|Solange Knowles wearing long braids|
What do you think of Solange's look?
|Solange Knowles wearing long braids|
|Corrine Bailey Rae's Natural Hair in a twist out - Source|
|Marsha Ambrosius visiting Essence Magazine - Source|
|Marsha rocking flowing spiral curls at the BET Awards - Source|
|Circa Spring 2010. I want these curls BACK!|
|Repost of the mess tweeted on Twitter: "Let’s pray Beyoncé’s genes kick in as B.I.C. gets older. All the money and talent in the world won’t take away from having Jay-Z’s features"Source|
Hot as hell. Put hair up in a high pony, threw on shades, earrings and Mac Ruby Woo lip for a Saturday out with the fam. Quick, classic and easy summer look.
|How will you wear your hair on vacay?|
|Alicia Keys cuts hair into a bob style -- Source|
|Beyonce wearing braided top knot with Baby Blue -Source|
|Beyonce in box braids - Source|
|Solange wears a similar look while DJing -- Source|
Are white people not allowed to practice yoga, Buddhism, get tribal bands, or wear locs since it’s not ‘white culture’ (and what is ‘white cultures’ anyway)? If that is the case, does that mean I’m not allowed to continue with my beginner Zen Buddhism practice? After all, I’m not of East Asian descent; I’m a Black woman. Should my friend Heather, a Chicana yogi who studied in India, stop teaching yoga at a community center in NYC since she is not from India? Or, does our non-white identity make us exempt from “appropriation?”Shortly after leaving the café, I passed by a Black heterosexual couple on the street, holding hands. The woman was wearing a punkish Mohawk style and ear plugs through her lobes. Was she appropriating by wearing that hairdo?
Often white people share the assumption that simply following a spiritual path means that they [white Buddhists] have let go of racism: coming out of radical movements- civil rights, war resistance- in the sixties and seventies and going on to form Buddhist communities, they often see themselves as liberal and marginalized, proudly identifying with the oprreeseed. They are so attached to the image of themselves as nonracists that they refuse to see their own racism or the ways in which Buddhist communities may reflect racial hierarchies (hooks in Cheah 2011, 4)Leave it to bell to break it down like that … But still, I can’t say I totally agree. Yes, I’ve encountered plenty of annoying white Buddhists who deny that their whiteness means anything and love collecting and wearing anything that looks Zen or Buddhist … but I’ve also met a lot who, like “T,” became Buddhist to become a better human being and make sure they are not being complicit to structural racism.
According to hooks, many white Buddhists have failed to realize the extent to which African Americans feel marginalized and out of place within their religious communities. For some African Americans, choosing to belong to a Buddhist community “has been synonymous with choosing whiteness, with remaining silent about racism for fear of bringing in issues that are not really important” (Hooks in Cheah 5, 2011). Hooks contends that white supremacy operates as an invisible regime of normatily for white Buddhists of all political orientations. Furthermore, hooks mainstains that the ideology of white supremacy informas the individual interacations that determine the shape and direction of convert Buddhist communities (Cheah 5, 2011).
What do you out there think? I mean, I practice so many food, herbal, healing, music, etc stuff that isn’t “black” or “African” … does that drive people who nuts if I’m using their music, foods, etc? Can I use Chinese herbalism or am I offending Chinese people? Or is it okay since my great-great grandmother is actually Chinese? Not that I’m looking for permission …Works Cited
|Rocking the curls again at work|
|Goapele's new look|
“I wanted to try something new,” Goapele told Essence Magazine ESSENCE Music Festival. “Every few years I want to try something new so I took a chance and I flat ironed it.”I love how versatile our natural hair is, and Goapele does, too.
“I love natural hair and I am a natural hair advocate," she told Essence."It’s still a part of me even when I’m wearing straight styles.”What do you think of Goapele's new style?
|Lisa Nicole Carson|
|Jill Scott wearing natural hair. Photos courtesy of BGLHOnline.com|
|Jill Scott on the mike|
|Bangin' natural hair|
|Wearing that MAC Ruby Woo, BABY!|
|Fedoras in the summer|
|Fashions for the 4th of July|
|Beautiful chocolate skin|