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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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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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There’s a reason why Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the #1 best seller in American poetry on Amazon. This book has made an impact on so many. Since its release in 1970, it has changed lives, saved lives, inspired new writers to pick up a pen or a computer keyboard to […] The post In Case You Need a New Copy of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings… appeared first on Afrobella....
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I love wearing a bold, bright lip. But honestly, sometimes a bold, bright lip doesn’t love me back. Chapped, dry lips are the enemy of bright lipsticks and glosses. There’s no better way to point out “HEY, I’ve got dry skin issues” than to slather on a creamy matte lipstick, pre-exfoliation. It’s like pointing a big […] The post 4 Tips for Better Lipstick Wear appeared first on Afrobella....
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So I went to Jamaica for the first time, on a special beauty editor’s trip planned by the Strength of Nature line of hair products. We had a LOT of fun, obviously (cause Jamaica), but we also learned a LOT. Hairstylist geniuses Felicia Leatherwood and Pamela Hogan were on hand to give a really informative […] The post 6 Tips to Better Natural Hair Care That I Learned in Jamaica With Strength of Nature appeared first on Afrobella....
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Growing up in Trinidad, I believed that intra-Caribbean traveling wasn’t necessary.When you’re born and raised in a place with 80 degree weather, coconut trees and sandy beaches of its own and you’re the last of 5 kids, a “vacation” is a trip to someplace foreign and exotic like…New York. Or Los Angeles. Or Miami (all […] The post 5 Reasons You Should Visit Jamaica appeared first on Afrobella....
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  Much has been said within the last few weeks about locs and the red carpet, much of it said by folks who know little about locs in the first place. I’ll be honest with you, I found it hard to rustle up a response to the whole Giuliana Rancic/Zendaya loctroversy, because in all my […] The post Love Your Locs – 5 Tips For Red Carpet Worthy Loc Style appeared first on Afrobella....
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I absolutely love hosting events. I love mingling and meeting and taking selfies and connecting in person with my bellas! So I’m calling out my Philly and New Jersey bellas — this weekend, I would SO love to meet you at my style trends event! Click here for details via Macys.com!     I’ll be […] The post Meet Me at Macy’s In Cherry Hill Mall This Saturday! appeared first on Afrobella....
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If you’re like me, you’ve got a random collection of carrier and essential oils somewhere in your beauty arsenal. If you’re like me, said random collection of essential and carrier oils is mostly just sitting there collecting dust and taking up space on your shelves. Many of us aspire to be gung-ho DIY mixtresses in […] The post Try This DIY Beauty Recipe – the 3-in-1 Makeup Remover, Toner & Night Oil! appeared first on Afrobella....
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Today is Valentime’s Valentine’s Day, and I do believe it will be the 16th that my husband and I have celebrated together. This year will be 13 years that we’ve been married. While that doesn’t necessarily make us an OLD married couple, it does mean that we’ve pretty much run the gamut of the kinds of […] The post Valentine’s Day Tips From an Old Married Couple appeared first on Afrobella....
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Recently I did an interview with my dear friend Kristen Booker — if you’re not up on her blog, Fashion Style Beauty, VISIT NOW! She offers such a fresh, individual perspective on style and self care. Anyway! I really love her series, How She Does It and I was honored to be included. She asks […] The post When Do You Feel Your Most Beautiful? appeared first on Afrobella....
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Am I the only one who no longer really cares about the Grammy Awards? I remember as a kid staying up late to watch every year, and feeling tremendous excitement if my favorite singers won. Nowadays it feels like an extended eye roll. On SNL recently, the Grammy nominees were likened to “a Spotify playlist […] The post Forget the Grammys! Here’s 10 Songs You Slept On in 2014 appeared first on Afrobella....
