Trinidadian Corn Soup – Perfect For The Caribbean OR Cold Weather

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  The Caribbean has a reputation for spicy food. Jerk, curry, pepper sauce – despite our already hot climate, we love our food hotter. But there’s one hot, extremely popular Trinidadian dish that left my American husband perplexed – corn soup. It is EVERYWHERE in my homeland. Sold on corners in high traffic nightlife districts, […]

My Target Inner Circle Essence Black Women in Hollywood Experience

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  The closest thing I can compare this feeling to, is the end of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy re-awakens in her bed in the black and white world of Kansas. She opens her eyes and sees the people she remembers from Oz, and says “…it wasn’t a dream. It was a place. And […]

Moments of Black Beauty History – Grace Jones Island Life Cover Photo

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The woman is in her 60’s and still nobody does it better. The one and only Grace Jones has aged like only the most high quality wine. Today, let’s look back to one of the images that made her an icon. The album cover for Island Life. Grace is GORGEOUS. Sinewy. Sleek. Her skin is […]

Moments in Black Beauty History – Our Makeup History

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This month, I will feature snapshots of black beauty history. Expect to see images, products, tastemakers, artists, models, and films that have shaped our world in terms of fashion and beauty today. Most casual students of black history know about historical hair product impresarios and entrepreneurs – women like Madame C.J Walker, Annie Malone and […]

On Courage. Inside my TEDxPortOfSpain Experience

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Towards the end of 2012, I was asked to come back home to Trinidad, to give a talk at TEDxPortOfSpain. I had to deliver a 15 to 18 minute speech on courage. And it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. It was one of the most liberating experiences I’ve ever had. This […]

3 Things You MUST Do In Trinidad (Besides Carnival)

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On February 11 and 12, my homeland of Trinidad and Tobago will be in the throes of Carnival madness. I will be on my couch in Chicago, wistfully looking at tweets and updates from home. I’ve made a promise to myself that 2014 will be my year! For those of you headed there this year, […]

I’m Speaking at Blogworld’s New Media Expo! Vegas, Here I Come

Hey there! It’s the first week of this bright, shiny, brand new year and already I’m writing to you from an airplane. I’m on the way to Las Vegas, where I’ll be speaking at Blogworld’s New Media Expo! My session is on Tuesday morning and it’s titled How To Actually Grow A BIG Brand And […]