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This Video Game Was Made For Every Black Woman Who Has Ever Had Her Hair Touched

If you’re an Afro-Latina, you know that sometimes life with your fabulous Black hair can feel a lot like playing a round of whack-a-mole. Despite the fact that there are literally a hundred plus things to show us love for, one of the most common “compliments” we get is aimed towards our hair. Typically it’s done with a follow up from a “complimenter’s” inquisitive fingers. And that is just a big, fat NOPE.

It’s a super common racial microaggression that so many women belonging to the Black community encounter. Fortunately, Momo Pixel, a Portland-based art director from Wiedne+Kennedy, has created a new game that translates the frustrations so many Black women who often have their space invaded experience.

Pixel’s game, Hair Nah!, features a female protagonist named Aeva who must swat away curious hands in order to successfully make it to her final vacation destination.

Players of the game get to choose the main character’s skin tone and hair style (which includes Bantu knots, dreads and afros). As Aeva tries to make it to her flight to either Havana, Santa Monica or Osaka (you choose!), she encounters looming hands that threaten to touch, pinch and pet her hair. Not blocking the hands in time means she misses her flight.

“It’s literally happened to every black girl I’ve met. Even while making this game it happened to me, multiple times. And I’m just like, ‘Come on! When does it stop?’” Momo said in a statement, according to HuffPost. “Working on this game was such a breath of fresh air because it’s like, finally! I get to tell you, ‘No, stop touching me. Respect my space,’ before it happens – and in the most fun, chill, hilarious way.”

The game might seem all fun and games, but for so many women on Twitter, the experience of having their  hair handled by unwanted physical attention is all too real.

For many Black women, the subtly racist experience of having someone touch their hair without their permission is a constant occurrence. The touch typically comes with a well-meaning compliment that is still laced with racist connotations, even if those people insist they aren’t intending to be offensive.

Along with having their hair touched by a stranger, Black women also often face questions like “do you wash it?” “is it real?” and “why is it like this?”

But for the curious mind behind invasive fingers, there’s a lack of reflection that doesn’t allow them to ask questions like, “why is this so intriguing to me?” For so many Black women, the questions coupled with the touching is a reminder of how often they are left out of mainstream society, where our hair and our skin tones are considered less appealing and inferior.

Black hair isn’t foreign or exotic, but the way the mainstream media selectively chooses to portray it has the affect of making it seem out of the ordinary.

So then these people with wandering hands are too fascinated to keep their fingers to themselves, and it’s not okay. Here’s hoping, Pixel’s hit game teaches “well-meaning” microaggressors how unwanted their compliments are and how their touching can make Black women feel dehumanized.


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Safe Winter Hairstyles For Afro-Latinas To Keep Your Rizos Defined And Moisturized Even When You Want To Wear Them Straight

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Safe Winter Hairstyles For Afro-Latinas To Keep Your Rizos Defined And Moisturized Even When You Want To Wear Them Straight

Wintertime can be a rough season for black women. Not only do we have to remain hyper-vigilant about moisturizing (ashy skin is a big no-no), but we also have to go the extra mile to make sure our hair is properly hydrated. Seasonal elements like wind, dry air, and cold temperatures have been known to wreak havoc on already-fragile strands. And as most naturalistas know, lack of moisture = breakage. And ain’t nobody got time for that.

So to help out all of the Afro-Latinas who are struggling to keep their strands shiny and their rizos bouncy in the midst of the roughest season of the year, we’ve compiled a list of protective and low-heat hairstyles for black hair this winter. Check it out below!

1. Jumbo Flexi Rods

Flexi rods are the perfect tool to use if you want looser, bouncier curls without resorting to damaging your hair with heat styling. Jumbo Flexi Rods are one of the latest trends that have been sweeping Instagram’s natural hair community. Devotees love them because they’re low maintenance, low-damage, and long-lasting. Not to mention, they’re fun to put in!

2. Box Braids with Triangle Parts

Since box-braids made a huge comeback in the last few years, black women have been putting their own spin on the protective-style staple. The latest craze is parting your braids into triangular sections as opposed to the traditional “box” parts. That makes this style both protective and trendy.

3. Faux Locs

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Faux-loc extensions are a stylish and low-maintenance way for black women to keep their hair protected from cold, wind, and dry climates during the winter. So, not only do they protect your hair from breaking, but they are 100% Instagram-able.

4. Senegalese Twists

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Senegalese twists have been around for years, but they’ve recently gone through a renaissance. All you need to do is search Instagram or Youtube for your favorite natural hair beauty guru, and you’ll find a picture or video of her rocking this stylish ‘do. And like box braids and faux-locs above, this hairstyle is almost always extensions, so your natural hair will be protected from the harsh winter climate.

5. Roller Set/Tension Rollers

Tension Rollers are great for black women who want to occasionally wear their hair straight without worrying about compromising their natural curl pattern. The look is achieved by naturally stretching the hair follicle over a jumbo curler. The curl is then “set” under a hair dryer. Because this look is done with low heat, there is less damage, and therefore less breakage. It’s a perfect look for Holiday special occasions.

6. Clip-In Pony Tail

The clip-in ponytail is perfect for the woman who wants to look fierce but has a limited amount of time to do so (and let’s be honest–isn’t that all of us?). Many of us are in the thick of our natural hair journeys and our lengths might not be exactly where we want them to be just yet. Say what you want about clip-in extensions, but there’s no denying that they’re fast and they get the job done. If you’re worried about clip-in extensions looking too obviously artificial, invest a little more money in real hair.

