The Definition of Natural

Leela James is fierce. She’s beautiful, and she’s redefining R&B. She speaks from the soul, and I only see big things coming for her. I adore her voice, she’s got a beautiful, bruised melodious instrument that really captures the listener’s ear. For proof, check out her soulful cover of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”, or my […]

Preparing for Halter Season

You’ve got the shoes, the accessories, the pretty makeup… now all that’s left to complete your holidazzle party look is the perfect dress. But wouldn’t you know it – most of the prettiest holiday gowns are either backless or nearly there. For example, peep this beautiful lace babydoll number that I spotted over at Urban […]

Get Kinky!

I get so many e mails and messages about Miss Jessie’s products. It’s one of the popular search queries that brings people to my site. Let me tell y’all something – Miss Jessie’s might be great stuff (I don’t know yet because I refuse to spend that much money on a hair product), but instead […]

Afrobella of the Week, Hip Hop Heroine – MC Lyte

Back in 1984 MC Lyte released 10% Dis, a hard-hitting track that destroyed her then-rival, Antoinette. Lyte’s boasts proved prophetic: Others write your rhymes, while I write my own, I don’t create a character, when I’m on the microphone, I am myself, no games to be played, No script to be written, no scene to […]

Set Your Tivos!

Here’s a great reason to have cable, and an even better reason to set your digital recording device well in advance – on Thursday November 30 at 9, the Sundance channel will premiere Iconoclasts: Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou. Oh, they are adorable together. I can’t wait to see two of my absolute favorite celebrities […]

Ask Afrobella: Mama Bella on Fake Eyelashes

Heyo! I got an e mail from Davina, with a question that made me laugh. “How do I put on/apply false eyelashes? I’ve always wanted to wear them but just haven’t because I didn’t know how. I am going to a Christmas party and want to do something extra to my look.“ Davina, thanks for […]

Be Thankful For What You’ve Got

Today is Thanksgiving in America. When I first moved here in 1998, I viewed the holiday as a day to enjoy a lavish meal with family, leading into a weekend of shopping overindulgence. While it definitely is that (and I’m looking forward to enjoying the festivities), Thanksgiving is also a great day to reflect and […]