Break-out Star DeWanda Wise Definitely Has It


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2017 was a big year for break-out star DeWanda Wise.  After appearing on the big screen for the first time in Shots Fired, Wise has gone on to star in popular shows such as Underground  and the Netflix drama She’s Gotta Have it where she plays a free-spirited artist juggling her love life and career. From the looks of it, it seems that we’ll be seeing a lot more of this talented actress whose already making waves on the red carpet with her fiery, spunky style.

1. Retro  Babe

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This side parted milk braid looks simple but chic when paired with a dark lip colour and bold eyes.

2. #Carefreeblackgirl

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Wise proves that switching up her style is no hard thing. This short, flared cut with bangs is cute but also fashion-forward. We love the baggy sweater and red lip worn by Wise to add some depth to this look.

3. Kinky Chic

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We love the softness of this look and the way it frames DeWanda face.

4. Loc’d Beauty

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Nothing says black girl magic quit like golden goddess locs worn here by Wise.

Golden Girl Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a singer/songwriter, grammy award winning artist and serious hair goals icon. In 2000 she broke into the music game with her smooth, sultry voice with hits like A Long Walk and Honey Molasses. Her debut album Who is Jill Scott received positive acclaim and received a Soul Train music award for best R&B/Soul Album-female. Since then she’s expanded her artistry as an actor, appearing in movies like Why Did I Get Married? And Get on Up. From her music to her sweet, sophisticated style we salute this Golden Girl and take a peek at the looks that inspired us the most.

Afro Glory

Ms. Scott is slaying this perfectly coiffed afro. The crown braids are a nice touch and heighten the retro vibe of this look.

The Pixie Cut


If the pixie cut could evolve to achieve grown woman status – this is what it would look like. Recreate this look with shaved our sleek sides and tumbling layers to frame your face.

Platinum Bombshell


We love how Jill Scott isn’t afraid to step out of the box when it comes to her hair or her music for that matter. Here she shakes things up with a platinum blonde pixie cut.

Nicole Ari Parker is Our Favourite Style Chameleon

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One of the things we love the most about Nicole Ari Parker is her ability to bring fresh, exciting styles to the table – without fail. Nicole isn’t afraid to change it up yet she always seems to slay with the same effortless charm. Talent and soul wrapped up into one versatile beauty has us cheering for this ‘It’ girl and all the things she has and will accomplish in her flourishing career.

1. Breezy Beauty

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Nicole trades her golden-hued tresses in for low maintenance twists. As a mom of two Nicole knows how to get glam without all the fuss. This look is a great example of a super stylish yet easy-to-manage protective style. Add bright and vibrant colours to your twists to keep things interesting.

2. The Right Cut


Everything about this low-cut is a win. From the honey and platinum blonde hues to the faded sides and tousled bangs.

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3. And Anotha One

I think it’s safe to say Nicole Ari Parker is the official Queen of the low-cut hairstyle.

4. TWA Triumph!

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Who doesn’t love a simple TWA? We sure can’t get enough of natural beauties boldly rocking their own hair. This TWA is paired perfectly with Nicole’s natural glowing skin and a subtle pink lip.

5 Looks that Prove Kimberly Elise is Slaying the Natural Hair Game

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Rocking chunky box braids since her first break out role in Set it Off (1996), this actress stands as an icon for kinky-haired girls everywhere. Not only does she bring us a variety of flawless, textured styles -she’s committed herself to creating natural products that help women achieve “vibrant, healthy” hair. Her hair care line – Kimberly Elise Naturals is proud to be sulfate-free and 100% organic – a reflection of her vegan lifestyle. For more reasons than we can count, naturalista Kimberly Elise makes us all want to raise a balled fist in the air in celebration of natural hair beauty. Go Kimberly!

1. Glow Hunny, Glow!

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Fun, versatile & simply stunning. Kimberly proves that natural hair can be all these things -as if there was any doubt!

2. Faux Locs, Real Beauty

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Here Kimberly rocks what could be dubbed the “it” look of 2017.

