Drumroll please… the five lip gloss winners are: Pisces, Nerd Girl, Naadza, Tysha, and Kaara! I’ll be contacting you this week for address information. The giveaways are going to keep coming, so keep reading, y’all!
And Kaara and BerryBrowne, I got my makeup bag as part of a set of three at Ross. I found these near the “cosmetics” section and I know the set didn’t cost me more than $10. I sure hope you have a Ross near you, that store is my weakness. And oh my… this week is shoe week! I’m so there. The last time I went to Ross, they had an even cuter leopard print makeup bag set, and they get new shipments in every week. Here in Miami, new shipments on Tuesdays. It’s a little sad that I know that. Moving on.
Speaking of leopard, I finally saw the video for Beyonce’s Kitty Kat. I’m not feeling the song, but wow, that makeup. It’s giving me Halloween inspiration. What are your thoughts on the leopard eyeshadow, bellas? Vassup, or ich don’t think so?
I say big, big respect to Beyonce’s makeup artist. The looks in these videos are beyond fierce. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Beyonce’s music, but I kind of like the random, lower budget, quirky videos she’s recently released. At least they show a little range of character. I also appreciated the Jamaican dancehall style in the Get Me Bodied video. She even threw in a little dutty wine at the end, but Beyonce still doesn’t have anything on Keiva the Diva. Or this dude.
Awww, man. Last week’s episode of Scrubs made me bawl like a baby. If you missed the show, spoiler alert. The final scene with Carla was absolutely heartbreaking. Aloma Wright always brought sass, smarts, and sweetness to her role, and although she was a peripheral character, I always enjoyed Laverne. I am such a sucker for a well written television show, and I have a lot of respect for consulting producer Angela Nissel. She’s one of my inspirations, as a writer and as an afrobella out there doing big things in Hollywood. And weep not for Aloma, she’s in a movie that I’ll be writing more about soon!
Howard Stern is having the Best Week Ever.
I can proudly say that I’ve never listened to Don Imus‘s show. Combatitive shock jocks aren’t really my thing, I’d rather listen to Jill Scott on my way to work. But I am curious about what’s going to happen here. So now he’s been suspended for two weeks. If he eventually gets fired, I predict a move to satellite radio. But my predictions don’t always work out — Star and Bucwild aren’t back on the air yet, are they?
The most surprising thing to me about this whole controversy is that Don Imus has seen School Daze. That reference really knocked me for six. Really — is this the kind of man you can visualize sitting still through the Good and Bad Hair sequence at Madame Re-Re’s salon? (Wow — when’s the last time you saw that? Tisha Campbell was the BUSINESS back in those days).
It’s amazing to me that these issues are still percolating. Still relevant. Still happening.
Don Imus’s comments got me thinking a lot about how WE represent ourselves as a people. I’ve been called nappy headed before, I’m sure many of you afrobellas have. My hair is kinky, curly, nappy, and thick — and it’s beautiful. Say it with me — nappy is beautiful. Natural is beautiful. So where would a white, cowboy hat wearing loudmouth like Don Imus get off using those kinds of terms as an insult to describe a team of strong, black, athletic women? Where would he get those ideas from? How can we prevent this kind of offhanded racism from rearing its ugly head again? It is up to us.
Until we as a community stop dividing ourselves along the same lines that Spike Lee revealed way back in 1988, and start recognizing and celebrating ourselves as the beautiful, intelligent beings that we are, there won’t be change in the right direction. We need to show each other love, and respect ourselves. It starts with you and me.