I’ve got some big news bellas! I’ve officially accepted an opportunity to be a part of the AOL Black Voices family. I’m going to be the new blogger for BV Hair Talk!

So what does this mean? It means I’m going to be a busy bella! I promise that Afrobella will continue as I’ve done for the past almost-three years — a celebration of natural hair and beauty, plus music, culture, travel, and whatever else is on my mind and in my heart. And BV Hair Talk will be entirely about hair.

Please understand, Afrobella will continue to be all about natural beauty for bellas all shades of beautiful! But on BV, I won’t just be focusing my attention on natural tresses — I’ll be expanding my focus to include info for bellas who choose to relax their hair, who rock weaves and wigs, who wear locs and sisterlocs, and who are just looking for the best products to keep their coifs healthy and strong. So bear that in mind.

Having announced this, I gotta ask — I know quite a few of you readers don’t wear a natural do, but because I write exclusively about natural hair over here, you may not comment often. I know, I know – I’ve gotten more than one e mail to that effect. So is there anything in particular you’d like to see addressed over at BV Hair Talk? Let me know in the comments, or drop me a line at afrobellaonaol@gmail.com, and I’ll see what I can do!

Wish me luck, bellas! I’m psyched about this new opportunity!

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Julia says:
June 16, 2009, 11:06 pm
Congratulations, you deserve it.
Chandra D aka @Shi says:
June 16, 2009, 11:18 pm
I'm happy for you, and will send some questions your way!
Execumama says:
June 16, 2009, 11:35 pm
Congrats! That will make me visit AOL Black Voices more often! So-weet!
Nichole says:
June 16, 2009, 11:47 pm
Great news! Congratulations, all the best and I will be looking for those posts!
nola freebird says:
June 16, 2009, 11:48 pm
Congratulations honey, I can't think of a better bella for this. I would say "make us proud" but you already do that ;)
MissWhoever You Are says:
June 16, 2009, 11:52 pm
congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is amazing.
Sabrina says:
June 16, 2009, 11:06 pm
Congratulations on your new position!
sandra says:
June 17, 2009, 12:07 am
Congratulations. Remember media is media; you enter it where you can. Remember Susan Taylor she started in beauty editing and ended up the Editor in Charge. We know you love our natural hair; but one must be pragmatic and get their foot into the door. That said: conditioning and moisturizing is important no matter what the hair type. I also am interested in the hair industry and interviews with people of color on new techniques, products etc. I'm interested in new trends in haircoloring and in tips on finding the right hair do for your face structure and body size. I also think related to hair is the "hair" on other parts of our body including facial hair, eyebrows, lashes etc. I'm also interested in hair accessories, tips on wearing hats. I think there is a lot of crossover between the tools and hair care issues for all types of hair. And don't forget the "curly girls" occasionally. I'm wishing you much success and I predict at some point this will branch over to "curlier" looks, either with their site or some others.
NuBeauti says:
June 17, 2009, 12:15 am
Congratulations Bella! You deserve it and you will definitely do well! You are such an inspiration.
Dede @ Clutch says:
June 16, 2009, 11:21 pm
You GO GIRL! I am so so so proud of u! Black Voices/AOL JUST got better! xoxo, Dede
Phyaflyjones says:
June 17, 2009, 1:49 am
This is huge huge huge. I am so happy for you. Following you bliss always leads to great things. -I shall take your lead. lol You deserve every blessing you get.
S A V V Y Fatty! says:
June 17, 2009, 3:49 am
Congrats, Bella. Couldn't think of anyone more deserving. In a world and culture where faux beauty is celebrated & sometimes even encouraged, its refreshing to have a piece of the 'net set aside for those of us who embrace & enjoy our natural hair textures. Your site was 1 of my inspirations when deciding to go natural. And let me tell you: After relaxing & weaving for decades I can honestly say I get MORE love from ALL flavors of men with my natural hair than I EVER did before. So, for that ALONE, I say: THANK YOU! :D Congrats, again!
