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Men, Commitment, Tradition & The Independent Woman: PBG Responds

This morning, I had the opportunity to read a post on SingleBlackMale.org entitled “Have Blurred Gender Roles Pushed Men Away From Commitment” written by a man that tweets as @DamnPops. I’ve been a reader of SBM for a few years and I check the site frequently to see what opinions some men have for the world from time to time. I saw...
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A Hint of Spice is Always Nice

I’ve got a story to tell. A story about Black Girls talkin’ back. A story of sass. A story of…spice. A few weeks ago at the height of the 2nd Black Girls Are Magic t-shirt campaign, one of my most ardent supporters, Marissa, posted a link to her Facebook wall so other people might see it and read the message and possibly...
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Dirty Pretty AncestryDNA Results!!: Nigerian Girl

Back in mid-November, I took a genetic analysis test through AncestryDNA.com. I blogged about some of my family history with which I am familiar with and the curiosity that remains despite that knowledge. I’d wanted to do this test for a number of years and finally ordered it and took it. (Click here to check the post about that process.) Well, my...
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Tee Goes To College: UMES or Bust…The Wish List

So this baby girl of mine… Became this big girl of mine… And she will soon be leaving for college. College. The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Away from home and from Mommy & Family for the very first time ever. Am I worried? Nah…I’m not worried. Devastated because my baby is all growed-up? A little: Tee is leaving for college on 8/22....
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Quick Programming Note: Expanding Dirty Pretty Thangs!

Yo baby yo baby yo baby, yo. Check out this DPT Freshness for The New Year…   Yes, I do love Blogging and all of you good folks that check for my writing every time I post, but since I don’t seem to be making it over to this space as often as I’d like to with my Real Job and all,...
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Friends With [Fringe] Benefits

My friend Jean DeGrate, whom I believe is a very talented writer in the same way that I am (awesome storyteller), sometimes blogs over at Jean DeGrate Has Spoken. I wish he’d write more, but when he does I make a point of reading what he has posted. I enjoy his voice and his point of view. I’ve learned a lot from...
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Rip The Runway: Vogue, “Slave Earrings”? REALLY??

OK, Last week Nivea for men posted a wack-ass ad insinuating that black men with beards and afros were “uncivilized” and “didn’t give a damn”. It was just an asshole move on their part and after getting slammed for it in every corner of the World Wide Web, they took the ad down and issued an apology.  Fast forward to this week:...
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Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner: Best New Blog at the 2011 Black Weblog Awards

  I won! I won! Just for clarification’s sake, that is NOT ME in that picture above. That is Whoopi Goldberg when she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Ghost” back in 1991. But since I wasn’t able to attend the historic first live presentation of the Black Weblog Awards in Los Angeles this year, that picture right...
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Who NOT To Vote for in the 2011 Black Weblog Awards

Hello My Lovelies! Today is the LAST DAY to vote in the 2011 Black Weblog Awards. To all of you who have been responsible citizens of this blog and already voted for Dirty Pretty Thangs for Best New Blog and Best Personal Blog I say, “Thank you and your kickback is in the proverbial mail. Expect it on Nevuary 31st.” I told...
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Happy Black Girl Day: Guest Post from Lyrik: “I am a Woman: A Manifesta”

In honor of Happy Black Girl Day, I share my space here at Dirty Pretty Thangs with fellow Black Woman Writer, Porsha “Lyrik” Coleman. Lyrik has been a long-time supporter of my blog’s many incarnations and I am honored to provide a loving and safe space for her to share here. Thank you so much for your submission, Sister.   I am...
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