2016 is com­ing to a close, and with it, an iden­ti­ty that BGLH has held close.

When I start­ed Black Girl with Long Hair in April 2008 it was as a nat­ur­al hair web­site. Some­what unex­pect­ed­ly it went from a pas­sion­ate hob­by to one of the high­est-traf­fic nat­ur­al hair sites online. But start­ing in ear­ly 2015 I got the itch to expand our focus. So, with 7 years of nat­ur­al hair archives behind me, I took the plunge and began post­ing about top­ics that inter­est­ed me. Every­thing from cur­rent events, celebri­ty news, media rep­re­sen­ta­tion of black women, black women’s influ­ence on pop cul­ture, black women’s his­to­ry… any­thing I felt was inter­est­ing and/or rel­e­vant to my life and expe­ri­ence as a woman of col­or.

And you all respond­ed. 2016 was our high­est traf­fic year ever, with a record num­ber of our arti­cles going viral. And now I want to go even fur­ther — I want to include your voic­es direct­ly.

In the past I’ve put out calls for writ­ers, but strict­ly on the top­ics of nat­ur­al hair and beau­ty. Now, I want your voic­es on just about any­thing. I am look­ing for smart, inci­sive, hon­est and fun­ny black women to write about every­thing from cur­rent events and pop cul­ture to every­day life — beau­ty, moth­er­hood, health, rela­tion­ships, fam­i­ly dynam­ics, his­to­ry, life in Amer­i­ca, grow­ing up — any top­ic is fair game.

This is not a call for staff writ­ers. Rather this is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for part-time, free­lance and/or hob­by writ­ers to be com­pen­sat­ed for their work. If you have just 1 piece to sub­mit, or 20 that’s total­ly up to you.

All pieces must be sub­mit­ted in final form (no pitch­es please) and be no more than 1,000 words. Arti­cles can take the form of essays, op-eds, lis­ti­cles, or jour­nal­ism. No poet­ry please. Please send all pieces to info@blackgirllonghair.com with ‘Sub­mis­sion’ in the email sub­ject line. We will respond with­in 3 weeks.

Thank you for being part of this incred­i­ble 8 (going on 9!) year jour­ney. And stay tuned for a name change and offi­cial rebrand com­ing ear­ly next year.

Much love,

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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I miss the old “black girl with long hair”


2008 was the year I went nat­ur­al. What a jour­ney! I am a Sene­galese nation­al and this is the first web­site I ever vis­it­ed for nat­ur­al hair advice. I have been fol­low­ing you since then. So it is high time I said thank you for the great job you have done!
Look­ing for­ward to read­ing from you and maybe will give you some insights into african women’s lives.

Nova Nocturne

oh i want to take part!