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Can We Stop Weaponizing Things Like Thin Edges And Infertility?

December 10, 2019
Marlo Hampton's HER Hair Collection Soft Launch

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Hair.

Deep sigh.

Talking about hair, particularly Black hair, (particularly my hair) is exhausting. It is not the long locks that flow like it does from other women’s scalps. It does not fit into society’s version of acceptable natural hair. It is not 3C or 3D or anywhere near the 3s. Its 4C. And 4C is complicated. Shi*t, let’s be real, hair is complicated. Maintenance. Products. Money. Oh the money that goes into hair upkeep. Will these drops help my edges grow? Will this shampoo make it thicker? If I care for my weave like I care for my natural hair, will it grow past my neck?

Hair is a love/hate relationship, and like with all things powerful, it has become a weapon that penetrates deeper than a hair follicle. And lately, it’s become the weapon of choice among other proverbial stakes like fertility and fiancé. (But that’s a conversation for another day).

Watching Real Housewives of Atlanta is like watching a social media case study. Albeit entertaining, it’s painful to hear some of the insults they hurl at each other every week. This season in particular, we’ve heard the women reveal their biggest insecurities only for her fellow cast mate to use it against her at a later time. At some point, ladies and gentlemen, it is no longer shade, it is nasty. So nasty, so rude. And downright diabolical.

Sunday night’s episode featured Kenya Moore, who belongs to the long lovely locks all her life association, storming Marlo’s wig collection launch with a marching band, signs that read “Your edges matter,” and Kenya Moore hair care products nonetheless. This probably wouldn’t have been some bothersome if one week prior, Marlo didn’t reveal she has thinning edges and that it is one of her biggest insecurities. In the same conversation, Kenya Moore cried about feeling the void of unconditional love. In another scene, Marlo shamed Eva Marcille for her “bad” finances. Earlier in the season, Eva called the rest of the girls “nappy heads.” She also shamed Marlo for not having children (or a husband) and Kenya having a geriatric pregnancy. Marlo shamed Kenya for being submissive in her household. And remember NeNe’s ridiculously useless “bye wig” party, which was nothing more than a mean girl opportunity to expose one another’s hair. It’s a never-ending cycle of vitriolic low-blows.

Is the Black woman experience not hard enough already, that at the sacrifice of good shade we have settled for such low-hanging fruit?

The history of hair is engrained in the Black woman’s struggle because we struggle in it daily. When 50 Cent posts a meme degrading Naturi Naughton over her hairline or Chris Brown uses “nice hair” in his lyrics. Or when men like Meek Mill make comments on lace front wigs or braids being unattractive (yes that’s a thread on Twitter), we are constantly reminded that our hair is never good enough. We don’t need our cast mates in life perpetuating narratives used against us to be oppressive.

The thin edges diss is old when we know there are many things that contribute to hair loss in Black women on top of hair being a divisive tactic used to create a hierarchy among women. I always give Black women grace because it’s a constant struggle for acceptance. And any mere step-up on the next woman is easy bait. I get it. But taking shots at a woman’s hair, her infertility issues or using a man as a pawn to undervalue another woman’s worth is unacceptable. This isn’t the 80s when we didn’t know better. Periodt.

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Disney Breaks Record As The First Studio To Earn $10 Billion At The Global Box Office

December 10, 2019

2019 has been a monumental, record-breaking year for Disney Studios. The back to back releases of fan favorites like ”Avengers: Endgame,” ”Frozen 2,” and ”The Lion King,” which each surpassed billion-dollar ticket sales, led everyone to the movies and contributed to the studio reaching this historic goal.

All year, critics have speculated whether the movie studio would be able to break its own box office record of $7.6 billion, which was originally set in 2016. However, it became increasingly apparent that Disney had the magic formula for success in order to smash their own record. This is an incredible accomplishment considering, the final installment of the Star Wars saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” is set to hit theaters later this month.

