To be fair, as a fat Black woman, Mo’Nique, like many others, is held to a much different standard than non-fat women. People need to stop with these double standards, which aren’t a standard but just another excuse to put Black women down. They aren’t allowed to go out looking anyway because they are already negatively viewed as sloppy, messy, dirty, etc. So while I may disagree with her sentiment, I understand. Mo’Nique is sick of black women not looking presentable in public, so she delivered a social media PSA to the women who aren’t representing themselves like she feels they should. OPINION: What Mo’Nique really means by having “pride” in yourself is looking presentable under the white gaze. She comes from a generation where having to uphold certain standards of respectability was a means for survival. Mo’Nique’s video reeked of respectability politics. There’s also the idea that respectability politics rarely, if ever, work for black people. They come in different colors and fabrics, and use by the people of all ages of both genders. After blasting on social media the lack of big-time sponsorship, Wesley worked out deals with both Blumenthal Performing Arts and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to use space in uptown for parts of this year’s festival.
The fact that part of the festival will be right outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame building that celebrates the history of one of the least diverse professional sports is not lost on Wesley. In this durag the seam is placed outside and divided into quadruples. This durag is composed of crushed velvet. But L’ENCHANTEUR’s designs don’t begin and end with the durag. Events will be held throughout the day on Saturday, June 19th, at three separate locations: Victoria Yards, the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza and back at its original Camp North End location. But this durag consists of a back ruffle which makes this different from others. Similar to the bonnet for black women, the durag helps countless black men keep their waves, cornrows, and dreads in check. In simple words, these were invented to keep hairstyles intact. The durag (also stylized as “du-rag”, “dorag” or “do-rag”) is more than just a simple piece of cloth.
This durag is made of polyester. When it comes to black hair, preservation is key, and the durag is the first line of protection against the friction of pillows. Taking the affordable essential and turning it into a luxury asset, Brooklyn’s L’ENCHANTEUR has created a line of new, high-end durags. Created by Kayleigh Benoit, she hopes her new range of products will make sport and fitness more accessible for black women and women of colour. It seems the world is just hell bents on shaming Black women for just existing. We can see examples of this in almost every system — from schools, religious organizations, politics, the economy, the media, and most especially in the corporate world. Usually, durags retail at super affordable price points — generally no more than a couple of bucks. Durags can come in various materials giving you an overwhelming option to pick from. But it can hold the moisture and keep your hair soft.
To keep 360 waves at the place, it’s necessary for hair to lay down and stays down, and that’s why durag was invented. There are a lot of ways to wrap a durag. There have been mixed reactions to Mo’s PSA. They both have become a staple in hip-hop and fashion thanks to rappers and celebs. Thanks to the way our hair grows out, but keeping them down and free from frizzing could be challenging. But, should this convo be more about SELF respect than it is about acting in a way that should be deemed respectable to others? This is just another unfortunate example of elder Black folks subscribing to white supremacist ideas in the name of teaching Black youth to respect themselves. Especially when white people walk around in their pajamas too and have no problem getting the same respect? Some social media users pointed out the fact she had on a rob to film a video that would reach the masses while condemining women doing the same thing when they trek through an airport. Similarly, braids can have the same issue that 360 waves do, frizzy over time. This can hold down to 360 waves.
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