Saturday, August 11, 2012

Beauty of the day: Cherise Charleswell

Cherise “Reese” Charleswell is a dynamic, ECLECTIC, self -and- internationally published author, poet/spoken word artist, entrepreneur, activist, bookworm, model, fashionista, penny-pincher, accessories designer, music lover, and sista-friend, host of “Wombanist Views” radio program;  who has been described as the “Mad Scientist”, due to her varied interests and passions. She is of West Indian descent, with heritage from numerous Caribbean islands, such as St Thomas, St John, Puerto Rico, Tortola, St Kitts, and Anguilla. 

Cherise has an educational background in the fields of the biological sciences and anthropology, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health. She currently works as Clinical Study Coordinator at a medical instituion. Her interests are in epidemiology and community outreach; particularly to underrepresented communities that are disproportionately affected by health disparities. Cherise is also the CEO of Eclectic Life and Liquid Whine Entertainment, as well as the Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Black Book Expo.
She is currently serving as the California State Representative for the National Black Graduate Student Association and the Editorial Intern for the American Public Health Association Student Assembly. She is also a member of the Southern California Public Health Association, National Women’s Studies Association, Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues, California Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, United Black Writers Association, and Sisters In Harmony, an Economic Networking Organization (ENO). Cherise is also the creator, producer, and co-host of Wombanist Views, a radio program that focuses on promoting and highlighting the achievements of women in various fields and social sectors.
Cherise has recently published the satirical self-help guide Real Talk TIPS For the Morally-Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them (available at www.createspace.com3550262)  She is also currently working on a book project, The Link Between Food, Culture, & Health Disparities in the African Diaspora.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beauty of the day: Niki McElroy

Aside from being a very beautiful black woman, Niki McElroy is a great resource for all questions concerning interracial dating. Please check out her book "A black girl's guide to dating white men".

You will find all info on her website:

Btw, this is a review that Megan Good wrote about her book:

"I think many women limit themselves to dating only within their race. I believe we should be opened minded to all races. In dealing with white men, I've found my self thinking "either this guy isn't into black girls or he's assuming I don't have interest in white men. From reading Niki's book, I've realized sometimes its neither and just maybe we could all use a little help. I believe Niki's book delivers that help in a hilariously honest way"
-Meagan Good (actress)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty of the day: Eva Devorshka

I'm Eva and currently a student in London. I love literature and nature. I've entered to be a model for Benetton and would appreciate you're support by taking 5minutes of your time to vote for me, you can do this by clicking and leaving your comment.
You can log in with your facebook."
You can find me on and


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beauty of the day: Sade Falana

I am Folasade Falana, but please call me Sade! I am a 25 year old Nigerian woman who was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and resided in Long Island. I completed my undergraduate studies in psychology at St. John's University (Go Redstorm) and taught pre-kindergarten to learning delayed toddlers for 2 years. Because I am the spontaneous sort, I dropped everything and recently moved to Puerto Rico to pursue my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico. I am currently working on implementing a Suicide Prevention program throughout the community here in PR. I love to try new things, I read, write, sew, enjoy food, partying and listening to music that range from Ethnic to Electronic. I am all about self discovery and love, as well as understanding and loving others. I have been natural for almost 3 years now and I must say, I am never going back to chemicals! I try to laugh as often as possible, and when I am feeling down, I just think about how blessed I am and all I have to be thankful for; I try to spread this to everyone I know. Quoted from my namesake Folasade Helen Adu (Sade), "If everyone in the world could give me what I wanted, I wouldn't want for more than I have..." at least in this period of my life. :) To all my black women, self acceptance is the key to truly being beautiful.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Beauty of the day: Antrees Routt

My name is Antrees Routt. I am a 20 year old model born and raised in Houston Texas. I'm currently attending college at the University of Houston. I love modeling,shopping, and helping people. I'm a 100% natural beauty very fun and outgoing though I have never really been outside of Texas but I plan to travel around the world and explore things of different cultures. 

