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23 Famous Dropouts Who Turned Out Just Fine

1. Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres dropped out of the University of New Orleans after just one semester. Guess she got the last laugh after all.

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2. Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard to invent that site you spend way too much time on.

3. Media mogul Russell Simmons dropped out of Manhattan City College just shy of finishing his sociology degree.

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8 of the Worst Countries For Black People to Travel

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A person of African descent traveling to China should not be surprised if they are repeatedly stared at or even swarmed by crowds of curious Chinese who will treat them as a spectacle by taking pictures, touching their hair, rubbing their skin, and asking questions that reflect their ignorance and lack of interaction with Black people.

Racism against Blacks may be the strongest form of prejudice in China. Chinese racism is linked to ignorance, class divisions, ethnocentrism and colorism that exists within Chinese society. Many people in China look down upon other Chinese of darker skin, and believe the whiter skin has more beauty.

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Nollywood Actor Kenneth Okonkwo Vies For National Assembly Seat

Nollywood Actor Kenneth Okonkwo Vies For National Assembly Seat

Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo has announced his intention to enter politics and contest in the next elections.

The Living In Bondage actor is seeking to represent Nsukka/Igboeze South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He joins a horde of entertainers seeking to contest in the 2015 elections, with names like 9ice and Tony Tetuila in the mix.

Best of luck to them.

First look at Amal Alamuddin’s Oscar de la Renta wedding dress

The barrister chose a bespoke Oscar de la Renta gown made of French lace to wed George Clooney in Venice

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We haven’t had to wait long to get a glimpse of Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress. The barrister only married George Clooney three days ago, but already the exclusive wedding pictures have made it onto the pages of People and Hello! magazines.

The 36-year-old barrister chose a custom-made off-the-shoulder de la Renta gown made of French lace, hand-embroidered with pearls and diamanté accents and featuring a full circular train, worn with a cathedral-length lace-edged veil. The lace was crafted at the Sophie Hallette factory in France, one of the oldest lace factories in the world, which also provided the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress. Read the rest of this entry

Real reason actress Ini Edo filed for divorce

Few weeks after popu­lar actor, Desmond Elliot took to twitter and called on Nige­rians to pray for Nollywood diva, Ini Edo to get pregnant, the bubble has finally burst as the actress has filed for divorce from her US-based husband, Phillip Ehiagwina.

Ini took to her twitter handle on Thursday to explain why she filed for divorce, declaring that contrary to rumours flying around, she never cheated on her husband. Rather she iden­tified “irreconcilable differ­ences” for the break-up, add­ing that there was a conscious effort to tarnish her image.

Though, the Akwa Ibom-born actress has been married for a couple of years, she is yet to have a child for her husband and this has culminated into pressure not just from her hus­band but also his parents and family members.

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Boko Haram in New Video Claims Beheading Missing Nigerian Pilot

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To buttress its claim that it shot down  a Nigerian Air Force jet declared missing some weeks ago, Boko Haram, the extremist Islamic group,, has published a video that shows the charred wreckage of a plane and the beheading of a man it identified as its pilot,

There was however no independent confirmation of this claim at press time.

The video also allegedly features Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, a man Nigeria’s military has twice claimed to have killed — first in 2009 and again last year.

Two weeks ago, the military said they had killed a Shekau look-alike who had posed in the group’s videos.

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5 signs that you are wearing the wrong bra and how to find the right one

With four out of five British women wearing the wrong bra size, the experts share their tips on getting it right

Give your confidence a boost with our expert tips on finding the right bra

Give your confidence a boost with our expert tips on finding the right bra Photo: Victoria’s Secret

What is it about bras? Considering that the vast majority of the female population wear one on a daily basis it is surprising how many of us haven’t nailed finding the right one.

