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Editors Note

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

It seems that with every new month, I’m personally faced with the desire to ‘move on up’; forward, to progress in all aspects. This means continually setting new goals and striving to achieve them. Where am I getting with this, you ask, well, each month I look forward to making this magazine something greater. It’s slowly taking form, we might not be ‘movin on up to a New York deluxe apartment on the East side’ like George and Weezy, but I have played with the thought of seeing AfroElle in greater places.

Mangoes and Lemon

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Mangoes and Lemonade is a website that is dedicated to sharing information and resources that can help people of Haiti, while serving as a reference place for those who are interested in getting involved with relief of sorts. My vision is to continue building the site and allow it to grow into a more effective tool over time.

Cover Story:A Jill of All Trades

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

A phenomenal woman to me is one that has a great purpose; she is passionate, compassionate, humble, caring and giving. She exudes a beauty that reflects great values, wisdom and strength. She is one that will use her influence to bring about positive change. She is a servant.

Featured Couple:Jonathon and Amy Mauritz

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Amy Ohen and Jonathon Mauritz met at a coffee shop. When asked what her first impression of Jonathon was, Amy says she thought Jonathon was a college frat boy. “I was surprised that he was flirting with me because I was minding my own business studying in my comfy sweatpants and t-shirt. I was definitely not looking my finest.

In The Kitchen With Yolis Green Living

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I started eating plant-based diet in 2001. At the time, I wanted to impress a guy I was dating with my culinary skills and converting foods I loved to eat into vegan meals, it soon became second nature to me. Over a few months, I noticed some significant changes just from choosing differently in what I consumed. Lost a lot of weight, had fewer allergies, and my cramps disappeared. I acknowledged that my results were payoff of eliminating dairy from my diet.

Sisterpreneurs;Emily and Irene Wasonga

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Love’s Hangover is the name of a boutique jewelry store in Noblesville, IN co-owned by two sisters; Emily and Irene Wasonga. Born and raised in Kenya and living partly in Botswana; the two are now making their dreams come true with their jewelry business that started out as hobby in their teenage years.

Fashionista;Christine Neptune

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I try to master the "boyfriend look". Baggy shirts, sweatshirts, men's button up's and such. I might not have a boyfriend but taking my brother's clothes work just as well. I like the mystery it brings behind it, people wonder and question me if I'm a tomboy.

Inspiration:: Dear Heart

Posted by AfroElle On 1:43 AM

Dear Heart,

I am beyond thankful to my creator for hearing your sound today. The pleasant sound of your thump, beating steadily like the Djembe African drum is the warrior cry of strength, passion, and victory. In the past, people have tried to destroy you, there are scars to prove their efforts, but that doesn't matter because they have been forgiven. 

Please, also forgive me for allowing any unworthy being to ever touch you; I will never do it again. It took a while for us (including mind, body, and soul) to heal collectively, but today you are a pure reflection of energy, light, beauty, and God's amazing grace. I will do my best to not block your light, eager to shine through my words and my day to day actions. I will quiet myself and listen to your truth speak.

You are the source of the positive energy that flows through me. One day I hope to visit the Iguazu Waterfall in Brazil to see if that flow matches the one in my imagination. You are goodness, you are priceless, and you share that goodness to those around you. Because of that, a treasure awaits my soul when it returns to heaven. I write you today to tell you that I love you, I cherish you and no one can do that better than me and God himself. Together we conquer the challenges that life brings, together we rise.

Letter signed by me with love,
Chymere A. Hayes

Chymere Hayes, aspiring writer/entrepreneur and college student obtaining a bachelor of arts in Journalism and international studies, is an individual dedicated to living well, building her career, and utilizing creativity to become a voice in silence. Born July 12, 1989 in Atlanta, GA to parents who pushed her to work hard and chase dreams, passionately, she loves the art world, sports, and music.  Her post graduation plans includes traveling and grad school. She is currently working on several publication projects including a fiction series for young women in Christ and poetry collection.

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