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Ice Cube Responds to Questions About His Contract With Black America Failing to Address Black Women

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Ice Cube has been in hot water with a lot of his fans ever since it was revealed that he had spoken with Trump’s reelection campaign regarding his Contract with Black America. Supposedly, Trump’s campaign retooled its $500 billion package, the Platinum Plan for Black America, after speaking with Cube. In a conversation on Fox Soul’s Cocktails with Queens, Cube was asked why his contract seemingly excludes Black women.

When asked why women “aren’t mentioned at all” in the contract, Cube replied at the 18:20 point of the interview, “You are mentioned. When you mention Black people you mentioning Black women, so don’t count yourself out.”

After the hosts of the show disagreed with what Cube said, he asked, “Black women are not included in Black people?” When he was told that Black women in America have needs that are also not being met by the government, he said he understands that, but he suggested someone could still write a section focusing on that.

“I’ve been open to all kinds of experts in putting this together, it wasn’t just me,” the 51-year-old added. “We’ve dealt with experts in all fields on this Contract with Black America, so we’re willing to deal with experts in the section when it comes women. So that’s no problem. I’ll help you write it.”

As for the Platinum Plan, Ice Cube reiterated that he’s not getting any money for speaking to Trump’s team. When asked what’s in the Platinum Plan for Black women, Cube simply said he’s “not part of the administration.”

Pressed by Claudia Jordan whether he actually believes Trump will execute his Platinum Plan, the $500 billion package that will supposedly help the Black community, Cube seemed to indicate he’s “not sure.” He continued, “All I know, is we gotta push our agenda no matter who’s in there.”

He said that “in a perfect world,” he would’ve had an opportunity to extensively talk with the Biden campaign. “I’m not a supporter of neither one of them.”

Watch the full interview above.

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‘Bad Hair’ movie explores Black women and hairstyle messages

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several scenes in the film “Bad Hair” were so horrifying that some cast members initially second-guessed their own use of hair weave or extensions.



This image released by Hulu shows Elle Lorranie in a scene from "Bad Hair," a comedy-horror about a woman trying to rise in the late-80s music business who gets a demonic weave. The film premieres Friday on Hulu. (Tobin Yellan/Hulu via AP)


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This image released by Hulu shows Elle Lorranie in a scene from "Bad Hair," a comedy-horror about a woman trying to rise in the late-80s music business who gets a demonic weave. The film premieres Friday on Hulu. (Tobin Yellan/Hulu via AP)


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The dark comedy horror is “only a film,” they say, but the story’s underlying messages of harmful hair weave and false beauty standards for Black women had a lasting effect.



This image released by Hulu shows Elle Lorranie in a scene from "Bad Hair," a comedy-horror about a woman trying to rise in the late-80s music business who gets a demonic weave. The film premieres Friday on Hulu. (Tobin Yellan/Hulu via AP)


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This image released by Hulu shows Elle Lorranie in a scene from “Bad Hair,” a comedy-horror about a woman trying to rise in the late-80s music business who gets a demonic weave. The film premieres Friday on Hulu. (Tobin Yellan/Hulu via AP)

The film, a period piece set in 1989, follows an ambitious young woman who —- after being criticized for her hairstyle — gets a lengthy weave in order to succeed at her music television network. Ultimately, she discovers that her newly installed hair is possessed, taking over her body and causing harm to others.

“Bad Hair,” which releases Friday on Hulu, certainly left an impression on the Emmy-nominated actor Laverne Cox who thought twice while wearing her 28-inch long, lace-front wig after watching an early screener of the film.

“I was just horrified by this hair on my head,” said Cox, who plays Virgie, a mysterious hairstylist. “There is something kind of bizarre when you think about it.”

Hair extensions are usually clipped, glued or sewn into natural hair. A weave is a popular method where hair wefts are sewn onto braided hair and styled in any manner. Lace-front wigs can be applied with tape or glue. The hair can be synthetic or human.

