Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fly Friday 2/28

Style Files: 4 Looks to Try this Spring



This winter has been recording breaking for the amount of snow fall that we’ve experienced in New York City in years. Last time I checked we were at about 55 inches of snow. The total inches of snow that we’ve had last year was at 25 inches and we are not done yet. I’m so over the snow. I have not been wearing anything really nice and exciting because the snow, slush, ice, and salt won’t allow me to be great. This weather is so depressing, but it won’t last for long. Without winter we can’t appreciate spring and the four ladies above have me anticipating one of my favorite seasons.

Regina Hall

Regina Hall

Regina Hall looks radiant in this cream lace dress with scalloped edges paired with strappy platform sandals. Lace is a staple for spring and cream is a great color.

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles

During New York Fashion Week, Solange killed the street style and slayed the front row. For spring you can try a color block trench coat similar to Solanges wool coat. Let’s not forget about the white pump and light pink suit. Borrow this look from the boys and put a feminine touch on it with a dainty color.

Kat Graham

Kat Graham

I’m loving Kat Graham’s all white look. The white fitted dress with white pumps, and white overcoat is so clean. I love the texture on the dress as well.

Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

This might be my favorite look!. I’m working on my legs now so they can look this amazing in shorts come spring and summer. I love the soft pink and white combination with the loose fitting paper bag shorts and satiny soft pink blouse. This is a great look for a spring brunch with the girls. The white open-toe ankle strap platforms add a perfect touch to this look. It feminine, romantic, and modern.

Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section and in the poll!

Which Spring Preview Look Would Is Your Favorite?

Regina Hall
Solange Knowles
Kat Graham
Lianne La Havas

Fly Friday 2/28 “The Meeting”

A fashion look from November 2013 featuring River Island skirts, Ivanka Trump pumps and Forever 21 shoulder bags. Browse and shop related looks.

The Color Purple “The Musical”

It finally came to Indianapolis, now I saw this when I was in Chicago, but it had nothing on this Indianapolis local cast we saw this past weekend. The Color Purple “The Musical” at The Athenaeum Theater, . I remember the first time my mother took me and my sister to see The Color Purple when it premiered in the box of 1985. So I was more than excited to return the favor and take her to the musical production. Also to support several of my close friends in this musical, I am sooo proud of all of them.

The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.

This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.

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Joyce Lycorish
Procucer The Color Purple “The Musical”
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Our Emcee Gloria Brown
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Starring Indy’s finest African American Talents including:
Deaon ‘Forever’ Smith as Mister
Makeda Grier as Celie
Erreol Robinson as Nettie
Izzy Amore as Harpo
Joyce Licorish as Sofia
Dee Dutchez Duvall as Shug Avery
Choreography by Iibada Dance Troupe

Directed Produced by Joyce Licorish

THE Color Purple
Based Upon The Novel Written By Alice Walker
And The Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion PICTURE
Book by Music and Lyrics by
MARSHA Norman Brenda Allee Stephen
Russell Willis Bray

The Color Purple was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones.
The world premiere of The Color Purple was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia

Family Photo(my sister, my niece & nephews, my mom, me)
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Izzy As “Harpo”, Tori (Makeup & Hair)
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Faith & My Beautiful Daughter
Behing The Scenes
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Me & My Girl Faith
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My Girl Dee & I
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Dee as “Shug Avery”
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Tell Your Story Today…You Are Black History!!!!


WOP Kickoff 2014

Hello All,
Last weekend was our WOP Kickoff 2014, Women Of Purpose Ministry at New Beginnings Fellowshiop Church in Indianpolis, IN. Of coarse I was the hostess with the mostess, but it was such a phenominal experience to see all these wonderful women come out and worship their womanhood and their purpose and to have Lady Tara (Pastor James Jackson’s wife) bless us with the word for the evening.
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Women Of Purpose….Is the women’s Ministry of New Begiinings fellowship Church. We are committed to the spirtual devlopment of the ladies in our minstry and those we serve. women of Purpose is led by first Lady tara Jackson and facilitated by Minister Ro Shaunda Harden and sister Sharon Jenkins. We are divinely created for a purpose!

