Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Quincy Jones - A true music legend.


❤️ Quincy Jones ❤️
This man is a giant among men and creative genius! His mama sure knew what she was doing when she named him ‘DELIGHT’, because bwoy has he delighted us over the years! 

Thursday, 14 March 2019


I recently watched this movie on Netflix and really enjoyed it. The film, which stars Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo (who played Dr. Marthin Luther King in 'Selma'), is set in the slums of Katwe, Uganda. Lupita plays the poverty stricken, struggling single mother of nine year old Phiona Mutesi and her siblings.

Phiona discovers chess, taught by local charity worker David Oyelowo, and learns to play. She soon becomes a local, regional, national and ultimately international chess champion - becoming a Woman Candidate Master, after her victories at World Chess Olympiads. Check out the trailer below:

This is a common (and sadly well-founded) complaint within the ‘community’ 😔 . ..... so I was literally bursting at the seams when I heard about DENZEL and his quiet support for budding black directors ... actors etc. ❤️❤️ 



This woman is all kinds of awesome!

Introducing you to Senator Stephanie Flowers - the fearless senator of Arkansas who spoke out against the 'Stand Your Ground' law which was responsible for initially preventing 17 year old Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, from being arrested or charged ... and ultimately led to the killer being acquitted of murder or manslaughter!!

Friday, 8 February 2019

Black Men and Relationships





To watch what Future has to say about his relationships and his regrets about them....Click on the 'read more' link below.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Kindred - Octavia E Butler


Honestly! Where to start?! What a fascinating read! Just finished reading this book and what an experience it was. . I was kind of nervous about this book as I don’t ordinarily purposely consume things that I think I’m going to have a bad reaction to.... and issues concerning slavery tend to make me react badly! But the synopsis of the book made me curious and gave me hope.

I’m grateful I didn’t chicken out because I found it to be fascinating... engaging... thought provoking.... informative ... but the main feeling I had when I read this book was CONFUSION!!! 

Monday, 10 December 2018

The Beauty That Is...


I do not know who is responsible for this work of art, but I stumbled upon it today and it just caught me! It's by no means perfect artistically (not that I know anything about art), I mean the shoulders appear to be disproportionate to the face etc... but I just love this image and the way that it makes me feel as a brown skinned woman. The subject is so beautiful. I love the expression on her face... I read it to be strong and confident.... bold and unashamed. I dunno... I just like it.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

AfroTeez - I like these tees


I stumbled across these cute T shirts the other day and really liked them. I am not one for printing Africa all over my clothes or covering myself in Ankara, Kente or any other African print from head to toe, but I liked these tees.

The Bride Price - Buchi Emecheta



The Bride Price is the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo (south eastern Nigeria) girl, and Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave. They are drawn together despite the obstacles standing between them and their happiness, defying even the traditions of tribal life. 

Finally, I get round to writing about this book. It's 06:13 in the morning and this little corner of the world is still sleeping... the perfect (much needed) quiet time to write about a book.

Monday, 29 October 2018

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives - Lola Shoneyin

'Meet the man of the house. Plump and prosperous, he has seven children, but his desire for more just might be his undoing. And his wives: The first will stop at nothing to rule the house. The second is shy and timid - her life is shadowed by fear. The third is a schemer with crimson lips and expensive tastes. And the fourth doesn't know it, but she has the power to unmask them all.'  

Okay... so I am fully into my African fiction now and am walking around like the cat that got the cream knowing that I always have something to look forward to, i.e the end of the day when I draw my curtains, turn on the lamps, get a hot drink (winter is coming good people ), and slump onto my couch with my latest book! Bliss!!!! At the moment, that book is 'The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's wives', by Lola Shoneyin. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Joys of Motherhood - Buchi Emecheta




I can't even remember what lead me to this book, but I am grateful for whatever it was because this is now one of my favourite books. This beautiful little book, first published in London in 1979 has not only whet my appetite, but completely drenched my appetite for books written by and about Africans.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Music: Wizkid ‘Soco'