“Like, I’m wearing someone else’s hair,” Cox continued. “Like, literally someone grew this. When you break it down and think about it, someone probably harvested, shipped and processed it. After watching this movie, it’s hard not to be confronted with that.”

Elle Lorraine, who stars in the lead role as Anna, said she struggled to watch the gruesome scene of her character getting hair sewed into her head while under obvious pain and discomfort.

“That was the hardest scene for me to watch, because I feel the trauma that the character is going through,” she said. “It’s literally sewing someone’s hair into your head. Of course, it’s a film. … But the trauma I experienced from watching it every time, just reminds me of something about what I take myself through, and how I want to move

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Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. And they feel the heavy burden of this election.

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Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is in a race against time, all the time.



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She is racing to wrap up her job as a grant-writing consultant. She is racing to get her 10-year-old son logged in to start remote learning at home since a case of coronavirus shut down his school. She is racing to drive her two-year-old daughter over to grandma’s house for daycare.



a man smiling for the camera: To Detroiters who don't like President Trump but didn't vote in 2016, 63-year old Detroit native Markita Blanchard says, "If you did not vote, you did vote for him."


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To Detroiters who don’t like President Trump but didn’t vote in 2016, 63-year old Detroit native Markita Blanchard says, “If you did not vote, you did vote for him.”

But now on top of that, three times a week, 29-year-old Caldwell-Liddell is racing to get Detroit voters, especially the black community, to, in her words, “wake up.”

Four years after Donald Trump became the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988, Caldwell-Liddell is working as a one-woman canvassing machine in downtown Detroit to prevent it from happening again, fighting against what she says is an apathy within the community toward politics.



a man smiling for the camera: Detroit native Amber Davis sat out the 2016 election. This year she says, "I don't like Biden, but I'm voting for Biden."


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Detroit native Amber Davis sat out the 2016 election. This year she says, “I don’t like Biden, but I’m voting for Biden.”

Trump’s Michigan victory was one of the biggest surprises of 2016. He won the state by just 10,704 votes. Wayne County, which includes Detroit, the largest Black-majority city in the country, was critical to that result. Hillary Clinton still won the county by a large margin — but she received about 76,000 fewer votes than President Barack Obama did in 2012.

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While Caldwell-Liddell is motivated and focused on preventing Trump’s re-election, she also says, “the Democratic Party has not done a good job at all in taking care of communities like ours.” And it’s she clear she struggles with that burden.

“(Democrats) take us for granted because they know that Black women are going to help them get the big wins they need, where it matters. But they also know that they can give us the bare minimum, knowing that we aren’t going to choose the other side,” she said. “

“It says we still got a long way to go when the backbone of the country is the most neglected piece of the country,” she said.

She isn’t coordinating with any campaign, but she is pounding the pavement at bus stops and outside convenience stores to try to make sure Detroiters are registered to vote and are going to vote. Many of them are disillusioned by the systemic racism they see within their city, the President’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that has hit minority communities hardest and the economic inequality that has persisted for decades in Detroit and is only made worse by the pandemic.



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Men still earn more than women; whites earn twice as much as Black and Hispanic colleagues

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The reveal of gender and race wage gaps in the tech industry was among the seemingly outmoded findings compiled for a new ChartHop report.

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Just how far has the US come in narrowing unfair wage gaps? Unfortunately, not very, according to a just-released report from ChartHop, a human-resources software company. 

There have been some, if minor improvements. The new 2020 Charting Better Workplaces report finding that men earn 22% more than women is an improvement over 2018’s report, which found men earned 30% more than women. Still, it’s a slow slog to close the gap, and one that might surprise those who assumed equity would be in practice by now.

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The report was compiled from compensation and demographic data of more than 16,000 employees and revealed that employers need to exact change to close gender and race gaps. The report also noted that while most human resources (HR) departments do not have an option for non-binary designations yet, the number has increased, and that the salaries of non-binary employees are broadly closer to women’s in this context.