Disney is responsible for six of the ten highest-earning movies all year, and ”Avengers: Endgame,” is ranked as the highest-grossing movie of all time with over $2.79 billion in ticket sales. ”The Lion King” brought in $1.6 billion, ”Captain Marvel” $1.2 billion, ”Toy Story 4” $1.07 billion, ”Aladdin” $1.05 billion, and ”Frozen 2” with $920 million.

According to reports, Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst said, “Disney has consistently put almost unfathomable numbers on the board by delivering a diverse and irresistible slate of films while capitalizing on the goodwill and viewer loyalty that has been built up by years.”

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World’s First Funeral Home Specializing in Converting the Deceased Into Soil Will Open in 2021

December 10, 2019

Recompose, the world’s first funeral home dedicated to composting human remains will open in Seattle, Washington.

Funeral home, or ‘Deathcare’ company as they call themselves, Recompose has marketed their process as a natural alternative to cremation. Founded by Katrina Spade in 2017, their goal is to connect death rituals back with nature by converting bodies of the deceased into soil that can be used in place of traditional soil. The process will be able to convert the deceased into a cubic yard of soil, weighing between 2000 and 3,000 pounds, using only one-eighth of the energy of cremation.

Family members will be able to visit their loved ones and hold memorial services on-site at the facility before the composting process begins. As a part of the process, each body will be wrapped in breathable sheets and enclosed in a bathtub shaped tube. Over the course of just a few weeks, the temperature-controlled ‘death bed’ is rotated to oxygenate the contents and allow natural bacteria to complete the process. Once the composting is fully complete, families will be able to collect the soil or donate it to agricultural efforts. The facility will be able to hold 75 deceased persons at a time.

The idea began to come to fruition once Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed SB-5001 this past May. The state became the first to recognize “natural organic reduction” as an alternative to cremation or burial. The law will go into effect on May 1st, 2020. The decision was met with criticism from many people, who referred to the human composting process as “undignified” and “disgusting.”

Despite opposition, the first site will open in 2021, though an exact date has not been revealed.

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Vogue Brazil Is Closing Out 2019 With Naomi Campbell As Their December Cover Model

December 10, 2019
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Naomi Campbell on a cover is always a good idea. Vogue Brazil is ending their decade off right putting supermodel as their cover girl. The beauty is smizing on the cover, serving a sexy cat eye and showing off her bronze skin.

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Fechamos a década em grande estilo, com a icônica @Naomi Campbell, que se reinventou ao longo do tempo e se transformou numa potente voz em prol da diversidade racial. Fotografada por @LuigiandIango, com edição de moda de @PedroSales_1 e beleza by @LuigiMurenu e @ReneeGarnes, a supermodelo usa peças do cruise da @Dior, desfiladas em Marrakech. Mais que só roupas, Maria Grazia Chiuri fez de sua apresentação um grande diálogo cultural com a inclusão de tradições africanas e com a colaboração de artistas africanos para que as criações fossem bem além do seu ponto de vista. Colaboração, aliás, é uma das palavras de ordem dos próximos anos. Diálogo e inclusão, idem. Fazemos mais previsões em What´s Next?, em que experts contam como os relacionamentos, a beleza, a moda, a gastronomia e o entretenimento vão se transformar na nova década. Nas bancas a partir do dia 6! #VogueDezembro #NaomiCampbell

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She’s adorned in jewels and wearing Dior Cruise 2020 for the portrait cover shot. Her hair is straight and parted down the middle. She’s serving a full, natural, bushy brow and a reddish brown lip.

The cover was shot by photography duo Luigi & Iango and the Dior look was styled by Pedro Sales.

The last time that Naomi was featured in Vogue Brazil was in 2016 for their anniversary issue. Vogue Brazil received some flack because they did not have one Brazilian actress or model on the cover for 2019. Representation is important and while Naomi Campbell is everything, they should have considered a Brazilian model or actress.

Beauties, what do you think of the cover? Are you here for it? Do you like the more festive vibes versus the more muted December covers? Tell us in the comment section.

