Tattoo Artist & Entrepreneur Lauren is Naturally Glam!

 Lauren Findley
By Erickka Sy Savané

Jamaican living in South Florida, Lauren Findley has been natural for four years after doing the big chop in 2014. To say that she's been making the most of that natural glow would be an understatement. See why she's our naturally glam pick!

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For Black Millennnials, Home Ownership Still the Best Way to Build Generational Wealth: Part 2

Real Estate Developer & Entrepreneur A. Donahue Baker
By Erickka Sy Savané

In part 1 of this 2-part series we spoke to real estate developer and entrepreneur A. Donahue Baker about some of the misconceptions that black Millennials have when it comes to building generational wealth through home ownership. Here, he'll talk about the best places to buy, gentrified neighborhoods, and how to spot a bargain. Get your pens ready to take notes!

For Black Millennials, Home Ownership Still the Best Way to Build Generational Wealth: Part 1


Real Estate Developer & Entrepreneur A. Donahue Baker
By Erickka Sy Savané

There are people who do their jobs and there are those who are passionate about their work. Entrepreneur and real estate developer A. Donahue Baker has built an impressive real estate portfolio of over 400 residential units nationwide, and he’s passionate about providing minorities and Millennials with the strategies they need to build wealth.

According to the New Jersey native, there are only two options to build generational wealth: real estate or starting a business. Millennials- side hustlers that they are- are starting businesses at a rapid rate, but few want to be home owners due to a variety of perceived myths. In fact, 60% of Millennials choose to rent, according to Goldman Sachs.

Fortunately for us, A. Donahue took time out of his busy baller schedule to dispel some of the myths about home ownership, and provide us with the proper information we need to do it the right way!

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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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Photography Duo Strike 6-Figure Book Deal to Capture the Beauty of Children of Color

Photo via CreativeSoul Photography
By Erickka Sy Savané

There's something about seeing the fresh face of innocence and joy in little kids that brings out the best in us. For some time, children of color were excluded from images that celebrate our innocence and beauty in media. It's been changing. We've been changing. The hashtag #blackgirlmagic helped. Black Panther helped by showing that no one can capture us like we can.

Enter husband and wife duo, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt of CreativeSoul Photography, who just signed a 6-figure book deal with St. Martin’s Press to capture the beauty of children of color. The book will be titled 'Halo' and is expected to be available online in 2019.  Recently, Kahran told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that they want to change the discussion around our history. "People think our history starts with slavery. What about when we were kings and queens?” 

Peep some of the powerful and syrupy sweet photos that will make you understand exactly why these two are getting the BIG BUCKS!

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Top 10 African Tribes Taken in the Atlantic Slave Trade


By Erickka Sy Savané

With Black Panther/Wakanda fever forever cementing a place in our hearts, and the rise of African Americans getting their DNA tested, especially from AfricanAncestry.com, where they can trace your ancestry back to your African ethnic group, we're at a time when we want to know more about where we came from. So it's not surprising that when I stumbled across this video on youtube just a day after it was released, it already had 50,000 views and a plethora of positive comments from African Americans and Africans alike. So whether you've gotten your DNA tested or not, it's nice to have an idea that these ethnic groups exist, and that it's more than likely the blood of these tribes running through our veins. Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, show the guy who put this video together some love too!

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Gabby Union Chats New Fashion Line, New Pilot & the Secret to Her Latest Success on Today

Gabrielle Union
By Erickka Sy Savané
You gotta love Gabrielle Union. Mama has been working in the entertainment business as an A-list actress for 25 years, she looks better than when she first started (she's 45), and now she's adding a new fashion line and pilot with Jessica Alba into the mix. How does she do it? How does her life seem to get better and better? She has a secret to her latest success that she shared on yesterday's Today show with everybody's favorite Hoda and Kathie Lee! Drop us a line in the comment section if you think this is something that you could adopt- Enjoy!

