Baldie-Locks

THE SHORES OF AFRICA IS CURRENTLY BUZZING WITH THIS EDGY NEW LOOK – THE BALD LOOK

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I have found out that Africans are naturally powerful people, which is why we tend to dominate any environment we find ourselves. However, it is due to this trait Africans have that causes us to embrace fashion trends that accentuates this characteristic.

Back in the day, ladies wouldn’t even dare to think of getting a haircut let alone going the extra mile of actually getting it. This fresh new trend is making the hair of many ladies breathe again. I particularly, am a fan of the bald look; the thing is, I have a thing for ladies who cut their hair. I think it’s daring, sexy, and ultimately alluring. The baldie-locks has a way of locking the attention of people each time a lady walks by rocking the look.

The baldie locks look isn’t being rocked by only ladies, men also have chosen to get rid of all the thick dark curls taking up space of the beautiful scalps.

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The look is often times accompanied by big earrings and dark bold shades – to give it the mean feel. Some people have said that they are in love with the baldie-locks mainly because it is very easy to maintain and it accentuates jewellery, body shape, and outfits. While some others have said that they chose the look because they thought they’d look fabulous in it and it turned out they were actually correct.

The baldie-locks has now become a common sight on the streets of Africa, runways, television shows, and social media pictures.

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Source: Unsplash

If this trend continues, what would it mean for the hair industry?

It surely would mean a drop in the sale of weavons and hair attachments and a huge boost in the sale of wigs for women. However, I think this is one trend that sweeps the continent for a brief moment and everything goes back to the way they used to be, but if for any reason it doesn’t go away in a hurry, hair marketers and brands should diversify their businesses into production of wigs (head coverings) and also baldie-locks treatments. Your customers would love you.

Let me go join the trend; getting tired of my hair already.

The Respect Book

ARTIST, LAWRENCE LINDELL CREATES CHILDREN'S BOOK THAT TEACHES BLACK BOYS TO TREAT BLACK GIRLS WITH RESPECT

Train up a child... I know you are probably unconsciously asking why not all girls, but if you are a black woman maybe you'll know that we are largely unsupported by our men. So you know it is nice that this become first comes from a black man and then is intended to train black men to respect their women from infancy. he created “From Black Boy With Love.” The children’s book, which was released in late March, contains 24 pages of illustrations of young boys expressing uplifting messages of love to young black girls. 

LAWRENCE LINDELL

LAWRENCE LINDELL

Lawrence Lindell who is from Compton, California; is seeing from a black woman's perspective; understanding that our invisibility cloak would be a lot less suffocating if we got support and love from men of our skin colour.  This book is for all the girls of color across the world who have been made to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. You are life, you are important and you matter.

I’m black and my community is full of black and brown women who I love dearly and I wanted to make something for them,” he continued. “But we as men have a huge problem with how we talk, treat and think about women.

Lindell plans to create a second installment of the book with the first one selling at 3060.50 Naira ($10) as he is determined to wipe away the segregation of black girls from the media and show them that they are worthy and deserving of love too!

The first thing they go for when teasing each other is hair, body shape and skin tone,” Lindell said. “’You ol’ nappy-headed, black-ass charcoal looking girl,’ ‘with yo ugly fat ass.’ We have to change the narrative that the more melanin you have means you’re uglier and that natural hair is bad or improper.

I am certain i speak on behalf of all coloured girls when I say, thank you for appreciating us and using your art as a pedestal.

In Her Own Skin

KHOUDIA DIOP CELEBRATES HER CULTURE IN ETHEREAL PHOTO SERIES

@melaniin.goddess whose modelling career began after she was intensely bullied about the colour of her skin has become a worldwide sensation and a source of pride and inspiration to black girls everywhere. 

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NYENYO, also known as ‘teug’ or ‘ngengo,’ are the blacksmiths and metalworkers of the Senegalese caste system. My family is NYENYO. I am NYENYO.