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One of the more fun parts of partnering with My Black is Beautiful has been testing and trying out the awesome array of P&G Beauty products in order to narrow down my top picks. There are SO many brands under the P&G Beauty umbrella. Which ones define Beauty Fit for a Queen? It was my […] The post Beauty Fit For a Queen – My MBIB Top Picks! appeared first on Afrobella....
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I was born in Trinidad and raised on Bob Marley’s music. Back in 2010, I wrote this homage that still is so true: When I was a toddler, my dad spent time in Jamaica studying for a master’s degree. When he returned, he brought what seemed like Bob Marley’s entire record collection with him.Uprising. Natty Dread.Burnin’. Survival. Rastaman […] The post Happy Birthday, Bob Marley. appeared first on Afrobella....
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It’s a new year, and it’s time for new beauty trends! I’ve been in the biz for 8 years now, and it’s been so incredible to closely chart the evolution of the beauty industry. Just within the past few years, we’ve come a long way from the days when black hair products were relegated to […] The post The Afrobella Forecast – Beauty and Health Trends For 2015 appeared first on Afrobella....
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Whenever NYC expects a snow storm, it becomes a worst case scenario snowpocalypse for the ages media story, covered for days on the national nightly news in the most dire terms. Whenever Chicago expects a snowstorm, it’s business as usual. We know things are bad if schools close. In the five years that I’ve lived […] The post DIY Beauty Treatments For Blizzards appeared first on Afrobella....
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2014 proved to be a banner year for concerts for me. Within the past few years, I’ve seen SO much good music. For 2015, I honestly don’t have a long list of many artists that I’m still dying to see for the first time ever. In fact, the artist at the very top of my […] The post In Case You Missed It – D’Angelo SLAYED SNL appeared first on Afrobella....
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January 5, 2015. Day 5 of 365. We’re in the heady days of New Year’s resolutions. Everyone’s making a list, creating a vision board, and planning new ways to become better people in the next 360 days. It’s an exciting time. A time of promise. A time of self flagellation. A time of personal critique, […] The post The Only New Year’s Beauty Resolution Worth Making appeared first on Afrobella....
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Christmas is a thing of the past and now we’re gearing up for the new year! Around this time of year I always think of the classic song – maybe it’s just too early in the game, but I thought I’d ask you just the same…What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? I grew up […] The post Your New Year’s Eve Beauty and Health Survival Guide appeared first on Afrobella....
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nissan via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nissan.   Christmas time is just about here. My tree has been trimmed. My stockings hung with care. Right now I’m waiting on packages to be delivered […] The post How To Have It All This Holiday Season appeared first on Afrobella....
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This particular year, this particular season, this particular time of year is proving to be rough on many of us for many reasons. Life is wearing us down. It can be excruciating, trying to balance the weight between your work, your personal life and what’s happening in the world. You can only shoulder the weight so […] The post All About Self Care. 30 Ways to Take Better Care Of Yourself appeared first on Afrobella....
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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 […] The post RIP, Titi Branch. Please Pray For the Miss Jessie’s Family appeared first on Afrobella....
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Can I just lay down the beauty/hair/lifestyle blogger mantle for a minute and speak what’s on my mind? Quite frankly, I’m struggling to do what I’m “supposed” to do right now. I’m struggling to find the right words, and as someone whose livelihood is in words, it doesn’t feel good. It’s Christmas and there’s this […] The post The Christmas Conflict appeared first on Afrobella....
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Things weren’t supposed to go this way, not according to my editorial calendar. This was supposed to be a buildup to Thanksgiving week. I was working on fun, lighthearted posts about recipes and Black Friday deals. Yay! Shopping! And now, none of that seems right anymore. Not after Ferguson. On Monday November 24th, in an […] The post 101 Independent Black Owned Businesses to Support for Blackout Friday appeared first on Afrobella....
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There was a wedding in my family this summer, and one of the things that I had forgotten about weddings and being a bride was the number of RULES. My husband and I tied the knot twelve years ago and we were babes in the woods when we did it. The rules that we broke […] The post 5 Fabulous Ways Solange Reinvented Traditional Wedding Rules appeared first on Afrobella....