Afrobeats is my guilty pleasure and boy do I enjoy it. My latest Afrobeats addiction is the recently released Wizkid track 'Soco'.  What does 'Soco' mean? Please tell me if you know cos I don't have a scooby doo, but like with most music that I enjoy, it's the sound... the beat and arrangement.. the way it makes me feel. I generally don't hear lyrics so... forgive me if I am not a true music lover but that's just me! Lol! I don't know what it is - maybe it's the African in me that recognises its own, but I literally can't get enough of Afrobeats and this track.... I have literally had it (along with pretty much anything Davido) on repeat whenever I am in the kitchen cooking and I need something to keep me happy and distracted for the unavoidable amount of time (too long) that I spend in there... (I got kids to feed man!).

Clearly I am not alone in loving this track. It was released on 26 March 2018, and as of this moment (less than a month later) the video for it has already been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube; nice bit of change for Wizkid ;). Man, I need to start a YouTube channel quick!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Maria Borges: Simply beautiful!


If like me you are extremely busy, or have lived on Mars for the last few years, then you too might not have heard of this beautiful Angolan model. Maria Borges, who had already been building quite a name for herself in the fashion in industry, received celebrity status when she walked Victoria Secret's 2015 runway with natural hair. Doesn't she look amazing?! Makes me want to cut my hair again... and grow my edges (lol!). Honestly speaking, she looks so much better than when she walked the runway with the signature wavy weave... 

Check out some pics of her below, along with a few links to relevant articles about her. 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Positive Self-Image: A different kind of doll!


One should never underestimate the power of positive self-image and identity. When you are directly or indirectly told from a very young age, that you skin colour is 'bad. naughty, criminal, ugly' in most cases this remains as a subconscious belief! Check out the heart breaking experiment below where nearly every single black and non-black child pointed to the black doll as 'evil, wicked, bad, naughty, ugly etc.'! Even when you already know, it's still quite overwhelming to watch first hand the power and effect of silent yet insidious social conditioning; especially on young children!! Armed with such knowledge, I believe that it is the duty of every black parent to ensure that black children (especially in the diaspora) are NOURISHED with positive self-image; something as simple as a beautiful and authentic looking black doll...'that looks like me...

Dr. Hadiyah Nicole Green

I believe that is so important for young girls (and boys) to see women like them and their mothers/sisters/aunties etc. aspiring and ACHIEVING! I am so proud of black women like Dr. Hadiyah Nicole Green who is undoubtedly a role model, that blazes a trail for NOT ONLY black girls (and boys), but for all young people. I'm so greatly inspired by her; check out what this amazing sister is achieving in the field of medicine!


Monday, 27 June 2016

Jesse Williams Dedicates His Award To Black Women!


Why am I just finding out about this man.... Jesse Williams.... My goodness!!!

Okay, so we all know that I am not the most current person, but even I am shocked at my seriously bad level of 'cluelessness' when it comes to this human being! I mean WHO IS THIS MAN? 

So this morning, on doing my daily 'news briefing', I am met by a post on FB (noooo not stalking... FB is great for news too people, especially news not necessarily/promptly reported by mainstream media aka 'Black' related news) linking me to an acceptance speech (humanitarian award) by the man you see above - Jesse Williams. 

I confess, before actually knowing what I was about to see/hear, shallow me probably decided to watch the video because this man is 'hot as hell'... I mean... Good Morning! Come on now... you know... but how glad I am that I did. A few seconds after I hit play (and some brain returned), his 'hotness' took seat to his profound words on the issue of Black Lives Matter! A matter that affects all black people whether we want to acknowledge it or not! His special acknowledgement of black women is something many black woman would appreciate hearing. His speech was eloquent, articulate, inspiring, honest, and powerful! Bravo Jesse Williams!

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Reflections Of Me in the Media



So it's been a minute. What can I say? Life! And boy what a life it has been? Nuff said; suffice to say that I have missed BlackCleopatra... and I am hoping to get back on top of things... ASAP. I'm getting there! In the mean time, I thought I should mention some of the magazines that I subscribe to and ask what other black women out there are reading. 

