Despite the amazing growth of black actresses getting major or lead roles in Prime time television, we still have a big problem that I would like to address. This problem or dilemma I should say, stems from the lack of hair diversity when it comes to these roles.
You ever notice that whenever you see a black actress in character WITHOUT their weave, makeup or beauty enhancements, the writers and execs always make sure that they look a HOT mess? These subliminal messages send sad and negative signals when it comes to beauty standards.
We’ve all see that scene. Black actress takes off her wig, make-up, etc and shows her natural self. Usually this scene is because of a depressed state or even a mental break. She then overcomes said issue and is back to herself once the weave or wig is back on. Give me an effing break!!!
I usually keep my mouth shut when it comes to these types of things, but the nail in the coffin was when I was watching the season finale of The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN earlier this week and they did it again.
On the show, actress Angela Robinson plays the wealthy Veronica Harrington and through a series of family issues, she has a mental break. She is shown without her weave, depressed, drinking, smoking and even attempting to commit a murder. My issue is that in between this scene, she has to leave the house. So she then throws on her wig, does her business and returns to her craziness. This character has always been a strong character and not once have we seen her rocking her natural hair while being “strong”.. It’s only when she is weak and “crazy” that they showcase her natural self. HMMMMM…
So my latest past time has been going to google archive and looking at old Ebony magazine advertisements & photos of yesteryear. I’m currently stalking the 1970s and these vintage ads from brands like Afro Sheen and Posner are super inspiring. The afros, the style, the whole vibe is everything.
I was born in 1984 and I always envied those who grew up in the 1970s. It seems that black self-awareness was at an all time high and according to my parents (who did grow up in that decade) it was like a different world compared to now.
Since we have no time machine, all I can do is look at these old photos and get my life. I wish I had $40 million to purchase those Ebony archives, I would do it in a heartbeat!
Check out some of the dope ones below!
I’ve been updating my wardrobe and I discovered that I didn’t own anything that was pink. I always seem to stay away from the color because I never found anything that stood out to me. Usually I like earth tones and a lot of black (no matter the season) and sometimes I mix in some bright colors when the weather is warmer, but that’s rare.
Now with Pink being a big color for the Spring 2015 season, I saw a variety of things I liked in some of the plus-size stores I frequent online. So I said what the heck, let me try out this pink thing and guess what? I love it!!
First off is this dope trench coat from Carmakoma. It’s light weight and perfect for the windy spring days. I can see myself wearing this with so many other things too, so it was a great buy.
NOTE: This coat is also available on Evans and Navabi for a lower price. I got my at Evans because they always have coupon codes and sales. So the price was slashed in half!