Natural Hair & Why Folks Are Confused

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After reading a blog story titled “Here We Go Again: Multiracial/Mixed Hair is NOT Natural Hair” I had an uneasy feeling about people being confused on what “natural” hair is.

In the article the author states “(NATURAL HAIR IN TERMS OF BLACK WOMENS NATURAL HAIR) IS KINKY OR SOFT AFRO HAIR THAT HAS NOT BEEN ALTERED WITH CHEMICALS. I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHY THE MIXED RACE CURLY HAIR WOMEN STATE THAT THEY HAVE NATURAL HAIR NOWADAYS. ” and I must say that this is the most ignorant post I’ve read yet.  Thanks to my girls in the Curl Crush group on Facebook for posting this.  I wanted to take it upon myself to clear some things up about what I just read.

First let’s clarify what “natural” hair is… and unfortunately, there is no definition in a legitimate dictionary so I’m going to try my best to stay politically correct with the definition. Natural hair is the state in which hair grows out of ones scalp that has not been chemically altered, or having any foreign hair added (weaves, clip on, etc.) Having natural hair is not an ethic thing either.  Woman of all nationalities wear weaves so why should we limit natural hair to just black women.  If a woman wears her hair the way it grows without adding anything or making any modifications chemically, it is natural.

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Mixed people can wear their hair natural by wearing it at it’s true state that it grows and not straightening it.  When you flat iron it, it is not natural.  The type of hair one has does not justify that it is natural.  How you wear it, does.  Me being mixed (black and white), I often wear my hair straightened.  But a day like today when I did a wash and go, let my curls hang low and stepped outside in a natural state of mind.  Saying that, “mixed” people cannot claim their hair is “natural” is idiotic.  That’s like saying caucasian women can’t wear their hair natural because it isn’t kinky. (insert blank faced emoji here). That’s dumb ass hell and very ignorant! Everyone’s hair is NATURAL until you add a perm and weaves and things of that nature.

Urban dictionary:

Your natural hair is when your hair is in the state that you were born with. Hair that is not permed, dyed, relaxed, or chemically altered.

Natural hair texture with its natural color.

I’m not going to perm my hair anymore; I prefer to where it natural.

Lebron James Offers FREE College To Students

Lebron James  will help fund up to 1,100 kids to get the university experience he never had with his I Promise program.

James and the University of Akron will reward kids in Akron, Ohio for meeting the “attendance and grade” requirements with free college tuition provided by the foundation and the university.

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“I think it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever been apart of. This is very special to me. As a kid growing up in the inner city and as an African American kid, you don’t really think past high school because it’s not possible or your family can’t support you. For us to be able to do something like this … it means so much.” Lebron James

LeBron has been sponsoring the program for the past five years, with students ranging from the third to the seventh grade.

The Voice Adds Rihanna & Others For Season 9

Reality tv singing competition show The Voice announced on Twitter that they added Rihanna as a key advisor.

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Season 9 will also have other key judges such as Missy Elliot, Selena Gomez, John Fogerty and Brad Paisley.  Key judges are typically paired with the four musicians (Pharrell, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine).

The Voice season 9 premieres on September 21 on NBC 8/7c.

Social Media Rape Experiment Scares Teen Straight

Technology is always something kids try to “out-know” their parents on, however Coby Persin is changing that with his YouTube videos.

The worst fear of the internet a parent has lies in the unknown world of social media.  Even though sites like Facebook have age restrictions, teens cleverly alter their settings and engage in activities with strangers unaware of who’s at the other end of the computer screen.

The Dangers Of Social Media (Child Predator Social Experiment)

Photo Credit: YouTube

In Coby’s latest video “The Dangers Of Social Media (Child Predator Social Experiment)” he interacts with young girls ages 12-14 (with parental consent of course) with a fake page he created to appear younger.  You won’t believe how these teen girls engaged with who they thought was a new friend they met online.

Coby’s video (above) already has over 10 million views in just one day of being uploaded and his YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers.

This social media experiment raised concerns for parents and should be thoroughly taught with the youth.  Predators do prey on these sites where kids and teens are highly accessible.  Back in 2010 a 33 year old U.K. man brutally raped and murdered a 17-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

Photo Credit: YouTube

Photo Credit: YouTube

Then there’s the “dark underbelly of Facebook,” a community of members who blatantly promote and share child pornography using their personal Facebook accounts and Facebook groups. To be sure, while the content can be found on Facebook, it was posted by third-party users of the site and violates Facebook’s terms of use.

Even though Facebook is cracking down on loop holes predators are able to wiggle through, there’s no denying that they still exist.  Given the fact that in Coby’s video, he easily lured the girls directly to him just with using a fake profile page.

Kellogg To End Adding Artificial Ingredients In Products

Making a healthier change to their products, Kellogg has announced that they will stop using artificial ingredients in foods.

We have been working to remove artificial colors and flavors across Kellogg’s branded cereals and a variety of Kellogg’s branded snack bars as well as Eggo frozen foods,” the president of Kellogg North America, Paul Norman said in a transcript released of the call. “Our goal is to complete this transition by the end of 2018.”

Right now, half of all cereals produced for North America by Kellogg are made without artificial flavors and 75% are made without artificial colors.

We know consumers are looking for foods with simpler ingredients and we’re excited about our efforts to offer consumers more in this space,” Kris Charles, Kellogg Company spokeswoman, said in a statement to USA TODAY Network.