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Aaron Barker and Cipriana Quann of Urban Bush Babes featured in Vogue’s delightful series 30 Wedding Dresses for the Bride-to-Be.Photographed by Philippe Jarrigeon


Aaron Barker and Cipriana Quann of Urban Bush Babes featured in Vogue’s delightful series 30 Wedding Dresses for the Bride-to-Be.

Photographed by Philippe Jarrigeon

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The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. 

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John Legend doesn’t take shit.


human. citizen. taxpayer. i’m in my lane, homie.

John Legend is telling it like it is!

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Michael Brown remembered as a ‘gentle giant’ (St. Louis Post- Dispatch)

Michael Brown posted a haunting message on Facebook last week as he prepared to enter a new phase in his life: college. “if i leave this earth today,” he wrote to a friend, “atleast youll know i care about others more then i cared about my damn self.”

Dozens arrested during protests over Ferguson police shooting (Al Jazeera America)

At least 50 were arrested in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, according to police and local media, after a second night of protests over the death of an unarmed African-American teenager shot to death by a police officer.

Police use tear gas in Ferguson, people jam church for moment of silence (St. Louis Post- Dispatch)

Tension stayed high and raw Monday as the St. Louis region waited for answers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a municipal police officer.

Police use tear gas on crowd in Ferguson, Mo., protesting teen’s death (Washington Post)

For a third night, summer rage pitted the people of Ferguson against those sworn to protect them. On Saturday, officers shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. On Sunday, resident protests turned to riots, marked by looting and the burning of several local stores.

Michael Brown Shooting: Tear Gas Fired at Crowd in Ferguson (NBC News)

Fifteen arrests were made. St. Louis city alderman Antonio French posted a series of videos and pictures on Twitter documenting the police response. Young people were seen holding their hands up in the same manner that some witnesses have suggested Brown was at the time of the shooting.

Tensions in Ferguson remain ‘high and raw’ (MSNBC)

“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.” He added that “what began as an order by a police officer to ‘get the f— onto the sidewalk’ quickly escalated into a physical altercation and then, gunfire.”

FBI Investigating Ferguson Police Shooting of Teen Michael Brown (NBC News)

The FBI is opening an investigation into the shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Mike Brown by a police officer in suburban St. Louis, officials said on Monday.

Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend’s death (MSNBC)

The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen. “I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”

In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream (Salon)

The people of Ferguson are angry. Outraged. The officer’s story is dubious. Any black kid with sense knows it is futile to reach into an officer’s vehicle and take his gun. That story is only plausible to people who believe that black people are animals, that black men go looking for cops to pick fights with. Absurdity. Eyewitness accounts like these make far more sense.

This Is Why We’re Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown (Jezebel)

As a black person in America, it’s getting exhausting to still have to explain, in the year 2014, your right to exist in this country. To explain that you are a human being whose value sits no lower than anyone else’s. To explain our basic humanity. And perhaps worst of all, to explain exactly why we are outraged.

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Shows How Black People Are Portrayed in Mainstream Media (The Root)

The vicious slaying of Mike Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police has once again shown that the narrative the media paints surrounding black people in America more often than not includes depicting us as violent thugs with gang and drug affiliations. It’s safe to say that Brown has become a victim of what I like to refer to as the “Trayvon Martin effect” in the media.

Michael Brown’s Death Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum (ColorLines)

Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, the black St. Louis suburb where Brown lived and died, confronted police officers on Sunday in a scene that’s since been described by the national media as one that quickly devolved into “looting.” In photos, black residents stood in front of police with their hands up to show that they were unarmed. They chanted the slogans we’ve all become too used to over the years: “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”

When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown. (Stacia Brown)

Did they say, “Kill the police?!” As long as that’s the way you heard it, they did. And that is what AP will wire out to every mainstream news outlet who can be bothered to report the death of another unarmed black son on a Saturday night. Their truth is not our truth.

When police departments don’t look like the cities they’re meant to protect (Washington Post)

The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson where the working-class, majority-black population has been clashing with law enforcement for the last three days has 53 commissioned police officers. According to the city’s police chief, three of them are black.

When We Are Young (Crunk Feminist Collective)

When we are young, often too young to fully understand the anxiety in their voices and the fear in their eyes, many of us listen to our parents tell us how to behave when, not if, we are stopped by the police.

Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic (The Root)

Missouri teen Michael Brown was unarmed when police gunned him down. We don’t need to keep talking about his college plans to communicate that his killing was dead wrong.

Michael Brown and Anti-Black Violence (The Feminist Wire)

Black life matters. Yet the police and their media support team have already begun to execute their standard playbook in the aftermath of yet another slain black youth.

