OK, I had a very long and very controversial post in the works, but I need more time to craft my words carefully, and also I gotta confess… last night I wound up going to a crazy party in Miami’s Design District. I must say, it really sets the tone for the evening when you walk in to a party to discover a practically naked Amanda Lepore, writhing with dudes in tighty-whities, being photographed from all sides. At times like that, all I can do is shake my head and say “oh, Miami.” This city is a trip. I digress.

So I had one too many appletinis and now I’m exhausted, and running late for a long day at work. But I couldn’t just let the day go by without posting something, so here’s a Friday teaser for an upcoming Lost One.

The history of reggae music is filled with joyous, meaningful music, and littered with heartbreaking gone-too-soon stories. One of the most tragic losses was that of Dennis Brown. This video clip is one of the biggest songs in reggae music, in my opinion. Holla if you hear me, Caribbean massive. If you haven’t ever heard it, do yourself a favor. This is Revolution.

If we wanna live forever, we gotta love each other. Happy Friday to one and all, and big things coming up next week!

Soak up the summertime and have a beautiful weekend, bellas and fellas!

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1969 says:
July 20, 2007, 9:28 am
Caribbean massive stand up!!!!
islandgirl550 says:
July 20, 2007, 10:28 am
Wow! I'd never seen that video. Dennis Brown... a true Reggae Legend. This post is so timely...
foxy says:
July 20, 2007, 11:49 am
Hi Let me start by saying your site is great - a real oasis in the desert for quality topics and beauty info for women of colour! You go girl!! I actually emailed you a week or so back but having had no reply (i know you're probably knee deep in emails/work etc) decided to de-lurk and post my questions here. First I wondered if you could recommed effective anti-ageing products, I'm 34 now and while I still look pretty young (hooray for black skin!) I know I've got to be serious about preventing lines etc. Secondly I wanted to ask if you or any other sista has ever used the "joey new york" range? A friend recently brought back lots of their stuff (and some by Korres too)- BTW I live in UK - and offered me the pure pores oil free moisturizer. Now this might not sound like a big deal I mean just go for it right?.. BUT...I have incredibly sensitive combination skin so if a product does not work for me I.....break out plus get a rash and everything takes ages to settle, not to mention the dark spots left behind for months on end..which means tons of concealer, never leaving home- or opening the front door - without the full face works, etc, etc. For these reasons I am VERY cautious about trying out new products. LOL! Again thats why this site is such a godsend - women with skin similar to mine attest to the worthiness of a product - and if it's good for them chances are higher that it might also work for me. So any advise/experience you have re my queries would be great. Thanks! foxy
karla says:
July 20, 2007, 12:48 pm
Coffy says:
July 20, 2007, 1:20 pm
ooh Bella i can't wait to hear the juicy details of the crazy party,Amanda Lepore never fails to shock. @Foxy, i don't know if it is available in the UK, but one of the best wrinkle treatments on the market, that i know of is called ROC Retinol Actif-Pur.
JahGyal says:
July 20, 2007, 10:31 pm
Dennis Brown is one of my all time faves I cried the morning I woke up and heard it on the news that he had died. And imagine my shock a few years later when I met one of his attending nurses and she told me the real deal. He died from pneumonia which was a complication of a well known disease, which still, us as Caribbean people like to pretend does not exist, unless we have to do a P.S.A or pretend to have a social conscience. It's scary to me that almost 10 years later, our artistes and by extension our society still don't get it.
jerseybred says:
July 22, 2007, 4:04 pm
Ooh Amanda Lepore-she is so skanky-I love it....I believe she is the voice behind Wendy Williams's famous--HOW U DOING!!
TheBeautifulOne says:
July 22, 2007, 4:35 pm
I bet your next entry is about interracial dating. Hhm?
Jamrock3 says:
July 22, 2007, 6:35 pm
oh afrobella- where do you find these clips? Okay, I know, youtube but still, they're great. I'm loving all the reggae throwbacks. Brings me right back to East Flatbush in the 80's, kindergarten and good times.
dahls says:
July 23, 2007, 1:44 am
Bullet!!! Bullet!!! There are some artist that you just know when you grow up in the Caribbean, and Dennis Brown is one of them. Just Like Bob Marley, Lord Kitchener and Sparrow his music is intrinsic. You don't know how it comes to pass but you find that one day you know all the words to sitting & watching. His Loss was truly tragic, and made the issues of drug addiction & HIV (whether it was just speculation or fact) alot more real to me.
bella says:
July 23, 2007, 8:43 am
TheBeautifulOne, someday, perhaps. But that topic can get TOO controversial. This is kind of a jump-off of the Hot Ghetto Mess debate, but as with everything, I want to consider my views carefully before posting them. Soon come. Jamrock3, I spend a whole lotta time on YouTube! There are some real reggae throwbacks on there. Much less calypso, sad to say. But I need to bring some soca to the site, I think it's about time!
foxy says:
July 23, 2007, 12:36 pm
Hi there Coffy, thanks for responding to my question...I'm sure this particular topic is hardly the appropriate one (with y'all talking about music) but did'nt know where the heck else to post!...Lol! Anyway, yes ROC is available here in London and I will be trying it out. Peace.
Shonquayshah says:
July 24, 2007, 7:40 pm
definitely in my constant rotation! love him and his music!
Ondo Lady says:
July 25, 2007, 7:03 am
Yes Pat McGrath is a total gem and one of a kind. I am glad that she is now widely recognised on a global scale. You have a fantastic blog.