Because the Black Weblog Award I yearn to win the most is the Best Writing in a Blog category, because today is the last day to vote, and also because I just celebrated my second bloggiversary, I figured now would be a great time to stroll down memory lane and share some of the Afrobella posts I’m proudest of. If I don’t celebrate myself, who will?
My mama. But her internet skills are lacking, so I’ll just do it myself anyway.
My very first post explains why I got on this journey to begin with. It all begins with my childhood hair idol, Diana Ross. I tell you — seeing her in Central Park in 1983 seared an image in my brain that will never go away. I used to put that towel on my head and sashay down the stairs, singing “I want muscles,” when I was way too young to know what she was talking about. That’s where I first realized that hair didn’t have to be pin straightened within an inch of its life to be sexy. Diana and her power mane, FOREVER.
Meeting Carol’s Daughter was my first attempt at interviewing someone for my brand new beauty blog. Lisa Price was cool as they come, and very receptive to an eager kinda-journalist who just wanted to hang out and observe the action for hours. I admired Mary J. Blige from afar, learned that stars really are just like us, met a legion of Carol’s Daughter fans, and had my first encounter with Hair Milk. The whole experience made me feel optimistic for Afrobella’s future. And it was the beginning of some cool interviews with some of my hair and makeup icons — like Billy B, Titi Branch, Mahisha Dellinger, and Anita Grant.
The Blacker the Berry, an homage to bellas a darker shade of beautiful, who typically don’t get the same level of admiration or appreciation that lighter skinner bellas do. That post was one of the earliest that tackled black beauty issues, which I’ve revisited time and time again in posts like Black Woman, Know That You Are Beautiful, In or Out of Vogue, and Nip Tuck.
The Afrobella Interview with Motown Girl was a big moment for me. Motown Girl is one of, if not THE single best natural hair website on the internet in my opinion. Without her and Nappturality, I don’t know where I’d be. Interviewing her and getting to know her was a truly inspiring experience. And as a person, she’s absolutely wonderful and has been so encouraging on this Afrobella journey. Love me some Motown Girl!
It’s hard to choose just one hair post, but Natural Attitudes: Taking The Plunge was one that helped me analyse my own outlook on accepting my natural beauty. That was one of those posts that felt like therapy when I wrote it. Own Your Fro, Curly, Coily, Kinky, or Coarse, Thinking About Transitioning, and The Professional Prejudice were all posts that addressed my own attitudes and helped me become a better Afrobella through all of your feedback and comments.
Afrobella of the Week – Michelle Obama. That was the beginning of a new passion in politics for me. It was really hard to choose an Afrobella of the Week I’m proudest of — man, I pushed myself so hard to write a new one every week. It was a demanding, research-heavy task, but one I loved doing. After a while, I burned out and just had to back up for a while. The last one I wrote was in March. I plan to bring the series back in due course.
A Most Unique Ask Afrobella, which was a first for me in many ways. The first time I did video — more’s a-coming! And that was a big important Ask Afrobella. Thanks so much to Dan Renzi and to Larramy for helping to answer it right. C, or Chia left a comment at the end of the post — she schooled me on proper pronoun use, and appreciated the hair advice. More power and much love to you, Chia!
Wow. I’ve written almost 600 posts within two years, and gained a real respect for the art of blogging. It takes persistence, endurance, and creativity to keep going. I’m proud to say I’ve got much, much more to write and even more to learn. I hope you keep reading and enjoying the journey with me!