In many cultures, ethnic groups, and nations around the world, hair is considered a source of power and prestige. African people brought these traditions and beliefs to the Americas and passed them down through the generations.
In my mother’s family (Black Americans from rural South Carolina) the women don’t cut their hair off unless absolutely necessary (i.e damage or routine trimming). Long hair is considered a symbol of beauty and power; my mother often told me that our hair holds our strength and power. Though my mother’s family has been American born for several generations, it is fascinating to see the beliefs and traditions of our African ancestors passed down. We are emotionally and spiritually attached to our hair, cutting it only with the knowledge that we are starting completely clean and removing stagnant energy.
Couple this with the forced removal and covering of our hair from the times of slavery and onward, and you can see why so many Black women and men alike take such pride and care in their natural hair and love to adorn our heads with wigs, weaves, braids, twists, accessories, and sharp designs.
Hair is not just hair in African diaspora cultures, and this is why the appropriation and stigma surrounding our hair is so harmful.
Title: "Beautiful Mind"
Artwork Medium: Pen and Ink
This Afrocentric artwork is called "Beautiful Mind". It is the first of it's kind that I created in 2017. Since then I've drawn a couple more drawings with the similar art direction. The response regarding it has always been good.
It's quite unique in it's art direction. The lines and patterns used to create the pen and ink drawing was done in a very methodical way to produce a balanced piece of art.
The artwork is a nostalgic illustration available as art prints and on t-shirts for both men and women.
Shop to own "Beautiful Mind" as a graphic tee or wall art print at kenallouis.com
Still not over this 😩
Model | @_certifiedtre
Styled/Staged | @7thSon92
MUA | @beautynation_co
Photographer | @kcb.photos
Focus on You
Instead of worrying about what others might say, do, or think, just try to remain focused on yourself
Remember, you don't need the applause or recognition of others to be great, just shine!
Easier said than done, but appreciating yourself doesn’t need to be hard Sis.
Stay blessed and focused 😘
Author - @iameriwa
Model - @theferow
Photography - @jordanviision
Hair - @reeree_stylez
Just because I love big hair and afro's including mines. Big or Small rock your sh*t and be proud. 👁️🤎
Igbo African Goddess
These are some of the greatest goddesses in Igbo spirituality of Odinani and Omenani.
Nne Ete - Goddess of weaving and feminine creativity. She is the milkyway
Nne Agwu - Goddess of wisdom. She is from planet mercury.
Nne ono - Goddess of the beginning of life. The queen of heaven. She is from the ocean and neptune.
Nne Uto - Goddess of beauty and enlightenment. She is from planet venus.
Nne Ogwugwu - Goddess of death and the dead. She is from pluto or the underworld.
Nne Agu - Goddess of healing and light. She is of the sun.
Nne Eke - Goddess of creativity and light. She is of the earthly forests.
Nne Omumu - Goddess of fertility and birth. She is of the earth.
Nne Oma - Goddess of morality and purity. She is of the moon.