What do you do when a style icon has made their appear­ance on BGLH but con­tin­ues to fierce­ly rock their hair? You bring them back for tuto­ri­als. Sier­ra, who was fea­tured back in Octo­ber (click HERE) is back with a look she rocked while on assign­ment as an enter­tain­ment reporter. Check it out…



Pho­to Cred­it: Scott La Rock­well

So what are you doing in these pho­tos?
I inter­viewed Game Rebel­lion for my web­site. I’ve been a fan of their music for awhile and it just made sense to include them in my ongo­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion of the Afro-punk/Black Rock move­ment. I got the word (through Twit­ter) that the band was com­ing to town and it just so hap­pens that we have mutu­al friends, so I start­ed bug­ging every­one I knew that knew Game Rebel­lion to intro­duce me. Crazy sto­ry: I final­ly got the inter­view con­firmed and spent all day com­ing up with the per­fect questions.….only to lose them all because I left my note­book in the cab that I took to the show! I got there and impro­vised and every­thing worked out because the guys in Game Rebel­lion are very per­son­able and real.…but ini­tial­ly, my heart sunk like a piece of lead. Think­ing on my feet, always hav­ing a back-up plan and nev­er pan­ick­ing have proven to be valu­able skills for what I do.…you can nev­er pre­dict exact­ly what can hap­pen.

Cool! How did you get into Afro-punk/Black Rock report­ing?
My fin­ger has always been on the pulse of Rock music, in gen­er­al. I grew up going to Warped Tour and 311 shows. For me and my friends, our musi­cal pref­er­ences had noth­ing to do with our race and had every­thing to do with our per­son­al pref­er­ences. But I’d be lying if I said we nev­er noticed a col­or divide. I know what it’s like to be one of two or three Black peo­ple in the audi­ence. I’d heard of “Black bands” like Fish­bone and Liv­ing Colour, but, even as a Rock fan, they were a for­eign con­cept to me. The con­tri­bu­tion of greats like Lit­tle Richard and Sly Stone, who all stirred the pot and added their fla­vor to the con­coc­tion we call Rock music, seemed to be insignif­i­cant, if not for­got­ten, as Rock had become known as “White music.” 

Rock has since returned to its roots, in the form of the cre­ative renais­sance that’s tak­ing place off the beat­en path. I felt that it was impor­tant to doc­u­ment this renais­sance, because amaz­ing things are about to hap­pen in our life­time with Rock, and there needs to be a place where fans can read all about artists, hear their music and stay in the know. You’d be hard-pressed to find the type of cov­er­age I pro­vide on MTV or Rolling Stone.…but it IS on my site :)

Your hair in the pho­tos looks fab­u­lous! How did you get it that way?
Thank you! That was a wash and go that I “cul­ti­vat­ed” over a few days. I washed my hair two or three days before that and just mois­tur­ized and let it air dry. My hair gets big­ger the fur­ther I get from wash day, so I let it do its thing, mois­tur­iz­ing the ends each day and night (the ends of your hair are the most exposed.…treat them well) and pick­ing it out (very gen­tly) with my fin­gers.

For the actu­al style, I put on one of my home­made head­bands (one leg of a pair of ultra sheer panty­hose…ultra sheer because they have more tex­ture than reg­u­lar panty­hose and so they don’t slip in my hair) and then I pushed one side of the head­band back fur­ther than the oth­er and secured it with a hair clip. I’m a huge fan of pin­ning back one side of my hair only…I love the look it gives. Since then, I’ve stopped achiev­ing this look with a head­band. I just secure the hair on whichev­er side I pull back in place with a few flat black hair clips. It’s an easy way to take a fro from drab to fab :)

Awe­some! For more of Sier­ra check out her site http://www.withanamelikesierra.com/. You can also find her first style icon inter­view HERE.

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Thanks for all the kind words! Please check my site often for all things rock!!! http://www.withanamelikesierra.com


Yay.. I’m glad to see rock is going “back to black” again!


Sier­ra has won­der­ful style. She’s a beau­ti­ful young lady.

Christy Hyman

Uber cool. She is pret­ty and hair is so free;What a fan­tas­tic line of work to be in
1. don’t have to feel inhib­it­ed in hair­style and dress.
2. dis­cuss and lis­ten to Rock, omg…so cool
3. Meet fine musi­cians like that all at the same time..

I may live vic­ar­i­ous­ly through this woman :)

Lauryn King

I absolute­ly love her hair & her style. I can’t wait for my hair to grow more…


That band is fine as hell. The one with the dread­locks Jesus help me. I wan­na do things to him. And home­girls booty and hair is on point.

The Deacon

Sier­ra is the bomb! She’s a true lover of music and life.

Rock Hard! Rock Sexy!
— The Dea­con
Mama’s Dirty Li’l Secret

The Natural Haven

The last pic­ture is my favourite. She has clear­ly com­mand­ed the atten­tion of the room. Their focus is on her words and her face. Great pic­ture!


That afro and that BOOTY are seri­ous. Work it! lol




she’s gor­geous and yes the men *yum*



Love her style and the fact that she is pro­mot­ing black rock. I hate when I hear that it’s “white music”.…yeah, stolen by whites his­tor­i­cal­ly but not made com­plete­ly by them! Poor Chuck Berry and all the oth­er rock pio­neers must feel like chopped liv­er, lol. Any­way, great inspi­ra­tion!



Yeah dude with the locs is pret­ty sexy.


Umm Hel­lo there. You are the Fly­ness!! that is all! Checked out your blog a lil bit. so far, so good. I like you!


absolute­ly love sierra’s style.….she’s made it her very own :)


@Brit… I’m with you. Those are some fine look­ing gen­tle­men :)


i know this is about the lady with the fierce fro, BUT the gen­tle­man in the locks..woooooooooow! O_O


I know her!!! Ha! She inspired me to go nat­ur­al.


Great inter­view! Sierra’s even mmore impres­sive in per­son.

Amma Mama

She’s still FLY!


I DEFINITELY under­stand the music sit­u­a­tion. Me and my friend may lis­ten to more Rock than any­thing else for sure. Went to the web­site of this group and I loves this new sin­gle!! I’m def­i­nite­ly gonna have to have a lis­ten­ing ses­sion with her. We LOVE com­ing across new and GREAT music!!!! Great post!!