True Beauty Tuesday- Pantene Gold Series

So if you haven’t seen the Pantene Gold Series featuring African-American Women…take a look below.

 

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Web Window Shopping: Natural Girls United

Thanksgiving is the green light for the Christmas/holiday shopping season to begin. As most people make their list and check it twice in hopes of finding that great holiday gift for the female in their life I would like to offer some friendly advice on a perfect gift that celebrates that HUE female in your life. One that truly gets to the heart of being a black girl/ woman. Let me introduce you to Natural Hair United. It is doll collection like none other.

Photo Credit/Screenshot: Natural Hair United website.

 Photo Credit/Screenshot: Natural Hair United website.

I came across Natural Girls United last year and I have been hitting to everyone that I know that if they wanted to get me a gift that I will love and display with pride all year long then they need to look no further than these amazing creations. I am a firm supporter of young girls (and boys) have toys that represent them. I am blessed that my Mom & Dad made it a point to provide me with dolls that looked like me. At it is for this reason I am madly in love with the dolls that Natural Girls United create. It is more than just a doll in my eyes. It is a way for young girls to see and understand that beauty comes in all shades, sizes and hair textures. These dolls make me want to cry and smile all at the same time because they offer a true celebration of black beauty.

 

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I am happy to welcome Hue back!

 

Welcome Back to A Stylish Hue!

Welcome Back to A Stylish Hue!

I am happy to welcome you back to A Stylish Hue! It has been a while, but for all things to grow one must reflect and redefine. Over the last few months I have been planning some really neat things for this blog (at least I think so). In the near future you will see more lifestyle post created with hue in mind. I also have a great little surprise planned for my fashionistas. Are you ready? Let’s get started in 3…2….1…GO!

True Beauty Tuesday: I AM NOT MY HAIR

I saw this last week and have been pondering it for a while. You maybe wondering why, because this nothing new for Black women in the U.S. the reason I say that is because I did my graduate school thesis on this very topic. I guess the entire wold needs more education. This story makes me think of Zendaya at the Oscar’s. I think that she looked amazing. I think the young women in the story below looks amazing. It truly makes me shake my head when people say that a certain hair types are not suitable for selling high end products…. I wonder if they would turn down the money of someone trying to purchase “high end” products with the same hair style.

“A woman from south London says she was left shocked and embarrassed after she was asked to change her hairstyle to get a job. Simone Powderly had braids in her hair when she went for an interview at a recruitment agency and says she was told they weren’t suitable when selling “high end” products. Tarah Welsh speaks to Simone, Amina Lawal from Amina Kadia Hair and Irene Shelley the Editor of Black Beauty and Hair.”

Below video from BBC

More post for HUE!

I am back after taking a small break from blogging. Over the last few months I’ve had A LOT going on (in a good way) that I feel will help me grow this blog in ways that I couldn’t imagined just a few years ago. Yes, I have been  M.I.A. in blogging land, but I have been front and center in the world of social media. My time in the social media universe has opened the flood gates in regards to growing my media voice. I have always wanted this blog to be a celebration of  black women, their style, beauty, and life. In the last few months so many things have happened in world in the black community that reminds me that we still need diversity in training in the world and more now than ever I feel that as a black woman I need to be apart of a movement that showcases positive images of black women. So I will be adding to this blog in great ways.  Mondays with now focus on the image of black women in the media. You may ask why?….uummm because people still think that it is okay to talk about a black woman’s hair

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

as if she is less than a human….No it wasn’t funny (not even a little bit)- I am a naturalista, and I have never ever come close to using weed….not cool to suggest such things. Also, while while watching the red carpet during award season I saw very few women on color. I mean come on…how many television networks do we have? And no station can find a woman of color with a fashion degree and media experience?  But it is more than fashion or red carpets. Let’s talk about other forms of media….film, television, print, and other forms of media. Why aren’t we seeing more women (and men) of color? I maybe only person but, I will use my voice and this platform to share what main stream media is not. I will speak out, speak up, and speak of positive things that black women are doing.SpeakOut-logo2-darker

….and don’t even get me started on the Oklahoma University issue because I can go on and on about that…so I have something too.

 

There are many other issues that I will address in later blog post but for now I will be adding a media and educational/lifestyle to this blog in addition to the True Beauty Tuesday, Web Window Shopping post.

 

With love from me to Hue,

Sophia

 

 

Embracing HUE

Today is a celebration of each and every one of you! This Hue & Me Monday I encourage to show the world you are beautiful enough, stylish enough, simply put enough! Project Embrace has created the #IAMENOUGHDAY campaign to challenge the stereotypes of what is considered beautiful hair.

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Declaring March 31st as “I AM ENOUGH DAY” the campaign encourages women to ditch the weaves and embrace their natural hair.

I originally came across Project Embrace on instagram and instantly liked the campaign. Two years ago I explored the stereotypes surrounding natural hair in the “corporate world” and the role the media plays  for my graduate school thesis…so naturally, I feel a connection to a project that supports the celebration of diversity.

Per their Facebook Project Embrace plans to encourage the UK government to regulate the of sales of chemical relaxers by placing age restrictions (which I personally love)

To learn more about the mission of Project Embrace visit their website or view their recent interview on Black Visions Television.

The work that Project Embrace is doing is truly a celebration of Hue and me by encouraging each of us to embrace our beauty.

Be sure to join the celebration #IAMENOUGHDAY