Melanie Fiona – Caribbean, Represent!

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Bellas, I am so tardy to the Melanie Fiona party! I’ve been watching this beautiful young singer on the rise, but I guess I wasn’t paying close enough attention. All of a sudden, my mind connected the dots. The chick I’d seen on VH1 Soul with Questlove, was the vocalist behind that version of Sam […]

A Special Giveaway From Lexus To You

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Two giveaways in one week? What am I thinking? Bellas, if you live in Washington DC or nearby, I’ve got a special giveaway for you! But it’s only a one-day thing! And it’s not a car. Lord knows, I wish it could be. Lexux has been hosting some truly fabulous events around the country — […]

Fefe’s Back!

When Fefe Dobson burst on the scene back in 2003, rock-loving black girls around the world sat up and took notice. Here was a chick who refused to play by the record label rules. Edgy, cute, funky, and totally unique at the time. She was getting solid airplay on MTV for a minute there, but […]

Dear, Sweet Aaliyah – 8 Years Gone

I wrote the following words in 2007, for a post titled simply: I Miss You. “…I never knew Aaliyah, so I can only imagine the heartbreak that her family and friends felt. Feel. Aaliyah’s death hit me harder than Kurt Cobain’s did, and I was a huge grunge music head at that time. But all […]

A Little Afrobella Inspiration

Bellas, my love for Nina Simone is no secret — but every so often I’m reminded of her genius. That just happened with this video, and I had to share it with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2aQIyz8B7Q So many things about this 1968 performance clip are striking. Her powerful performance, yes. Her energy, yes. But especially – the […]

Some Helpful Suggestions for Rock The Bells

Last year I hosted a great Rock The Bells giveaway. And after hosting the giveaway, I went to the Miami show, wrote a big review, and had a ball. I even randomly wound up meeting the ticket winner, who was so overjoyed to win that we took photos together on the lawn. It was a […]

Michael Jackson. Last Goodbye.

I know there’s been overwhelming coverage here, there, and everywhere else. But today, a legend will be put to rest. And from the comments I keep getting every day, I know I’m not the only one who’ll be feeling the loss. So here — leave your comments, express your sadness, share with me. And if […]