I often like to share stories of how far I’ve come with my cooking. I’ve never considered myself a “bad” cook, I just rarely did so out of no interest. While today I feel like I know my way pretty well around a kitchen, I can’t help but to think about those few soul crushing […]
We’re all well aware of the popular dating app, Tinder. If you’re not, it’s basically an app where you can either swipe right if you’re interested in someone or left if your not. If you swipe right and the other individual does as well, you get alerted that you are a match and can message […]
Fun Fact: I used to model for a small modeling troupe as a hobby. It was fun to walk the runway, do creative shows, and occasionally pose as mannequins for some of my favorite retailers. While I didn’t get paid for any of the gigs, I did receive a lot of exposure and occasionally got […]
Dating can be tricky at times. Getting sucked in to the idea of someone being your prince charming when they paint a picture of perfection can happen. But what if everything he told you was a lie and he is in fact living a secret life? Well tell me how that happened to me not […]
For a period of 6 months at the start of my graduate school career I worked front desk at a hotel. One of my favorite jobs because the work was easy and I met a few incredible people. With the role, and working second shift at that, you often witness a bit of craziness as […]
Being a minority in the workplace is tough as it is. Having to deal with the invisible double standard or feeling like you have to work twice as hard to get the same recognition sucks. What’s worse is having to listen to sly comments that can come off as a little racist. For a little […]
I’m slim. Not skinny, Slim. Honestly, I hate the word skinny. It’s so condescending and sounds like someone is literally just…skin. I’ve had a small frame all my life and constantly have struggled with body image and self acceptance. Even up to the middle of last year I was on a weight-gain/get thick diet plan. […]
Dear Urban Gyal can men and women really not be close friends? Friendships with guys have always came natural for me. I feel like you don’t have to deal with the pettiness or drama that you often find with some friendships with girls. In college I was blessed to form bonds with quite a few fellas who […]
Dear Urban Gyal life can really suck sometimes but there is always a silver lining! Remember when I shared with you with how I was laid off in summer of 2015 well I think I have to add that I didn’t let my circumstances halt my life and I didn’t miss out on an opportunity […]
December 2014. I was working as a research analyst in a lab at one of the most prestigious medical centers and universities in the country. Only thing is I had been there for a year and was extremely unhappy. I was comfortable but bored and not doing what I felt my purpose was. I once […]
Dear Urban Gyal, I have to tell you about Micellar water! If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly chasing the new skincare trends trying to get close to perfect skin. I suffer from oily-to-combination skin with occasional breakouts. While you won’t find me purchasing gold for an outrageous amount of money in attempts to reduce […]
One of the hardest responsibilities as a good friend is sticking by and watching while your best friend runs back and forth with a no good guy. That is a current situation I’m facing. Although I am in no way saying I have it all together and haven’t made poor choices when it comes to men, […]
“Cross your arms and on three we leap. “ When recently talking to one of my high school friends/fellow blogger about things 20 somethings should do before they’re 30, one of the first things that came to mind was skydiving! How many people have skydiving on their bucket list? TONS. Now how many people have […]
“How could we have been so stupid?” That’s a question I repeat over and over in my head when I think about my only college regret. I’m sure just about everyone has moments that they think back on where they can’t believe they did “that”. Mine revolves around a situation that could have ended very […]
Yes, you read that correctly. The rumors are true. Draya Michele is expecting a son with her fiancé’, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick. “I’m not sure what made me decide to take a home pregnancy test, but I decided on taking two at the same time! They were both positive and I was instantly excited”, […]
Life can hit hard and unexpectedly sometimes which is all the more reasons to get on top of your finances including your savings. Here are 5 simple ways for getting a little more control over how much you are saving each month. 1. Set Goals What is the purpose for you saving? Emergency fund? Vacation? New […]
If I asked you to define beauty I bet I would get a wide variety of answers. If I then asked you to define what makes you beautiful with respect to physical appearance I’m sure I would get even more. One college student took the challenge of creating a photo series for a homework assignment […]
As we begin to count down the days to the New Year we start to anticipate making plans for New Years Resolutions. But know that you don’t have to wait to December 31st to get your plans together for 2016. Start Now! 1. Take Inventory Start by revisiting your 2015 goals and reflect. What did you accomplish? […]
It’s about that time of the year when you notices coughing and sneezing throughout the office or spot little kids at the store with runny noses. While being sick is no fun for anyone, here are a few tips for beating this years cold and flu season.
Like other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Howard University is undergoing touch economical struggles. And because desperate times call for desperate measures they are currently seriously considering the sale of their television network, WHUT. However, due to the fact that it is currently the only black owned public television station in the entire country, mixed opinions […]
1. Fill lips with lip liner to make your lip stick last Using lip liner as a base to lipstick keeps it long-lasting through those cocktails!
Can you imagined being crowned Miss Universe at THE largest pageant in the entire world only to have your crown removed due to an announcement mistake? On LIVE television?! Well that’s what happened at Sunday’s Miss Universe Pageant. It was down to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines. “And the 2015 Miss Universe is…..” Announcer and […]
Many people have dreamed of that special day when you marry the person who you love. Some have even picked out all of the little details even before getting in a relationship. Weddings are big! But unfortunately many times life happens and your find yourself bombarded with student loans, bills or unexpected expenses that leave you with a […]
Vogue Magazine. One of the top “fashion bibles” of our time. Pages filled with different designs and tons of inspiration. However, one of the constant flaws that’s never really openly addressed is the lack of diversity within the pages. The fact that every time a woman of color graces the cover there’s an overwhelming amount […]
Pair a short sequin mini skirt with a long blazer. Although black is the base color the sequins adds a pop and you can add more color with your make up like a red lip.
Unfortunately the argument around differences in skin pigmentation is a heated topic that arises far too often in the black community. The phrase “you’re pretty…for a dark skinned girl” for example is one of the common ignorant comments passed around. However, looking deeper at the issue, the reality is that there are some individuals of […]
“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, because of you I didn’t give up.” I’ve been laid off…twice! Kind of hard to believe being that I’m only in my mid-20s and should be rooting myself within my career. As a scientist who had already been laid off once […]
It’s no secret that some of the biggest “teachers” throughout many generations have been the famous faces of Black history. Anyone from Harriet Tubman to George Washington Carver and even Ida B. Wells. These leaders and more have helped paved the way for people of color to be able to have the freedom to do […]
Can you imagine the look on the individual’s faces who work for one Houston company when they were rewarded $100,000 Christmas bonuses this year? Yes, $100,000 each. According to KTVU, all 1,380 employees at Hilcorp, one the largest privately held oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States, received a $100,000 Christmas bonus […]
1. Samantha Maria Formerly known as the YouTube Channel BeautyCrush, Samantha shares tons of beauty and fashion tips across her platform. She also has started vlogging regularly as well to give you a glimpse of her everyday life.
Model and actor Shaun Ross is better known as the first male albino pro model. He, like many people in this world, has struggled with blemishes and breakouts in the past mainly as a result of hitting puberty. Now at 24 he is sharing some of his top 5 tips for managing your skin. 1. Drink […]
DJ Townsel, also known as a #rastayogi is a former Houton Texans Wide Receiver and has shared his journey through yoga all over instagram. His inspirational photos and strength are enough to make any woman melt but I’ll let you be the judge.
1. “This Is My Year” Journal $20 Myleik Teele, CEO and Founder of Curlbox, created this journal as a tool to set goals and get things done. It makes for a perfect gift for someone to kickstart their New Year.