You can find me on Facebook (Cioccolato Bunni)

Or follow me on twitter @Neonpinkheat

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beauty of the day: Ashanti Reed

I am a 27 year old student, former model, full time Mom & an Asst property Manager. Currently, I'm taking on a few new ventures in the modeling industry. I am 1/3 of a new marketing & promotional modeling company that goes by the name of Tr3Bella Marketing & Promotions, which staffs promotional models and gogo dancers. Also I am currently planning and coordinating a fashion show which is held as a part of the Southern Entertainment Awards weekend which is held every year in March in Memphis, TN. In my free time I sleep, LOL... Now, everything else you want to know, you'll have to follow me to keep up @igogo_hard  ..But, if you just want to look at me you can find me on Model #1075116 :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Beauty of the day: Ashlei Harris

My name is Ashlei Harris. Im a 22 year old student majoring in Sociology, I am also a member of the United States military. I am very outgoing and loooove to laugh:) I try to live everyday like its my last, and with no regrets. I encourage everyone around me to do the same;)

You can also follow me on twitter at @Team_Ashlei

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Beauty of the day: Kellz Ivory

These are just a few shots of me on a good day! I love the idea of being a girly girl, yet fierce and strong at the same time. I Love headwraps, jewelry and makeup because its a great way to make any ordinary girl look as extraordinary as she feels!
Check out my youtube channel: and blog: (still working on it)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beauty of the day: Demi Pearson

Demi Pearson is of Afro-American decent. A native of Miami, Florida and works for local government in the South Florida area.  In her spare time she loves to spend quality time with family and friends, participating in various charitable events from Breast Cancer to American Diabetes, traveling abroad via cruises, watching the Miami Dolphins play football (win or lose! lol), working out, the beach, good food (Cuban, Jamaican, Southern/Soul food), movies (old and new), apple pie with butter pecan ice cream yummy, lots of reading (spiritual, motivational, self-help), keeping up with political news, crocheting, and like most divas she loves loves loves FASHION!!!

Her favorite quote: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." ~ Winston Churchill

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Beauty of the day: Elaine Walton

"I am so many things; a mother of one, a sister of many, a technology specialist, Business Administration/Marking College Graduate a Zumba Instructor and a Cancer Survivor. Those are the descriptions that most people know me by. But I am many things deeper than those superficial titles. I love to write, it is indeed one of my deepest pleasures. I am an artist and I love photography; first in front of the lens but recently, behind it. I so enjoy a glass of wine; white is safe, but the reds bring out my passion. Couple that red wine with Italian food, especially if I'm preparing it with lots and lots of sexy garlic... then you have yourself a wildcat. Working out keeps me sane from 5ks, biking to Zumba; I like to change it up so I will not become bored. Healthy eating is a treat because I just love my fruits and veggies, but I'm human to and will eat chocolate sometimes. I will "bang my head" to some great Rock Music, old and new... Linkin Park is my favorite and they are my bucket list of bands to see in concert before I die. All of these things and many, many more are me. Elaine Walton, just one Georgia Peach that doesn't fit in with the rest of the bushel."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Beauty of the day:Shawneice Malone

Shawneice Malone, an army brat, was born and raised in Germany. She currently teaches Methods of Instruction and Literacy in Special Education at the University of Memphis where she is also working toward completing an Ed.D.   She just published her first article in Tennessee Education entitled "Motivating African American Males in Special Education to Seek Academic Success".  In her spare time, she volunteers through various organizations such as the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, Memphis Battered Women Shelter, and a number of other places.  She is very passionate about helping people.

Promoting the beauty of black women!

So I got an email from a very nice black woman called Sandra that made me aware of the fact that I have posted so many pics of celebreties in my "Beauty of the Day" blogposts. She thought it would be great for me to post pics of "regular" black women that would make it easier for them to identify with. I think that is a great idea and so I want to encourage any black woman that reads this blog to contact me (, so I can post a couple of pics of them and promote beautiful black women.

BTW, Sheena Marie who's pictures you can see below is Sandra's friend and was the first "beauty of the day" that I posted in this category. Hope to hear from you all soon!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beauty of the day: Sheena Marie

Sheena Marie was born and raised in Queens, NY. The 5-foot-3 curvy natural beauty credits her Jamaican, Portuguese and German heritage with her exotic looks. The former television news anchor now works as an entertainment writer and editor. In her spare time, the fitness and organic foods enthusiast hits the gym, downs copious amounts of "green juice," and explores new things to do in her home state.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beauty of the day: Bria Myles

Bria Myles is an African-American model and was born in Los Angeles, California in May 1984.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dark-skinned, light-skinned, who cares?

I've been meaning to write about this a long time ago as I just don't seem to get the whole dark-skinned, light-skinned issue, I have heard so many people in the black community talk about. It still blows my mind that in this day and age many black people make a distinction between dark-skinned and light skinned black people (mainly women). Now I understand where some of this comes from (colonialism, etc.), but what I do not understand is that after all these years, a lot of black people themselves still regard light-skinned women as more attractive than dark-skinned women. I have read this in many articles and blogs, heard it in mainstream media and even personally overheard conversations about it, but coming from within the black community it just makes no sense to me. Wouldn't your own community know that this is non-sense, considering that you yourself have been discriminated for hundreds of years because of your skin-color? How can you make the same mistake as other people and judge someone because of the skin-tone of his/her color? When I see black women I never pay attention to how dark or light they are. A woman can be extremely dark and at the same time extremely attractive, just as she can be of a very light complexion and equally attractive or unattractive. In my mind it makes no sense whatsoever and I would love to hear your opinions about this.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

10 things I love about black women

Obviously there are much more than 10 things I could come up with, but these are some of the things I love about black women (in no particular order).

