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Can Botox Turn a Depressed Woman’s Frown Upside Down? Can Botox Turn a Depressed Woman’s Frown Upside Down?

Botox just might be able to make you feel a little happier beyond its ability to erase crow’s-feet and lift a sagging turkey neck.

The Age of Digital Well-Being: Help! I’ve Fallen Into a Click Hole and I Can’t Get Up The Age of Digital Well-Being: Help! I’ve Fallen Into a Click Hole and I Can’t Get Up

Oh my God! Do I have digital-disease syndrome? Of course I do. If you’re reading this, you probably do as well. I’m a user, and you’re a user, too. “Hello. My name is Veronica, and I’m a digital-information addict.” Please don’t stop reading my article because I said that. Without you, dear user, I’m nothing. I’m a…

The Iconoclast: How Lezli Levene Harvell Is Redefining ‘Having It All’ The Iconoclast: How Lezli Levene Harvell Is Redefining ‘Having It All’

Doctor. Wife. Mother—of five. Entrepreneur. Food enthusiast. Event curator. Philanthropist. Lezli Levene Harvell wears so many hats, it’s exhausting just to consider what a typical day in her life must be like. Inevitably, the clichéd phrase “I don’t know how she does it” comes to mind.

It’s OK Not to Be OK: 2 Black Teens Use Tech to Prevent Suicide

What if there were an app that helped save teens from suicide? This is the question that 11-year-old Charlie Lucas not only asked himself but came up with an answer for when he teamed up with his 15-year-old sister, Hannah, who had attempted suicide because of illness, bullying and depression.

How Isolation, Stigma and Shame Are Killing Black Women Living With HIV How Isolation, Stigma and Shame Are Killing Black Women Living With HIV

“Before I was diagnosed with HIV in 1994, I was a huge people person, but afterwards, I didn’t want to be bothered with the world,” Gina Brown, a community organizer for the Southern AIDS Coalition, told The Root.

The Great Motivator: Tonya Lewis Lee Is One Multifaceted Mama The Great Motivator: Tonya Lewis Lee Is One Multifaceted Mama

Tonya Lewis Lee wants me to take my vitamins. Specifically, she wants me to take her vitamins, which is why a month’s supply of multivitamins from her company, Movita Organics, sits on my desk. The glass bottle boasts that they are made with organic fruit, vegetables and herbs, whole-food vitamins and minerals, and…

Best Foot Forward: Step into Protective Styles this Spring!  Best Foot Forward: Step into Protective Styles this Spring! 

We’re all about protective styles when it comes to our hair—but what about our feet? Did you know African-American women are 3 times as likely as other ethnic groups to experience bunions, hammer or overlapping toes and flat feet ? High heels, hard shoes and even sandals can cause or exacerbate all these symptoms and…

On Reinvention and Remission: Chef Elle Simone Scott Is Paving the Way for Women of Color in the Culinary Industry On Reinvention and Remission: Chef Elle Simone Scott Is Paving the Way for Women of Color in the Culinary Industry

Detroit native chef Elle Simone Scott is one of the scintillating on-air talents and food stylists on America’s Test Kitchen. Her rich roots and passion for culinary arts were inspired by cooking with her grandmother at a very young age; years later, she’d moonlight in the hospitality industry after earning…

Going With the Flow: Embracing the Blood That Binds Us Going With the Flow: Embracing the Blood That Binds Us

In the immortal words of the late Joan Rivers: Can we talk?

For Colored Girls in Their 30s and 40s Who Feel Like Life May Have Passed Them By For Colored Girls in Their 30s and 40s Who Feel Like Life May Have Passed Them By

In the predawn quiet before the world reanimated itself, my phone lit up, announcing an incoming call from a friend I absolutely love. She’s an early riser like me, so we have high-energy conversations at obnoxious hours of the morning when everyone else is still asleep. But I was on deadline this particular day, so I…

For Your Healthiest Hydration: Get Off the Bottle!  For Your Healthiest Hydration: Get Off the Bottle! 

I make it a habit not to drink designer water; I drink tap. After Tuesday’s post about stepping up my daily intake of water in 2018, I got some pushback—and rightly so—for using a stock photo of a model drinking water from a disposable plastic bottle. Personally, I try my hardest not to buy water in a plastic bottle,…

Walking on Water: Walk and Hydrate Your Way Into a Healthier 2018 Walking on Water: Walk and Hydrate Your Way Into a Healthier 2018

It’s a new year, and none of my pants fit. You can still see the story of 2017 writ large on my hips and thighs: I stress-ate and binge-watched Netflix my way through the inauguration, a move to a new apartment, the loss of a father figure, seeing two of my four kids through both high school and college admissions…

Stop Putting Your Life on Layaway: 5 Things You Should Say Yes to in 2018 Stop Putting Your Life on Layaway: 5 Things You Should Say Yes to in 2018

Recently, Wifey and I went on a double date with another black lesbian couple I deeply admire. One of them is an über-talented writer, artist and teacher, while the other is a nationally recognized food-justice consultant. After we’d been out of touch for a while, the theme of the night was about catching up and…

Indelible Beauty: Makeup Maven Cashmere Nicole Talks Success, Survival and Building a Brand Built to Last Indelible Beauty: Makeup Maven Cashmere Nicole Talks Success, Survival and Building a Brand Built to Last

Beauty Bakerie founder and CEO Cashmere Nicole knows about staying power. She’s built a successful and evolving brand that started on the strength of one product: her best-selling “Lip Whip.” Famed for smudge-free saturation in no fewer than 45 shades (and counting), the day-to-night finish is vegan, nontoxic and 100…

Shedding Light on Reproductive Health: Understanding Adenomyosis Shedding Light on Reproductive Health: Understanding Adenomyosis

U.K. native Kat François, 44, is a reputable performance artist, writer and playwright, best known for her televised appearances on the BBC3 Poetry Slam Championships in 2004 and the World Poetry Slam Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2005. But despite her accolades and extensive global résumé, we…

Formerly Fat: How Bariatric Surgery Helped Me Transform My Life Formerly Fat: How Bariatric Surgery Helped Me Transform My Life

On a break while shopping for Black Friday deals, a friend and I sat down for lunch in the Detroit suburbs. My friend quickly observed how I only ate half of my burger and picked over my loaded baked potato. I shrugged.

Be Aware: Your Favorite Beauty Secret May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth Be Aware: Your Favorite Beauty Secret May Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth

We’re not quite sure when the buzz began about biotin, but suddenly, it seemed, every woman we knew was taking the vitamin—also called B7 or vitamin H—to support hair and nail growth. And indeed, while research is sparse, at least one double-blind study concluded that Viviscal, a supplement containing biotin, not only…

Because Being a Woman Isn’t Scary Enough: Now Your Birth Control Could Cause Breast Cancer Because Being a Woman Isn’t Scary Enough: Now Your Birth Control Could Cause Breast Cancer

Have breasts? Trying not to get pregnant? A new study from Denmark has revealed that hormonal birth control of all types can raise your risk of developing breast cancer, which is frightening news to the legions of women who choose these methods to prevent conception.

Hot Flashes: The Cold Truth  Hot Flashes: The Cold Truth 

Once a month, when you’re suffering from cramping, bloating, moodiness and fatigue, do you imagine menopause as a dream where your menstrual cycle ends? That, like a butterfly, you’re freed from monthly changes forever?

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