I don't know about you, but as much as I enjoy reading my UK and US mainstream fashion, celebrity and gossip mags most black women know that we are generally under-represented (visually and culturally) in such mainstream magazines. And yes, whilst I know that women of all races share similar issues irrespective of race/ethnicity etc, there are some issues that are strictly relevant to black women that aren't touched upon at all/significantly AND/OR from our perspective, in such mags. PLUS, there is something about me that just finds comfort in seeing people that look like me in the magazines that I am reading! It is what it is! I make no apologies! 

So, my reading list is quite varied... not that I have much time to read anything that doesn't lead to income these days! So, in the spirit of sharing, I thought I would mention some of the black women focused mags that I currently subscribe to, and invite you to share the ones that you read (and why). Et voila... here are mine...

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Broderick Hunter: Special place in my heart for my dark skin girls... Yay!


Could I love Broderick Hunter any more at this particular moment in time?! Er... No!

I stand with Broderick here when he states that this is not a 'how much melanin do you have' issue: for him it's preference (nice to be preferred for a change), for me, it's appreciation and validation... kinda!

Like so many have stated on this little debate, it's not that dark skinned black women are better than any other shade, or that a comparison is even relevant or required... it's more an issue of the fact that in the black community (and Asian and Arab etc...) dark skin girls and women generally get sidelined and indirectly told that they are not beautiful. I mean you just need to see the bleaching cream ads - 'perfect white' etc.!!!

Friday, 29 April 2016

The ‘stubborn' black women and why she won't submit...



Black women everywhere.... this is a roll a call o! I am in love with the mind of a man called Ebrahim Aseem and trust me, if you get to know him, you will love him too.... if you don't already! Honestly, if you need a bit of uplifting; to hear a man truly appreciate a woman; to hear a man express what you already know to be TRUTH about women; to understand why soooo many black men (disclaimer: NOT ALL!!) act like complete numbskulls, then pleeeease read what this black man has to say.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Learn from Ciara girls - Choose your man wisely!


Okay so this post right here brought me out of my recent coma! I just had to post - exhausted or not! So... which living person on earth has not heard that Ciara said YES!! Yeees, she said yes! This is no longer news as the YES pics have gone viral in the last few days. Personally when I heard the news, I was so excited for her and Russell Wilson. I mean who isn't happy to see love? Love sweet love! But deeper than that, I was  genuinely happy for Ciara. Okay so I dont know her personally, but anybody who knows anything about what she appears to have/has been through recently on account of her ex and father or her child Future, would feel genuine happiness for her too.

Like I said, I don't know the in and outs of their relationship, and yes there are always two sides to every story, but it just seems to me that whatever the case may be, whether a celebrity or women that I do know personally, there just aren't enough happy endings for black women. So you see, seeing a sistah who has been through so much (public) heartache, eventually being loved, publicly celebrated and coming out on top... kinda brings joyful tears to my eyes. YES CIARA! YES RUSSELL WILSON! YEEEEEES LOVE! LOL! 

Anyhooo, so the good news aside, what really struck me today was a post about Ciara's engagement that I stumbled upon on Facebook earlier. You know how they say that a picture speaks a thousand words... well the picture above spoke volumes to me before I even read the caption! One woman two men and the difference couldn't be clearer!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Good people.... I have fallen in love! Yes, I am besotted and can't sleep, eat or do anything other than find the next opportunity to put everything down and just spend some quality time with my new beau ... book! Yep! That's right, I said BOOK! 

If, like me, you are a bit of a bookworm, then clearly there is no need to explain.... you instantly understand that amazing feeling that you get when you settle into a new book that just touches you in all the right places. Since opening the first Kindle page of 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Adichie, I have rediscovered that warm, satisfying feeling that you only get from reading a good book! You know when you just want it to last... and last... and last... Lol!  I have smiled (a lot), laughed out loud, self-reflected and generally pondered life whilst reading this book and I have not even finished reading it yet...

