On the Couch with Sheryl Underwood- She Explains Natural Hair Remarks

Yesterday I received a massive amount of messages regarding statements made by comedian and Talk Show Host, Sheryl Underwood. Several of you, up in arms, forwarded me the synopsis from TheRoot, requesting that I start a petition, write into CBS or just publicly share an outrage over the comments she made on her show, ‘The Talk.” After reading through the transcript and watching the video myself, my initial thoughts were that A.) Yes, she’s a comedian and afforded some manner of freedom to entertain and provoke people but more importantly B.) What was said marginalized a large group of women (on a national stage) and in my opinion, spoke to what I feel is a deeper issue, one that the ladies of CurlyNikki.com are not at all unfamiliar with.

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On the Couch w/ Raven-Symoné: Natural Hair Celeb

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with actress and singer extraordinaire, Raven-Symoné. Best known for her roles as Olivia Kendall on 'The Cosby Show', and Raven Baxter on the hit Disney sitcom, 'That's So Raven', she is all grown up and doing the dang thing. Talented, smart, and beautiful, Raven is a role model for young and old alike. Over the years, she has rocked braids, ponytails, lace fronts, and weaves. She's worn her hair curly, short, long, red, blond, and black. But did you know that underneath her Hollywood hair, she is a fellow natural? She shares her hair story, and her reasons for keeping her natural hair hidden away.

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On the Couch With Keshia Knight Pulliam

*Re-Post from 2/7/2011*

Keshia Knight Pulliam, aka Rudy Huxtable of the groundbreaking sitcom 'The Cosby Show', is On The Couch! Save for the poofy twists and braids she rocked in the ‘80s, I’ve only seen her in straight styles, and naturally assumed she was relaxed. She dished on her favorite products, her straightening routine, and how she came to embrace her curls.

CN: Word on the street is that you're natural. Is this true?

KNP: I am natural and have been my entire life, except for a short time in college, when I experimented with a perm. I have always had lots of long, thick hair. Everyone remembers me from 'The Cosby Show', with my big, puffy braids. Sometimes I look back and think, "y’all did me so dirty…you didn’t even blow dry my hair right… just slapped it back!" [Laughter] It was funny because I had never embraced the fact that my hair was very, very curly. Whenever they’d style it on set, they’d brush through it and pull it back. And every one knows if your goal is to keep your curls, you never ever brush or comb through them! Frizz city. That’s why my hair was always so big.

It was like a whole new world for me the first time I got my hair really straight. I think I was 13 years old and had never been introduced to the pressing comb. I loved it. At that time, I didn’t like wearing my hair curly. I grew up in the ‘80s when the Jheri Curl was king. So I would get teased a lot because my hair was ringlety curly and really dark, jet black. Even now, on 'The House of Payne', Lance will tease me when I’m washing my hair, saying, ‘uh oh, Jheri Curl in full effect!’ So I had this whole complex around that, and never wanted to wear my naturally curly texture.

But as I got older and went to college, things changed. There is nothing like that Atlanta heat! My freshmen year at Spelman, I lived in Apex and we didn’t have any AC. I would straighten my hair and wake up the next morning to a sweated out mess.


On the Couch with Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius On Her Natural Hair Journey

prepared by Sharifa Grant for CurlyNikki.com

Her name is Marsha Ambrosius and she does what she WANTS to do. Or at least that’s what she says on Twitter. The R&B songbird stormed the music scene in 2000 as one half of the soul duo Floetry and made us love her even more across many “Late Nights & Early Mornings” with her 2011 solo debut. Bottom line. Marsha does things her way, and we can’t help but dig it. From braids to curls and freeform fros, she makes it clear, natural hair is no exception.

SG: What was your natural hair experience like growing up? Were you always natural?

MA: I embraced my fro from the day I can remember, really. That stems from a long line of women who did exactly the same. My mother had the mean even fro. I don’t even know how they did that back then! It was perfect. I don’t think they make afro picks like they used to. It was special. It was something that made an afro absolutely perfect in circumference.

I used to think my mother was a superhero, and I figured it was her hair. [laughs] I know it's weird. But now that you ask me, I guess, that’s why I’ve always embraced it... it was whether I wanted to wear it in two afro puffs or an afro puff to the left or to the right. I’ve just always been that kid.


Yeah. But, I’ve clearly been through the motions. As adolescents everyone is getting straight hair so I wanted a relaxer. Soon as I didn’t want one anymore, I cut all of my relaxer off and coiled it up with only about half an inch of hair. But I was unafraid to do so because I’ve never been emotionally attached to hair.

Only my fro made me feel like that. Any other hairstyle was just a fade or a phase I was going through. But I’ve always been okay to embrace my own hair.

Many women can’t say that. That’s kind of rare because a lot of girls grow up with the idea that a relaxer is the way to go--the only option. So, that’s cool.

Right, and [my experience] was the complete opposite. I’m not saying a fro was the only option, but the fro was the cool thing. When I grew up, I grew up looking up to my parents. My dad had a mean fro. My mother had the mean fro. So, I was like, I wanna be like them.


On the Couch with Jada Pinkett Smith

The CN reader that's heading to the red carpet tomorrow is... Kieran Windley @CitifiedKay 
Congrats!!! Say hi to Jada and Angela for me!

Hola chicas! Yesterday I had the rare opportunity and honor to speak with the talented and brilliant actor/director, Jada Pinkett Smith.  This entertainment legend, who I assume rocks an 'S' on her chest beneath her ultra chic attire, is using her influence to manifest projects that "bring balance" to our community.  Please read on to learn more about her latest endeavor and then go forth and support the hell out of it! 

On the documentary-

‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ is specifically about Angela Davis, who I think is one of the most fascinating women of our era. I think the aspect of this documentary that really fascinates me, is that I thought I knew the Angela Davis story and I did not. There were a lot of shocking pieces about who she is as a woman and pieces about her trial and the movement itself that I was unaware of. The documentary actually came to me completed- it needed more money, a place to live… it needed distribution, which is why I came on board. When we finally got it done, I was thinking to myself that this is a story that needs to be told. A story that is a really fascinating piece of American History and oftentimes, unfortunately, these stories are only put in the niche of African American History, or Black History, but this is actually American History. It just happens to be centered around the civil rights movement. For me, I just felt like this was a really compelling part of our American History that needed to be told, that an African American woman is the center of, who happens to be the amazing Angela Davis!

After the theatrical release, which is rather extensive for a documentary, we’re hoping to make the documentary available to schools so that it may be shared in classrooms.


Tracee Ellis Ross Has 'Better Than Good Hair'!

So Tracee, aka 'The Homie', bka Miss 'It On a Stick' is #TeamEdges!

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