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What Is WOP Love?
It is to love God, yourself, and others. It is founded on Luke 10:27 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul with all your strenth and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself.

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My Sista’s Business….Georgia Becker

 In Her Shoes  | Georgia head shot


While most 14-year-olds are idolizing celebs, watching television, and texting with friends, Georgia Becker decided she’d launch her own business. As the co-founder of, Georgia is letting her inner beauty maven shine with the development of a site that will change the way you search for beauty tutorials forever. With a social calendar that’s packed with everything from studying to sports, Georgia is quite the go-getter! Today, she sits down with In Her Shoes to talk about the inspiration behind, her beauty influences and the first woman she considered to be a beauty icon in her world:

In Her Shoes: Congrats on the launch of! What led to your decision to create the site?

Georgia: I just couldn’t handle the amount of time it took in order to find the right beauty tutorial video. It was also hard to find new videos to watch because every time I searched “everyday look” I’d have to go through let’s say 10 videos to find one that I like!

In Her Shoes: How exactly does this site differ from simply going to YouTube and searching for what I want?

Georgia: IWTL has a lot more filters that are specifically made for helping you find the perfect look; each filter has sub-filters and even within those sub-filters, there are sub-filters. Also, all the videos that we have on IWTL have been chosen by our team of curators. We’ve narrowed down the videos from YouTube, and chosen only the best.

In Her Shoes: How would you describe the girl/woman?

Georgia: She’s the woman that likes to get stuff done.

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Georgia’s mom, Jodie Patterson

In Her Shoes: Who is the first woman or girl you met that you consider to be a beauty icon or influencer?

Georgia: My mom is always trying to find new ways to tie together inner and outer beauty, and to put that balance in me, and all of the people around her. She is super determined and is one of the most stubborn people I know, which really helps her accomplish her goals.

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  In Her Shoes: What is a day like in Georgia Becker’s shoes?

Georgia: I normally have a pretty packed schedule that is mostly focused around school. My day starts at 7:15a which is when I get to school for yoga. I really love it because I start my day off calm (even though I often loose that calmness mid-day), then I go straight into my classes. I try to fill my schedule with as much of the arts as possible, so I took chorus, and I’m a part of an ensemble at my school. I just finished doing my dance concert, which was super fun, so now I’m doing my school musical, which happens almost everyday until 6p. After that I go home, eat, do my homework, and if I have time I’ll watch an episode of 90210 or Dawson’s Creek.

In Her Shoes: Who influences your beauty product purchasing decisions most?

Georgia: My family and friends are super influential on the person that I am and the person that I want to become. I’m also influenced obviously by models and actors but I have to watch myself because I know that what I see in the magazines isn’t actually real; it’s a new and “improved” version of the person who actually modeled for that job.

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In Her Shoes: What do you want women and girls to take away from each visit to

Georgia: I want going onto IWTL to be effortless and make getting ready for your date, or your prom, or even just a normal day  much less of a hassle.

In Her Shoes: Where can we find on social media?

Georgia: We have a tumblr which is and we post pics of some of our favorite looks of the moment or announce IWTL updates. You can also find us on Facebook!

In Her Shoes: What’s next for

Georgia: We are working on adding a fashion element to IWTL and adding even more filters as we go along. We’re also trying to move the gurus that post to YouTube over to IWTL. Overall, we just want IWTL to be a handy helper to get you through a busy day.


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Know Your BB’s, CC’s, DD’s Cream Review

All About Alphabet Creams. BB Creams, CC Creams For All Skin Tones

The first time I heard about BB Creams, it was from my friends familiar with the Asian beauty market. I had heard whispers about these miraculous balms, intended to mask imperfections while improving the quality of your skin. I remember wanting to try them, but word on the street was that BB creams weren’t made with deeper skin tones in mind. Remember the first wave of American BB creams? They came in like, three shades tops. If your skin could be described as anything deeper than ivory, you were fresh out of luck.

