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Beyond the aesthetic question, kinky/curly hair is a symbol of resistance against racism: after straightening for years, woman feels empowered with natural hair

Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: The discovery of the beauty in kinky/curly hair is a process that tens of thousands of Afro-Brazilian women are experiencing these days (see here and here). Obviously more than simply an issue of beauty aesthetics, it is a symbol of the struggle against the racist concepts of the beautiful and the ugly that permeate Brazilian society. The fact that the story below is so common among black women reveals how people of visible African ancestry struggle with self-acceptance when everyone is taught to believe that certain features, such as straight hair, are better than others. Below is yet another example of the natural hair revolution that is has slowly taken place in Brazil over the past few decades. 

Raísa Azeredo

Beyond the aesthetic question, kinky/curly hair is a symbol of resistance against racism

Stories such as that of the publicist Raísa Azeredo, who started straightening…

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Black Men “vs.” Womanhood

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Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines Womanhood as “the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman” Womanhood can also be construed as the “state or condition of being a woman.” In the biblical sense, women are seen as the equalizer, the true of fruits man’s spiritual labor, a blessing only bestowed upon those deemed worthy enough to bask in ambiance of the fairer sex. Proverbs 19:14 tells us “House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the lord.” The woman is the creator and curator of life, the culmination of all things beautiful in this world. Her aura is the summation of things ordered by the Lord himself, an earthly testament to his grace and benevolence. The woman is the spiritual guide, always ready to soothe the inhibitions of men too prideful or too “powerful” to humble themselves. The woman is to be revered and respected…

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Black Fatherhood Matters

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Before our youth understands that #blacklivesmatter, We must first teach them #blackfamiliesmatter. The most vital yet overlooked role in our community is the role of the Father. Before we can effectively fight injustice, we must fight the years of systematic deconstruction of the black family. I challenge you to post a POSITIVE image of a black father or role model.
#BlackFatherhood#Blackmentorshipmatters#BlackFathersMatter

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Love a black man

​I just had to share this photo today. This is my husband on the left and his first officer on his flight. Only 2.7 percent of airline pilots are African American. This makes me so incredibly proud to see this photo knowing how much education and training goes into a career like this. To make it this far, you have to be the best! So with all the negativity out there in the world right now, I hope you see this. – Dede (proud wife) 

We see and salute you both for showing young boys that look like you, that they too can soar. #becauseofthemwecan

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Is #BlackLove a joke?!

Simply Me Being Me....Kiki

I know people are probably wondering if I am serious about such a question, but I’m really starting to wonder if Black love is some kind of joke or even a myth. I’m not in no form or fashion against black love, but in my observations I’m noticing that I almost feel like I can’t take black love seriously. Now, there are some great examples of black love that make me feel proud and I look up to. For example, my Tee Tee Michelle and Uncle Barack!! I mean what is not to love about them?! Considering they are living proof of a powerful black couple, you would think that the idea of black love would be strengthened, right?! Well, I’m not sure if that is the case. I think in some cases it has, but not so much in others.

Interestingly, this post was birthed after seeing a series…

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Why Should We Support Black-Owned Businesses?

The Smart Entrepreneur

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Written by Siyabonga Mtetwa

The race that does not build is always controlled by those who do.

As the young black entrepreneur, living in South Africa, with so much passion for my country’s future and mine as an individual – I think it is important to address this issue and to challenge my folks from black communities to buy from black-owned businesses to close the economic gap between us and other racial groups. From my previous experiences with various clients, I have come to realise that Blacks spend less money on black-owned businesses than other racial and ethnic groups spend in businesses owned by the members of their groups, including Asians and Muslims.

A recent report by News24 estimates that black buying power will reach a new milestone in the next few years, yet only a tiny fraction of that money is spent at black-owned businesses. And then you wonder why…

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I Had To Stop Doing Something Wrong #BlackLove

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My Black fiance needs to be safe and feel safe.

The healing process is not over night and there is no bluprint that all can uniformly follow.
Where help is need, I’m there and enthusiastic. When help is declined, I need to provide space. When help is to be moderate, I am to be careful and respond to her.

One thing that gets touched on regularly with folks in our circles is how people that apologize a lot are always expecting to be harmed because of coming from an abusive background.

I used to fire back “You don’t need to say you’re sorry. You haven’t done anything wrong.” everytime she did that.

WRONG!!!!

That’s another way of telling her she’s doing something wrong RIGHT NOW!!!

Now. I touch her hand and lean in and kiss her face…. anywhere on the face.
She laughs, exhales and continues with whatever she’s doing.

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