Natural Hair Idol: Esperanza Spalding’s Natural Hair

I first knew about Eperanza Spalding last year, when I subscribed to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When I saw her the first thing that caught my eyes was the hair. Yes, the hair. Being natural to me is like being pregnant for the first time, because you notice more babies when you are about to have one. I notice more natural haired African Americans now that I am natural.
Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett
Esperanza Spalding plays the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Oct. 19.
You cannot help but noticing the hair. “Esperanza Spalding, who performs Friday at the Cobb Energy Centre, has a sweet, free-swinging voice, magnetic stage presence, formidable chops as a jazz bassist and great hair.” Said Bo Emerson, the Atlanta native News writer. Yes. She does have great hair and  I love it.

Fun facts about being a teacher:
  1. She became the youngest professor at Berklee college of music at the age of 20
  2. She stopped teaching because she realized that she had more studying to do. The students had more questions than she had answers, she said.
Fun Facts about being a naturalista:
  1. She has been natural her whole life because her mother refused to relax her her.
  2. She vowed never to relax her hair. 
  3. She does her hair herself most of the time.
  4. She does not worry much about her hair because it’s in an Afro most of the time.
  5. Her hair reflects her and she wants to keep it that way.
  6. “Work with whatever your have,” says Esperanza.

Fun facts about being a musician: 
  1. She is a great admirer of Sting, Paul McCartney, Jay Leonhart,  Slam Stewar, and of course, Prince.
  2. She does not believe in competitions when it comes to other musicians. she believes in being great at what she does.   
                  What do you think of her hair? Hair crush anyone?

Black History Month: Top Black Hair Moments of All Time Nothing speaks to the style of the times than an iconic

Nothing speaks to the style of the times than an iconic hairstyle! And since the dawn of man, Black women have been at the forefront of hair hotness. From Josephine Baker to Nicki Minaj, here are the top Black hair moments of all time.

2013:Solange Knowles At The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

           Long gorgeous legs dominated the Grammys this year, and Solange Knowles was no exception. She rocked a slinky green gown by Ralph & Russo Couture. I am pretty sure she is wearing either a wig, or a few pieces of weave. She would have looked stunning with her natural hair, anyway.

5 Questions w/ Michelle Williams

Photo Credit: Michelle Williams

1Love Blog: I really enjoyed your episode of ‘Styled by June’. It was great seeing you back in the spotlight. What projects are you working on and when can we expect another gospel album? [My favorite gospel song of yours is still ‘Heard a Word – Nothing like that still quiet voice].
Michelle: I can’t wait to do another gospel project! Gospel has always been my first love! I like ALL types of music, but I guess because of my upbringing it’s rooted and grounded in me! Everybody loves gospel music!
1LB:  Speaking of ‘Styled by June’, I absolutely loved your “before” hair and the statement you made while in the salon chair – [granted, I’m partial to curly hair *smile*]. Why do you think there is such a misconception or drawback in the industry for those who choose to rock curly ‘dos?
M: Rocking your hair however you want makes you uniquely you. I really love my curly ‘fro, but then I love blow-drying it straight and a clip-in or two for a little variety. I wear my hair according to what I’m doing. We’ve allowed foolish magazines and beauty editors to tell us what beauty is. We really gotta let people know that natural is beautiful too!
1LB: I’ve seen your interactions with fans online [specifically with Kevin & Makael of The Skorpion Show, <<— Love them] and you truly seem to be a genuinely down to earth person. With all of your success, how do you stay grounded and remain true to self?
M: I guess I’m able to stay grounded because I try not to bring anything that I do “home” with me. I leave all on the stage or wherever I perform, speak, etc. My family also keeps me grounded. I’m very close to my family. I have no other choice but to stay true to self because I have to live w/ME! LOL!
1LB:  Of all that you’ve accomplished – Broadway, Stage Plays, Music – what are you most grateful and proud of?

M: I’m proud that I’ve been able to do what I love professionally for 13 years. Proud that I’ve been able to push and inspire others to live their dreams too!

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1LB: Who is the WiseWoman behind Michelle Williams? [Anything you’d like to share with readers in regards to who the woman, Michelle, is behind the cameras, stage curtains and microphones. Anything you’d like to share on what keeps you motivated, what makes you tick, what keeps you focused].
M: I’ve recently made it a point to pay CLOSE attention to that inner voice. I used to allow the opinions of others to sway me, now I’m free from that. I only have people around me that believe! My love for music and the arts keep me going, because I remember a time when I couldn’t afford a Broadway ticket to see a fabulous play and to actually star in them is mind-blowing!

“I used to allow the opinions of others to sway me, now I’m free from that” <<< —- THIS is everything! I’m truly inspired. Be sure to connect with Michelle on twitter!


Your Best Natural Hair Year Yet 2013

Alright naturalistas, 2013 is here! Whether you’re trying to break out of your styling rut or grow healthier hair, here’s a list of five easy resolutions to help you kick off the year on a good foot…er, curl!