Vanity Fair: The Beauty of Low Expectations

500x_younghollywoodwhiteblack211

The current “Vanity Fair is racist!” brouhaha involving the shades-of-alabaster cover of their Young Hollywood has been covered quite well by a variety of other blogs and websites: From Jezebel: “What does “Young Hollywood” look like? According to Vanity Fair, it’s pretty, thin, female and white.” From USA Today: “Where are any women of color? […]

A Post Valentine’s Giveaway

I hope you enjoyed Valentine’s Day! We enjoyed a beautiful and romantic day here in Chicago. We spent the morning in Chinatown, attending the Chinese New Year parade. Yesterday was the first day of the Year of the Tiger, and Chinatown was densely packed with onlookers. You can see some photos from the day here […]

So You’ve Deleted Your John Mayer Songs…

ben-harper-tattoos-white-t-shirt-goatee-thtv-photo

Y’know, I’m not even mad at John Mayer. I read that Playboy interview and I’d actually like to thank him. Thanks for allowing your foot-in-mouth disorder to shine so brightly, and for giving us all something to remember the next time your trite, boring music comes on the radio. I’ve had my feelings about his […]

On Being Businesslike

bloggers-blog

I got the call last week, from a friend. It went kinda like this. “Hey girl! I heard your good news! You’re going to Milan to cover Fashion Week! That’s SO awesome!” Yes, I agree – that would be awesome. If it were at all true. Which it isn’t. I’m learning some hard and cold […]

Our Hair, Our Memories, Our History

black-hair-washington-post

That photo above is from the Washington Post, from a photo gallery titled The Roots Of It. But it could easily have been me, 25 years ago. Or any one of you bellas reading this, I am sure. This weekend’s Washington Post included an absolutely lovely article on the traditions (and trials) of braiding a […]

My Miss America is Black

missamericawin

Did you watch the Miss America pageant? Just half an hour ago, a new Miss America was crowned. Miss Virginia, Caressa Cameron! Read that Washington Post article for details! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjwUyvFzXjU The beautiful Ms. Cameron now joins a list of seven — now eight — African American Miss America winners in history. PBS offers a fascinating […]

The Fiercest Barbie You’ve Seen Thus Far

Phillip _Crangi_M1

I’ve thrown a little shade at Barbara Millicent Roberts — better known as Barbie — over the years. But that isn’t because I don’t LOVE Barbie’s style and wish I too could have a pink Caddy, dream house, and a veritable battery of lucrative and fun occupations. I’ve just had a hard time finding a […]