What Can a Pet Do For You?

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Adopting a dog or cat can mean companionship, sure…but did you know that bringing a pet into your home can mean health benefits, too? It’s true! According to the CDC, having a pet can decrease your blood pressure, and your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Pets can also increase your tendency to go out, make friends, […]

Kinky Curly Comes to Trinidad!


One of the most popular questions I get from my Trinidadian afrobellas is – where can I get these products you speak of? It’s true – in the USA we’ve got a wealth of natural hair goodness at ready disposal. When these products are imported and sold elsewhere, they’re often marked up to high heaven […]

Wanted: Chicago’s Most Chic and Curvy Maxxinista!


Every day I gaze out of my window and notice the trees. Green soon faded to gold, orange, some became fiery red. Gorgeous. And now most of the foliage has fallen, and the trees have bare (yet still beautiful) branches. Chicago has been having an unusually warm autumn and this bella is not complaining! It […]

Boots! Boots! Boots and More Boots!


My Caribbean people will recognize the above from Barbadian calypsonian Gabby’s hit song, but it’s taken on a whole new meaning for me as the weather gets colder. For real, my cute little ballet flats aren’t gonna cut it anymore in this weather. Currently I have two pairs of boots, and I’m definitely looking for […]

The Straight Dope, From Doe Deere


When I had the opportunity to talk with Doe Deere, also known as Xenia, the creator of controversial cosmetics brand Lime Crime, I was both excited and hesitant. Excited because her makeup brand has a lot of buzz around it right now — Lime Crime is featured in the November issue of Nylon magazine, and […]

Happy Birthday, Sesame Street!


Sesame Street has been a tremendous influence on my life, and throughout the history of this blog I’ve celebrated the series on several occasions. Today I take special pleasure in giving tribute to the Children’s Television Workshop, Jim Henson’s genius, and Sesame Street. Today the legendary program turns 40 years old. That’s HUGE! Sesame Street […]

Natural Reactions

Picture this: I’m standing in line at the supermarket last night, about to pay for my groceries. The casher and bagger are both young African American females with relaxed hair. One of them appears frustrated with her hair (judging from the haphazard way in which it was styled). The bagger turns to me while bagging […]