The ‘Natural Hair’ revival has made its way to the DMV

For decades, African-Americans (and other races) have struggled with the unanswered questions and frustration of managing their natural textured tresses. From the days of hot combs and texturizers to modern Dominican blow outs and harsh chemical relaxers the challenge of taming the curl has been something sought after by many people. In the past 6 or 7 years there has been a growing desire for many African-Americans in becoming more conscious and self-aware. The beauty that blossomed from that is the push to learn how to take better care and maintain basic beauty and health regimens in organic and holistic manners. Out of that birthed what many know as the “Natural Hair movement” or what we refer to it as the “Natural Hair revival.” Spreading  across the US, in major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Houston and Atlanta, natural hair enthusiasts have been popping up all over the place. Coincidentally, it is certainly nice to see that the natural hair revival has made its way back into the nations capital..

Just about every where you go now you can see aisles and shelves of hair care products lined in stores dedicated to helping grow, enhance or straighten natural hair. Now the importance of having these products is good but knowing how to use them is the real challenge. However not to worry there are certified brave souls (natural hair bloggers/vloggers) that are kind enough to test out these products and provide a review. That however can be tricky but to take it a step further there are certified natural hair stylists, yes we said it, stylists that specialize in treating your kinky, coiled, and curly tresses. What a beautiful thing to have options!

Speaking of options it is nice to see more people taking note to the importance of hair and health education for people of color who choose to wear their hair in its natural state. The District’s Natural hair community is budding, with tons of different natural hair shows, expos, and events popping up; it is easily becoming a black woman’s [and man’s] dream. Being born with kinky, coiled, or even curly hair doesn’t come with an instruction manual so it’s comforting to know that many people are committed to writing up that Draft.

Current Vibes: Like Water

It’s been a minute since we’ve hit you with some new music.
The Pro Era crew put together some visuals for the Like Water track off the “Peep the Apocalypse” mixtape. A track modeled after common’s noteworthy album “Like Water for Chocolate”. The track pays homage to one of the generals of the beast coast movement, the late Jamal “Jay Steez” Dewar aka Capital Steez.
Steelo was the true mastermind behind the ProEra and Beast Coast front.

Current Vibes: That’s alright

We have fallen in love with another British songstress.

Laura Mvula is giving us big tunes flavored with a delightful accent similar to that of the late high priestess of soul, Ms. Nina Simone. Can you dig the vibe? Well, head over to iTunes and download her album: Sing to the Moon.

Trust us you’ll want to hear more, especially with featured tracks like “green garden”, “diamonds” and “she”.

Current Vibes: Candles in the Sun

Miguel had a rather swift climb to success with his sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream which debuted in October of 2012. Get a glimpse of the other side of consciousness expressed throughout this video. Resilience and hope found in the human spirit, connects us all to the same struggle. Hear Miguel’s battle cry for action as he indignantly urges that “we take a look around now”.

“Stand up & leave a legacy.”

Son Of Life: A Mini-Documentary from JUKEBOXDC on Vimeo.

Today is #tbt and we thought we’d take it back a ways and highlight community activist, Tony Lewis, Jr and his Sons of Life fam.

Let’s get into this video and salute them for being out in the community serving the greater good of the District.

Be inspired. Stay progressive and leave a lasting impression.