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Do You Know What's In Your Pad? A Guide To Going Organic Down There

If you turn over a pack of whatever you use during period, you probably won't find the ingredients. Try going on the website and looking. You probably won't find the ingredients on there, either. Try emailing, calling and ‘googling’ mercilessly. You probably still won't find the ingredients. That's because most of what goes where-the-sun-doesn't-shine once a month is made out petroleum, rayon or viscose and treated with chlorine bleach. The Food and Drug Administration considers feminine care to be a medical device. As a result, companies aren’t required to make the ingredients readily available to consumers. All tests on these products are done behind closed doors by in-house scientists and presented to regulatory commissions—without us ever seeing the results.

Back in the day, feminine hygiene products were made of cotton. But, for reasons unbeknownst to the average consumer, companies started using “cotton-like” and “cotton blend” materials. Presumably, to create products that are super-absorbent, and the most cost-effective for manufacturers. “Cotton-like” is simply code word for, “there is absolutely no cotton in this thing, but we don’t want to say what it’s really made out of, or you wouldn’t come near it.” The average pad is made of plastics like polypropylene, and petroleum. These materials are completely non-biodegradable. So that means 100 years from now, your bloody pad will be sitting in a landfill polluting the environment and smelling to high hell. That pretty white pad of yours is probably bleached white, and that bleach enters your bloodstream for a week every single month of every single year.

If you think that’s scary, try tampons. You’re not just expelling fluid onto unnatural material, your shoving chemicals directly into your bloodstream in the form of inorganic cotton sprayed with pesticides. The viscose and rayon tampons are blended with attract bacteria, bacteria associated with toxic shock syndrome. That’s right. It’s not just leaving a tampon in forever that causes toxic shock syndrome. It’s the synthetic materials blended with cotton that attract bacteria, bacteria that isn’t limited to those that cause toxic shock syndrome. Sexually transmitted diseases can come in the form of bacteria, too. Using these synthetic tampons is like saying, “come on in Chlamydia!” Yuck. Most name brand tampons are treated with chemicals that enhance absorbency, and make you smell “fresh”. Ironically, these chemicals can upset the delicate pH balance of your body. In short, what’s good to you isn’t always good for you.

Thankfully, there are some alternatives. Companies that make 100 percent organic cotton tampons and natural pads like Seventh Generation and natracare are readily available online or at natural food stores. Before you shake your head in skepticism—I’ve tried these options, and found them to be just as comfortable, absorbent and clean as their toxic counterparts. In fact, I found them to be better in every way. If I wanted to, I could bury my waste and they’d biodegrade just like the rind of an orange. Mainstream feminine hygiene companies bank on women being too lazy, too uninformed or too stupid to try something different. You’ll never know exactly what’s in your feminine care products, because they’ll never tell you. Shouldn’t that be enough to make the switch to a brand that will?

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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