Every week I’m going to highlight my favorite posts from around the blogosphere, to keep you bellas up to date on what’s happening in hair, beauty, fashion and more!


This weekend I had the honor of speaking at a special natural hair meetup here in Chicago. Put together by the dynamic makeup artist and beauty blogger Rachel O, it was an event dedicated to those who love their natural hair, and to those who are considering making the transition but could use encouragement and advice.

There were amazing jewelers and naturalpreneurs present – I got a GORGEOUS pair of earrings made by Jaz Jewelz, and incredible hair products which I’ll be reviewing soon.

It was awesome to meet so many Chicago-area naturals, and to spend more time with my fellow speaker Leila of Black Girl With Long Hair and the BGLH Marketplace! We were a tag team of awesome, if I do say so myself. Check out Leila’s feature on Rachel’s hair – Rachel has a big beautiful blonde head of coils! And keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming joint Chicago naturals meetup in May, I’ll be announcing details as soon as they’re made available. Thanks for everything ladies, I had a blast this weekend!

This weekend in Atlanta it was ALL ABOUT HAIR! There was the Bronner Brothers show, the first ever Fro Fashion Week which featured my friend Felicia Leatherwood. I heard it was AMAZING! To promote Fro Fashion Week, Felicia appeared on CBS Atlanta news to discuss and demonstrate hair! Click to watch. The hair model she used to recreate Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy Awards hairstyle is the beautiful Natural Chica, who did a follow up video on her hairstyle!

LOVE everything about this! Click to subscribe to Natural Chica on YouTube.

AND besides the Bronner Brothers, Fro Fashion Week, mi amiga Curly Nikki threw an EPIC natural hair event in ATL. Click here to check out her post and the pics.

Twas a great weekend to be in Atlanta, it appears! I’m hoping that this is the year I finally make it down there!


I’m loathe to categorize this under beauty, because to me blackface is never a good look and I really wish she hadn’t done this shoot….but have y’all seen Beyonce’s latest photoshoot? Check it out at Clutch. This got really mixed responses over on my Facebook wall, so I’d love to know your thoughts on that. Cause I am STILL confused.

Image from SickaThanAverage.com

In much more beautiful beauty news, Celia from Sicka than Average went backstage to witness the creation of blingy nails and afro bobs at The Blondes. Now that’s out there and over the top. What do you think, bellas? I LOVE the nails!


Image from BlackGirlsGuideToWeightLoss.com

When I worked in an office, it was a challenge. And now that I work for myself at home, it can be an even BIGGER challenge. What’s for lunch today? Right now it’s lunch time. Picture me, sitting at home, about to heat up some leftovers I could care less about. Yawn. I’m gonna try to upgrade my life and my diet with some of the awesome salad suggestions by Erika of Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. Her article Creating a $36 Salad at Home, is inspiring me to step up my salad game! I’m done with drab leftovers and boring in-the-bag salad mixes! No country for carrots and ranch!


Yesterday would have been Nina Simone’s 78th birthday. So I figured it’d be fitting to close with one of my favorite songs, appropriate to Black History Month. Mississippi Goddam is blunt and outspoken and nobody but Nina could have made such a serious issue of the times so undeniably catchy.

The B-side for that song was equally revolutionary and less popular, but no less important. This is Old Jim Crow.

It’s all over now, but in many ways the struggle continues. Here’s to Nina Simone for giving voice to the issues of her time.
Hope you’re having a great week, bellas!



SanTara says:
February 22, 2011, 1:45 pm
Thank you Patrice!! i like the BGGTWL site , going to follow :)
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February 22, 2011, 3:38 pm
Thanks so much for the mention! I truly appreciate it.
Buki says:
February 22, 2011, 7:52 pm
I think the Beyonce shoot is a travesty and totally disrespectful to Fela and Nigerian culture. So the darker you are the more authentic "African" you are?? Even the clothing styling was terrible. She should have used a up and coming Nigerian designer or drawn from the 70's afro pop culture. As a light complexioned Nigerian, I've never seen leopard print or bone necklaces as part of traditional or present day Nigerian fashion. It's a very American view of Africa. I expected more form Beyonce who is supposedly a producer for the Fela broadway show?? So many thing to scratch my head at.
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