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It’s the base ingredient of so many natural hair and skincare products, and it’s heralded as a miraculous moisturizer that’s essential for women with natural hair. But what happens when you’re allergic to the thing that everyone else loves? What happens if you have a nut allergy, and shea butter is your enemy, and all […] The post Nut Allergies and Natural Hair Products – What To Do If You’re Allergic to Shea appeared first on Afrobella....
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I grew up in a Stevie Wonder household, where we had Songs in the Key of Life on vinyl as part of our family musical soundtrack. So many of these songs bring back to vivid memories of joyful occasions and tough times. These songs have lifted me up and nurtured me through my upbringing. When […] The post Stevie Wonder’s Songs In the Key of Life Concert Was Epic & Amazing appeared first on Afrobella....
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When the folks behind fashion brand J. Jill approached me to host their downtown Chicago compassion fund styling event,  I knew it was going to be a special day and I’d meet some special ladies, but I had no idea what to expect. I had an idea of what clothing items they needed and what […] The post How To REALLY Help A Homeless Woman – What I Learned From My J.Jill Styling Event appeared first on Afrobella....
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Edges. The tender and sometimes fine hair that makes up your hairline. They’ve become more than just a part of you, they’ve become a symbol. They’ve become a catch phrase. Now it’s common to hear people talking about edges being “snatched” or “busted,” or to hear people talk about (and make fun of) those who […] The post Let’s Talk About Edges – How To Cherish and Maintain Yours appeared first on Afrobella....
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News hit the internet on Monday October 20th via WWD. Carol’s Daughter has been acquired by French cosmetics mega-brand L’Oreal. The company that also owns Lancome, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Kiehls, Shu Uemura, Clarisonic, Garnier, Maybelline, Essie, Urban Decay, Softsheen Carson and Mizani, now also owns the brand that Lisa Price began mixing up in her […] The post Carol’s Daughter, In Her Own Words – The Lisa Price Interview appeared first on Afrobella....
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Cocoa butter is something so many of us grow up knowing and loving. To me, the smell of cocoa butter is evocative of warmth, softness and love. And chocolate, obviously. It’s something we’re so familiar with but still know so little about. Let me put you up on cocoa butter game, so you’ll know what […] The post All About Cocoa Butter–Protect Your Skin With The Best Brands! appeared first on Afrobella....
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For the past few months I’ve been walking around slightly hunched over, feeling as tense as a coiled up spring in a too-tight box. I tend to store my tension in my shoulders and neck, and lately an overabundance of work has had your girl feeling less like a human and more like C3PO. I […] The post It’s Spa Week 2014! Get Your Life appeared first on Afrobella....
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This time of year always makes me crave a new fragrance. The weather’s cooled down and I’m less likely to be sweaty – now’s the time when a new perfume can truly last and linger on my skin. There’s something cozy and sensual about smelling my scarf or the inside of my coat, fragrant with […] The post The Most Popular Signature Fragrances. What’s Your Favorite? appeared first on Afrobella....
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Hello! I’m Afrobella and I’m obsessed with coconut oil. These are my confessions. I use it in my cooking. I use it on my skin. I use it in my hair. I use it to remove my makeup sometimes. And lately, I’ve been literally slathering myself with the stuff from head to toe, thanks to […] The post Obsessed With Coconut Oil For Your Hair and Skin? Get Into Organic Fiji appeared first on Afrobella....
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“Dress for success.” “Clothes make the man.” There are many clichés about clothing, and so many of them are tired but true to some degree. What you wear creates a perception about who you are and your clothes carry you through life. I’m not even necessarily talking about style and flair, here – I’m speaking […] The post You’re Invited to My J. Jill Compassion Fund Styling Event for Sarah’s Circle! appeared first on Afrobella....
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