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Solange Hits The Stage For The Boston Calling Music Festival September 11 2013, 0 Comments

Solange let her full head of natural curls hang free, as  she performed at the Boston Calling Festival. The spirited singer looked vibrant in a Noon by Noor Spring 2014 Floral Print Crop Top and short combo paired with Nasty Gal x Le Specs Half Moon Sunglasses. What do you think about Solange eccentric look?

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Viola Davis Cover Essence Magazine & Expresses Her Desire To Embrace Her Truth September 06 2013, 2 Comments

"Be Beautiful, Inside and Out" - Who better to embody that message than the sublime and all-around beauty, Viola Davis? The 48-year old actress looks absolutely radiant on the October cover of Essence Magazine.

Throughout the course of her career, Viola has grown to become the face of confidence and grace. While the "Prisoner" star had many gushing over her natural curls at the Oscars, Viola encourages people to not give hair too much power.

"There's not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we'll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child's hair looks," Davis told Essence. "I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair."

Davis, herself, admits to knowing that self-esteem does not come easy 

"My image of myself [as a youth] was in the mouths of young White kids calling me ugly and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty," Davis said.

Fortunately, Viola was able to overcome the negative and embrace her own inner and outer beauty. Viola also admits to gaining a boost of confidence from her 2-year old daughter, Genesis, as well.

Davis told Essence that she feels most beautiful when she is at home and her daughter says "You're the best mommy! You're amazing! You're exquisite!"

 


Kerry Washington Takes The Cover on Glamour & Dishes On Her Secret Marriage and Newfound Style September 05 2013, 1 Comment

As the lead character of the top primetime network television series, Sandal, Kerry Washington possesses elegance, wits, and a high fashion sense. Accompanied with pure talent, its no wonder why Glamour Magazine chose the graceful beauty to be the cover star of their October 2013 issue. Just weeks ahead of facing-off against fellow leading actresses at this year's Emmy Awards, Kerry opened up to the Glamour squad to unveil why she is so reluctant on discussing her recent marriage to NFL cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha. She also admitted to being novice to the fashion world. In fact, her newfound interest in fashion was simply an effort to compliment her image as an actress and improve her career.

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The editorial shows Kerry rocking pretty red and pink shade dresses for the fall and a shoulder-length haircut with subtle brown highlights.

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Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

On Keeping Her Personal Life Private

I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life. I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, “I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.” So I just thought, “OK, no more.”

You even managed to get married in June without anyone knowing.

Absolutely! I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold.

It must have been satisfying to pull off a wedding with no press around.

[Laughs.] I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me.

On If Her Parents Approve Of Her Career Choice

When I said that this is what I wanted to do, my mother literally cried. She didn’t want me to experience all that rejection. They both would have preferred me to have been a lawyer.… [After college] I gave myself a year to make it in acting and was living in my parents’ house teaching beginner’s yoga when I got my first part, in Our Song. Then I got Save the Last Dance.… Now they’re really behind me. And I’m always working. My cousins call me the longshoreman of actors.

On Fashion Being Important to Her Career

OK, I’m going to admit this: There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, “I’m missing a really important tool. If I am the CEO of the Kerry Washington Corporation, my marketing department is really lax.” So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry.[...]And I researched her like any other character. I actually called Tracee Ellis Ross [the actress and Diana Ross’s daughter], who’s a good friend, and literally asked, “How do you pronounce Hermès?” Red-Carpet Kerry needed to know.[...]The professor’s daughter kicked in. I was doing library hours on fashion. And then it happened—I was in love.

On Her All White Fashion in “Scandal”

From me and the costume designer Lyn Paolo. And the pants—that Olivia wears pants—that was mine, because I really wanted her to wear the pants in that relationship.


Kim Kardashian Goes Blond (Again) September 05 2013, 1 Comment

While adjusting to her new role as mom, Kim Kardashian found time to switch up her look and color her hair blond. Kim decided to step out with her new look for an outing with her daughter North West. Although, the web buzzed about recent hair change - truth is, this is not her first time rocking the sunny 'do. She previously wore a similar hair color back in 2010.

