On Being Businesslike

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

500 in 50 – Red Pump Project, Let’s GO!

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I continue to be amazed and impressed by my friend Luvvie. She’s co-founder of The Red Pump Project. She’s holding down one of the funniest corners of the internet at Awesomely Luvvie. She speaks her soul at Luvv Divine. She was just specially invited to be on a humor panel at BlogHer 2010 (OMG, that’s […]

Mo’Nique’s Hollywood Victories

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Precious is a hard film to watch. It is a polarizing film, to be certain. But there is one undeniable truth about Precious that I don’t think even Armond White could deny — Mo’Nique turns in one hell of a performance. I called it from the moment I saw the movie — her performance was […]

Charities in Haiti That Are Worth Your Dime

Amidst the destruction and stink of death, there remains life and hope in Haiti. This little boy’s smile reminded so many of us that Haiti still needs our help. There are still lives to be saved, and donations are still desperately needed. In my previous posts on Haiti, I mentioned initiatives that are directly donating […]