ALL Little Girls Don’t Want Long Hair

Photo by Makho
By Erickka Sy Savané

It was my daughter’s 6th birthday and as a surprise I decided to get her hair braided. She never really asked for braids, but recently I thought that she might like to try something new, and when I casually ran the idea by her she said she’d like to try it. Now, my daughter has a short, thick afro. Honestly, the thought of having it cornrowed for a while so I wouldn’t have to fight with her everyday to ‘pick it more softly’ was as much for me as it was her.

Fast-forward to the big day. We’re sitting in the Senegalese braiding shop in my Jersey City hood.

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Swimmie Caps Motivate Black & Brown Kids to Swim

Photos via Swimmie Caps IG
By Winnie Gaturu

Yolanda Flournah-Perkins is a mom on a mission. She is the brains behind the first swimming cap brand to feature images of black and brown kids in a bid to motivate them to take more interest in swimming. The thought initially came when her kids aged 4 and 6 wanted some swimming caps, and she took them to the local retail shop and bought two. Once they got home, the kids were excited to put their caps on, however, when her daughter Bella opened her swim cap, she wasn't pleased. She said it was ugly since it didn't have a picture of a black girl on it. Yolanda told her that she would purchase one for her online, but she couldn't find one featuring a black girl. After searching for two days, Yolanda realized that no such product existed in the market. That's when she did something about it and Swimmie Caps was born.

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This Teen's Subscription Box is Boosting Self-esteem in Young Black Girls!


Journi Prewitt & the Black Butterfly Beautiful Subscription Box
 By Winnie Gaturu

Journi Prewitt is no ordinary teenager. She is an entrepreneur who has turned her love for reading into a business. What stands out about her business model is her passion to empower young black girls and raise their self-esteem while increasing their interest in reading. Initially, Journi used to give her 6 year old cousin books and gifts and had no plans of starting a business. However, her godmother encouraged her to make the gift boxes available to all girls and that's how Black Butterfly Beautiful was born.  

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A Jamaican Patois Speaking Doll? Yah Man!


By Emily Cotton

This story is near and dear to my heart because when I was growing up there was no such thing as a Jamaican doll that spoke Patois. I am a proud Jamaican, born and raised and when I saw this doll I knew without a doubt I had to track down the story.
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