3. The Bigger the Better

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We love the big, bold and free look worn here by Kimberly.

4. Pretty Puff

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Kimberly Elise does a great job of showing us all how sophisticated and pretty natural hair is with this stunning red carpet look.

5. Sleek Switch-Up

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For this look Kimberly gives us sleek perfection with a regal touch.

What is your Favourite Kimberly Elise look?

The Queen Still Rules

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Queen Latifah has long been in the game as a Grammy award winning rapper, record producer and actress. Her debut album All Hail the Queen (1989) put her at the top of the list of female MC’s to this day. After countless successes on and off the big screen- including an Oscar nomination for her role in Chicago, the Queen continues to show up when it comes to her flawless style.

Signature Look

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Here Queen Latifah dons her signature gold tresses with a statement red lip.

Black Girl Magic

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Queen Latifah brings us black girl magic at its finest with this messy bun – a perfect pair to this jewel encrusted dress.

Bob Perfection

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We love how effortless Queen Latifah wears this asymmetrical bob. The layers and rich gold hues keep this look interesting and fresh.

Double Crown

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Latifah keeps it classy with this double-bunned look. Another simple look pulled off well by the Queen.

Jada Pinkett Smith: Timeless Style

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Time has flown by since we first saw Jada Pinkett Smith light up the stage on a Different World or lead the most iconic bank heist in all of movie history (personally speaking). No matter the decade we can still count on this diva to serve us a mix of fresh stylspiration. Ffrom the technicolor flare of the 80’s to the sweet sophistication of the 2000’s Jada shows us that true beauty and class never go out of style.

1.   Pixie-licious

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This pixie cut is everything! We love how this cut frames Jada’s fine features. The layer of mystery created by the messy side-part bang also makes this entire look a win in our books.

2.  Dejavu


Jada recreates the classic 1930’s finger waves look here paying homage to this simple yet chic hair style.

3. Fashion Chameleon

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One thing we love about Jada is her fearlessness when it comes to changing up her look. These light and fluffy curls are very different from her normal straight and sleek look, but then again there’s nothing ordinary about this flawless style icon!

Kenya, Moore than just a Pretty Face

Kenya Moore, known for her winning role as Miss USA 1993,  also has a hold on both the business and film industry. Moore has not only acted in, but also produced and helped write many films and tv shows.

Ms. Moore has her own successful hair care line as well called Kenya Moore Hair Care which focuses on helping women with all different hair types grow their hair longer as well as enhance thickness and strength. Her  line of hair products boasts a sulfate, phosphate and paraben free composition.

Kenya’s impressively long locks are her own natural hair which she tends to wear in very simple styles and is rarely seen up in ponytails or buns. Moore seems to prefer her hair worn either straight, with a slight wave, or in barrel curls of various sizes.

After seeing this successful lady’s locks, we can’t help but wonder if the secret to her beautiful hair lies in her hair care line. If so, it is definitely time to pick up some of those products!

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Pretty Porsha Williams

Porsha Williams like many of the other ladies on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, is known for her drama. In particular, Porsha’s divorce in 2013 seemed to attract a large amount of media attention and also fuelled some debates between herself and other RHOA cast members.

Since her divorce scandal, Porsha has delved into the business world and found great success. On the Porsha Williams website, there are portals to her fitness plan and podcast, as well as access to her small clothing collection mostly featuring her famous catch phrases.

Perhaps most exciting of all, Porsha’s site also includes her Go Naked! Hair line. The hair extensions sold on her website are 100% tangle free, natural human hair that for now seem to come in just straight and wavy options. As Porsha herself tends to wear her hair in long simple styles like jet straight or with loose curls, the classic selections on her website make sense.

Below are some of Porsha’s classic looks, let us know which one is your fave!

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Lisa Wu’s Looks

Although Lisa Wu is no longer a member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, and because she was one of the original cast members, we thought it only fair to give her some spotlight. After leaving RHOA in 2009, Wu appeared in later seasons as a guest. Since then, Wu has continued her career in the television and film industry on top of her everyday role as a mom of three and other business commitments. Overall, Wu’s style seems to be fairly eclectic and this branches out to her hairstyles too.

