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It Has Begun… Allure Magazine Provides Step-by-Step Instructions for White Girls to Achieve an Afro

From the August 2015 issue of Allure Magazine. First they laugh, then they copy… #blackwomenaretastemakers Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

#BlackDontCrack: Olay Study Finds Black Women Age 10 Years Slower Than White Women

We all have that auntie who is 45 but look like she’s 32. Or a grandma well into her 70s who looks 50. Now we have the scientific reason why, and it has everything to do with our genes. Olay teamed up with Harvard Medical School Dermatology professor Dr Alexa Kimball to study the skin... Continue Reading

This Traditional Ethiopian Hair Whipping Dance Will Blow Your Mind

Videos of Ethiopian women whipping their hair have now gone viral. The women featured are apart of the Oromo nation. The Oromo typically live in western and southern Ethiopia and parts of Kenya and Somalia. The dance in particular is known as the “Shoa Oromo” or Oromo head twisting. It features fast and sharp movement of the... Continue Reading

Black Women Clocked Out of Work at 2:07 to Protest Unequal Pay on #BlackWomenEqualPay Day

The issue of unequal pay for women has captured the national conversation, and Atlanta Women for Equality is leading the charge behind the #BlackWomenEqualPay movement. On July 28, 2015, participants were encouraged to clock out from work at 2:07 pm and upload a selfie to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook while holding a timecard with the... Continue Reading

After Fighting It For Years, UK Woman Grows Out Beard Resulting From Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

*Editor’s note: This article has been updated to make mention of Harnaam’s religious beliefs. This takes strength. Harnaam Kaur has opted to say ‘to hell’ with prevailing beauty and gender standards and keep her beard, which is a result of polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal imbalance which leads to, among other things, excessive levels of... Continue Reading

Popular Afrocentric Jewelry Label Rachel Stewart Shutting Down Due to Chinese Plagiarism

If you’re a black woman who is active on social media you’ve likely come across Rachel Stewart’s designs. The talented 42-year-old, North Carolina based designer churns out unique and incredibly cool black-centric pieces under her eponymous label Rachel Stewart Jewelry. Countless women have purchased her jewelry, including actress Kim Coles, singer Nelly Furtado and Beyonce’s... Continue Reading

15 Pics From #NationalLipstickDay That Prove Black Women Can Rock Any Lip Color

July 29 was #NationalLipstickDay and women all over the country celebrated their love of lipstick. But the celebration had special resonance with black women, who are often told that certain shades are off-limits to us because of our dark skin. Well, the devil is a lie and these 15 photos prove that black women can... Continue Reading

Black Women Are Sharing Their Stunning International Travel Pics Under the Hashtag #TravelNoire

Black is global. Not only are black people spread across the globe, we travel across the globe. A recent New York Times piece shone a spotlight on black travel, and particularly the black millennial women who are bringing visibility to it on social media. The group began in September 2011 on Facebook as a fellowship... Continue Reading

Stylists Respond: Why Natural Hair Styles are So Expensive at the Salon

Last week Judith wrote about her frustration – which quite a few naturals share – about the inability to get our hair done at non-specialized hair salons, with some suggestions on how these salons can get our attention back. As you can imagine, one of the major concerns was the cost of natural hair styles.... Continue Reading

Baltimore Police Blocked Rihanna From Performing a Free Benefit Concert for Freddie Gray

In the wake of the April 2015 murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore community members mobilized to protest senseless violence against black citizens by the police. Pop superstar Rihanna wanted to use her celebrity to bring attention to the cause by marching with protesters and performing a free concert. The Baltimore Sun reported on... Continue Reading

Blogger Andrea Pippins of Fly Girl is Publishing a Natural Hair Coloring Book for Adults

The I Love My Hair adult coloring book is the brainchild of Designer and Fly Girl Blogger, Andrea Pippins who we featured in 2009. The coloring book is due to be released on November 10. Pippins, most known for her beautiful, natural-centric designs and tastemaking blog has branched out into the growing market of coloring... Continue Reading

[Video] Get Down Now! President Obama Does a Traditional Kenyan Line Dance

We already know that President Obama can sing… But did you know that, when need be, he can get down on the dance floor? The President recently visited his father’s homeland of Kenya — he is the first sitting US president to do so — and during a state dinner Saturday night he did the... Continue Reading

13 Stunning Pictures from W Magazine’s All Black, All Natural Fashion Spread

W Magazine has come out the gate with a flawless fashion editorial that only features black models. The six models — Aya Jones, Binx Walton, Ajak Deng, Amilna Estevao, Tami Williams and Anais Mali — are all rocking their natural hair in the elaborately styled Fall fashion spread. The models donned everything from festive 70s-inspired looks... Continue Reading

Why The Women of This African Tribe Dress in Victorian Era Fashion

The Herero tribe inhabits much of Namibia and is known for its traditional Victorian era-style of dress. So how did the Herero come to develop such a distinct style of dress? In 1892, German colonists entered the Southern African country of Namibia and declared it “German South-West Africa” around 1904. This led to the first genocide... Continue Reading

Disney Princesses Reimagined as Members of Black Sororities

What do you get when you mash up Disney characters with black Greek culture? It might look something like this… Watch the Yard is a website dedicated to documenting black Greek life and culture and recently posted a photo series of Disney princesses reimagined as members of black sororities. Each character has a back story.... Continue Reading