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Advice to a Mom Whose Daughter Gets Teased for Her Short 4c Hair



By Erickka Sy Savané

As the managing editor of CurlyNikki I read a lot of comments, especially on the Facebook page where folks nowadays seem more comfortable, or maybe it's just more convenient, to sound off. This particular comment and question from a reader was tough to read, and I think anyone would agree, whether a parent or not: My daughter has 4c hair and the shrinkage is real! She gets teased at head start by her peers. They call her bald head and ugly because her hair isn’t long and silky. I try my best to instill in her love for her natural self. She doesn’t feel pretty unless she has crochets in. I was teased a lot in school, and it still has an affect on my self esteem. I’m afraid she’s going to end up the same way. How do we teach our kids to love themselves when we have other kids out here telling them they’re not good enough?

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The Cure for Wanting Everyone to Like You


By Erickka Sy Savané

Not long ago, I was having a moment about an article I wrote that was pissing a lot of women off. Not everyone, but enough that I started to let it get to me. Being a writer today is interesting because you do your best to convey a message that you believe in, and the truth is, not everyone is going to like it. No matter how well-intended. And the worst part isn't that folks disagree, opinions make the world go round, it's when people start calling you names and making threats. I learned this when I had to block someone on twitter about something I said about Serena, who I do adore by the way. At one point, I was close to clicking the delete button on the story altogether when something told me to pause and ask myself what’s really going on?

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5 Winning Magazine Covers With Black Women to Cop Right Now!

Amara la Negra covers Latina magazine
By Erickka Sy Savané

I remember the first time I saw model Kirsti Bowser on the cover of Elle magazine when I was around 14 years old. To see a black woman in such a prominent place gave me the courage to say, maybe, just maybe, I could do the same thing. I eventually moved to New York City (from Toledo, Ohio) to follow in her footsteps, and though I never quite made it to cover girl status, I would have never taken such a leap of faith had she not planted such a seed in me with that one image. That's the power of a magazine cover. It can make a little black girl believe that anything is possible. We salute the following ladies, gracing covers, making it look easy, and inspiring the next generation of magic!

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This Mom Shares the Key to Getting Kids to Eat Healthy & it Doesn't Involve Force

Jamie & her son left, delicious vege tacos right
By Erickka Sy Savané

For many moms, getting our kids to eat foods that are healthy and good for them is like pulling teeth.  If it ain't fried or dipped in sugar they don't want it. At the same time though, we bare the responsibility because they can't eat what we don't put in front of them. But it doesn't mean that we don't know that eating well is the key to a long, healthy life, and setting up good habits now, while our kids are still young, is essential. So what's a well-meaning mom who wants to do better to do? For the answer we turn to Jamie D. Rhoden, mom of two boys, ages 13 and 14 years old. Jamie has been working at popular, Marcus Samuelson-owned Red Rooster in Harlem for the past 6 years, going from server assistant to supervisor, to working in pastry, and having some of her own recipes featured on the menu. Coming from a background that is Puerto Rican, Jamaican, and Irish, Jamie grew up between Atlanta, DC, and Los Angeles, eating a wide range of delicious foods that she's been passing down to her boys, right along with background stories. Safe to say, her sons eat everything she places in front of them, always have, and she's going to share how we can get our kids to do the same.

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Vlogger Shares Graphic Details of How Weave Severely Damaged Her Hair & Scalp

C&D Journey
By Erickka Sy Savané

We talk a lot on this site about the benefits of embracing our natural hair, but the truth is, many women, even within the natural hair community, still wear weaves either to switch it up or as a protective style. Vlogger Sierra Baynes, 20, from Georgia, is a reminder to all, better yet, a WARNING to weave responsibly. We thank this beauty for being brave enough to share all the mistakes made, as well as the lessons learned, from her experience damaging her hair and scalp with a weave gone wrong. In this case, her hair loss was definitely our gain. Peep her video, drop a comment and please share!

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Find Out the Refreshing Way 'Atlanta' Actress Zazie Beetz Deals with Stress

Zazie Beetz via Photo: PG / Splash News
By Erickka Sy Savané

Okay, first, let me say that there is no perfect way to deal with stress. The way you deal is the way you deal and as long as you're not hurting anyone, more power to you! However, we can all learn a thing or two by hearing how others deal. And let's face it, black women talking about our mental health is relatively new. So when I read 'Atlanta' breakout actress Zazie Beetz chatting about the refreshing way that she deals with anxiety in this month's Glamour mag, my ears perked all the way up! 

Neo-Nazi Woman Sent to Prison and This Happened...

