When I was born on September 14, 1980 in Ravenna, Ohio my Afro was, in large part, unremarkable. It was expected. It was natural. At that stage in life, my hair was my own and was simply viewed as a threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis. No one would have termed it a political statement or seen it as a representation of racial pride. It was simply the natural curl of a baby’s hair, uncorrupted by public perceptions, deeper meaning or Johnson’s baby shampoo. Over time, however, my hair would . . .
Dear Zora, This is how you learn to love your hair in a world that requires such lessons. First, you remember who gave you that glorious head of curls--your parents, your ancestors, your Creator. Then, you care for it like a treasured inheritance. Loving your hair, like loving your family, your days, your life, requires two things: reverence and effort. To truly love your hair, you must hold it in high regard and you must behave like you do. As you behold it in a mirror or touch its . . .
Lupita Nyong’o is gorgeous. People magazine got that right when handing her the 2014 “World's Most Beautiful” title. However, her greatest allure isn’t her aesthetic, it’s her signature mix of confidence, humility and wisdom. She understands that the positive attention she garners for her looks, ultimately, isn’t about her at all. Rather it’s about all of the little brown girls who will see their beauty affirmed along with hers. Tellingly, when asked how she felt about being named “World's Most . . .
Every American has something to learn from "Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America," which spans from the elaborate hairstyles of the 15th century Wolof, Mende, Mandingo and Yoruba to the fades, weaves, locs and twist-outs of today. And the lesson is that the hair we grow and the styles we wear it in say something significant about who we are, where we’ve come from and where we hope to go. Its studied exploration of prickly hair politics is astute and revelatory, delivering . . .
In honor of Throwback Thursday, I present me, then. . . .
Dear Maya, Do you have a suggestion about a bag that’s not a briefcase but could double as a computer bag/pocketbook? Style Challenged . . .
Need help running the shopping gauntlet? Don’t worry. I’ve got your back. Here are some ideas and strategies for bobbing and weaving through the massive assault of advertising, “deals” and offers that keep us spending but never satisfied. . . .
Dear Maya, I've just accepted a great new position that will require me to work in an office environment. I've worked remotely for the past decade. While I never work in my PJs, my home-office attire is not career-worthy. I value being comfortable and also want to look stylish and professional. I have about $500 to spend. Help! P.S. Also, do you have a suggestion about a bag that's not a briefcase but could double as computer bag/pocketbook? Style Challenged . . .
My master bedroom is currently a blank slate, or a beige slate, to be more exact. It's that shade of blah most frequently found in hotel rooms and apartment complexes. The neutral color is very tranquil--good for sleeping--and goes well with just about everything. But we can do better. Here are my initial ideas for moving in a slightly more colorful direction. (NOTE: These are all things I really like. There is no advertising or sponsored content on this site.) 1. . . .