My Nola Life: Growing up Tall, Dark-Skinned with Nappy Hair

The issues I had with being defined as “Dark and Ugly” came from people outside our family in the beginning. I was darker one in my family and if subconsciously and if possible in the womb I knew the prettiest girls were lighter with so-called good hair and not girls who looked like me. I wouldn’t truly understand that being dark-skinned with nappy hair meant something bad and ugly until I started school. My short afro puff ponytails were mocked and ridiculed along with my chocolate-colored skin. This would be the beginning of a long journey of questioning who I was, searching for validation, depression all because I was trained to believe that the color of my skin and texture of my hair wasn’t good enough or acceptable, which in turn made me worthless to the world so I thought.

Being the tallest, darkest and nappiest girl was difficult, but it got better, much better. It was like one day I went to the mirror on the wall and she responded, “Girl, the dark-skinned, nappy-headed tall girls are IN! You made it Sista, you are now included in the most beautiful of them all!” I am a Swan now and I have been basking in my lil pond celebrating Me without splashing water on my haters. I actually let them swim with me!

Seriously though, I believe it’s because we became aware of what we were doing to each other. We realized that we fell for the hype of European beauty standards that we allowed it to divide us for years.  Continue reading My Nola Life: Growing up Tall, Dark-Skinned with Nappy Hair

Free and Low-Cost Mammograms in New Orleans

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the time of year women are encouraged to get a breast health checkup. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Let’s lessen that number by taking preventive measures and educating ourselves about ourselves, our body.  Get informed and take charge of your health. One out of eight women in the United States will have … Continue reading Free and Low-Cost Mammograms in New Orleans

Nola Chic in Chicago: Lunch at Ricobene’s

On the set of Empire today I met two wonderful ladies, both beautiful inside and out with wonderful spirits and personalities. I actually hung out with one of them after we left the set. Before I go on let me add that she is one of the coolest chics I have met, plus she reminded me of Shana, age, style, and vibe. Super fun, a … Continue reading Nola Chic in Chicago: Lunch at Ricobene’s

Remembering my baby girl, My’Tae Antionette. Shame and embarrassment silenced me from saying her name.

This will be my first time speaking of this ever in life, and as I share, I hope I can free myself from twenty-eight years of guilt and pain. I have asked God and My’Tae for forgiveness, and some years ago, I had the same dream about being pregnant, giving birth, and burying my baby over and over again. A voice told me I was too young to know what was going on with my body, nor did I have a clue about sex, and that I had been forgiven at the very moment I was going through it. It helped some, but still… Continue reading Remembering my baby girl, My’Tae Antionette. Shame and embarrassment silenced me from saying her name.

New Orleans Native Stacey Muhammad takes a seat in the Director’s Chair on “Queen Sugar” on the OWN Network

New Orleans native Stacey M. is an award-winning writer and director with an impressive slate of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed work that has screened before audiences worldwide. Continue reading New Orleans Native Stacey Muhammad takes a seat in the Director’s Chair on “Queen Sugar” on the OWN Network

Local Entreprenuer honors her murdered sister’s birthday with the gift of starting her own business and naming it after her: Chiquita Miracle Works & Snack Shack

In October of last year, it was coming up to my late sister Chiquita Tate’s birthday. I asked God to give me something different to do in her honor, and he told me to sale the cleaning supplies I had recently created. I then sought confirmation three times, and each time I got the same response On her birthday, October 15th, I launched Chiquita’s Miracle Works. And the supplies do perform miracles. Continue reading Local Entreprenuer honors her murdered sister’s birthday with the gift of starting her own business and naming it after her: Chiquita Miracle Works & Snack Shack

The Nola Chic is a proud Sister Boardmember of Esther’s House & request your support on this GiveNola Day

Changing Lives & Repairing Broken Souls at EHH Inc. Help Esther’s Haven House make a difference and get those who are struggling back on their feet. We are meeting a wide range of needs in the New Orleans, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, area. Our goal is to take broken souls, repair them, and help get them back on the right track. Inspired by Queen Esther, … Continue reading The Nola Chic is a proud Sister Boardmember of Esther’s House & request your support on this GiveNola Day

The Helena Alexander Lupus Awareness Foundation is hosting it’s 3rd Annual 3-Mile Walk

The Helena Alexander Lupus Awareness Foundation is hosting their 3rd Annual 3-Mile Walk on May 18, 2019 9:00 am in Audubon Park at Magazine st. New Orleans, LA

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Sponsored by Helena Alexander

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The Helena Alexander Lupus Awareness Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Lupus Survivor Helena Alexander. The foundation promotes awareness for Lupus in New Orleans, Louisiana with the promise to educate everyone around the world about the disease.
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You can get with this or you can get with that! The Copy Cat’s Sephora and Moschino or Supa’s orginal The Crayon Case? I Choose to not shop at Sephora.

I sadly report that the mega-million dollars Sephora has a partner with Moschino to create a makeup line that New Orleans own Raynell Steward created and launched in 2017 entitled “The Crayon Case.” After years of working as a waitress and housekeeper in the New Orleans tourism industry. She leaped a faith and created her own New Orleans inspired makeup line featuring a wide variety of colorful hues of all things makeup that will have your face beat to the gawds. The names alone will have your mouth craving for the taste of New Orleans, the line at Sephora cannot compete with Supa’s The Crayon Case. Continue reading You can get with this or you can get with that! The Copy Cat’s Sephora and Moschino or Supa’s orginal The Crayon Case? I Choose to not shop at Sephora.