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

A post shared by Car­di B Offi­cial IG (@iamcardib) on

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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