Thursday, 7 January 2016

YES GIRLS! BE BOSSY!




















































I stumbled upon this picture yesterday and it instantly made me smile for obvious reasons. For a while now, I have been meaning to do a series of posts on black women and business, and this will happen in due to time, but in the interim, as it is the start of a new year, I hope that this picture inspires some ladies out there to go ahead and be the boss this year! I surely plan to.... See you on the other side girls? Let's make this year matter....

Thanks for reading...

BlackCleopatra

New Year... New Natural Skin Care Regime


My time in Nigeria has really made me think about my skin care regime! To be honest, even before I left the freezing shores of the UK, I had started to think more about the products that I was/should be using on my skin. Although I would not say that I was particularly loyal to any brand, I did tend to use the same old products; more out of habit than for the supposed benefits I thought I was deriving from them. However, being in Nigeria, without easy access to my regular products, has forced me to rethink about how to take care of my skin... and hair. I guess my whole beauty regime (if I ever really had one) has had a rejig... for the better!


So, when preparing for my winter escape, I packed enough of my regular products that would hopefully see me through the period! However, at the back of my mind, I kinda wanted to go local and find out what people on ground were using! I mean, at the end of the day, I was returning to an environment that my skin was naturally made for right! So, really, why should I even have to pack any skin care products at all? The majority of African women don't have access to all of the fancy (chemically constructed/enhanced ) products that we in the west do, and their skin generally looks glorious; so why bring my 'Jergens' and 'Palmolive' to the land of original coconut oil, shea butter, and black soap! I mean helllooooooo?

Monday, 21 December 2015

Nigerian Bridal Fashion

Credit: BMB Photography
So in my last post I told you that I was in Nigeria... Well I am still here! This place is a blogger's paradise! My senses are literally overwhelmed by everything around me. There is literally too much to talk about. However as far as black women are concerned, I just wanted to share something that I find really beautiful about Nigerian culture... Nigerian bridal fashion.

Credit: BMB Photography


I came across the images above a while ago and was instantly transfixed by not only the beauty of the bride, but by her outfit - which is just stunning! This particular bride (Amina 'Mimi' Suleiman) is from the Hausa/Fulani tribe of the northern part of Nigeria, and these pictures were taken during the conveyance stage (where the bride officially leaves her father's house for her new home) of her wedding in February this year.

With over 300 tribes in Nigeria, each with it's own respective traditional bridal wear, it would be a tall order to represent all of them in this post (as much as I would love to). However, Mimi's stunning wedding pictures, showing her wear outfits from the  Hausa and Yoruba (two of the three main Nigerian tribes) cultures, give you an idea of the kind of elegance, richness and exquisite beauty that a modern day Nigerian bride can display on her big day.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Let's Talk About Nigerian Women

Okay so I recently spoke about the fact that I have been unavoidably busy for the last couple of weeks, but what I failed to mention is that the reason that I have been so busy is because I have picked up and flown south for the winter! Bye bye wet, dark, damp and freezing cold London... hello sunny, hot & humid Lagos! That's Lagos Nigeria... not Lagos Portugal! Two veeeeeery different places! Lol!

Nigeria is home to the largest black population in the world and BlackCleopatra could not be happier to be on ground to witness what Nigerian women are all about! Fashion, beauty, hair, culture etc... I feel like a kid in a candy store sapping it all up and taking it all in. The vibrancy... the richness, the culture, the beauty! Don't get it twisted... there is plenty, (in fact way too much) heartbreaking poverty and misery... (but that is for a different blog), but as far as afro hair, beauty and fashion are concerned... Nigerian women are on top of their game!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

#iwillnotapologizeforbeingdarkskin


So straight off the back of my last post (here), I wanted to quickly acknowledge a hash tag that has been trending on Twitter for a few days now... 

 #iwillnotapologizeforbeingdarkskin

Now I don't know where it all started or what sparked it all off, however despite what anyone may say or think about such hash tags, just by reading some of the tweets and the number of retweets (I hope I am getting the lingo right otherwise my younger cousins will be SO embarrassed) it is clear that self-affirming messages like this do have a place within the black community!

