Love & Hip Hop star Cardi B.
Love & Hip Hop star Cardi B

It happened at the 2012 Olympics, it’s happening again — Gabby Douglas is being teased about her kinky edges.  This despite the fact that, at the 2012 Olympics, she became the first Black woman in history to win gold in the individual all-around competition. This despite the fact that Mattel released a Barbie doll in her honor.  This despite the fact that she is one of the many instances of #blackgirlmagic at this Olympics.  

Gabby Douglas. Source: Teen Vogue
Gabby Douglas. Source: Teen Vogue

Cardi B, of Love & Hip Hop, took to Instagram in defense of the gymnast in a blunt, real-talk video.  With as much heat as black women get about our “kitchens” and nappy edges, we get heat about the damage done to them as a result of trying to hide them with weaves.  We just can’t win, can we?  And we are the chief ones hating on Gabby Douglas’s hair.

If black lives matter to you so much, then black looks — afro looks — should matter to you too. – Cardi B

Ignore the cordones in getting then shits handle on Monday ..a Bihh been under some stress

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Cardi B touches on something very important here. For many people, it is easy to declare that ‘black lives matter’ and, in the next breath, insult dark skin and kinky hair. We are still a people in conflict with our appearance. Bleaching is commonplace in many black countries and — for all our declarations that black is beautiful — we still associate beauty with European, Hispanic or Asiatic features. The process of truly loving black beauty is not an easy one. And we appreciate Cardi B for beginning an honest dialogue on this.

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12 Comments on "[Video] Cardi B Coins the Term #BlackLooksMatter in Response to People Mocking Kinky Hair"

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MisTeaBlue

I love me some Cardi!

Milos Mom

People underestimate Cardi but she is really the most real and woke of all those folks from that show. Kudos to Cardi!

Cherubiel Cherub

exactly well said

Lauren

Yes Cardi B, tell them!

Interested

Absolutely brilliant, said it like it is.

LC

She’s right. These young girls are making history and al this hair talk is irrelevant and ridiculous.

TWA4now

Ikr…It’s petty and in the larger scheme of things highly irrelevant. It should be neat and pulled back…and it is. Go Gabby and the USA team!

Justice S

Preach like she said if black lives matter so should black hair.Our natural beauty should matter as well.

Claudette UK

We need to stop paying lip service to ‘black is beautiful’ and stop equating eurocentric ideals of beauty as our own. Let us love ourselves as we are. Let us love our dark skin and our kinky coily curls. Let us raise our children to accept and love ourselves as a race. See beauty in ourselves and uplift ourselves instead of tearing down those we should be supporting.

TWA4now

You said it all! Drop the mic!

TWA4now

She’s in competition NOT clubbing! Her hair is nest and pulled back. She’s awesome!

Whit

It’s all the same though. She could be grocery shopping and if someone scrutinized her looks so, it would be just as wrong.

But yeah Gabby’s awesome and this Instagram woman for using her platform.

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