I call the defense disturbing because it is unsettling that we have to constantly go to great lengths to explain, support and justify the hair that naturally grows out of our head. I'm am over people calling natural hair "edgy" and "different." I'm abstract because I don't grow straight hair?
This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."
The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.
Whenever we're strolling in the neighborhood, someone always comments on my daughter's hair. I've considered that maybe people are complimenting her and that I shouldn't take it too seriously. But then I realize their comments are always directed at her hair.
Beyonce Knowles has finally responded to the controversy surrounding her daughter Blue Ivy's offensive hairstyle. For the past two years of the young ...
His clueless comments didn't just make Beyoncé squirm in her seat, her smile frozen on her face; women everywhere recoiled. Even worse, we all sucked in our stomachs, whether we're mothers or not.
It's Beyoncé's world and we're just living in it.
In his highly anticipated 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z rightly notes that fatherhood can be a joyful and frightful experience, especially for a rising generation of fathers whose fathers were largely absent.
When I sat down to watch Life Is But a Dream, I knew we weren't going to get much. This is Beyoncé, after all. It isn't like she woke up one morning and completely changed from the person who spent a decade denying her romance with her now-husband.
Let's get Hillary Rodham Clinton on one of these lists. What's sexier than a woman in a pants suit brokering world peace, slurping soup and discussing sanctions with the Prime Minter of Yalangistan? Trick question. There is nothing sexier.
Perhaps non-celebrities should consider following the path of Metta World Peace by naming a child after a cause, rather than a vegetable. If it's a slow news day this might be your opportunity to become a quasi-celebrity.
On the sixth-floor maternity ward / Of a hospital called Lenox Hill, / Two new parents of one little girl / Paid a very big hospital bill.
We can only guess that trademarking the name Blue Ivy will have repercussions among other celebrity parents. We foresee more celebrities choosing ever more distinctive names for their children, to strengthen their case for trademark protection.
The birth of this new celebrity baby is important because of her ability to shape the way her parents demonstrate an understanding of gender. This, in turn, will benefit the masses and help shift public perceptions and dialogue around gender.
Both the global statistics and our new exhibition at the International Museum of Women, MAMA, tell a story that is very different to the glowing and positive picture that surrounds each new celebrity birth.
There's a line in Jay-Z's beautiful new song "Glory," that he dedicated to his newborn daughter, Blue Ivy, that changed the way I look at him. It takes a real man to rap about a miscarriage.