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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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#BlackGirlMagic: Living and Breathing And Claiming It

I’ve had this thought about what I love to call the “Magic of Black Women” for a very long time. Many years. But I’ve never been able to articulate it. I know it when I see it. I know it when I feel it, but it is such a phenomenal state of being and doing, that words always escape me when it...
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Fat Girl Fairytales: The Amazing Transformation of Jennifer Hudson

Can we talk about Jennifer Hudson being in cahoots with those “diet” people over at Weight Watchers to make people think that FAT=HORRIBLE & TACKY? Yes, let’s do that. I’ve been meaning to rant about this for at least a week. I’m about sick and tired of seeing Jennifer Hudson in these awful TV ads for Weight Watchers. She’s been wailing like a...
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My Experience With The ICTC Full-Circle Birth Companion Training

I did it! I’m a doula!! Well, a “provisional” doula, anyway. The Full-Circle Birth Companion training that I completed this past weekend through the International Center for Traditional Childbearing is just the first leap forward in this journey to doula that I’m on. Now I have to complete a series of writings, reading and class audits as well as attend five births...
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Black Mamas BabyWearing: It’s Our Culture And It’s Best Practices

I guess it will be “Babies & Motherhood” week here on Dirty Pretty Thangs, huh? Not much dirtier or prettier in my humble opinion. I was just on Twitter talking with a few mothers (new/veteran/aspiring) about how we carry our babies from one place to another (funny, Daddies never chime in on this subject). Somebody had asked why strollers are so expensive...
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Hey You Asked: Advice For A Transitioning Naturalista

Dear PBG,                 I am 24 yrs old and have never had the interest or desire to transition to natural hair until now. My hair was falling out in patches and the breakage was unbearable.  I cut my hair in May and I haven’t had a perm since February. I have been researching how to transition to natural hair but everywhere I look someone...
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The Matriarchal Legacy of The Black Woman’s Righteous Anger

Stop acting like we don’t have a right to this collective anger. Anybody with a brain that thinks and eyes that see and nose that knows KNOWS that we have a right to this anger. The “Angry Black Woman” is angry for a multitude of reasons. We’ve been America’s favorite Whipping Girl since the first African woman set her foot in Virginia...
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Forever 21 Accessories Haul

About a month ago, I ended up in the gigantic new Forever 21 in Downtown D.C. with my daughter. This isn’t a store I’m ever in alone. As the name suggests, it’s geared more toward the younger set so I am usually in there with my daughter financing her fashion fetish. This time around I was able to cop a few goodies...
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I’m Going To Be A Doula: Chip In!

  After working many years as an Early Care and Eduction Specialist with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and as a private nanny, supporting, educating and nurturing children as well as their parents, I have finally decided to add “doula” to my repertoire. I am going to be a doula. I know, I know. You’re wondering: “What is a doula??” Well, here’s the...
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Checking In With My Inner Moon

“..by honouring the demands of our bleeding, our blood gives us something in return. The crazed bitch from irritation hell recedes. In her place arises a side of ourselves with whom we may not-at first- be comfortable. She is a vulnerable, highly perceptive genius who can ponder a given issue and take her world by storm. When we’re quiet and bleeding, we...
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