Hip Hop (and Reggae) Heroine, Tanya Stephens

How can I call Tanya Stephens a hip-hop heroine, you ask? I bet Lil Kim can answer that question! Over the summer, Tanya had to get all kinds of litigious on the nip/tucked rapstress because Kim blatantly ripped off one of Tanya’s hottest dancehall anthems, “Mi and Mi God.” (Honestly, if Damian Marley wanted to […]

Almost-Professional Perfumier

My love affair with Chanel No. 5 has been going on for almost twenty years now. I remember getting a talc when I was little, and every Christmas for the past five years or more, there’s been a familiar bottle of eau de toilette under the tree. Last year my husband got me J.Lo Live, […]

Respecting Our Elders

Everyone’s psyched about Dreamgirls. The film is garnering incredible Oscar buzz, I just saw the three biggest stars of the film – Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Beyonce – on the cover of Vanity Fair. (Think fast, when was the last time you saw a black face on the cover of any mainstream fashion magazine? […]

Moisturize Your Situation!

The weather’s taken a turn for the frightful, and the cold weather is wreaking havoc on your skin and hair. Naturally curlicious tresses start taking on that Brillo Pad look when parched. Not pretty. Over the past two weeks I’ve gotten many an anguished e mail, pleading for tips on maintaining moisture. I got your […]

Did You Miss Me?

I meant to post stuff while I was on vacation, really I did… but the hospitality of our friends and family in San Diego lured me away from the computer completely. Good thing, too – I didn’t quite realize how addicted I am! Our flight left San Diego at 8 p.m. last night, and we […]

The Burden of Being, The Weight of Words

A word as old as the slave trade has been in the news recently. Notorious N-bomb dropper Paul Mooney has sworn to never say it again, but Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, DL Hughley et al have remained oddly mute on the subject. On Sunday, Damon Wayans got fined $20 per n-word and was […]

Santa Baby

Tis the season to go shopping, and the malls are overflowing with people and bargains. If you’re shopping these days, make sure you’re making a list (and obviously, checking it twice). Get gifts for the fam and friends who mean the most to you, and don’t forget to get yourself something you’ve been wanting all […]