Jams – Afrobella http://www.afrobella.com Natural Hair, Beauty, Fashion and Makeup Blog Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:04:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 20 Songs I Think You’ll Love If You LOVE Beyoncé’s Lemonade http://www.afrobella.com/2016/05/02/songs-to-love-after-beyonce-lemonade/ http://www.afrobella.com/2016/05/02/songs-to-love-after-beyonce-lemonade/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 13:16:26 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=14314 It was all so different, about a week ago. Then Beyoncé dropped Lemonade and pretty much broke the internet. Let me tell you how it went down at my house. We had just had dinner. My husband was watching the Stanley Cup hockey game. We live in Chicago. His brother lives in St. Louis. This was intense.... read all

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I’m Totally Buying the Sarah Vaughan Stamp http://www.afrobella.com/2016/03/03/sarah-vaughan-stamp/ http://www.afrobella.com/2016/03/03/sarah-vaughan-stamp/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 23:52:20 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=14227 I just bought myself a sheet of Maya Angelou stamps. At the same time, I decided to get a sheet of Ray Charles stamps. Some folks might say I’ve purchased my fill of stamps for the year and surely I don’t need to buy anymore. But then I discovered (via The Root) that a Sarah... read all

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Luther Is Love. 5 Of The Very Best By Luther Vandross http://www.afrobella.com/2015/04/21/luther-is-love-5-of-the-very-best-by-luther-vandross/ http://www.afrobella.com/2015/04/21/luther-is-love-5-of-the-very-best-by-luther-vandross/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:56:19 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=13190 Will there ever be another singer who can even come close to Luther Vandross – in terms of range, soul and sheer vocal ability? To his true fans and those lucky enough to have seen him perform live in his lifetime, that’s a tough question. All we can do is enjoy the music we have... read all

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Forget the Grammys! Here’s 10 Songs You Slept On in 2014 http://www.afrobella.com/2015/02/09/forget-grammys-heres-10-songs-slept-2014/ http://www.afrobella.com/2015/02/09/forget-grammys-heres-10-songs-slept-2014/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:27:08 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=13017 Am I the only one who no longer really cares about the Grammy Awards? I remember as a kid staying up late to watch every year, and feeling tremendous excitement if my favorite singers won. Nowadays it feels like an extended eye roll. On SNL recently, the Grammy nominees were likened to “a Spotify playlist... read all

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Happy Birthday, Bob Marley. http://www.afrobella.com/2015/02/06/happy-birthday-bob-marley/ http://www.afrobella.com/2015/02/06/happy-birthday-bob-marley/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 01:57:59 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=13006 I was born in Trinidad and raised on Bob Marley’s music. Back in 2010, I wrote this homage that still is so true: When I was a toddler, my dad spent time in Jamaica studying for a master’s degree. When he returned, he brought what seemed like Bob Marley’s entire record collection with him.Uprising. Natty Dread.Burnin’. Survival. Rastaman... read all

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In Case You Missed It – D’Angelo SLAYED SNL http://www.afrobella.com/2015/02/02/dangelo-on-snl/ http://www.afrobella.com/2015/02/02/dangelo-on-snl/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:27:54 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=12988 2014 proved to be a banner year for concerts for me. Within the past few years, I’ve seen SO much good music. For 2015, I honestly don’t have a long list of many artists that I’m still dying to see for the first time ever. In fact, the artist at the very top of my... read all

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Stevie Wonder’s Songs In the Key of Life Concert Was Epic & Amazing http://www.afrobella.com/2014/11/17/stevie-wonder-songs-in-the-key-of-life-concert-review/ http://www.afrobella.com/2014/11/17/stevie-wonder-songs-in-the-key-of-life-concert-review/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:04:48 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=12854 I grew up in a Stevie Wonder household, where we had Songs in the Key of Life on vinyl as part of our family musical soundtrack. So many of these songs bring back to vivid memories of joyful occasions and tough times. These songs have lifted me up and nurtured me through my upbringing. When... read all

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3 Michael Jackson Songs That Mean More Than Ever Before http://www.afrobella.com/2014/08/29/3-michael-jackson-songs-that-mean-more-than-ever-before/ http://www.afrobella.com/2014/08/29/3-michael-jackson-songs-that-mean-more-than-ever-before/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:30:28 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=12703 If he were still with us, today Michael Jackson would be 56. He’s still so loved and so deeply missed, and still so ubiquitous in pop culture. This summer, Love Never Felt So Good was part of the barbecue playlist and in regular rotation in TV commercials. MJ is still with us. Another way he’s... read all

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The Way It Made Me Feel – My Reaction to Michael Jackson’s Hologram At The Billboard Awards http://www.afrobella.com/2014/05/19/michael-jackson-hologram-billboard-awards/ http://www.afrobella.com/2014/05/19/michael-jackson-hologram-billboard-awards/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 13:36:44 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=12404 I didn’t watch all of the Billboard Music Awards, I was just waiting for the Michael Jackson performance. For a while now they’ve been promoting the Michael Jackson performance as something new, unprecedented, one of a kind and spectacular, so how could I not watch? My formative years were studded with similar moments, gathering around... read all

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My Life in a Road Trip Soundtrack http://www.afrobella.com/2014/04/23/road-trip-soundtrack/ http://www.afrobella.com/2014/04/23/road-trip-soundtrack/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:14:29 +0000 http://www.afrobella.com/?p=12318 Our first road trip was in June 2001, in a red hatchback Honda Civic that had no air conditioning. Steve and I were dating, deeply in love, about to start our lives together. I knew I wanted to do my MFA in Creative Writing somewhere. Steve wanted me to see more of America than Miami.... read all

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