Dear Old Navy


I’m gonna need you to quit playing games with my heart. As a plus size fashionista, I’ve respected your hustle for a while now. For years you’ve produced a steady and reliable line of plus size essentials. Tees, jeans, on-trend blouses. I’ve been there as a purchaser when you respected my demographic and sold plus […]

The Straight Dope, From Doe Deere


When I had the opportunity to talk with Doe Deere, also known as Xenia, the creator of controversial cosmetics brand Lime Crime, I was both excited and hesitant. Excited because her makeup brand has a lot of buzz around it right now — Lime Crime is featured in the November issue of Nylon magazine, and […]

Natural Reactions

Picture this: I’m standing in line at the supermarket last night, about to pay for my groceries. The casher and bagger are both young African American females with relaxed hair. One of them appears frustrated with her hair (judging from the haphazard way in which it was styled). The bagger turns to me while bagging […]

Sammy Sosa, Stop


When I saw the photos of Sammy Sosa that have been circulating online, one dancehall classic came immediately to mind. There’s a few more photos on Huffington Post that show the sharp difference in his pigmentation. The story Mr. Sosa is sticking to is that a skin rejuvenation procedure has made his skin appear […]

So You Want To Be a Blogger?

Before I dive headfirst into this post, I know I owe SEVERAL readers a heartfelt apology. If you’ve sent me an e mail within the past oh… six months, asking me advice on how to start a blog or build your blog audience, I’ve been meaning to write back. Really I have. But every day […]

Winter Hair Care Advice from Curly Nikki


Bellas! Your girl Afrobella is having a beauty crisis of her very own. It’s getting colder and colder here in Chicago, and I can’t hide from it forever… my first winter is just around the corner. My skin’s becoming noticeably dryer, and my hair… well let’s just say my hair seems to be trying to […]

What’s Good About Good Hair?


Originally posted at Can I be real with y’all? I’m kinda sick of Chris Rock’s Good Hair. Raise your hand if you’re with me. The endless media tour. The premature outrage. The trailer, which showed all of the docucomedy’s best clips. To paraphrase Chris Rock himself, I’m tired, tired, tired of Good Hair. So […]