A former staff writer at People and Us Weekly, I have covered everything from hero pets to hurricanes to the secrets of celebrity slim-downs (which is basically avoiding carbs and anything else that you might actually enjoy eating). My work has also appeared in Essence and Self Magazine. Now an editor at The Stir, I spend my downtime hanging out with my hubby, toddler, and Shih Tzu in New York City. My other favorite pastime -- reality TV. I swear I've learned everything I need to know to survive this life from Snooki, Kim K, and NeNe Leakes.
A soy latte ... but on weekends, mama definitely needs a mimosa!
Rarely do I see a commercial that has any redeeming value these days. Those cheap gimmicks are more likely to inspire an eye-roll than my whipping out my wallet. Not so of the new Pantene ad. It's quite honestly one of the most thought-provoking and culturally relevant TV spots ever to hit the tube. It's one every single woman should watch. Why? Because it drives home one simple fact every woman is forced to acknowledge at some point. And that is life is not fair for the so-called fairer sex. Take a look:
This family better not expect anything other than coal this Christmas. There are many things people argue about during the holidays: who cooks, who visits, what kind of gifts to give. But this may be a first. Three relatives in South Carolina got into a brawl for the most ridiculous reason imaginable: the Christmas tree.
Just call her Cupid! Ellen DeGeneres played host to another surprise proposal and this one may be her best yet. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was a guest on Wednesday's show to celebrate being named National League MVP. But he had an ulterior motive for the TV appearance. His girlfriend of four years Maria was in the audience and got the shock of her life -- and quite honestly, it's the sweetest we've ever seen.
Much has been made of the controversy surrounding how black shoppers are treated at high-end stores. The scandal kicked off after two people accused Barneys and the NYPD of racially profiling them as they shopped. In one incident, 21-year-old Kayla Phllips was surrounded by cops after purchasing a $2,500 Celine handbag. They demanded to know why she had used a debit card without a name on it. It happened to be a temporary card until her new one arrived. She avoided arrest but not complete and utter humiliation. To them, she didn't look like someone who could actually afford that swank accessory.
Other shoppers have made similar complaints about Macy's. Shameful? Without a doubt. But if you are black and like to buy things at upscale stores, this is nothing new. In fact, I have long referred to this as "Shopping While Black." However, now there is a proposed cure-all for this form of discrimination -- a Bill of Rights to protect black shoppers.
Wondering if racial profiling really exists? This may answer that question for you. Three Rochester, New York teens say they were waiting for the school bus when they were arrested. According to the kids, they weren't bothering anyone or even causing a ruckus as they waited for a ride to a basketball scrimmage. The charge? Obstructing pedestrian traffic on a public sidewalk and blocking a store entrance.