un’ruly digest #20: august ’14

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

from the editor: black music

We’ve learned that Blackness transcends color, so what really is the sound that plays in the background of our collective experiences as Black people? …We’re dedicating August to music and will be exploring “Black” sound, the perfect hair styles to wear to summer concerts and much much more. Read the full letter.



black music?

What is “Black music?” Is there such a thing? What essential characteristics give music a colour?


working girl: katra awad, artist

A self-taught artist, Katra Awad attributes her inspiration to her family of artists and her travels throughout Europe and the Caribbean.


working girl: janelle langford, publicist

SUITE Public Relations began as “Fantasy Plaza” when Janelle Langford was a child. Janelle has since seen her imaginary business manifest into an established public relations firm.


un’covered: project tribe, on spreading love

Sometimes Insta-stalking can lead to something… magical.


what’s in my ear: my 2014 summer playlist

With a twist on a Michael Jackson classic, a poppy all-girl collaboration and a new take on Afro Beat, this playlist is sure to compliment the various directions your summer can take.

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christy lynch, on sound and place

Nigerian-American singer Christy Lynch gives us her take on how geography can impact music.



product review: jane carter’s solutions wrap and roll

Channel your inner retro bombshell (Dorothy Dandridge maybe?) à la Jane Carter’s Solutions’ Wrap & Roll. Ready, set, GO!


product review: garnier fructis triple nutrition line

We had high hopes that the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Line would be cabinet keeper but from the sounds of it, it might be one to skip, given the other options out there.

care: ask an expert


what products can I use to obtain bone straight hair at home?

To obtain bone straight hair at home first prep hair with a “smoothing” or “relaxing” shampoo and conditioner…

ask an expert: what products prevent heat damage when I straighten my hair?

What types of products should I use to prevent heat damage when I straighten my hair?

should I be coloring my hair if it’s chemically treated?

Are there special dyes for women with chemically treated hair?

ask an expert: should i use a keratin treatment when transitioning?

I am in the beginning stages of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and I would like to get a Keratin treatment during this time…



hair story: grace jones

From humble beginnings in Spanish Town, Jamaica to superstardom in the ‘80s, she is a reoccurring metaphor used to describe extremity and self-expression. This is Grace Jones’ hair story.


hair story: melissa chanel

“My hair is so much healthier without chemicals and I never get bored with it.”

The AfroPUNK Festival marked its 10th year this past weekend as it returned to Brooklyn’s Commodore Park for another show of musical eclecticism!


trending: the flower crown

With summer days still long and filled with sunlight, it’s hard not to want to channel that same vibrancy and lightheartedness from toe to head.


2014 vma’s: destiny and child

This year the former members of Destiny Child and Solange make up our entire red carpet hair round up.


celeb-inspired: ciara’s faux locs (video)

Thought about getting locs but didn’t want the commitment? Well, faux locs are the answer!


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