Archive: Media

Black Girls in Magazines: Rihanna in Sophisticate’s (Oct 2008)


I like the fringe she has here. This is one of the only shoots of her where she looks soft and happy.


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What do you think? Is Rihanna too reliant on image? Will her career survive her silence on domestic violence?

Fashion Notes: Silhouettes…

[Image: Beyonce's Lair - that's me folks!]

One of my friends has agreed to make a dress for me in a few months so I have been thinking about what kind of shapes and silhouettes I want for my dress. I love this figure-hugging look that Beyoncé has in the Déja Vu* video.

It looks sensual, but not slutty. It looks the like the kind of dress that your husband wants you to wear lol. The only problem for me is the lack of straps on the dress, which would not work with my chest, trust me.

10 Things A Natural Girl (Me) Noticed in a Black Hair Salon

[I wrote this @ The Afro Spear and have cross-posted it here]

Last weekend, I went with a close friend of mine at a hair salon in east London. My friend was getting a weave done, however, just sitting with her was such a ripe opportunity for me to observe how some black women act within the space of the hair salon.

10. The sharp smell of smoke that was piping out of one patron’s head as she sat underneath the dryer! I never noticed how thick the plumes of smoke can get.

9. How the rattail combs poke in and out of people’s heads as they undo their braids underneath their long weaves.

8. The stitching together of weaves could be a metaphor of how we need to stick together as black people. Read more

The Wire on BBC: These 4 Men Were Gorgeous!

The Wire has just come on BBC. The first ever episode so I am watching it now and WOW, how gorgeous are the men here? I knew about Idris’ fine arse being on The Wire but you lot did not tell me about this guy, Wood Harris. I remember him from Above The Rim & Remember The Titans. He is absolutely gorgeous.


Dominic West can get it. We all know I’m about the black but he is with David Beckham and Eminem on the ship of cute white guys.

Idris Elba – This man looks like he could convert any woman. Just beautiful.

4. Michael K. Williams

This man has a nubian, almost regal look to him. Very sexy in my book at any rate.

[Images: That's wack, Urban Mecca, The Guardian, & Miss Expose]

Quote of the Week/Month: LMAO!

Beyoncéitis is one of most biting, hilarious blogs on the net. I laughed when I read this:

(SIDEBAR: Can we write Beyonce a hot Monster’s Ball love scene or something? I know she’s married but I need passion! Beyonce needs to make us feel like she wants the dick! That’s what wins Oscars!) Read more

Are Dark Skinned Men Seen As…Part Two

[Image Source] …as more attractive and desirable than dark-skinned women? The question of how colourism manifests is touched on below. Read more

Charcoal Readers, Second Opinion Needed!

Okay, let’s get interactive. For my film blog for my journalism course, Crazy in Love, I have to make a video that is recorded and edited for the assessment. I have decided to put my Beyoncéholic nature to good use. Keep reading because I need help! Read more

Black Girls in Magazines: Ciara in ESSENCE (March 2009)(5 Scans)

Some more magazine goodies for your viewing pleasures. Images scanned by yours truly.


5 more HQ scans after the leap. Come on, you know you want more of C’s Love, Sex & Magic! Read more

Food For Thought

After uni today, I went to a talk @ Queen Mary University that my friend alerted me about. It was about entrepreneurial endeavours and there were speakers from Barclays & Accenture. It was a fantastic event, with young students sharing preliminary ideas specifically from an Afro-Caribbean perspective. Read more

Black Girls in Magazines: More Taraji P. Henson in ESSENCE (March 2009)

[Image: Scanned by Me]


She is beautiful. She has a very couture-esque look about her. She also shares the cover of the new ESSENCE mag with Serena & Iman. Expect lots of magazine scans this week, Charcoalies just for you!

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