I would hazard a guess that if you delved into most womens’ underwear draw you will find brassieres of varying size and shape, not to mention age and condition (what do you mean hand wash? Pah!) Read the rest of this entry

The Style Agenda, October 3 – 9

Join in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Coatwalk, indulge in BarnYard’s legendary popcorn ice cream or learn the art of bow tie making at the House of Peroni

Aran jumper, £235; and-daughter.com

Aran jumper, £235; and-daughter.com

We get a warm feeling all over just looking at & Daughter knitwear, which is made in the Scottish Borders and west of Ireland with the finest of yarns. Aran jumper, £235; and-daughter.com

Quick trip to Rome?
The House of Peroni returns for the month of October, bringing the city of Rome to the capital. As well as specially commissioned artwork by Italian creatives and bellisimo refreshments, there will also be a number of stylish workshops in action. Boutique florists Rebel Rebel are on-hand to teach guests the art of blooming marvellous headdresses, while Tied In Style plan to promote bowtie craftsmanship, out of the finest Italian materials, of course. October 3 – October 30; thehouseofperoni.com Read the rest of this entry

Rihanna Might Have A Secret Instagram Account!!!

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  1. Photo: via @bahdgalriri.

    Praise be to @bahdgalriri. For happiness, joy, and a shameless sense of not giving a you-know-what has been restored in the world — and it’s all thanks to the powers of Instagram and the presence of Rihanna.

    Well, maybe.

    Styleite first alerted us to the existence of a certain Insta-account by the name of @bahdgalriri. With bated breath, we scrolled through its feed: a healthy mixture of marijuana, selfies, Rihanna’s niece, personal photo shoots, and videos. They seemed authentic. These Instas felt like she actually took them.

    “Could it be?” we asked, as hope washed over us. This feed felt good. It felt like being home again — like being back in a time when Rihanna would candidly share the moments of her life. Back when her Instagrams were sending people to jail left and right. Back when @badgalriri became an adjective. Back when the world made sense.

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Beyonce ‘Lied to Me,’ Wails Teen Feeling Effects of Dental Surgery Drugs

PHOTO: Cody Lanphere, 17, of Benson, N.C., cried because he missed Beyonce so much when he came out of dental surgery.

He loves her so much that when he had his wisdom teeth removed under anesthesia on Monday, the 17-year-old, still feeling the effects of the drugs, started wondering where his idol was. She had apparently promised to be there, waiting for him.

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Your Orgasm — Guaranteed!

We have seven positions that have been tweaked and tailored by sex experts to help you reach orgasm every single time — plus, a few extra tricks so the road to bliss is even more of a sure thing.

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When it’s a mind-blowing, bed-rattling orgasm you’re after, keeping it simple is absolutely key. Sure, wild, crazy, never-knew-my-body-could-bend-that-way booty keeps your lust life exciting, but if the goal of the moment is to break pleasure records, you have to stick to the basics. “Trying to accomplish complicated acrobatics distracts you from the sex itself, putting your focus on how you can contort yourself, rather than on just experiencing the sensations,” explains sex educator Dorian Solot, coauthor of I (Heart) Female Orgasm. “When you want to climax, the simplest positions are often also the best positions, and with a few modifications, you can make them even more orgasm inducing than they already are.” Don’t worry, we’d never leave you hanging. Here, Cosmo custom-designed some of the carnal classics to make sure you always hit the high notes. Read the rest of this entry

Beyoncé’s Business Genius by the Numbers

Beyoncé performs at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27

Photograph by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival

Beyoncé performs at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Sept. 27

Sometimes it can feel like we all work for Beyoncé. Now, Harvard Business School is institutionalizing that experience with a new class unit that asks students to “decide what they would have done if they were working for Beyoncé,” according to the Harvard Gazette.

Anita Elberse, a professor who teaches marketing strategies, co-wrote a case study on the artist that she will teach in her class “Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries.” The case, published on Tuesday, instructs MBAs to think about how they would have handled the surprise 2013 release of Beyoncé’s most recent album. For your convenience, we’ve distilled the 27-page trove of business insights to its most essential numbers.

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Sam Smith: ‘I’m Not Beyonce’

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Sam Smith took Los Angeles’ collective breath away this week, playing two completely sold out shows at the famed 5,870-seat Greek Theater in Griffith Park. Only a year ago, he pointed out, he performed at the tiny Troubador club in West Hollywood and thanked the fans who came to that first show.

