Mo’Nique’s Hollywood Victories

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Precious is a hard film to watch. It is a polarizing film, to be certain. But there is one undeniable truth about Precious that I don’t think even Armond White could deny — Mo’Nique turns in one hell of a performance. I called it from the moment I saw the movie — her performance was […]

Charities in Haiti That Are Worth Your Dime

Amidst the destruction and stink of death, there remains life and hope in Haiti. This little boy’s smile reminded so many of us that Haiti still needs our help. There are still lives to be saved, and donations are still desperately needed. In my previous posts on Haiti, I mentioned initiatives that are directly donating […]

Lauryn Hill’s Still Got It

To this very day, I can count Lauryn Hill as one of the top five best concert experiences I’ve ever had. I saw her in 1998 at the Bob Marley Festival in Miami, and she blew everyone away. She did the same thing last night in New Zealand. (Link courtesy my beloved Oh No They […]

When Bella Goes a-Traveling

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I’m looking forward to this weekend for the dorkiest reason — finally I’m going to unpack my suitcases, put away my summer clothes, and take my makeup and hair products out of my travel bag. Until February, when I go on another trip! With all the traveling I’ve been doing, I’ve had to learn the […]

How I Feel About Fur

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Just last year, I had an encounter with a fur coat that left me both aghast and amazed. At Chicago’s Modern Vintage Fashion event, there was an entire booth dedicated to fur. Now — indulge me for a second. I’m from the islands. Furs are not a part of the wardrobe in such climates. So […]

Aloha, Bellas!

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I meant to post on Friday before I left…but the sand in the hourglass ran out before I had a chance. I spent the weekend in Hawaii, touring the island of Oahu for an upcoming feature for BlackAtlas.com. That’s me at the Diamond Head volcanic crater! I am in LOVE with Hawaii right now. Words […]

Help Haiti Through Hair Products

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Originally posted over at BVHairTalk.com. I must be honest — it’s difficult writing about hair care and beauty products at a time like this, when thousands upon thousands are suffering in Haiti right now. But good news from the world of hair and beauty — some very charitable companies have stepped forward to give support […]