Memorial Day, the Marcus Samuelsson Way

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You say Memorial Day, and I say BARBECUE! This long weekend marks the beginning of summer and the scent of grilled meat shall waft through the streets of Everywhere, USA. If you’re tired of the same ol’ burgers and brats, I’ve got a great recipe for you courtesy of one of the world’s most famous […]

Sam Fine’s Top 5 Makeup Tips

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The venue was exclusive. The ambiance was elegant. Even as I entered the room, I knew this would be an event to remember. Handsomely dressed hosts and hostesses flitted around the room with platters of hors d’oeuvres. A bar in the corner was covered in glasses of champagne, ready for the taking. A Fine Day […]

Sam Fine’s Thoughts On Black Beauty Today

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April 30th 2010 – a day that shall shine in my memory forever. On that day I was lucky enough to go to The Wit — one of downtown Chicago’s chicest hotels — to meet a legendary makeup artist. Sam Fine. Artist to celebrities such as Iman, Tyra Banks, Mo’Nique, and Vanessa Williams. Author of […]

An Interview with Phylicia Rashad

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Phylicia Rashad is an icon to women around the world. Note that I just say “women,” not African American women or black women…The Cosby Show reached into households of every creed, and inspired people all around the world to laugh and love. It’s been almost twenty years since the show’s been off the air (how’s […]

RIP Lena Horne

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I’ve made my feelings about Lena Horne known before, so if you read this post, you know how I feel right now. One of my life’s inspirations is gone. Lena Horne, singer, actress and iconic beauty, passed away tonight at the age of 92. Her New York Times obituary is an inspiring read for any […]

IMAN at the Met, by Sam Fine

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Sam Fine and I are besties now. I just want you to know that. In my head, anyway. I had the amazing, amazing fortune of meeting the makeup artist to the stars last weekend – EPIC post and video to come, bellas! For now, it’s all about IMAN. 55, and more stunning by the day […]

RIP, Purvis Young

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His artwork is inspiring to behold. His images of city life, laden with images of pregnant women and angels, were most often painted on rough hewn pieces of plywood, old doors, whatever was available to him. Purvis Young was an artistic genius. As Jacquelyn Serwer, chief curator of the Smithsonian’s soon to be opened National […]