Tracee Ellis Ross discusses self acceptance and building up women

Growing up, actress/activist Tracee Ellis Ross, star of TV’s “blackish,” didn’t find many female role models embodying “the black experience” on television. Her favorite shows were “Cagney & Lacey,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Kate & Allie.” “Now, none of them looked like me — that’s a whole other conversation that needs to be addressed. I think in the … read more

A jumpsuit designer’s persistence brings runway attention

The prettiest storefront in downtown Derby’s prettiest building belongs to fashion designer Agathe Ngo Likoba, whose chic boutique is a shrine to the women’s jumpsuit. Likoba isn’t the only designer who creates jumpsuits, but she’s the rare couturier who zones in on them exclusively. Even rarer, she’s the only international fashion designer on Elizabeth Street in blue-collar Derby. She installed … read more