Who’s Going to see Fela! in Chicago?

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The first time I heard the music of Fela Kuti, I was a college student visiting Chicago. My then-fiance-now-husband, our dear friend Carol (check out her hilariously named food blog!) and I were driving around downtown with a hilarious, gregarious cab driver. He was blasting Fela Kuti — together we heard Teacher Don’t Teach Me […]

The Academy Awards Experience

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It’s hard to know where to begin, to even try to recap the epicness that I just experienced in Los Angeles. So I’m just going to start with the biggest day and work my way backwards. Bellas — being on the red carpet for the Academy Awards was an absolutely surreal and magical experience. Sunday […]

Live, From The Academy Awards!

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Bellas and fellas — within the last three days I can’t begin to tell you how many celebrities Luvvie and I have met. From Thursday’s Essence Women in Film luncheon to Friday’s absolutely incredible Commander in Chic cocktail party and dinner hosted by Mikki Taylor, to Saturday’s Uptown Magazine 20th Anniversary of Boomerang party… it […]

Oscar Weekend, Here We Are!

Dean Richards, Luvvie and me on the WGN set! Click to watch!

I grew up watching the Academy Awards. I remember sitting on the carpet in my parents’ bedroom, watching Billy Crystal sing and dance about every Best Picture nominated film. I remember that year with Rob Lowe and Snow White (definitely earns its place on this list of Oscars Most Bizarre Moments)! I remember being enthralled […]

The Fro Fashion Week Fabulousness

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From what I’ve seen in my travels, there are three natural hair meccas. Chicago (represent!), New York (specifically, Brooklyn!) and Atlanta. The natural hair scene in Atlanta is passionate. At events I’ve attended, the women come out in their numbers, dressed to slay, ready to learn and admire and buy the hottest products. It’s a […]

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, […]