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  Hair has always been a big part of feminine culture. From virtue and class to health, hair and hairstyles are part of a long history of female identity — particularly for black women. The texture of black hair is something that has long fascinated and befuddled people with other types of strands, and styling black hair has its own complicated, and sometimes divisive, history. Amandla Stenberg recently released a video talking about the cultural appropriation of black hair and culture by white celebrities and mainstream society. Read More
A series of images by Jaime Moore appeared earlier this year, showcasing the artist's daughter Emma dressed as historic females. Janine Harper and her photographer husband Marc Bushelle were among some of the people who stumbled upon Not Just a Girl after it went viral on the girl-wide-web. The photos inspired the two to create their own series—one that brings to light the historical black women our textbooks tend to forget. Read More
Defining the Black American Woman is not an easy task. She is layered, multifaceted, complicated and her representation tends to spark debate. Since 2002, one photographer has attempted to capture the essence of what it means to be a modern black woman in America through an ever-expanding exhibition of portraits called WOMEN OF A NEW TRIBE.  Jerry Taliaferro's subjects come from a variety of backgrounds, with different ages, professions and socioeconomic standings represented. The project has traveled to several U.S. Read More
At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Miley Cyrus took the stage and showed off her so-called twerking skills. For the past few days, the starlet’s performance has been getting A LOT of media attention. Some have complained that her performance was too sexy and scandalous, but others have addressed another issue—of Cyrus’ appropriation of black culture, and using African-American women as props. Ok Miley, we’ve had this discussion before. It needed to happen, all for good reason. Read More
Miley Cyrus was veritably born into the industry – as the daughter of famous country singer Billy Ray, she was a household name by the time she was 15, starring as Hannah Montana in her very own Disney channel show. There, she cultivated a persona as a modern southern belle: fresh-faced, down-to-earth, and unpretentious. If you’ve paid attention the last couple of years, she’s been busy doing what plenty of teenaged starlets do as they transition into adulthood – trying to shed the juvenile image and trade up to something sexier. Read More