We Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston

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  I don’t want to write this post. I don’t want to write about losing Whitney Houston. I’ve written recent RIP tribute posts for Etta James and Don Cornelius, but this loss cuts deeper. It’s too sad. There’s an ache of deep, disappointed sadness that has been over my shoulders like a shroud since Saturday. […]

Cicely Tyson’s Red Carpet Beauty Secrets, From Her Amazing Makeup Artist, Damone Roberts!

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Let me tell you about when I met Damone Roberts. It was in 2009, I was still living in Miami and still had a regular day job, and I was attending a beauty event dedicated to women of color at Macy’s…I wanna say in Aventura Mall. In those days I was still at the paper, […]

Party With Me and Kim Coles in Atlanta!!

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Bellas, I’m packing a suitcase and writing a speech. Next stop, Atlanta and Fro Fashion Week! I can’t wait to see you stylish, beautiful, brilliant ladies! I’m speaking at around noon on Saturday — and thanks to all of you, my keynote speech is sold out! And that evening, I’ll have to find something super […]

Love, Peace, and SOUL. RIP, Don Cornelius

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I woke up yesterday morning looking forward to writing a celebratory piece on Black History Month. And then, via Twitter, I read the news about Don Cornelius. I know I’m not the only one with a heavy heart today. For so many artists, Don Cornelius represented a certain benchmark. A sign that you had MADE […]

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and The Help Ruled the SAG Awards

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“”The stain of racism and sexism is not just for people of color or women. It’s ALL of our burden. All of us… I don’t care how ordinary you may feel, all of us can inspire change. Every single one of us.” Photo via CNN.com. Those were the poignant and wise words uttered by Viola […]

Sanaa Lathan on Natural Hair, Hollywood, and Being the New Face of Pantene

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Sanaa Lathan is no ingenue. As the star of such films as Love and Basketball, The Wood, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, Out of Time and most recently, Stephen Soderbergh’s Contagion — she began her acting career at Yale, performing in Shakespearean plays while attending the Yale School of Drama. Sanaa has been in top […]

RIP, Etta James

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Last week, Etta James was heavy on my mind. I was visiting my homeland of Trinidad, soaking up the sun and sand and having a blast with my family and old friends. Even in the midst of that, there was Etta. “Hey, have you heard this Flo Rida song?” my brother asked. Good Feeling is […]