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Chef Roblé Launches Signature Fragrance CLIQUE By Roblé On ShopHQ

November 17th, 2014 - By Rana Campbell
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Renowned celebrity chef Roblé Ali has now added ‘perfumer’ to his resume and growing culinary empire. On November 7, Chef Roblé debuted his fragrance CLIQUE by Roblé on ShopHQ (formerly ShopNBC). The line will be the only new fragrance line to premiere this holiday season on the network.

On what inspired the fragrance, Roblé stated, “It started with the idea of developing an irresistible fragrance recipe that could maintain the freshness of a citrus cocktail on top, with an alluring and sensual dessert base containing notes from one of my favorite signature dessert recipes – French Toast Crunch.” The line includes an eau de parfum, body butter, shower gelée, and scented nail lacquer.

We got the opportunity to chat with Roblé about the fragrance line and how he manages his multiple business ventures. Check out what he had to say below.

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MadameNoire (MN): What makes Clique by Roblé so unique?
Chef Roblé Ali (CR):  I thought it would be a great idea to have a fragrance created by a chef because there are so many parallels between the art of fragrance making and the art of cooking and culinary arts. We work with a lot of the same ingredients. It’s about blending, palettes, and making stuff delicious. It made perfect sense for me. I’m still shocked that no other chef has done this yet.

MN: Why the name “Clique by Roblé” ?
CR: I work in a lot of social environments. Fragrance is something that is social, something that you talk about and compliment each other on. It makes you think about a group of friends, your closest people.bwp05com-robl-ali-by-j-mannion

MN: Why did you decide to launch the fragrance on ShopHQ instead of having a retail debut?
CR: Direct sales are always good. It’s a way to build your brand. We’re a small operation. We’re not a company that has a lot of products in the stores already and tens of millions of dollars for advertising. ShopHQ is the most prestigious of the television shopping networks. I felt like that was the perfect home for us. It’s a slow build. We’re going to start off this holiday season on Shop HQ and I would expect by Mother’s Day that you will see us in retail.

MN: What kind of feedback have you been getting throughout the pre-launch phase?
CR: I’ve met a lot of people in the beauty and fragrance industry and have gotten great feedback. I get tweets and mentions on Instagram of people that are ordering directly from Every person that I’ve heard from is really pleased.

MN: Over the past years, you’ve really worked on growing the Roblé brand. How important is your business to you?
CR: I personally never liked working for other people. I always knew that I would be an entrepreneur since I was a kid, but you can’t just go from 0 to 100. You have to work  with somebody at some point. You build  as you go. You make contacts. You make plans. You set long-term goals. You focus and you work hard. I was able to do that to a point where I didn’t have  to work for anyone else. Now  I employ other people. I want to employ more people and start new businesses. I have  all different kind of projects that I’m working on. An app… things like that.

I wish I had more time. There’s not enough hours in the day. There’s no way I can do it all by myself. I have a small team that helps me  get everything done and keeps me on track.

MN: What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received and how has it helped your career?

CR: Never burn bridges. Maintain relationships. You never know what might come back around. You never know when you might need a certain contact or connection so make sure you do a good job. Treat people how you want to be treated.

MN: What are you most excited about in these next few months?
CR:We have another women’s fragrance in our back pocket that we may put out later. We also have a men’s fragrance that we are working on.  Starting in January, I am going to be doing daytime television and that’s been a big goal of mine. That’s where it’s at. I’ll be in front of all of America five times a week being a chef. I’ll always have have my foot in other [industries… but] food is my first love.

Rana Campbell is a freelance writer and personal branding strategist. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin or visit

‘My Woman Becomes My Refuge:’ Laz Alonzo And Chef Roble Speak Candidly On Sex, Love And Commitment

July 12th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From BlackVoices 

While this year’s line-up of performers prepared to grace the stage for the kickoff of ESSENCE’s 2013 Music Festival Friday night, another group — black men — was in rare form on stage at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where they opened up on a topic close to many a heart: relationships.

Actors Laz Alonzo, Nathan Owens and Redaric Williams, alongside Bravo TV’s chef Roble Ali, joined moderator Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child for a candid talk on what men really think about women when it comes to sex and love.

“Life is so hectic and so stressful, when I’m in a relationship, my woman becomes my refuge,” Alonzo said when asked what he looks for in a female counterpart. “When you have somebody that loves you unconditionally and is there for you and is going to listen to your problems … it makes life worth living. It makes work worth fighting for.”

