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Hump Nails And Other Fashion Trends That Never Should Have Happened

August 20th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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We’ve all fallen for a terrible fashion trend that made us ask “What was I thinking?” later. And these are definitely some of the worst.

What Do You Think About Kids With Tattoos And Piercings?

March 23rd, 2015 - By Rich
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I remember when I was a kid, my 14-year-old cousin got his first tattoo. My mom, grandmom, and other adults in my family all chastised my aunt for letting him get inked “so young.” But being six-years his junior, I didn’t see anything wrong with it, and thought it was cool.

Not too many years later, I asked my mother for a nose ring. I was 12 or 13. She told me when I turned 16, I could get one. So when 16 came around, I was all excited, thinking that I was about to get my Pac on, but then she hit me with the “when you get grown and can take care of yourself, then you could get whatever you want pierced” line. I was pissed, to say the least.

During those times, I didn’t really understand what was the big deal about kids my age getting tattoos and piercings. But now that I’m older, I feel just like my grandmomma every time I see a milk-breathed baby walking around with pierced tongues, back tats and belly rings. “Lord chile, what is the world coming to?!”

These walking graffiti babies are everywhere! Young boys with their face’s looking like New York subway stations, little girls flashing adult-like illustrations in inappropriate places—just ink, ink, piercings, and more ink! When I was in high school, hell even elementary school, I shared classrooms with a plethora of kids who were stabbed up and inked down with all kinds of graphics and pierced body parts. Today, some kids are indulging in this trend as young as 12 and 13. (Remember when then-11-year-old Willow Smith sashayed the streets flaunting her tongue jewels back in 2012? It was supposedly fake, but still, it wasn’t a good look.) And if you pay attention to some of the nonsense circulating on social media, you know that a select few of silly parents are permanently tattooing and piercing their teenie tot babies.

little boy with tattooWHAT THEE HELL?!

True, many people view tattoos and body piercings as works of art and forms of artistic expression. But is that kind of liberty really appropriate for kids? I personally feel like any child younger than 16 shouldn’t be walking around with anything pierced outside of their ears. (And 16 only leads way for less than a handful of piercing options, definitely not anything related to the tongue, belly, or private parts.)

When it comes to tattoos, that’s a different story. My belief is that young ones should be 18 and old enough to make that decision without the consent of an adult; simply because of the possible effects the ink could have on ones physical health and blood stream. But hey, that’s just me.

What are your thoughts parents? At what age is it okay for kids with tattoos or a body piercing?

9 Times White Folks Tried To Claim A Black Trend As Their Own

November 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When you consider the fact this country was founded on the principle of taking from others who had already been there and done that, it’s really not surprising that this behavior is still going on today, in smaller, more passive ways. Oh, don’t get it twisted the government is still figuratively raping and pillaging but that’s another story for another day.

What I’m talking about are the micro ways in which fashion magazines. pop culture websites and mainstream culture adopts vernacular, dances, hair and fashion trends from the Black community and pretends they’ve stumbled upon a new trend. It happens quite often.

Check out a few examples on the following pages.

And for more on this topic, check out the trailer for “Bleaching Black Culture,” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: What’s Hot, What’s Not In Pop Culture Trends

July 8th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Everything in life has an expiration date. Sometimes it sticks with us for years — even decades, and other times we are super quick to get rid of it. Can you think of a fad you loved and hated? Here’s a quick list of some pop culture trends both on the rise and their way out.

Cornrows, Twerking, And Other Trends White People Think They Started

April 4th, 2014 - By Zainab Karim
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Black people are the originators of cool. We know this. But somewhere along the lines an Anglo-Saxon always comes along trying to steal something we started and claim it as there’s. Here are 10 trends white people think they started, but know good and well they didn’t.

Trends White People Think they StartedTwerking

When Miley Cyrus decided to ditch her home-cooked country scene and dash onto the pop scene, she became even more popular. Then she started twerking and everyone (mostly non-black people) looked to her as if she invented the dance move. Wrong! In all honestly she doesn’t even do it justice.

3 Ways To Wear: Fabulous Faux Fur, Nighttime Edition

February 25th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Faux fur is all over the runways, red carpets, and decorating street style stars. We gave you the deets on how to style this luxe textile for daytime earlier, but now we’re here to talk about how to wear faux fur after sundown. We’ve got three different items sure to please faux fur-wearing newbies and seasoned pros alike. Scroll down and click on for real inspiration.

Fur, Night 1

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Be honest with yourself from the beginning and admit it: You were born to stand out. An army green anorak jacket goes glam with a detachable fur collar. For a utilitarian chic feel, slip it over a wine jumpsuit and bold earrings like this lion pair. A see-through clutch and strapping heels complete the outfit. Remember to rock the fur collar even after you check your coat.

Coat with Detachable Collar, Forever 21 -$37.99 / Jumpsuit, Dorothy Perkins – $39 / Earrings, ASOS – $19.76 / Clutch, Nasty Gal – $50 / Heels, Shoemint – $79.89

Waxed Jeans: Wax On or Wax Off?

January 27th, 2014 - By Rich
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Personally, I have mixed feelings about the waxed jeans trend. On one hand, they look super cool — you know all shiny-dull and slim fitting — on the other hand, they can be extremely unflattering as they sometimes come across as hard and flattening in the areas that you prefer to have a bit of a fatty. That said, the variety of colors and fabric mixes are going strong for the Winter/Spring ‘2014 season and well, perhaps they deserve another shot? Take a gander and give us your fashion thoughts….

Waxed Jeans: Wax On or Wax Off?

The Top 10 Fashion Trends Of 2013

December 27th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer

Whether you kicked off your 2013 with a pair of lucite heels, or you stocked up on a pair of leather jogging pants, many of these fashionable trends were a hit his year!

Believe it or not, we are approaching the finish line for another 365 days and it’s time to take a look back at what were the most awesome style trends of 2013. Thankfully, many of the looks that were on everybody’s wish lists might just make it into the new year — all it takes is a little bit of adaptation and imagination.

Check out our picks for the 10 best style trends of 2013!

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Spring Into These Affordable Summer Beauty Trends For 2013

May 18th, 2013 - By Candace Smith
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Memorial Day Weekend is just around the bend. Soon you’ll be having fun in 80 degree weather (if you’re not already), trying hard to mask sweat stains and stay cool. In the meantime, before you find yourself trotting in the aisles of your nearest drug store, take note of the latest in this year’s spring into summer beauty trends!

Fashionable Racism? Zara’s Black Figurine Necklace is Turning Heads

May 15th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From BlackVoices

This is seriously getting ridiculous. Just yesterday we wrote about Pakistani designer Aamna Aqeel’s “Be My Slave” photo shoot, which showed a white model being waited on by a small black boy, and now we’ve just learned that the store Zara apparently thinks slavery is trendy too.

Huff Post blogger and culture critic/DJ/visual artist, Amanda Seales, brought our attention to a Zara necklace adorned with both gold faces and dark black faces with bright red lips that closely resemble slave and other historically racial-insensitive figures.