1. I have to start with what I notice first: Their gorgeous, beautiful looks! For me no other women have such a natural beauty.

2. Their confidence! There is nothing more attractive than a confident black woman.

3. The million different ways black women can look like. From the shades of their skin tone, the shapes of their bodies to their great variety in hair styles, it never seizes to amaze me how beautiful all these different women look.

4. Their beautiful smiles.

5. Their feminine side. There is something very sensual about black women and I love the way they carry themselves.

6. Their humor. I tend to laugh about the same things, which makes it easy to have fun together.

7. Their easy-going nature. I love how easy it is to have a real conversation with black women. You don't need to impress them with some pseudo-intellectual stuff. As long as your being yourself that's all most of them care about.

8.The way they care about and for their men.

9. Their big dark eyes.

10. Did I already mention their gorgeous looks and smiles?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Don't date him if he's just curious!

To some this might seem like a strange post for somebody like me to write, but no matter what other people might think, I feel it's nevertheless an important statement to make. I often hear, see and read about black men and women making fun or even condeming black women that date white guys. The reason is that they claim that while a lot of white guys are more than willing to sleep with a black woman, they would never consider bringing her home to her parents or marrying her. I have to say that I agree 100% that there are plenty of white men who are this way, so I think it's important that black women are aware of it. You should never even consider going out with a white guy who gives you the feeling that he might only be interested in being with you out of curiousity or anything like that. Unfortunately I think that this is the case quite often (obviously not always). It's important that you don't ever forget about your worth as a human being and your pride and let somebody use you for the wrong reasons. Now don't get me wrong, all men of all races might be just interested in a woman for physical/sexual reasons and this is a totally different topic. But if a guy only is interested in you because he never "had" a black woman than don't let him use you like that. At the same time, you should not assume that all white guys are like that. There are definitely plenty of us that have a real and genuine interest in being with a black woman, but I just wanted to post this as a small piece of advice. I just hate seeing black or any other women being used like that by a majority race, because I strongly believe in equality regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. I would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Black Woman - Really?

So, I just stumbled upon this list of things you should never say to a black woman and while I can agree with many of them, I find some of them rather over the top. I mean why would you not be able to say number 9 (Black women are so sexy)? I don't see anything wrong with it at all. If a woman told me "European men are so sexy" I would just take it as a compliment, it has nothing to do with having a fetish. Just because somebody is mainly attracted to a certain type of woman (may it be based on race, ethnicity, looks, characteristics, etc.) that doesn't mean he has a fetish. It's just a preference.

I would love to read what you guys think about this!

Here's the article that I found at:
As the recent flare-ups in the presidential campaign have shown, America's still pretty messed up when it comes to race. Even though we're not naive enough to think such problems can be fixed by a blog post, we'd like to do our thang to bridge the divide.

That's right, like Pepe Le Pew, we're lovers, not fighters. Ergo, we'd like to tell you boys who want to be lovers a few things you've been saying to the sisters that you shouldn't.

We can't tell you the right thing to say, but Jennifer Fields and Alexis Stodghill --- two African-American women from the office who date all colors of the rainbow -- are about to school the men of this world (white, black, Asian and Inuit) on the worst things you can say to a black woman.

This advice won't help you get a date with Beyoncé Knowles or Kelly Rowland, but at least you won't get a drink thrown in your face.

10. "I was raised by black people." (If your nanny or butler was black when you were growing up, you do not pass as an honorary black person.)

9. "Black women are so sexy." (You may think this is a compliment, but it's just another form of stereotyping or fetishizing African-Americans.)

8. "Can I touch your hair?" (Don't ask anything about the hair, or whether you can touch it. Such an exchange will never end well.)

7. "I only date black women." (You think you're going to impress her because you're down, but saying that just makes it seem like black women are a "type.")

6. "You're the black Audrey Hepburn." (Don't tell a women she's the black version of a particular white woman. Men do not say to a white woman, "You're the white Condoleezza Rice.")

Read the Top 5 things you shouldn't say (after the jump).

