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Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams Comes With Solo CD
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Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams Comes With Solo CD

There was a time when Mint Condition was racking up hits and dominating radio, but after more than two decades as the lead vocalist for the R&B band, Stokley Williams has decided to step out as a solo artist. He has just dropped his debut solo album Introducing Stokley.Stokley called in a few friends for […]

Beauty Expert Agunes White Debuts Anti-Aging Product 'Sexy Golddigger Serum'
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Beauty Expert Agunes White Debuts Anti-Aging Product ‘Sexy Golddigger Serum’

The U.S. skin care market is expected to reach $10,717.4 million by 2018. So skin care expert and entrepreneur Agunes White, the founder and CEO of Agunes Skin Care, has decided on the perfect time to launch her latest product, Sexy Golddigger Serum™. The name is more than provocative. “The name is, yes, powerful and sexy,’” […]

A Christmas Story: Books For Everyone on Your Gift List
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A Christmas Story: Books For Everyone on Your Gift List

One of the best gifts to give a person is a book. A book can help someone in so many different ways–some give pleasure, others education. Here’s a list of a few reads that might be perfect for someone on your gift list. Highlight Review Other American Dreams by Sérgio F. Monteiro This a crime […]

Lor’Dour Designs Wowed On The Catwalk At Harlem Fashion Week
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Lor’Dour Designs Wowed On The Catwalk At Harlem Fashion Week

Last month I had the chance to check out the fabulous Harlem Fashion Week and was wowed by the fashions of Arianna Laylah, Isha Conteh, Simply Ma’am, Visions by Teonah Knighton, Yvonne Jewnell New York, and Lor’Dour Designs. The designer behind Lor’Dour Designs is Crystal Glass Warner, also the CEO of Crystal Glass Cosmetics and […]

Does United Airlines Have A Secret Racist Group? A Lawsuit By Black Pilots Claims So
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Does United Airlines Have A Secret Racist Group? A Lawsuit By Black Pilots Claims So

Black pilots over at United Airlines are not just unhappy with the airline, they feel their airline needs to be investigated for discriminatory practices. A group of African-American United Airlines pilots are currently involved in a major lawsuit over claims of discrimination at the airline. The plaintiffs are also  asking Congress and the U.S. Department […]

Stories From Cabo Verde: Meet Artist Tchalé Figueira
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Stories From Cabo Verde: Meet Artist Tchalé Figueira

They say music is the universal language, but art may even be more so. And one of the best communicators is  Cabo Verde is Tchalé Figueira, whom I have had the pleasure to getting to know. Vivacious, talented, opinionated, outspoken, friendly, fun-loving are just a few of the adjectives to describe Tchalé–and I am sure […]

Party Like Rihanna In Barbados at the Famed Crop Over Festival--But Hurry Up! Aug. 1 Is the “Last Lap”
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Party Like Rihanna In Barbados at the Famed Crop Over Festival–But Hurry Up! Aug. 1 Is the “Last Lap”

You have seen pictures of singer Rihanna celebrating Crop Over festival in her native Barbados. So why not join her this year, especially since you can stay at Mango Bay all-inclusive hotel for off season rates. The beachfront boutique-style Mango Bay Hotel, with just 76 rooms, is located nearby the festivities on the vibrant west […]

Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: Suicide and Mental Health In CV
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Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: Suicide and Mental Health In CV

I have been in Cabo Verde for more than six years and have heard of more suicides and have known more people peripherally who have committed suicide than ever in my life. Maybe this is because it’s a small country. But there still seems to be a disproportionate amount of suicides in this island nation. […]

How Agnes Davis Came To Start "Swim swim swim I SAY"
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How Agnes Davis Came To Start “Swim swim swim I SAY”

This summer is the perfect time to teach your child to swim or to put them into swimming classes, especially if you are Black.  According to the latest stats a whopping 70 percent of Blacks Americans don’t swim. This can be dangerous. This is where Agnes Davis steps in. Her New York City-based company, swim […]

Meet Artist Mario Moore, Artist in Residence at Harlem School of the Arts
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Meet Artist Mario Moore, Artist in Residence at Harlem School of the Arts

He may be young, but Brooklyn, NY-based artist Mario Moore is already making major inroads in the art world. Moore is the current Artist in Residence at Harlem School of the Arts. Moore caught the art bug early in life. “I realized I wanted to be an artist at a very young age,” says the […]

Healthcare Entrepreneur & Advocate Sheila Thorne Tells Us Why We Should Honor National Minority Health Month
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Healthcare Entrepreneur & Advocate Sheila Thorne Tells Us Why We Should Honor National Minority Health Month

New York City has one of this highest health care gaps in the country, according to a report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute which in 2011 ranked the nation’s counties on various measures of health. Among New York City’s five counties (boroughs), Manhattan, Queens and […]

Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: At Last, I Will Learn Kriolu With the New 'Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary'
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Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: At Last, I Will Learn Kriolu With the New ‘Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary’

I have met the man who is finally going to teach me Capeverdean Creole–Manuel Da Luz Gonçalves. Well, not just me but every English speaker. Of course, I could take a Kriolu class as they have now popped up here in Praia, Cabo Verde, but Gonçalves’s new groundbreaking The Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary, published by Mili-Mila, […]

Daughters Of Soul Documentary Will Honor Music Legends & Their Daughters Thanks To The Family Stand's Sandra St. Victor
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Daughters Of Soul Documentary Will Honor Music Legends & Their Daughters Thanks To The Family Stand’s Sandra St. Victor

Imagine the daughters of such music legends as Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Bill Withers, Sly Stone, and Syl Johnson all gathered together not only for a concert but a documentary that not only celebrates their legacy but also lets them shine in their our light as artists themselves. Well, it all part of […]

Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: "Broken Arm & Life Lessons In The Hospital"
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Short Stories From An American in Cape Verde: “Broken Arm & Life Lessons In The Hospital”

“Mas madjor? (Are you better?),” asks one young man by my bedside. He’s followed by a group of older women dressed traditionally (long, black pleated skirts; panu fabric wrapped around their waists; and headscarves covering their heads). Next was a young woman, followed by another person then another. They each come and ask me the […]

Celebrating 25 Years: My Personal Look Back at New York Trend
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Celebrating 25 Years: My Personal Look Back at New York Trend

Twenty-five years. It seems impossible, for it was only yesterday that my mentor, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams, told me about her concept for a new newspaper. Sure there were other  black-owned newspapers in New York City, but what Dr. Williams envisioned was a funnier, funkier, more daring, more honest multicultural media outlet. She was offering […]