India Arie Performs Cocoa Butter

INDIA ARIE PERFORMS COCOA BUTTER ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Singer India Arie appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to perform her latest single ‘Cocoa Butter,’ taken from her ‘Songversation’ CD, released yesterday, June 25th.

India will keep the promo going, appearing on upcoming episodes of Good Day New York (earlier today), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (June 28), Tavis Smiley (June 28), Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday (Part 2 June 30) and the BET Awards, also on June 30th.

Trailer: Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club

NIA LONG SINGLE MOMS CLUB (2)

The first trailer for Tyler Perry’s dramedy “Single Mom’s Club” has finally been unveiled. The film stars Nia Long, Amy Smart, Eddie Cibrian, Terry Crews and “For Better or Worse” actress Cocoa Brown.

The film hits theaters March 14, 2014 and will reportedly be fronted by a campaign that will give away 10,000 free tickets to singles across the country.

Pretty smart promo by TP.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
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My New Obsession: Scented Shea Butter

SCENTED WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER

I am absolutely obsessed with scented whipped shea butter. Ever since I discovered the shea butters from PerfumeChick.com, I have been on a quest to find as many brands as possible to try out.

My quest has so far led me to Amazon, where I purchased a patchouli scent from a company called Shea ScentSations, Etsy, where I purchased two wonderful scents from the Lovely Body company, and Belle Butters, where I purchased a Warm Vanilla scent that is advertised as being both for the body and the hair.
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India Arie Debuts New Single

INDIA ARIE SOOTHES WITH NEW COCOA BUTTER SINGLE

After a four year hiatus, singer India Arie has returned with new music. The ‘Acoustic Soul’ songstress unveiled her new single ‘Cocoa Butter’ earlier today via Twitter, adding that her new album, ‘SongVersation,’ would soon follow.

India updated her Facebook page as well, saying she plans to support ‘SongVersation’ with a summer tour and will be joined by ‘Cocoa Butter co-writer and producer Shannon Sanders.

Give India’s new joint a listen below and let us know what you think.

Black Women’s Bodies Under Attack

During my daily sweep of the internet I was unfortunate enough to come across yet another article talking about how fat and disgusting black women are. This one came from the New York Times and attempts to explain why 8 out of 10 sistas are supposedly overweight.

Now like many of you, I see tons of fat black women on television. From talk shows to high rated sitcoms and dramas, the media has put fat black women front and center for America to gawk at.

My question however, is why? According to many studies, Americans are getting fatter. One recent study said that in 20 years nearly half the U.S. population will be considered morbidly obese.

Because I am neither a doctor, scientist or surveyor, I am not here to dispute those findings. However, as a black woman, I am here to dispute them in relation to black women and why it always seems to be us and our bodies that are held up for the world to look at be repulsed by.

If it is one thing I have learned in the glorious 40 years that I have been on this planet, it is that there is a reason behind everything.

The black woman it seems, to me at least, has been the target of several hate campaigns for the last few years. Almost every other month there is a study that is splashed across the front pages of newspapers and websites that claim we are the least desired women on the planet, the most diseased, the poorest, the least likely to find a husband and of course, now, the fattest.

I don’t know about you, but if I had any pride and dignity about myself as a black woman, I would soon be losing it listening to all these studies and statistics.

And that my sisters, is what these stories are all about. They are about bringing us to our knees. There is a deep conspiracy to destroy the image and self-worth of black women. Take whatever we feel good about, like our natural curvy bodies, associate them with whiteness (Kim K, Coco, ext), then link the black woman’s body to unhealthiness, fatness and disease.

Don’t believe me? Ask yourselves this: When has America ever given a flying fig about our health, finances or marital prospects? Why now? Why are we all of a sudden public enemy #1?

The reasons are vast, many and probably better explained by minds greater than mine. The purpose of my article isn’t to rehash the many spot on articles that have explained this new black woman hate phenomenon, but rather to sojourn with my sisters and ask that you be strong in the face of this never ending onslaught.

And when I say stay strong, I don’t mean pray on it or hope shit gets better on its own. I mean every day that you wake up, make sure whatever resources you have, you use them towards the betterment of black women and our own interests.