12 Nov 2012

Look of the day: Thandie Newton vs Alicia Keys

Who has the best style according to you?
Thandie Newton in Jewel by Lisa (left) Alicia Keys in Stella McCartney at the MTV Europe Music Awards?

7 Nov 2012

Obama 2.0

Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States last night (Nov 6). Obama and Joe Biden won 300 electoral seats and defeated the Republican Mitt Romney.

Fans celebrated his victory all around the US and the world this morning. At Valois Cafeteria, Chicago, where the President used to go when he lived in Chicago, it was free breakfast for all. Meanwhile, celebrities reacted on Twitter.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Gabrielle Union

Solange Knowles

P Diddy

 The Obamas in 2008

The Obamas in 2012

6 Nov 2012

Hair of the day: Nicole Sherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger with elegant braids at the Industry Music Trust's Awards.
More braid styles in our Braidzillas hair gallery on Facebook.

Serena and Venus Williams in Africa

Serena and Venus Williams visited Africa to inspire young women to unleash their potential, achieve success and reach their potential. 

The sisters champion “Breaking the Mould” – an initiative aimed at recognising women who have risen above adversity to succeed and inspire others.

This was Venus’ first visit on the continent but not for Serena who already been to Africa for other philanthropy projects.

In South Africa, Serena defeated her sister 6-4, 6-3 during an amicable match at Ellis Park's Indoor Arena.

In Nigeria, Lagos, the sisters visited the Government College Ikoyi. During the visit, sponsored by the Procter and Gamble brand Always, the sisters answered the students questions during a Q&A session.

Venus said: "Some people say I have an attitude, maybe I do, but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That makes you a winner right there."

Celebrity style: Janelle Monae

Have you ever wondered why Janelle Monae is always dressed in black and white like a waitress or a maid? You may even have thought that her style is annoying, been there, done that, why don't you try something new for a change?

The American singer explained the reasons behind her fashion statement at the  in her acceptance speech for the“Young, Black and Gifted” award at the Black Girls Rock, Inc. awards ceremony on Sunday 4 November. Her style is a statement, a way for her to always remember her background and honor her family's: 

"When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman.  They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.”

The Black Girls Rock, Inc. awards took place on in the Bronx, New York. The ceremony, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, is to honor the achievements of women of color who are rising stars and veteran trendsetters in entertainment, culture and more.

31 Oct 2012

As I Am launch a new TV commercial

As I Am, the hair care brand dedicated to natural hair, is launching a new television advertising campaign in the United States. The ads will be streamed on BET & Centric. View the advert here.

As I Am was founded by Dr Ali N.Syed, chemist, creator of Avlon industries (1984). Before that, Avlon industries mainly focused on chemically treated hair care with brands such as Affirm and KeraCare.

We haven't tested the products ourselves but they have received good reviews on Youtube (see below). Have you tried As I Am products? What are your thoughts?

If you live in the UK, As I Am products are available on gidore.com

Style of the week: The Apple Tree

A very original creation by hair stylist Adeola Sbd
Model: Nana Afua Antwi

29 Oct 2012

Naomie Harris: Black don't crack

Did you know that Naomie Harris, the new Bond Girl starring in Skyfall, is 36 year old?

The English actress also starred in 28 Days Later and Pirates of the Carribeans.

She joins the long list of women proving that black beauties age well.

18 Oct 2012

Designer of the week: FemmeauCauri's

Looking for customised wax bed linen, accessories or jewellery?  We have a great tip for you: FemmeauCauri's. There's no website, no shop, simply email Ndeye, the designer, with your query. You can also visit her Facebook page to view the designs currently available (prices in Euros) and place your order. Enjoy being unique: http://www.facebook.com/NdeyeCauri

Tracee Ellis Ross launches a website

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross launched her new website, with a very personal tone and a blog layout. What is it about? Of course, hair, but also fashion tips, beauty, wellbeing...
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