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The Thing About Generational Curses.....

By Felicia Clark  The first time he got me, was 20 years ago...over a bottle of Boone’s Farm. I was 15 or maybe even 16 years old. There was this guy that lived on the block that we called Sleepy. He had a thing for me, but not I for him.
Honestly, I was not very attracted to him.I loved the attention that he gave me every time he would see me walking down the street. He would make it his business to stop whatever he was doing to make sure I got in the house safe when I made it home from Bible study.
He would always tell me how pretty I was. And he did it in such a way that all I could do was blush. I mean all teeth. I typically hid behind my hands because I have pretty big teeth! Our paths more than crossed outside on the block; we were in the same house at the same time. A friend of our’s mom was at work. Therefore, it was a perfect time for a get together.
There I was, at this particular friend’s house getting one hell of a contact from weed and a glass of Boone’s Farm when Sleepy com…
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Ready to Write That Book? Here’s How You Land a Literary Agent

By: Dawn Michelle Hardy Like many people, finding my professional passion required a bit of trial and error. After a promising stint in visual merchandising, I switched career tracks and found myself working with authors.  I literally started from the bottom—I had a part-time gig assisting a best-selling author—now I’m here. I’m a full-time publicist, a literary agent and book consultant.  I love my career, especially during April-October, because it’s the industry’s peak season.
Summertime is when everything goes down in the book industry. Authors are busy attending writing conferences, tours, and appearances at large scale gatherings like Essence Music Festival, BookCon, LA Times Book Festival and the Brooklyn Book Festival, which means agents and publicists are running around too. I offer two services. As an agent with Serendipity Literary Agency, I champion for writers to receive publishing deals. 
Since publicity is such and integral part of project’s success, I use my PR agenc…

The Thing About EXPECTATIONS

By Rapmusiq 
‘Coffee/Tea with David’ the message said. ‘Yay! I hope he’s dope and recognizes the dopeness in you’ was my response. ‘No expectations’ she said. That’s bullshit! was my final deliberation four days later as I recalled the conversation. No assumptions, no expectations, that’s a thing people say when they want to avoid disappointment and its more intense older brother; suffering.
If we’re honest with ourselves, the entire human experience is built around expectations and assumptions. Fear is often the result of what happens when we don’t have them. This is the reason why a significant portion of the population is afraid of death. (They don’t know what to expect). Think about it. We base the majority of our lives on previous experience. When we wake up in the morning, we expect to open our eyes.  When we put the key in the ignition and turn it forward, we expect the car to start. When you sit in a chair you expect it to hold your weight. We wouldn’t even have comedy if not f…

Girls Vs. Girls: Sisterhood Struggles Part 1

Girls Vs. Girls:I love this photo. At first glance it shows the essence of sisterhood. A group of girls having fun with their day, enjoying each other carefree. As I look at it more, I can't help but notice that a few of the girls are smiling, but don't really seem happy. It could be because of their apprehension toward the photographer, or other shots showed them much happier, but in my mind, that's not the case.

The other thing that haunts me is the thought that maybe there were more girls that weren't cool enough to be in this photo. The ostracized bunch that weren't chosen to be friends with the young princesses. The most absurd part is, even when girls do clique up, there's still division within the clique!

Studies show that this behavior among girls starts as early as toddler-hood. We pattern ourselves after one another to be more "accepted". There's something about the feeling of acceptance that anchors us into conformity. I'm sure if …

Sisterhood Challenges

By Capt SistaGurl

Women are perfectly imperfect. Our splendors stretch beyond sight and if banded together, we could undoubtedly change the world. In order for this to occur, we need to unify. Before that can happen, it’s important to lay out some of the reasons why we struggle. Since our issues cannot be spelled out in one post. I will dedicate time to create a series. I believe that the core contention of female division is based on the following five components:
Girls vs. girls: The sandbox beef
Mother vs. Daughter Workplace Competition Color-ism Issues The Boy is Mine
A couple of general themes will most likely arise during the series.
Do we ever stop to think or question if we have to be each other's adversary?
I am not doing this series to blow smoke or pander.
I chose it because I believe in the power of sisterhood, and have struggled and continue to
struggle with my relationships with women just like everyone else.
Not everyday is a great day for the sisterhood, but self refl…

Fashion and Beauty Symposium

By Sierra Pepin
Sisters Arella Swan and Enyd Scott held their second annual Fashion and Beauty Symposium on Sunday, July 1st. The event was held at the T'Mari' Exquisite Venue in Evergreen Park.

Swan, a fashion blogger, and her sister Scott, a makeup artist, are sought after for advice. “People always asked us questions. They asked me about fashion and styling,” says Swan. “And then with her, they asked her questions about like how to do eyebrows, how to do foundation, what’s the best thing to use.”

Thus, the Fashion and Beauty Symposium was born last year and turned two last week. “We just decided that maybe we create a forum or some type of event to give the people all of the information in one thing. That’s kind of where the idea came from. Just us trying to educate and help out women,” says Swan.
Attendees were treated to three presentations. First, Tina Moore, a hair salon owner in Oak Forest. Swan says Moore encouraged guests to find a hair stylist who genuinely cares about…

YOU ONLY GET ONE VAGINA

Disclaimer: The following language are based on views based by Capt SistaGurl and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the all the contributing writers of the SistaGurl Blog. Reader discretion is advised. :)

I think it's especially important that when something is on my mind, I share it with my SG readers. Yall are my girls and therefore we must be able to have those conversations that aren't always popular for the betterment of womanhood. Your vagina, can be compared to no other vagina, it was carefully crafted just for your in divine splendor.  It's special. You are special. Here's the part that we so often forget and rarely point out though. As special as your Kitty Love Blossom is, it's only special to you! Literally just you.

Sometimes you may go to the ob/gyne and the physician will tell you how beautiful it is, and how firm your cervix is, but that's because they value those types of things. In real life. It's apart of their job.

Laura, why are…