“I put out a pretty depressing album last year. So I sort of wallowed for a year, but I feel much better now,” Smith, 22, said to undulating waves of applause on Tuesday night. The roar of the audience at the Greek Theater encouraged his heartfelt monologue.

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Brandy Is Disappointed in Ray J’s “Childish” Revenge Tactics (VIDEO)

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With Ray J being one of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’s leading stars, we figured it was only a matter of time before we’d see Ray’s older, famous sis, Brandy. The moment finally arrived during the newest episode of the reality show (“Moving On”). In a web exclusive scene, Ray J brings Brandy up to speed on his last encounter with ex Teairra Mari, and his big sis is not impressed.

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The death of the show-off: how London fashion week embraced the new normal

Who killed the peacock? Once fashion weeks were a riot of excess. Now low-key dressing is in – on the catwalk and on the street. What’s behind the new modesty?

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A bomber-jacket dress from Christopher Raeburn, a Preen rucksack and a Burberry Prorsum denim jacket. Photograph: Getty Images

The moment you know that showing off is over? When it’s over even at London fashion week. After all, to catwalk (verb) means to show off. A fashion show is attitude as art, peacocking as commerce. But this LFW was different. There was no bombast, no pomp. The clothes on the catwalk were understatement, rather than statement dressing. Instead of strutting in six-inch heels, all high steps and flared nostrils and arched eyebrows, the models were in flat shoes, and they just – well, they walked. Like, you know, normal people.

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PROFILE: BISI ALIMI

Today Our Spotlight is a Nigerian-born civil rights activist, and was the first gay Nigerian man to be interviewed on national TV in Nigeria.

Bisi Alimi was born in Nigeria in 1975, grew up and went on to attend the University of Lagos (Nigeria) pursuing a degree in theater. While as a student in 2003, he was outed by the university’s student newspaper during student government elections.

Homosexual activity is illegal in Nigeria, the conservative influences of the Muslim faith in the north and a large Christian presence in the south. It is punishable by death by stoning in all 12 states, or being sentenced up to 14 years of imprisonment. There is no legal protection against discrimination for LGBT Nigerians. Very few are out, and violence against those in the LGBT community is frequent. Legislation is pending to criminalize same-sex marriage throughout Nigeria.

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‘Why Didn’t You Just Leave?’ – Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple #whyistayed

It’s the question every survivor of domestic violence is posed, often incredulously: Why didn’t you just leave? The reality is that leaving an abusive relationship is often a herculean task that endangers the woman and calls for resources that aren’t readily available.

In June, after The Huffington Post ran an investigative report on a woman allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, we received an outpouring of responses from domestic violence survivors who wanted to explain why they had stayed with their abusers. We spent the next three months interviewing these women. While they offered hundreds of reasons, ranging from the logistical to the deeply personal, some common themes emerged: Fear. Love. Family. Money. Shame. Isolation.

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Beyonce and Jay Z ‘working on new album together’ days after wrapping On The Run tour

They’ve just completed their On The Run world Tour.

But Beyonce and Jay Z are clearly not content to rest on their laurels.

According to new reports, the superstar couple allegedly are working together on a new album.

Is it true? Beyoncé and Jay Z, pictured performing in Paris on Friday, are reportedly working on a new album together

Is it true? Beyoncé and Jay Z, pictured performing in Paris on Friday, are reportedly working on a new album together

DJ Skee revealed the news on his Dash Radio show on Tuesday, claiming, ‘I have confirmed and talked to a couple sources’.

The album reportedly will be released in late 2014 or early 2015. Read the rest of this entry

Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse

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Kerry Washington wants to keep the conversation about domestic violence going.

On Monday, the Emmy-nominated actress spoke out about an often-overlooked reason why women stay in abusive relationships: financial abuse.

“It’s the reason why so many people stay,” she said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “That whole hashtag #WhyIStayed that happened last week, you saw how many of those responses were about feeling trapped financially.”

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