Black and Hispanic tech employees earn even less money than their white colleagues: In fact, it’s double the gender gap: 44% less. 

  • The average salary for a white, male employee in 2020 is $130,418. 
  • The average salary for a female employee in 2020 is $98,781.
  • The average salary for a Black employee in 2020 is $90,873. 

White tech employees also earn 33% more than Hispanic employees and 2% more than Asian employees.

And the race wage gap is actually widening, not narrowing. The report found that white employees earn 24% more than colleagues who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), which marks a six percentage point rise in 2020.

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While Black and Hispanic employees make up 8% of the report’s sample workforce, they only receive 6% of the compensation (an increase since 2018, when it ranged from 4% to 5%).

White employees take home 65% of the compensation and make up 61% of the workforce.

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One of the most significant drivers of wealth in the technology industry is the distribution of equity, yet men have 63% more ownership in a company than women, even though women make up 40% of owners, but only own 21% of the shares.

In terms of salary-based compensation, ChartHop’s research found women are increasingly taking home a larger percentage of compensation. 

  • In 2018, women took home 27% of the compensation
  • In 2019 women took home 31% of the compensation
  • In 2020 women took home 33% of the compensation

Since 2018, women in the tech industry remained constant at 44%, and women are still taking home compensation disproportionate to their representation in the industry, but these numbers are increasing. While men made 30% more than women in 2018, that number has decreased to 22% in 2020.

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Unapologetic Black women are taking back our power

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Naomi Osaka of Japan serves the ball during her Women’s Singles third round match against Marta Kostyuk of the Ukraine on Day Five of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images

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I am Black and alive, and that’s half the battle today. Seriously. I woke up. No cops shot me in my sleep or on the street. I didn’t get charged with a crime I didn’t commit. A white person didn’t tell me I didn’t live in my house and call the cops. I didn’t have a heart attack or stroke from high blood pressure, which runs on both sides of my family. I didn’t die from a health care system that fails Black women. I haven’t gotten COVID-19 (despite the myths people spread about protestors getting the virus), which we know is killing Black people at high rates. And though he tries every day in every way to make the lives of Black people impossible, the racist, vile president hasn’t killed me. 

But that’s just today. Tomorrow is another story. 

Naomi Osaka knows this, too. That’s why she made it a point to show up to the U.S. Open with her beautiful natural Black hair and with the wit and wisdom of her incredible unapologetic Blackness. Naomi, just 22 years old, chose to take a risk on the world’s stage to protest the egregious murders of Black people and show up with seven masks for each of her matches with the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijiah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Philando Castile, and Tamir Rice — with support from their families. 

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Because she is a Black woman, trust me, her career very well could have been on the line for speaking the truth: that as Black people, we are literally struggling to stay alive, hour by hour, each day at a time. 

And she won. She won the game on the court, and she won in the game of life. Naomi Osaka is proof of what can happen when you show up as an unapologetic and authentic Black woman — and take a big risk along the way. And if the masks weren’t bold enough, in her post-game interview when asked what was the message she sought to convey, she very, very unapologetically asked, “What was the message you got?”  My soul cheered upon hearing her reply so directly and emphatically. And in the time after her match, she exclaimed that her ancestors were with her and that she would not just shut up and be an athlete, because being vocal is the reason she won.

Naomi’s presence challenges us all to be better. 

How can you not listen to her? Unapologetic Black women are here to stay through all the aggressions and attempts to marginalize and silence us, whether you like

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WNBA star says women’s basketball isn’t popular because players are predominantly Black, unlike ‘cute and white and straight’ soccer players

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The longstanding inequalities between men’s and women’s professional sports have been well documented, most recently highlighted with the USA Women’s National Soccer Team filing a discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for paying their male counterparts more than them on the basis that the men’s game “requires a higher level of skill.”

