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Each week TED selects four of their favourite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Afra’s talk was chosen. Congratulations to Afra and the TEDxPortofSpain Community.Filed under: Afra Raymond, Corruption, Politics and Public Affairs Tagged: corruption, public affairs Original link Original author: AfraRaymond...
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Most of us are moving away from desktop computers and satisfying our computing needs with laptops / notebooks. Primary reason is that we no longer want to be tethered to one spot, but possess the freedom to move to any location we desire.
This blog is not about mobility, it is about cost savings. Which leads to the question - do we really need to pay upwards of TT$2,500.00 for a laptop, when we really only use the device for checking Facebook, Twitter, our e-mails, and occasionally create content - i.e. create documents and spreadsheets? If the answer is no, then read on. 

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If you’re from Northern Europe or North America, you’re spoilt when it comes to driving.   Your roads are clean, well-paved, properly policed and your drivers well-behaved.  (Generally speaking of course.) Unless you decide to break the law, or brave freak weather, getting from home to work and back offers no challenge at all.   Boooorring! Welcome to the Trini driving reality show where off-road rallying combines with the Indy 500, Monster Truck driving and the danger of road rage and ice road truckers (without the ice). Name your aggravation; we have it: whack-a-mole potholes, perpetual traffic, flooding, cruising wreckers, poor road...
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  if you're into a healthful lifestyle you'll want to check out the San Antonio Green Market in upper Santa Cruz.   I've been to the Green Market a couple times now and I will continue to go back; not just because of the fully organic range of local produce—there's that of course—but because it's a great community of people to be around early on a Saturday morning.   It's just a nice vibe at the Green Market   Vicki Assevero, one of the founding members of the Green Market says that it's more than just getting pesticides and chemicals out...
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b2ap3_thumbnail_Lighthouse-Port-of-spain.jpgOf course this is complete and utter BS, yet it does reflect the attitude of many people who grew up in the North West. 

Stranger in my own land

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On Instagram, I use the hashtag #IndieBrandLove to highlight and celebrate the independent brands I’ve tried and can vouch for in terms of product quality. And now I’m sharing that spotlight here on Afrobella.com! Get to know some of my favorite independent fashion, beauty, food and cultural brands and let’s show them a little #IndieBrandLove!... read all The post Indie Brand Love — La’Roux Cosmetics appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post was sponsored by SheaMoisture. I’ll never forget the first time I had to buy my own hair products in America. It was late August, 1998. I had just become a freshman at the University of Miami. I had grown up in Trinidad, surrounded by women with similar hair issues to my own. We... read all The post “What’s Normal?” SheaMoisture Asks Tough Beauty Industry Questions appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post is sponsored by State Farm®.    Bellas, I’ve been behind the ball lately and so much of the reason revolves around health. Right now I’m taking Oprah’s famous advice and listening to the whispers. More and more of my whispers are about self care and wellness as a priority. As you know, I’m... read all The post 9 Tips of Health and Wellness Inspiration, Via the Color Full Lives Podcast appeared first on Afrobella....
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Let there be a full disclosure at the beginning of this post – I love Taraji P. Henson. I’ve BEEN loving Taraji P. Henson, at least since Hustle & Flow. She has been out there in Hollywood, grinding since the late 90’s. Through it all she has remained true to herself, a riot, a force... read all The post Hey Taraji Hey; My Interview at the #MACTaraji Launch! appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods.   If there was a part of my body that I consistently feel sorry for, it’d probably be my feet. They are the battered workhorses of my body. My feet are flat, like Flintstone flat. I’ve had issues with plantar fasciitis and cracked heels. I’ve got blisters and... read all The post Selfcare Sessions – Three Ways To Better Foot Care appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, as you may know, I go back with the MAC Cosmetics folks for quite some time now. So when they hit me up to let me know a special collection was soon to be released, and asked me if I’d be interested in checking it out early — of course I said YES. Especially... read all The post #MACTaraji — MAC Cosmetics + Taraji P. Henson = MAGIC. Check Out My Look! appeared first on Afrobella....
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  I can remember exactly what I was doing 10 years ago this week. The memories are so vivid. 10 years ago this week, we were living in a townhouse in Kendall, Florida. I worked as assistant calendar editor for the local alt-weekly. I was bursting with ideas of my own, but always on assignments... read all The post 10 Years of Afrobella! Reflections on My Decade of Beauty and Natural Hair Blogging appeared first on Afrobella....
