Unretouched Portraits Illustrate 19 Bare, Bold And Beautiful Women


Alyscia Cunningham was fed up with other photographers suggesting to her that she should photoshop the bodies and skin of her clients. So she created her own photo series featuring unretouched, makeup-free women of all ages to highlight just how stunning natural beauty can be. In January 2012, Cunningham released her photography book Feminine Transitionswhich features hundreds of unaltered portraits ...

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Celebrating Missy Elliott’s 44th Birthday With 14 Of Her Flyest Videos

U.S. singer Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Not too many musicians can reach the sonically creative, innovative and unprecedented heights Missy Elliott has managed. Although younger generations may have just sampled their first taste of her music at this year’s Super Bowl, she’s been slaying the games since the 1990s. Misdemeanor changed the female emcee game and earned her place in history, producer/rapper/singer/showrunner extraordinaire, leaving an entire ...

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It’s Not Black Folks’ Burden To Forgive Racist Killers

Pallbearer release doves over the casket holding Emanuel AME Church shooting victim Ethel Lance during her burial at the Emanuel AME Church Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina, June 25, 2015.    AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

If you want to silence a black person’s pain, ask for forgiveness. We’re accustomed to our screams being hushed in the wake of tragedy. We’re accustomed to our grief being shoved aside in the rush to find mercy for those who have trespassed against us. Just two days after Dylann Roof massacred nine Bible study attendees at Emanuel AME Church ...

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Who In God’s Name Could Be Burning Black Churches?

Rev. Larry Hill looks over the remains of the Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, June 7, 1996, after officials called the fire that destroyed the church arson. Hill is pastor of the historic black church. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Six black churches burned. Two weeks. Three blazes that could be arson. Authorities have yet to determine whether the fires that have ripped through the buildings of predominantly black churches in the South in the past weeks were hate crimes — or if they were even linked. But activists and religious leaders were quick to connect the dots on social ...

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Obama Has A Plan To Bring More Workers Overtime Pay. Here’s What It Means For You.


In a blog post on The Huffington Post on Monday, President Barack Obama laid out his highly anticipated plan to extend overtime pay to more American workers. His proposal, which does not require approval from Congress, constitutes arguably his most sweeping economic reform through executive action since taking office. Under the plan, the administration says, an estimated 5 million more ...

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LGBT Immigrant Rights Protesters Arrested Near White House


WASHINGTON — Six LGBT immigrant rights activists were arrested Tuesday after blocking a street near the White House to protest the Obama administration’s treatment of LGBT immigrants in detention. Protesters, organized by advocacy group United We Dream, took turns criticizing Obama administration detention policies as some participants linked themselves with chains or lay in the street and blocked traffic. “We ...

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Newly Released Emails Show Obama Aides Knew Of Hillary Clinton’s Private Email As Early As 2009

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Jefferson Jackson event hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Va., Friday, June 26, 2015.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence. White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel requested Clinton’s email address on Sept. 5, 2009, according to one of some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department on Tuesday evening. His request ...

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Black church in South Carolina destroyed by fire, cause unknown: officials


A historic South Carolina black church was gutted by a fire Tuesday night, just hours after the NAACP warned pastors nationwide to be vigilant following a series of blazes at Southern black churches. Flames engulfed the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, about 60 north of Charleston, as it burned for nearly three hours. “It’s gone,” State Rep. ...

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U.S., Cuba To Announce Embassy Openings Wednesday: Report

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a briefing on the "2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" at the State Department on June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, a major step in ending hostilities between the Cold War foes, a senior administration official said. The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies following the historic December announcement that they would ...

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Ben Carson: ‘I Don’t Really Want’ To Run for President

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LAMONI, Iowa — Ben Carson is running for president, but he said last week that it’s a taxing endeavor he doesn’t want to do. Rather, he said, he’d been hoping to retire after decades of working long hours as a neurosurgeon. “I really don’t want to do this, to be honest with you,” Carson, one of a dozen or so ...

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The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

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Unequal health care continues to be a serious problem for black Americans. More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark report showing that minority patients were less likely to receive the same quality health care as white patients, racial and ethnic disparities continue to plague the U.S. health care system. That report, which was published in ...

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Mitchelle Blair, Detroit Mother, Pleads Guilty To Murdering Son And Daughter

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A Detroit mother ridiculed her two dead children Monday as she pleaded guilty to murdering them and keeping their bodies in her freezer. “I don’t regret none of this,” Mitchelle Blair, 36, said in court, according to The Associated Press. “I don’t feel no remorse for the death of those demons.” Police found the bodies of 13-year-old Stoni Blair and ...

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