I don't want to go into the politics of it now (too late in the night), but just to appreciate the positivity and  solidarity (which we need more of) and lend my voice to it. I am loving some of the gorgeous pics (men and women) and tweets being uploaded!  Check out some below or simply get on Twitter.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Dear Melaninaire: An Ode To Dark Skinned Sistas

Please wait a minute whilst I dust the cobwebs off my laptop! It has been a super long minute... and boy has life changed in that minute! As in... you really cannot imagine! Suffice to say that I have been unavoidably busy and BC has had to take a major back seat! I shall reveal more in time... But things are getting back to normal and I whilst I am desperately trying to get back into the swing of things, there is just a little something that I stumbled across on Facebook tonight that made me smile and I wanted to share with my beautiful dark skinned sistas. I hope it makes you smile too...

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wigs: Bad Ass Beshe!! .... If you like the natural look...

Forgive the play on words but I couldn't help it! Cos this unit is truly bad ass! The Lace Wig (LW) Drew by BESHE is one of those units that anybody who knows anything about wigs has heard of. Everybody and their mama has tried BESHE: Drew... I would go as far as to say that she is probably one of the most reviewed synthetic units on YouTube. So of course I needed to get in on the action!

I first heard about the BESHE: Drew about two years ago, when watching a wig review by Ebony at ColouredBeautiful. Ebony is so pretty and makes every unit look amazing with her annoyingly fine self and customisation skills. The review was one that she uploaded on YouTube back in June 2013 where she modelled four amazing new BESHE: Drew units in crazy bold colours. Check out the review below. The units are so cute! But are now extinct so don't get too excited! Just appreciate what once was.., sigh!


Now call me a wild child but it was these reviews that sold me on the BESHE: Drew. The units looked so good on her and as a naturalista, I was really excited about purchasing units that although not the same as my hair texture, had a natural look and feel to them. So... based on her reviews I went ahead and purchased a couple of the BESHE: Drew units.

For those of you who aren't as bold, and for the sake of comparison, Ebony first uploaded a review of the original BESHE: Drew wig back in March 2011. Check out that review below.

Who Remembers Fashion Fair?! My First Foray Into Make-up....



How many of you ladies remember Fashion Fair? Even if you never actually used it, as a black woman the picture above must conjure up some memories no?! Circa 1973 -2008?? If not you, it might have been your mum, an aunty, an elder sister or another older black woman... but somewhere somehow as a black girl you must have come across Fashion Fair.

Fashion Fair is my very first memory of make-up! I remember my mum and ALL my 'aunties' used Fashion Fair back in the day and so for me, when I started using make-up as a teen and even into my early 20's, the brand that I naturally reached out for was Fashion Fair! Back then, it was THE brand of cosmetics for women of colour... you could walk into any top department store and you would see that beautiful pink Fashion Fair counter with all those glamorous looking beautiful black women 'made over' to perfection.

I really don't  remember when I made the switch and started using the current more popular brands such as MAC, but somehow Fashion Fair slowly disappeared from view and from our minds. It's kind of sad really because Fashion Fair was such a pioneer for black women and cosmetics and such a prominent part of our culture as black women. So what happened?






With new sexy branding and a wider range of products, is it too late for Fashion Fair to reclaim it's place as the cosmetics brand of choice for black women? Would you use Fashion Fair?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Black Girls ThrowBack! - This Will Make You Smile...


Hello Beautiful People... Now I don't know about you but there is nothing like a good 'old school' tune to take you back to the 'good ol' days'! Gees.. I am at risk of revealing my age here but I stumbled across a recent (May 2015) BET performance today where Brandy, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Yo Yo all came together again to perform the remix of Brandy's classic 1994 hit tune 'I wanna be down'!!! Do you remember it? Oh my days! I love these women and they all still look so damn good... it really 'don't crack'! When I watched it this morning, it took me right back to my erm... younger days... and I bounced out of bed feeling like I was a teen again (PLEASE don't try and do the math THANK YOU! :p). If this music is from your era, please watch, reminisce, and enjoy.... If not... please watch and learn about when music was music! LOL! I sound like my mum!!!

