Tracee Ellis Ross Takes Natural Hair Uptown

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  Bellas! Have you seen the March cover of Uptown Magazine? Tracee Ellis Ross looks GORGEOUS. Regal. Self possessed in her beauty. I got my first glimpse at the Uptown Magazine 20th Anniversary of Boomerang party – the room was festooned with Tracee’s blown up cover shots. And Tracee was there herself, kickin it and […]

Uptown, Saturday Night – Uptown Magazine’s 20th Anniversary of Boomerang Celebration

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In Chicago I am quite the homebody. You’re unlikely to catch me clubbing – at most I’ll go with my husband to a concert, or out to dinner. I don’t get out often when I’m in my city, but when I’m out of town? It’s non stop activity. This last trip to Los Angeles was […]

Your Best Winter Haircare Tips – Creme of Nature Giveaway Winners!

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Another up and down, topsy turvy weather week in Chicago! This weekend, literally, it was snowing sideways. And today the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Go figure! Finally I’m settled down enough to go through all of your amazing entries for the Creme of Nature Argan oil giveaway. You guys are the […]

The Coolest Celebrities I Met at the Essence Fifth Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

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From the very first day that I landed in Hollywood, it was like being in an alternate universe. One where I was surrounded by celebrities, and not only were they friendly…but every so often they knew who I was and expressed love for my blog. I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I was […]

Oscar Hair, Makeup, and Fashion–Our Red Carpet Looks!

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For most special events and occasions, I feel comfortable doing my own hair and makeup. But certainly NOT for something as momentous as the Academy Awards! An occasion like that calls for full hair, makeup, exquisite garments, the whole 9 yards! To put together the perfect Oscar look, we had to put together the ideal […]

Who’s Going to see Fela! in Chicago?

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The first time I heard the music of Fela Kuti, I was a college student visiting Chicago. My then-fiance-now-husband, our dear friend Carol (check out her hilariously named food blog!) and I were driving around downtown with a hilarious, gregarious cab driver. He was blasting Fela Kuti — together we heard Teacher Don’t Teach Me […]

The Academy Awards Experience

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It’s hard to know where to begin, to even try to recap the epicness that I just experienced in Los Angeles. So I’m just going to start with the biggest day and work my way backwards. Bellas — being on the red carpet for the Academy Awards was an absolutely surreal and magical experience. Sunday […]