Now alphabet creams have come stateside in a big way, and the companies producing them know what we’re looking for – variety. There are  BB, CC, DD and combinations of the aforementioned for women all shades of beautiful.

First, let’s break them down by what they are and what they offer. And then I’ll tell you which ones I’ve tried, liked, and would recommend for you to try!

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BB Creams, CC Cream, DD Cream. What’s The Difference?

BB Cream – BB stands for “Beauty Balm,” or “Blemish Balm,” and they’re by far the most popular and requested of all the alphabet creams. It’s tinted moisturizer on steroids, and different blends promise different results. The standard BB Cream multitasks as a tinted moisturizer, a primer, a sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection, and an all-around anti-aging skin improving moisturizer. There’s a BB Cream to fit every skincare need, from anti-inflammatory blends to blemish coverage.

CC Cream – CC stands for “color corrector” or “coverage control” and these creams offer some of the benefits of a BB cream but in my experience the coverage is a bit denser and the skin-improving benefits are more specific. CC’s aim to correct color, reduce hyperpigmentation and discoloration, that sort of thing.

DD Cream – DD stands for “daily defense” or “dynamic do-all” and these claim to do everything the previous letters do, and add another level of anti-aging goodness. Usually there’s SPF protection involved.

Also worth mentioning – Beauty Flash Balm (BFB? IDK) a product made by Clarins that’s a primer/moisturizer/skin smoothing and tightening hybrid that promises to make you look less tired. (Good looking out, Refinery 29).

Let me tell you which ones could and should be on your radar, in alphabetical order (appropriate no?)

AJ Crimson BB+D Cream – renowned makeup artist AJ Crimson saw a need in the marketplace and aimed to fill it with his combo BB + D cream. It comes in 11 shades and truly caters for deeper skin tones. It doesn’t include an SPF, and I had some issues pumping the product out of the bottle (but that just be me). It’s a highly pigmented product that will work beautifully for women who thought this whole BB train was not for them. Don’t sleep on AJ Crimson!

Cover FX CC Cream – You guys already know that I stan for Cover FX, to the point of working with them to host events. There’s a reason. Their products work. I’m a fan of the CC cream, which glides on effortlessly and provides great all day coverage while attacking your hyperpigmentation situation. Felicia Walker-Benson of This That Beauty swears it improved hers! Cover FX’s CC currently comes in 9 shades, and in the summertime I was more of an X-Deep and now I’m just Deep. Hopefully that gives you an idea of their range.  If I’m running out the door to have a lunch meeting or daytime date, this is the product I reach for – it gives me the right level of coverage for my current skin concerns. And HEY BELLAS, Cover FX will be offering Afrobella readers free shipping with no minimum for the rest of 2013! Just enter the code “AFROBELLA” at check out!

Garnier BB Cream – Normally I’m not here for products that come in but three shades, but I can say that Garnier’s BB Cream is a pretty decent drugstore buy. The beautiful thing with a BB Cream is, if it doesn’t match your skin tone you can still use the product as a base or primer. I’m close to their Deep shade, but it sometimes looks a tad chalky on me so I warm it up with my MAC blot powder or Cover FX Matte Setting Powder. I like the texture and the staying power.

Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Crème – If you know anything about Iman, you probably know her history as a model led to the creation of her beauty brand. Finding herself surrounded by inept and unprepared makeup artists who had no idea what products to use on her skin, Iman found herself having to mix and make her own products. Her BB Crème comes in six shades, from Sand Light to Earth Deep. I’m a Clay Medium or Clay Medium Deep, and I really dig how lightweight the formula is. It’s light and buildable and gives the coverage I need to face the world. Winner.

Laura Geller Beauty BB Cream – Laura Geller’s BB comes in but four shades but it’s excellent as a primer and base if one of those shades doesn’t match you. What do I like about Laura Geller’s BB? It’s water resistant and includes a broad spectrum SPF. It’s a good base skin protectant, and gives light coverage for those seeking that. Having said that, I’m hoping they expand the shade range.