For those who really wanna go back in time, you can watch the original 1994 video below. Enjoy... :)


Monday, 21 September 2015

The Emmy's 2015: Women of Colour & Opportunity


If you are in the UK, you might have, like me, woken up to the joyful news that not one, not two, but three extremely talented black women were appreciated and rewarded for their amazing acting contributions to television in the USA. Yes! The Emmy Awards: Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Regina King were awarded for Outstanding Lead Actresses in a Drama, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series respectively.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Oh Lupita!... A class act!!


Lupita Lupita Lupiiiiitaaaaaa! YAAAS! This beautiful black woman has graced the cover of Vogue for the SECOND time and she looks stunning as always; representing black beauty with such elegance, grace and style. The Kenyan beauty who in 2014 was named 'The Most Beautiful Woman' by People magazine, and 'Woman of the Year' by Glamour magazine can be seen in the October issue of Vogue sampling Fall couture... and boy does she sample the hell out of that couture. Read on to see some of the pics...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Happy Birthday Chimamanda!!!!

Rename me 'LateCleopatra' if you will, but I could not let the day go by without wishing one of my favourite women a very happy birthday! Although now it is the 16th September here in the UK, there are still places in the world where at this precise moment it is still the 15th September and so I'll take that opportunity to wish Chimamanda Adichie a very very happy birthday.

For those of you who do not know who this amazing woman is: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African_literature."

Among some of her most well known titles are 'Half Of A Yellow Sun', 'Purple Hibiscus' and most recently 'Americanah'.

Adichie spoke on being a feminist for TEDxEuston in December 2012, with her speech entitled, "We should all be feminists". The speech was sampled for the 2013 "Flawless (Beyoncé Knowles song). The parts significantly contribute to the song lyrics that Adichie takes on the description of featuring artiste on the track:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: "You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man"
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

The Afro &Twist Comb: Naturalistas... You Need To Check This Out!


If you are a black man or woman with natural hair... you need to be reading this post! 

Okay so as a blogger, I get lots of people sending me information about various products and services that might be relevant to the black community. If I had the time, I would probably write about most of them, because to be honest there are many amazing products and services out there that I am sure the community would love to know about. Slowly slowly... but today I am introducing a product to you that was brought to my attention a few weeks ago. To be very honest (sorry Ese) I kind of put it on the back burner since I got it because I have been tucking my natural hair away for about a month now... and ideally, I really would prefer to actually test a product out before extolling its virtues... or not. Well tonight, I tested the Afro & Twist Comb and let me tell you.... I kinda like it.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

GIRL DON'T DATE HIM!!! Apps for girls to review guys!!!

LADIES LADIES LADIES!!!! This is for you... but guys you should read too... cos it's about y'all!

Okay, so a very good friend of mine has been going through some pretty horrible relationship issues for a while now, with a man she has been in a relationship and loved for over 10 years and now has two young children with. Turns out he was living a double life 'his words' and had multiple simultaneous relationships... one lasting three years... whilst with her (??!!!). As a woman who has had my fair share (and some) of man crap, my heart literally breaks whenever I think about what she is going through. I don't mean to man bash, but some guys just ain't right!!! As women, like us, I am sure that most, if not all of you ladies have had some horrible 'situation' with a guy that is by all accounts... newsworthy... for all the wrong reasons! He didn't tell me he was married... I didn't know he was bisexual... he never told me he had been to prison.... he lied to me about his age/qualifications/identity... he has abusive tendencies...he is addicted to pornography, the list goes on. I tell you... some of the things that I hear during girl talk would send you straight to a convent! I don't have daughters, but I shudder to think what kinda guys are out there for the young girls today! Lord help them!

Friday, 4 September 2015

HAPPY 34TH BIRTHDAY BEYONCÉ!


Just a quick shout out to our very own Queen B who celebrates her 34th birthday today.

Come on... Who does not love Beyoncé? From the early days of Destiny's Child when I was a young college student and used to wiggle my (then) teeny pre-baby body to 'No No No' ..... to 'sharing' the experience of pregnancy and motherhood with her in recent years (our kids are around the same age), I have always respected and admired Beyonzzz (as my mum calls her).

