Vogue Africa, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Mario Epanya had a dream, and did his best to make the dream become a reality. The dream was Vogue Africa. Epanya – a photographer from Cameroon, who is currently based in Paris – shot a number of beautiful covers. His goal was to prove that Vogue Africa could be viable, vibrant, and admired. On […]

The World’s Longest Locs

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Originally posted at BVHairTalk.com. They measure 19 feet, 6 inches long. When dry, they weigh four pounds. When wet, at least ten pounds. Asha Mandela has the longest dreadlocks in the world – making her an official Guinness World Record holder. For Asha, it’s more than just a hairstyle. It is a way of life, […]

Ask Afrobella — Teenage Love and Natural Hair

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Can I just say – I love the natural hair community!! Online and in real life, all over the world — when women with natural hair see each other, we smile. We compliment each other. We show love. And that positive energy we generate is a self esteem booster for ourselves, and for younger generations […]

Five Ways to Celebrate the Life of Michael Jackson

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Do you remember where you were, when you heard the news? I was at a liquor store with my husband, when I checked Twitter and saw the news unfold on my timeline. I couldn’t keep it to myself, and told the cashier. I still remember the disbelief on his face as he shouted to the […]

Health, Body and Fitness. My Issues. My Journey.

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I got called out right on this here blog sometime around January. Someone came on and commented – hey Bella! Didn’t you used to be part of the 50 Million Pound Challenge? Whatever happened to that? Good question! And one I didn’t really want to answer. Because I’d fallen off the wagon to the extreme. […]

Overnight Amtrak — Never Again!

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I wanted to fall in love with Amtrak and train travel. When my amiga Luvvie and I booked train tickets from Chicago to Washington DC, I had these pastoral visions in my head of whizzing through the rolling, scenic countryside during the day, venturing up to an elegantly outfitted dining car by night, and spending […]

Woman Is Boss!

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This post is long overdue! I have Kamla to thank for this one. On May 24th there was a snap election, and in a history making vote – Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the first female Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office. Over time I’ve become jaded about politics […]