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Are you a fan of the blond mane?


Sheryl Underwood Sparks Controversy Over "Afro Hair" Comment & Issues an Apology September 05 2013, 4 Comments

The Talk co-host, Sheryl Underwood, talked her way right into some controversy.

The comedian found herself in a very uncomfortable position following a recent rerun of her daytime talk show. During an episode, which originally aired in June, Sheryl chimed in on a round-table discussion which addressed Heidi Klum's decision to preserve the remains of her bi-racial children's hair. Heidi admittedly saves their hair for keep-sake purposes as well as art projects.

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In attempt to express her disgust towards Heidi's unusual ritual in a humorous manner, Sheryl questioned why anyone would want to keep "afro hair". She continued by making it a point to note that people don't ask for weaves with “curly, nappy beads.” The conversation got even more awkward when fellow co-host, Sara Gilbert, revealed that she saved her son’s hair from his first haircut. In response, Sheryl stated that it would make more sense since Sara’s son’s hair is "beautiful, long, and silky."

Here is a video from the show, just to get a better idea of how the conversation went:

The intended joke didn't go over so well with viewers. Rather, many viewers took offense to the comedian's remarks. Sheryl faced tremendous backlash after viewers caught wind of her unflattering comment. To onlookers it seemed as though Sheryl was inferring that the naturally course and kinky hair of most individuals of African decent was of lesser quality than the silky straight texture associated with people of European descent. Various people made an effort to confront Sheryl (via social media) and advice her to apologize. Sheryl soon issued an apology and statement explaining her comment. 

I want to apologize at my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart...My choice of words was wrong and inappropriate. I hope that in time you can forgive me...We make mistakes all the time, and I will use this as a learning experience to reflect on the power of words and how I personally use them. - Interview with Steve Harvey Morning Show

The discussion was about cutting and saving hair. I didn’t speak about Heidi Klum or her children’s hair. I stated that the act of saving hair was ‘nasty’. Cutting and saving what I consider as dead… it’s like saving fingernails. -Interview with Curly Nikki. 

Unfortunately, many still believe her comment to be ignorant an unforgivable. What are your thoughts on the issue? Do you think Sheryl's remarks are totally unacceptable or is the audience being a bit too over dramatic and sensitive? 


Alicia Keys Debuts New Bowl Cut August 31 2013, 3 Comments

It's a 'New Day' for Alicia Keys. The grammy-award winning singer stopped by ABC'S Good Morning America to discuss her upcoming projects, just before hitting the Rumsey Playfield stage in NYC with Maxwell to perform her latest R&B hit "Fire We Make". A. Keys belted out a few old hits as she debuted a brand new haircut. Having already faced the big chop, the singer bravely took her bold look to new heights with an even more edgy bowl cut. Alicia rocked her new look in a black keyhole midriff paired with hot pink high-waisted pants. She certainly seems to be refreshed and enjoying her new look. What about you? Are you feeling A. Key's new haircut?

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Ciara and Jennifer Lopez Opt for Voluminous Curls August 27 2013, 1 Comment

When it comes to hair, "Bigger is Better" may just be the motto this season. At least, that may be the case for stars like Ciara and Jennifer Lopez, who grace this season's most coveted magazine covers with a head full of big voluminous curls.

Following her appearance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Ciara shows off her toned physique on the August 2013 cover of Paper Magazine. In the editorial shot by Danielle Levitt, the "Body Party" songstress conveys old hollywood glamour with full body hair, defined by loose curls.

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The gorgeous singer wasn't the only star rocking the revamped vintage look. Former American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez, donned a similar bouncy 'do on the cover of W Magazine. Lopez complimented her lush tresses with bold red lips and a feather-accented mesh gown by Gucci. Are you a fan of the voluminous mane? Let us know what you think.

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Images courtesy of: W Magazine, Paper Magazine