Have you ever had to run out of the house for a short errand but didn’t want to take down or style your hair? Do you: a) Just stay in the house until you are ready to deal with your hair b) Say fit forget it, step outside with your do-rag on, looking like you are about the clean the house c) Spend time styling your hair only to have to re-style it again d) Or, rock a headwrap with style and class?
Let’s go with answer “d”. Sistas, please stop coming outside on the block with do-rags, shower caps and bonnets on your head. You can find used fabric at the thrift store and it only takes minute to tie a cute headwrap, throw in some bangle earrings, jeans and a shirt to have a fashionable look. This a great look if you are transitioning or just need a break from styling. Check out African Export’s video below on how to tie a headwrap. Share your headwrap photos with us on our Facebook page.
The other day I saw a young man with dreadlock extensions. I thought, “Hmmmmm…..” And really, I couldn’t think of anything else to say after that. His locs didn’t look like the man in the pic to the left. They were freshly done and a little too neat. They almost looked like braids. The man is the video below made the point if your are getting extensions then you are not enjoying the journey. Many women love a man with long. sexy dreads. However skipping A, B, and C to get to Z may not be the way. What what do you think, guys with dreadlock extensions, yea or nay? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.
Well, if you have not seen “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls,” the video that has blown up on Youtube (with I think 4 million views!), then you must not have internet. (View the video below by the talented vlogger, Chescaleigh.) My question to you is, if you are a Black person, did you relate? When you encounter these types of comments, do laugh them off or get offended? If you are a White person, have you ever said or thought any of these things? Did you find the video funny or offensive? Here’s my take.
First off, comedians generally can say whatever they want to say (unless the comments are degrading someone’s physical or mental impairment or used to inflict harm, then that’s not cool). What comedy does is take an otherwise tense situation, like race relations, and lighten it up a bit. Have you ever had one of those, “Oh, no she didn’t just say that” moments? I’ve had plenty of those moments having gone to an interracial high school to a predominately White college to working at a job where out of 1000 employees you can count the number of Blacks on one hand in management. So, yea, I could definitely relate to most of those comments, and I was cracking up laughing at this video. I’ve even heard this one, “He’s cute, for a Black guy, don’t you think?.” And, you think to yourself, “Wait a minute…is that a compliment? My daddy is a black guy. lol” Oh, and don’t get me started on the hair comments. To be honest, when you work and go to shcool in a mixed race environment, these comments are inevitable. Oftentimes, I find that some White people are looking for something to relate to you on and all they can think of is the external or what they see in the media. Most folks don’t mean any harm.
I tread lightly as I write this, but I think Black and White folks alike can be too sensitive when it comes to the “R” word. Not every little, seemingly insensitive comment is racism. Yes, racism is still real. If you don’t think so, just read some of the Youtube comments from the video. And of course, there is institutional racism which goes beyond insensitive comments to denial of loans, housing, lack of promotion on the job, to negative portrayal in the media, etc. Aside from all the heavy stuff that ills our nation, I think comedy can be used as a tool to help heal racism. We could use some more humor to help us see things in a different light.
So, the next time a white woman asks you, “is this real?” or “can I touch it?” Just laugh it off and move on. If you are a White person and you feel the need to begin a sentence with, “not to sound racist, but…” maybe think twice before finishing that sentence. As our buddy, Rodney King infamously quoted, “Can’t we all just get along?” (Man, he should be gettting royalties or something off that statement…lol) Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
From Barbie to USA Today to MTV, no one can deny that Afro-textured, nautral hair has is going mainstream. The natural hair conversation has come out of obscurity. It has gone from being something that afrocentic and alternative Blacks partake in to a lifestyle embraced by more and more women of all backgrounds. If anyone wants to argue that more women going natural is just a trend and not a movement, then they should open their eyes and look at today’s media.
I was excited when the story of “Barbie Goes Natural for Christmas” started to pop on blogs and online magazines. My excitement jumped to sheer atonishment when I saw a clip of it on CBS news . I was like, “For real? Someone thought this was newsworthy?” Not to mention, there was an article published in USA Today about natural hair making waves. I’ll take liberty in saying that I feel that White society in general is fasinated by our hair. The truth is the no matter how much we relax or weave our hair it will never look like straight Causasian hair. I’ve heard many White people say they don’t understand the natural hair debate and wonder why more women don’t just go natural. In fact, I’ll go out on another limb and say that White media may actually prefer the natural looking woman in advertising over the relaxed look. I don’t say this to start a battle, but it seems like every commercial these days for a major brand like Tide, McDonald’s or Chase Bank features a natural hair woman. Just watch the commercials one day and take notice.
Another media milestone, was a positive dicussion of relaxed vs. natural on BET’s Reed Between the Lines. In this espisode, “Just Relax,” moms schools her daughter on what will happen to her natural curls if she gets a relaxer. She encourages her not to change herself for anyone else and to think about her decision.
What to expect for 2012? There has been buzz that MTV plans to do a True Life episode featuring women transitioning to natural hair. It remains to be seen whether are not the espisode will be all about natural hair (and how it will be portrayed) or just hair issues in general. Just the fact that this is even a topic means that the world has taken notice and interest in the movement. In 2012, I think we can expect to see more women in the public eye snatching off their weaves and wigs. As result, even more attention will be drawn to the issue. You can also expect more products and advertisement geared to women with natural hair. Major Black brands will need to play catchup to grab the attention of the natural hair subculture. Lastly, with magazines, like Essence, leading the way with more natural hair coverage, I think we will begin to see other major Black magazines and media outlets jump on board.
So, what are your thoughts about natural hair in the media? What do you expect/want to see in 2012?