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Growing Up a Black Girl in Trinidad

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.22.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I grew up in Trinidad in the 80s and 90s as a black girl child. To be black in a country that idealizes the curly hair and mixed ethnicity aesthetic, is rough to say the least. I was black to everyone who saw me, which wouldn't bother me if I wasn't treated as less than because of it.

An Open Letter to My Son With Brown Skin

Apryl Beverly | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Apryl Beverly

Dear son: It hurts my heart to tell you this. The fact is, some people in this country will first and foremost only see your chocolate skin. And they will judge you for it. They won't want to hear what you have to say. All that will matter to them is your skin tone.

Spas and the Leap Toward Multicultural Marketing

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

Beauty schools as a whole tend to disregard brown skin in their curriculum, despite the rapidly growing high degree of ethnic spa-goers. Kelly McDonald recently addressed this issue during my interview with her at the International Spa Association's (ISPA) Conference and Expo.

Gabrielle Wants You To Be Sun Safe

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.04.2013 | Black Voices

It's Fourth of July! Which certainly means it's time to head out for some much needed fun in the sun. But don't forget your sunscreen. And yes--that a...

Spa Tips to Prepare for the FLOTUS

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 10.17.2012 | Style
Linda Harding-Bond

There are certain amenities and qualities which I look for that would satisfy most folks, probably even a FLOTUS. It may surprise you that while luxurious surroundings are always a plus, it is not always my primary requirement.

Mirror Mirror, On the Wall: The SPARK and Teen Vogue Controversy

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 11.20.2012 | Black Voices
Linda Harding-Bond

The prevailing standard of beauty is sending a message to every woman either directly or subliminally , and that is- we're never white enough, thin enough, glossy enough, taut enough or ultimately good enough.

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Beck promised on his radio show that "the hammer" would be coming down on me, and that he would devote a week of his TV show to bringing me down. I took that as a "no" to dialogue, but I've decided to go ahead without him.

Arizona's Immigration Bill Is a Social and Racial Sin

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Arizona's SB 1070 must be named as a social and racial sin, and should be denounced as such by people of faith and conscience across the nation. This is not just about Arizona, but about what kind of country we want to be.

Reading The Pictures: It's Nice To See A Brown Girl Get Some Attention

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-11-24-newsweek_mobama.jpgI thought it was quite contradictory -- and a lost opportunity -- that Newsweek's cover was black-and-white ... and Michelle is so (bathed in) light.