Lisa has worn many different styles, long and short and never seems to shy away from a new look.

Below are just some of her many hairstyles, take a peek and let us know what look you love!

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Cynthia Bailey – To Weave or Not to Weave?


Model and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey has rocked many hairstyles over the years from short straight bobs, to a Scary Spice style curls, she’s seen it all.

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Many of these styles have been weaves although she does sometimes throw a wig or two into her looks. Cynthia has been open and honest about her love of using weaves to augment her style but she also likes to share the fact that she has lots of her own natural hair underneath the weaves she wears.

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She is a strong promoter of “weave breaks” something she does to keep her natural hair healthy by not wearing a weave for at least a month at a time every so often. During her weave breaks, she embraces her natural hair, wearing it in fairly simple styles like the long sleek braided pony seen here. Cynthia has even convinced some of her RHOA co-stars to take weave breaks with her!

Let us know your take on a weave break, if it’s a must try or a no way for you in the comments below!


Regina Hall Shines Brighter Than Ever Before

The clouds in the sky have cleared for actress Regina Hall, 47 – allowing her to shine like the bright star that she is.  After years of playing supporting roles in a string of well known movies, Regina Hall has finally stepped out into the spotlight as the leading lady in movies like When the Bough Breaks and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

In her most recent movie, Girls Trip,  Hall stars alongside equally famous baddies Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish for the wildest all-girl comedy to date.

From what we can tell the spotlight, (and basically everyone) is loving this gorgeous and talented lady. Looking at Hall’s most stylish moments it’s easy to see why!


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You can always count on body waves to give your hair a full, voluptuous look. Hall plays this look off well with a sexy form-fitting Missguided dress and strappy Jimmy-Choo sandals.

Simply Flawless

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It doesn’t take much to create the ultimate classy look. Hall proves this by slaying this stylish blunt bob hair-do with chestnut coloured highlights.

Top Knotch

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How cute is this top-knot with sweeping split bangs! This look is fun and playful but can easily be made as an elegant finish to a stunning dress like the one Hall is wearing here.

Which Regina Hall Look Do You Like The Best?

Tiffany Haddish: Break-Out Style Vixen

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This past summer, funny-girl Tiffany Haddish lit up the big screen with her first major role in the movie Girls Trip. Since exploding on the scene, Tiffany has flaunted a variety of grown-and-sexy style choices featuring everything from long, loose curls to chic, face-framing bobs. From what we can see so far, the future looks bright for this young show-stopper. And while we continue to crack-up at her hilarious antics, we’re confident there’s nothing funny about this break-out star’s eye for fashion or her ability to rock any look.


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We’re loving Tiffany’s glow-up and this disheveled blunt bob.

Comedy Royalty

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This princess of comedy really mixes things up with a braided crown and pony. The look is super cute and simple to do for anyone feeling inspired to recreate it.

Golden Girl

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Haddish rocks a straighter version of the blunt bob cut here for her appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Yass Girl!

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There is something undeniably pretty about a side-part with soft, free-flowing ringlets. Haddish does this look well, complimenting her stunning features and fun-personality.

What’s your favorite Tiffany look?

It’s a Family Affair: The Fab Ladies of Black-ish

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From household names like Jenifer Lewis and Tracee Ellis Ross, to up and coming stars like Yara Shahidi, the leading ladies of Black-ish give us so much hairspiration – proving the beauty and diversity of black hair on and off the big screen.

Ooh la la Curls – Tracee Ellis Ross

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Iconic, bodacious and crazy-cool are just some of the words that come to mind when we think of Tracee Ellis Ross. Even on the show,  Ross’ fun-loving personality  shines through with her bold fashion choices and staple curly mane.

