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Amanda Gorman Adds 1st Poet to Grace the Cover of ‘Vogue’ to her Receipts

Los Angeles resident Amanda Gorman, whose acclaimed poetry reading at President Joe Biden’s inauguration thrust her into the national spotlight, said Wednesday she was thrilled to be the first poet to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. (CBS Los Angeles)

Gorman tweeted she is, “Honored to be the first poet EVER on the cover of @voguemagazine,” and it was a “joy to do so while wearing a Black designer, @virgilabloh.” Amanda continued by writing, “this is called the Rise of Amanda Gorman, but it’s truly for all of you, both named & unseen, who lift me up.”

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Study Finds Bias Against Black Women’s Hair May Affect The Hiring Process

A new study has revealed that Black women with natural hairstyles, such as Afros, braids or twists, are often perceived as less professional than Black women with straightened hair.

Research conducted at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, offers evidence that discrimination against natural Black hairstyles is prevalent in the workplace and perpetuates race discrimination.

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, a management professor and a senior associate dean at Duke said, “The impact of a woman’s hairstyle may seem minute, but for Black women, it’s a serious consideration and may contribute to the lack of representation for Blacks in some organizational settings.”

(Source: Huffington Post)

Posted in Beauty, News

Virginia Becomes Fourth State To Ban Hair Discrimination – Come On Michigan!

Thanks to Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia, the only Southern state to ban natural hair discrimination, joins California, New York and New Jersey. (Source:  Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell)

Meanwhile in Michigan, Democratic State Rep. Sarah Anthony,  introduced a bill to prevent hair discrimination in July of 2019. However, Anthony’s bill was sent to the state legislature’s House Government Operations committee. Anthony said this is where “bills go and die,” and explains that the “disappointing part is listening to colleagues who don’t understand the purpose of the legislation. It’s frustrating for me who hears the stories all the time” Anthony said she will l fight for the bill  as long as she is a state representative.” (Source: lansingstatejournal.com)

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Today In Black History: Remembering B. Smith

Model, restaurant owner and lifestyle guru, B. Smith died Saturday night in her home from Alzheimer’s. She was 70.  In 1976 she became the first black woman featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. She opened 3 restaurants in New York City, Long Island and Washington, DC. Smith also had her own cooking and lifestyle show, B. Smith with Style, which made its debut in 1997.

Often unfairly called the black Martha Stewart, B. Smith was a legend in her own right. Smith embodied glamour affluence, poise, grace and Afrocentrism. B. Smith rocked natural hair before it was popular in the main stream. She was always different but yet the same. She spoke to many black people who thought that’s exactly me.   We drink wine.  We are cultured.  Conversely she showed others a broader or image of the African-American. (More From: Colorstream Media)

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