Syreeta Martin, Blogger, SincerelySyreeta.com

My name is Syreeta Martin, freelance journalist and creator SincerelySyreeta.com, a blog dedicated to motivating others to Empathize, Empower, and Evolve! Beauty has always been something that starts internally for me; that probably has a lot to do with my mom and the way that she raised my sister and I. We were taught that while…

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No, You Still Cannot Touch My Hair

For some reason, I never thought about the issue of people touching my natural hair until it actually happened. My friends and relatives who I know personally do it, but what about when it’s a stranger—who’s white? I’ve felt beautiful, ugly, insecure, nappy, good, bad, #flawless, and flawed the five years I’ve been natural. Accepting…

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The Brown Woman Who Inspired Amy Winehouse’s Hair: Ronnie Spector

There are very few women in entertainment who can achieve the combination of having raw talent and natural beauty while maintaining a successful 50-year career, but Ronnie Spector did. As the former lead singer for the 60’s girl group, The Ronettes (comprised of Ronnie, her cousin, and her sister), this Native American, Irish, and Black…

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Those Times Brown Women Did Blonde So Good

Whenever I heard the word blonde as a youth, images of long golden locks and flawless white skin would immediately flood my mind. Think Jayne Mansfield and Anna Nicole Smith. Today, my views are progressively changing as plenty of women of color are wearing and rocking (without shame) various shades of blonde. One common argument…

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Miranda Smyre, Digital Sales Planner

My name is Miranda Smyre and I’m a Digital Sales Planner for Juice Mobile. I’m African-American. I’m a Black American woman. Everyone always asks me “What are you mixed with?” “Are you Latina, are you Hawaiian?” I’ve gotten Caribbean, too. They’re always like, “You’re not all the way Black, and I’m like “Yeah, I am”.…

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