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Here Are 13 Pics Of Afros That Completely Debunk Beauty Ideals

The Black Power Movement of the 1960s did a world of good for Black women living in the United States and their hair. Along with civil rights, Black women were also fighting for a representation of beauty that included them. Afros became a huge part of this effort. They weren’t only an expression of Black pride but of Black allure as well.

Of course, the natural hair movement isn’t entirely contained to the 1960s or the United States. In recent years, a similar push has begun to gain momentum once again, and this time its popularity is rising among us Afro-Latinas in the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Fortunately for us, all of this can be witnessed with just a simple click of a social platform.

Here are some of the glorious afros of Instagram…

This ultra elegant afro.

Dreams do Come True.

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You can’t do a piece about afros without including this rising Latina. Amara La Negra’s ‘fro has already showed one “Hollywood” what’s what, and we’re ready for it to start doing its work on the real one.

The afro that’s totally down to play up the ’70s vibes.

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She got more bounce in that afro than all y’all combined.

Now that’s a mane moment.

All of the natural vibes in this photo will seriously have you ready to dodge any future blowouts you might have scheduled.

You’re gonna need a sec to chill after checking out this ‘fro.

Come Through & Chilllllllll

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I suspect there’s a reason why everyone at the party needed to take a pool break. This ‘fro seriously turns up the heat.

Rizos that are as sweet as honey.

Milagros, Gennaio 2018

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And, yet, ready to take down Fashion Week.

An afro that brings all the fresh vibes you could possibly need.

More like Fresh Princess of Hair.

My mind can only imagine how the shrinkage reveal in this photo could blow your mind.

Seriously, strike your bets.

Look this hair in the eye and tell me you don’t have a new definition for hair beauty.

This pic also can’t help but make me wonder how far those curls stretch.

This Salvadoran Blatina is literally bringing all of the sunshine.

Seriously, though, is that glow coming from her scalp???

My girl doesn’t even need a hat with this winter look because that ‘fro carries so much heat.

I bet the insulation in that afro could literally beat out any Canada Goose jacket you’ve ever pined over.

And btw, this look is just  a one in a million example of the many ways afro-textured hair can be styled.

Like IDK how y’all underestimated our hair ability for this long … but okay…

YA SEE.

Now, that’s what beauty overload looks like.

Flower Power Black Power.

That’s a pretty perfect afro.

If Coca-Cola knew better, they’d put afros front and center of their next Super Bowl ad.

Cause they’re the real thing.

Read: This Producer Telling An Afro-Latina Afros Aren’t Elegant Is 2018’s Actual First Joke

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The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Education Fired An Educator For Speaking Positively About Black Hair

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The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Education Fired An Educator For Speaking Positively About Black Hair

On Tuesday, the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Education released a campaign video directed at youth that shattered harmful attitudes surrounding “pelo bueno, pelo malo” — the idea that thin, straight hair is beautiful and afro-textured coils aren’t.

“In the Ministry of Education, no little girl, little boy or grown adult should be discriminated because of their physical appearance. We are committed to guaranteeing the equality in identity,” Marianela Pinales, then director of Gender Equality and Development at the Ministry of Education on the island, said in the video, as young Black and brown boys and girls send similar messages about loving their hair as it is.

The 52-second PSA is long-overdue in the Dominican Republic, one of many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that has held tightly to the white supremacist belief that skin and hair texture that aligns closer to European standards of beauty are both more attractive and deserving of better treatment than those with hues and locks that are darker and thicker.

For that, many on the island and diaspora celebrated the video, including Edith Febles, a respected journalist and natural hair advocate, who aired it on her show, La cosa como es. However, just after the video debut, Febles said Pinales was discharged.

While the Ministry of Education said that Pinales was fired because she missed several recent events — a claim the educator denies — and not because of the video, which some have considered controversial, many find the timing around her termination questionable.

“The timing is very *very* suspicious to say the least,” Amanda Alcántara, the digital media editor at Futuro Media Group, wrote in an article for Latino Rebels.  “Much like the roots of anti-blackness in the country itself, the people in power seem to stop at no cost to maintain white supremacy. This confirms that even as consciousness grows, the problem is systemic.”

