HairTalk: Length Retention

NGSC:  Jamakah Webb With the approximate 6 inches of hair we grow each year, protecting it from damage in order to retain length is inevitable. Our love of sleek and silky styles, ombré color, and spiky updo’s makes it hard to hold onto the incoming six. We dread the oh-so-important trims in fear of losing length. Truthfully those inches will …

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Black Women Don’t Like Being Black!

~Shemeka Michelle Dafucq! I can’t take it anymore. Some people will say I have no right to stand in judgment of Lil’ Kim and her constant skin bleaching. However, it’s MY blog and I’ll express my opinion if I want to! I will not sit by quietly while I watch black women promote self-hate as being fabulous! I’m not sure …

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My 11-year Old Daughter Wants Butt Implants

  My daughter walked in my room and asked me how she looked. Then she hopped up on my bed so that she could see a full body image of herself in the mirror on my dresser. She had on jeggings that were obviously stuffed to make her butt look bigger. I laughed and shook my head but she was …

America’s Obsession with Being PHAT!

~Shemeka Michelle    I’m not exactly sure when I first heard the word PHAT. It was probably in middle school used by a group of semi-cool (hahaha don’t try and come for me) guys that called themselves the Bally Boys. They made it very clear that it wasn’t the usual fat that meant overweight. There was no guessing that for …

THE ROSEBUSH: A Story of Love and Loss

~Shemeka Michelle   There once was a man that had a beautiful rose bush growing in his own backyard. This rosebush produced some of the prettiest roses one had ever seen. His yard backed up to a busy street and the roses would attract the attention of many of the people that passed by. As news of the beautiful flagrant …

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My Hair is Natural and I Don’t Care that YOURS Isn’t!

  I’ve been natural for three and a half years. I did what’s known as the Big Chop! Initially, I would try and convince others that they too could do it whenever I was approached with the statement “it looks good on you but I couldn’t do it”. I thought going natural was something they had really thought about doing …

Black Girls DO NOT Rock!

~Shemeka Michelle Many people are celebrating the recent win of Lupita Nyong’o‘s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. This is definitely a huge accomplishment which should be celebrated. However, as more articles surface, I am becoming extremely annoyed as the focus seems to be more on the color of her skin than her excellence of abilities as an actress. As a people …

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Jiggaboo vs Wannabe

~Shemeka Michelle Recently there has been what many are calling a natural movement. More black women of all shades are accepting themselves just as they are. However, there are still numbers of people that believe white is right and define beauty by European standards. Has anyone ever wondered why blacks with lighter skin are considered more beautiful? Could it be …