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By Susan Douglas &
Meredith Michaels
It's 5:22 p.m. You're in the grocery check-out line. Your three-year-old is writhing on the floor, screaming, because you have refused to buy her a Teletubby pinwheel. Your six-year-old is whining, repeatedly, in a voice that could saw through cement, "But mommy, puleeze, puleeze," because you have not bought him the latest Lunchables, which features as the four food groups: chips, a candy bar, fake cheese, and artificial coloring. MORE>>

by Tara Roberts &
Eisa Nefertari Ulen

Hey Sis!
Remember that early summer night in SoHo when we went to a Bad Boy party at Spy Bar? I felt the bass-line pump beats out of the dark club and into my heart just as the doorman lifted the velvet rope for us. Hip-hop and I grew up together. I've been partying like that with my girls since the Cherry Hill discos back in Baltimore when we thought we were cute in designer jeans pressed as crisp and straight as our mushroom-styled hair. Even now, at age 30, that rhythm gets me all excited. Something primal is awakened, some deep ancestral code, memory of the drum.
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