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Four youngsters talk about their experiences regarding their curly/afro hair

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Stylist, Nick Hofland (26) from Amsterdam, now living in Berlin

How was it for you to grow up with a curly/afro hair?
Difficult, you always want a different hairstyle, but you can’t. For example, I wanted a mohawk or long hairlocks. You must accept yourself and your hair, and then you’ll realize that your own hair is the best. I wouldn’t have it any other way now. Embrace your hair and love it. If you are not satisfied with your curls, you are not satisfied with yourself and that is something you got to work on.

Do you have the idea that people consider your hair as something exotic?
Yes absolutely. Somebody recently told me that my hair looked like noodles and sometimes people ask if it’s real and whether they can touch it. My answer to that is; “I’m not your poodle, (bitch).”

Do you have a role model?
Not really, maybe Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Do you ever experience embarrassing moments with your hair?
Sometimes people put something in your hair, just for the fun of it. And suddenly it turns out to be a cigarette in your hair. That’s not funny.
Also moments when I cannot brush my hair and not sleep at home, because I leave strands of hair everywhere, that’s embarrassing as well.

Do you have trouble finding hairdressers and products for your hair?
It is difficult, especially now that I live in Berlin. There are almost no products unfortunenately.
I buy everything in the Netherlands. I only know two hairdressers who can cut my hair, one in Amsterdam and one in Berlin. If they can’t, I will not have my hair done. I will never try to cut my hair myself. My mother, she is Surinamese, always said that if I cut my own hair I would get bald.

Actress, Brendaly Emiliana (22) from Rotterdam

How was your experience growing up with curly/afro hair?
Since I was six or seven years old, my grandmother relaxed my hair with chemical products. I had long and thick hair, and it was almost unmanageable at that time. Later I curled my curly/afro hair to create some more waves. I did that until my 20th, after that I shaved my hair off.

Why?
My hair did not look healthy anymore and was no longer looking forward to up keeping it. In addition, I went through a hard time, my mother became sick and I stopped my studies. It was a symbol for my personal ‘new beginning’. I shaved my head with a razor with my sister. I had not told my boyfriend beforehand. I just sent him a picture and said, “I’ve done the most courageous thing what a woman can do.” He said, “I like you as you are.” You need to have courage. Do whatever you think you feel like doing, only then will you find out if that was the correct thing to do or not.

Do you have the idea that people consider your hair as something exotic?
I myself have Brazilian and Curacao roots, and I’ve noticed that people in the Netherlands find this hair exotic. Sometimes it seems like people firstvsee my hair and see me afterwards. People sometimes ask if they can touch my hair, or ask me if I wear a wig.

Student, Music Danky (18) from The Hague

How was it for you to grow up with curly hair?
I lived in a white village and I was almost the only one with this type of hair.
I myself am half Dominican, and by my appearance I stood out; Everyone called me the girl with the curls. The rest of the girls around me with curly hair didn’t feel like their curly hair looked nice, so they straightened it. But I didn’t, I was happy with myself.

Why do you think those girls straightened their hair?
They had a picture in mind of what is supposed to be beautiful hair, and apparently in our society that is straight hair.

Why didn’t you straighten your hair?
I am positive minded and so I looked at the beautiful side of my curls.
I could not change it and I did not want to ruin my hair with the wrong products.

Do you have the idea that people consider your hair as something exotic?
Absolutely. For example; people always try to guess my origins in response to my hair.
Sometimes people also ask if they can put my curls on, and moreover, they want to know exactly how to model my hair. I don’t think people ask these questions to people with straight hair.

What would you like to say to people who are not happy with their curls?
You’ve got it and it suits you. Be creative, but do not spoil it. There are more variations possible than you may think; You can wear your hair short or long. Care for you body by doing sports for example! Your hair deserves attention too, give it the much needed care.

Model and Economics Student, Dylan Hasselbaink (19) from Koog aan de Zaan

How did you experience growing up with curly/afro hair?
I’ve never had a bad time even though I was the only one with this hair in my class.
Wherever I lived, almost everyone was white. In the past, like the other guys, I wanted a crest, but now I’m content with my hair. As a starting model, it’s also a little bit my signature style.

Did you ever have the idea that your hair was not beautiful?
Yes, unknowingly I think i did. I could not really measure myself with the rest, and I did not really know how to wear and care for my hair.

How did that happen?
My mother is white and my father, who has Surinamese roots, has almost always been bald.
Sometimes my mom bought curling products from the local drugstore, but that did not always work for my type of hair. I did not even understand how to handle my hair.

How did you learn that at one point?
I first cut my hair short and wore a cap for years. After that, I found some old photos back from the time I had long hair and I realized that it could be nice if I knew how to take care of it. Then I went to YouTube to watch some tutorials , this is how I learned how to handle my hair.

What would you like to say to people who are not happy with their curls?
Just rock it. I even joined a Facebook group for people who have afro hair. I like to see how people embrace their natural beauty and be happy with themselves.

