Cornrows and Sisterlocks and Their Long History

Cornrows is the proper term, not “Boxer braids,” “KKW braids,” or “Birthday braids”.  Those are the cutesy terms used to describe cornrows whenever they’re worn by Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner. They are nothing new, but it depends on what mainstream media outlet you ask. Last April, Cosmopolitan posted a tutorial titled, “Double Cuff Mohawk

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History Channel To Air “Transition of Power: The Presidency”

As we near the end of President Barack Obama’s administration in the United States of America, people across the country are anxious as they await the future of a country led by president-elect Donald Trump. In what appears to be a drastic shift in office, the people of the United States can only sit and

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The History of the Fade

If there was ever a haircut that exemplified coolness, it has to be none other than the fade. The hairstyle originated in the U.S. military around the ‘40s and ‘50s. Since the military is known for having strict grooming standards, it’s no surprise to learn that the fade haircut was and still is popular among


To Tell The Truth…About Racism in Education

“If we would start telling the truth in schools, we would not have racism. We could cure racism in this country” —Jane Elliott These words by anti-racist educator Jane Elliott are taken from her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992 as part of a rebuke where she informs the audience of the many

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Everything you need to know about Bantu Knots

Khloe Kardashian was schooled by Black Twitter a few months ago when she shared a photo of herself wearing Bantu knots with a caption that read: “Bantu babe.” After getting dragged online, Khloe deleted the photo, uploaded a slightly different one, and re-captioned it with, “I like this one better.” But, needless to say, the

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Black History

The History of Dreadlocks

When many folks think of dreadlocks, the drama that unfolded between Zendaya and Giuliana Rancic probably comes to mind. For those who need a quick refresher, Zendaya chose to rock faux locs on the red carpet at the Oscars last year. The Cover Girl adorned her locs with beads and wore a sophisticated Vivienne Westwood

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Black History

The History of Box Braids

Do you remember when syndicated radio host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes” back in 2007? Sure, this happened nearly a decade ago, but derogatory statements like these are exactly the reason why the phrase “it’s just hair” is often dismissed by many Black women. For us, it’s never

EBONY Exclusive

Live Discussion on Georgetown University’s History in the Slave Trade

Georgetown University announced the release of a report on Thursday that explores the school’s history with the slave trade and seeks to atone from the profit of the sale of 272 people who were held in bondage. It is the result of a lengthy study and empanelment of groups of scholars and researchers who sought

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Arts & Entertainment

Films About Slavery Are Important, Even If You’re Tired of Them

History Channel’s Roots reboot premiered this week, and despite its critical acclaim and high ratings, I must confess it’s hard for me to watch films and television shows about slavery. Every time I see such projects it makes me think, “Man, I really hate white people,” and as a Black man who grew up in suburbia with

News & Politics

Controversial Bill Threatens Fate of 3 North Carolina HBCUs

Three North Carolina HBCUs are in jeopardy thanks to a controversial bill designed to bankrupt five of the state’s universities. Senate Bill 873, also known as the Access to Affordable College Education Act, will render the colleges unsustainable as four-year institutions by reducing tuition to $500 per semester. The move will turn Winston-Salem State University,


Black ‘Edutainers’ Bring History to Life

Philadelphia resident Antoine Randolph Watts likes to dress up. But most of his outfits are out of date. About 200 years out of date. And he often changes his voice, accent and beard length with each outfit. “No, I don’t have a personality disorder,” says Watts. “I’m what’s called a first-person impressionist.” He is also

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Black History

[UNSUNG SHEROES] Beauty Pioneer Annie Turnbo Malone Opens Doors for Others

The name Madam CJ Walker is synonymous with Black hair care and Black wealth. Walker built a beauty empire and amassed a fortune in the early 20th century at a time when many African Americans were just one generation (or at the most, two) out of slavery. There is no doubt that Walker was self-made,

Black History

[UNSUNG SHEROES] Donna Brazile on the Legacy of Shirley Chisholm

A few years ago, I was walking inside the U.S. Capitol when I saw a boy stop to look up at the portrait of Shirley Chisholm. I went over to tell him her story— the story of a woman who made a difference in this world as a fierce lawmaker, a great champion for equality,

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