Slay Girl Slay! Jenifer Lewis

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The legendary Jenifer Lewis slays on set wearing corn-rows braided up into a curly faux-hawk. Lewis, who plays Ross’ mother-in-law on Black-ish, is no stranger to switching up her personal style in new and interesting ways.

Bubble Gum Streaks for Marsai Martin!

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Marsai Martin stays true to her playfulness with bubble gum streaked single braids pulled into two adorable pigtails. This rising star plays the master mind Diane Johnson on Black-ish.

Yara Shahidi ’s Flat-twist & Bun Duo 

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Yara Shahidi gives us nothing short of Nubian Chic with this look. The sleeks sides of this up-do are intricately detailed with flat twist leading up to a high bun framed by curly bangs. Yara plays the eldest Johnson child on Black-ish and is set to star in the spin off TV series, Grown-ish airing early next year.

Who is Your Favourite Black-ish Character?

Janelle Monae: Creative Titan

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Recording artist Janelle Monae has long been known for her quirky, fun personality. Her music and style scream unconventional and for that we are grateful. With a fresh take on music and love for her natural tresses Monae has been an inspiration for every kind of black woman who  refuses to be placed in a box. From futuristic to wonderland-esque fashion choices, Monae gives us all what we never knew we wanted.

Take a look at some of Monae’s boundary-pushing hairstyles throughout the years:

Not in Kansas Anymore

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Nothing says unique like this whimsical pompadour worn here by Monae.  This playful yet classy look is great to do on your natural hair or with extensions.

Midas Touch

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Who says you can’t wrap a golden wire through a messy bun? Well if it’s never been done before you can be confident Monae is going to be the first to try it. We love this look because it challenges the notion that natural hair looks “unkempt” or “unsophisticated”. Monae sure isn’t afraid to let us all know that what we see is what we get when it comes to her wildly beautiful tresses.

We See You Boo

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And this is why we love Janelle Monae, as if we needed any other reason. Googly eyes on pom-poms with a side-swept bang-why not?

Lupita Nyong’o is Our Big Chop Hero

In 2014 she was named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman by People’s Magazine, but to us Lupita Nyong’o will always be the champion of the TWA (teeny weeny afro) and our Big Chop Hero. This Oscar award winning actress bravely did the Big Chop at the age of 19 after her father jokingly mentioned she should cut off her hair because maintaining her relaxed hair was too expensive.

As we can imagine, it was a lot to consider. “I spent days thinking about it first,” she says about the decision. “Once I did it, it was very liberating, but I also felt very naked. When you feel the wind on your scalp, it’s like, Oh, my God. But I’ve kept my hair short ever since.”

And we are all thankful she did! Here is Lupita rocking her stunning signature look in a variety of styles and cuts.

Breath of Fresh Air

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Lupita dons a clean TWA on the cover of the UK magazine Harper’s Bazaar. This Mexican-Kenyan beauty proves that it is possible to make a glamourous fresh start with a Big Chop.

Unconventional  Beauty

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This look is all kinds of stunning. The asymmetrical cut is the perfect compliment to Lupita’s bold features and fierce style choices.

Just as I am

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Not only do we admire Lupita’s ability to mix-up her look, we love her refusal to ascribe to a conventional form of beauty. In an interview with People Magazine Lupita spoke about how her view of beauty once equalled “light skin and long, flowing hair.” We thank this stunning actress for challenging those stereotypes and being a representation of bold, black beauty.

What’s Your Big Chop Story?

Solange Knowles: A Visionary Style Icon

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For a long time the world simply knew her as Beyonce’s little sister. But not anymore. This songstress has carved out her own space in the entertainment industry with a fresh sound and unique look. She has a flare all her own and has never failed to stay true to her soul – a virtue that helped her write songs for her album, A Seat at the Table (2015). The album which doubled as a personal memoir and social commentary, launched the star into a class few could contend with, quickly making her a visionary and fashion icon for this generation.

Throw Back

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We love Solange’s out-of-box approach to fashion. Here she is rocking a fully beaded hair-do in her ‘Don’t Touch My Hair,’ video making us fiercely nostalgic for the 90’s.

