For my second anniversary, I had lofty ambitions of hosting a month filled with giveaways. It won’t be a whole month, but I do have some anniversary giveaways in store — starting right here and now with these fabulous Goddess Zuri earrings!

Do you love them? I do. I get asked about them almost every time I wear them. In case you missed my first Goddess Zuri post, allow me to introduce you to this funky by-bellas-for-bellas brand of tees and accessories. Goddess Zuri makes Beau-Tees, Royal-Tees, and Naugh-Tees, and a bunch of bangin’ hoop earrings besides those.

Goddess Zuri earrings all have interesting names, like the Njeri “warrior’s daughter” hoops. Oluchi hoops translate to “the art or work of God,” and these gorgeous black and white hoops are named Rukiya, for “she who rises high.” So this jewelry is not only beautiful, it’s imbued with meaning.

These Indian glass and Batik bone bead hoops don’t yet have a name. Hence the contest!

All you need to do is suggest a name for these beautiful hoops, complete with meaning. I’ll close these comments by Thursday afternoon, and together with Goddess Zuri, name a winner!

Click here to see the names of Goddess Zuri’s other hoops, to find inspiration. Good luck, bellas! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

** the contest is officially closed, bellas — your suggestions were great! Goddess Zuri and I will choose a winner to announce by next week.

