In Case You Missed The Stream…

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On Monday morning I flew to Washington DC to appear live on Al-Jazeera English’s popular, Emmy award nominated, interactive show, The Stream. Our topic? Natural hair, declining use of relaxer, and questioning Eurocentric ideas of beauty. When I first got on set, I was super nervous! But everyone on staff at Al-Jazeera English was REALLY […]

An Interview with Phylicia Rashad – On Theatre, Television and Twitter

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When you hear the warm, familiar voice in your ear you can’t help but be transported. You may want to say “Mrs. Huxtable!” or even worse, “Mom!” But don’t get it twisted. The voice on the other end of the phone is Phylicia Rashad, legendary actress of stage and screen. She is not your mama […]

Afrobella on The Stream

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The one thing I’ve been reluctant to do thus far has been television, and as I admitted recently, I realized I’ve been getting in my own way. I will admit, there’s something about the medium of TV that intimidates me. But tomorrow, I’m facing my fears and appearing on a live, Emmy Award nominated news […]

Nothing But Natural Beauty at the Essence Music Festival!

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I went to New Orleans with two missions in mind. #1 – to thoroughly soak up and enjoy the splendor of my first ever Essence Music Festival! And #2 – to capture the many stunning natural hairstyles I was bound to encounter during three amazing days of culture and music! Together with Chuck Olu-Alabi (AKA […]

Nothing But FUN at the Essence Music Festival!

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  For years I’d heard that the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans was an event to be saved for and anticipated eagerly. The legend of this annual celebration of live music and African American culture is huge. Every year it attracts many of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry. Women (and a few […]

Ask Afrobella — Little Girls, Natural Hair, and Summertime Swimming!

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I’m ashamed to even acknowledge the last time I wrote an Ask Afrobella, and I’ve let the questions stack up. Let me get back down to work with a fresh new post for you! When I was a little girl, I was afraid of swimming. Not many of my family members are swimmers, and after […]

Get Shellac Manicures at the Taste of Chicago!

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Once you experience a no-chip manicure, it’s SO hard to go back. Once you’ve discovered the freedom of perfectly dry, manicured nails within a second of having finished painting them, once you’re able to get your money out of your wallet post-mani without destroying your nails….you’re HOOKED. And it lasts for two weeks which makes […]