Yet again, another African hair style has been put on a white person in a fashion show, and all of a sudden it’s a new look. In Marc Jacobs SS15 show, Guido Palau styled models in “twisted mini buns” better known as Bantu knots or Zulu knots, and hair blog Mane Addicts thought it was a new style. When I first saw this picture on my friend’s timeline, I had … Continue reading 11 People Who Rocked Bantu Knots (aka Twisted Mini Buns) Before Marc Jacobs SS15 Show
For some reason I’ve been super nostalgic this week and I found myself listening to old Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, and India.Arie. The 2000’s were such a great time for neo-soul music, and was pretty much the only thing my mom used to play in the car (besides Mariah Carey). I’m convinced that music from this time sparked the Carefree Black Girl Movement and the … Continue reading Song of the Week: Musiq Soulchild – teachme
In the past couple of years, the “Carefree Black Girl” movement has been on the uprise. While there is debate on where the phrase originated, Tumblr, Twitter, and blogs have spread #carefreeblackgirl all over the internet. I even have it in my Instagram and Twitter profile bios. To me, a carefree black girl is a black girl that is unapologetically herself. She is aware of her oppressions, but chooses not to let it hinder her self-love. She is free, open, and multidimensional. She knows that she doesn’t have to fit into a certain mold, and that’s okay. She artistic, creative, and has a style that is for her. I appreciate the movement because it gives me a space to be myself.
Carefree black girls are everywhere. I see celebrities like Solange, Janelle Monae, and Willow Smith embrace their inner Carefree Black Girl. I read blogs, and follow pages on Facebook like Afropunk. I hear them on my new favorite podcast, “Another Round“. I comforted daily by all of the Carefree Black Girls I see on my Instagram timeline. But in my comfort, I can’t help but wonder if the Carefree Black Guy exists. I wonder if there is an acceptable space for them. Continue reading “Does the “Carefree Black Guy” Exist?”
Happy Friday! This morning I ran across this video from young actress Amandla Stenberg and my heart filled with all kinds of happiness. In less than 5 minutes she broke down Black culture appropriation, and called out several stars that imitate Black culture, but don’t want to be Black. Hearing this come from the actress that played Rue is even more significant because she faced … Continue reading Amandla Stenberg aka Rue from “Hunger Games”, breaks down Black culture appropriation
As an afro-haired young woman, I feel personally affected when someone is judged by their hair. More and more I see women with naturally curly hair in the media and I love it. Seeing women with natural hair in mainstream media gives me comfort to continue to wear my hair natural. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I did hear about Giuliana Rancic’s comments about Zendaya’s hair.
Her comments gave the impression that because Zendaya chose to wear locs that she was dirty, and smoked weed. Stereotype much? For a long time people have judged afro hair and locs as being unkempt or dirty. Fortunately, Zendaya handled Guiliana, so I don’t feel the need to explain how her comments were racist. What I will do is highlight other beautiful women that rocked afro-spired hair at the Oscars and looked amazing.
How could I not highlight this young queen? She makes me want to twist my hair up right now.
Solange has always been one of my hairspirations. This loose wave look is gorgeous.