Alvin Ailey’s Hope Boykin On Becoming Comfortable In Her Own Skin


Hope Boykin by Andrew Eccles & Matthew Kara

By Erickka Sy Savané

If you’ve ever seen Hope Boykin dance onstage, you’ve witnessed modern dance at its finest. For 18 years, the North Carolina native has been giving us the ‘theatrical experience’ that has made the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater one of the most celebrated dance companies in the world. As the eldest company member, Hope is a throwback to Alvin Ailey’s early days, when pioneers like renowned dancer and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, a woman she greatly admires and considers a mentor, told stories from their toes to their fingertips.

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This Dad's Hair Braiding Skills Give New Meaning To The Term "Snatching Edges!"


Chad Milner with daughter Cydney
By Chad Milner

One Sunday afternoon, when I was 16 years old, I had a random-yet-intuitive premonition. I looked at my then-months old little cousin in her bassinet and thought to myself “My first child is going to be a little girl,” as my grandmother weaved cornrows into my teenage scalp.

I didn’t give the credence much thought until a decade later. My long-time girlfriend was in her first trimester and we conversed about the gender of our first child. Without hesitation, I told her we were having a daughter and I wanted to be the kind of father that did her hair.

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Hands Off: Things I Wish I’d Said to the Flight Attendant Who Touched My Hair


 By Veronica Wells via On She Goes
 
My friends and family asked if I was nervous about traveling to South Africa with my boyfriend to meet his family over Christmas. I wasn’t. What I was anxious about was getting there, which involved 28 hours of travel, including a nine-hour layover in Saudi Arabia before heading to Johannesburg.
 During the long layover, we watched TV shows my boyfriend had downloaded and slept, and I spent a good hour crying to The Color Purple (New Broadway Cast Recording). When it was time to board the plane, I was actually surprised that the time had passed so quickly.

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How Barbers And Stylists Are Saving Lives In This Brooklyn Community

Salon owners Nelson Urraca and Hermione Fraser of Brooklyn
By Tiffani Greenaway
It was 25 years ago, and just a few months before he died from complications from AIDS, that tennis champion Arthur Ashe created the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He realized that African Americans were dying from preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS, and others, and to change that, he had a vision to get health information to the heart of African American communities. That is how 'Barber Shop Talk With Brothers' was created.

Do We Really Need a ‘Being Mary Jane’ 2-Hour Movie Finale?

Gabrielle Union
By Roseann V. Warren

With the news of BET cancelling Being Mary Jane, and the series finale to be a 2-hour movie, it’s hard not to wonder, what happened? Why did such an empowering show fall on its knees, so to speak? The main issue that comes to mind is the writing.

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