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Author Elayne Fluker thinks you should consider saying “yes,” the next time someone asks if you need help. Image: Mecca Gamble

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” It’s a widely shared proverb of questionable origins (though most attribute it to the continent of Africa), but for author, entrepreneur and podcast host Elayne Fluker, it’s a way of life.

In her debut…

Meghan Markle in 2020. Photo: Getty Images

What’s in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to royal babies. After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, announced they were pregnant with a girl during that infamous Oprah interview, speculation began over both the name and the due date.

Earlier this week, royal watchers received…

Meghan Markle attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020…

I’ll never forget the time a former manager, an older White woman, remarked how I wasn’t my usual “peppy self” and hadn’t been smiling as much. Now mind you, this was shortly after the 2016 presidential election, so there wasn’t exactly much to smile about.

It didn’t take long (16…

“A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” Photo: VH1/Paramount

Vanessa Williams knows how to play a diva. Before she starred as the formidable Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, the award-winning singer and actress brought international pop sensation Ebony Scrooge to life in the made-for-TV movie, A Diva’s Christmas Carol.

Based on the Charles Dickens holiday classic, A Diva’s Christmas…

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Back in July, Brooklyn-based novelist Andrea Bartz started to notice hives on her back and hip.

She sought out medical help through telehealth appointments, but nothing seemed to alleviate the ailment.

“I was getting more and more stressed out [about the hives], even though I knew stress might be contributing…


A person pointing to a feelings wheel.
Illustration: Kate Dehler

“How does that make you feel?” is probably the question most associated with therapy. It’s meant to help people connect with their feelings, but sometimes it can be hard to adequately express emotions. I should know — my therapist calls me out on this on a regular basis. We were…

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As masks have become as critical to people’s daily routines as brushing their teeth and grabbing their keys — per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against Covid-19” — it’s also become clear that not all masks are created…

A headshot portrait of Kim Johnson.
Kim Johnson. Photo: JBoy Photography

When Kim Johnson was writing This Is My America back in 2015, there’s no way she could have predicted her debut YA novel about racial justice and America’s judicial system would be so relevant. And yet, the novel, which is set against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter, could easily…

A photo of Teresia Greer and her Peloton bike in her living room. “Life is short, do stuff that matters” is on her wall.
Teresia Greer and her Peloton bike. Photos courtesy of Teresia.

In 2017, Courtney Snowden was pregnant with her younger son and thought she’d never see the inside of a gym again. A single mom by choice, she was juggling a demanding job as a deputy mayor for the District of Columbia and was unsure how a regular workout routine would…

Doing It My Way

A photo of Tabitha Brown posing with peace signs.
Tabitha Brown. Photos: Luc-Richard

You wouldn’t necessarily know it by scrolling social media, but African Americans make up the largest demographic of vegans in the United States, at 8% of all African American adults, according to a Pew Research Center study.

And while plant-based diets aren’t necessarily new to Black communities, their recent surge…

L'Oreal Thompson Payton

L’Oreal is a freelance writer and editor who’s dedicated to uplifting and inspiring Black women and girls through storytelling. Learn more at LTintheCity.com.

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