Brunsli says:
June 17, 2009, 4:35 am
Michele Dugar says:
June 17, 2009, 5:55 am
Woo Hoo! Congratulations. I admire your work and look forward to checking you out over at BV. More power to ya!
ceecee says:
June 17, 2009, 7:51 am
Congratulations Bella! You deserve it! I'd love to learn about hair treatments for people who 'weave' it up. It's easy to neglect hair when it's constantly in a weave.
kf519 says:
June 17, 2009, 8:11 am
Congrats!! I know you're going to do well over there just like here. :)
Tdotcurlie says:
June 17, 2009, 8:16 am
Congratulations Bella!!! See what happens when you free yourself and are open to new opportunities!!! Very excited for you and looking forward to seeing you on BV / AOL!!
warrior11209 says:
June 17, 2009, 9:22 am
Congrats Bella!! You more than deserve this opportunity. I know that you will make the most of this new position. Now I will read BV/AOL more often.
Jess says:
June 17, 2009, 9:37 am
Hi Afrobella, Congratulations! I wish you the best. I came across this website that a friend gave me from Etsy. I know you like to highlight eclectic jewelry. Check it out: www.SweetAndSpicy.Etsy.com
styleosophy says:
June 17, 2009, 9:49 am
Congrats Bella!
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
June 17, 2009, 9:57 am
Congrats on the great news bella!
ChocolateOrchid says:
June 17, 2009, 9:15 am
Congratulations Bella!! I'm excited for you! Well deserved!!
rocha says:
June 17, 2009, 10:37 am
Bella, Congrats!!! I love your blog so I'm excited that I'll have even more opportunity to "read your mind". My suggestion is a bit of a rant, I have short relaxed pixie hair that I strive to keep really, really healthy. I use only natural, high end products because I care so much about my hair. I DC, co-wash, all the tricks that I've read about, however online all I can ever find is info about how to grow your hair long. What about us short haired girls, who love rocking the cropped doo? I have the hardest time finding sample styles for my next look, tips on changing up the styles, etc. So, my suggestion is on occasion that you talk about the latest in short looks, for us short haired bellas. Thanks in advance!!
kaliber says:
June 17, 2009, 10:44 am
How Amazing! let me join in the chorus in saying how incredible this is and how happy we all are for you. ive been reading your blog for the last 3 years (wow!) its one of the first first internet stops when i turn on my computer in the morning. you continue to be an inspiration to me on the natural hair front (many a time have i fwd'd your entries to nervous transitioners) and on the writing side --as an aspiring writer and artist myself, watching your blog progress and see you coming out with hit after hit for blog posts makes my hopeful for my artistic future. especially after you took the big chi-town plunge! Congrats again , bella. we are all rooting for you!
KindredSmile says:
June 17, 2009, 10:44 am
Congrats, bella! I'd love to hear more about practical hairstyles for bellas who work out - the FOX news piece some weeks back only made me mad, and didn't really provide any insight. Also, if could do another post about color, or maybe another drugstore-budget focus, that would be great!
J.Co says:
June 17, 2009, 11:04 am
Congrats, Bella! As one of the non-natural lurkers you mentioned (lol), I would love to see a piece on how to adjust one's hair regimen for the seasons. It seems that as soon as I find out what my hair likes, the weather changes and I have to start over! Keep up the good work, and I know you'll bring all the insight, humor, and positivity from Afrobella to Black Voices.
Fleurzty says:
June 17, 2009, 10:05 am
Congratulations Bella! I wish you the very best with this new venture!
SoFrolushes says:
June 17, 2009, 11:08 am
well done on your new post. They are gaining a qualified person!! I love seeing people progress in life and to think you gave up your day job and now have been blessed with one closer to your heart. Make those connections make your way. I may even get to see you on tv even if in the uk I have to youtube the event well done and blessings for your new post
Bee says:
