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Farewell Oprah

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No more give-a-ways.
No more exclusive interviews with Hollywood A-Listers and political head honchos.
No more riveting stories about everyday people across the country.
For 25 years, media mogul Oprah Winfrey has given us all of that, and more, but like all good things, this too will come to an end. Winfrey’s final show will air today, which coincidently is the last day of the rating period for sweeps, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Oprah Winfrey show has been the number one rated talk show for 24 consecutive years, and has earned a total of 47 Emmy awards. About 40 million viewers a week in America watch her show, which is nothing compared to the 145 countries across the world that also broadcast her show. Winfrey has  interviewed five presidents and five first ladies along with a few royals, including one reigning queen, one former queen, six princesses, seven princes, one earl, one lord, one count and one dutches.
No one is sure of how the last show will go down, but we can all rest assured it will be phenomenal. Winfrey has said at the conclusion of her show, she’ll focus all of her attention to her own network (no pun intended) OWN.
Okay chicas, get your Kleenex ready, because May 25, will DEFINITELY be a tear jerker.
So will you be tuning in or could you care less?

Psychology Today Writes Black Women are Less Physically Attractive than Other Women

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No clever lead. No witty wordplay. This is serious.
“Scientific Fundamentalist” and Psychology Today blogger Satioshi Kanazawa, wrote a blog on the psychology website titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”
After a firestorm of angry emails, tweets, and comments later, the title of the blog was changed to “Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”
Despite the name change of the controversal article, it still received negative feedback and was later pulled from the site.
Kanazawa sited the Add Health Data. Add Health works with the University of North Carolina and conducted a recent study that polled a sample of Americans from across the country between the ages of 24 and 32 in 2008. That same group was also polled during their middle school years, which was seven years prior.
It was this group that Kanazawa used to base his notion that women of color were less attractive than any other race. When I read the article, I was beyond angry. Words cannot explain how furious I was.  There are several things wrong with this whole scenario that I will proceed to break down.
The first is the data that was conducted. To ask such a small group of people from the ages of 24 to 32 years old what their definition of beauty is, is absurd! The poll did not specify how many people were polled, what their economic and cultural background was and their interaction with people outside of their race, which ever race they were!
Secondly, this might be an old adage, but it rings true; beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I happen to think Sudanese-British model Alex Wek is stunning. Her dark skin, bright smile and small eyes have graced the covers of many high fashion magazines and she has also walked in many runway shows. However, not everyone shares in my belief.
Thirdly, this issue of great significance as  it impacts the lens through which young black girls and women see themselves, as well as the way society interacts with us.
Finally, this article is just further proof that we as women of color need to continue to affirm ourselves and one another! We can’t continue to look outside of ourselves for validation or to the media, which  continuously pushes the message that black women  are single, bitchy, unmarriageable, herpes and AIDS having broads. Do I think black women are less attractive than any other race?  Absolutely not!  Obviously Kanazawa hasn’t heard of actresses Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett  Smith, Sanaan Latham, Naomi Campbell, and Diane Carroll. All women of color, all beautiful!
But even if the world never knew of these names, we would still be beautiful because to be black means to be strong. To persevere. To be resilient. To fight and to continue to win. Beauty cannot be measured. so who is Kanazawa, or anyone to say we are less beautiful than anyone else?
I can go on and on about how wrong he is, why he should be put in a corner and made to wear a “dunce” cap and how racist his words were. But for what? When I look in the mirror I see a gorgeous woman, and who  is Kanazawa to tell me otherwise?
So ladies have you heard about this recent controversy? If so, what are your thoughts on why black beauty is always under attack?

Argan Oil and Its benefits

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We here at Thank God I’m Natural love learning about new products that will not only benefit our hair, but will just have a positive snowball effect on our entire body. Argan Oil is just that. Today we’re joined by guest blogger and owner of All Things O’Natural Dominique Goosby Harris. The Tennesse native is about to school us why Argan Oil is the new hotness.

