11 People Who Rocked Bantu Knots (aka Twisted Mini Buns) Before Marc Jacobs SS15 Show

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

Song of the Week: Musiq Soulchild – teachme

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

Does the “Carefree Black Guy” Exist?

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?”

Amandla Stenberg aka Rue from “Hunger Games”, breaks down Black culture appropriation

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

Happy Black History Month: 5 Black Based Sites I Follow All Year Round

February is Black History Month, and usually a time when Black people become more in tune with our culture and our history. The premise of Black History Month is important, but it’s also important to embrace Black history and culture everyday, not just in February.  Below are five sights that I read on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. I follow these sites because they explore Black culture from a breadth of perspectives. This February (and all year round), I encourage you to check out these sites.

The Grio

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The Grio is where I get my news coverage on Black centered issues that are overlooked by mainstream outlets. On the site you will find videos, opinion pieces, politics, entertainment, sports, and much more. Although it is a Black based site, it also features mainstream news as well.

The Root

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The Root offers articles on entertainment, world news, videos, and has an amazing history section. Black history in America is explored, as well as Egyptian history, and other countries where Black influence is not easily recognized. If you want to learn more about Black culture and our history this month, I encourage you the browse around the history section.  Continue reading “Happy Black History Month: 5 Black Based Sites I Follow All Year Round”