Seeing as I have made up my mind to take blogging seriously for the 100th time (closes eye in shame), I thought it will be nice to do flashbacks of some of my blog posts from www.titiajblog.wordpress.com . Also, this will serve as a reminder of where I’m coming from in my blogging journey 🙂
Whether it’s a hairstyle or jazz music, there’s a difference between honouring a culture and stealing from it— Anon.
“Boxer braids” “Urban tie cap” “twisted mini buns” aka cornrows , durags and Bantu knots
— Tellie Time (@Chaantellie) February 20, 2016
Sigh. It never ends.
I bet its no longer news that the latest hair trend taking over social media is boxer braids aka Double Dutch but then again is the style really that new? did we miss something?
well for those of you who haven’t noticed, Kim Kardashian has been wearing her hair in braids a lot lately, it looks great on her and ever since become popular and common amongst other A-list. Tutorials, pictorial, all worth not are all over the internet which shows step by step how to achieve the hairstyle. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the style or people wanting to recreate the look. Where the problem comes in is the fact that necessary credits/ acknowledgement haven’t being given to the black community who happen to have started this hairstyle
With the current cornrow controversy, many white celebrities have adopted the hairstyle, which sparked a lot of backlashes and has made it a platform for public opinion not just on the cornrow issue which happens to be the tip of the ice burg which regards to cultural appropriation.
Objection 1: Why is this trend called boxer braids? Don’t they mean cornrow?
Objection 2: The hairstyle is originally from the black community …so why not feature some brown/ dark skinned beauties to display the look?
Beautiful isn’t she ? check out previous post on Yarisbeth
The hashtags though! the last on killed me lol.
Objection 3: Why/how do the Kardashian/Jenner ‘s always seem to get credit for ‘cementing’ a style that originated in Black communities? That brings me to my next point in Economics. In general, when the white culture adopts things that were originally created by black people, they tend to make a lot of profit from it. This is saddening as it feels a lot like slavery where someone else takes all the credit for your efforts. it can be concluded that non-mainstream cultures and minorities are being Exploited.
Some Famous Black Women that Wore Cornrows Before Kim Kardashian West.
Men on Cornrows Before Kim Kardashian West
Just as celebrities wear cornrows on the red carpet and other events and it’s been acknowledged and referred to as CHIC is the same way little black girls wear those same cornrows and can be seen as a symbol of her culture/Ghetto lifestyle. Just the same way a white person looking black gets featured in magazines while a black person putting on the same thing gets pulled over by the police. One can understand the frustration.
Thanks for reading, do let me know your take on the subject matter.