Oooh, hot couple alert! Chris Tucker and India.Arie are rumored to be dating! I never got a chance to post this before, but I was digging India’s style at the Grammy’s. It’s nice to know there’s at least one bona fide afrobella always holding the natural hair at the forefront.

Be still my heart — The Muppets could be coming back to primetime television!!! According to Greg James of Muppet Central, “Earlier this month a short presentation pilot for a proposed Muppet mini-series recently wrapped production. The project is being kept “under wraps” right now. This presentation pilot, completed in January 2007, proposes a mini-series shot in mock documentary style that continues to follow the adventures of the Muppets as they create a new show. The short pilot uses the television syntax of a documentary (think The Office meets The Muppet Show). The series revolves around Kermit the Frog as he attempts to reassemble the Muppet troupe and launch a new Muppet show.”

First of all – isn’t that the basic plot of The Muppet Movie? Great, ’cause that’s my favorite. Second of all – The Office meets The Muppet Show??? My current favorite show meets my childhood favorite? I’m so excited! Now that I’ve completely revealed myself to be a muppet dork, you may continue reading.

Do you have any friends who watch Mind of Mencia? Lordy, I loathe that show. I always have. Now I’ve got a good reason – lo, the continuing saga of Carlos Menstealia vs. Joe “Fear Factor” Rogan. The video’s long, but worth watching. Having confronted Mencia — who apparently isn’t even really Mexican, he’s half German, half Honduran and his real name is Ned — Joe Rogan has been dropped by his agent and banned from the world famous Comedy Store. I never ever thought I’d say this when he was encouraging people to choke down bull testicles or lie in aquariums filled with snakes; but — Team Rogan all the way.

I strongly believe in the power of protest, but I’m not sure I can protest against Ludacris. I’m still listening to Freaky Thangs in the morning on my way to work. However, I agree with the main point – ‘Cris, I love you but it does look hypocritical to put Oprah on blast for not respecting hip hop, then to celebrate the birthday of a known racist complete with video evidence of her racism and liberal use of homophobic slurs. All I can say about Paris is, at least Perez Hilton hasn’t written about her in a while. After leading the Isaiah Washington charge, I hope he shows some integrity by backing completely away from the likes of her.

Another installment in the “famous people are crazy” file – according to this sizzling Radar Magazine article, Wesley Snipes is on a whole ‘nother level. We’re talking the indictment for tax fraud, extremist group affiliation, private militia kind of level. Scary.

Sometimes makeup inspiration can come from childhood fascinations. I have always loved mermaids, and since I discovered Michelle Wiebe’s art over at Just My Cup of Tea, I want her paintings on the wall next to my dresser. I’m loving the Lady with Seven Stars.

Nobody did the mermaid look more beautifully than Sade in her No Ordinary Love video.

She’s a goddess. I’ll be rocking some soft sea green eyeshadow and bronzy pink lipgloss today in homage.

Looka here, looka here… check out who’s getting much-deserved love over at The Smoking Section. Click the link and thank me later.

