Esperanza Spalding On Fashion, The Oscars, and Radio Music Society

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She’s got beautiful hair and a stunning face, and she’s talented like nobody’s business. Esperanza Spalding has the whole package going for her. I’ve been a fan for a while now – remember this 2008 interview? Even then I knew she was going to be HUGE. So much has changed for Esperanza since then. She’s […]

Tracee Ellis Ross Takes Natural Hair Uptown

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  Bellas! Have you seen the March cover of Uptown Magazine? Tracee Ellis Ross looks GORGEOUS. Regal. Self possessed in her beauty. I got my first glimpse at the Uptown Magazine 20th Anniversary of Boomerang party – the room was festooned with Tracee’s blown up cover shots. And Tracee was there herself, kickin it and […]

The Coolest Celebrities I Met at the Essence Fifth Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

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From the very first day that I landed in Hollywood, it was like being in an alternate universe. One where I was surrounded by celebrities, and not only were they friendly…but every so often they knew who I was and expressed love for my blog. I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I was […]

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 […]