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Pitbull And John Travolta’s Bromance Started With Hair — Or The Lack Of It

While John Travolta’s elephant-trunk hairstyle had fans going wild in his role as Danny in the ‘70s classic “Grease,” he’s now sporting a bald look — and it’s all because of one Latinx megastar: Pitbull.

In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with guest-host Lena Waithe, the actor announced that he decided to shave his head after the 305 cubano motivated him to do it.

“Both he and my family encouraged it,” the 65-year-old actor said of the “Timber” singer.

The hairless Hollywood legend went viral in January of 2019 when he first revealed his look to the masses in an Instagram post alongside his daughter, Ella Bleu.

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“Your hair was pretty famous. You had this, like, beautiful mane. And then you guys posted this picture … people kind of went a little crazy, it went viral, were you expecting that,” Waithe, 35, asked the “Hairspray” star.

Somehow, the celeb who was widely beloved for his dark brown locks throughout his career, didn’t think changing up his aesthetic would prompt a reaction.

“No! It’s just a haircut,” he said.

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“The last time I went this viral was when I mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars,” he continued, referring to his gaffe as a presenter at the awards ceremony in 2014.

Travolta said the switch-up was “easier” than most people thought it would be because he had cut his hair before in his role in the 2010 film “‘From Paris with Love.”

“I got used to it. So it wasn’t a total shock,” the actor said.

Travolta, who was on the late night show with Ella Bleu to promote their movie together, “The Poison Rose,” said the best part of going bald was the community that came from it, particularly his new friendship with Pitbull.

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“I became friends with Pitbull — you know all of us guys who do this have got to stick together,” he said.

“The Poison Rose,” a crime thriller about a heavy-drinking detective’s attempts to discover the truth behind the murder of a college quaterback, hits theaters Friday, May 24.

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All Aboard The ‘Baby Hair’ Bandwagon, Alicia Keys Ignited A Fever For Embellished Baby Hairs And Edges And We’re On Board

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All Aboard The ‘Baby Hair’ Bandwagon, Alicia Keys Ignited A Fever For Embellished Baby Hairs And Edges And We’re On Board

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We’re all obsessed with the way Alicia Keys styled her baby hairs for the Grammys last weekend. So as an appreciation story, we thought we’d to give you a few ideas to style your own baby hairs for date night, work, or just any random day —you’re welcome. 

When Beyoncé declared that she likes her “baby heir with baby hairs and Afros” in the song “Formation,” everyone got ready to style the little fine hairs around the edges of their hairline. Traditionally black and Latina subcultures have been proudly rocking their baby hairs since birth, and now it seems like mainstream culture is finally jumping on the “baby hairs are awesome” bandwagon. 

When Alicia Keys walked on stage at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, she didn’t just wow the audience with her inspiring words and heart-warming ballads.

The singer also has us obsessing over her show-stopping hair. She was wearing cornrows and artfully laid edges —but the interesting part were the Swarovski crystals, each accentuating a swirl of hair. 

It was a beautiful way of putting baby hairs at the forefront of her beauty look. 

Keys’ hair moment was somewhat of a celebration for communities that have sported the look for decades. For black and Latinx communities who have styled their baby hairs for generations, it was a proud moment —and somewhat of an inspiration tbh. 

So instead of straightening them, damaging them with chemicals or “taming” your baby hairs, why don’t you check out the following list for some styling inspiration. Own those baby hairs this 2020. 

Alicia Keys

Of course we were going to start the list with this bedazzled look. Celebrity hairstylist Nai’vasha swept Alicia’s baby hairs into little swoops before adding individual crystals inside each loop. “Alicia and I are obsessed with glorious baby hairs,” the hair pro told Vogue.

H.E.R.

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Singer and songwriter Gabriella Wilson, better known as H.E.R., also wore her baby hairs in an artful design at the Grammys last Sunday. Sculpted in a wavy pattern all along her hairline and down to her ears, her baby hairs were at the center of her beauty lewk —and they did NOT disappoint. 

Jennifer Lopez

So we’re all used to seeing JLo in super sleek updos and buns, yes. But for her Saturday Night Live promos, Jenny from The Block’s hairstylist Chris Appleton styled the singer’s baby hairs in long swoops that cascaded along her hairline. The design was a beautiful detail to add to an otherwise bland and sleek ponytail. 

Ella Mai

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The English singer never misses a chance to stye her baby hairs in cute and artful ways. Her hairstylist Kahh Spence, a self-professed ‘slay gawd’ always slays Ella’s hair, and the hair of many other celeb clients, so I guess he really is a hair gawd of sorts.

Kehlani

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The R&B singer is a true hair icon, she always styles her mane in crazy colors or intricate styles. We love this relaxed take on the classic top knot. She let her baby hairs flow freely and maybe even curled them a bit —goals. 

Yara Shahidi

The Black-ish star never ceases to amaze us with her flawless skin, hair and style. And in this example, she’s proving that you can always make a statement by styling just one or two swirls of baby hairs around your hairline to make an otherwise simple do, stand out. 

FKA Twigs

The queen of baby hair art. Ok granted, some of Twigs’ signature baby hair looks might require an art degree but hey, nothing a sharp edge control brush and some good gel can’t help you do —with a lot of practice. 

Laura Harrier

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Here’s another embellished look that has us floored. A spring time look if ever we’ve seen one. Do like the actress and accentuate each swirl of hairs with a teeny tiny flower. The levels of cute and chic are just beyond. 

Ciara

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Serving Ariana Grande vibes, but with way more estilo. Baby hair styling proves, yet again, that with just a few waves, you can make a ‘normal’ hairstyle stand out.

Rihanna

Baby hairs look beautiful braided into a protective style; just be sure to re-braid those pieces as the hair grows to prevent breakage.

La Rosalia 

The urban-flamenco singer also knows that styling baby hairs can add that little extra-ness to her signature high ponytail. Celebrity stylist Jesus Guerrero added a few swoops on the singers temples to create a style that’s a little more glamorous and a little less basic.

Black Girl Magic Caught A Big Win At The Oscars Last Night Thanks To ‘Hair Love’

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Black Girl Magic Caught A Big Win At The Oscars Last Night Thanks To ‘Hair Love’

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Internalized self-hatred within communities of color is real. Throughout Latinidad, and in areas with large Afro-Latinx populations especially, the term “good hair” is phrase that is used to promote white supremacy and further oppress people of black descent. Young Latinas are often pressured by their families to look a certain way in order to project an image of perfection. It takes positive representation and the celebration of black features to eradicate anti-blackness from the culture. 

On Wednesday, it was announced that the wildly popular animated short film, “Hair Love” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, and the internet rejoiced. Issa Rae–who actually voices one of the characters in the film–announced the film’s nomination with a marked note of pride in her voice. After the movie’s nomination was announced, the film’s director, Matthew A. Cherry, posted a video of his team’s reaction to his Twitter account. 

The touching and adorable story of “Hair Love” follows the trials of a black father struggling to style his young daughter’s hair. The movie is a story of how self-love is accomplished through patience and attention.

The story begins with a little girl named Zuri who has dreams of having the perfect hairstyle when she visits her mother in the hospital. Struggling to do her hair herself, she recruits her father for help. Unfortunately, her father becomes quickly overwhelmed by not only the myriad of products and tools at his disposal but by the expertise and patience required to style black hair. 

Through the course of the movie, we see as Zuri’s father panics and struggle to become confident at handling his daughter’s hair. In the end, they both learn that love is expressed through both care and attention. 

Cherry has been truthful about why he wanted to tackle the issue of hair-care and self-acceptance among the African-American and black community.

“You know, media is so powerful,” Cherry told NPR. “And when you grow up and see magazine covers and TV shows and movies and you don’t see yourself represented, but you see every other type of hairstyle represented, you know, that can really affect your self-confidence” 

Interestingly enough, “Hair Love” was funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Initially, Cherry’s goal was to raise $75,000 for his passion project, but the campaign quickly gained a life of it’s own. The campaign went viral, and soon enough, celebrity champions like Jordan Peele and Gabrielle Union came on board as producers. All in all, the campaign raked in a total of $280,000–smashing Kickstarter’s short-film financing records. 

For many people, “Hair Love”’s nomination has been a bright spot among the bleak roster of very white Oscar nominations.

As has become customary, film fans and movie critics have decried the Oscars for the lack of diversity among their 2020 nominees. Not only is there only one black performer among the 20 nominees for acting, but assumed shoe-in Jennifer Lopez was snubbed for a Best Supporting actress nom. To make matters worse, there were no female directors nominated at all for the second consecutive time.

Even Cherry himself has vocally criticized the nomination roster, blasting the Academy for snubbing both Eddie Murphy and Lupita N’Yongo (for their performances in “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Us”, respectively). He called the day “bittersweet” and expressed his wish for “more black folks and POC” to be nominated along side of him. 

But Cherry has not been immune to the excitement surrounding the nomination, actively expressing his pleasure on social media.

“It feels like a dream,” he Tweeted out after the nomination announcement. “Huge thanks to our great team, our Kickstarter backers and @SonyAnimation for believing in us.”

Of course, social media was over the moon at the announcement of “Hair Love”‘s Oscar nomination.

Not only is the story touching and brilliant, but hundreds of people feel invested after initially donated to the project via Kickstarter.

Some people admitted that the movie brought them to tears when they first watched it.

Same, girl. Same.

Issa Rae’s co-announcer John Chu admitted a teeny bit of bias for the film.

This move is just so gosh darn easy to root for.

This person pointed out that Rae herself looked more than a little happy when the nomination was announced.

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We all know where Issa stands when it comes to whom she roots for.

Some Kickstarter contributors were already calling themselves Oscar-nominated producers

https://twitter.com/TimothyDeLaG/status/1216716372111024128?s=20 Where’s the lie, though?

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