Culture

Why We’re Not Feeling the ‘Respectability Memes’ Trend

You’ve seen them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — memes that divide black women up by respectable vs ratchet, heaping praise on the former and disgust on the latter. They dictate how black women should act and mercilessly shame those... Continue Reading

Roadside Hair Salons are Increasing in Popularity in Jamaica

As unemployment increases in Jamaica, more and more women are taking to ‘roadside hairdressing’ and this is, in turn, lifting the stigma behind the practice. While sanitation is an obvious issue, the hair dressers and cosmetologists say they take pride... Continue Reading

10 Black Female Contemporary Artists You Should Know

The following women have exuded amazing and altogether refreshing outlooks within the contemporary art world. They are definitely ones to watch! Lina Viktor   The artist with the golden touch. Lina Viktor’s preferred choice of medium is 24-Karat gold. The... Continue Reading

26 Photos of the Epic Natural Hair at Brooklyn’s CurlFest

On Saturday hundreds of naturals traveled to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to revel in their curls, share positive vibes and soak up the sun at the second annual CurlFest, put on by the Curly Girl Collective. The celebration was attended by... Continue Reading

4 Black Women Who Went to Space

When these black women were encouraged to reach for the stars, they took the advice literally, becoming what many view as the pinnacle of science and exploration — an astronaut. These phenomenal women have contributed mightily to black American history,... Continue Reading

CurlKit Gets Dragged on Instagram for Including Kardashian Hair Products in Their September Box

Everybody and their cousin is trying to get a piece of the $2.7 billion black haircare industry, and as women with natural hair continue to make up a larger percentage of black hair consumers, it’s no surprise that both black and... Continue Reading

Women are Using Makeup to Re-create the Look of Model Winnie Harlow’s Vitiligo

Is this homage or is it doing way too much? Women on Instagram are using makeup to re-create the look of model Winnie Harlow’s vitiligo. Some say they are doing it to challenge societal beauty standards. Others say it is... Continue Reading

Kru People: The Africans Who Vigilantly Refused to Be Captured into Slavery

The Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own... Continue Reading

27 Photos of the Overwhelming Black Woman Beauty at the AfroPunk Festival

Since the annual AfroPunk Festival wrapped up in Brooklyn on August 23 there have been hundreds of photos circulating on social media of the strikingly beautiful attendees. Women of all shades of brown graced the festival rocking colorful hair, traditional... Continue Reading

Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds Wax Statue Prompts Lewd Behavior From Guests

Las Vegas celebrity wax museum Madame Tussauds recently unveiled their latest celebrity statue — hip hop artist Nicki Minaj on all fours ala her record-breaking Anaconda video. While many, including Nicki herself, loved the statue, others felt the positioning was... Continue Reading

Photographer Seeks to Document Afro-Caribbean Gingers

London-based photographer, Michelle Marshall has set out to document people of color who carry the MC1R gene, which is responsible for red hair. Since the MC1R gene is recessive, it requires both parents to be carriers for it to be... Continue Reading

Black 90s Pop Culture in 14 Illustrations

Ahhh nostalgia… In a series of illustrations artist Xavier Payne captures elements of black 90s pop culture. Check it out. Ladies, what are your thoughts? Does this bring back memories? Continue Reading

The Futuristic Dress of South Africa’s Xhosa People

South Africa’s Xhosa people are known for their intricate bead work. The heavy use of lines, angularity and the color white in their dress gives it a look that is both traditional and futuristic. Wow. Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

I’m Black But I’m Uncomfortable Around Black People

by Danielle Small of Salon   It happened. I failed the “black” test. My hair stylist and I were chatting while she was taking a break from retightening my locs. I made a funny quip, and she extended her palm so... Continue Reading

13 of the Most Creative Looks from the Bronner Bros Hair Show

The Bronner Bros Hair Show is a fixture in black history. For 68 years, the black, family-owned company has put on one of the largest hair shows in the country with attendance nearing 100,000 annually. Hair and beauty lovers, dilettantes... Continue Reading