Deeper in the minutiae of professional women’s sports, however, U.S. soccer stars have the upper hand in public perception, support, and appreciation as opposed to the talented Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) players, according to legendary point guard Sue Bird. 

The reason for women’s soccer’s larger public popularity? It all comes down to appeal. 


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“Even though we’re female athletes playing at a high level, our worlds, you know, the soccer world and the basketball world are just totally different,” Bird explained to CNN Sport reporter Don Riddell.

“And to be blunt it’s the demographic of who’s playing. Women’s soccer players generally are cute little White girls while WNBA players, we are all shapes and sizes … a lot of Black, gay, tall women … there is maybe an intimidation factor and people are quick to judge it and put it down,” she said. 

Bird is openly gay and in a relationship with U.S. Soccer powerhouse and Captain Megan Rapinoe. A member of the beloved U.S. Women’s Team –– who most recently won the Women’s World Cup in 2019 –– Rapinoe has been granted a prominent platform to speak on women’s and LGBTQ+ issues within professional sports. 

In an article published on Oct. 5, Rapinoe echoed Bird’s observation of inequality and lack of marketing and publicity around the WNBA, mainly due to the fact that most are Black and many identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

“When it comes to U.S. women’s soccer, the general perception is that — let’s face it — we’re the white girls next door. The straight, ‘cute,’ ‘unthreatening,’ ‘suburban’ white girls next door,” Rapinoe says, despite the racial diversity within the Women’s National Team.

This inequality is a part of modern feminism known as intersectional feminism, which highlights how a combination of racial and social identities can compound discrimination. It acknowledges the unique inequity and struggles women of color have that more privileged white women do not have to overcome.

Such lack of enthusiasm and support for all women’s professional sports makes it difficult for the triumphs of professional women’s soccer to be considered a feminist achievement.

“I think we need to be careful about calling the support that we [the National Women’s Team] got a ‘feminist’ breakthrough, when it’s only part of the way there,” Rapinoe explains. “Because when the support only extends to ‘white girls next door’ sports? That’s not feminism — or at

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Best Black Friday clothing deals 2020: Fashion offers to expect in the sale

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This Black Friday is set to be bigger than ever, as big-name brands are set to slash their prices in one of the most popular shopping events of the year.

While originally Black Friday was a flash sale that took place on the day after Thanksgiving in America, it quickly evolved to run through to the following Monday, also known as Cyber Monday, which was the online only day.

It’s since grown even more recently too,  with many brands also offer a pre-sale during the week leading up to 27 November (and some even before that), with early bird discounts.

As coronavirus continues, this year’s best savings will be found online, so you’ll only have virtual queues to contend with, rather than standing in the cold outside a physical store.

Whether you’re on the hunt for new loungewear, a warm winter coat or chunky black boots that will last you years, fashion often sees some of the biggest discounts, with retailers including Asos, Missoma, and Oliver Bonas expected to participate again this year. 

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Throughout the long weekend of sales, we’ll be bringing you the best deals to help you bag a bargain on everything from outerwear to underwear and everything in between, from Black Friday all the way through to Cyber Monday, so ticking off your shopping list will be a breeze.

Our IndyBest team hand-picks every deal we feature. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

The fashion Black Friday deals to expect

Elsewhere, fitness fans were able to enjoy up to 65 per cent off Adidas on everything from trainers to tracksuits, and Gym Shark dropping prices by up to 50 per cent across its women’s and menswear.

High street favourites, H&M also took part, with discounts of up to 20 per cent off selected lines on Black Friday and up to 50 per cent off for Cyber Monday too, while popular outdoors clothing company, The North Face, offered up to 25 per cent off some of its items.  

Jewellery lovers also had their pick of the sales, with Missoma, whose demi-fine gold pieces have been worn by Meghan Markle, gave customers 25 per cent off everything when using the code “BF25”. Oliver Bonas too provided 25 per cent off selected lines, including jewellery, clothing and accessories.

How to get the best Black Friday fashion deals?

