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Why #UnconventionalBlackBeauty Celebrates People Like Me

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

In the black community, we often celebrate those who are Afrocentric as long as they don't look "too African." The funny thing about the hashtag #unconventionalblackbeauty is that most photos were pretty conventional. But partnering these pictures with the word "beauty" has made them unconventional.

How One Mom Taught Her 7-Year-Old Daughter To Accept Her Natural Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices

When 7-year-old Natalie McGriff struggled to embrace her natural black beauty, her mom was the first one to encourage her to love her hair and her bea...

The Inconsistent Acceptance of Black Beauty

Literally, Darling | Posted 05.08.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

I have grown to love my features, not because the whims of fleeting trends tell me that I am allowed to, but because wishing to be anything different is an affront to who I am. Because there is something beautiful in the curves and hues that contribute to the woman I see in the mirror.

Flawless: Racial Bias in Beauty

Cierra Lockett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

As more white women turn to bronzers, lip injections, butt implants and the like, black women are still forced to maintain more conservative images in public to counteract stereotypes based on these features.

Here's The Problem With Calling Lupita Nyong'o 'The New Face Of Beauty'

Dana Oliver | Posted 06.01.2015 | Style
Dana Oliver

Lupita Nyong'o represents a stunning image of black women that should be seen regularly on newsstands.

'Black Girls Are Magic': Latest Episode Of 'Being Mary Jane' Powerfully Explores Race And Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices

On Tuesday night, the latest episode of "Being Mary Jane" aired on BET and earned high praise from viewers. Well, let’s be real, every episode does....

Activist Explains Why Black Is Beautiful And Totally Nails It

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices

Eurocentric beauty standards have dominated mainstream media narratives for years. While African American women deal with everything from controversia...

Ain't I a Woman, New York Times and Vogue?

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Ronda Lee

At women's professional groups, I am frustrated by the lack of women of color represented and the sea of sameness among their ranks. I am tired of Vogue magazine and now the New York Times insisting that only a European woman's shape is beautiful.

Black Women Shut Down Bogus Beauty Standards In Times Article

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices

Calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” was not the only problematic part of the highly criticized New York Times article published last week...

Essence Magazine Promotes "Natural" Beauty in the Black Community

Rachel Hampton | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices
Rachel Hampton

I applaud the publication on its endeavor to begin the conversation on natural beauty. "Pretty" goes beyond European style features and Brazilian imported tresses; it starts with a Black woman's kinks sprouting from her roots and raw individuality.

LOOK: 17 Reasons Why We Love Bearded Boys!

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Black Voices

If you haven't already noticed, beards are back! Well, they really didn't go anywhere but the whiskered look is definitely enjoying quite the resurgen...

Lupita: Black Beauty's Intimate Revolution

Esther Armah | Posted 05.18.2014 | Black Voices
Esther Armah

So many black women have an intimate relationship with rejection when it comes to their own beauty. That relationship has a legacy that walks with them today.

As If Lupita Wasn't Inspiring Enough...

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices

During a recent segment of HuffPost Live, critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussed Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o and her i...

Lupita's Time to Shine

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Rutendo Nyamuda

Judging from this year's awards season, and every other one really, it's clear that the lack of diversity is still a major issue. The fight, however, is on so many levels.

Sheryl Underwood, Re-think Your Judgments on Black Hair

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.04.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Please understand that with all the many issues that are facing blacks in the public sphere, hair should be something we should all strive to look past as a debate.

200 New Orleans Girls 'Imagine A Future'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Black Voices

Over 200 girls from New Orleans gathered in the city's historic Joy movie theater on Friday to see My Black Is Beautiful's (MBIB) documentary "Imagine...

'Imagine A Future: My Black Is Beautiful' Hits The Tribeca Film Festival

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices

It was only a year ago that Procter & Gamble’s My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB), an organization that celebrates the diverse beauty of African-American ...

'Black Don't Crack': Black Women Believe They Age Best

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices

We've all heard and seen shining examples of the age-old adage, "black don't crack." Thanks to good genes, lots of ultraviolet ray-shielding melani...

The Ten Most Popular Black Celebrity Hairstyles

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.02.2012 | Black Voices
Ben Arogundade

I thought it might be interesting to check out the global monthly search stats on the hairstyles of black celebrities, to see whose was the most popular.

Kenya Moore Gives Beauty Pageants A Facelift With 'Miss More' 2012

Posted 08.14.2012 | Black Voices

Beauty pageants have a pretty bad rep. Up until 1970 some beauty pageants refused to allow women of color to vie for the crown. Even Miss Black F...

EXCLUSIVE: Fashion Fair's Biggest Launch In Years

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Black Voices

Chances are you, your mother and perhaps even your grandmother used and loved products from Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the largest black-owned makeup com...

10 New Rules In Black Beauty

Ben Arogundade | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Ben Arogundade

For many black women, their preference for straight hair is driven by bad childhood memories of being teased and tormented at school about their natural hair, or being made to feel insecure by parents who insisted on the hot comb or hair relaxer.

Michael Jackson: On the Anniversary of His Passing

Dr. Susan Taylor | Posted 08.25.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Susan Taylor

As I drove past the cemetery that Saturday morning, where Michael Jackson now rests, I thought about the lyrics to his song, I'll Be There "I'll be there to protect you, with an unselfish love I respect you, Just call my name and I"ll be there."

Iman Proves That Black Beauty Products Shouldn't Be Pushed To The Back

Michelle Marques | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices

Iman is tired of black beauty products being relegated to the back walls of "ethnic sections" in major retailers. The model and beauty mogul spok...

Julee Wilson

PHOTOS: The Most Stunning Natural Hair Portraits EVER

HuffingtonPost.com | Julee Wilson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Black Voices

Every historic moment needs its recorder. The natural hair revolution now has the stunning photos of Glenford Nunez. Nunez, the 25-year-old Baltimo...