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It was my first ever trip to New York City and we were staying with a college friend who lived in Harlem. He lived in a cool little walk-up above a neighborhood bar, on Manhattan Avenue. It was a sunny afternoon, my husband and I explored as much of Harlem as possible. Strolling along the... read all The post Beauty Brand Spotlight — Nubian Heritage appeared first on Afrobella....
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Summer’s here and the time is right for switching up those hair products. I don’t know about you, but my hair has special needs at this time of year. I need deeply penetrating moisture, I need light, creamy styling products to give my hair the nurturing sustenance it craves. Especially because I’m rocking blonde highlights,... read all The post 10 Summer Hair Stylers – Light, Creamy Moisture For Your Natural Hair! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Every brand has them – the best sellers, the tried-and-true items, the products they’ve been making for the longest because the people keep coming back for more. In the biz they’re known as hero products, and beauty brands strive to cultivate and maintain them. What makes a product a hero product? Consistency. Quality. It has... read all The post Hero Products – Check Out Clinique’s Best Sellers appeared first on Afrobella....
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Socks and ties and socks and underwear and socks and a nice shirt and maybe a wallet or a belt or some of those whiskey stones — for years I took a very material, literal approach to Father’s Day. My dad could rely on certain gifts every year. It’s always a challenge to think of... read all The post The Perfect Father’s Day (According to the Fathers I Know) appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post is in partnership with Compeed Summertime Chi and the living’s easy. The weather is glorious, there’s a spirit of joy in the city and every weekend from now until September, there will be an outdoor music festival to attend. I LOVE showing off my festival style. This is the time of year I... read all The post Summer of Comfort – Festival Footcare Essentials appeared first on Afrobella....
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Summer weather can throw unexpected curveballs. Here in Chicago, I can expect balmy breezes only to be faced by humid, hot air. Surprise thunderstorms can blow our way at any time – ask anyone who attended Lollapalooza in 2012 and/or 2015. The sky will be perfectly clear and then all of a sudden clouds roll... read all The post Predict Your Pretty – Let The Cast Beauty App Guide Your Look appeared first on Afrobella....
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  In my line of work I interact with entrepreneurs and indie brand creators from around the world, the majority of them are people of color (obviously, this is Afrobella.com!). I’ve heard the complaints from so many corners, about the struggle to get noticed or to stand out as a product producer, or the difficulty... read all The post WeBuyBlack.com – A New Portal to Our Global Community appeared first on Afrobella....
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Trinidad is my land and of it I am proud and glad But I can’t understand why some people does talk it bad But I know all of dem who running dey mouth Don’t know what dey talkin ’bout They will paint here black every day And the right things they would never say — Portrait of Trinidad,... read all The post Touring Trinidad and Tobago — My Adventures With #EDENGoesGlobal appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’m still coming slowly down from the cloud that was my trip back to Trinidad with EDEN BodyWorks. It’s been a dream of mine for years to go to my homeland to host or participate in a natural hair event, and it was such a blessing and an honor to have that dream come TRUE... read all The post Inside #EDENGoesGlobal — Trinidad and Tobago! Launching A Beloved Brand in my Homeland appeared first on Afrobella....
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To be honest, I was having kind of a rough afternoon. It was all hustle, bustle and stress, dealing with things I didn’t want to deal with. But at the end of the day, there was a bright pink ray of light awaiting me. Betsey Johnson was appearing at Macy’s on State Street (along with her... read all The post Meeting Betsey Johnson appeared first on Afrobella....
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This post is in partnership with Neosporin. To this day I can point to the scars on my knees and remember – this was from riding your bike down that gravel road, this is from when you and Dad fell together on the ten speed, that was from racing on the playing field at school.... read all The post Hello, Healing – Why I’m Obsessed with Neosporin and Take It Everywhere appeared first on Afrobella....
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If you read my previous Beauty Ingredient Breakdown post on charcoal, then you know you can use it for your skin and you can also ingest it for detoxification purposes. But did you know you can also use it to deep clean your hair and scalp? Image source: Shutterstock Apparently so, according to amazing celebrity... read all The post Charcoal for Natural Hair? Here’s How to Deep Clean Your Hair and Scalp! appeared first on Afrobella....
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It was all so different, about a week ago. Then Beyoncé dropped Lemonade and pretty much broke the internet. Let me tell you how it went down at my house. We had just had dinner. My husband was watching the Stanley Cup hockey game. We live in Chicago. His brother lives in St. Louis. This was intense.... read all The post 20 Songs I Think You’ll Love If You LOVE Beyoncé’s Lemonade appeared first on Afrobella....