Left photo of Angela King by Mark Seliger via GoMag.com
By Erickka Sy Savané

At a time when we're bombarded by stories that speak of division and hate, this one about Angela King, a Neo-Nazi woman who was sent to prison for a high profile hate crime and ended up being transformed by her friendship with black women, is one that will remind us that there's always hope, even for the most hardened criminals. Here are some highlights taken from the story that appeared on Gomag.com.

Baby I Got You! Benny Harlem Turns His Wife's Baby Hairs Into Full-Grown Adults.


Photo of Kourtney Dandridge via Benny Harlem's IG
By Erickka Sy Savané

Hey, we all show our love in different ways, for Benny Harlem that meant helping turn his wife's baby hairs into full-grown adults! Not only was the note he shared on his IG, along with this photo sweet, it was kinda shocking to see that baby hairs don't have to stay babies- I mean, look at that length!!!

Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death for African American Women. Here's What We Should Know.


By Erickka Sy Savané

Do you know that Heart Disease aka Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among African American women? If not, it goes to show that we aren't necessarily aware of our health issues, let alone what we can do about it. Sooooooo, with this being black history month the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is doing their part to get the word out about this deadly disease and asking us to do the same. Here are some facts that we all need to know that can make the difference between life and death.

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A Natural Hair ONLY Salon Owner Gives Us The Skinny on Why She Switched!

 Curls on fleek at The Loft Hair Studio
By Erickka Sy Savané

I must admit, when I hear of natural hair only salons, my first thought is, are there enough customers to sustain it and what can it offer Naturalistas, the queens of DIY? So when mom of four, and natural hair salon owner (The Loft Hair Studio) Sharita Payton reached out to CurlyNikki to chat natural hair, we figured it would be a great opportunity to ask her some pressing (get it) questions?

Here's what this stylist of 20 + years had to say about switching her salon from all-purpose to natural hair only, whether she received backlash, and what she has to offer natural-haired women!

7 Things We Learned About Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys on CBS This Morning

Photo of Swizz Beatz & Alicia King via CBS This Morning 
By Erickka Sy Savané

Let's face it, we all put our best face forward when it comes to how we present our relationships to the public. When it comes to celebs, that may be even more true because they're under the microscope. We watch their every move, and sometimes lose it when they break up. Mary J. and Kendu, Jessie Williams and Aryn Drake Lee, Mariah and Nick Cannon, anyone? So one question we might ask is how do some celeb couples make it work? Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys spoke to Gayle King in their first interview together on CBS This Morning (this morning). With lots of laughs and goo-goo eyes, we were able to get a sense of how they keep their light shining!

Instead of Over Praising Your Kids Try Adopting THIS Game Changing Mindset


By Erickka Sy Savané

My 6 year-old daughter put on an impromptu talent show with some of her dolls. Princess Tiana, Ariel, the redhead from the movie Brave and Mulan sang and danced together like any girl group who had gotten together for the first time with no rehearsal. After about 10 minutes, I thanked her, and told her that it needed some work. “Think about how you can make it better and try it again,” I said enthusiastically. Her mood shifted immediately, and I could see she was disappointed. When I asked what was wrong she wouldn’t say.

"Listen, it was a good show, especially for a first try, but I know you can make it even better. Just try.” I don’t’ know if she heard me.

Women's March & White Women on What to do About White Female Trump Voters

Women's March 2018
By Erickka Sy Savané
This past weekend marked a year that Donald Trump has been our Commander-in-Thief, I mean, Chief, and the moment was not lost on women. Just like one year ago when millions of women  joined together to march and make our voices heard this year was no different. Over 250 marches were held worldwide with the focus on voter registration. With that being the case, we can't forget about white women who voted to the tune of roughly 54% to put Donald Trump in office, as well as the white female voters who threw their support behind Roy Moore (alleged pedophile) running for Senate in Alabama. Incidentally, Moore lost because black women said, 'no way in hell' and voted to the tune of 98% for opponent Doug Jones. That being said, with the mid-term elections coming up in November and another Presidential election in 2020, what can be done about these women who are like kryptonite to progress? Since many black women like myself don't know their logic, I decided to ask some white women I know in Jersey City what can be done about white female Trump voters. Here's what they had to say...

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