On social media, many others have shared similar sentiments.

The campaign, however, is reaching audiences in and outside of the Dominican Republic, where it has the power to challenge beauty ideals and young people’s relationships with their hair.

Read: 6 Afro-Latinas Open Up About What Headwraps Mean To Them

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10 Empowering Songs By Afro-Latinas About Loving Yourself

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10 Empowering Songs By Afro-Latinas About Loving Yourself

It’s Black History Month, a time to uplift and celebrate the historic events and people of African descent who have contributed to culture, achieved excellence and sparked social and political change. But it’s also a moment for reflection, of honestly evaluating how much — and how little — has changed for the African diaspora throughout the US, Latin America and beyond.

Confronting the everyday violence, discrimination, disadvantages and inequality Black individuals have and continue to endure, while necessary, could be enraging and upsetting, and makes self-care practices all the more necessary.

This year, whether you’re celebrating the beauty, resilience and magia of blackness with a Black History Month party or well-deserved care day, music can always add to the occasion. Here, a mix of Spanish and English songs by Afro-Latinas and for Black women that unapologetically declare self-love and engage in self-worship to add to any Black joy playlist for the month of February and all the days that follow it.

1. Celebrate being a daughter of “La Diaspora” with Nitty Scott.

When the Afro-Boricua rapper dropped Creature in 2017, she gifted Black women, particularly Black Latinx femmes, with a full project that saw, understood and exalted their existence. None of the bangers on the LP did this as intentionally as the song and short film “La Diaspora.”

2. Make your voice and joy heard with Christina Milian’s “Say I”

When the cubana teamed with Young Jeezy to drop this 2009 bop, she encouraged women to “do what you want to do. Don’t let nobody tell you what you’re supposed to do.” And that’s some pretty liberating ishh.

3. Some might call you “CRZY,” but Kehlani wants you to embrace the term.

Confidently dancing to the beat of your own drum, especially as a woman of color, is neither expected nor welcomed, largely because it makes it more difficult for white supremacy to thrive. With “CRZY,” the part-Mexican R&B songstress encourages femmes to embrace and reclaim the slights people throw at you for being a radiant, go-getting mami.

4. And Calma Carmona’s “I Got Life” shows that there is so much to be joyous about.

In her Spanglish rendition of Nina Simone’s “I Ain’t Got No … I Got Life,” the Puerto Rican soul singer declares all the beauty she has, from her voice, to her hair, to her smile to her life, in a world that told her she has nothing.

5. Something else you have: “Tumbao.”

In la reina de salsa’s multi-generational hit “La Negra Tiene Tumbao,” the late cubana Celia Cruz reminds Black women of that unfading, indescribable, swing and swag that Black women carry with them in every space they occupy.

6. Prefer an English joint? Cardi B will also remind you how “Bad” you are.

With “She Bad,” featuring YG, the Dominican-Trinidadian rapper engages in self-worship and encourages other Black women to feel themselves and own their sexuality without apprehension or apologies.

7. ‘Cause Like Maluca told you, you’re “la mami del block.”

In the Dominican singer-rapper’s mega bop “El Tigeraso,” Maluca makes the indisputable claim that Afro-Latinas have it all: “tengo fly, tengo party, tengo una sabrosura.”

8. And like Farina says, not everyone is deserving of your greatness.

In “la nena fina’s” urbano-pop jam “Mucho Pa’ Ti,” the colombiana raps what everyone knows: She, and you, are too much — too poppin’, too powerful, too radiant — for the unworthy.

9. Now that you’re reminded of who you are, enter every space like Melii walked into the club in her music video for “Icey.”

With sparkly, high-heeled white boots, a laced v-neck bodysuit, some tiny red shades and confidence that entraps you, dominicana-cubana Melii knows her value — as a woman and an artist — and watching or listening to how self-assured she is will undoubtedly rub off on you.

10. ‘Cause at the end of the day, you’re a “Million Dollar Girl” like Trina.

Like the Dominican-Bahamian rapper, alongside Keri Hilson and Diddy, told you in 2010: “Baby if I want it, I got it / ‘Cause I’ll be gettin’ some more / ‘Cause I’m a million dollar girl, for sure.”

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