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Sometimes a certain beauty ingredient will start getting a ton of buzz. All of a sudden, every product will be infused with this much-heralded extract, oil or essence. Existing products will start advertising that they include this magical ingredient, and new versions of products will pop up to capitalize on all of that ingredient attention.... read all The post Beauty Ingredient Breakdown – Charcoal. Tips, Product Picks & More! appeared first on Afrobella....
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My best friend Lauren texted me at 12:23 pm on April 21st. I thought that was odd, it was in the middle of the work day. I was in the middle of a hectic afternoon myself, and hadn’t been paying attention to social media for much of the morning. “OMG, please tell me it’s not... read all The post 7 Times That Prince Shaped My Life appeared first on Afrobella....
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“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde made the declaration in the epilogue to 1988’s A Burst of Light, and today that quote has come to resonate in the online community. You see it shared on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, but what does it really... read all The post Let’s Go On a GirlTrek! It’s #ActivismApril! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Empire is one of those shows that frequently gets labeled as a “guilty pleasure.” For me, there is no guilt. There is only pleasure. I enjoy Empire for the glamour, the drama, the sizzling intrigue and especially the STYLE. I grew up on a diet of Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Knots Landing; and Empire gives... read all The post Inside Empire – Behind The Scenes With COVERGIRL and Vogue Studio! appeared first on Afrobella....
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We live in an age where technology influences and innovates everything around us. It’s a rapidly shifting landscape where everything around is being tweaked and updated to user-friendly perfection. Model 1 of a product is bound to be way more clunky and basic than future iterations. I’ve been trying, testing and reviewing a variety of... read all The post 5 Of My Tried and Tested Favorite Beauty Gadgets appeared first on Afrobella....
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I just bought myself a sheet of Maya Angelou stamps. At the same time, I decided to get a sheet of Ray Charles stamps. Some folks might say I’ve purchased my fill of stamps for the year and surely I don’t need to buy anymore. But then I discovered (via The Root) that a Sarah... read all The post I’m Totally Buying the Sarah Vaughan Stamp appeared first on Afrobella....
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If you know me, you know I’m all about the #indiebrandlove, and that goes for everything from beauty brands to clothing to jewelry. I love independent jewelry designers because they truly capture the essence of self expression. I’m not a cookie cutter jewelry person by nature, so I’m drawn to handcrafted pieces. Here is a... read all The post 20 Indie Jewelers You Should Adorn Yourself In appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, I’m still basking in the afterglow. Last weekend, Texture on the Runway hit NYC. It was everything we dreamed it would be. The room was packed, the crowd was dressed to the nines, and the people behind the scenes and on the stage were a veritable who’s who of the natural hair world. It... read all The post Texture on the Runway Afterglow appeared first on Afrobella....
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Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day where the world celebrates love, with hearts and candy and chocolate and jewelry and fancy dinners and everything’s pink and red. Some of us love it and celebrate wholeheartedly. Many others have really strong anti-Valentine’s day feelings and I can’t say that I blame them. If you’re single, it’s a... read all The post Try This DIY Valentine’s Day Chocolate Coconut Sugar Body Scrub appeared first on Afrobella....
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This week has absolutely flown by and it’s about to go into overdrive. Today is my day to pack and prepare. I’m so excited to head back to NYC, just in time for Fashion Week to begin! In case you forgot, I’ll tell you again – I’m heading to NYC to co-emcee Texture on the... read all The post On My Way To Texture on the Runway! appeared first on Afrobella....
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This winter, Chicago temperatures have been all over the place. One recent weekend got down into the negatives — a bone chilling, skin burning, utterly disrespectful kind of dangerous cold. Then there was substantial snow. But as I write this today, temperatures are edging towards 40 degrees, the sun is shining and the last of the... read all The post Bold, Not Cold — My Winter Style in Simply Be appeared first on Afrobella....
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One of sour, two of sweet; three of strong and four of weak. That’s the traditional guideline for making a classic Caribbean rum punch. I enjoy a classic Caribbean rum punch, I do. But sometimes I want something a little less sour and a little more sweet. I like the kind of rum punch that... read all The post Afrobella’s Sailor Jerry Trini Rum Punch Recipe Remix appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, I’m happy to kick off 2016 (and my 10th year of Afrobella) with some big, awesome news. I’m going to New York for Fashion Week, to emcee TextureMedia’s Texture On the Runway event! I’m so super excited for so many reasons. I attended Texture on the Runway in 2012 (click here to see the... read all The post Afrobella’s Hair Trend Forecast 2016 – Predictions, Product Picks and A Big Announcement! appeared first on Afrobella....
