Throwback Thursday: The Magic of Etta James

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Recent reports about Etta James left me truly disturbed and saddened as a longtime fan of her music. She just turned 73 on Tuesday. It’s been reported that she is currently suffering with leukemia and dementia. Her family is going through legal struggles to protect her assets, and just today a court ruled that her […]

Blog Sister Love!

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Every week I’m going to highlight my favorite posts from around the blogosphere, to keep you bellas up to date on what’s happening in hair, beauty, fashion and more! Happy Friday! Hair I don’t write nearly enough about locs here on Afrobella, because I just don’t know enough! If you rock locs and would like […]

Sam Cooke, The Way He Was

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Oh, Sam Cooke. Way back when I started this blog, I had a series of posts titled Lost Ones. I more or less abandoned the endeavor in 2007. The premise of the series was to remember black celebrities who lost their lives due to tragic means, kind of a Hollywood Babylon for people of color. […]

A Powerful Message From Marsha Ambroisius

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Marsha Ambroisius is everything I love and want to see more of in music today. Gorgeous and unique and talented beyond words. She’s an incredible songwriter and her singing can give me chills, it’s so beautifully melodious. Her album Late Nights, Early Mornings will be released on February 22, and the second single she’s released […]

Happy New Year from Afrobella!

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2010 was quite a rollercoaster, and I can’t say I’m sad to see it end. But it’s crazy to think that this isn’t just the end of a year, it’s the end of a decade. Wow! This past decade has been so extremely eventful. I’ve changed and grown SO much! Here’s to a bright new […]

RIP, Teena Marie

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They called her the “Vanilla Child,” the Ivory Queen of Soul, Lady T – she was the fire that stoked Rick James’ desire. But the world knew her best as Teena Marie – and just last night fans around the world were shocked to learn that she passed away over the holiday weekend. Details are […]

5 Absolutely Essential Christmas Songs

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Bellas! Fellas! I wish you all a very merry Christmas! It’s Christmas Day, and I hope you’re spending it with family and friends, enjoying great food, good times, and the music we’ve all grown to love over the years. I understand that naming this list 5 Absolutely Essential Christmas Songs is going to open things […]