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August 2015

    Get Gorgeous With Essence BeautyBox

    Essence Beauty Box

    Beauty subscription boxes are nothing new. Even the ones geared towards women of color have been on the market for a while, but when I heard that Essence Magazine decided to curate their own collection of beauty and lifestyle products, through the BeautyBox, my heart smiled like a woman who found where her man hid her engagement ring. Finally! I can sample the products found on my torn pages of Essence.  The ones that I keep for future buying reference at Target.

    Although there are other subscription boxes, this subscription box is the only one founded by a prestigious brand and platform like Essence magazine.  So, I’m excited to see the exclusive products the beauty editors will be able to get their hands on.

    Each box will have five luxe samples with tips and tricks from the experts. The subscription is $15 a month with three different subscription options and the boxes will start to ship in October. However, they are already taking orders here. Definitely grab yours. I know I’ll be waiting for it.

    By the way, how gorg is that natural hair watercolor artwork on the front of the box!?

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    First Gen: A Show About Growing Up Nigerian-American & Its Hilarity

    Lately, TV has really gotten in touch with its culture.  Shows like Jane the Virgin and Fresh off the Boat, a show I have written about before here, have made TV watching more relatable for first-generation folks like me.

    So, when my friend, Charlise Ferguson, told me she was conducting an interview for The Daily Beast featuring Yvonne Oriji, the creator of an up-and-coming show, First Gen, a sitcom about growing up Nigerian-American, I was ex.cit.ed to share the news and trailer. I felt a sense of Naija pride for a fellow Nigerian-American that chose to take a path less travelled, opting to become a comedian instead of personifying a Grey’s Anatomy episode. The juiciest treat was that she decided to create a show that peered into the colorful lives of African immigrants as they navigate their version of the “American Dream.”

    That interview was enough for me to jump on board, but when my cousin, Jumoke Dada, told me she also conducted an interview featuring Yvonne Oriji for Face 2 Face Africa , I decided that instead of just adding my own two sense about the show, it was better to just show some love and share the two already amazing interviews. Enough said.

    1) The Daily Beast Interview

    2) Face 2 Face Africa Interview

    What do you think about the trailer?

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