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It just so happens to be National Pie Day (according to the American Pie Council, yes this is a thing), and bellas, we’re in luck! My friend Maya-Camille Broussard, AKA The MCB Project, AKA creator of Justice of the Pies, blessed me with this incredible-sounding Raspberry Hazelnut Pie recipe.  I told her that I love... read all The post It’s National Pie Day! Make Justice of the Pies Raspberry Hazelnut Pie Recipe! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I must confess, I didn’t grow up eating a lot of salad. My dad has a traditional salad he likes to make with dinner — tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, maybe an onion sliced up with salt, pepper and a little vinaigrette. It’s a good addition to every meal, but time and repetition led me to take... read all The post All About Dinner Salads – Ingredients, Recipes, and Inspiration! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I grew up as a Flintstones Kid (ten million strong and growing! Remember those ads?) – my childhood was all about chewing up little vitamins shaped like Fred and Barney. Grape was my favorite! In retrospect, that didn’t begin a healthy relationship or understanding of vitamins. Now that I’m a grown woman (and can do whatever... read all The post Vitamins For The Win – What Supplements You Should Be Taking, When And Why appeared first on Afrobella....
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I think the first time I noticed them and thought “I want those” was when I saw Coming to America. If my memory serves me correctly — the beautiful, glamorous ladies of Zamunda wore these elegant, ornate hoop earrings. What were those and where could I get some? Ever since then, I’ve had a yearning... read all The post Beautiful, Historic Fulani Earrings – Fulaba Jewelry Keeps The Tradition Alive appeared first on Afrobella....
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  My hair was relaxed religiously from age six until age 23, and in that time I was brought up using certain brands of hair products. Now that my hair is natural, I realize that I don’t usually use hair products that still have that relaxer footprint — even if I loved and regularly used... read all The post Beauty Business — Strength of Nature Acquires Motions, TCB and More! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I used to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a raucous way. Lots of drinking, lots of noise, lots of people around to toast with and kiss at the stroke of midnight. Party like a rockstar and recover all day January 1. I’ve got some great memories from those years. And honestly, I’ve also had some... read all The post Making Your Own New Year’s Traditions For Luck, Love and Resolutions appeared first on Afrobella....
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Gwen Jimmere is the kind of woman that people admiringly refer to as a “go-getter.” Gwen is the creator of Naturalicious, a genius system of natural hair products. You may recognize her face and name from all of the articles being written about her lately – Gwen is the first African American woman to own a PATENT... read all The post Totally Naturalicious –Gwen Jimmere Is Pure Inspiration AND Her Products ROCK! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, as you know by now, I love a beauty brand with a heritage. If a brand has been around for longer than 20 years, believe me they’ve figured something out. 50 years, they’re popular for good reason. And if a brand has lasted more than 100 years, that is a true testimony to its... read all The post So Fresh and So Clean – Why I Use Noxzema In Summer AND Winter appeared first on Afrobella....
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Like most little girls, I totally grew up playing with Barbie. For the most part, these were Barbies that didn’t look like me. They were Barbies with lives I couldn’t relate to, who couldn’t be more opposite than me. With my brown skin, sturdy frame and Trinidadian identity, there was nothing for me to identify... read all The post Let Me Tell You Why The Ava DuVernay Barbie Means Everything appeared first on Afrobella....
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Last week was kind of a whirlwind. I was just coming back to Chicago after a funeral. My husband was spending some extra time with his family so I was flying solo. I got back home and didn’t yet have my bearings before I had to head across town to the Ravenswood Event Center for... read all The post So I Met Anthony Bourdain Last Week appeared first on Afrobella....
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When I close my eyes and visualize a holiday jewelry collection, I see images of candy canes and Santa Claus – super cute items for the season, but not necessarily things I’d wear. My personal style is edgy and bold, but classic. I wouldn’t describe myself as trendy. I appreciate things that are timeless, and... read all The post Star Light, Star Bright — Check Out My PANDORA Jewelry Holiday Looks! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Christmas is right around the corner and I am NOT READY! I know I’m not alone. Bellas, I’m here to help you make your Christmas list, OR find the perfect gift for the beauty lover in your life. Here are my tried and tested favorites in makeup products that are gift-ready. I’m talking beautiful packaging and presentation... read all The post The Afrobella Holiday Gift Guide – Beauty Presents You’ll Love appeared first on Afrobella....