To find the best deals, we will be rounding up the very best of the deals from top brands here, so check back closer to the time.

Some retailers also start their sales early too, so keep your eyes peeled. Last year,

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Black Owned Beauty Brand to Benefit Rural Farming and Reforestation in Haiti

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HOUSTON – October 19, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

Djanillie’s, a beauty brand based in Houston, Texas and owned by Haitian woman entrepreneur Djanillie Joseph, aims to help struggling rural farmers through its Rural Farming and Reforestation program.

The personal care brand, known for its effective haircare and skincare products, gives back part of its profits every year to help support rural farming in Haiti.

The company not only aims to satisfy the diverse hair and skincare needs of its customers using advanced formulations, but it also wants to help the less fortunate while doing its part in conserving the environment.

“We are a beauty company with a purpose and that purpose is to help elevate rural farmers in Haiti and promote reforestation of the island,” said the company CEO. She added that her company wants to provide solutions that meet the customers’ needs, and at the same time, make a difference in people’s lives. “Our company is not just another beauty company. Our key purpose is to provide quality products to our customers while helping the less favorable and our environment in the process,” said the CEO.

With most Haitians dependent on farming for their livelihood, Djanillie’s believes that their intervention will not only bring hope but also make a difference in the lives of Haitian farmers. “Buying our products will not only give you natural, non-toxic personal care solutions but will also go a long way in helping the Haitians improve their lives and country,” said the CEO.

Djanillie’s hair care products are designed to help women dealing with hair loss, thinning hair, breakage, dandruff, eczema, and unmanageable hair.

“Our skincare products are created for all skin types to combat fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, and dry skin,” said Djanillie, adding that “the company aspires to become notable for crafting healthy and effective products designed specifically to nurture, nourish, and re-balance the hair and skin.”

About Djanillie’s Beauté

Djanillie’s Beauté aka Djanillie’s is a personal care brand based in Houston, Texas, offering high-performance haircare and skincare products that cater to a diverse array of hair textures and skin types. Djanillie’s was borne out of its founder’s passion for beauty, dedication to a healthy lifestyle, and keen interest in personal care products. She researched the latest hair care techniques, skin rejuvenating treatments, ingredients, and cutting-edge formulas to build a trusted brand in the beauty industry. 

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Coming to Disney+ in November 2020: ‘Black Beauty,’ new ‘Mandalorian’ episodes

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Kate Winslet voices the famous horse in “Black Beauty.”

Disney+ is adding a slew of new titles for November to tide you over until Thanksgiving.

In addition to new episodes of “The Mandalorian” and “The Right Stuff,” the streaming service will debut an original movie, “Black Beauty,” based on the classic book by Anna Sewell.

Directed by Ashley Avis, the film stars actress Mackenzie Foy as a teenage girl who strikes up a friendship with a wild horse, voiced by Kate Winslet.

For those who have yet to sign up for Disney+, the streaming service costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. There is also a bundle featuring Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99 per month. Click here for more information.

In addition to offerings including “Hamilton” and “Black Is King,” “Mulan” is available to stream on Disney+ for an additional fee of $29.99. More information on how to stream the the live-action film can be found here.

Check out the complete list of Disney+ November releases below.

Friday, Nov. 6

New Titles

  • “Disney Goldie & Bear” (s1)
  • “Disney Goldie & Bear” (s2)
  • “Disney Junior Fancy Nancy: Fancy it Yourself” (s1)
  • “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
  • “Mr. Magoo”
  • Disney+ Originals

  • “The Mandalorian,” Episode 202 – “Chapter 10”
  • “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” Episode 107 – “The Big Egg Switcheroo”
  • “The Right Stuff,” Episode 106 – “VOSTOK”
  • “Weird But True,” Season Finale Episode 313 – “Camping”
  • “One Day At Disney,” Episode 149 – “Leslie Evans: Senior R&D Imagineer”
  • Friday, Nov. 13

