Photo taken at Creme De La Creme Hair Show 10/21/12
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Throwback from MTV UNPLUGGED 2002.
It’s almost 10yrs since Mrs. Hill broke down on stage in front of her fans during an emotional performance about the war of the mind, and the struggle to maintain a sense of identity in the industry, and her cypher is even truer today as it was then. This sistah is deep and always metaphoric and sometimes seemingly prophetic, reminding me of an Axiom of Nana Assata Shakur “I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.” Mrs. Hill’s struggle is a struggle we all shoulder in one way or another as Black women, that is the struggle against a standard that renders our beauty, culture, and intellect as second class and/or invalid. Listening to Afroetic spoken word reminds me that our struggle is a beautiful one, and just helps put s*it back in perspective after a long day on the Corporate Plantation (Work). Enjoy some!
*yeah, that’s right, Lauryn Hill said “It All Falls Down” before Kanye West did, and did it better and bolder. Be sure to click on the next video for the next song on this MTV Unplugged series. “I get out” is definitely recommended.
Symbol of beauty and cleanliness; symbols of desirable feminine qualities
The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in “The Adinkra Dictionary” and “The Values of Adinkra Symbols”; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one’s best and good hygiene. In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.
*see ‘West African Wisdom’ at adinkra.org
The Stylized comb refers to the feminine virtues of consideration, caution, circumspection, and tenderness.
In the African Diaspora, the wooden comb is better known as the Afro Pic or the Afro comb, which became a symbol of the radical and militancy of the Black Power Movement and the Black Arts Movement (B.A.M.) during the 60’s and 70’s with the affirmation of “Black is Beautiful”. The effect of the African-American Civil Rights Movement brought a renewed sense of identity to the African American community which also resulted in a redefinition of personal style that included an appreciation of African beauty and aesthetics, as embodied by the Black is beautiful movement. This cultural movement marked a return to more natural, untreated hairstyles. The Afro became a powerful political symbol which reflected black pride and a rejection of notions of assimilation and integration and Euro-American standards of beauty.
Hairstyles in Africa and among African Americans are ever-changing, yet deeply rooted in a shared past.
Hairdressing in Africa is always the work of trusted friends or relatives. In addition to the amiable social aspects of the event, the hair, in the hands of an enemy, could become an ingredient in the production of a dangerous charm or “medicine” that would injury the owner.
The Afro Pic today can be found with a Black Power Fist on the Handle
Actor and comedian Dave Chapelle opens up on why he left the ‘Chapelle Show” and went on a hiatus in Africa. Put on your boots, because this gets deeeeep! I’m an avid Illuminati, NWO (new world order), secret society theorist so this is of particular interest to me. It has been my belief for a long time that success in ‘mainstream America’ is based largely on conformity and less on skill and talent….and for black people in particular, this means the appropriation of black culture for an Anglo-American audience. This is disguised in words like ‘crossover appeal’. Sure, I overstand that success has it’s price, however, how much of a price do we pay? Dave Chapelle said ‘no’ to the Elite, so they labeled him as a ‘crazy’ man. Check out what Dave has to say!
Wake up Neo, the matrix has you……
What does Afroetic mean?
The word Afroetic is a semantic inversion and word play using African/African American oral tradition; African American Vernacular English (AAVE). It is a phonetic combination of the word “Afro” and “Poetic”. Let me break it down:
Afro [áffrō] (noun) means
1) hairstyle with tight curls: a hairstyle with thick tight curls. Also referred to as a ‘natural’ style. When the hair is allowed to grow without the use of straighteners forming a halo.
2) of Africa: African in origin or style
3) an affinity with Africa, the continent and it’s many cultures and/or languages; relating to the global Afrikan community (Diaspora). E.g. Afro American, Afro Latino(a), Afro Caribbean, Afro Colombian, Afro Asiatic/Asian, Afro Canadian, Afro German, Afro Peruvian, Afro Chilean and ect. see also Afrophile. Pan African; Pan Africanism. African American Vernacular English (AAVE)
Poetic (adj) means
relating to poetry: relating to, characteristic of, or in the form of poetry
resembling poetry: having qualities usually associated with poetry, especially in being gracefully expressive, romantically beautiful, or elevated and uplifting
sensitive or insightful: characteristic of a poet, especially in possessing unusual sensitivity or insight, or in being able to express things in a beautiful or romantic way
Raising cultural consciousness and encouraging Afroetic standards of beauty for the Afroetic Collective through an artistic, academic, insightful, and intellectual medium.
We must define ourselves for ourselves, for only then can you have pride and confidence in yourself!©
Talib Kweli is an exceptional Afroetic lyricist who deserves his props. Below is the tract from the album “Beautiful Struggle”.