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.
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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.
There has been a lot of talk recently about how black shoppers are treated at high-end stores. The issue? Several people made discrimination complaints against popular shops in New York City. The scandal kicked off after two shoppers accused Barneys and the NYPD of racial profiling. In one case, 21-year-old Kayla Phllips was surrounded by cops after purchasing a $2,500 Celine handbag. They demanded to know why she 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 humiliation. To them, she didn't look like someone who could afford that swank accessory.
There are similar complaints about Macy's. Shameful. But if you are black and like to buy things at upscale stores, this is nothing new. It happens all across this country. In fact, I have long referred to this as "Shopping While Black." However, now there is a proposed fix -- 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.
Have you ever been shocked at the news a couple you know is splitting up? The first thing out of your mouth was probably, "But they had a perfect marriage" or "They seemed so happy." That happened to me recently when I learned a friend and her college sweetheart hubby were calling it quits. Of course, I wanted to know how this seemingly ideal union crumbled? One day, he came home and said that it was over because she didn't make him laugh anymore. Devastating, right? Especially considering the fact that she had two kids and supported him through medical school and his residency. In the months since hearing about it, I haven't gotten her story out of my mind. I've been asking other divorced women the real reasons their husbands gave them for leaving. Here is what they had to say.