The Joys (and Pains!) of Kinky, Curly Black Girl Hair

The torture usually came on Saturday evenings, in the kitchen. I’d be sitting on a stack of thick yellow phone books and a pillow, squished...

– Nov 9, 2009

Proof That I’m Doing My Job: Black Girls and Self-Esteem

It’s not that I hated how I looked, really. It’s just that after a while, it was hard to be judged, and not start co-signing...

– Oct 26, 2009

You Know You Want This: Vintage Body Spa Giveaway

You have to understand: My people had me in the woods from a Friday to a Sunday, roughing it at a beautiful but dusty campsite...

– Aug 5, 2009

Little Dolls: Tenderly Tending to Every Strand of Brown Girl Hair, With a Smile

It's extremely important to tell little Black girls that their natural hair is beautiful. This is why.

– Jul 6, 2009


Can someone please explain to me why Burger King is using Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ode to ass to hawk 99-cents SpongeBob kids’ meals to the babies?...

– Apr 20, 2009

THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE: Lessons On Learning How To Love My Daughter's Hair, Even When I Have Issues With My Own

By EKENE ONU Aunty come make I fix you. Aunty come make I fix you. I can hear them calling from Nigeria’s Tejuosho Market. Correct...

– Apr 6, 2009

It’s A Whole New World: Disney’s First African American Princess Takes A Bow

I remember dying a thousand deaths the day my Mari came home and announced she wanted to be Snow White for Halloween. I mean, I...

– Feb 20, 2009

Diahann Carroll: “Brown Skin Is Beautiful Now Put Some Make-up On It!”

By DENENE MILLNER My mother was incredibly beautiful—had this fiery red hair and high cheekbones and the smoothest, most flawless skin you ever did see....

– Feb 18, 2009

Taking Aim At Madison Avenue: Tell Them Pretty Brown Girls ARE NOT Hard To Find.

This, from New York magazine online, with nods to The Black Snob: Madison Avenue is scrambling to adjust to a new era, when the most...

– Feb 5, 2009

Say What? Steamy Talk In Mickey Mouse's House

I'm in total agreement with Beyonce: A little sweat ain't never hurt nobody. Especially when it comes from getting bodied on the dance floor. Or...

– Jan 26, 2009