This Monologue in ‘The Color Purple’ Reminded Me Of the Beauty Of a Black Woman’s Rage

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The Color Purple landed in theaters exactly 33 years ago and caused a shift. A shift, as in, the adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, literally moved the culture forward. Directed by movie titan Steven Spielberg and scored by Quincy Jones, this classic introduced us to Whoopi Goldberg and welcomed Oprah Winfrey into Hollywood. […]

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‘The Color Purple’s’ Most Important Monologue Reminded Me Of The Beauty In My Rage

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The Color Purple landed in theaters exactly 33 years ago and caused a shift. A shift, as in, the adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, literally moved the culture forward. Directed by movie titan Steven Spielberg and musically blessed by Quincy Jones, this classic introduced us to Whoopi Goldberg and welcomed Oprah Winfrey into […]

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Family Of Emantic Bradford Jr. Slams Alabama State Attorney’s General’s Decision To Take Over Case

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The family of Emantic Bradford Jr., the 21-year-old shot and killed by police inside a mall in Alabama on Thanksgiving night after being wrongly identified as a gunman, is not happy that the state attorney general has decided to take over the investigation into the death. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the family […]

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Man Accused Of Killing Mother Of His Baby Turns Himself Into Police

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The man wanted in connection for the murder of a mother, who was shot dead in front of her baby early Friday, surrendered to the police on Monday. ABC7Chicago reports that Tyrese Lynch turned himself into Philadelphia Police at around noon Monday in connection to the killing of Isis Williams. Williams, 24, was found dead early […]

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We Found The Best Last Minute Gift Ideas For Every Couple In Your Life

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if you’re a last-minute shopper, we know you’re still looking around to find the perfect Christmas gifts for those last few people on your list. Couples can sometimes be the most challenging group to shop for because you’re looking for the perfect find for two. As always, we’ve got you covered and we’ve done all […]

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Forging Your Own Path Courtesy of Ursa Major

Forging Your Own Path Courtesy of Ursa Major

Emily Doyle, one-half of the couple behind beauty’s best no-maintenance collection, talks simple pleasures and the energy of her backyard…

Your zodiac sign:

LIBRA, through and through!

Tell us how the constellation Ursa Major played a role in becoming your brand moniker?

My partner Oliver (and U/M co-founder) and I moved to Vermont from NYC in search of a healthier, more balanced life, closer to family and the outdoors. When we were starting Ursa Major, we wanted our brand name to reflect our personal journey while evoking the “supernatural” feeling of using our products. Ursa Major (the ‘Great Bear’ in Latin) seemed like the perfect name since it’s long been used as a navigational aid for finding “True North.” To us, it also serves as a powerful reminder to follow your inner compass and forge your own path in life.

You mentioned your appreciation of simple pleasures — how is that personified in your collection?

Oliver really showed me the beauty of the simple pleasures in life. He isn’t interested in stuff; he’s inspired by small things that can make your day — a perfect cup of coffee, fresh sheets, our daughter’s giggle. We want our products to be a source of happiness for everyone that uses them — a small, simple pleasure that you enjoy and look forward to… skincare really can brighten your day.

What led you to choose the scents that pervade your line? Cedar, spearmint, bergamot, fir… Does your home base in Vermont has something to do with that?

Living in Vermont is a major source of inspiration for our scent blends. We love developing refreshing natural aromas that evoke the great outdoors in a nuanced/subtle, yet visceral way. We’ll often take a familiar, native ingredient, like cedar or spruce, and layer zingy and unexpected notes like bergamot, grapefruit and mint to add our unique twist. We get a lot of feedback on the way our products smell – I think they’re very distinctive in the personal care space.

love that your products speak to a sort of “anti-regimen” regimen. Describe that to us?

We strive to make low-maintenance, highly rewarding natural products so you can spend less time in front of the mirror and more time doing what you love.  We want to keep it simple — and not overwhelm you multi-step products or elaborate routines, so although our formulas might be complex, our product line is simple to understand and  a real pleasure to use. Washing your face in the morning shouldn’t be stressful — it should be a moment you look forward to and enjoy! We just don’t believe you need two cleansers and four different moisturizers to have beautiful, glowing skin.

Do you have a favorite Ursa Major item?

It’s like choosing a favorite child, but if I had to pick it would be our Fantastic Face Wash.  It’s the most invigorating cleanse and it leaves my skin so bright and happy.

Your favorite outdoor activity:

Hiking with the family — Oliver wears our daughter in a pack and our boxer pup, Lola, leads the way. It’s so fun and relaxing to head out on the weekends with the whole crew. This winter we’ll try it on snowshoes!

What physical place you’ve ever visited has stirred your heart the most?

I’d love to say some exotic, far-off place, but for me, nothing compares to NYC… the energy, the diversity, the community, the opportunity, the potential – it’s the most amazing city.   I loved living there, and now I love visiting.

Your go-to pick-me-up snack for a day outdoors:  

Anything with peanut butter!

Ursa Major’s mantra:

Enjoy what counts.

 

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Watch R. Kelly’s Alleged Victims Speak Out For The Very First Time In ‘Surviving R. Kelly’

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Lifetime just released two new emotional clips for Surviving R. Kelly, a three-part docuseries about the singer’s alleged sexual misconduct. For the first time ever, viewers are getting a glimpse at some of Kelly’s alleged victims, and their stories will haunt you. In Surviving R. Kelly, over 50 people detail the singer’s reported sexual predilections for […]

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Angela Ponce of Spain Is First Transgender Miss Universe Contestant

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Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, makes history as the first transgender contestant in the post-Trump Miss Universe beauty pageant. She competed on December 16 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Beauténotions Immaculash 360 Mascara Has 2 Brushes, 1 Wand — Review

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The new Beauténotions Immaculash 360 Mascara has two brushes in one wand that clamps onto lashes like a flat iron to lengthen them and coat them on all sides

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This Black-Owned Travel Box is Perfect For The Woman Who Loves to Glow on the Go

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How many times have you been living your best life in some exotic locale, you head back to the hotel to freshen up, only to realize that you forgot your favorite hair balm at home – and the hotel doesn’t have a thing you can use? As Black women it’s a scenario we’ve lived one too […]

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