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Curly Nikki

A New Hair Social Order

glam TWA, Katia by Dori Phelps So, first of all I want to state some givens. I’ve been black all my life. I don’t know what it is like to be anything else. My life experience consists of the fact that I have never been skinny: never very large but svelte is not a category …

Curly Nikki

Reclaiming the word “Nappy”

PHOTO CREDIT: MARC BAPTISTE by Sabrina Perkins Nappy was never a word you wanted to hear or be associated with when I was growing up. I’m a part of Generation X, the latch-key kids, Atari players, the generation after the baby boomers. If you were born between 1965 and 1980, you are a part of …

Curly Nikki

A Statement From the Parker Family- ‘7 Year Old Tiana Hopes to Continue to Inspire Young Girls’

(Photo courtesy of Curtis Young/Available on Associated Press) Last week I shared the heartbreaking story of 7-year-old Tiana Parker. She was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because her hair was deemed inappropriate and distracting. According to the school’s policy, ‘hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are …