Release Tension From Lower Back, Hips and Thighs With This Simple Yoga Pose

February 26, 2015
Yoga: Release Tension From Lower Back, Hips and Thighs With This Simple Yoga Pose

Hello, everyone! During the Quirky, Fit and Fabulous Challenge, I will be bringing you several guest posts from bloggers to help teach you new things and to inspire you on your journey to become 'Quirky, Fit and Fabulous' this year! Meet our guest blogger, Adeola from SHE GOT HER OWN as she shows you a yoga pose that will help you relieve tension.

Zendaya's Dreads: Giuliana Rancic's Comments Show Why Black Women and Men Feel The Need To Assimilate

February 26, 2015

My first reaction to the picture above is, "Wow. Zendaya is stunning." Unfortunately, Giuliana Rancic, host of E!'s Fashion Police thinks otherwise. 

After the Oscars, Rancic said on Fashion Police that she did not think that the dreads complimented Zendaya and that the 18 year old looks like she smells of "patchouli oil or weed". This comment from Rancic has caused people on social media to go up in arms against the E! host and has sparked an apology video from Rancic a few days after the show aired.

Some supporters of Giuliana Rancic believe that her comments were not racist and that she was just making a harmless joke that had nothing to do with race. After Zendaya responded to Giuliana's comment, Giuliana rebuttled saying that she was referring to a "bohemian look" and her comments had nothing to do with race. Why, however, did Giuliana praise Kylie Jenner's ungroomed dreads calling her "edgy" and a "style chameleon"?

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It's comments like this that show why black women and men feel the need to assimilate to white culture in certain settings. When I heard these comments made to Zendaya, all that I could think about were my young school years and having to explain to my non-Black classmates that I was not dirty just because I didn't have to wash my hair everyday and that 'yes, I could straighten my hair if I wanted to without it burning off'. Even now, with thick and kinky bra-strap length hair, I feel like I am a display at a museum every time that I wear my hair out in a style that is not in a bun or straightened. People always want to touch and pet my hair and say comments like 'oh, it feels like a sponge!' and 'your hair is just so different'. Unfortunately, I expect comments like these and they don't really phase me anymore; however, when I first made the decision to stop using a relaxer for my hair and cut it all off, it was the scariest moment of my life. 

Why was I afraid to wear my hair in a state that was given to me by birth? It wasn't that I didn't love myself or love my hair. I was honestly afraid of the reactions that I'd get from others with having a hairstyle that was not straight and 'normal'. As my hair grew out, I wore it in very groomed, shaped-up hairstyles and once it got to a certain length, I would put my hair in small twists and put my hair into a bun. Most people could tell that my hair was in twists, but others thought that my hair was in dreads. 

After wearing that hairstyle for a while, I noticed that the way people addressed me was different. White guys would try to 'relate' to me by saying things like 'yo', 'fa shizzle' and 'so, you like Bob Marley?' I constantly felt like people didn't give me the respect that I deserved and instead treated me like I was one of the 'home girls' even in professional settings  (at the time, I was doing biomedical research for metastasis in breast cancer, so respect was everything).

For those who think that hair has nothing to do with race, maybe you don't realize that before most black women and men go for job interviews, they have to consider as a top priority whether or not their natural hairstyle will be accepted at work. Many question whether or not they should just wait until they are accepted and tenured before they can stop straightening and damaging their hair so that their non-Black coworkers can feel comfortable.
Zendaya with straight hair
I can only imagine how Zendaya, a young 18 year old girl living in a self-proclaimed progressive and post-racial society, must have felt when she received backlash the one-time that she did not wear her hair straight. I wonder how other girls who grew up watching Zendaya now must feel about their hair knowing that not even a young celebrity can wear her hair in a natural style without receiving criticism nationwide. What does Giuliana's comments say about other greats in Hollywood with dreads? Do Ava DuVernay and Ledisi (two well-established and well awarded women with dreads in Hollywood) look like they smell like weed too? If so, what does this say about the several black doctors lawyers, professors, researchers, bankers and CEOs who wear dreads? 

The sad thing is that Giuliana Rancic only voiced what a lot of other people may already think. If you go back and watch the video, Kathy Griffin also suggested that Zendaya smelled like weed after Giuliana's initial statements. No other host (other than Kelly Osbourne) tried to stand up for Zendaya or say that those comments were wrong until they themselves received backlash. 

Did you know that according to Us Weekly, the Zendaya segment was filmed three times before we saw the edited version? THREE TIMES in front of a studio audience and the producers still thought that this was okay to say? It only makes me wonder what the previous three takes said.

What are your thoughts on this situation? How do we move forward?

Brown Love Stories: Carissa and Darrick

February 18, 2015
Joyous day, everyone! I am honored to introduce to you the amazing couple, Carissa and Darrick. You may know Carissa from her insanely popular and inspirational blog, The Green Eyed Lady. I am so happy that I got the chance to sit down and interview their love story. What a beautiful example of black love. Hope that you enjoy!

1. Names (Hers and His) 
Carissa and Darrick

2. Ages ( Hers and His) 
Carissa is 30 and Darrick is 38
3. Length of relationship 
We have been together total of 6 years, and on May 26, 2015 we will celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary

4. How did you two meet? 
Darrick and I have known each other all our lives literally. We grew up together in the same church. But we started talking via Facebook…he sent me a message complimenting me on my blog and we hit it off from there. 

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
Our friendship…we truly are the best of friends!! We love to laugh and joke with each other, and during the hardest times these are the things that keep us going. 

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him? 
Darrick loves jalapeño peppers on EVERYTHING! If he falls asleep when we are talking he wakes up and apologizes…every time! His hats and shoes have to match…so whatever color his hat is, he has on the matching shoes. 

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
Carissa doesn’t like for her feet to be touched, she never has on matching socks unless she is wearing a pair of mine.
8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure? 
Darrick and I started off pretty quirky…we were talking on the phone before we went on our first date and we talked about meeting at Applebees for dinner and drinks. We discussed two locations, and the time to meet (not sure why I didn’t tell him to pick me up). So when I got to the restaurant I walked in and looked around the restaurant, I didn’t see him so I called and asked him where he was he said he was sitting at the bar. I told him I didn’t see him, he said Im sitting right here when you walk in. Something told me to ask him which location he was at, and he was at one location and I was at the other. He told me to sit there and he would be on his way. So I am often reminded of going to the wrong restaurant on our first date. 

9. What will the back cover or your love story read. 

Friends Forever…Lovers for Eternity 

Make sure to check out Carissa's blog, as well as to follow her on social media!


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