The near hour-long conversation, touched on topics ranging from the importance of spirituality to how men feel about being cheated on and what keeps them faithful for the long haul. “Being engaging, paying attention and not letting things become routine,” Ali said. “What’s going to keep somebody faithful is nothing other than time,” Redaric Williams chimed in. “You have to be ready to be in a relationship where you are going to be faithful and that comes with time.”

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Chef Roblé Weighs In On The Paula Deen Situation: “I Forgive Her…No Hard Feelings”

June 29th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Maybe it’s because he finds himself in “hot water” with fans somewhat often that has allowed Roblé Ali to be forgiving towards a fellow chef.

In a recent interview with Bravo’s Chef Roblé, theGrio spoke with Chef Roblé on his thoughts about Paula Deen, her current downfall and understanding what it’s like to be in the kitchen.

“I think it’s sad. It’s a really unfortunate situation. I, personally, forgive her. I have no hard feelings. She apologized and I think her apology was sincere. I accept her apology. If I saw her, I would go up to her and give her a hug.”

He added:

“She’s going through a lot. She worked really hard to get where she is, and because of a couple of mistakes that she made, she’s losing everything that she built.”

Roble isn’t the only one to forgive her. Fans around the world have been flocking to Deen’s Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in droves. Further, Carnival Cruises has had to add another cruise to their Paula Deen cruise schedule. Deen has also said Jesse Jackson has supported her through this so Roblé does not stand in his thought process.

He added that sometimes, things said in the kitchen can be very inappropriate, especially since it generally has a “locker room” feel to it. Roblé said they don’t use racial slurs but their jokes are “borderline inappropriate.” Somehow, a “borderline inappropriate” joke doesn’t seem to match up to clearly racial slurs.

A budding superstar celebrity chef himself, Roblé says he doesn’t know if Paula Deen can bounce back from this but chefs should be held responsible for what they say or do:

“Celebrity chefs should be held to the same standards of any other public figure. I don’t think Paula Deen’s a racist, I don’t think she’s a bad person. I think she’s made a mistake and now she is unfortunately paying for it.”

By the way Roblé took to Twitter to respond to some fans who were expressing their displeasure with his comments. He responded to one tweet by saying he wasn’t defending Paula Deen but rather, just forgiving.  He also added: “Her Christians. What would Jesus do?”

Eek. By the way, in the never-ending saga, Paula Deen’s book publisher has dropped her and will not release her second book. Also, QVC did make the decision to drop her as well.

What do you think about Roblé’s comments? Do you think that sometimes black people are too easy to forgive?



“I’m An Entrepreneur, I Can Do Whatever I Want” Chef Roble Talks Season 2, Cooking For MJ & His Social Media Drama

June 5th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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Many of us have been entertained by Chef Roble and his reality show on Bravo. We had a chance to sit down with the young chef to discuss the second season of his show "Chef Roble and Co", his experiences cooking for Michael Jackson and President Obama and the trouble he sometimes finds himself in on Instagram and Twitter.

Party With a Purpose: The 2012 Purpose Awards Dinner

November 14th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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To celebrate her new book Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Delivering Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences, author and EGAMI Consulting Group founder Teneshia Jackson Warner teamed up with Dinner With Bevy‘s Bevy Smith for a dinner party/awards ceremony/”discotheque” (Smith’s word) at New York’s Beauty & Essex. The soiree was also focused on the cause-related work of the night’s honorees: P&G’s program My Black is Beautiful; Budget Fashionista and founder of digitalundivided (DID), Kathryn Finney; Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond; celebrity stylist and host of ABC World News’ Cause Celeb with Phillip Bloch, Phillip Bloch; Disney’s Dreamers Academy, a program working in partnership with Essence and Steve Harvey to help high school students reach their career goals; and chef/reality TV star Chef Roble.

Photo by Michel Leroy/Invision for Harlem’s Fashion Row/AP Images

We’re going to have more from Warner about cause marketing and her book later this week. But the need for good works in the world is strong enough that we wanted to give the awards ceremony its own little shout out.

The 2012 Purpose Awards Dinner (#profitwithpurpose) was meant, according to the evening’s program, to celebrate with “a night of purpose” and “continue to drive the conversation.” The evening highlighted the social responsibility initiatives of the honorees, and the innovative approach with which they’re tackling their businesses, organizations, or passion projects.

When accepting his award, Bloch said, “When someone shines a light, we all shine a little brighter,” speaking to why it’s important for everyone to do what they can and then cheer that work to take it even further.

But before the accolades, one has to get started. In her acceptance speech, Bond said she only wanted to make a cool t-shirt when she started. Today, Black Girls Rock! has a televised awards ceremony that uplifts not just young girls, but women also.