Monday, 31 August 2015

Bae: ‘Tinder' For The Black Community?!





Please... nobody needs to remind me that I am getting on in life... It's not that I am getting wrinkles, or crows feet or any of that stuff (do black people even get crows feet?). No sir! Hellooo... melanin rich here! No no no... physically, I'm good. I give the good Lord thanks. I'm talking about socially old... no amount of melanin is gonna fix that. I don't know about you, but being too lazy to go check the urban dictionary, I am one of those people who had to discreetly pull a younger family member to one side and whisper 'ok so what's the deal with this BAE stuff?'. And you don't even wanna know how I pronounced it. But now I'm good... up to speed. So when I discovered this new Bae app... I am very pleased to say that I kinda got the drift of the app straight off the bat. YES! Still cool! ;)

Oh! And for those of you who still don't know.... Bae means... Before Anyone Else... *she says proudly whilst flicking (wig) hair back*. :)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Europe's Black Princesses


OMG! I am sooooo late on this! So somehow during my daily nosing around last week, I discovered an incredible fact! That fact is called Her Serene Highness Princess Angela of Lichtenstein: The Afro Panamanian fashion designer who met and MARRIED a European prince, HSH Prince Maxamillian of Lichtenstein, who is 11 YEARS HER JUNIOR! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!! The beautiful couple are proud parents to HSH Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein and recently celebrated their 15 year wedding anniversary in January this year. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Whilst researching Princess Angela, I discovered that she is not the only black 'noble lady' in Europe, and in fact there are quite a few black women who are married into royal families across Europe! Including right here in the United Kingdom!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? This is too much! LOL!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sisters Supporting Sisters: Linda Ikeji gives N5 Million to Support Fellow Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs


NOW THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! 

Back in January this year, Linda Ikeji (widely considered to be Nigeria's most popular blogger) launched her 'I'd Rather Be Self-Made' project' which she first told her readers about back in 2013. 

With this project, Linda pledged to 'personally mentor young girls with dreams and aspirations and help some of them start up small scale businesses...... ‘I'd Rather Be Self-made' is not a foundation, or an organization... it's just me and some young ladies meeting whenever we can, inspire each other, exchange business ideas, and if I feel someone has a great business idea and it's not going to cost too much to start the business, I will personally finance it. Not as a loan, it's 100% to the person. I'm looking at N250k to N1million per person, depending on how great the business idea is. If you need less, you will get the money faster...:-). I'll also use LIB to promote your businesses. All I want in return is for you to work hard, make a success of your business and pay it forward...i.e help others. And if you ever see me on the street after you make it, you can say hello or give me a hug...:-)

Monday, 24 August 2015

#BC Man Crush: Getting To Know Mawuli Gavor


As any of you who live here will know, we have had a crap summer in the UK this year (what's new?), and with the dearth of hot guys to look at (i.e. BC Man Crushes), summer has not only been dark and dull... but oh so cold! *brrrrrrr*. Then, like a ray of sunshine piercing through those dark clouds came my latest and long overdue BC Man Crush! Not only has he warmed my heart with his smile and obvious good looks, he truly warmed my soul when he was not only gracious enough to spare me some time out of his busy schedule, but also turned out to be a super nice guy! HOT and humble???! This must mean that Big Foot, Nessie (the Loch Ness monster) and the tooth fairy might all actually exist after all.. lol!

Black Girls on Front Pages! Well I declare....



Okay so I don't know if you are aware, but there has been a lot of talk recently about black women appearing on the covers of magazines. Now, although black women fronting mainstream magazine covers is not a frequent occurrence generally, it does happen every now and then. This recent buzz however is down to two things (1) The number of black women simultaneously appearing on mainstream magazine covers, and more importantly (2) The fact that these covers appear on the September/Fall issues of their respective magazines. Now I am by no means a fashionista, but apparently the September/Fall issue is popularly considered to be the most highly regarded issue of a year! This thereby crowning our very own (already Queen Bee) Beyonce with the title of first African American woman to grace the cover of the Fall issue of the almighty Vogue! Now ya see the big deal..., Yay? Nay?

