Got Locs? Here's Why You're Not Getting the Job.

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 by Tiffani Greenaway of

As if we don’t have enough to worry about with our natural hair, a federal court has ruled that dreadlocks are a reason not to give someone a job.

After Chastity Jones accepted a job offer from Catastrophe Management Systems in Mobile, Alabama in 2010, a white HR manager told her that her locs were against company policy because, "they tend to get messy, although I'm not saying yours are, but you know what I'm talking about." After refusing to change her hairstyle, her job offer was withdrawn.


CRWN Mag Is Bringing Black Natural Hair Beauty To The Masses

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by Mike Orie of

CRWN Magazine wants to tell our story. Not once a year for a special celebration, or periodically, but every single day. The quarterly magazine launched in August 2015 at Afropunk with the Zero Issue and has received nothing but positive reviews. To date, CRWN has gained over 1,000 pre-orders for issue 1, which is expected to release sometime this spring.


Blue Ivy’s Fro Steals the Show #Formation

by Kanisha Parks of

“I like my baby hair with baby hair and afros.”

Indeed, Blue Ivy’s fro took over the Internet this weekend and for good reason: she’s embracing her head of hair and she doesn’t care what you have to say about it.

Beyonce has been ridiculed for “not grooming” her Blue Ivy’s hair since the beginning of time—even sparking an online petition to “comb her hair.” At one point, there was even talk that Beyonce was finally going to “succumb to the pressure” and give Blue Ivy a relaxer.

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Brother Where Art Thou?: Leaving Black Men Out of the Black Hair Revolution

I'm married to a man who's absolutely obsessed with sports. We rarely watch TV together because he is content to watch ESPN around the clock. Sunday morning was one of those rare times we were watching TV together. He was tuned into some show recapping the Bengals vs Steelers playoff game. I was barely watching or listening when I heard, "Assistant Coach Mike Munchak pulled Reggie Nelson's hair!"

I snatched the remote to rewind because I was sure I hadn't heard what I thought I heard. I watched this white man -- an assistant coach -- grab the locs of a black player. I had to replay the clip four times. That scene was a virtual commercial for white supremacy. The symbolism, dehumanization and racist arrogance of the incident made me realize that black men are often overlooked in conversations about discrimination against black hair.

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Being Black and Curly in Los Angeles #Blacktresses

In the latest episode of my digital series, Get Your Life, the lead character finds herself at an audition with a number of other black women. Stuck in the waiting room together, due to a scheduling error, things get heated when they start bickering about everything from who’s being “extra black”, what is considered “attractive”, and of course, hair. Barbs are thrown and the catty convo culminates in a church sequence where the lead character poses the questions to her fellow blacktresses:
How many times have you wondered what wig will I give em today?! I give em kinky, will the think Kunta?! If I give em bone straight will they say, ‘Well, them edges is too laid to lead a revolution!’
In the episode, it’s hilarious and meant to be over the top, but the question it’s based on, is rooted in reality.  I had an audition the other day and the role was described as “Upscale, fit and over- achieving. Mean, never pulls any punches. Attractive, wealthy, sharp tongued.” When I read this, I immediately started putting a timetable together to straighten my hair. Then I caught myself and realized there was something more to explore. What in that description made me immediately feel like I needed to straighten my hair? I won’t front, it wasn’t about her being mean, or attractive. It was, ‘upscale and wealthy’ that took me there. In that moment I realized, dammit Amanda, you been brainwashed too!

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Model Maria Borges is no stranger to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. And third time's a charm.
Having walked in the acclaimed show both in 2013 and 2014, everyone couldn't help but notice something strikingly different about Borges' appearance. This year, the 23-year-old Angolan beauty chose to rock her natural hair TWA rather than conceal it with a wig like she did in her prior Victoria's Secret shows.

Maria's presence during the event was effortlessly confident; her beautiful facial features and amazing physique statuesquely glided down the runway in the most graceful way. But according to celebrity news blogger B. Scott, Borges wasn't so sure of herself before the show actually happened. "I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," the model stated. "I was nervous, but I had to do it." Last night a wig-free Borges caught all of us off guard.
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