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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans,” as John Lennon sang in his ode to his son Sean, Beautiful Boy. If you saw me a month ago and asked about my Thanksgiving plans, I would’ve started gushing about recipes and table setting ideas. I was planning a fabulous Thanksgiving for... read all The post Lessons From A Very Different Thanksgiving for Two appeared first on Afrobella....
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Last year I wrote an extensive list of 101 Independent Black Owned Businesses to support for Blackout Friday. It proved to be amongst the most popular posts I’ve ever written. In 2014, I wrote that post in response to the Blackout Friday movement that arose from protests in Ferguson, Missouri. This year I had already planned to... read all The post 350+ Independent Black Owned Businesses to Support This Holiday Season and BEYOND appeared first on Afrobella....
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I grew up in Trinidad and lived in Miami for more than a decade. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about humidifiers when I lived in the tropics. There it’s unimaginable that you might need a little device in your home that adds humidity to the air. Now that I live in Chicago, I think... read all The post You Deserve — The Dyson Humidifier appeared first on Afrobella....
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This year, unfortunately I was out of town and wasn’t available to attend The Makeup Show Chicago. I knew it was going to be wonderful and the focus of at least one major panel was on diversity in beauty. I was sad to miss the show experience, but I found the most amazing person to... read all The post 5 Amazing Discoveries From The Makeup Show Chicago appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, for the past several months I’ve been sharing information about Allstate Foundation Purple Purse – a campaign aimed at creating long-term safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment. Financial abuse is happening to more women than we realize.   When most of us think of domestic violence, we think of physical... read all The post Make Your Purse A Symbol To End Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse appeared first on Afrobella....
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Winged liner has been a thing for decades now, but it’s absolutely had a resurgence in popularity in 2015. Every celebrity, every young woman you see on the street practically (at least here in Chicago) is rocking thick eyeliner as part of their everyday look. I absolutely love a bold, fierce winged liner and have... read all The post Winged Eyeliner, Tightlining And More! Sick Eyeliner Tips From A Pro appeared first on Afrobella....
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Let it be known far and wide that James Vincent is one of my favorite people in the beauty industry. I’m not the only one who would proclaim that anywhere. He’s one of the most accomplished MUA’s I know, but if you know James, if you’ve met James, then you know that he is warmth... read all The post Professional Makeup Artist Tips, Tricks and Advice From The Makeup Show’s James Vincent appeared first on Afrobella....
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In retrospect, I realize my personal, hands-on history with cake making is limited and somewhat problematic. All of my memories entail crowded kitchens and being aware of my lack of skills. Every Christmas in Trinidad, we would gather in the kitchen to make the traditional Trinidadian black cake. The cake is rich and dark with... read all The post You Deserve – the Grandbaby Cakes Recipe Book appeared first on Afrobella....
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When it comes to jewelry, I have particular tastes. I love anything that makes a statement. Anything that reveals and represents personality. I used to be really into big earrings but I’ve had a few incidents with jewelry that snagged on clothes or weighed too heavy on my ear lobes. And then I had a... read all The post How I Rock It — Get Into PANDORA Jewelry’s Gorgeous Autumn Collection appeared first on Afrobella....
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  Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is truly remarkable for a few reasons. It’s shining a light on a cause that remains relatively unheard of despite being downright ubiquitous.  Often financial abuse is an indicator of more overt domestic violence to come. It’s a way that many abusers manage to keep victims in check. According to PurplePurse.com,... read all The post Purses and Charms and Kerry Washington! Inside The Purple Purse Experience appeared first on Afrobella....
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The photos of Angela Bassett at the Emmys have been floating around my timeline and getting tons of social media likes, with good reason. Because Angela Bassett looks AMAZING. The word flawless gets tossed around a lot. Here, I’d say it applies. Behold. Angela Bassett is never one to half-step and she SLAYED at the... read all The post Get The Look – Angela Bassett at the Emmys 2015 appeared first on Afrobella....
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When I think of actress Uzo Aduba, I think of transformation. She is a real and rare talent, able to convey all of the complex layers of her character, Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange Is the New Black. Last year she won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. This year,... read all The post Get The Look — Uzo Aduba at the Emmys! Glowing and Gorgeous appeared first on Afrobella....
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I have a fascination with international skincare routines and regimens. In recent years there’s been so much buzz and heat around the Asian skincare market. There’s an awareness that the products tend to be highly tested and come from a long tradition of quality skincare practices. There’s also a perception that it’s a process with... read all The post Experiencing Equitance – All About The New 6-Part Japanese Skincare Regimen appeared first on Afrobella....