Although caste systems are used as a stringent class system, and cultural identifier to maintain hierarchy in many different cultures in parts of the world, Khoudia embraces her Nyenyo heritage and doesn’t see the label as a hindrance. Rather, she sees it as part of the fabric of her identity, her family’s history and the overall story of her people. The series titled NYENYO and it clearly showcases the beauty and rich eccentricity that is her culture.

Below is an excerpt from her interview with The Coloured Girl-

How her Senegalese roots informs her beauty standards?

I was taught to carry myself as a Senegalese woman—with respect for her elders and heritage; honor, and really about the woman you are, and how you carry yourself and treat others. This is why I think beauty is much more than appearance—it’s the way you care about yourself and others.

On the significance of the the NYENYO photo series:

My Senegalese roots mean so much to me—it’s very personal. I love my country, my culture, my heritage. It is home and also a major part of who I am. I discovered so much about myself, and my culture has had a huge impact and importance, on my journey to self-love—from loving my upbringing, to the bullying then seeing the world outside of Senegal. Are there things I would change? Sure, but there are also certain things that I cherish about being Senegalese (Wolof woman).

Credits

Model/Muse: Khoudia Diop
Photographer: Joey Rosado
MakeUp Artist: Moshoodat Sanni
Creative Direction/Agency: The Colored Girl
Article written byVictory Jones
PR: Tori Elizabeth

Child Activism.

12-YEAR-OLD MARLEY DIAS WANTS TO CURB RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN NEW BOOK.

If there was ever a time to use the biblical proverb "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it", it is now!

MARLEY DIAS

MARLEY DIAS

Frankly speaking, when you were that age, you know all that bothered you was gifts, money, new shoes, clothes and bags for school.  But Marley Dias is only twelve and already motivating the world at large by tapping into a racial concern that bothers on black people and writing books to aid the movement.

MARLEY DIAS BEING INTERVIEWED FOX 29

MARLEY DIAS BEING INTERVIEWED FOX 29

Marley launched #1000BlackGirlBooks with the help of the Philadelphia-based GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp, which was founded by Marley’s mother, Janice, along with the Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. In total, Marley donated 1,000 books to Retreat School in the Parish of Saint Mary, Jamaica, where her mother grew up, as well as the Henry C. Lea School in Philadelphia, Speedway Academies in Newark, N.J., Renzuli Academy in Connecticut and St. Cloud Elementary in West Orange, N.J.

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Succeeding in the birth of this noble idea, Marley has been everywhere, from doing a stint as an editor for Elle.com that included her own mini zine Marley Mag to public speaking engagements and being honored at BET’s Black Girls Rock! with a MAD (Making a Difference) Award. In the book which is to be published in spring 2018 by Scholastic Press with a proposed audience targeted of kids 10 years old and above, Marley will tell how she’s turned her passion into a literacy crusade that has captured the attention of the media, policymakers and young people throughout the world. It will explore social justice, volunteerism, activism and using social media for good.

MARLEY DIS DURING A BOOK READING

MARLEY DIS DURING A BOOK READING

“Through her smarts and ingenuity, she’s delivered a jolt of inspiration that’s sent an unstoppable shock wave to kids everywhere who’ve stood up with Marley to shout ‘Yes!’ to the power of positive action. In this book, Marley will share her dynamic wisdom with readers everywhere. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Scholastic family,” said Andrea Davis Pinkney, vice president and executive editor of Scholastic.

MARLEY AND HER MOM, JANICE JOHNSON DIAS

MARLEY AND HER MOM, JANICE JOHNSON DIAS

The book idea which was born out of the frustration Marley experienced at not being able to relate to any books given at school, encouraged her to set out on a mission to change the publishing industry with pro black books. Kudos to her for setting out to achieve this great feat. Likewise, there are lots of other children who are sick and tired of being victims of racial segregation and discrimination in their immediate communities and the nation at large, who have either fully formed ideas or thoughts that can be transformed to provide solution to such problems. Bottom line? Special Centers in collaboration with companies that have grants and or loan capacities, should take children with such intentions under their umbrella and help push them towards the peak of their creativity and in turn help make the world a more habitable place one idea after another.