Sof N Free Winners!


What an awesome turnout for my latest contest! 44 comments on the blog and quite a few over on the Facebook page. Winners were randomly chosen wherever they entered. And the winners are:

Want Of The Week: Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color


I like to think of myself as a practical person. When I shop, I go to discount retailers. If I have an event to go to, I’d rather see what goodies are already in my closet, than spend my hard earned bucks on something new and trendy. But every now and then I’ll see an […]

Sam Fine’s Thoughts On Black Beauty Today


April 30th 2010 – a day that shall shine in my memory forever. On that day I was lucky enough to go to The Wit — one of downtown Chicago’s chicest hotels — to meet a legendary makeup artist. Sam Fine. Artist to celebrities such as Iman, Tyra Banks, Mo’Nique, and Vanessa Williams. Author of […]

Spring Into Summer Sof N Free Giveaway!


This has not been a stellar week for Chicago, weather wise. As I write this I’m looking out at low lying fog, wet streets, and breath-chilling cold. In May. But tomorrow it’s predicted to be in the 60’s or 70’s again. And so it goes. When the weather is this schizophrenic it’s hard to know […]

An Interview with Phylicia Rashad


Phylicia Rashad is an icon to women around the world. Note that I just say “women,” not African American women or black women…The Cosby Show reached into households of every creed, and inspired people all around the world to laugh and love. It’s been almost twenty years since the show’s been off the air (how’s […]

A Little Natural Hair History


I spend so much time looking forward, sometimes I need a reminder to look back, marvel, and appreciate how far we’ve come. I got a wonderful reminder from esteemed Caribbean-born author Nalo Hopkinson, who sent me a link to Yale’s online Beinecke archive of rare books and manuscripts. In the Randolph Linsly Simpson African American […]

My Monday Manicure: China Glaze Sun Worshiper

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Following the sad news about the death of Lena Horne and an additional sense of Monday malaise, I decided to shake the blues off with something bold, bright, and indisputably funky. Then moments after this photo was taken, I managed to bend my fingernail all the way back and break the nail in the middle […]