Want To Be The Next #EchelonBeauty?

Do you consider yourself Fierce, Fabulous, & Flawless? Do you like experimenting with your hair in various weaved styles? Does being featured in Juicy Magazine and Cocoa Fab, a FREE year of Echelon Hair, and a makeover by Power 105.1’s Angela Yee & celebrity hair stylists Cynthia Alvarez and HairbyBobby sound rad to you?! Well then, you should submit your selfie to this year’s Echelon Beauty Contest!

If you are a fierce femme fatale, snap your likeness in a picture that exudes your individuality and what you think Echelon Hair needs as their next beauty spokesperson! Echelon Hair is all about making women feel good about themselves and having pride. If that means rockin’ a weave, more power to you. Just remember to have love for yourself and others while being your fierce, fabulous, and flawless self!

To win, post your selfie with the hashtag #EchelonBeauty, tag @EchelonHair and fill out the contestant application at http://echelonhair.com/online-application/. The judges are encouraging individuality, creativity, and overall flawlessness in hair, makeup and wardrobe. Also, versatility is everything! November 21st is the deadline for all applications; the 8 semi-finalist’s will be announced via social media and www.echelonhair.com. The Grand Prize winner will be selected via online voting at www.echelonhair.com, and announced on the website, Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club and Instagram on Friday, December 19th, 2014!






Your New Reality Show Obsession: “Nail’d It”

I feel as though I have been waiting for this show to premiere for YEARS! Glad to see that this is really happening. With “Project Runway” continuing its domination in the DIY fashion reality TV arena and now it’s time to usher in an era of DIY beauty reality competition programming. If Sharmadean Reid doesn’t make an appearance on this first season of “Nail’d It“, I pray that she is placed into consideration for Season 2!


Rock Your Grey Like Dascha P!

I LOOOOVE me some Orange Is The New Black, mainly because all of the actors on the show are FABULOUS & FIERCE both on and off screen. As far as ensemble casts on television and the internet go, the OITNB team are at the top of the class.

Ms. Dascha Polanco, otherwise known as Dayanara Diaz, is working a new hair style that I can’t get enough of:


This shade of grey from, Echelon’s Rebel Collection, is so beautiful. Furthering the trend that was once seen on my girls Tavi Gevinson and Kelly Osbourne, there is further proof that you should never be ashamed of seeing a few grey hairs in the mirror. Embrace them and go ALL grey with Echelon!

I’m down for both natural hair and weaves. Honestly I think that you should float with whatever makes you happy, as long as you let others wear their hair how they would like to and rock your own with confidence. What I really co-sign with Echelon Hair about is their tie with the breast cancer awareness movement, first and foremost.

So, if you want to rock some grey hairs full on like Dascha, or just interested in 100% Virgin Indian Hair in general, check out Echelon and see what all of the fuss is about!




Check Out My Article In This Month’s Sister 2 Sister Magazine!

One of the best feelings in the world as a writer is to see your name and an article you wrote, re-wrote, and wrote again in print, especially on newsstands. Alas, a story I wrote about the best methods for hair removal is featured in this month’s Sister 2 Sister magazine! The salesperson at my nearest Faber newsstand asked me if I wanted all five of the copies that I purchased and I told him yes as my insides did a little happy dance.

I’ve already made a silent promise to myself and to all of my family and friends who have supported me and continue to do so that this won’t be the last article that we will all see from me in bookstores and on magazine racks! In the words of my Uncle Ant, this is just the beginning.


If you are able to purchase a copy, please do so! Also, let me know what you think- I learned quite a bit while researching this topic, and there was so much more information to impart that I was not able to, due to word count maximum rules. All of the persons that I interviewed for this story were lovely, knowledgeable, and gracious. Their support was overwhelming and much appreciated.


Lupita + Lancome = HAPPENING!

Lupita Nyong’o is on FIRE this year! It was only a matter of time before she would snag a cosmetics contract, but we just didn’t know which one. Now the secret is out- Lupita has joined forces with French luxury brand, Lancome, and is the FIRST Black woman to align herself with the renowned cosmetics company. The campaign results will be anything less than extraordinary!




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“You’re Pretty, YouTube Is Ugly”

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about this or perhaps engaged yourself on social media as the receiver or commenter, but nowadays young girls are asking strangers to comment on their looks via the Internet. I could not even FATHOM asking people online for validation about my looks.  It’s not even in the same vein of telling a friend or boyfriend that you are fat and secretly hoping that they would immediately respond with a side eye or a “No you aren’t! ARE YOU CRAZY?! You are so skinny!” Going on YouTube to be rated on one’s looks as a teenage work in progress is an extreme way of finding out if you are pretty or ugly, and prettiness and ugliness is subjective anyway.

Why is this happening? Why is this girl in the video above asking people she barely knows and will most likely never meet trolling for compliments? My heart hurts for young people today. The pressure to be beautiful, get good grades, be popular, and stave on bullies is unbelievably large. Can we please begin and continue encouraging kids and young adults to legitimize themselves through sports, art, writing, science, making a mean blueberry pie or a scarf rather than having Garnier-esque luscious locks and the perfect pleated skirt. Look, I’d rather have shiny, healthy hair and a fresh outfit than the alternative and I know how one’s day can feel like it’s ruined after noticing a cluster of big arse zits on my face in the bathroom mirror. But this is where the problem lies- how is our happiness can be determined by our hair, waistlines, or facial features via the thoughts of strangers.

I came across the website of Louise Orwin, an artist-researcher from London who is after my heart with her thought-provoking performances and theatrical works. One of her projects called “Pretty Ugly” looks at the phenomenon of girls on social media asking “Am I pretty or ugly?” and the positive response from this artistic effort is deafening. It can only help to raise awareness about online bullying and teen self-esteem.