Consider Yourself Bronzed!

I only have ten bronzers in my hands. Permit me to get my Tyra Banks on as I announce the winners. Amber Xenanic Thecla Angelica Greenstar ladybugfromthechi Brandi Sunshine ceecee, and last but not least — Berrybrowne – you asked the Ask Afrobella question that led to the giveaway, so you deserve one! So ten […]

The Pitiful State of Today’s Women’s Magazines

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with women’s magazines. In my memory, they’re forever intertwined with trips to the hairdresser, where I’d inevitably wind up parked under a dryer. Needless to say, I started reading Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Elle at a pretty young age. Before age ten I wanted to be […]

We Have a Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Afrobella logo contest. It was really cool to see how each designer depicted their vision of Afrobella, and over the weekend I plan to post a gallery of all the entries. Some made more use of text and fancy fonts, some relied solely on image. I […]

Afrobella of the Week — Michelle Obama

While I certainly have my own political leanings, my goal with this post isn’t to sway anyone. Although I do work for the “liberal media,” I actually have friends of all affiliations. So I know how bloody obnoxious it can be when someone tries to shove their beliefs down your throat, and I never want […]

Ask Afrobella: Makeup for Dummies, Part Deux

I know, I know. I’m way behind on my Ask Afrobellas. I’m gonna try to be better. Ready? Here goes. In response to my first Makeup for Dummies post, berrybrowne asks: ‘bella – i wear liner, mascara, cream blush and lip gloss EVERY DAY! but that’s all:-( i feel so sad and boring and i […]


Yours truly was nominated for THREE Black Weblog awards — Best Culture Blog, Best Niche Blog, and Best Writing in a Blog. Much thanks to all who nominated me! I’m in great company — my friends at Concrete Loop, Crunk & Disorderly, The Smoking Section and Fly were nominated too! Now comes the actual vote. […]

Afrobella’s Anniversary

A year ago, I was frustrated. As an avid magazine and blog reader, I wasn’t finding the kind of intelligent, informed beauty writing I hungered for. As a writer, I was hard pressed to find a magazine or website that would provide a platform for expression for someone like me. As a black woman with […]