Photo and makeup by Erika Emerton Have you ever heard of the phrase Emotional Reparations? I hadn't until three months ago, honestly. But since discovering the term, I've been able to find language that helps me better articulate my journey of racial healing within myself and my community. So what exactly are Emotional Reparations? I'm … Continue reading Hair as Repair: Emotional Reparations
I haven’t written a post about my hair in a long time. Since May 7, 2017 to be exact. But today I’ve decided to change that :). Here’s a post about 3 things my Afro has been teaching me as of late. 1. I love wearing my hair in a full-out Afro because it makes … Continue reading Afro Lessons
It was 1:20AM on Thursday, May 4, 2017, and I lay wide awake in my bed. I had that feeling you get the night before the first day of classes. The feeling where your heart is racing faster than Usain Bolt and no matter how hard you try you can't fall asleep--that feeling. My heart was pounding … Continue reading Dear World
This hair journey has been wild, y’all. It’s been seven months since I did the big chop, and my lil’ fro has been growing! . . With each new phase of hair growth comes a new set of challenges, and most recently, I fought the battle of embracing the fro. ... About … Continue reading Unapologetic
Dat Big Chop Doe
On August 18th, 2016, I did the big chop. The night before, I had a little pep talk with God. Here’s an abbreviated version of the conversation that transpired in my journal: “God, I’m really considering doing the big chop with my hair, but the thought of doing it gives me such a strong fear … Continue reading Dat Big Chop Doe
How did I get here?
Several people have asked me if there was a reason why I did the big chop. The answer is yes and it’s a long one. I want to use this post to share part of my life story, and I hope others who have had similar experiences will know they’re not alone and may be … Continue reading How did I get here?