a group of women calling themselves mipsterz (muslim hipsters) are taking the internet by storm. according to their facebook page, a mipster is “someone who seeks inspiration from the islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric imams, and our fellow human beings searching for transcendental states of consciousness. a mipster is an ironic identity, one that serves more as a perpetual critique of oneself and of society.”
from impeccable style to skateboarding, i love how the video breaks so many myths about islam and women. yet another example of women’s beauty that doesn’t require bare bodies and sexualized imagery. for those of you who thought hijab can’t be fly, think again. while islam is traditionally synonymous with modesty, many have a problem with the idea of the “islamofashionista,” check out some of the criticism, including thoughts on using an unedited jay-z song, at huffington post.
the world has lost one of the greatest warriors for freedom that has ever lived. nelson mandela died today at 95 years old. after spending 27 years in prison for his struggles against south africa’s apartheid regime, he emerged from incarceration stronger than ever to serve as the country’s president from 1994-1999.
during my lifetime i have dedicated my life to this struggle of the african people. i have fought against white domination, and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. but, my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. -nelson mandela
may africa’s son rest in power.
a photo series by photographer nakeya b explores the obsession and consumption of “good hair” within the black community. by having the models literally eat hair, she equates our obsession to hair texture to food, something key to human survival. i love the message, models and visuals.
sometimes humor is the best medium for a serious message. watch comedian aamer rahman do a satirical bit that breaks down imperialism, colonization and the primitive accumulation of wealth better than frantz fanon and karl marx combined. oh and it’s effing hilarious.
as if her haircut and style weren’t enough to make you fall in love, scarlett baily is a visual artist whose portraits spawned the giant face a day project in nyc. check out scarlett’s blog for more of her phenomenal artwork.
images via curb appeal
at sunday’s american music awards rihanna rocked a hairstyle many black women have donned since the advent of relaxers — the doobie wrap. usually worn under a scarf and secured with bobby pins, it’s a protective hairstyle used to maintain our hair’s shape without having to use heat the next day. most black women wouldn’t run to the convenience store, let alone attend a major event rocking a doobie. wearing a doobie in public is like leaving your home in your pjs — it’s just inappropriate.
i often interrogate the varied meanings of appropriateness, examining their relationship to respectability politics and the dominant white culture. i’m keenly aware that black folks often use similar language to refer to or reinforce white supremacy. however, in the case of doobiegate, white people were enamored, not put off, by rihanna’s hair and miley cyrus has probably fired her hairstylist for not hipping her to this trend sooner. Continue reading
over the summer, i fell in love with the netflix series orange is the new black. more than just another prison show, it chronicles the lives of a diverse group of women sharing life, love and turmoil in an upstate new york prison. while some of the plot twists were based on the predictable prison stereotypes (sex with guards and smuggling drugs), others focused solely on unique aspects of the women’s humanity. sophia, the trans hairstylist, is one of my favorite characters, and i’m completely wrapped up in her struggle to maintain a relationship with her wife and son while in prison. face beat and hair laiiiiiiiid, sophia is portrayed by actress laverne cox, one of the first trans actresses to receive major media attention. check out her vibe vixen feature here and visit dr. kortney ryan ziegler’s blog for his critical analysis of oitnb’s trans narrative.
pharrell’s 24 hours of happy indeed just made me happy. my highlights: the church choir and pharrell’s white shirt, bow tie and jean shorts.
have a good weekend dear hearts!