When presenting the award, Warner thanked Bond for answering her calling. “We’re so happy that you said yes,” said Warner.

“We’re all connected and we’re all affected,” said Bond during her acceptance speech.

And if that wasn’t enough, there was good food, good music (Talib Kweli was DJing, with Bond jumping into the booth for a few minutes), and cocktails aplenty. Party with a purpose…

Purpose Award Honorees and Host: Kathryn Finney, TBF Group; Robert Jackson, Disney’s Dreamers Academy ; Teneshia Warner; Bevy Smith; Fashion Stylist Phillip Bloch; Paris Cannon of P&G’s My Black Is Beautiful campaign. Via EGAMI Consulting

Let’s Hear It For The Men In Uniform: Our Favorite Celebrities In Their Professional Work Gear

October 9th, 2012 - By Marissa Ellis
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What is it about men in uniform? Subconsciously, the appearance of a working man appeals to our sense of desire for a man who provides for his family. There’s a reason why a man’s ego is inherently tied to his employment and employability. We love the following celebs. You’ve seen them covered in our various editions of Evening Eye Candy, but we also especially love them in the official roles they play.

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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams plays Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy. He makes a very fine surgeon, doesn’t he? We know his sex appeal definitely helped him catapult from a temporary character to full blown cast member. But sorry ladies, the real life Jesse Williams tied the knot in September to his long-time love.

Chefs, Vixens, and Models, Oh My! 8 Celebs Who Hail From The Horn of Africa

June 21st, 2012 - By Marissa Ellis
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We showed you the Nigerians, the Jamaicans, The Canadians, The Black Brits and now it’s time for those from the Horn of Africa to shine. For those of you who don’t know, the Horn is comprised of East African countries like Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. And although they belong to the same region, these countries (like those in the rest of Africa) boast a myriad of languages, customs, and histories.

Unless you live in Washington DC or Minneapolis, you may not be familiar with many people from the region but best believe, they do represent stateside despite the fact that they don’t have a heavy presence in Hollywood. And although they don’t hail Haile Sellasie, these following 7 celebs are all working the entertainment circuit as models, chefs, musicians and even video vixens.  You may be suprised by a few…

Liya Kebede

Representing: Ethiopia

Even if you don’t know her name, you surely have seen Liya Kebede’s face and body behind some of the most lucrative fashion and beauty brands of our time. Open any magazine and you’ll see the Ethiopian-born beauty modeling H&M, J.Crew, and Estee Lauder (as its official spokeswoman). But like many of her supermodel colleagues, the mother of two hasn’t stopped at just modeling. She also has an Ethiopian-inspired fashion line, has delved into acting, and launched her own philanthropic organization to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.

For Better or For Worse, Reality Shows Lead the Way in Diversity on TV

March 26th, 2012 - By C. Cleveland
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The population of the United States is more diverse than ever, but you wouldn’t know it by the TV guide. The number of roles for African-Americans has improved…slightly. There were over 30 Black actors and actresses on the primetime pilots scheduled for last Fall, and sprinkled throughout ensemble casts like Grey’s Anatomy. However, predominately minority casts are few, and largely regulated to cable channels like BET and TBS. For better or for worse, reality television is leading the way for diversity on TV. And that may not be such a bad thing.

Thanks to attractive economics, the reality format has come to rule the airwaves. Reality programming is cheaper than traditional programming in every way imaginable. It requires less equipment, a smaller crew, and fewer paid performers. Networks see reality television as a saving grace to balance the price of programming across their schedule.

Viewers and critics often lament the Black sitcoms of yesterday, complaining that shows like The Jeffersons, Martin, and Girlfriends are nonexistent. But, sitcoms are in decline overall. The popularity of reality television has come at the expense of the sitcom. In 2002-03, reality’s share of the top 10 prime time show audience almost tripled to 63%, while sitcoms’ share declined by more than half to 17%, according to historical data from The Nielsen Company. The television business and viewers’ taste has changed. It’s a safe bet that we will never see the amount of scripted Black sitcoms we had in the 90’s again.

Admittedly, most of reality television relies on well-worn stereotypes of women and minorities to shape its characters. Basketball Wives is not doing the image of Black women any favors. Even in showslike Survivor, minorities aren’t cast positively. Diversity means differences. Differences often stoke conflict, and conflict equals ratings.  Watching Bad Girls Club can give one the urge to weep for the careers of talented out of work Black actors; however, is it possible that reality television can uplift, as well as tear us down?