You may have heard that we recently lost a beloved humanitarian, activist, and a sister in Karyn Washington. She was dealt a lot of blows in life, with the loss of her mother and other private battles, and in the end it was….well she’s not here anymore. The loss has been devastating to all of us. Karyn was a woman who gave so much of herself in the interest of empowering black…
When I was younger, I asked my mother, what will I be? Will I be pretty? Will I be rich? Here’s what she said…
It’s the 25th anniversary of Heathers and people are feeling very nostalgic. They’re revisiting their golden years, looking through their high school photos, remembering their first crush — recalling the first time they did what their parents told them not to do and got away with it. All sorts of things . Maybe, after riffling through their old school photos and high school yearbooks, they’re even reliving their own Heathers-inspired style: that big red velvet scrunchie and 80s pouf, double-padded preppy plaid jackets, bright tights, hideous floppy midiskirts (which are somehow back in style — the horror!).
Up until I sat down to write this article, I’d never seen the film. You might not think that’s a big deal, but it kind of is when you think of my catalogue of 80s classics (that are all near and dear to my heart): Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Sixteen Candles…. I’ve seen them all a million times. Considering that Heathers was the only one I hadn’t (and let me know, readers, if there are any more!), I thought it was high time to give it a shot.
And as the opening credits rolled to the tune of Doris Day’s “Que Sera, Sera” and three of the four Heathers walked down a grass pitch with croquet sticks, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “God, those girls look like some seriously conniving bitches.”
Here’s a funny thing I just realized while I was riffling through my huge bag of combs: I don’t use any brushes in my hair. I only use combs that are ‘fro friendly; combs go through my hair when it’s wet or damp or when it has a lot of product in it. My combs (and oh boy, there are many of them!) all have a very specific shape and purpose. Observe:
Lupita Nyong’o, the beautiful and talented MexiKenyan actress who notably starred in – and won an Oscar for – the celebrated film 12 Years a Slave, recently delivered a moving speech as she accepted her Breakthrough Performance Award at Essence magazine’s annual Black Women In Hollywood ceremony. It was a sharing that turned out to hit a little too close to home.