Category Archives: Natural Throwback!

Kathleen Cleaver | “Why We Wear Our Hair Like This”

“We were born like this, but they want wigs like this!”

She so succinctly explained how colorism, western standards of beauty, and racism have affected the black community.  Black is indeed beautiful! Spread the word!

Ya Dig?

Natural Icon Throwback | Melba Tolliver

Melba Tolliver

In 1971 Melba Tolliver, a WABC-TV correspondent, made national headlines when she wore an afro while covering the wedding of Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of President Richard Nixon. The station threatened to take Tolliver off of the air until the story caught national attention. Read More about this trailblazer here.

I pinned this on my Natural Hairspiration board on Pinterest, but thought it worthy of being posted here.

Vintage Afro Hair Styles

I was amazed to find these beautiful vintage hair styles, sported by women with afro textured hair, through different time periods!

Portrait of two women clothed in various kangas and fine jewelry. Madagascar, circa 1890: This reminds me of a chunky twist out!

 

Pam Grier–Classic Bun
Christian women with their children, in Cameroon. circa 1920/ 1940

 

Diana Fletcher (1838?-?) Seminole/African/Kiowa heritage: Braids
Angela Davis: Classic Afro

 

Throwback Natural: President Barack Obama

Today, I was inspired by a user comment on a news site I frequent:

ScarlettMocha writes:  “Wonder if Obama has ever had a ‘fro.”

Yes, Yes, Yes! Here he’s sporting his Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA)!  Or is it too long for to be considered a TWA?!?!

Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Nuff Said!

Ode to the BIG CURLY FRO!

 

I love the Fro in general! It’s a beautiful halo that naturally adorns your head! You can pick it, spike it, mold it, shape it, and even curl it!  After your crown is perfect, accessorize it!

Enjoy the afrolicious eye candy!

I wondered how many people are so into ‘fros that they write about them…whaddya know!  People write poems about their love for their BAA (Big A$s Afro)!

My Afro Poem

I have an afro.

Throwback Natural: Diana Ross

Today’s Throwback Natural is the SUPREME DIVA herself!  Diana Ross, born is an American singer and actress. Ross was lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s. After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), for which she won a Golden Globe award. She won several American Music Awards, garnered twelve Grammy Award nominations, and won a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977.

Throwback Natural: Nina Simone

“It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life For me, And I’m feeling good”
Nina Simone (I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone)
I hope no one is surprised that the quote above is a Nina Simone original…Jennifer Hudson sings it in her weight watchers commercial 🙂
If you aren’t familiar with Nina (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon), I am delighted to enlighten you.  Known as the ‘High Priestess of Soul’,  she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment.  An American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music, Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
We love and miss you Nina! Your music is classic and lives on!

Natural Throwback: Grace Jones

This lady invented FIERCE! I’m sure you know her as Stronge’ but she’s much bigger than that! Grace Jones is a Jamaican-American singer, model and actress.  Securing a record deal with Island Records in 1977 resulted in a string of dance-club hits. In the late 70s, she adapted the emerging electronic music style and adopted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes.

Celebrating 100 Years of Madame C.J. Walker!

Madam C.J. Walker was arguably the first self-made black woman millionaire.  She was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist.  Her own hair loss (due to scalp disease) inspired her to experiment with developing shampoo and an ointment that contained sulfur to make her scalp healthier for hair growth.  She began with a mail order business that started in Denver and led her to establish her headquarters and build a factory in Indianapolis. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. The Guinness Book of Records cites Walker as the first woman to became a millionaire by her own achievements.

Natural Throwback: Gloria Hendry

You may remember, this beauty made history as the very first romantically involved African-American James Bond girl,  Live and Let Die (1973).  Other notable films include For Love of Ivy (1968), Black Caesar (1973) and Black Belt Jones (1974).

She also became a model around this time and worked at the Playboy Club as a “Bunny.”  She is of a multi-ethnic background: Seminole Indian, Chinese, Creek Indian, Irish and African.

What a woman! Judging by her athletic build, I’m sure she never worried about sweating her hair out during a workout!