RIP, Titi Branch. Please Pray For the Miss Jessie’s Family

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The news started trickling through via social media yesterday and I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to believe it. Then people started tweeting me and DMing me and sending me private messages. I read the posts on Facebook, via NV Magazine, via Lipstick Alley, via the now-private video by filmmaker Andre Robert Lee simply titled […]

RIP Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian Renaissance Man.

Photo source: DuSable Museum.

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 […]

How To Live A Life More Like Nelson Mandela’s

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  On December 5, 2013, the world lost Nelson Mandela. At age 95, he had lived an incredibly full life and news of his ailing dominated headlines this year, so hearing that Mandela had passed made me feel a strange mixture of sadness and acceptance. As Bishop Desmond Tutu expressed, “we are relieved that his […]

Thinking About Trayvon. Where Do We Go From Here?

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There are some days where what I do feels incredibly difficult (even though what I do is actually incredibly easy). What I do is write about beautiful things; I share information about things that inspire and uplift and make you want to shop and try things on and enjoy all the pleasurable, happiness-enhancing things in […]

RIP Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of Kriss Kross.

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Tonight on Twitter the news spread like wildfire that Chris Kelly, one half of the 90′s rap duo Kriss Kross, passed away. According to ABC News, reasons are as yet unconfirmed. I can’t deny that this news made me immediately sad, and brought back so many memories of a particular era of my life. The […]

Whitney Houston, Beauty Icon

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  Do you remember where you were, when you found out? I do. I was standing backstage at Texture On The Runway, such a fabulous New York Fashion Week event. I was waiting to be interviewed by Corynne Corbett for Essence, when Dickey of Hair Rules came backstage and said five words I won’t ever […]

28 Moments in Black History. Roxanna Floyd’s Impact

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Before the advent of prominent beauty blogs, back when it was possible for makeup loving consumers to remain blissfully unaware of the celebrity artists behind the scenes, creating the iconic looks others would emulate – there was Roxanna Floyd, working tirelessly behind the scenes and paving the way for a new generation of makeup artists of […]