This week in black women: A badass Barbie, Jesmyn Ward, and the video game of your dreams.

This week in black women: A badass Barbie, Jesmyn Ward, and the video game of your dreams.
Creeps faced a reckoning. Thanksgiving is almost here. And black women had another week of turning everything they touch into gold. This is the fourth edition of "This week in black women," a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin. I've got cheers and shoutouts for a much-needed video game, the mother of black Hollywood, an Olympic fencer turned toy, a Republican (yes, really!), a two-time award-winning author, and so much more. Let's

Im Slowly Learning To Not Care So Much About What Other People Think

Im Slowly Learning To Not Care So Much About What Other People Think
God & Man I’m slowly learning that I can still love myself even if someone else does not. I’m slowly learning that I don’t have to work so hard in order to win the approval of others. I’m slowly learning that if they do not like me, that is their business and not mine. I’m slowly learning that what someone else thinks about me rarely has anything to do with at all, and I’m slowly learning it’s not my

In both whisky and business, it pays to play the long game

In both whisky and business, it pays to play the long game
The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE is blessed with more than a great nose and palate, he operates with what appears to be a sixth sense. The longest serving malt master in the industry, Stewart’s ability to plan 40 or even 50 years in advance is nothing short of extraordinary. From choice of oak to the careful selection of the special casks that will one day become decades-old bottles of The Balvenie, Stewart has mastered the art

Bitcoin Crashes and Then Surges in Wild Weekend Action

Bitcoin Crashes and Then Surges in Wild Weekend Action
Bitcoin is proving that investing in digital currencies isn’t for the faint of heart.After plunging as much as 29 percent from a record high following the cancellation of a technology upgrade on Nov. 8, the largest cryptocurrency came roaring back in early trading Monday before fluctuating between gains and losses.“Crypto trading is not for the novice investor,” said John Spallanzani, chief macro strategist at GFI Securities LLC in New York. While multiple reasons are being cited for the price volatility,

Portraits of the New York terror attack victims

Portraits of the New York terror attack victims
(CNN)Eight people -- six foreign tourists and two Americans -- were killed Tuesday in the deadliest terror attack that New Yorkers have seen since 9/11. Here's what we know about those killed:Drake lived in New Milford, New Jersey, but worked in New York as a project manager for Moody's Analytics, an economics research firm.When his parents couldn't reach him hours after the attack, they drove to Bellevue Hospital in New York, where they were told he had died."At the

We Cant Afford To Be 24-Hour Women

We Cant Afford To Be 24-Hour Women
margot pandone I’m newly sober and dog-paddling through the booze all around me. It’s summer, and Whole Foods has planted rosé throughout the store. Rosé is great with fish! And strawberries! And vegan protein powder! (Okay, I made that last one up.) At the office, every desk near mine has a bottle of wine or liquor on it in case people are too lazy to walk the 50 feet to one of the well-stocked communal bars we’ve built on

Heres Why Im 100 Percent Comfortable Being A Working Mom

Heres Why Im 100 Percent Comfortable Being A Working Mom
When my baby’s nanny told me that I’m the only new mom she’s EVER known who cry on day one back at the office following maternity leave, part of me felt a tinge of pride. But a MUCH bigger part of me secretly wondered if I loved my daughter enough. Walking to the subway on day two as a working mom, I pictured a black heart emoji Pinned to my person, lingering above my head at all times as

11 TEDx talks on failure you need to watch right now

11 TEDx talks on failure you need to watch right now
Image: drogatnev/getty imagesHide. Run. Bury. Welcome to the 21st century’s default approach to failure. Sure, we enshrine motivational mottos like “Fail fast, fail often,” but moving those sentiments into our hearts is anything but easy. Pride dogs us. Ego protests. And the pain of disappointment — not to mention the pain of embarrassment — can be overwhelming. While a few brave souls confide their losses to trusted friends, the one thing we never do is share our failures to

At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church

At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church
(CNN)At least 26 people were killed in Sunday's church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference. Among the dead is the 14-year-old daughter of the First Baptist Church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, according to his wife, Sherri Pomeroy, the girl's mother. The couple were traveling out of state when the shooting occurred.After a brief chase, law enforcement later found the suspect dead of a gunshot wound inside his vehicle. A law enforcement official briefed

Here’s How Eating Sugar Affects Your Body And Brain

Here’s How Eating Sugar Affects Your Body And Brain
In the late 1960s, a food industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard researchers $6,500 (about $50,000 today) to discount research that increasingly showed links between sugar and heart disease and to point the blame at fat instead, according to an analysis of historical food industry documents that was published the fall of 2016. The report those Harvard scientists published transformed the American diet, causing people to steer clear of fatty foods, which led many to sugar-packed snacks instead. But

Beyond just birth control: Rollback leaves some women fearful

Beyond just birth control: Rollback leaves some women fearful
(CNN)Rachel Jarnagin was on her way to a post-surgical checkup Friday when she heard the news: The Trump administration had rolled back Obamacare's birth control mandate, opening the door for nearly any employer or insurer with religious or moral convictions against contraceptives to exclude those benefits from their health plans."My doctor told me, 'Unless we start you on birth control to manage it, there's no guarantee that you won't get endometriosis on the other ovary and lose it, too,'"

A ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park Is Coming To Times Square, May The Odds Be In Our Favor

A ‘Hunger Games’ Theme Park Is Coming To Times Square, May The Odds Be In Our Favor
Both the movie series and the TV show have been over since 2015, but that doesn't mean either has faded from popular culture. Fans of Panem's dystopian world are an especially active group, enough so that Lionsgate, the production company that made the films, is considering a new line of movies set there. But until then, we've got something else to keep us District 1 residents entertained: the  Times Square attraction, which will be opening in 2019, along with a attraction

The Framework Of A Lifelong To Do List

The Framework Of A Lifelong To Do List
Max Felner TO DO: Write things down every day. Bad things and good things, funny things and guilt-ridden confessions. 1. Write thoughts down every day. Write silly things and sad things, embarrassing things and monumental epiphanies. Ask yourself what is going on and take the time to physically record it. When you start, the words can feel forced and fake like you are writing a Letter to the Editor that you know the entire readership will judge you on.

How To Deal With Homesickness When Living Abroad

How To Deal With Homesickness When Living Abroad
Christopher Burns Living abroad is a great idea. It gives you a chance to integrate with a different society and culture, to not only experience the touristy parts of a place but see how people live, eat the local food and widen your mind in ways you never thought possible. But it does have its downsides: one big one being dealing with homesickness. For many, it’s about the people. Living abroad almost always means there will be loved ones

Miley Cyrus Dropped “I Would Die For You” & The Lyrics Are Def About Liam Hemsworth

Miley Cyrus Dropped “I Would Die For You” & The Lyrics Are Def About Liam Hemsworth
After many months of anticipation and waiting, Miley Cyrus's new studio album, , is finally here. The hype surrounding the album has been pretty huge, especially considering how the singer's last major release was her album in 2013 (unless you count , which I don't because it was a surprise and free). Of course, now that the album is available for fans everywhere, people are listening to the new songs and thinking about the meanings behind her lyrics. One