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African American Proverbs | Third Eye

African American Proverbs | Third Eye

African American Proverbs or mother wit as some would call it -is almost a lost art. If we remember what “mama ‘nem” said, – it could save us heartache and time. Read on to see how.

Inauguration|Brave New Words

America’s conscience arrived at the nation’s Capitol wearing a vibrant red Crown, masquerading as a Prada satin headband, adorning an upsweep of gorgeous braids. She dressed in a Prada bright yellow double-breasted wool coat, a crisp white poplin shirt, black leather pencil skirt, and pumps. In her repertoire, a message of hope.


UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT! With a new CEO at the helm EBONY/JET may be back to iconic status. UPDATE: EBONY/JET will not be headquartered in its former home of Chicago. Digital launch is March 1st!

Basement Party

In the 70s, BBQ Days and Basement Party Nights filled Brooklyn Weekends – and gave party goers a reason to go glam. -Continuing our style through the decades ‘series.

Sidewalk Runway

After nearly a year of messy buns, sweats pants and zoom meetings; a look-back at styles through the decades. This one from the late 1960s.

40s Swagger

The World Was at War for the second time – and women decided to look their best – 40s Swagger

Next on FOX SOUL … Joy and Pleasure with Thea Monyeé

“we are sexual beings and with sexual energy and we have to be taught how to work with that energy and how to use it to hold ourselves up and walk through this world with full power” ~Thea Monyee’, Psychotherapist

24-Hour Black News Channel Soon?

The first 24-hour Black News Channel is expected to launch November 15, 2019 at 6:00 AM The cable network is the brainchild of J.C. Watts, Jr., former U.S Representative (R-Oklahoma) now BNC chairman. And veteran journalist Bob Brilliante who will serve as the cable network’s CEO. 

In Memoriam Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison dies at 88 We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight. She died last night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s first novel, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston 

Black Lives Images – Going Once, Twice, Sold!

It’s an end of an era as Johnson Publishing Company’s iconic photo archive collection is expected to go on the auction block.  But if you head up to Boston’s Colby Museum, you may get a final glimpse of what could be the last time the 

Book Notes: Fight Like a Girl

Fighting with someone you love is no different than fighting with someone you dislike – both threaten your security in some way. Whether it is a lover who is threatened by your strength, a co-worker who is threatened by your skills and your unique ability 


  The multihyphenate humanitarian, music and entertainment, fashion and beauty mogul  Robyn Rihanna Fenty can now add the first black woman to head a major fashion house, as she joins forces with LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE) the luxury consumer goods conglomerate. Rihanna 

Still in “Control”

The iconic Ms. Jackson (“Janet, if you’re Nasty”), Newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Class of 2019, will celebrate her Las Vegas Residency with the reissue of her 3rd studio album  “CONTROL”  in vinyl.   The multi-platinum album, first released February 4, 1986, had 

Byline | EBONY Magazine 2018

Check out my two feature articles in EBONY Sept 2018 Fashion Issue. I had the pleasure to speak with the indefatigable Emmy Award-nominated lead actress and TV show creator, Issa Rae. I write about her experience with the Peabody award-winning HBO series “Insecure” and how 

Witness to King’s Assassination Speaks Out

“We didn’t think he would die… He can’t.” Mary Ellen Ford nee’ Norwood said of the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of the 50th commemoration of the assassination. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Ford said she worked at