MAC Prep and Prime BB Cream – MAC didn’t enter the BB game half stepping. They took their entry seriously and considered the needs of their customer base. MAC’s BB comes in a tube or in a compact, and it comes in nine shades which can either be a great match, or need to be blended (as the author of NY Mag’s glowing piece touting MAC as the Supreme BB Cream discovered). I’m a fan of the formulation, it’s the right kind of thick for my coverage needs.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – This is probably the most well known of the drugstore brand BB’s, and with good reason. Maybelline got this formulation right. It’s light and moisturizing, and unlike many other drugstore BB’s, it comes in a few shades for us WOC. Of course with just five shades it could go deeper into our range of beautiful, but hopefully that will come in time. Nouveau Cheap has a really detailed review that breaks down all the whys and wherefores, and to me the salient point is that it doesn’t leave your skin with that unfortunate greyish cast that products of this nature so often do.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB CreamSmashbox usually knocks it out of the park and their Camera Ready BB Cream is a favorite of many people I know and respect. Smashbox’s formula is more matte than some of the others, and less moisturizing. What it lacks in moisture it makes up for in intentional oil control. If you’re seeking sheer coverage and mattifying primer awesomeness, try their formula first. PS: Smashbox also has a CC Cream, which promises awesome-sounding results when it comes to coverage and acne scar fading. Worth checking out!

There are quite a few other alphabet creams on my radar – Sleek and Gosh come most immediately to mind, but I wanted to speak to the varieties I’ve tried.

In summary, there are quite a few kinds of BB, CC, and DD creams out there, all ready for you to check out. Many of my makeup artist friends say they don’t love the alphabet creams because usually they prefer to use makeup as makeup and skincare as skincare, but for women in a hurry and on a budget, looking for a one-and-done type of skincare/cosmetic solution, it can be a godsend. And clearly from the proliferation of the products on the market, it’s a popular trend for a reason.

For more on BB’s, CC’s, and other alphabet creams, read on:

This That Beauty – BB Creams For All/ Bergdorf’s Behind the Buzz – BB Creams

This That Beauty – 5 CC Creams to Try

xoJane – The ABC’s of Beauty Creams

SheKnows – BB CC and DD Creams Explained

Nouveau Cheap for reviews of most drugstore BB Creams

Have you tried an alphabet cream yet, bellas? What’s your favorite kind?

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#Karen’sWorkingDivaTip: Healthy Snacks That Are Delicious


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Eating healthy isn’t always that easy for working divas on the go. Especially since most nutritious foods have a stigma for not tasting the best. Don’t worry ladies I have your back. Take a look at foods that are not only healthy, they taste great and you can eat most of them while you’re on the go. The best part is they are all under 250 calories!

  • Chlli Pecans
  • Chicken Wrap
  • Quickie Omelet
  • Spicy Hummus Dip and Cut Up Vegetables
  • Greek Yogurt With Flax Seeds
  • Parmesan Popcorn

Head over to “The Stir” for the full list.

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AWA Special! Everything You Need To Know About Mental Health. Experts Bring Facts To Amos, Community

Community Awareness

AM 1310: The Light

103060413 It’s a Special Edition of Afternoons with Amos on a subject I’ve never done in twenty years of talk show in Indianapolis. Mental Health!  It’s a subject people don’t like to talk about, especially in African-American communities.  But the incidence of mental health disease and disorders amongAfrican-Americans, young, adults and seniors is growing.  There’s a connection between mental illness and crime.  There’s a connection between student diagnoses with ADHD and mental health.  But for many in the African-American community, there’s deep misunderstanding or no understanding of mental health – what it is, how its treated, who treats it, diversity among professionals who treat mental health and work with persons with mental health issues.  To break down those barriers and myths, Afternoons with Amos devoted an entire program to exploring mental health in Indianapolis. What it is and what help is available for the community.  Different aspects of mental health were…

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