Saturday, February 26, 2011

African en Vogue! Who new?

It fails to amaze me how certain celebs can bring a style into popularity and all of a sudden it's the rage.  I ain't hating, but what you see has always been there.  Get me?
Check out what Gwen Stefani is wearing from her L.A.M.B. label.

Maryanne E Mokoko & Stephanie T Mouapi of Côté Minou

These ladies put a modern twist on traditional African fabric.  Wouldn't these outfits look good with an afro?

Banana Avacado Smoothie by Marcus Samuelsson


1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
juice from one lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 bananas, chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/4 cup vanilla ice cream


Combine the avocado, orange juice, bananas, ginger, honey and yogurt in a blender and puree until smooth.

Mix in the lime juice and salt.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011 Natural Hair Diary

Natural Hair Diary: Nikia Phoenix, Model RT @essenceonline Buzz up!Like this story? Hair Story

Natural Hair Diary: Nikia Phoenix, Model

Thursday, February 3, 2011
6:00 AM
by Patrice Grell Yursik

In the latest installment of our Natural Hair Diary series,'s Patrice Grell Yursik profiles Nikia Phoenix, a L.A.-based model with a coily, chestnut-hued 'fro.

Natural Woman: Nikia Phoenix
Age: 30
City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Model

Hair Journey: Nikia got her first relaxer at six years old. "I was about to enter the first grade and my mom wanted my hair to look 'nice,'" she says. "My hair is thick, coarse and dry, so I think she figured it'd be easier to style with a relaxer."

When Nikia began her modeling career at age 25, her hair was still chemically processed. "Around 2005, advertisers started using more natural haired models...mostly light-skinned women with loose curls," she says. "My hair was relaxed, but hairstylists on set were styling my hair to look like that. I was like, this is cute, but it's not what my natural hair looks like!" At that point, Nikia cut her hair, transitioned, and never looked back.

These days, her hairstyling on shoots is kept to a minimum. "I'm convinced that people [in the industry] don't know how to work with black hair," she says. "They're scared of it and don't have any training. Stylists will just spray it and walk away."

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