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Allure Magazine Afro Controversy: Cultural Appropriation or Admiration ?


The August issue of Allure Magazine has been the talk of the town since it release, due to a very controversial article on how Caucasian women can achieve an afro on their naturally straight hair.  Titled: You (Yes,You) Can Have An Afro *even if you have straight hair* , pictures a white woman with obviously manipulated, textured hair, demonstrating what they believe an afro looks like. The article even goes into detail on how this demographic can achieve the “look.”


This article created outrage among African-American women because for one, they didn’t use a black woman to represent this so-called trend, two they didn’t bother to give readers the history of the Afro, and how important it is to black culture, and three many perceived the article as just plain ole’ cultural appropriation. Oh, and need I not forget that the style isn’t even an Afro, its a Twist-Out!!!!

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After all of the backlash on the article, here is what Allure had to say:

The Afro has a rich cultural and aesthetic history. In this story, we show women using different hairstyles as…individual expressions of style. Using beauty and hair as a form of self-expression is a mirror of what’s happening in our country today. The creativity is limitless — and pretty wonderful.”

Okay, I get that, but they still didn’t touch on the fact that the history extends from the African-American culture.

Personally, I’m not upset that they chose to shed a light on the Afro as a trendy hairstyle, but I do believe that if they wanted to be most authentic and not offensive, then they should have used a model that was more appropriate.  I’m not against other races experimenting or rocking hairstyles that are most known to my culture, but I do have a problem when people don’t give credit to the source.

But, hey that’s just my two cents! What are your thoughts?!?



Images: Twitter/ E News/ Allure

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#SayHerName: Black Women Face Police Brutality Too!

Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner.  Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray.  and countless other African -American men who have gained the media’s attention, and those who haven’t, are the force behind the “Black Lives Matter” movement.  

For years, black voices have been silenced and overlooked when it came to the injustice experienced by the hands of police officers, but with the help of social media, and citizen journalists, the world is now able to see the brutality for themselves.

Recently, there has been a lot of coverage in the media on the black men who have been killed by police officers, which also inspired the Save Our Boys movement, but this coverage has overshadowed another group that has also been affected by police brutality.


The #SayHerName movement brings awareness to all of the African-American women that have been killed by police officers. AAPF/ Mia Fermindoza



#SayHerName is a campaign/movement  that works to promote and bring attention to African-American women who have been killed by police officers.  We talk about saving our black men all the time, but what about our women? Why isn’t it publicized that they experience injustice as well?

Rachel Gilmer, associate director of the African American Policy Forum, says the reason black women’s stories are excluded from the discussion is simple.

“Across the board, all the way up from the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative down to the grassroots movements that we’ve seen rise in this country in response to state violence, men and boys are seen as the primary target of racial injustice,” she says. “This has led to the idea that women and girls of color are not doing as bad, or that we’re not at risk at all.”

According to an article written by Yahoo News, African-American women are three times more likely to be imprisoned than Caucasian women, and young black girls are six times more likely to be suspended from school than white girls.  From an early age the deck is already stacked against black girls with the risk of poverty, sexual assault and incarceration, making them a target as well.

What are your thoughts on the #SayHerName movement? TalkToMe


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Black Girls Workout Too! Snatch It Back



Hey Curlies!

The ladies of  Black Girls Workout Too are back with another hott, fun, and sexy workout video that will have your body “snatched”!! for the summer months.

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Black Girls Workout Too!!!! ( At Home Exercise Video)


Hey Naturalistas!

I came across this dynamic mother- daughter duo on Instagram, and I just had to share  with you!!!!!

Black Girls Workout Too, is the first fitness video and campaign designed specifically for African- American women.  Created by Ellen and Lana Ector, BGWT strives to empower and inspire black women through fitness.

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The Documentary “Dark Girls” Is Set To Premiere This June On Oprah’s Own Network


For 100’s of years black women have been degraded, and looked down upon because of the color

of their skin and the texture of their hair.  You would think that we would have moved  beyond

the stigmatism that was placed upon black women after years of slavery, but it has just been

passed on through out generations. Our daughters are learning to hate their beautiful brown

skin, and their naturally curly hair because of media influences and mothers who haven’t

learned to embrace their true beauty.

It kills me to see young girls and women of color who hate themselves and feel ugly because

their skin is dark and their hair is a more coarser texture. I don’t know about you, but I don’t

define beauty by skin color, and hair texture.  Our beauty is beyond the surface of our skin,

and our hair. It is time for us to ” Rise, Women, Rise”, and change for the future.


My mother brought this documentary to my attention today, and as I watched it, tears began

to form in my eyes as I listened to these women in agony over their appearance. This

documentary is the exact reason why I became inspired to create Natura Magazine.  My

goal is to change the perception of beauty among women of color, and celebrate the beauty

that we encompass.  I’am on a mission, and I will not stop until change arises!!!



What is the ” Dark Girls” Documentary

The film investigates colorism, self-esteem, and the complicated relationship some black women have with their complexion.

Bill Duke, co-director of the film, said making the film came out of his personal experience:

It came out of an idea I had based upon my childhood, what I’d gone through and seen, and what I’d seen people that I loved go through, like my sister, my niece, and other children in my family, and in my life, and I wanted to really give a voice to the voiceless. I brought the idea to Channsin Berry, my co-executive producer and director. We’d tried to get some investment dollars and we couldn’t find them, so we invested our own money — which is not painless. And why now? Colorism is unfortunately still an issue today. Dark skin is considered less than light skin in the in the minds of many in our community and in the media. We thought that finally it should be addressed, to give a voice to the voiceless.

Dark Girls has been a hit on the film festival circuit since its debut in 2011, but it’s OWN premiere in June will be the first time the doc will appear on TV.

Check out a preview of documentary here..


Have you experienced any issues with accepting your hair and skin color?