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‘If A White Person Posted This… Sh*t Would Hit the Fan': Michelle Obama Criticized for Speaking at Black Girls Rock

Apparently we’re in a post-racial world and Michelle Obama didn’t get the memo. The First Lady spoke at the 2015 Black Girls Rock Awards, held Saturday March 28, and she is coming under fire from fans on Instagram, where her team posted photos from the event. “I am all for the empowerment of disadvantaged groups,... Continue Reading

Artist Delivers Powerful Statement on Instagram’s Hypocrisy After Menstruation Photo is Removed

Does Instagram have a double standard when it comes to portrayals of the female experience? Poet and artist Rupi Kaur created a photoseries displaying the experience of menstruation. The photos display things most of us are familiar with or have experienced; using a hot water bottle to alleviate cramps, bleeding through clothing, and throwing away... Continue Reading

TSA Officers Will No Longer Stop Black Women to Conduct Hair Searches in Airports

I’m sure we all remember when singer Solange announced that she had her hair searched publicly by TSA officers while traveling through the airport in 2012. Well, now thanks to two women the TSA has agreed to give up the practice altogether. Neuroscientist, Malaika Singleton of Sacramento, CA was on her way to an academic... Continue Reading

True Life: I Went to South Africa to Experience the Budding Natural Hair Movement

There have been a few spotlights on natural hair’s rise in popularity in different African countries, such as the Ivory Coast, but rarely do we get accounts of the movement from the perspective of folks who are familiar with the movement here. Luckily, I had the opportunity to visit Johannesburg, South Africa a few weeks... Continue Reading

[Op Ed] I’m a White Mom With Biracial Children, and What I Do With Their Hair Is No One’s Business

Writer Maria Guido is fed up with random folks approaching her with advice on how to care for the natural hair of her own children. Read on for her take on these awkward encounters: Maybe I’m just not the type of parent who likes unsolicited advice or people getting in my personal space, but one... Continue Reading

[Video] Too Cute: Natural Mother and Daughter Duo Shut Down Ellen with Beyonce Routine

Four-year-old Heaven and her Mom, Tianne have made their way back onto the Ellen stage. Recently, a video of the two performing choreography to Beyonce’s “7/11″ went viral on the net and the daytime host just had to get them back on for another stellar performance. This isn’t the first time the mother-daughter duo graced... Continue Reading

TV Writer Complains Hollywood Too Ethnically Diverse, Blacks on TV Has Reached Its ‘Peak’

We wish this Deadline article was an elaborate joke, or something out of the Onion, but unfortunately TV writer Nellie Andreeva is dead serious about her premise that TV is too diverse, blacks don’t deserve any more representation and the whole thing is unfair to white actors! Here are some of the “gems” from the... Continue Reading

History-Making Little League Player Mo’ne Davis Gets Her Own Disney Biopic , Bloomsburg U Athlete Has a Disgusting Response

All-star athlete, Mo’ne Davis has been making all the right plays. It was recently announced that Disney will be making a bio-pic based on the 13-year-old. This is major! The upcoming biopic appropriately titled Throw Like Mo will follow Davis’ journey to become the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World... Continue Reading

Animation Appreciation: The Simpsons Recognizes Natural Nigerian Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Many naturals know Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for her 2013 novel Americanah, and being featured on Beyonce’s song Flawless. Now the popular (and natural!) Nigerian author has been recognized by the Simpsons. In the episode ‘Princess Guide’, a Nigerian princess named Kemi (voiced by Yaya DaCosta) is in Springfield while her father negotiates a... Continue Reading

Representation Matters: Why is DreamWorks Hiding Their First Black Main Character?

A few days ago, actress Teyonah Parris shared the following image on her instagram page: Representation Matters. A photo posted by Teyonah Parris (@teyonahparris) on Mar 17, 2015 at 4:42pm PDT If you’re unfamiliar, the little natural pictured is standing next to an ad for the new animated film, Home. The film is a product... Continue Reading

‘Some People Just Look Like Animals': Raven-Symoné Defends Univision Host Who Compared Michelle Obama to an Ape

Yes, yes ya’ll. Raven-Symoné has opened her mouth yet again to let us know exactly how she feels about race. The Empire guest star has been hosting the popular daytime talk show, The View alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez. This week, the ladies went to task on the Univision host, Rodner Figuroa who was fired after... Continue Reading

Why I’m Not Feeling Dove’s “Love Your Curls” Campaign

When Dove first released their “Love Your Curls” video, it quickly went viral. I watched the video and was excited to see an ad that focused on accepting curls and wearing your natural curl pattern – and I can’t lie, I may have teared up a bit. But the skeptic in me was a little... Continue Reading

Miyamoto Eriana is the First Afro Asian to be Crowned Miss Japan

Miyamoto Eriana is the first Afro Asian to be crowned Miss Japan. The reigning queen will go forth as the first Afro Asian representative of the country in the Miss Universe pageant. Eriana was born to a black American father and a Japanese mother in Nagasaki. Nervous about how this would be received, she even voiced her apprehensiveness... Continue Reading

Cartoon ‘The Winx Club’ Shows Black Character Having a Meltdown Over Her Afro, Calls Her Hair “A Catastrophe”

Editors Note: This post has been amended to reflect this episode of The Winx Club never aired on the Nickelodeon network in the U.S. The character featured in the clip is not the reoccurring character, Aisha. In today’s installment of the never-ending series “mainstream media insults natural hair,” I present The Winx Club. In season 1 episode 12... Continue Reading

Appreciation or Harassment? Natural Vlogger Sparks Discussion After Filming Man’s Persistent Advances

The internet was abuzz this week when natural YouTube vlogger, MeekFro posted a video to her social media accounts showing a young man following her in a store as she was trying to walk away to shake his advances. This isn’t how you approach a woman … chasing after her like she owes you something isn’t... Continue Reading