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 […]

And The 2012 Oscar Nominees Are…

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How soon are the Academy Awards? In about a month! On February 26th, yours truly will be on the red carpet in Los Angeles! (!!!!!!) I promise to share the final details on what I’ll be wearing as soon as it’s all figured out. Yesterday morning bright and early, the President of the Academy and […]

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For Everything.

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Today, the USA celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the day after what would have been his birthday. Dr. King was assassinated 44 years ago, and in the sands of time it is easy to forget that Dr. King was a real person. A man with a beautiful wife and family. A […]