Do you have a big chop, or thinking about taking the plunge? Beautiful Jean Norris and Renee Neufville of the early 90s R&B group Zhane rock their low dos with style! Uh… please avoid the finger waves, and just chop it all off! I love this song! Shout out to my alma mater Temple University where the two girls meet before launching their musical career.
Good thing we started this weekly music feature because JUNE is Black Music Month. Every week, Kinnks will feature a music video with some type of natural hair inspiration! Last Wednesday was our first musical feature Teyana Taylor.
This week we ask ourselves, who can be better than Chrisette Michele? Going through a big chopith style and grace…
can be difficult. Can you imagine doing it in front of millions?!?! Chrisette rocks her BC wAbout Chrisette: An American R&B and soul singer–songwriter on the Island Def Jam Music Group. She won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song “Be OK”. Blessed with a gorgeous instrument and described as a “soulful songbird,” the Long Island native proved to the world that she could live up to the hype. Nominated for a BET Award for Best New Artist as well as two Gra
Dang – these photos make me want to chop it all off again! Think the photos are inspirational?
On her official website, Chrisette posted a poem
‘For Freedom Not For Beauty’
There’s a beauty that lives so deep inside each of us.
There’s a fickle eye that doesn’t believe anything it sees….
The first few years I was natural I was really lost. I would wear mostly ‘fros and scarfs, or variations of the two. If I was lucky my roomie would braid my hair. Sometimes I would rock braids just in the front, with a ‘fro in the back. A few times she even did Allen Iverson skeleton braids.
My mom was not very fond of my uneven ‘fros, or my black t-shirt cover up bun. She would ask “Why don’t you go press your hair”.
I didn’t understand her dislike at first. I have always known her to have short hair. Half of the time it was natural.
A few weeks before graduation, my mom asked, “Should I get a perm or cut my hair?” I of course said, NATURAL!
Ms. Simone ordered a Kinnks Tee and we got to electronic talking! I quickly learned about her hustle selling jewelry on Naturally.Elemental! I got a few pairs myself, I’ll have to post my pics!She sounds like a kool mom too cause she’s sending her son to Japan! Anyway, please give a warm Kinnks welcome to Ms. Simone!! She shares her story of her BC below…
Monday, June 14, 1993, 9:15 am: “Ma, can you watch Jay for an hour. I have an errand to run.”
Ten minutes later I was standing the main workroom of the local beauty college explaining that I had one inch of new grow and I needed the 10 inches of relaxed hair shaved off. I needed the best student in the class to do it. I handed the girl my $10.00 and smiled.
“I want my head shaved please. I want nothing on my head when she’s done but the one inch of new growth.”
After a hushed consultation in the back of the room and the instructor looking over her glasses at me to see if she could determine if I was intoxicated, a student was found, I was seated and apparently, I was the impromptu lesson for the day.