un’ruly digest #14: february ’14

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We know that Un’ruly readers are constantly on-the-go, so we’ve rounded up the best of February’s stories in case you missed any.  Enjoy!

from the editor: the art of our history

February being Black History Month, we decided to take a look at our pre-middle passage history. Because Black history didn’t begin once we crossed the Atlantic. Our history extends extremely further back. Hence, we dedicated February to our pre-American history, and looked at it through its visual documentation: art. Read the full letter.

features

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black history: black images in european art

The classical paintings in the Louvre show us that Blacks indeed had a history of servitude in Europe, but we were also depicted as players in Greek myths, traders, warriors and kings.

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what the baoulé taught me about beauty

A trip to the Branly Museum in Paris taught us a little about African history as well as an alternate definition of beauty, putting this piece on the cusp of February’s history focus and March’s exploration of Beauty.

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discuss: when did you first feel your race?

I first felt the color of my skin on a playground in London when I was about six years old…

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un’covered: african by design

The imaginative evolution of African prints as told by three unique and distinct fashion collections is our latest obsession. Un’cover these visionary designers inside…

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working girl: florence carter

Meet the “real Mrs. Carter,” Mrs. Florence Carter that is. A fascination with people got Florence through Law school but ultimately landed her in Human Resources where she plays a pivotal role in the cycle of an employee’s career.

 

styles

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hair story: natural hair on the air

Many women who consider going natural have to grapple with whether or not their hair will be considered professional. But in recent years a handful of journalists are showing us that natural hair indeed is okay for the workplace and much more.

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hair story: teyonah parris

This natural hair icon didn’t always want to be natural. Find our what made her make the change and check out her many beautiful hair looks since then.

Given our focus on art in February, we looked for hairspiration at hair shows and how could we not take a look at what pranced down the runway during NY Fashion Week.

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hair art-spiration: big accessories

Very few of us can sculpt billions of strands of hair into giant sized bows and hats. Good thing we can just go out and buy them. Make a statement with big hair accessories…

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runway hair: messy chic at any length

Carefree hair is perfect Fall and Winter and is relatively easy to achieve. Check out the four #messyhairdontcare looks we spotted at Tracey Reese’s Fall 2014 show.

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runway hair: afros on the runway

Diversity on the Fall 2014 runways improved a little this time around, making a room for slightly more natural hair looks in the shows. Here are our favorites.

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runway hair: eight stand out hair styles

What better place to get hairspiration that sets you apart from the crowd than the NY Fashion Week runways. Find out which look was our favorite.

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