The Bold & the Beautiful

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The afro has long been a symbol of black consciousness, power and resilience. Solange softens this bold look by wearing flowers in her hair for her wedding day.

Colour Shock

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Solange recently wrapped up a Calvin Klein photoshoot sporting a gorgeous blond afro.

Oprah Winfrey: A Celebrity Style Story

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When it comes to Oprah Winfrey we could say a lot – like how inspiring she is to the millions of black women who enjoyed watching her talk shows, or how her openness and honesty has encouraged others on their journey of self-empowerment. One thing we couldn’t say about this media mogul however, is that she has become irrelevant over the years. Since staking her claim as the talk-show Queen in 1986, Oprah’s influence has grown and evolved much like her personal style.

Go Bold or Go Home

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The 80’s were all about big, bold style choices and Oprah reps the decade well with this look.

Sleek’n Chic

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As we venture into the 90’s Oprah’s hair is straightened and coiffed in a short pixie cut.


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Thanks to her long time hairstylist Andre Walker, Oprah has embraced her natural curls. Andre Walker is also the creator of the hair typing system and has helped Oprah grow healthy mid-back length hair she proudly owns as ‘all hers’.

Rachel Lindsay: All’s Fair in Love & Fashion

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This summer, Dallas Attorney Rachel Lindsey made history as the first African-American woman on the ABC hit-series ‘The Bachelorette’. But the slew of gorgeous men were no match for Rachel’s cool, flawless style and in the end we witnessed this leading lady say ‘yes’ to love in a passionate whirlwind proposal. Her signature hairstyle, worn in loose romantic waves was a compliment to Rachel’s quest for true love and proof that classy is always the way to go.

Here are some of our favourite looks from this glam Southern belle.

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Stylespiration: Insecure’s Yvonne Orji

Stunning both on and off the big screen, this Nigerian born actress is best known for playing the fierce and stylishly clad Molly, on HBO’s hit series ‘Insecure.’ We’ve seen Yvonne serve us fresh style ever since the show hit the air in 2016, and we can’t wait to see what this femme fatale has in store for season 3. For this celebrity corner we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Yvonne looks, which we admit was ‘hella hard’ to do.

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We love the fierceness of this look and the afro-futuristic vibes pulling everything together.

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This afro is a delicious homage to Yvonne’s roots and goes to show that this fierce lady can rock any look!

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Yvonne’s sweetheart ringlets are a perfect example of how to wear a chic and fun protective crochet style.

What’s Your Favourite Yvonne Look?

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss, is one of the stars of the Real Housewives of Atlanta as well as a successful music writer and producer… this lady does it all. Kandi has rocked many styles over the years, everything from a blonde ombre fohawk to bright red curls, she certainly never lets her hair go for too long without a change.

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A while back Kandi was seen at the opening of Tag, her new boutique, wearing a weave from her co-star’s new line of hair extensions

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Ms. Burruss does it again with this high pony at the 2017 RHOA confessional

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Kandi recently debuted this twisted side braid on her social media, making fans go crazy with love for this new look.

With such successes in her career like co-writing the popular song “No Scrubs” for TLC as well as her work writing for Destiny’s Child, Kandi is no stranger to the spotlight and likes to keep her hair styles up to date and trendy. One of her more “talked about” styles to date may have been her super high side ponytail. After seeing this look, not everyone seemed to approve, but we LOVED the super sleek pony! Keep it up Kandi, you’re definitely killing it in our opinion!

Let us know what style you loved best on Kandi Burruss by weighing in in the comments below!

Sanaa Lathan Lets it All Go for Her New Movie

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We can’t wait to see Sanaa Lathan’s new movie Nappily Ever After. Yes, we know, it’s still a few months away. If we could take a nap till then, we happily would. Sanaa usually wears her hair straight, but her gorgeous smile sends us spiralling. Her new bold move is not bald, it’s a buoyant reminder of the singular possibilities in black beauty.