, The M.O.O.D. Lounge.

She is a proud member of The Authors Guild, resides in Chicago with her large family.

Entries by Zondra Hughes

Why Bad Relationships Happen to Good Women

(6) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 4:11 PM

I'm an optimistic single.

I personally believe that there are more good guys out there than bad, and that the typical single guy isn't on the prowl to scam and hurt women. The typical guy, much like the typical woman, is just searching for a connection that he can believe...

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Dumped? 6 Ways to Save Face on Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 10:31 PM

When you're in love, social media is very good to you. Every encounter -- date night, food fight, and strolls in the park -- becomes a selfie photo shoot, and you just can't wait to upload those images to your page. There you are, the Facebook Couple of the Day,...

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10 Dinge, die Männer von ihrer Affäre erwarten

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Ein enger Freund von mir (der seine Frau betrog) hat mich darüber aufgeklärt, dass manche von uns eigentlich sehr intelligenten Frauen eine Affäre eingehen - und absichtlich eine Geliebte oder Zweitfrau werden - ohne die Bedingungen des Deals richtig zu verstehen.

Mein Freund sollte es wissen; er hatte eine Geliebte,...

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10 Men Tell the Reasons Why They Cheat

(8) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Why would a man need a sidepiece anyway?

I'm blessed to have a lot of male Facebook friends and I've decided to milk these friendships for as much information as I can get. And that brings me to today's installment: The Top 10 Reasons Why Men Cheat....

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The Sidepiece Agreement: 10 Rules for The Other Woman

(114) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 12:52 AM

A close male friend (who used to cheat on his wife) has enlightened me that some of us otherwise intelligent chicks enter into the Sidepiece Agreement -- that is, knowingly becoming the mistress or other woman -- without fully understanding the terms of the deal.

My friend should know;...

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Parents, Stop Shaming Your Teen Daughters Online

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Some parents are out of control.

Yesterday I saw a video of a woman who chastised her teen daughter for having sex in the house by calling her a "b*tch" and then sucker-punching the teen in the face, twice. Someone taped the incident, and then uploaded the video to World...

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Open Letter to the Shameless Social Media Self-Promoter

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Dear Shameless Social Media Self-Promoter,

Your Facebook friends, fans and followers are this close to taking their Likes back because you're out of control.

This may come as a surprise to you, but there are some folks who are on Facebook and Twitter to connect with others. We're pontificating,...

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A Warning to Hip Hop

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:44 AM

In psychology, cognitive dissonance occurs when your brain can't handle an uncomfortable contradiction.

For example, if you happen upon your trusted fiancé embracing another, for an instant you may rationalize that the other person must be a relative, a friend, i.e., a non-threat to your relationship. It's too uncomfortable...

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Russell Simmons' Art for Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:46 PM

Russell Simmons has converted this nonbeliever.


Many times I have shrugged at the notion of art as a necessity for today's youth. I understood why cash-strapped public schools nixed art and music programs in order to make ends meet.

How would...

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10 Commandments of National Orgasm Week

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:12 PM


A doctor, a disciplinarian, a dancer, a church lady, a columnist, and an adventurous wife convened to deliver a frank talk about sex to a crowd of women at the American celebration of National Orgasm Week.

The event, Explorgasm Women's Health Initiative, took...

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Relationship Hell: 5 Women You NEVER Want to Become

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:47 PM

You're in dating hell when you lose yourself, play yourself, bankrupt yourself and sacrifice yourself for someone who couldn't care less. Here, then are five character types to avoid.

The Placeholder Paula. On the bottom of the Totem Pole is the placeholder, and as the name suggests, she's just...

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DMX's Unconditional Love Is Tainted

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 5:14 PM

Hip Hop star DMX showed his demons on Iyanla, Fix My Life and it was revealing.

DMX sought an intervention for womanizing and seemed surprised when Iyanla Vanzant told him that womanizing was a symptom of other issues going on in his life. Iyanla had done...

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Camping With Teen Girls: Dreams and Nightmares

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 5:55 PM

For the most part, everyday women have successfully defied age. Forty is the new 20; cougars are sexy. Diet, exercise, and plastic surgery have preserved women to look as good as their high school years or better.


Now it's time to step...

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Are You the Lover or the Help?

(9) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 1:34 PM

I had the misfortune of dating a guy who was in the process of relaunching his business.

On our first blind date, he discussed his business plans at length, and his zeal was attractive to me. We continued to talk via phone and began to see each other regularly....

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The Top 5 Things Men Seek in Relationships

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:58 AM

At the recent Chicago's Most Wanted: 50 Top Bachelors event held at Red Kiva (in Chicago's West Loop), several bachelors discussed the qualities they sought in a mate. Here are a few "must-haves" that made their list.

Men seek a mate with individuality.

Joe Russo, owner, the Shrine Chicago

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Beware: 5 Biz Partners to Avoid in 2013

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 10:45 AM

Recently, I bumped into a promising young businesswoman that I admired. Before I could ask her how things were going at her art gallery, she handed me her newly designed business card -- minus her partner's name.

"That didn't work out," she said flatly.

I didn't need the details;...

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Life After Iyanla, Fix My Life

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 2:00 PM


I chose to wait until the first season of Iyanla, Fix My Life, came to an end before I commented on my participation in the show.

I appeared on the episode, "Iyanla, Fix My Backstabbing Friends," with five female...

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Black Still Matters -- Even After You Get Some Green

(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 4:55 PM


The other night I attended market research guru Pepper Miller's Black Still Matters book launch and panel discussion held at the DuSable Museum of African-American history.

Miller and her panel explained the conflicted picture of the African-American consumers' staggering influence and brand loyalty and...

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Dwyane Wade's Sister and Other Black Women Share Keys to Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 3:56 PM

Steed Society's Female Success Factor: The Digital S.H.E., a free event sponsored by U.S. Cellular, took place over the weekend at Chicago's Society Art Gallery.


This was the first year that I hosted this national event, and in a nutshell, female executives...

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Free at Last! Leaving a Bad Job to Launch a New Business

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 11:32 AM

Life is a dream when you love your job and it's a nightmare when you hate it.

So what can you do if you are living a nightmare? Leave that job behind, according to two young entrepreneurs who found their passions in their second careers.

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