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Here's a fun fact, the arcade game Pac-Man, arguably the best-known video game in history, was released by Namco thirty-seven years ago today. Here are some links from around the web to brighten up your mood on this dreary Monday afternoon...

Queen Elizabeth II as a great Gan-Gan 

A guide to Manhattanhenge 2017 in NYC

Black Women @Work with Essence Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa De Luca 

These three pictures make a powerful statement about race and power among women

Pharrell Williams' NYU commencement speech: 'We need to lift our women up'

Sales of paperback books are up! I love holding a book and thumbing a page, how about you?

How to make a tufted headboard. Genius!

Why Americans smile so much

If you hate diluted iced coffee, this one's for you. Starbucks is introducing iced coffee cubes!


Try This to Eliminate Garlic Smell from Your Fingers

 Photos: Alexandra Cooks

The benefits of garlic are abundant, known as a superfood, this potent spice has the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease, cholesterol and even cancer. However, the smell of garlic leaves a lot to be desired. The compound responsible for that distinctive aroma we all have come to know and love/hate is called allicin.

As many of you might already know, water and soap just isn't enough to remove the smell of garlic from your fingers. But here's what you should do: just rub a slice of lemon or lime on your fingers and wash any remnants off with water (you might want to rethink this method if you have any nicks or cuts on your hands). This little trick will completely eliminate any traces of garlic. What's more, it's chemical free.


These are the Only Undies You'll Need for Your Next Workout

Working out is hard enough (at least for me), so I don't need another distraction, like say an astronomical wedgie — to curtail my already waning concentration. Uwila Warrior, a lingerie brand created by women, wants your workouts to be as stress-free as possible. That's why they've launched a line of underwear that's suitable for every moment in a woman's life. Uwila Warrior guarantees a perfect fit, which essentially means you won't have to deal with the dreaded underwear tugging and other uncomfortable and unsightly adjustments. Oh, did I mention these undies also keep sweat at bay?

They're on the pricier side, with a starting price of $42 per underwear, but maybe you might want to invest in a pair or two — especially if you really hate wedgies. 


Study: Race and Gender Plays Role in Salary Negotiations

Photo: A Cup of Jo

It's no big surprise that race and gender continue to play a role in salary negotiations, but a new study by Fractl reveals just how significant the differentiating factors between men and women, and white and non-white individuals really are.

The study of 2000 diverse Americans shows women are less likely to approach their managers for a raise. But when race comes into play, all women are less likely to ask for a bump in salary compared to men of pretty much every race and ethnicity.

The study also reports that 51.8 percent of participants have asked for a raise. However, Asian-American men and women are least likely to take the plunge, followed by African-American women.
According to researchers, this might be due to cultural upbringing since some cultures view assertiveness as a sign of disrespect. Unsurprisingly, white males are most likely to ask for a raise in the workplace.

According to the study, people are more comfortable discussing salary raises with someone of the same race. Surprisingly, 69.9 percent of African-American men feel comfortable with the idea, compared to 61.3 percent of white American men and 66.1 percent of Hispanic or Latino men. Furthermore, while white women believe they were denied raises because of their gender, non-white women believe ethnicity was the primary reason.


9 Affordable Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Mothers. Need I say more?

While flowers are a nice gesture, give your mother something she can lust over this Mother's Day — you know, something that won't perish within the span of a week ;-)

Amazon offers thousands of gift ideas that are thoughtful and useful — and I know many of you will be looking for a gift worthy of striking that exact balance. I've included a few affordable options below for inspiration. Off course, if you're in a position to splurge, by all means, do! I'm sure your mother deserves it!

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Also, the history of Mother's Day. This year mark's the holiday's 103rd celebration!


Midnight Dark Chocolate Stout Cake

The addition of a dark stout is the perfect way to elevate a classic chocolate cake recipe. Not only does the stout perfectly offset the sweetness of the batter, but it also imparts a deeper more complex chocolate flavor. A sprinkle of lime zest also adds a much-needed brightness, which would be missed if omitted from the recipe.


2 cups of Guinness stout
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1/ 1/2 cups of quality dark cocoa powder
1 dark chocolate bar (Hershey's)
2 large eggs
1tsp. of lime zest
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 of sour cream
1/2 of cream cheese
1/2 cup of carnation cooking milk
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1 tsp. of salt
1tbsp. of baking soda
1 tbsp. of vanilla extract

For cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter cake pans and set aside. Bring stout and butter to a boil in a large saucepan. Lower the temperature and whisk in dark cocoa powder, dark chocolate bar, and sugar until smooth. Set the mixture aside and allow to cool to room temperature.

Using an electric mixture, add eggs, lime zest, vanilla extract, salt, cayenne pepper, sour cream, cream cheese, and carnation cooking milk and blend until well incorporated. Then slowly add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and blend to combine. Add flour and baking soda and beat until desired batter consistency is reached. Pour batter into cake pans and bake for 30-50 minutes depending on your oven.


Pour 1 cup of sugar into a small saucepan, add 3 or 4 tbsps of water and allow mixture to bubble. Next, pour 1/2 cup of Guinness stout to the saucepan and cook until you've achieved a syrupy glaze. Drizzle glaze on top of cake and enjoy!


Does Wearing a Bra to Bed Really Prevent Your Breasts From Sagging?

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Bras are not the most comfortable undergarments, yet, I sleep with one every night. Growing up, my mother would insist that I go to bed wearing a bra to prevent sagging. To this day, I still hear her voice in my head come night time.

Well, It's finally time to separate myth from fiction. Does sleeping with a bra on really yield perkier boobs. First, it's important to understand that sagging is the result of a variety of factors such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as time and gravity. According to experts, there's no solid evidence proving that sleeping in bras is either helpful or harmful.

Here's what Mia Talmor, M.D., a member of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, told Self Magazine during an interview on the topic:

"Bras are designed to help with vertical positioning," which basically means they keep your breasts in the upright position. "But when you're lying down, you need more horizontal support," and that's because they tend to (as some of you might already know) dangle in the direction of your armpits. Still, other experts continue to claim that some support is better than none at all because it will minimize strain and stretch on breast tissues.

If you're like me and have been sleeping with a bra on every night, by all means, continue to do so. Just make sure your bra isn't too tight because it can thwart the flow of lymphatic fluid to the breasts, which in turn, can cause inflammation. 
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