7. Micro Braids

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What little black girl didn’t pine after Brandy’s era-defining micro-braids in the 90s? Well we’re in luck, because the look is finally making a comeback! While not as low-maintenance as box braids and Senegalese twists (micro-braids are known to tangle), they’re still a protective style. Not to mention, the braids’ thin width makes them easy to style into other hairdos like twists and braids.

8. Braided Updo

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If you’re tired of extensions, but you don’t quite have the time (or energy) to commit to brutal wash n’ go’s, then a braided updo might just be the middle-ground you’ve been searching for. A half-braided ‘do is the type of look that looks much more elegant and time-consuming than it actually is. Go to your trusty salon (or maybe your madre or tía, if they’re talented) and ask them to cornrow your hair only halfway through your crown. Not only will it be less time-consuming, it will be less expensive too.

9. The Whitney Bob

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If you’re in the middle of your grow-out phase after the big chop, don’t despair! This phase can be one of the most rewarding when it comes to playing with edgy haircuts and experimenting with hairstyles. One vintage mid-length cut that’s going through a renaissance is “The Whitney” afro-bob. But before you get this cut, make sure your stylist knows exactly what you want, because shape is everything when it comes to this style. Once you’ve achieved the desired cut, stick to roller sets for a low-heat, loose-curl look.

10. Hat With High Pony

The ultimate Bad Hair Day style has been transformed into the look of Instagram queens everywhere. If you’re in between protective styles, or you’re not about that extension life, a baseball cap and a high pony are a surefire way to disguise the state of your fifth- (or sixth-) day curls. All you need to do is throw your hair up into a high pony, place the pony through the cap’s closure, and mist your hair with some curl-reviving spray to bring it back to life. Voila! Instant Insta-baddie.

11. Mini Bantu Knots

Have you ever spent what felt like hours on your hair only to realize that you have to do it all again on the other side of your part? Well you’re in luck, because the Trend Gods have spoken, and they have determined that one-sided hairstyles are so in this winter. Especially one-sided mini-bantu knots. So you can claim your throne as a trend-setter and a women who protects her ends!

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These Women Formed A Caravan Out Of Desperation To Find Missing Family Members And Children

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These Women Formed A Caravan Out Of Desperation To Find Missing Family Members And Children

While the refugee caravan continues to make its way to the U.S./Mexico border — some have already arrived — there’s a new group of people that have also begun the journey. The group is made up entirely of women and they’re not interested in seeking asylum or entering America.

The group is called Caravan of Mothers of Disappeared Migrants and they’re walking to bring awareness to children they’ve lost.

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The 25 women, all mothers, sisters, and daughters, are walking alongside the caravan of Central America because just like them, their family members were also looking to escape their violent home country. By speaking to the media, and showing the pictures of their loved ones, they are hoping to bring awareness to countless people that have sought to cross the border and never made it. Their aim is to also show the dangers of walking to the border for thousands of miles without knowing anyone and seek help in finding them.

Despite their family being lost, the women say they will continue to look for them until their whereabouts are known.

“We look in parks, on trains, in camps, we post photos,” Katalina Lopez, a mom from Guatemala, told NBC News. “We inform other mothers looking for their children. We can’t rest.”

This is not the first time the caravan of women has begun a pilgrimage looking for their missing family members. The walk began with 11 mothers in 2006.

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With the help of Mesoamerican Migrant Movement — a nonprofit Mexico City-based organization — some women have actually been able to locate their loved ones. According to NBC News, the group has found 300 missing migrants.

One of those looking to have good news as well is María Elsa Ramírez, from Nicaragua who is searching for her sister-in-law who’s been missing since 2017. Ramírez said that her sister-in-law was traveling with her son, and while the son crossed over to the U.S. alone, his mom stayed behind with the coyote for an unknown reason.

“My heart isn’t broken,” Ramírez said to NBC News, “because she is alive and one day we will find her.”

This week, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico said 100 migrants are currently missing.

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“The office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has received information about a group of migrants who would have boarded two buses apparently not identified in the state of Puebla and whose whereabouts would be unknown,” said Chile president Michelle Bachelet, according to Telesur.

On Nov. 11, the Comisión Nacional de Los Derechos Humanos, pleaded with local state agencies to provide security to help protect the caravan and keep people together.

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“We ask federal and state authorities to consider the situation of extreme vulnerability of Caravana Migrante to provide security and surveillance on roads and facilitate humanitarian transfer to women, seniors, and children,” the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos tweeted.

In the picture above, volunteers and workers with civil rights organization, hold hands and make a human chain in order for the caravan group to stay together when exiting and entering buses.

The women in search for their families aren’t making outlandish demands from the government, they just want answers and help.

¡Gracias…. Los Queremos!!!El mensaje de la madres centroamericanas al pueblo de México, a las organizaciones, colectivos y personas solidarias. Ellas retornaron esta mañana a sus paises de origen, fortalezidas y con la esperanza viva.www.movimientomigrantemesoamericano.org

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“We, the mothers of the world,” they stated on the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement website, “We demand that the separation of families be stopped since it is an inhuman and degrading practice. This separation of families takes place in detention centers, and as a result of forced migration and deportations…We demand that States assume their responsibility to respect the law and guarantee human rights. Our territories and our seas have become large pits. We oppose the normalization of this violence….We demand that free transit be guaranteed to migrants, under conditions of security, and of mothers, family members and their allies who seek their missing relatives in the territories where they may be found…We demand the right to truth and the clarification of facts.”


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