Catching Up With Patra! The Queen Of The Pack is BACK

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Picture this. 1994. A young Afrobella is living in Trinidad, still in high school, and watching videos on BET and MTV every day. One day the video for Patra’s Romantic Call comes on the television. “My property is my property!” declares a stunningly beautiful black woman with thick braids sprouting from her head like a […]

Afrobella’s Nothing But Hair Favorites Giveaway!

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Who’s ready for a giveaway? It’s been a minute, bellas! It’s summer in Chicago, it’s insanely hot, and between the extreme temperatures and all the travel, my hair has been going THROUGH it. I couldn’t wait to get back from New Orleans and my Essence Music Fest adventures, to wash the Nawlins heat and humidity […]

Afrobella on The Stream

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The one thing I’ve been reluctant to do thus far has been television, and as I admitted recently, I realized I’ve been getting in my own way. I will admit, there’s something about the medium of TV that intimidates me. But tomorrow, I’m facing my fears and appearing on a live, Emmy Award nominated news […]

Nothing But Natural Beauty at the Essence Music Festival!

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I went to New Orleans with two missions in mind. #1 – to thoroughly soak up and enjoy the splendor of my first ever Essence Music Festival! And #2 – to capture the many stunning natural hairstyles I was bound to encounter during three amazing days of culture and music! Together with Chuck Olu-Alabi (AKA […]

Nothing But FUN at the Essence Music Festival!

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  For years I’d heard that the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans was an event to be saved for and anticipated eagerly. The legend of this annual celebration of live music and African American culture is huge. Every year it attracts many of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry. Women (and a few […]

Ask Afrobella — Little Girls, Natural Hair, and Summertime Swimming!

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I’m ashamed to even acknowledge the last time I wrote an Ask Afrobella, and I’ve let the questions stack up. Let me get back down to work with a fresh new post for you! When I was a little girl, I was afraid of swimming. Not many of my family members are swimmers, and after […]

Afrobella in the New York Times

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Well there’s a post headline I’ve been wanting to write since I started this blog! It took me like two days to fully absorb that this HAPPENED. One of those dreams you don’t think will come true…until it DOES. That’s me, in the fashion section of NYTimes.com! With a dope photo from my QVC lookbook, […]