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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, & Janelle Monáe star in “Hidden Figures”

We often times hear about Neil Armstrong, whenever there is talk about our nations first trip to the moon. But rarely, if ever, do we hear about the group of African-American women who played a key role in making his voyage a reality.

Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughn, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley were a part of our nations space work force, giving NASA the mathematical power that they needed to “dominate the heavens.”

Hidden Figures is a movie based on the true, untold story of aeronautical pioneers Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughn and Kathryn Peddrew.  The movie takes place during the Cold War, Space Race, Civil Rights Movement, and our country’s battle for gender equality.

Check out the trailer below:

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On August 9, 2014, an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed by the police in Ferguson, Missouri. This came after he was suspected of stealing $1 cigars from a local convenient store – his dead body was left in the street for hours.

Since then, the Ferguson community has become outraged by injustice and the Ferguson Police Department have attempted to prevent community violence and mayhem by firing tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of peaceful protesters, and arresting reporters. 

Not surprisingly, the world also became outraged as the story’s details exploded via social media, and thankfully, some used their celebrity Twitter following to speak out on the tragic news. Here are some of their tweets:

Jesse Williams:


Tika Sumpter:


 John Legend:


Janelle Monae quoting her song “Cold War”:




 Michael Ealy:


Keke Palmer:


 Tichina Arnold:


J Cole:

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How Music Snatched me Bald This Week

Kid Fury, a great modern philosopher, often compares Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s combination of vocal ability, performance expertise and undeniable beauty to ones edges being violently snatched from ones scalp. This has always resonated with me, because there’s no doubt that Queen Bey has a way of throwing so much greatness in your face all at once that it’s just rude, it’s so unexpectedly mesmerizing that I often feel like a part of my being, like my baby hairs, has been ripped away without warning – but I don’t mind at all.

screen-shot-2014-07-30-at-9-47-38-amThis week, the world of hip-hop and R&B has left me near bald yet again. It all started with Janelle Monae’s release of her latest video for “Electric Lady.” This song has always been a favorite of mine – it’s fun and upbeat, and the way you’re seamlessly introduced to its infectious beat after “Q.U.E.E.N.” on Monae’s album always gets me. But the visual for the song is even better. In it, Monae literally lets her hair down, revealing the most beautiful array of natural curls that I’ve ever seen, and gets down at what looks like the college house party of my dreams – there’s dancing, stepping, and also a T.I. appearance (plus cameos from Kimbra, T-Boz, Esperanza Spaulding, Monica, and Estelle) It was too good. Edges: gone.


Remy-Ma-DJ-Khaled_0Next, hip-hop legend Remy Ma came home. After serving 6 years in a woman’s correctional facility (“Orange is the New Black” realness) the rapper was finally released this week. However, as soon as she got out, the former Terror Squad member wasted no time. She was in the studio with DJ Khaled the next day and recorded a “They Don’t Love You No More” Remix, and believe me, her verse sounds like six years of preparation – it’s fire. However, I as well as many other fans didn’t even get the chance to process her homecoming yet; to hope, to dream about the possibilities before she decided to unleash this. Edges: burned.


FLAWLESS-BEYONCE-MINAJAnd then, there was Beyoncé. To be honest, I shouldn’t be surprised by her behavior considering the fact that she stole edges across the world like a thief in the night when she unexpectedly dropped the her self-titled album. However, she got me again. Beyoncé casually released a “Flawless” remix this weekend featuring none other than Nicki Minaj. If you haven’t noticed, Nicki’s also been killing it lately. She’s giving great hair, has starred in movies, and has released her best work in years. (“Bang Bang” her collab with Ariana Grande and Jessie J is still at the top of the charts and her much awaited single “Anaconda” is set to release on Tuesday) But on top of all, they decided to just drop a song on us that can only be described as flawless. Not only does Beyonce match Nicki’s level of slay-age as she affirms that she’s the baddest, but she addresses that infamous surveillance video with the line “Of course sometimes s— goes down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.” … Bald.

Feel free to enjoy all of this music while I wait for my hair to grow back. 


For more stories like this check out the new issue of Natura Magazine HERE.