Holistic Locs: The Pursuit of Beauty This past September, I started my loc journey for the second time. The first started back in my senior year of college. I went to a “round the way” salon and started them off with perfectly coiffed coils drenched in black gel, and was told to come back in… Read more »
Reasons I Love My Period
My mother tried to make my period a special time. She’d take me shopping for bubble baths and tell me that this was my moment to relax. Then PMS and the cramps from the pits of hell rang in. I dreaded my monthly cycle. But then I started searching for all possible remedies (I shared… Read more »
Room to Rock: A WOC Takeover
Room to Rock: A WOC Takeover By Maria “Vida” Billini For Halloween, this year I went with my family’s superhero theme and proudly donned my Wonder Woman costume. I figured I wanted to be a superhero who not only resembled me but represented the kick-ass, take-no-prisoners, leading female powerhouse that echoes the same courage, boldness,… Read more »
Black Girl You Are Beautiful!
On Saturday October 15, 2016, Siren Studios opened its doors for an event that was all #BlackGirlBeautiful. A refreshingly uplifting event in Hollywood that gathered the most beautiful (inside and out), talented, dynamic people in celebration of the Black Girl! Founder of BlackGirlBeautiful.com, Nikia Phoenix is a Los Angeles based model, writer, and dream instigator. As soon… Read more »
Dark Boy Complex: It’s Time To Shift The Conversation
I hesitated to write this. I really did. I wrote about this topic a decade ago and it inspired me to create a short documentary (Colour Me Bad: Third Coast Hip Hop) for my senior thesis in college. At the time, I thought my passionate guerilla film had the power to really change the hip… Read more »
Fuckbois: A gal’s best pet? Or greatest enemy ?
They’re here, probably broke, charming and they know it. According to user ‘thisplacesucksass’ on Urban Dictionary ‘fuckboi’ is another way to spell ‘fuckboy’ which derives from a term given to prison cell mates who is sexually subservient to another cell mate. However user ‘nbild’ is more acquainted with the general term we know of fuckboi… Read more »
Head Wraps In The Park at Leimert Park LA
It was a tough week for black people. We mourned the murder of Terrence Crutcher. One of the most recent black lives lost to police violence. And watched several other unlawful acts against black bodies circulate through our news feeds. The trauma caused by reliving these moments add to the generational pain black people suffer from… Read more »
POST BREAKUP: Finding Self-Love
From Miss Strange: Here you are … again. Night after night, you lay with an emptiness and wake up to feel the void deepen. With a sigh you get up to start your day (and almost without a second thought you forego most body cleanliness. You go out and occupy your thoughts so they won’t… Read more »
Say Dark Meat: The Wrong Way to Approach A Dark Skin Woman
This weekend a brother tried to holla at me by yelling out, “Say dark meat, come here!” I was high off the very black vibes at the Cali HBCU Reunion, bouncing in my #BlackGirlMagic as I strutted across the yard, and feeling myself in all my glory after a much needed day with black people…. Read more »
You’re Pretty for A Black Girl
You’re pretty for a black girl. Well I’ve heard that before… Nothing new. The phrase that goes over your head as a girl and comes back to stab you in the gut later. But you’re so pretty for a black girl… there must be something else there. You could be white, native american, hawaiian or… Read more »
IT HAPPENED AGAIN…SO WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?
It happened again, another innocent Black man was murdered by police. The outrage is growing as we struggle to bring value to Black lives. People are beginning to feel powerless. Don’t give up hope. We still have a long way to go but these steps will help us in our pursuit of justice. Educate Yourself… Read more »