5. "I don't see any difference between the races." (You may think you're Ghandi, you're not.)

4. "It's not like you're the first black woman I've dated." (Yeah, that comes off as creepy fetishizing, too.)

3. "You look like En Vogue." (It's never a smart idea to compare one woman to a group of women who all look very different, no matter their color.)

2. "Black women are so much cooler with sex than white women." (If you think implying black women are looser than white women is gonna get you some, you're wrong.)

1. "I'm voting for Obama." (Millions of people are voting for Obama. It doesn't make you that cool.)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Beauty of the day: Halle Berry

Halle Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an American actress, former fashion model, and beauty queen. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was also nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2011, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Regional differences in the US or elsewhere - Share your thoughts and stories

Ladies and Gents,

I would love to hear your opinion on the regional differences in the US and elsewhere in the world when it comes to interracial dating. Do you think that it's more common or more accepted on the coast than say in the south or midwest? Also, do you feel that black women or white men are culturally very different from their counterparts in those areas. I would love to read any stories that you have experienced (positive or negative). I'd also be interested to read about any internationals that are following this blog. What about Canada, the UK, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, etc.?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Missed opportunities

You sit on the train and are looking into her eyes. You're stunned by her beauty, the way she carries herself and would love to talk to her, but for some odd reason (she's of a different race) you think she is probably not interested in you. Most likely all people who date interracially or maybe much more the ones that would like to date interracially, but haven't done it yet, have experienced similar situations. On the train, at work, at school, in bars, restaurants, etc. But why do so many people assume somebody might not be interested in you just because he or she is of a different race? I think there are tons of missed opportunities because of our own misconceptions and prejudices. I would love to hear your stories, if you have experienced similar situations yourself. Do you think it is harder to meet people of different backgrounds? Share your thoughts and comments please.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Beauty of the Day: Oluchi Onweagba

Beautiful Oluchi Onweagba (born August 1, 1982) is a Nigerian model and currently lives in New York. She is married to Italian fashion designer Luca Orlandi. They have a 3-year-old son.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I'm shocked!

I went out yesterday and met this korean girl that has been in the states for a little over 10 years. As we were talking about New York, the differences between living here and in Europe/Korea it became appartent to me that she was a highly educated and well travelled person with lots of interesting stories to tell. Anyways, after a while we started talking about the dating scene in New York and what our preferences in terms of partners were. I had the feeling that the conversation was going really well and she actually took an interest in me. And then I heard something that really shocked me. Although this woman did not know me and met me for the first time in her life, she felt comfortable enough to tell me that she thinks black people (she specifically called out blacks, east indians, filipinos and thais) are dirty. I was shocked! Not that I haven't hear any racist comments from people before, but the reason I was so shocked was twofold. For one, it was coming from an obviously formally highly educated and well travelled person and secondly the fact that she was a woman. Typically when you hear this kind of stuff it's guys who are saying it, not women. Especially not "smart" women. However, after I heard that, the conversation went down the hill quickly. She realized and clearly saw that I was not feeling her statement at all. I didn't bother to tell her that I think that this was an absolutely stupid thing to say, but I decided to leave her with a few thoughts that I guess surprised her. I told her how much I adore black women and that I have dated them for years, which judging by her reaction was a shock to her, since she did, for whatever reason, not expect me to be attracted to black women. A few minutes after that I left the scene and was very confused about what I just experienced. Anyways, on my way home I saw plenty of gorgeous black women and could just not understand how anyone might ever consider them dirty. Sometimes it's a crazy world we are living in.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

How accepted is interracial dating among your family and friends?

When I meet interracial couples it almost seems like the typical circle of friends they have is also very mixed when it comes to different races and ethnicities, which leads me to believe that women or men that only have friends of their own race/ethnicity typically don't date other races. Does this mean that these individuals don't want to date different people or are they simply scared to be labeled as "traitors"? Or could it be that they don't want to date other people, therefore their choice of friends is simply a reflection of who they like to associate with. I would imagine that it must be quite hard, especially for (black) women, to introduce (white) men to their friends, if practically all of their friends do not really socialize with people of different backgrounds.  Obviously it must be even harder to bring your significant other home to your family.

I would love to hear your opinions and experiences about this. Did you ever have friends that would give you a hard time for dating interracially or do you know other people that have experienced this?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Beauty of the day: Gabriel Union

Gorgeous Gabrielle Monique Union (born October 29, 1972) is an American actress and former model.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Beauty of the day: Megan Good

Good Lord, a stunning beauty: Meagan Monique Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American film and television actress, and occasional film producer. Beginning her career at the age of four, Good has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos.