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Let The Mission Of Madam C.J. Walker Encourage Your Quarantine Curls

With all of us staying indoors, the need for more diverse entertainment as well as encouragement due to our lost routines is much needed. That’s why, when Netflix announced that it would release the miniseries Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer in the titular role, we were beyond elated. After all, besides the inclusion of all-star cast (including actors Blair Underwood and Tiffany Haddish), Madam C.J. Walker’s life and business have had a huge impact on Black women and men across the globe. This impact is being highlighted once again as the coronavirus pandemic has limited the world’s Black community’s access to haircare products.

So who is Madam C.J. Walker anyway?

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1986, she became Madam C. J. Walker by marriage.

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History describes her as the world’s first female self-made millionaire in the United States and she was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. Most importantly she was the founder of Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company a business that established the first line of cosmetics and hair care products for Black women and afforded her fortune.

Netflix’s new series about Walker follows the obstacles she was forced to navigate as a woman of color.

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Produced by NBA player LeBron James and Spencer, is set in the early 20th-century setting where Black men and women would have to take great and nearly impossible strides to come up in the world. Facing extreme racism and sexism, Walker managed to do so, and in addition to this, she succeeded in revolutionizing Black beauty standards, giving Black people access to products that catered to their hair needs.

Interestingly enough, Netflix’s release of the new mini-series comes at a time when Black women face the dilemma of how to manage their hair in quarantine.

This, now as the coronavirus pandemic has forced all nonessential businesses like salons to shutter. Black women and men are needing now to rely on themselves to not only care for their hair but also style it in ways that make them feel happy and comfortable. After all, even if we aren’t seeing anyone at the moment, everyone wants to feel beautiful.

As The Los Angeles Times points out, “Some women are taking the time to go natural and give their hair a break from weaves, chemicals, and heat styling; some are continuing to braid their hair or learning to braid for the first time; a few are confronting their natural hair texture after an extended break and panicking.”

Fortunately, we live in a world where we have access to resources like Youtube and blogs that can show women how to style their hair and keep it healthy. Who knew, the internet space would take on the modern role of Madam Walker?

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

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Grooming habits should be a matter of personal choice, but thanks to generations of the patriarchy telling women how they should look, what they should wear, and how they should take care of their bodies, that isn’t always the case. Thankfully, more and more brave women are embracing their natural beauty and that includes their own body hair.

Lourdes Leon showing off her natural arm pit hair is the normalization of body hair we all need.

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Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a photo with her mom, Madonna, Lourdes Leon has a relationship with her body hair we can all admire. For instance, he two posed for a rare selfie on April 10, and Leon’s natural look moved us another step closer to normalizing visible body hair.

The sweet image is captioned: “Like Pieces of your Heart Walking around outside of you #lola.”

‘Lola’ is the nickname of Madonna’s eldest child, whom she shares with Cuban personal trainer-actor Carlos Leon.

The fashion icon’s post has received more than 440,000 ‘likes’ with many fans praising her daughter’s decision to embrace her natural body hair – with comments including “two beautiful, strong women” and “beautiful mother with her gorgeous daughter.”

Leon has never been shy about embracing her natural beauty.

Her mother has pushed beauty boundaries for decades, so it makes sense the 24-year-old model would choose to do the same. In November 2018, Lourdes generated headlines when she showed off her unshaved armpits and legs on the red carpet at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, just weeks after she turned heads for the same reason on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year, in February, she also showed off a glimpse of armpit hair in a new fashion campaign for Marc Jacobs. 

It seems that Lourdes may even have been inspired by her famous mom when it comes to ditching the razor. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, the singer said: “Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that.

“So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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