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[Pics] Loc’ed Professionals Take to Instagram After Federal Court Rules Loc Discrimination Legal

Recently a federal appeals court ruled that job candidates can be denied or fired for wearing locs because the style is “messy”. The ruling was not only shocking, but dangerous and a slippery slope. What’s next? Afros, two strand twists,... Continue Reading

Dominican Beauty Queen Dons Blackface and Butt Pads to Imitate Darker-Skinned Dominican Singer

Recently, a popular Latino variety show featured actress, TV host and 2008 Miss World Dominican Republic Geisha Montes de Oca, imitating Amara “La Negra” — which would have been nothing new except she was wearing blackface. This is Montes de... Continue Reading

Federal Court Rules that Companies Can Legally Discriminate Against Candidates With Locs

This is absolutely unbelievable. Via TheGrio.com; “Last week, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that banning employees from wearing their hair in dreadlocks is not a form of racial discrimination. The lawsuit was brought to the court... Continue Reading

‘Why Should We Hide?’ After #TeacherBae Goes Viral, More Images of Curvy Black Professionals Surface

By now many people know about #TeacherBae aka Patrice Brown, an elementary school staffer in Atlanta who was penalized for posting professional images to her Instagram account that many deemed inappropriate. Brown has an hourglass figure, and the photos often... Continue Reading

Marc Jacobs: ‘I Shouldn’t Be Criticized for Copying Black Styles Because Black Women Straighten Their Hair’

Marc Jacobs found himself at the center of another controversy after his fashion show featured models in pastel faux-dreadlocks. Many took to social media to express annoyance, particularly because Jacobs credited Boy George, Marilyn Manson, Lana Wachowski, Harajuku girls and... Continue Reading

ELLE Did a Feature on Bantu Knots, Baby Hair and Other Black Styles… Using Actual Black Models

Elle Canada pays homage to black hairstyles by featuring black models in the September 2016  “Natural Anthem” Beauty Shoot. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing news outlets feature many of these same styles and then crediting non-black women for the inspiration,... Continue Reading

Despite Being Advised Not To, Miss DC Cierra Jackson Kept Her Hair Natural for the Miss America Pageant

Miss America contestant Cierra Jackson was advised by many not to rock her natural hair on stage, but she did so anyway. The Spelman College graduate won the competition’s swimsuit segment, but lost out on the crown. Even so, she... Continue Reading

Black Women File Class Action Lawsuit Against L’Oreal Over Baldness and Scalp Burns From Relaxers

After using celebs such as Cynthia Bailey, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michelle Obama’s hairstylist to endorse their  Softsheen Carson Optimum Amla Legend Relaxer, L’oreal has been slapped with a class action lawsuit. According to TMZ, who first broke the story, the claimants... Continue Reading

Model Jessica White Reads Kate Upton After She Blasts Black NFL Players’ National Anthem Protest

Victoria’s Secret model Kate Upton took to Twitter recently to express her disdain for the actions of several Miami Dolphins players, who took a knee during the national anthem on September 11 – the 15th anniversary of one of the... Continue Reading

Future is Getting Dragged Up and Down the Internet After Saying He “Made” Ciara

It all started with some very ill-advised lyrics by rapper Future. His new song How It Feel includes thinly-veiled jabs at his ex, singer Ciara. But it wasn’t until the song’s outro monologue that he really started to get out... Continue Reading

#ButWhyTho: ASOS Uses a Black Woman to Model Foundations for White and Fair Skin

Asos, a major beauty and fashion retailer, is under fire for using a black model as a canvas to display the foundation options for white or fair-skinned women. While Maybelline Fit Me does have color options for brown skin, Asos... Continue Reading

A White Woman Threw a Lime at Solange at a Concert Because She Was Dancing

Solange has always been one to speak her mind and tell it like it is, and we love her for it. Last night, she was attending a Kraftwerk show in her family when four very rude white women yelled at... Continue Reading

[Pics] Despite ‘Multiracial Only’ Casting Call, Yeezy Fashion Show Featured Black Models of All Colors

Today, fashion media has absolutely blasted Kanye West for the execution of his Yeezy Season 4 show, and with good reason – an inconvenient location at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, models standing long hours in 80+ degree weather,... Continue Reading

[Pics] Michelle Obama’s Eye-Popping Essence Editorial Has Us Wondering If She’s Been Downplaying Her Body

As First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama walks a fine line with her physical appearance and how she presents herself. Although her hair is natural, she keeps it straightened. She’s gotten flack for showing her arms, and her... Continue Reading

Cree Summer: “I Don’t Know a Single Black Girl Who’s Carefree”

Cree Summer is the epitome of a kick ass black woman – confident, quirky, and outspoken. Most people know her as Freddie from A Different World, whom most would call an original carefree black girl. However, Cree doesn’t necessarily agree... Continue Reading

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