What’s Poppington: Solange Tastefully Covers Bust Magazine

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Since we’re on the natural hair appreciation train, why not talk about Solange?

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Solange is another celebrity confidently helping keep natural hair appreciation in the spotlight. Rocking what looks like a good ol’ twist out, Solange flaunts her unabashed naturalness on the cover of feminist magazine Bust.

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Previews of the editorial shoot (pictured throughout) show Solange against neutral backgrounds in some interesting pieces.

The pieces are minimalist in color and and eclectic in design at the same time, giving the entire set of photos the same vibe. It’s the perfect balance between weird and polished that Solange is known for.

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Besides gracing us with her style, readers can also expect to be graced with her words in her article titled “I am a Proud Black Feminist”. Her album “A Seat at the Table” spoke (sang, I guess) a lot of truth, so I can imagine this account will be a refreshing reflection of that same honesty.

This issue of Bust will be available March 28th.

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What’s Poppington: Rapunzel is Actually a Pair of Identical Black Twins

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First of all, LOOK AT THAT HAIR! Look at it. Observe it. Love it.Image result for cipriana takenya quann

Cipriana (above, left) and Takenya “TK” (right) Quann are two sisters who are bringing more awareness to the beautiful capabilities of black hair. Having both previously felt that their hair was a barrier, the sister duo turned their self-created hair confidence into a lucrative, yet socially uplifting platform.

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From grade school to the modeling industry, the Quann sisters have felt, like many of us, the resistance to and prejudice towards black hair. Instead of continuing to let it lower their self esteem, the pair decided to embrace their natural state. Along with friend Nikisha Brunson, the Quanns created their blog Urban Bush Babes. Their original intent was to create a place for women of color to feel comfortable with themselves while simultaneously dismantling derogatory stereotypes. The two have been making moves and turning heads ever since.

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In a time when black people’s hair is still misunderstood and chastised by a large part of society (remember when the U.S. government banned dreads for it’s employees?), it is important that people like the Quann sisters have a big platform. Representation plays a big role in social acceptance. Personally I’ve never seen natural black hair this long nor did I think those lengths were even possible. Let’s not forget the ignorant, but widely believed sentiment that black people’s hair just doesn’t grow at all (I can’t tell ya how many times I’ve actually heard this). The majesty of the Quanns’ hair makes it extremely difficult, to further believe anything negative about black hair and that’s the kind of inspiration we need.

Here’s a few more pictures because, why not, the Quanns are fantastic.

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What’s Poppington: FENTY x Puma 2017

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In exciting fashion news, Rihanna is back with Puma for another collaborative season. This time she has previewed her Fall/Winter 2017 collection and released her Spring 2017 shoe collection as well.  Described as if Marie Antoinette went to the gym, … Continue reading

What’s Poppington: Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj

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If you’ve been on any social media lately then you’ve probably heard of this beef between rappers Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj. In the game of rap, a little beef keeps things exciting. There’s always competition and claims of being the best. But in order to claim such a title one has to defend it and prove that they deserve it.

Nicki and Remy have probably had little tussles for a while now, but shit really hit the fan when Nicki seemed to take jabs at Remy on her verse in “Make Love”. In response, Remy Ma released “shETHER”, a track where she gets REEEAL personal for 7 minutes straight.

Nicki’s diss verse was a little ambiguous because she never actually name-dropped Remy, but Remy let us all know specifically who this track was for.

 

Then Remy pulled a Drake and released ANOTHER diss track, this one with a similar intro to Drake’s “Back to Back”.

Even foxy Brown jumped in.

And then today Remy Ma stated that she didn’t want to have to take it there with “shETHER” and would rather have collaborated with Nicki instead.

Nicki still seems completely unbothered though. There’s speculation on whether she’ll actually respond or not, but until she does it looks like Remy is the only one participating in the beef. Maybe since Remy practically took everything back the whole sitch is finally over.

Opinions differ on who’s side to take here. Some are upset at the lack of actual “beef”. Nicki, who claims to be the better artist, practically started the whole thing so why shy away?  On the other hand, why would Remy respond so hard but then take it all back?

Some say the whole thing is a fight over who’s the “Queen of Rap”. Minaj fans crown Nicki since she’s the more accomplished artist. Nicki has a better grasp on how to finesse the charts with bops that keep her in the limelight. Others say its Remy who has a more real, raw sense about her and kept up the spirit of Hip Hop by actually defending herself against a diss.

Personally, although I think Nicki should respond since it looks like she started the “beef”, her lack of response has Remy Ma looking like:

What’s Poppington: Get Out

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Beloved Jordan Peele, the other half of comedy show Key and Peele (you may remember him from MadTV as well!) takes a break from his usual comedy and shows us that he’s capable of much, much more. This time Peele tries his hand at horror and suspense and seems to have done it extremely well.

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If you haven’t seen the promotions yet, “Get out” is based on Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who goes with his white girlfriend Rose (Alison Williams) to meet her parents. Rose’s parents have no idea that Chris is black, which makes him reluctant about the whole trip to begin with. Upon arrival, it becomes immediately obvious that something is off about Rose’s parents and the other townspeople. The trailer draws attention to hypnosis, missing citizens, racial issues, and a town where all the black people seem to act like disturbed psychos which enhances the fun of trying to guess what the heck you’re about to watch.

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The movie even received a rare 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the intriguing plot itself, this accomplishment alone makes me want to see the movie. The critics on Rotten Tomatoes can be pretty tough so a perfect score means it has GOTTA be good. Get Out debuts Friday February 24th. Check out the trailer below!

What’s Poppington: The Streets of Charleston

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As we approach March, the weather in Charleston has finally started to hover around the mid 60’s and low 70’s. Charlestonians are shedding jackets for short sleeves and street style is quickly shuffling from Winter to Spring.

I’m a sucker for eclectic patterns so this fellow’s shirt snatched my attention immediately.

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Name: Treshawn Ford

Age: 20

Treshawn Ford is a junior at the College of Charleston and a Charleston native.

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Julia: So what was the inspiration behind your outfit today? Could you tell me a little bit about your pieces?

Treshawn: Well my inspiration behind my outfit was that cool but flashy feeling I always feel. My grandfather is also African so I decided to bring channel some of that with my shirt and my beads.

T: I actually got my shirt from the women’s section at Goodwill. Instead of a women’s shirt or a men’s shirt I turned it into a Trey’s shirt.

J: How would you describe your usual style?

T: I would say subtle and flashy. I like to play around until I find two colors and then expand on them. Its like telling a story.