Ava DuVernay at the Golden Globes – Get The Hair and Makeup Breakdown!

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What a week to be director extraordinare Ava DuVernay! Last Sunday, she attended the Golden Globes looking resplendent in a navy Zac Posen dress. This week wooshed by with a blur of interviews and thinkpieces in the wake of the awards announcements. Ava was nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globes. She was denied […]

5 Fabulous Ways Solange Reinvented Traditional Wedding Rules

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There was a wedding in my family this summer, and one of the things that I had forgotten about weddings and being a bride was the number of RULES. My husband and I tied the knot twelve years ago and we were babes in the woods when we did it. The rules that we broke […]

RIP Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian Renaissance Man.

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The world lost Geoffrey Holder at the beginning of this week. The great man was 84 years old. It’s been fascinating seeing the various ways that the media has covered his passing. CNN described him as “famed dancer, 7-Up pitchman.” Deadline said “RIP Un-Cola Man, Bountiful Artist.” The New York Times recognized him as a […]

For Janay Rice And So Many Women Just Like Her

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Like everyone else, I watched the Ray and Janay Rice story unfold with no small measure of horror. The video in the elevator that went viral made me feel sick. The video where he spits and hits the woman who would go on to be his wife, where he knocks her unconscious and drags her […]

3 Michael Jackson Songs That Mean More Than Ever Before

Michael Jackson Songs That Mean More Than Before

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 […]

Team Taylor Townsend! Reasons To Love This New Tennis Superstar

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  When I was a teenager, I was sent to tennis lessons. I spent weekend mornings running around and picking up tennis balls, all under the tutelage of an elderly gentleman named Mr. Valentine. Mr. Valentine was a very forthright gentleman and after some time had passed, my parents asked him for his opinion on […]

What Maya Angelou Taught Me About Beauty With Just One Poem

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On May 28th I got up early, made tea and toast, puttered around my apartment unloading the dishwasher and throwing clothes in the washing machine. Regular, routine life stuff. I’d planned to blog about an amazing new chicken recipe I discovered before heading to a dentist’s appointment. It was going to be the most mundane […]