Shoutout To My Glam Squad! What I Wore to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

With Nicole Evans MUA and Felicia Leatherwood, AKA "The Hair Whisperer"

Getting me ready for the red carpet and my first official correspondent gig was a journey in itself. It was fun and glamorous every step of the way. For an opportunity like this, I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I put myself in the capable hands of my glam squad, from Chicago to […]

I’m Your Official Target Red Carpet Correspondent For 2014’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood!

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In 2012, when I attended my first Essence Black Women in Hollywood event, I felt so nervous, and so out of place. I felt underdressed and unprepared and awkward, while surrounded by Hollywood’s elite. Luvvie and I were in awe of everything. I expressed that feeling of awkwardness and not belonging to awesome actress Yvette […]

Blushes For Dark Skin That You Need Now

Best Blushes For Dark Skin

I used to be scared of blush. I loved when makeup artists used it on me, but whenever I tried to use it on myself I would freak myself out. There definitely is such a thing as too much blush, and when you see it, it’s undeniable. Growing up around Aunty (name redacted) laid the […]

Enter The Ubiquitous Hair Show Giveaway! Alikay, ORS, Oyin and More!

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I’m gonna be honest as always, bellas – I used to be a part of many hair shows and parties, and in the course of that I started seeing a lot of redundancy. I’ve been honored to be a part of some of the very best in natural hair events, but I’ve also attended many […]

Beauty Brand History – Queen Helene Has Never Let Me Down

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Beauty Brand History is a new regular series I’m beginning here on Afrobella! We all have the brands we’ve grown up using, the brands we’ve known our whole lives. Here are memories and the true stories behind the beauty brands we love.    Think back to the earliest days of using a brand of hair […]

Ted Gibson on Lupita Nyong’o, Short Natural Hair and More

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When I was backstage at The Queen Latifah Show last month, I had no idea what to expect. I came to visit my friend Sam Fine, that’s it and that’s all. When I was back there I found out that one of my favorite new celebrities was going to be on the show. Lupita Nyong’o […]

Defining Moments in Black Beauty History – The TV Edition

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In 2013 I got ambitious for Black History Month, and decided to kick off a month-long series on black beauty history. I titled it 28 Moments in Black Beauty History, intending there to be a new post every day. Things were going great at the beginning. I wrote informative, research-heavy posts about Josephine Baker and […]