June 17, 2009, 11:15 am
CONGRATS! '09 is definitely about big things for you, Bella! I'll be keeping an eye out for you over at BlackVoices, and I'm going to tell all my girlfriends to do the same...
suziebee says:
June 17, 2009, 11:24 am
congrats bella!! youre totally gonna rock it! sb
MoniMoni says:
June 17, 2009, 12:39 pm
Congrats Bella! I read that blog as well, looking forward to your postings! :)
Los Angelista says:
June 17, 2009, 1:18 pm
That's fabulous! So happy for you! :)
Peajai says:
June 17, 2009, 1:26 pm
Congrats!!! You're doing big things!
Shell says:
June 17, 2009, 1:41 pm
Congrats, Bella!! I'm happy for you.
Miracle Girl says:
June 17, 2009, 1:45 pm
Congrats! Can't wait to see your new posts!
Chai says:
June 17, 2009, 3:36 pm
Can't wait to see and read your articles!! Congrats;-)!
nolagirl says:
June 17, 2009, 4:00 pm
I am so excited for your it's like you're really family or something! I will have to go back to black voices to read things again just to support you. Congrats bella it could not have happened to a better blogger!
JenG says:
June 17, 2009, 4:38 pm
Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you. I was a active visitor to BV Hair forum. I can start visiting the site again now that you are going to running it.
Baby Haiti Girl says:
June 17, 2009, 8:50 pm
Congratulations! You deserve it, guess i'll be following you at BV! Congrats again love!
Andrea says:
June 17, 2009, 9:18 pm
Girl, that is such great news!! Big congrats to you.
PanAfya says:
June 17, 2009, 10:01 pm
Congratulations bella! This is excellent news. In terms of what I'd like to see at BV Hair, can you put up a few posts that deal with the business side of things, e.g., how black salon owners make it work, what to know if you're thinking of going into the business,etc. Whatever you decide to write, I'll be checking for...Congrats again!
Trene says:
June 18, 2009, 11:30 am
Congratulations!! Wow, 2009 is really turning out to be your year! Your commitment to yourself is really inspiring and I thank you for sharing this journey with us. It's ironic that your email account for your AOL blog is hosted by gmail- hilarious!
smarts says:
June 18, 2009, 12:50 pm
Congrats Afro-bella!! Lord knows those folks need a lil wisdom! jus kidding! Do us proud girl!!!!! :)
ItChick says:
June 18, 2009, 1:22 pm
I wear my hair relaxed and I was wondering if you could address ways to protect/help your hair while working out? Like, what you can do to your hair after your done working out.
babyarkansas says:
June 18, 2009, 2:32 pm
Congratulations! Good luck:) You knew things were changing for the bigger and better in your life!
LBell says:
June 18, 2009, 9:33 pm
Congrats on the new gig! Also, very belated congrats on moving to Chicago! If I run into you on the street I'll say hi. Don't forget to get a Chicago-worthy winter coat. ;) One topic I'd love you to address is the fallacy that natural hair can't be worn in the workplace. This is something that needs to be debunked once and for all. I'm really sick of black folks giving up their power so easily when it comes to this subject, esp. in 2009.
yaya says:
June 19, 2009, 4:34 am
congrats! looking forward to reading all your contributions!
Alicia says:
June 19, 2009, 11:25 am
Congratulations on your new assignment and success. As a new blogger, I know how much hard work it took to get to this point. Best to you!
Jessica says:
June 19, 2009, 12:36 pm
Congratulations! First time commenter/non-natural reader...and I'm very interested in how to transition in a professional work environment. I look forward to reading your take!
Denise says:
June 19, 2009, 2:04 pm
Habenu says:
June 19, 2009, 7:16 pm
Congratulations! I wish you all the best with this career advancement. It´s great. Will this website now be apart of AOL?
pets says:
June 19, 2009, 8:44 pm
Again congrats! Enjoy the new experiences being in Chicago will bring to you and to your blogging. Coming up to 3 years of Afrobella already wow!Keep on doing what you have been doing and you'll just blast off the blogsphere.
muslimahlocs says:
June 22, 2009, 5:22 pm
congrats bella. hope to read more about the sisterlocks that i have rocked and loved for 13+ years.
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