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Wigs: I need a new look: Hello Juuuuulie!

Okay so I have reached a temporary plateau with my natural hair. Don't get me wrong, I am still very much loving au natural moi, but my TWA is currently in this weird length stage and I am just not feeling it. Just keeping it real. In addition, to be honest, as I anticipated, I am kinda booored stiff of seeing my round face everyday in the mirror and need some kind of frame to change up my look for a bit.... so I have opted for some wig time fun! The unit that I am modelling in the pic above is called Juuuulie (Okay it's called 'Julie'... I just can't say the word 'Julie' without stressing the uuuuuu... I'm weird like that sorry!) So yes, it's Julie by Freetress and apparently people think it's quite nice. I put it up as my Whatsapp profile pic and got quite a bit of love: Thank you people! So, as 'sharing is caring', for anyone who is interested in the unit and wants to try it out... again... it's called Juuuuuulie and its by Freetress Equal.

Honestly speaking, I LOVE this unit! A friend introduced me to it a few months ago and it looked so good on her that I just had to try it out myself. Not only does the unit look beautiful (on everyone I have seen it on), my friend wore hers for aaages and every time I saw her it still looked good...hence economical too lol! 


Monday, 3 August 2015

Why are Black Women Considered Unattractive


Please don't ask me how I come across these things... I just do! But I stumbled across a YouTube video a few months ago entitled 'Why are Black Women Considered Unattractive' and I wanted to share it with you. The video was uploaded in December 2014 by OnisionSpeaks,  and so far it has had 620,770 views. The 4:56 minute video itself is interesting and entertaining, but as always, its the comments that I tend to find even more engaging! From men (black AND white) who only date/ have a preference for black women, to those who agree with the title, to black women themselves applauding the video...

Monday, 27 July 2015

‘Pretty': Docuseries Exploring What Beauty Means To Black Women Around The World


Recently I stumbled across an interesting docuseries on YouTube called Pretty'. The series started in January and it basically looks at what beauty means to black women from around the world.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Show some love for our Bryan....


Ladies, you gotta support your man right! Okay so in that vein I need to show some support for my Bryan... okay okay he's not mine really, only in my dreams (*sigh*), but THAT my dear friends is enough to show this brother some love. Now for any of you who do not remember Bryan by name.... cos ya'll were to busy staring at his pecs.... he is one of BlackCleopatra's Man Crushes (see here). And as such, he gets nothing but 100% love and support. With that said, I am proud to announce that beautiful Bryan, has just been nominated as BEST NEW ACTOR by City People Entertainment Awards 2015. Yay! That's a big deal people and we want him to bring that award home... Please show him some love by voting using the details in the picture above. We love you Bryan.... go get it!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Funny ha ha ... but for real tho?!!!!


So this is not a new picture, as it has been circulating around the websphere for a while now and I am sure like me, that many people have seen it before, but it was the caption on this particular version that caught my attention and made me burst out laughing...'I thought she was being kidnapped' LOL!!! After I had my fill of laughter, I actually sat back shook my head and asked myself... WHYYYYYYY? Why do black women blessed with such naturally beautiful, age defying, melanin rich, dark skin do this?! I do not want to come over all Judge Judy, but this issue is one that actually really pains me! 

Nykhor dun did it again!



My dear Nykhor Paul has done it again. If once wasn't enough, she surely aimed to hit the nail on the head this time...and good for her! Today, Nykhor sent out another message to 'Dear white people in the fashion world' via her Instagram account. The message was just as long as her earlier message that I posted about recently (here) but this time she seemed to be addressing accusations levelled at her of being a racist!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Lose Weight With Channel 4 TV Show!




Hello ladies..... So on this weight loss and fitness tip, I have a little announcement for any of you who, like me, are trying to achieve their body ambitions.

I received an email today from a Senior Casting Producer for a Channel 4 show....