Love, Peace, and SOUL. RIP, Don Cornelius

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I woke up yesterday morning looking forward to writing a celebratory piece on Black History Month. And then, via Twitter, I read the news about Don Cornelius. I know I’m not the only one with a heavy heart today. For so many artists, Don Cornelius represented a certain benchmark. A sign that you had MADE […]

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and The Help Ruled the SAG Awards

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“”The stain of racism and sexism is not just for people of color or women. It’s ALL of our burden. All of us… I don’t care how ordinary you may feel, all of us can inspire change. Every single one of us.” Photo via CNN.com. Those were the poignant and wise words uttered by Viola […]

And The 2012 Oscar Nominees Are…

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How soon are the Academy Awards? In about a month! On February 26th, yours truly will be on the red carpet in Los Angeles! (!!!!!!) I promise to share the final details on what I’ll be wearing as soon as it’s all figured out. Yesterday morning bright and early, the President of the Academy and […]

Visiting Home – I’m In Trinidad!

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Bellas, fellas — consider this your virtual away message. Right now as you read this, this is where I am. Photo via Wikipedia. I’m in Trinidad — the most southerly island of the Caribbean, land of steelpan, calypso, limbo (and Carnival)! I’m not here for the two-day festival of debauchery, alas — I’ll be back […]

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For Everything.

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Today, the USA celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the day after what would have been his birthday. Dr. King was assassinated 44 years ago, and in the sands of time it is easy to forget that Dr. King was a real person. A man with a beautiful wife and family. A […]

What Should I Wear To The Oscars – Insight From the Stylists!

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I’ve definitely been doing my own search for the perfect Oscar dress, and I’ve found some options already! But the process can be daunting, even for the most fashionable of us. For expert advice and a professional perspective, I turned to three professional stylists to get their recommendations for Oscar night. Help me choose a […]

Afrobella(s) of the Month — Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, founders of Black Girls RUN!

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In 2012, Afrobella of the Month is BACK! Some months may be written by me, other months may be written by an expert or a contributor! This month’s AOTM is written by Renisha James, fitness expert and personal trainer. Learn more about her philosophies on fitness at RenewedFitness.com, and follow her on Facebook or on […]