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

Rachel Dolezal: ‘I’m Broke and Doing Braids and Weaves to Make Ends Meet’

Rachel Dolezal is paying a high price for passing as a black woman. The former Africana studies professor, who still insists that she is black, was released from her contract at Eastern Washington University and resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP. In a Vanity Fair profile Dolezal says she is working on a book... Continue Reading

[Video] ‘Calling in Black to Work': Vlogger Evelyn Hilariously Breaks Down the Toll of Police Brutality Coverage

Evelyn from the Internets is known for her hilarious natural hair videos. But the vlogger recently used her comedic skills for an insightful take on the emotional toll of the 24/7 coverage of terrorism and police brutality against blacks. Check it out; Ladies, what are your thoughts? Continue Reading

Nicki Minaj’s Fight to Get Anaconda Proper Cultural Recognition is Not One I Can Join

After blogging about natural hair and black beauty for 7 years, I’ve become uncomfortably familiar with how black women are erased from mainstream culture. A few days back I wrote about America’s penchant for jocking black women’s style without crediting us as tastemakers. So when I read about Nicki Minaj’s tweets, which plainly laid out... Continue Reading

4 Creative Cornrow Updos on Natural Hair

Simple and easy natural hair styles always save much-needed time, but every now and then it’s fun to get a little more detailed with your look. Here are four gorgeous braided styles you may want to try this summer! Layered Cornrows and Bun This style by natural hair YouTuber, EverythingEbonee, is gorgeous. Her braids are... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen, Part 2: Elle

There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. Next up is... Continue Reading

10 Times FKA Twigs Brought Baby Hair to the Next Level

The practice of smoothing and/or gelling down soft, wispy hairs at the forehead, ears and nape is a common practice in black beauty culture, but alternative R&B singer and dancer FKA Twigs takes it to another level by creating intricate and beautiful designs that many celebrities are now copying. In an interview last year, the... Continue Reading

BGLH Worldwide: Exploring Black Culture in Sao Paulo with the Ladies of CATSU

Black Girl Long Hair is on the road and making friends with naturals along the way. This week we’re in Sao Paulo, Brazil! I met up with two talented girls Lidia and Catarina, who are 2/3 of the Sao Paulo-based creative team, CATSU. We headed to the Museu Afro Brasil where the girls enlightened me on... Continue Reading

Tatyana Ali Speaks Honestly About Her Heritage: ‘There are Skin and Hair Prejudices in Caribbean and Indian Culture’

A few months back Caymanian actress and Empire star Grace Gealey expressed surprise at the light skin vs dark skin dynamic in the United States, saying that she hadn’t encountered it prior to moving here. Many folks understood where she was coming from, but others felt she was presenting skin biases as a uniquely American... Continue Reading

How I Maintain Bomb Natural Hair on a Lazy Regimen, Part 1: Tori

There is a common misconception that in order to have beautiful natural hair, you have to do a lot. But the natural gurus on our writing staff know better than that. Over the next several days we will share how our writers maintain incredible natural hair on very simple and basic regimens. First up is... Continue Reading

Erykah Badu’s Daughter Mars is Fro’ed Out

Erykah Badu was spotted at LAX yesterday with her two daughters, Puma and Mars. The beautiful youngest child of new-soul singer Erykah Badu was ‘fro’ed out and bowed out’ and we are loving it. The whole get up. Adorbs! Continue Reading

5 Natural Styles Ranked from Easiest to Hardest to Moisturize — 4C Hair Edition

When it comes to keeping my hair moisturized, certain styles work really for me and others not so much.  Let me start off by giving my hair stats:  type 4c (or tight kinks and massive shrinkage), medium (mostly) texture, normal to low porosity, and medium density.  Now that the stats are out of the way, these hairstyle choices can... Continue Reading

3 Salons Where You Can Get African Threading Done

Though we have many articles devoted to African threading, we have not yet broached the topic of where to get the style done …. until now! 1. Anana Scott – Oakland, CA Anana Scott came to popularity when people wondered who created the beautiful threaded style on singer Goapele in 2010.  According to Black Voices, “Thread-wrapping isn’t a new style for... Continue Reading