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Here’s Why Kim Kardashian Crediting Her Fulani Braids To Bo Derek Is Problematic

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Kim Kardashian By Samantha Callender via Essence.com Braids have long been the de facto hairstyle of the African diaspora. Originally a tribal signifier amongst African tribes, the technique was brought across the Atlantic during slavery and is now a go-to protective style for Black women.There’s no arguing that braids have played a critical role in Black hair culture, which is…

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Elle Magazine’s Documentary On Braids Will Give You All The Feels!

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Karrueche Tran By Erickka Sy Savané Not all documentaries are created equal. But Elle Magazine’s ‘Braided: An American Hair Story’ taps celebs like Lupita Nyong’o, Young M.A., and Karrueche Tran, as well as stylist to the stars Vernon Francois and author Ayana Byrd to give us an entertaining, political, and historic look at the hairstyle that is more than just…

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Why The ‘White Designers Appropriating African Fashion Debate’ Is Old News

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Stella McCartney 2017 By Mwabi Kaira The internet exploded this week with news that fashion designer Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection featured African prints.  Everyone took to hash tagging cultural appropriation and voiced their outrage all over social media that a designer could show white women wearing our designs.  I’m an African woman by way of Zambia and Malawi and…

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