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COMMENTS

Wes says:
August 18, 2008, 9:58 am
You look lovely- Love your makeup Bella!!, I love GZ's earrings... Love, love, LOVE 'em... I think they should be named the "Safiya Hoops", which means serene, pure, best friend: b/c for many of us Bella, you DO serve as a really good, close or best friend (and since your the model I felt "Safiya" is very apropo!!
Davina E, says:
August 18, 2008, 10:22 am
Bella I love the look of your hair and makeup in the picture. I think the earrings should be name "Nzingha Hoops" after the warrior queen of Ndongo (present day Angola) she was a strong and determined and I think these earrings are fitting of the name.
Nai_Nai says:
August 18, 2008, 10:30 am
Yes Bella...That Picture is Awesome, you look fab! I am loving the earrings, and since I have made my transition to napptural hair, and I am rocking my twa I can say those hoops will look hawt on me! Okay I think the earrings should be named "Harambee Hoops", which means pulling together! I see the beads, which have originated from two different areas of the World, coming together to unify the hoop to develop such a gorgeous earring.... So Harambee Hoops it is!
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
August 18, 2008, 11:38 am
Hey bella, without a doubt the name of the earrings should be "Zenobia" after ancient warrior Queen Zenobia of Palmyra.This is also my middle name so I would wear them with pride and honor.
Doris says:
August 18, 2008, 11:45 am
First let me say you look very pretty in that photo. I am on my quest for natural beauty and you display it well. So having seen you with those earrings on I think they should have the name "JAMALA" which is another swahili word for beauty referring to good taste especially in conduct, manners, or appearance. Cause that's the first thought that came to mind when I saw them on you in the photo.
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
August 18, 2008, 11:57 am
"Palmyra" is another choice ,because it's a tree that grows in Africa that stands as tall as I do when i'm wearing beautiful earrings.A palmyra tree is used for many purpose such as making mats,baskets,fans,hats,umbrellas,and i'm sure that earrings can be made from "Palmyra" also.
dee says:
August 18, 2008, 12:13 pm
I'll say "Ashanti Hoops".
nappygwen says:
August 18, 2008, 12:52 pm
I choose "Aindri". (Pronounced EYEN-dree). It has Indian origins and means belongs to the powerful! Great pic!
rubysafire says:
August 18, 2008, 1:29 pm
My suggestion is "Sauda," which is Swahili for dark-complexioned. That description encompasses Afrobellas of all origins and many different races. I think that brown-skinned, black-skinned, red- and yellow-skinned woman possess a very unique, multifaceted beauty. And so do these fabulous earrings.
paradisebird says:
August 18, 2008, 1:41 pm
A beautiful pieces of art! My suggestion is "Malaika" , the swahili word for angel and also the title of a song often sung by the great Miriam Makeba.
Kimberly Keyosha says:
August 18, 2008, 1:54 pm
I love the afrocentric look of the stylish earrings. I think the name of the earrings should be "Amara Hoops". Amara means "grace". I love the name and the meaning.
Deda says:
August 18, 2008, 3:01 pm
The earrings are gorgeous! I recommend calling them the Zuriya hoops. Zuriya means rock of God.
auragirl says:
August 18, 2008, 7:08 pm
I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!! You are pretty and should definitely consider modeling more things for your website! :-) Maybe one day i'll go natural...
LL says:
August 18, 2008, 7:17 pm
I was just going to comment on how cute you looked with your hair and earrings when I thought why not call them "afrobella"! I know, not original, but the earrings suit you well...why not the ode to you and this great site, lol? Seriously, your hair looks very healthy and vibrant.
jen says:
August 18, 2008, 8:12 pm
What a lovely collection. Thanks for the heads up, Afrobella. I actually have two names: Anata (The goddess of the earth - Babylonian) or Nashwa (wonderful feeling - Egyptian).
Chanel says:
August 18, 2008, 11:50 pm
I think "Chioke" would be a nice name. It is Nigerian and means "God's gift"
Upfulsistren says:
August 19, 2008, 9:35 am
I love these hoops! They are modern and stylish with a Afrikan twist! I think a good name would be "Ayira" is means the chosen one in Kenyian
Olivia says:
August 19, 2008, 10:30 am
Miss Bella you are so beautiful, I love your confidence and it radiates :o) Any woman wearing those beautiful earrings are confident, loving life and loving themselves. 'Folami Hoops', Folami is Nigerian meaning respect & honor me. Those earrings will always represent that when worn or adorn with an outfit. Its really a treasure and Miss Bella you wear the earrings well.
Ama says:
August 19, 2008, 10:34 am
Below are two possible names for these BlackNificent hoops! Aiyana is a Native American female name meaning "forever flowering" or an "eternal blossom". Nahimana is Sioux female name meaning "mystic".
Megan says:
August 19, 2008, 12:23 pm
I say "dada" hoops! Dada means curly hair cause those earringslook bomb with some natural, curly hair!!!!
Jaye says:
August 19, 2008, 1:08 pm
I say they should be called the "obsidian" hoops. Obsidian is shiny, black volanic glass/lapis usually opaque with transparent pieces. it's derived of obsidius originally discovered in Ethopia. Love these earrings and whole collection! love what you do, 'bella
theHotness Grrrl says:
August 19, 2008, 2:25 pm
I love those earrings and think they should be called the "Lady Obama" hoops. The name is not only a timely reference, but one that immediately brings to mind a woman who is sophisticated, stylish and smart!
dgh says:
August 19, 2008, 3:28 pm
Remember Darius in the movie Love Jones purring sweet love to Nina in his poem “Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina)?” Excerpt- “Now, do they call you daughter to the spinnin’ pulsar Or maybe Queen of 10,000 moons? Sister to the distant, yet risin’ star Is your name Yemaya? Oh, hell nah, it’s got to be Oshun.” Never mind that Darius. You have to understand he was in the throes of heart-racing desire, calling out Oshun. While Oshun is the goddess of love, self-adornment, sensual delights, and beauty, Yemaya (Yeh may YAH) still reigns supreme. Yemaya in Yoruba (Nigeria, West Africa) is the mother goddess, the mother of all living things. Aside from motherhood, she is strongly associated with the ocean and protecting children. Yemaya reminds us even the worst calamities can be endured and, with her help, we can navigate the ebbs and flows of life’s changes with her grace, courage, and wisdom. (She was embraced by many Africans who made the trip through the Middle Passage.) Yemaya represents life, comfort, and inspiration.
MRT says:
August 20, 2008, 12:40 am
How about 'Amani Hoops'? Amani means peace in Swahili and who couldn't use a little more peace in their lives. Or 'Tatu Hoops'? Tatu means three, representing the three batik beads and the dimensions (a more literal name). BTW, I'm just discovering your site and it is cool!!
Christina says:
August 20, 2008, 1:13 am
Let me just say you look beautiful in that picture. And your hair is so curly! I have some work to do on my hair. Well, when I saw you wearing these earrings, I thought that you glowed and looked vibrant so I chose the Indian name Anala, meaning fiery. This could also be interpreted as having great emotion for all things beautiful and natural.
Mariska says:
August 20, 2008, 8:08 am
Hi Bella, love your blog and love the hoops! My suggestion is: Folami, which means Respect and Honor me in Yoruba language. I hope I'm still on time with my entry. I live in the Netherlands and I'm glad I found your site. Being a natural myself for quite some years now, I'm really happy to see how the love for natural hair is taking over the web by storm. Your blog has contributed alot for me.
2bnatural says:
August 20, 2008, 10:53 am
Love the hair and makeup. The earrings add a nice finishing touch. I like the name Janai. Depending on male or female designation, Janai means "Gift from God" or "God has answered"
LaFleur says:
August 20, 2008, 1:39 pm
Like everyone who has commented before me, I love your hair and your blog! I think the hoops should be named "Kali Hoops." "Kali" is one of the most well known and worshipped Hindu godesses. Given that Indian glass is one of the materials used to make the earrings, the name "Kali Hoops," might be a nice nod to that region of the world. Also, not only is "Kali" the goddess of time and transformation (which is nice for us growing and evolving bellas), but "Kali" is derived from the Hindu word meaning "black."
EBritt says:
August 20, 2008, 2:28 pm
How about "MoonSwing"? They remind me of a (full) moon; and with a little imagination, I can see someone reclining on the lower left arc, head slightly included to look down and with arm hanging down to touch (whomever).
christie says:
August 20, 2008, 3:16 pm
Hi Afrobella. I love the blog and I must say that I covet your hair. I have two ideas for the hoops. Adimu Hoops: Adimu means unique in Swahili. That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw these lovely hoops. Mfumo Hoops. Mfumo means texture in Swahili. I think that the contrast between the texture of the wood and the smooth batik is absolutely beautiful.
Tanijoy says:
August 20, 2008, 4:31 pm
Hello afrobella. I'm loving ur site. I'm newly natural and I get a lot of info from ur site! I suggest. Nyah meaning purpose Adeola: nigerian for crown of honor Bahati: swahili for Luck and good fortune Ayira: Luo meaning the chosen one, which you would be if you wear those!
thecla says:
August 20, 2008, 10:07 pm
you look fabolous bella.especialy the earings. those hoops makes me think of a unified world which can be achieved through our prayers.makane in my language means (prayer). the mixed black and white spots symbolises all human races living and accepting each other.thus by wearing those hoops it is a sign of praying(makane) for a future where human race will live as one.the hoops should be called makane.
Eminar says:
August 21, 2008, 12:17 am
Love your photo, bella. Hair, make up and earrings are perfect. I'm especially loving your lip color. Can you share it with us?
Ms. Bar B. says:
August 21, 2008, 3:23 am
Very pretty photo of you with your new cut. Because the hoops of these earrings are such a pretty brown and they are made from Indian glass the word that comes to mind for me is "dunia" which means earth. I think to be natural is to interact with the earth, to become closer to the earth and nature is very important in Indian cultures so they should be called "Dunia Hoops".