Original article: i-d.vice.com

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Let’s talk to Prince Dynast Amir – African DNA

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The super multi-talented, African American and former sales man has found his roots in several countries on the African continent. This is nothing new, Amir has been connected to the motherland earlier but we like to shed a light on his journey once more and as he calls it highlight: The search for Uhuru. The search for Uhuru is a platform that is created to build a bridge between the Black Diaspora Wordwide and the Beautiful African Continent through art, travelling tours, vlogs and culture.

“The search for Uhuru is a platform that is created to build a bridge”

Everything in his life sparked after this, even his 7-year old son is named after the Malian King of Kings Mansa Musa. A fantastic, great and wise man.

39 year old Amir, born and raised in Sacramanento California has an amazing story that happened to kickstart his passion of connecting two worlds.

“I played football and ran track at the University of Georgia. I actually studied Agri-cultural Business and got my degree. After that I sold insurances, I did sales for Santos as well. I had a great life and was living my best life and I loved travelling with friends at the time. Partying and having fun and seeing different parts of the world. 10 years ago Tanzania , Zanzibar and I fell in love.” Amir tells Melanin Wonder.

 

Amir planned to travel every December and he could combine it with work. He has visited South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal and many more countries as the travel mogul he has become. The main focus became Nigeria.

I was invited to go to Brazil once, this now like 10 years ago, wow! For some reason the whole trip to Brazil got cancelled. It’s like the Gods planned it because another friend of mine asked me to join him to Tanzania. I was like, let’s go. That is when I literally fell in love in with Africa. I enjoyed the hospitality, the people and the food is amazing! 

Dynast Amir found out his roots are in the countries: Nigeria and Sierra Leone via African Ancestry. When you find out your roots then you are eligible to get a passport in Sierra Leone. You can travel through west Africa visa free. If you are Nigerian why would you not want your Nigerian Passport.

It has become a passion. To connect to African diaspora. The search for Uhuru platform is for anyone that is interested. Anyone can join the travelling groups to Africa too. Dynast also runs a YouTube channel where he documents his journey, to inform the people. It is also to engage

Dynast is a multi talented man because he also Writes! He wrote a  childrensbook which is available on Amazon.  I just got inspired to write a book one day and so I did it. That’s all that I can say about that haha. The YouTube channel is all about having conversations, talking about crypto and occasionally  politics.

 

Dynast: “My first tour, was a tour to Nigeria 2019 during the well known Osun festival. To bring awareness to the Ororuwo kingdom. I did several tours, I bring people to Nigeria every Osun festival. Everyone can join the tour, this is global. But usually people of African descent like to join the tours of all ages.”

My roots were from the Ororuwo Nigerian Kingdom, they welcomed me and we talked. They were so happy to see me. They consulted the orishas, it was approved that I become a prince of the Ororuwo Kingdom. They initiated me and that is how I became Prince Dynast Amir. It is a real privilege. 

 

 I feels like I lost something and I have now found what was missing.

 

Native Americans now, I don’t really agree. We have been so far disconnected and we form own identity.

Youtube: Search for Uhuru

Find Dynast on the web too!

Instagram – Dynast

 

 


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RiRi honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

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RiRi Rihanna honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.

The singer was honored Monday in her native Barbados during its presidential inauguration, which served to mark the country becoming a republic. Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the crowd: “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go”.

Barbados formally cut ties with the British monarchy by becoming a republic almost 400 years after the first English ship arrived on the most easterly of the Caribbean islands.

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Jaden Smith is opening his first restaurant to help serve homeless people free vegan meals

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Jaden Smith is opening his first restaurant to provide homeless people with vegan meals for free.
The activist, 22, has already been helping feed disadvantaged communities since the launch of his I Love You food truck in the Los Angeles Skid Row area back in 2019.
Speaking about his new project with Variety, Jaden explained that anyone can order from the eatery but if a customer is not homeless they’ll have to pay ‘more than the food’s worth so that you can pay for the person behind you.’

Jaden Smith is set to open his first restaurant to provide homeless people with vegan food for free (pictured in January 2020)
The son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith told the publication: ‘It’s for homeless people to get free food.

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Angel Rich the Melanin Wonder named to be “The next Steve Jobs” by Forbes!!

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Angel Rich “The Next Steve Jobs”

 

Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management skills, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people (and growing) downloaded it to their smartphones and tablets within just two weeks of its launch.

 

Melanin Wonder Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Way to represent her Melanin self!

She briefly worked as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.

She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.

Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants with her efforts.

Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries and is rapidly approaching 1 million downloads.

 

Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to existing contracts. She also has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.

In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well

 

Download the Credit Stacker app from the iTunes App store here, visit:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/creditstacker/id1130346776

Download the Credit Stacker app from the Google Play app store now, visit:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.capital.creditstacker

Follow Melanin Wonder Angel Rich on Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/wealthylifers

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