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  It’s natural hair wash day. You’ve got your special shampoo or cleansing cream or co-wash or whatever. You’ve got your conditioner, deep or otherwise. You’ve cleansed your hair. Now what? How do you dry your hair? I realize many naturals have different methods. And over time we have developed all kinds of terms for hair... read all The post This Is The Way We Dry Our Hair – Natural Hair Drying Tips From a Pro appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas, if you know me then you know my love for the color purple goes back long and far. It’s been my favorite color since I could first say the word. It’s become my signature shade, in lipstick and in life. And now, I’ve found a new reason for loving and respecting purple.  The Allstate... read all The post All About The Purple Purse! Why I Joined the Allstate Foundation’s Important Awareness Campaign appeared first on Afrobella....
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Foundation is one of those makeup products that so many of us have a hard time mastering. Many of us have issues finding the right shade – women of color are women with tones and undertones. Makeup brands are just now catching up with our needs and expanding their shade ranges to suit. Also, there... read all The post How to Find the Perfect Foundation + 8 Affordable Foundations For Brown Skin appeared first on Afrobella....
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It’s so funny to read the headlines when they’re about someone you know personally. So often rumors and falsehoods are presented as truth.  If you don’t know the real person and the real behind the scenes details, it can be easy to believe what you hear or what you read online. Sintra Bronte is living... read all The post My Aunty Sintra – The Secret Life of The Most Famous Jamaica Poster Girl appeared first on Afrobella....
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9 years ago, I changed my life. I didn’t realize it at the time, I didn’t go into it with intent. I noticed a void, I felt a lack of inclusion. 2006. Natural hair hadn’t yet become a movement. Plus size fashion was in some dark days. I wanted to read consistent information for me about... read all The post 9 Years of Afrobella! 10 Lessons I’ve Learned Along The Way appeared first on Afrobella....
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SheaMoisture has been one of my favorite hair and bodycare (and now makeup) brands for a long time now. It’s been a truly beautiful thing to watch this family owned brand expand into the industry giant that it’s become, to watch their products fly off the shelves at retailers like Walgreens, Target, Sally Beauty and... read all The post Inside My SheaMoisture Entrepreneurial Appreciation Day Event! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I love natural products. From head to toe, I slather myself with anything that touts itself as being all natural. There’s one area where I tend to keep it all chemical everything. That’s the armpit region. I know my body and I know that when it comes to underarm odor, it is best for me... read all The post Natural Deodorants I Would Recommend to a Friend appeared first on Afrobella....
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Chicago! It’s summertime and there are all sorts of fun events happening all over the city. Here’s one to add to your calendar this weekend! I hope you can make it! Tomorrow, I’m partnering with SheaMoisture to host a one-of-a-kind day of celebration at their Chicago pop-up store. Come and join us for  Entrepreneurial Appreciation Day!... read all The post Chicago! Join Me and SheaMoisture For Entrepreneurial Appreciation Day, Tomorrow! August 8! appeared first on Afrobella....
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  Double dutch is an internationally beloved activity, a childhood rite of passage for so many. I remember watching Sesame Street as a kid and loving the jump rope contest they featured as a segment in the 80’s. Who remembers this?     I wanted to be one of those little girls so much! But... read all The post Chicago, Jump On It! Double Dutch Aerobics Comes to Town August 9! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Finally. It’s taken me a minute to get into the products I got to check out at Cosmoprof LV, but now I’m ready to break it all the way down for you. I sat in the BeautE Zone part of Cosmoprof, which meant meeting a ton of brand owners and new entrepreneurs who were looking... read all The post Hair Care, Perfume and Nailpolish – The Best Products I Discovered at Cosmoprof LV, Part 1 appeared first on Afrobella....
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Bellas. A trip to Vegas can take a lot out of you. I got back from Cosmoprof NA a week ago and I’m still recovering. Long days, late nights and an overdose of all beauty everything will require a bit of an adjustment period! Finally I’m settled back down and I’m here to tell you all... read all The post Inside Cosmoprof – What You Should Know Before You Go appeared first on Afrobella....
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  This week has been exciting and busy, and I feel like I’m almost experiencing a full circle moment in my blogging career. In 2013, I wrote a blog post about Black Beauty History, focusing on these products of yore — click here to check that out. Back in 2013, I did a lot of... read all The post Black Beauty History–See The Valmor Products Exhibit + My Panel On Friday July 24! appeared first on Afrobella....
