Photography Series: Nakeya Brown “The Refutation of ‘Good Hair”

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1135222Photographer Nakeya Brown is showing that there is more then one definition of beauty in her new photo series. The California native photographer explores how race ties in with beauty in her new photo series that delves into African American self-grooming rituals. For example her series features a picture of a hot comb and a burner, something that every little girl feared.Along with the long extensive hours under the hood dryer.


In an interview with Dazed, Brown explained that ““Traditional hairstyles such as locs, box braids, cornrows, Senegalese twists, afros, twist outs, and bantu knots are forms of resistance against white-washed beauty standards.” It is extremely imperative that Brown, and photographers comparable with her, receive much recognition, especially in a society where the beauty norm favors euerocentic beauty standards. These kind of beauty standards shame anyone who doesn’t necessarily fit into that category. It is crucial that a little girl, or in fact a women, of any age or race can look at a billboard and see somebody that looks similar to her and not some white-washed model. The fashion industry makes its profit by making women of color feel insecure about who they are, while at the same time appropriating their culture, by making cornrows or bindis a fashion trend. Why is it edgy when Kylie Jenner wears corn rows, but when seen on a women of color it is deemed as “ghetto.”

1135237Regarding the inspiration behind her photo series, Brown said, “I made this work around a time when I went natural, my peers were going natural, and I became a mother to a young daughter. I started to reflect on my hair stories and felt an urge to incorporate those memories and practices into my work. It’s important because the work is a place where discussion about body image, race, gender, and tradition can take place in a way that uplifts, reflects, and hopefully pushes thought forward.” Brown truly grasps Afrocentric beauty in her photo series, that is now showing in Washington, DC. For now you can check some of her cool pictures on her website!




South Korean born singer Jihae Kim is a force to be reckoned with. The indie rock artist signed a demo deal with Atlantic Records and London records, yet she proceeded to independently release her music to keep creative control. Soon after the songwriter started Septem, a company whose sole purpose was music production and social based projects.  The multimedia artist released several of her albums under Septum including “Elvis Is Still Alive” and her rock opera Fire Burning Rain, a tale of a heroine’s journey, based off of Joan of Arc.

Kim has also been known to preform for many social causes like “Simon Says For Peace” a peace movement that Jihae created herself to give a voice to kids who don’t have one, like child soldiers.

More recently Kim has teamed up with English music producer David A Stewart  (known for working with Stevie Nicks and Joss Stone) for her latest album “Illusions Of You” set to be released some time this year. For now you can check out some our favorite Jihae tracks below!



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Genre-Defying artist, Kali Uchis is a singer songwriter who was born in Columbia and raised in Virginia. The soul singer released a mixtape titled Drunken Babble in 2012, which the 22 year old doo wop singer self produced. Drunken Babble received much praise by music critics for its’ vintage-soul sound. Uchis also gained the recognition from R&B rapper Snoop Dogg (who has sold over 35 million albums worldwide) and music producer Diplo, who has worked with likes of No Doubt and Beyoncé.

More recently the songstress teamed up with Snoop Dogg and Diplo for her first studio project Por Vida  which is available for free download. The mix tape features her two iTunes singles “Know What I Want” and “Lottery.” Be sure to follow her on Sound-cloud and check out her  latest music video, that Kali directed herself below!