Buju Banton, At His Best

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Few musicians have touched my life the way Buju Banton has. And even fewer musicians have appalled me, the way Buju Banton has. Growing up in the Caribbean in the Nineties, there was no artist that compared to Buju. I own almost all of his albums and can chart the course of my formative years […]

For Some, World AIDS Day is Every Day

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Little known fact about me — for years and years, my father worked for CAREC, the Caribbean Epidemiology Center. So it seems that my whole life, I’ve been aware of the dangers of HIV and AIDS. Dr. Courtenay Bartholomew diagnosed the first case of AIDS in the West Indies around 1985. In 1986, workers at […]

Chicago! Come for Cocktails and Conversation!

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Y’all already know — I’ve been rocking the red pump for a while now! The Red Pump Project, a charitable organization led by my friends Luvvie of Awesomely Luvvie and Karyn of The Fabulous Giver, does everything it can to ensure that women are empowered with knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the issues surrounding it. When […]

Give Thanks

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It’s something we should do every day of the year, but somewhere in the hustle and bustle of life you can lose sight of the important things. To me, Thanksgiving isn’t about religion. It isn’t about food (although I’m seriously looking forward to the turkey and cranberry sauce to come later today). It isn’t about […]

Natural Hair Is Everywhere!

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For so many years it seemed that images of natural hair in media were uncommon. For so long it seemed like the standard photograph of a woman of color in an ad had to be a bella with stick straightened hair. But the tide has changed and now I see beautiful images of women of […]

What’s a Piticure?

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Let me tell you, bellas! Last night I attended a special event, courtesy of Dove Visibly Smooth deodorant. At a gorgeous place called Spa Soak in the trendy Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, I recieved a “piticure.” On my way back home, I tweeted the following: “Just had a Dove deodorant “PitiCure” – just so you […]

More Of This, Please

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My amiga Tomiko shared this video on her Facebook page, and I HAD to post it here for all to see. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-sAxB1ImGw The late, truly great designer Yves Saint Laurent was an innovator of style and a champion of black models in the fashion industry. Check out this fabulous AmberMag article for more. Oh, and […]