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Mattel Releases Ava DuVernay Barbie to Celebrate Sheroes

Mattel revealed its new “Sheroes” collection this past Friday at the Variety “Power of Women” luncheon and it includes the prestigious Selma director, Ava DuVernay. Barbie General Manager, Evelyn Mazzocco divulged the idea behind the series: “Barbie has always represented that girls have choices, and this spring we are proud to honor six Sheroes who through their... Continue Reading

[Video] 102-Year Old Harlem Renaissance Chorus Dancer Watches Herself on Film for the First Time

Alice Barker recently celebrated her 102nd birthday and received one heck of a gift. Barker was a chorus dancer during the Harlem Renaissance and shared the stage with notable talents such as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. As Barker performed in a plethora commercials and films, much of her photographs and memorabilia became lost over... Continue Reading

15 Naturals Who Killed It This Carnival Season

Carnival season is wrapping up in the Caribbean and naturals were out in full force representing in the colorful festival. Check out 15 naturals who were killing it at Carnival 2015. Jamaica- Bacchanal Trinidad & Tobago Model Soowan Bramble   Barbados – Cropover    Beautiful! Did any of you attend Carnival? What country did you... Continue Reading

6 Awesome Shirts for Naturals to Rock This Season (and Beyond!)

I love printed t-shirts, and not necessarily because I want other people to read them. There’s something cool about being able to track pop culture through clothing, and that’s exactly what they do. I still have Rainbow Brite and Tinkerbell shirts from my teen years and even shirts that I got traveling to other countries... Continue Reading

9 Natural Caribbean Vloggers to Follow on Youtube

My Caribbean ladies are up next! Here are nine vloggers from Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago), BVI, and U.S. Virgin Islands, just to name a few. 1. RazorEmpress Raynecia (RazorEmpress) hails from Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. If she looks familiar, it is probably because she was also featured as a BGLH style... Continue Reading

Natural Entrepreneur is Growing Her Own Castor Oil in Haiti and Exporting It

Many naturals complain about not having access to the raw ingredients that help their hair and skin to thrive. Yve-Car Momperousse was one of them, until she decided to do something about it. The Haitian-American Rutgers University graduate noticed the castor oil available in her area of the States was mostly from China and India... Continue Reading

5 More Uniquely Beautiful Natural Styles Worn Around Africa

Because you liked our last 5 Uniquely Beautiful Styles Around Africa, we decided to give you more beautiful looks from around the continent. 1. Close-Shaved Hair Designs of the Surma (Ethiopia, South Sudan) The Surma (which consists of the Suri/Shuri, Mursi, and Me’en) reside largely in southwestern Ethiopia and South Sudan.  The close-shaved hair designs... Continue Reading

Issa Rae-Produced Web Series ‘Head Cases’ Examines Insecurities and Mishaps in the Natural Hair Community

“I need to start over,” declares Apryl, the 27-year-old woman featured in a video message to natural hair celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood. In the first episode of Head Cases, Felicia sits down with Apryl and asks about her hair woes before doing something many of us have only dreamed about. She then proceeds to go through Apryl’s... Continue Reading

16-Year-Old Hunger Games Star Amandla Sternberg Schools the Internet on Cultural Appropriation

Amandla Sternberg, 16-year-old star of the Hunger Games took to her Tumblr and uploaded a high school history project that let the internet know black culture is not a fashion trend to be consumed by privileged appropriators. Interestingly enough, Sternberg went through a whole other set of racial transgressions when she was cast as Rue... Continue Reading

6 Natural Ghanaians to Follow on Youtube

Ghana, stand up! Last month, we featured several natural Afrolatinas and natural Nigerians. You asked for more, so this week we’re showing you six natural Ghanaians! 1. Akushika GoneNatural The gorgeous Jennifer of AkushikaGoneNatural is Ewe and was born in Ghana. Currently, she is living in bustling New York. Her channel is a great stop for... Continue Reading

10 Stunning Photos of Black Women from the Victorian Era

Amazing what wonders surface on the internet. Recently we came across these incredible images of women of color from the Victorian era (mainly from 1860 to 1901) on Downtown LA life. Not much is known about the gorgeous women pictured outside of the time period. However, that doesn’t stop us from appreciating them! Check out... Continue Reading

Black Female Activist Calls for Kendrick Lamar Boycott Because His Fianceé is Light Skinned

After a successful album release, rapper Kendrick Lamar announced the engagement to his long term girlfriend and high school sweetheart Whitney Alford. All should’ve been well and good with this news but one woman in particular was not pleased. Activist Rashida Marie Strober who is also manager of the “Dark Skin is Beautiful” campaign called... Continue Reading

‘You Look Like a Tramp With Matted Hair': Chicago Tribune Columnist Slammed for Wavy Hair

The extent to which some Americans associate textured hair with all things unattractive and uncouth was made abundantly clear when Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens revealed that she’s received hate mail for the past 8 months… because her hair is wavy! According to Stevens, a lifestyle writer who focuses on work/life balance, it started when... Continue Reading

Was it Racist? Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Beauty Guide Seems to Snub Women of Color

Cosmopolitan Magazine is at it again. First, they were claiming Kylie Jennie’s co-opted locs were “edgy” and on trend and now it appears as if they’ve snubbed women of color yet again. The magazine published a guide titled “21 Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015.” 42 images of women were shown to depict the... Continue Reading

‘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