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Culture

Can Hollywood See Curls As More Than A Punchline?

When was the first time you saw someone with your hair texture on TV?  While your response likely depends on when you grew up and your cultural background, your experience with how those looks were represented might have been eerily similar. Women with naturally textured hair haven’t always been represented in a positive light on-screen….

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Culture

A Major Shift At Barbershops

If you close your eyes and picture a barber, what do you see? Perhaps it’s an aproned tradesman working on a client in a swivel chair inside a shop with a candy-striped pole out front. Or maybe you imagine a hipster barber with a handlebar mustache and ink sleeves wielding a straight razor. Barbering has…

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Culture

Ballet’s Acceptance of Curly Hair Is at a Tipping Point(e)

In June 2020, Kennedy George and Ava Holloway went viral when they danced in front of a defaced confederate monument in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The two ballerinas demonstrated that their craft could be a catalyst for change. Not only did their performance address ongoing racial injustice in the United States, it also called out the…

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Culture, Journeys, Life

Custom For A Cause

Building a brand wasn’t the goal when she sewed her first bag in 2009, but 11 years later, Rebecca Smith’s Better Life Bags is thriving — and making a difference in Detroit

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Culture, Life

Untangling Identity and Purpose

I discovered my interest in curls in college. It started when I went natural and began a side hustle braiding hair in friends’ dorms. At first, I only saw hairstyling as a hobby. It wasn’t until I went to cosmetology school that it really clicked: I could make a living doing something I was passionate…

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Culture, Education

The History And Significance Of The Afro Pick

The pick is one of the most commonly used tools for taming curls, but it’s far from just another grooming device. With long teeth and wide gaps, it’s a must-have for highly textured hair; however, this everyday item has surprisingly deep roots. What’s known today as an “Afro pick” has actually been around for over…

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Culture, Insight, Inspiration

Curly Queens Are Changing Beauty Pageant Perceptions

(Photo courtesy of The Miss Universe Organization/Photographer: Fadil Berisha) History was made in 2019: For the first time, the reigning Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris were all Black women. They showcased melanin, kinks, and curls when they graced the national pageant stages,…

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