    New Titles

  • “Petra: City of Riches”
  • “Ultimate Viking Sword”
  • Disney+ Originals

  • “The Mandalorian,” Episode 203 – “Chapter 11”
  • “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” Season Finale Episode 108 – “Baby Gorilla Grace”
  • “Inside Pixar”
  • “The Right Stuff,” Episode 107 – “Ziggurat”
  • “One Day At Disney,” Episode 150 – “Mark Gonzalez: Steam Train Engineer”
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17

    Disney+ Originals

  • “LEGO ‘Star Wars’ Holiday Special”
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18

    Disney+ Originals

  • “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse,” “Supermarket Scramble,” “Cheesewranglers”
  • Friday, Nov. 20

    New Titles

  • “Planes”
  • “Planes: Fire Rescue”
  • Disney+ Originals

  • “Marvel’s 616”
  • “The Real Right Stuff”
  • “The Mandalorian,” Episode 204 “Chapter 12”
  • “The Right Stuff,” Finale Episode 108 “Flight”
  • “One Day At Disney,” Episode 151 “Season Finale”
  • Friday, Nov. 27

    New Titles

  • “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
  • “The Adventures of Yellow Dog: Far From Home”
  • “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Maximum Venum” (s3)
  • “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”
  • “Party Animals” (s1)
  • “Alaska: Port Protection”
  • Disney+ Originals

  • “Black Beauty”
  • “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, “House of Tomorrow,” “Hard to Swallow”
  • “The Mandalorian,” Episode 205 “Chapter 13”
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    Broad Noses & The Politics Of Black Beauty

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    In the past few decades there have been some interesting attitude shifts towards the Black woman’s aesthetic and what mainstream fashion and beauty industries deem desirable. Big hips, thighs and bums have become aspirational attributes. Getting lip filler for a fuller pout is now so casual that you can have the procedure done during your lunch break. Even hairstyles like braids and dreadlocks are being appropriated by white women. Then there’s ‘blackfishing‘, where non-Black women style their hair and apply their makeup in a way that imitates the biracial or racially ambiguous woman’s aesthetic.

    Whether or not you care to admit it, the fashion and beauty industries are systemically anti-Black women. This is why it took until 2015 for a Black woman (who just so happened to be Rihanna) to front a Dior campaign for the first time in the brand’s then 69-year history. That same year, Jourdan Dunn became only the second Black woman to land a solo British Vogue cover in more than a decade. And in 2018, million-dollar company Tarte Cosmetics saw no problem with releasing a foundation range with only three out of 15 shades suitable for medium to deep skin tones. The examples are endless and, frankly, it’s getting boring.

    While some Black women’s features have slowly been assimilated by the masses and accepted on runways and billboards, our noses apparently still aren’t palatable enough.

    But while some Black features have slowly been accepted on runways and billboards, it seems our noses still aren’t palatable enough. Watch any YouTube makeup tutorial and you can bet that there will be a portion of the video dedicated to the obligatory nose contour, regardless of the person’s ethnicity. Look at any photo of a high-profile celebrity and it’s more likely than not that their makeup artist will have practised the ‘nose slimming’ technique.

    Broad noses, particularly Black women’s noses, have long been considered unattractive – even masculine. In 2011, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa went as far as to publish an article in Psychology Today titled: “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” After declaring that Black women are “far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women,” he concluded: “The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among Black women is testosterone.” The original post was removed due to the backlash it received but you can still read it online.

    It’s the connotation of masculinity which prompted Nicole* to begin the process of getting a nose job. “I’ve always hated my nose,” Nicole tells me. “Since I can remember, thinking about my appearance, I’ve always disliked it. A smaller nose has always seemed more feminine and dainty. I always thought that my dad’s nose is like my nose. Because my nose is broader, it looks more masculine to me. I thought [a nose job] would soften my face.” After meeting a doctor for a consultation, Nicole (who was 22 at the time) decided not