Early Holiday Shopping Alert

Hey bellas! Got a rare Saturday post to let you know to hurry hurry hurry if you want to do some holiday shopping. One of my favorite companies for little bellas is taking a hiatus, effective of Monday, October 27, 2008. Jamila and the rest of the j. blossom gang recently lost the sublease on […]

This is as Close as I Got to Seeing Barack Obama Yesterday

Not even close, right? This dude was wandering through the enormous crowd outside Bicentennial Park during yesterday’s Miami Barack Obama rally, shouting “President Obama! President Obama!” So I took his photo. Gotta say, this is a very… Picasso-esque likeness. You could argue for a refund on that, almost. The Wall Street Journal estimated yesterday’s crowd […]

5 Things… I’m Loving This Week

In the spirit of Twitter, wherein I have to rein my thoughts into 140 characters, I’m starting a brand new category on Afrobella. I tend to be a longwinded writer — even a simple product review can turn into a 1,000 word post. So I thought I’d get my reviews and impressions out faster if […]

RIP, Alton Ellis

Sad news in the reggae world tonight, as one of Jamaican music’s pioneers has passed away. Rest in peace, Alton Ellis, the godfather of rocksteady. According to the

Adorn Yourself

When I’m going out somewhere special and I want to look and feel fierce, I wear my hair extra big, pull it back from my face with a comfortable headband, and rock some fly jewelry. A big, glorious afro puff looks extra amazing when paired with some oversized earrings. I’m also a big fan of […]

An Anniversary of Healing

This photo was taken in my back yard in Trinidad, New Year’s Day 2007. Judging from the amount of champagne still in my glass, it must have just struck midnight. I’m standing between Aunty Gemma and Aunty Opal, my mom’s sisters who raised me just as much as my mom and sister Petal did. I […]

Barackin’ Out

When I first heard Jay Z was putting on a free concert for Barack Obama, I went on a mission. I contacted a posse of friends to go with. When I heard that tickets were going out to Campaign for Change offices Thursday morning, I planned to get to work late. But instead I stood […]