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Celebrity Natural Hair Inspirations

3 Nov

By CANDACE ROBERTS

Leela James

This lovely Los Angeles native and R&B singer rocks an enormous Afro and tells Essence Magazine that she has never had a relaxer.

Read more here:

http://www.essence.com/2010/02/11/tress-talk-leela-james-on-her-signature/

Photo via LeelaJames.com

Corrine Bailey Rae

A British singer and songwriter with over four million album sales and gorgeous natural tresses.

Photo via CorrineBaileyRae.com

Angela Simmons

Daughter of Rev. Run from Run DMC and Co-founder of Pastry a junior girls clothing and shoe company.

Photo via Twitter @AngelaSimmons

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon. “I’ve been natural my entire life! My mother didn’t believe in relaxers,” Spalding tells CurlyNikki.com

Read more here:

http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/07/celebrity-natural-hair-esperanza.html

Photo via EsperanzaSpalding.com

Cree Summer

Actress best known for her role as Winifred “Freddie” Brooks on the hit show, A Different World.

Cassandra Wilson

A jazz musician and vocalist from Jackson, Mississippi, Wilson keeps it natural with dreadlocks.

Harlem native, singer, and actress.

Photo via Teyanatayloronline.com

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The Color of Beauty

3 Nov

Leela James (LeelaJames.com)

By CANDACE ROBERTS

Beauty comes in all shades, sizes and colors. Why is it that so many people still don’t realize that? It’s nearly 2012 and the dark skin versus light skin battle still continues.

Society and media have tried to define beauty in their own ways, but they often leave out the beautiful black sisters. What is even more hurtful is that many in the black community continue to discriminate against their own.

A blond haired, blue eyed, white woman, as beautiful as she is, is not the only classification of beauty. A long haired, thick, redbone, as lovely as she is, is not the only beautiful black woman.

There are some black women today who bleach their skin and straighten their hair to fit in a class of beauty that they didn’t know they were already in. Not knocking the women who invest their money in getting hair relaxers, but a woman who wears her hair natural is gorgeous too.

The self esteem of both, our children and adults, is at stake. Not to leave out our handsome black men in the matter, who face social injustice still, because of the color and tone of their skin. Black men even face discrimination over the way they choose to wear their hair, for instance, dreadlocks.

Ryan Gentles (RyanGentles.com)

Where is the love for our race, history and culture? Whether you’re dark or light skin, have short or long hair, wear hair extensions, have relaxed or natural hair; remember beauty comes in all shades. Remind yourselves and your children of that everyday!

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