Hola Chicas/Chicos..I pray all is well.
So, what’s the rave about Argan Oil? What is the rave about this Moroccan goodness that have naturals in an uproar. It’s actually been called ‘liquid gold’ by beauty experts due to its benefits for healthy hair..Well, Argan Oil is an oil that’s actually been around for ages, however, it’s popularity skyrocketed over the last few years due to manufacturing companies on the hunt for ‘exotic’ ingredients to add ‘label appeal’ to their product as a ploy to get more money from consumers. And of course, those are usually products that contain synthetic chemicals and will have Argan Oil waaaayyyyyy down at the bottom of the ingredient’s list. But despite of all that, it is an oil to absolutely rave about. It’s so great, it is one of the wonderful ingredients that is in my O’Natural Natty Butter, and I must say, it is like ‘liquid gold’. And, when combined with other natural ingredients, it is a small piece of heaven. It is difficult to extract, so it is not the cheapest oil , hence why it is sometimes found in products in unpretentious amounts. So, let’s just take a look at all of the benefits of this oil.

Argon Oil…The Skin Edition
  • Prevents loss of moisture from the skin.
  • Diminishes wrinkles
  • Gives you softer skin
  • Neutralizes free radicals and treats acne, eczema and psoriasis
  • Has sebum regulating action on oily skin that reduces the oiliness
  • Increases elasticity and tightens the skin
  • Prevent stretch marks (yippee, pregnant women)
  • Reduces skin inflammation and skin irritation
  • Makes brittle nails stronger
  • If you are suffering from acne or chicken pox scars, application of Argan Oil can reduce these blemishes
Argan Oil…The Hair Edition
  • Hydrates the hair naturally.
  • Argan Oil infiltrates into the hair shafts and improves elasticity.
  • Very nourishing for the growth of hair
  • Strengthens the hair by repairing the damaged cellular membrane of the hair
  • Contains Vitamin E which makes it a fabulous agent for hair treatment.
  • Color treatment on hair causes certain damage to hair. Color treatment makes them brittle and takes away the smoothness. Argan oil cures the brittle hair and increases the life of color treated hair. It even surpasses in competitiveness in this job from Jojoba oil.
  • Non-greasy Argan oil locks the moisture in and adds to and restores the luster and shine of hair according to researchers
  • Hair stylists are also admitting that Argan oil may finally be the right choice to heal and restore the damaged, dry and weak hair from environmental extremes, excessive styling practices and perms
Argan Oil..The Internal Edition
  • Help to prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • Cholesterol lowering effect
  • Protects the blood vessels
  • Protects heart, liver and gall bladder
  • Effective in the relief of burns and scars
  • Diabetes
  • Psoriasis
  • Improves circulation
  • Has Anti inflammatory properties
  • May help arthritis
  • Lowers blood pressure
For more information on keeping your tresses moisturized, click here to read the Ten Best Oils for Natural Hair and 7 Tips for Kicking Dry Hair to the Curb.

Mother of daughter featured in Anti-Aborition ad sues for Defamation

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Back in February, Thank God I’m Natural broke the news to you of an African-American girl featured on a anti-abortion billboard in downtown New York City.
The little girl, who was 4 years old at the time, wore a red dress and was pictured under words that read ‘The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.’
The billboard ignited a storm of controversy from both the left and right-wing, which forced the advertising company, Lamar Advertising, to take down the billboard.
Well the mother of  little Anissa, Tricia Fraser, filled a defamation lawsuit against the company, according to BND.com.
Fraser was quoted back in February to have never supported the company or the advertisement.

“I would never endorse something like that. Especially with my child’s image,”  Fraser said of her now 6-year-old daughter.
Lamar Advertising had every legal right to use the photo because Fraser signed Anissa up to participate in  childhood modeling. However, Fraser was unaware her daughter’s photo would end up on that particular billboard two years after the initial picture was taken.
A judge will later decide if the billboard was in fact defamatory.
But before a judge makes his or her final ruling, what do you think? Do you think Fraser has a case or is she just wasting her time?
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