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What are the beauty rules you were taught early in life? I realize now that so many of mine were all wrong – or at the very least, wrong for me. For years I believed everything I read in magazines. I thought the models really did have lashes that full and that long. I thought... read all The post New Beauty Rules – Your Skin Deserves Clean Makeup Brushes appeared first on Afrobella....
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Afro Wonder Woman is EVERYTHING. Designed by Daniel Price of DEP Designs, she's the perfect addition to my home office. The post My Afro Wonder Woman Poster Makes My Office Extra Awesome appeared first on Afrobella....
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Most of the time when I’m called upon to speak, there’s a theme. Usually it’s a panel about blogging or career success. In 2012 I gave a TedX talk and the theme I was assigned was courage (click here to see it, in case you never did). This week, I’m going to be part of... read all The post Hear My Story at Glappitnova 2015 appeared first on Afrobella....
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Chicago has been my home for the past 6 years and I absolutely love living here. I’m proud of my city. I love Chicago in the summertime and I encourage everyone to come and visit – downtown comes alive and everyone’s loving the sunshine, the lake, the food, live music…summertime Chicago is magical. One of the... read all The post I’m Hosting a Fashion Show at the Taste of Chicago on July 9! Come One, Come All appeared first on Afrobella....
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Last week, a coward and a terrorist committed a vicious, pre-meditated hate crime against an innocent group of people as they gathered to worship. He sat with them for an hour while they prayed and admitted that they did their best to make him feel welcome, and still he had enough hate in his heart... read all The post Remembering the Charleston Victims. How We All Can Help appeared first on Afrobella....
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Even though Chicago weather is playing games with my heart, it’s technically just about summertime in the Chi. The weather vacillates between high heat and humidity, to rain and wind and even hail the other day. In June! Sometimes it hails in JUNE. Anyway, no matter what, it’s the season to switch up your makeup.... read all The post Brown Girl Friendly Foundation – 5 Lightweight Coverage Options For Hot, Humid Months appeared first on Afrobella....
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Hey bellas! You may already know that I’m a contributing editor, and you can find my new posts over at Mode.com every month. But now I can also share my best posts right here on Afrobella.com! Click below to read more. Hope you like! Today’s post is all about rompers. Jumpsuits. Playsuits. One piece outfits... read all The post Rompers, Jumpsuits, Playsuits – Timeless Plus Size Picks appeared first on Afrobella....
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Jade Gedeon is the amazing Trinidadian-born creator of jewelry line We Dream in Colour. Her new book, Beautiful Bracelets By Hand, breaks the jewelry-making process all the way down step by step. Check out this beautiful bracelet you can DIY! The post DIY Jewelry! Try This Beautiful, Easy to Make, Crystal Clear Bracelet appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’d say that Baltimore has an image issue. There are sweeping perceptions of the city based solely on news headlines and fictional representations in TV and film, that don’t begin to capture the complexity, the reality and the beauty of Baltimore as a whole. Baltimore clearly is a city with real issues that need to... read all The post 5 Reasons To LOVE Baltimore, By Oyin Handmade’s Pierre and Jamyla Bennu appeared first on Afrobella....
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In the course of this blogging career, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of meeting some amazing people who spread love, knowledge and beauty. One of the most amazing, is Dr. Kari Williams, hairstylist and trichologist to the stars. She’s based in Los Angeles and her client list includes some of your favorite singers and... read all The post Introducing AnnCarol Beauty, by Dr. Kari Williams appeared first on Afrobella....
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I just want to begin by saying thank you to all Afrobella readers. I want to thank you for sticking with me for all of these years, for still reading and commenting and entering my giveaways. We’re in a different era of online engagement these days, so I appreciate all of you for still supporting... read all The post And the Fragrance Foundation Winner Is…. appeared first on Afrobella....
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The folks at The Fragrance Foundation must have such a lovely job. The organization was established in 1949 and they’re “passionately devoted to increasing awareness and appreciation of fragrance in all its forms.” Does this not sound like a dream job? I love perfume, to be surrounded by it all day sounds heavenly to me!... read all The post What’s Your Summer Scent? Enter the Afrobella + The Fragrance Foundation Giveaway! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I’m just old enough to remember a time before manicures were commonplace. When I was growing up, manicures were for the fancy or for special occasions. Now, many of my friends have weekly nail appointments. I live in a part of Chicago where there’s a nail salon almost every three blocks – and when a... read all The post How To Get The BEST Manicure – Tips On Nail Salon Ethics appeared first on Afrobella....
