My New Articles on the Natural Hair Care News Site!

1BlessedNatural: My New Articles on the Natural HairCare News Site!

Hey, my blessed naturals!
I haven't forgotten about you all! I wanted to share some news with you all... Last month, I became a contributing writer for the Natural Hair Care News! The Natural Hair Care News is a website that changes attitudes about natural hair. Big shout out to them! Check out my latest articles below:
Alicia Keys Sports Braids Decorated with Gold Cuffs
Natural Hair and Protective Styling's Effect on the Hair Industry
Video: 3-Year Old Encourages Dad While He Does Her Natural Hair 

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Natural Hair Tutorial: Bobby Pinned (Swoop) Bang w/ Puff

1BlessedNatural: New Video: Bobby Pinned (Swoop) Bang w/ Puff

Happy Thursday, my blessed naturals!
Earlier, I uploaded a new video for the bobby pinned bang style! Check out the video and more pics below!

1BlessedNatural: Here's another pic of my hair banded before doing the style

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Natural Hairstyle: Bobby Pinned Bang and Twist-Out

Happy Monday, my blessed naturals!
Lately, I've been rocking a twist-out with a bobby-pinned (swoop) bang, lol. I did two-strand twist pin curls about 2 nights ago. Cantu Curl Activator, water (spray bottle), and coconut oil were used on my hair before twisting. I applied EcoStyler gel to my edges and brushed them with a toothbrush.

I haven't twisted my hair in two days because I still keep my hair in the banana clips to preserve my twist-out. I love that method! In the morning, I remove the clips, spritz my edges with water, and smooth my hair down with my hands. Then, I tie my headband and go!

What natural hairstyle are you wearing this week?

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1BN Staff : Proper Grammar is Not White Grammar

1BN Staff: Proper Grammar is Not White Grammar (photo cred: Samantha Sophia)
      Whether it was said to you, you overheard it, or you said it to someone else, you might have heard the expression, “talking white.” I have heard it said to my friends and I’ve heard my friends say it to others. The phrase is often greeted with laughter, but its use always makes me feel uncomfortable. I remember hearing it last year, seeing everyone around me react with laughter, and wondering, “What about this is funny?” It may seem like a small joke on the surface, but the phrase has a serious implication many people fail to realize and only furthers racial stereotypes because it is also used in a serious context.
     Let’s get something out of the way. Races cannot have specific traits. The concept of race was constructed by people to group other people into categories. Having brown eyes is a trait. The color of your skin is a trait, but traits do not go beyond one’s phenotype. People do not have traits based on the color of their skin. White people are not automatically born with the ability to speak with correct grammar. “Talking white” does not prove someone is more educated, has better views, or is in any way better than someone who does not use proper grammar. It is not race specific. People speak differently depending on their environment.
     People who proclaim “you sound so white” to someone of color may deem it harmless, but its continued use only hurts people of color as a whole. People automatically demonize someone if he or she speaks with an “urban” dialect. There is a misconception that people who speak with an “urban” dialect are uneducated or thugs. If a black person “talks white”, they are called out by other black people for using proper grammar. There is no winning.
     To those of you who do this, stop putting so much emphasis on the way a person speaks, and stop equating proper grammar with white people. To state proper grammar is white grammar instantly suggests anyone who does not use this quintessential grammar is below white people. It may seem small, but the phrase furthers negative assumptions and contributes to the oppression of black people. I do not mean physically chaining black people up, but metaphorically chaining us to racial stigma, by barring us from potential jobs and opportunities.

J.T. is the Assistant Editor of 1BlessedNatural Mag. She is also a college student from NJ. In her spare times she enjoys dancing, drawing, and making people laugh. 
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Freestyle Cornrows with Silver Cuffs and a Twist-Out

1BlessedNatural: Freestyle Cornrows with Silver Cuffs and a Twist-Out

Happy Sunday, my blessed naturals,
I've been wearing cornrows since last week. I did some freestyle cornrows in the front with silver braid cuffs and a twist-out in the back. I love braiding or twisting the front of my hair because I can just put the back in a puff or twist-out. I call it partial protective styling (smile). Here's more pic of the style:

1BlessedNatural: This was taken last week when I first did the style.

What natural hairstyle are you wearing this week?

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Gabrielle Union Wears Bantu Knots with Twist-out and Updo

1BlessedNatural: Gabrielle Union Wears Bantu Knots with Twist-Out and Updo (photo cred: @hairbywankya/Instagram)

Gabrielle Union-Wade has been busy promoting her new natural hair care line by showing off her natural hairstyles. This week, the actress posted a picture and video of her Bantu knots and twist-out on social media. The caption of the photo was "Dear summer hair #Day1."

Her hair was done by celebrity hairstylist Wankaya. The stylist posted more photos of Union's hair pinned up in the back into a pineapple. Love it! Earlier this month, Gabrielle Union wore Afro puffs and a regular puff. I want to see what other natural hairstyles she will wear next!

What natural hairstyle would you like to see Gabrielle Union wear next?

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