All Royal Wedding’d Out

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I can’t wait till Saturday. Here’s why. By Saturday, there’ll be no need for the relentless hype over the Royal Wedding. It’ll be over, we’ll have the photos answering all of our questions, we can ooh and aah over the dress and all the resplendent details, and collectively move on. Because right now, Patrice has […]

A Few Notes on Flight Etiquette

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I tend to fly alone regularly — most often between Chicago and New York City. And it really never fails to be… interesting. Between overwhelmed and unhappy-to-be-there flight attendants to rude and angry passengers, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have an exchange or experience with someone that can leave you with your feathers ruffled. Here […]

Jumping The Broom – Adorable and Inspirational!

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I’m not typically a fan of the rom-coms. I’m gonna blame it on my film major background – having studied films and scripts and criticism so closely for my college degree, it’s made me a less than fun person to watch a movie with. I can see the script in my mind, and instead of […]

Love The Skin You’re In

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Via the Associated Press: “KINGSTON, Jamaica – Mikeisha Simpson covers her body in greasy white cream and bundles up in a track suit to avoid the fierce sun of her native Jamaica, but she’s not worried about skin cancer. The 23-year-old resident of a Kingston ghetto hopes to transform her dark complexion to a cafe-au-lait-color […]

Little Girls, BIG Hair

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a photo of Little Afrobella, AKA my niece Dominique. And I’ve shared even fewer of her sister, my even littler niece Isabella. So here’s their official Afrobella reintroduction! Are they not ADORABLE? As you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of patience and love to get their […]

Maya Angelou and Common Find Common Ground in Chicago

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I don’t often find myself starstruck, but I just might find myself speechless and in awe this coming Saturday, April 16. I’ll be covering the red carpet at the Common Ground Foundation Gala, a fundraising event celebrating women of excellence and leadership. The Intercontinental Hotel will be hosting an evening of fine food, a silent […]

It’s Not Just Earth Day, It’s Earth Month!

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It’s been 40 years since Marvin Gaye released the poignant Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), but the lyrics remain as scarily relevant as ever. Radiation on the ground and in the sky. Fish full of mercury. All of that awful stuff, worse than ever before. One change for the better in the last 40 years […]