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davina e says:
February 20, 2007, 12:18 pm
I am so glad that I was not the only one Loving India Arie;s hair at the grammys... she is such an inspriration for afrobellas all over
ch says:
February 20, 2007, 1:46 pm
Never been a fan of Joe Rogan's stand up style, but do admire his nerve to put joke-jackers(?) on blast. He did the same to Dennis Leary, offering pretty damnable evidence that Leary stole a lot of his shtick from Bill Hicks. Completely unrelated, but did you read this op-ed piece in the Washington post regarding debates over Barack Obama's "blackness"? (req's free registration tor read, btw) It's written by a Washington based, Haitian-born(?) journalist, and I was wondering if her takes on having to "prove" your blackness in the States might resonate with your experiences.
Coffy says:
February 20, 2007, 2:14 pm
wow, Luda just lost some cool points. i don't know how he or Nicole Richie could show their faces with Paris Hilton. i saw the videos and she went after Asians, homosexuals, and Black folks. I wonder if she lost any of her Asian endorsement deals?
Taima says:
February 20, 2007, 2:40 pm
Hi...this is my first time posting. I just wanted to mention that India's hair is a weave. I don't know if that changes her status as a bonafided afrobella or not.
afrobella says:
February 20, 2007, 3:14 pm
Oh no, Taima! I really thought that was all hers. Sigh. Between you and me, it's getting hard to find a real 100% all-natural afrobella in the film or music industry. Well, at least India's trying to keep the natural look alive, I didn't see anyone else with that look at the Grammys. Did you? Thanks for posting!
Peajai says:
February 20, 2007, 3:16 pm
OMG! The Muppets! That has just made my day.
Niki says:
February 20, 2007, 3:49 pm
There are lots of convincing "afrobella-inspired" extensions, wigs, and hairpieces out there. I think it's good for two reasons: you don't have to do "Hawaiian Silky" or "Spanish Wavy" when you wear it and that it gives us "aspiring naturabellas" a chance to try out the looks and encourages us to take the step for real.
Taima says:
February 20, 2007, 3:54 pm
I mean ...her hair is fierce. I think that she used the afro kinky human hair braided just at the root and then free at the ends. I had my hair similar to that. But, I didn't see anyone else with any type of a natural look at the Grammy's.
evangelia says:
February 20, 2007, 4:24 pm
my first time posting as well (long time reader tho!just wanted to put in my two cents about perez hilton..he is a filthy hypocrite. and his methods of forcibly outing celebs leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
Delma says:
February 20, 2007, 5:16 pm
Carlos Mencia back in his stand-up days always said he was honduran and just considered himself mexican because of where he grew up and all, but as far as the german thing and his real name being Ned I'm shocked.. thanks for the info I'm off to watch the video =)
AppleDiva says:
February 20, 2007, 5:23 pm
CH, Ms. Valburn is spot on. She has summed up the argument very well. I can totally relate to be challenged on being "Black enough." We did not live in Miami nor New York prior to coming to the United States, so for awhile my brother, 2 cousins, and myself were the only Jamaicans in school and at church. I did not have that "luxury" when my family moved to the Midwest from Jamaica. We had to learn the culture and colloquialisms very quickly, and we were not always accepted, but it was cool because we had each other. We spoke differently and ate differently, an that was always challenged. It was not until I was in college, there were more West Indian and African immigrants moving to the area where I lived. My 2 younger cousins had the best of both worlds, they had friends who were West Indian and American so they did not have to fit in, people were learning about our culture. Now, I would say that most of my closest friends are split down the middle between native born Blacks and immigrant Blacks, some are considered honorary Jamaicans because they understand our struggles, culture, and even food. I do notice that newer Black immigrants attempt to distance themselves from native born Black people. I have friends who 'poo poo' native Born Black people, and I do not get it because we can always learn from people, especially the elders. They can tell us stories about life back in the day and the hardships and triumphs of their lives. One thing I have learned over the years, is that being different is GREAT and that community is essential.
Carlito says:
February 20, 2007, 5:59 pm
I know this is totally off-topic but Afrobella I fall upon the doorstep and implore you for you Knowledge in all things natural-hair related. I have been growing my hair out for eight months and think there ready for twists. I think something like this the problem is I don't know what to ask for at the beauty shop or how much I should be charged. I would like to have them done nicely but I don't want to be overpriced. Any suggestions on what to ask for and how much a reasonable set would be?
Linda says:
February 20, 2007, 6:46 pm
CH, Thanks for the Obama link. Being a black South African woman living in America, I find this debate highly fascinating. Albeit, this is one of those few times where I have no opinion whatsoever and am ready to be schooled.
bella says:
February 20, 2007, 10:01 pm
Hey Carlito! Truth be told, I've never had twists so I have no idea. My advice is, print that photo and take it to your local ethnic hairdresser. There's usually at least one person who knows what they're doing. I hope! Visit other natural hairdresser's sites to get a price guide, and call around and ask questions. I wish I could speak from experience here; I'm contemplating twists myself! Anyone have better advice, bellas? Fellas?
Regine says:
February 21, 2007, 10:42 am
i like that painting too. you might like the paintings on this website Shano (the artist) is a really cool chick.
Peajai says:
February 21, 2007, 12:17 pm
Carlito, If your hair is short like in that picture, it should be about $30-$40 dollars. Longer hair would cost more. Someone quoted me a price of $60 for two-strand twists my shoulder length hair and but I would never pay more than $50. I was able to get my sister to do it for free. She had never done twists before but she braids and she just followed what I told her and did a great job.
Ami Jane says:
February 21, 2007, 1:40 pm
I'm glad someone called Oprah out. She was wrong for what she did and everyone knows she thinks she is...You know the rest. Anyhow, India hair looks great! Holla!
missdza says:
February 21, 2007, 1:47 pm
Just wanted to to say thank you thank you for introducing me to Alice Smith she is beyond words and I just love your music taste madame! keep posting your flavor the world needs it!!! I would encourage you if you do not already know about this amazing group to check they are fabulous!!! and the lead singer is...well you'll see what I mean. (crossing my fingers hoping you like my musical submission)
Carlito says:
February 21, 2007, 3:51 pm
Hey Afrobella and Peaj thank you for the information. I am so ill-informed when it comes to hair. I am just tired of rocking this Cornel West style afro and I thought twist is a sophisticated choice. Again thank you for responding it sheds some more light for me.
JUstMYwOrD says:
February 22, 2007, 5:45 pm
Well I think India is an audacious female. She's definitley one who has fought back hard against the industrie's diecast protrayal of beauty. It's kool and inspiring to see people fight for the right things thses days...her statement to the public is definitely needed and much appreciated. I hope her and Chris make each other happy.
BigTab says:
March 14, 2007, 2:40 pm
Girl, I just found your website and I LOVE it. I found this by accident through a link. Anyway-I love your recommendations only slightly more than india.arie's hair! Now THAT's glamour! Way to represent the curlies. And no one is more excited about the Muppets (girl, the Swedish Chef is on my screensaver!)! Keep us posted, and keep doing a great job!
Lakendra Legorreta says:
August 21, 2010, 9:36 am
Proper thanks are due for this awesome article. I've read id a couple of months now and they are always very informative. Thanks!
Naturally Kiki says:
September 1, 2010, 12:53 pm
Does anyone know where I can get these earrings or a pair thats similir to the ones Ms. Arie is wearing???


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