National Moment of Silence Will Remember Victims of Police Brutality (Feminist Majority Foundation)

This Thursday, a National Moment of Silence will be held in cities across the country to remember the lives lost and impacted by police brutality. In the wake of two deadly police-involved shootings in less than a week, online activist Feminista Jones and individual Twitter followers were able to coordinate the event in a single day.

National Moment of Silence #NMOS14

How social media helped facilitate a national moment of silence to honor victims of police brutality, show solidarity with their families, and allow communities to come together in a moment of mourning and support.

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Rihanna x red Céline clutch

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Yaaaassss 😍😍🙌❤️✊

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I hope this sinks in your hearts.

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Recently, I decided to finally knock learning how to swim off my bucket list.  No more wading and splashing around on the shallow end of the pool for me. Finally I said enough!, those days are over.

I am ready to swim in the big leagues!!!  I love my lessons, I have my goggles and everything!


What about my hair????  Yes folks, I, like many other black girls and women express concern about chlorine and our hair.  Water is AMAZING for our hair, its the best natural moisturizer out there… but once chlorine is mixed up in there (or salt) your hair cuticles can suffer a slow demise, especially if you have a relaxer, color, or both, like yours truly.   Before I started my classes, I asked my hair stylist about swim shampoo options.  What’s good out there???? Anything, cause I only remember seeing 2 options in the aisles of Target: Ultra Swim and Loreal Swim for Kids.  They weren’t really options for me, but If I had to go that route, I would.  She told me that I would need a clarifying shampoo and the Ion line at Sally’s had one. She also explained I could try to purchase Mizani Puriphying, if I could get it without a pro license.  Note: anytime I hear the word Mizani, in my book, it translates to money…  So, off to Sally’s I went.

The shelves were filled with the Ion Purifying Solutions Swimming Shampoo. Oh OK, I first thought, nothing special.$6.95, a great price.  Its probaly has sulfates in it which I don’t like, but oh well. It will do the job. WRONG!   This shampoo has NO sulfates in it! what??? SCORE!!!!  (Sulfates are sudsing substances in shampoo that dry your hair out.  They make your scalp dry. I have switched to all sulfate free shampoos since I colored my hair and not only is my hair healthier, my scalp is NEVER dry anymore. If you can get rid of sulfates in your shampoos, do it, you hair will thank you!)

Anyway, the Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo reads on the label: Helps prevent swimmer’s green protects from sun and chlorine damage, 100% vegan, sulfate free

YES, yes, there is a great for you swimmer’s shampoo out there and its great.  My hair feels clean after I use it.  My color stays healthy.  I’m good.  After I use the Ion shampoo, I follow with Curls Creamy Curl Cleanser shampoo, found at Target.  It give me some extra moisture and is great for color treated tresses.  I follow up with a deep condition of Curls Coconut Curlada conditioner, also at Target.  Perfect. After I wash my hair, I air dry, which, is another way to diminish damage. My hair dries pretty fast all year round.

*Ion is one of the Sally’s Beauty Supply brands that you can only buy there. 

But, wait, there’s more… Let me back up a bit.  Because before I swim, I prepare my hair for the water.  I first coat my hair with coconut oil. I rub castor oil on my edges. Then I seal it with a cheapy conditioner, right now I am using something by Tresseme naturals.  A big bottle is like 5 bucks. It’s disposable, and great for what I am using it for.  After I do that, I put on my swim cap.  The swim cap does not keep water out, so don’t expect much, even though while wearing it, you will feel like your hair is in one giant suction cup.  What the cap does is keep the coconut oil and conditioner from coming out into the pool when you dive in.  It also keeps your hair from being in the way while you are swimming.  I have observed that those do not wear a cap are always pushing their locks out of the way.  I just don’t have the time for that. I am serious about my lessons!

I am about 6-10 weeks post relaxer (can’t remember) and I plan to stay that way until May. So far so good.  Somewhere in that post relaxer time frame, I put a homemade Caramel Treatment on my hair.  The Caramel treatment is a deep conditioning- all natural pre-shampoo treatment where the ingredients tend to weigh the hair down and making your natural wave soften in the process. It helps with manageability and helps the straightening process if you decide to add heat to your hair. Its also very moisturizing. I found the recipe here.  If you google caramel treatment, you will find other interesting info as well.

So basically, try not to be too product focus, and check out the Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo, if not anything else. Summer is coming, and if you love the water like I do, peace of mind in the hair department will make summer water activities all the more fun!

swim hair (older post I never published, but forever relevant)