5 Beauty and Health Tips From My Mom on Her 75th Birthday!!

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Her full name is Peggy Aura Arlene Grell, but longtime Afrobella readers know and love her as my Mama Bella. I’ve blogged about her and featured her advice so many times — click here to read my first interview with her from 2006, her tips on making your neck look younger, her tips on false […]

This Is The Final Issue of JET Magazine

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If you’re looking to cop a piece of black history for your archives, keep an eye out for the final print issue of JET Magazine, which hit newsstands today, Monday June 9th. This final issue is a tribute to the past 63 years of publication, a dedication to the years that JET was the publication […]

My Life in a Road Trip Soundtrack

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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. […]

The Winners of the Target Peter Pilotto Tote Bags Are…

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Thanks so much to my friends at Target for an amazing opportunity not just for myself, but for my readers! During the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event, I hosted a Twitter party where we gave away two coveted Peter Pilotto for Target tote bags. We saved two more for Afrobella readers, and I was […]

Trinidad Corn Soup, American Ingredients – The Trini Corn Soup Remix

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  Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few days, huge swaths of America have been affected by the Polar Vortex. It’s been miserably cold here in Chicago, and for a few days we were completely snowed in and hibernating while the wind chill dipped to minus 40 and below. Being hunkered down […]

Trinidad’s Eggnog – Ponche De Creme, The Best Boozy Christmas Drink

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When I grew up in Trinidad, each member of my family had a role to play at Christmas. My mom was in charge of making the salt bread and the ginger beer. My dad was (and still is) the official ham supervisor. My brother would make pancakes for our breakfast. My brother Dominic would usually […]

Quick, Easy, YUMMY Thanksgiving Recipes by Chicago’s Coolest Chef Julius Russell

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Before I begin this post, can I just say OMG?! I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week!! This week, all over the USA people will be getting on planes, loading up cars, setting tables and gathering with family to celebrate over football and the annual, traditional feast. This year I will be celebrating in St. […]