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I was never lucky enough to actually attend the legendary EBONY Fashion Fair — Eunice Johnson’s historied fashion event traveled the world from 1958 to 2009, the year I moved to Chicago. When Mrs. Johnson passed in January 0f 2010, there was that burning question  – what would happen to all of these gowns? All of these amazing... read all The post I’m Looking Forward to the Ebony Fashion Fair Auction. Here’s Why! appeared first on Afrobella....
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If you haven’t yet realized that I’m an unabashed Lupita stan, now’s as good a time as any. I think she’s absolutely gorgeous, and so classy and elegant. Lupita Nyong’o came to SLAY the red carpet at Cannes, resplendent in custom Gucci chiffon. Her makeup was by Nick Barose for Lancôme, and I had to... read all The post Lupita Nyong’o at Cannes 2015 – Get That Lip Look! appeared first on Afrobella....
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We’ve got a long way to go in terms of full diversity in fashion and beauty, but I sincerely feel that there’s been real, necessary change in the beauty product development world. Most smart major American brands have gotten the memo that multicultural beauty (and multicultural hair) isn’t a trend, and it isn’t going away... read all The post Concealer That Matches YOU –The Best Brands For Dark Skin appeared first on Afrobella....
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It’s about to be beach and swimming pool season and those of us with natural hair – heck, let’s just say black hair in general – are about to encounter a universal, life long struggle. What do we do with our hair when it’s time to get in the water?   That’s me, in the... read all The post Natural Hair And Salt Water – How To Care For Your Hair At the Beach appeared first on Afrobella....
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I gotta admit, it was kind of a bummer to come back to a windy and chilly-for-no-reason Chicago, following a spectacular getaway with minimal WiFi access, spent basking on the beach and soaking up the sun. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know – I thoroughly enjoyed my visit back to Miami to... read all The post What’s in my Beach Beauty Bag? Top Product Picks For Your Next Vacation appeared first on Afrobella....
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It’s hard to write light when your heart is heavy. And right now, my thoughts are wrapped up in darkness, in distress and in stomach churning worry for America – particularly the city of Baltimore. It’s yet another name to add to a list that’s too long, another city in turmoil, another case of police... read all The post Thoughts On Baltimore–The Most Insightful Things I’ve Read So Far appeared first on Afrobella....
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In the natural hair game — as in life — you can lead, follow, or get out of the way. Myleik Teele is undoubtedly a leader. She’s ever evolving and constantly finding ways to take her brands to new levels. On the personal level, she’s launched My Taught You, an inspirational space where entrepreneurial women... read all The post Step Up Your Skincare Game With CurlBox BODY appeared first on Afrobella....
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Will there ever be another singer who can even come close to Luther Vandross – in terms of range, soul and sheer vocal ability? To his true fans and those lucky enough to have seen him perform live in his lifetime, that’s a tough question. All we can do is enjoy the music we have... read all The post Luther Is Love. 5 Of The Very Best By Luther Vandross appeared first on Afrobella....
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Beautifully Brown by Melanie Yvette is one of my favorite new beauty blogs – and if you’ve never checked out her work, you totally should! Here’s what I love about Melanie and her message – she is all about the melanin, all about celebrating her beauty on her terms, and all about self love and... read all The post 12 Beauty Trends You Should Really Try for Spring appeared first on Afrobella....
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Words can’t express what an honor it was to walk the red carpet and attend this year’s Black Girls Rock awards, thanks to My Black is Beautiful. It was exciting, glamorous, inspiring and at times really surreal. That moment where Will Smith and his family walked the carpet and they snapped pics of the three... read all The post 6 Amazing Moments From The Black Girls Rock 2015 Awards! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Back in 2006 when I started Afrobella, the natural hair scene was just beginning to form. There was no social media yet, there were a few bloggers and a lot of online forums and Fotki posts (seriously, before Instagram and Tumblr, there was Fotki). There were a few natural hair brands that had big buzz […] The post The Miss Jessie’s Book Tour– All About Supporting Miko and Celebrating Titi Branch appeared first on Afrobella....
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I make a point of watching the annual celebration of amazingness that is Black Girls Rock every year on BET. My favorite actresses hanging out with my favorite singers, paying homage to incredible women who uplift and inspire on every level. Tributes to ladies who work hard every day, who are living legends, rock stars, […] The post Come With Me to Black Girls Rock! appeared first on Afrobella....
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