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Activist Nala Toussaint & The Okra Project Give Back To The Trans Community With A Beauty & Wellness Event

December 10, 2019
The Okra Project's Beauty and Wellness event

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Nala Toussaint is a radical justice, health and gender equity activist that spends her time working with organizations to spark an impactful change through policy, activism, and education. As a member of the LGTBQ community, she challenges the notions of inclusivity and diversity to expand gender, racial, and economic equity at the corporate and executive level. 

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There is an overwhelming need for members of the transgender community to feel validated. The last couple of years we’ve witnessed an influx of violence towards Black transgender women. In efforts to keep them uplifted and empowered, Nala alongside the Okra Project decided to produce a beauty and wellness event that included makeovers, headshots, and much more.

Nala serves as the Community Coordinator of the Okra Project. The grassroots, organizer-led initiative has the goal of fighting food insecurity in the Black Trans community. “The Okra Project aims to bring home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals to Black Trans People in New York City,” said Nala. “They strives to create monthly holistic and wellness space that allow Black Transgenders across the identity spectrum to feel seen, loved, and celebrated.” 

The Okra Project produced a Beauty & Wellness event that was curated for Black Trans Women in New York City. All women received free makeovers, professional photoshoots, and had their travel expenses paid for by the Black Trans Travel Fund to ensure safe transportation. “The objective of the event was to reminder Black trans women that they matter especially during this political and social climate where the we see countless Black Trans women being murder and many communities sit in silence. It was an event to remind them that through the trials and tribulations of life, they, we, have purpose! We are resilient and brave by force not by choice. The space was created so each black trans women who attended could simply be is the space without having to armor up. A space where they could fall into vulnerability and be supported.” 

The Okra Project's Beauty and Wellness event

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It is through events like this, a community is able to come together and celebrate themselves. Bonds are built, trust is established, and vulnerability is exercised. The trans experience isn’t an easy one. A majority of people who come out as transgender face backlash and scrutiny from their friends and families. It is important for them to find their tribe and keep them close. “Out of spaces like these, Black trans women can develop sisterhood; a siblinghood that generates the beauty in having a chosen family. Chosen family that reminds me that I am seen!” Nala said.

The Okra Project's Beauty and Wellness event

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If you’re interested in donating to the Okra Project to keep members of the trans community nourished with healthy meals, you can visit www.TheOkraProject.com. Follow the mission on Instagram, @theokraproject. See what else Nala is up to on Instagram, @NalaSimoneT.

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Activist Nala Toussaint & The Okra Project Give Back To The Trans Community With A Beauty & Wellness Event Activist Nala Toussaint & The Okra Project Give Back To The Trans Community With A Beauty & Wellness Event Reviewed by Black America Press on December 10, 2019 Rating: 5

Lizzo Responds To Critics Following Her Outfit Choice At The Lakers Game

December 09, 2019
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ASAP Rocky Says He Still Wants To Raise Awareness For Immigrants And The Less Fortunate In Outside Areas After He’s Denied Access To Donate And Perform For The Inmates In Sweden

December 09, 2019

We all know that ASAP Rocky had a life-changing experience after he served some time behind bars in Sweden earlier this year. This month he is scheduled to make a return to the country for the first time since he’s...

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Black Girl Magic: This Is The First Time Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, & Miss Universe Are All Black Women!!

December 09, 2019
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Baller Alert’s Hit or Miss: Ashanti Stops By “Watch What Happens Live” In Bao Tranchi’s Cascade Mini Red Python Skirt and Bodysuit

December 09, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen…In the world of “ballers,” everyone must dress to impress and be fierce at all times. Let’s play Baller Alert’s own Hit or Miss. It’s the battle of fashion. We want you to decide. (Please consider hair, makeup, and clothes). Do not answer with a simple hit or miss. Please tell us why you voted that way.

Ashanti stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” looking absolutely stunning in Bao Tranchi’s $390 Cascade Mini Red Python Skirt and $390 Bodysuit.

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Cassie And Alex Fine Welcome Their Baby Girl, Frankie

December 09, 2019

#Roommates, congratulations are in order! Cassie and her new husband Alex Fine have officially welcomed their first child together, a baby girl that they have named Frankie. After getting engaged back in August and marrying a short two weeks later,...

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