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 […]

5 Helpful Moving Tips From Someone Who Just Moved And Knows Moving Is The WORST

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If you’ve noticed the silence over here on Afrobella, please know it’s unintentional. Here’s what’s happening in the back end of my life. We moved into a new place at the end of July – my husband and I are new homeowners (YAY!! Check out my new column on Glam.com about home ownership, it’s called […]

#GetWellMeechy! An Update on Meechy Monroe and How We Can Help

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  The news hit the natural hair community pretty hard. Beloved natural hair vlogger Meechy Monroe, one half of the dynamic Monroe Sisters, revealed that she’s battling a rare form of brain cancer. In the course of her illness, she has suffered multiple mild strokes and aphasia – a disturbance in the delivery of language. […]

Ferguson. History Repeating Itself.

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I’ve been following the news obsessively since Mike Brown was shot in the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, but I haven’t managed to get any coherent words of my own out. I’ve started at least 3 different blog posts about this. Every time, there’s a new development, a new reason for disgust and outrage, another disappointing […]

Check Out My American Icons Style! The Sweet Summer Styles I Found At Macy’s

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What IS American style? To me, it’s the quintessence of cool. It’s comfortable and chic. It isn’t necessarily super edgy but every now and then you’ll be surprised. It’s about expressing your personality in a way that looks effortless. It doesn’t literally have to be denim, red, white and blue, but on a day like […]

Your Helpful Essence Music Festival Guide! Here’s How To ENJOY Your Time In NOLA!

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I’ll admit it, just to you. I’m pretty bummed that I won’t be at this year’s Essence Music Festival. I mean, PRINCE. NAS. Janelle Monae. The Roots. Ledisi. This will be SO DOPE. I was even asked to participate, but I had to turn it down — my husband’s family is coming to Chicago for […]

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 […]