Boxer braids, Rachel Dolezal, and “WTF is a hot comb?”
The things listed above are just a few examples of how black culture is now being put into mainstream America.
First, let’s break down the definitions of mainstream and black culture.
Mainstream- noun. the idea, attitudes, or activities that are regarded as normal or conventional; the dominant trend in opinion, fashion, or the arts.
Black culture- African-American culture, also known as Black American culture, in the United States, are things that are a part of African American lifestyle.
In other words, the Black or African American Culture is dominating in the trendy department of the US of A.
Let’s start with the “number one trend” The Big booty! First off the Kardashians we’re not the first women to have voluptuous behinds. Umm have you never heard of Sarah Baartman? So no, Mrs. West was not the first woman to have or to make nice round bootays popular. Oh yeah, and Kylie Jenner did not make big lips a “thing” they’ve been around since the beginning of time. Maybe lip fillers, but not big lips.
Secondly what is up with calling cornrows, “boxer braids” and Bantu knots “mini buns”? African’s would cornrow or braid their hair long before any of these celebs decided to make it into a “trend”. Plenty of little brown girls would wear cornrows growing up. The fear of having your edges snatched out wasREAL.
For those who don’t know, edges and baby hair are not the same. Baby hairs that Elle UK said Katy Perry inspired.
Bantu knots are actually called Zulu knots and if you did not know Bantu is an African language and means “people”. By changing the name from not Zulu but changing it from Bantu to heatless curls the history behind the (now) trend will be washed away.
Next, let’s bring to everyone’s attention the E-News “WTF Is A Hot Comb” fiasco! The hot comb and/or the straightening comb first came about when Madam CJ Walker came up with it around 1905. Plenty of women can tell you stories of how their ears, neck, and scalp lost fights with the hot comb. However, E News came out with a story about the hot comb being a new trend and said “The hot comb has been in the African American culture for years. So why are WE just now hearing about it?”
Excuse me… who is this we that you speak of?
And lastly, I want to bring up fashion. This topic alone can take a while to cover but we’ll just hit a few of them.
Chunky Jewelry, Dashiki’s being called the “newest trend” in Elle magazine, head wraps, and even African Tribal Fashion. The list goes on and on.
Don’t take this as bashing but understand that it shows how our culture is being made “normal” on others but “odd” for us. Basically, this is to say “We’re Lit.”