Glossy Addiction: Arise Magazine
We can’t get enough of ARISE Magazine! The African-based style publication celebrates achievements in international music, fashion, culture, and even politics. Though its only been around for a couple short years (since 2008), we knew from Issue 1 that the magazine would be a killer. How can you not be great when your debut cover is graced by none other than super-duper models Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, and Liya Kebede?! It was almost too good to be true. Since then, Arise has been heralded as one of the top global publications in its arena, even winning APA International Publishing’s 2009 award for “Launch of the Year”. (Continue Reading…)

Dressed to Impress . . . Who?
A few days ago, the often reckless and ever entertaining Kanye West took to Twitter about a topic that seemed to be completely harmless, but funny—lipstick. He said in a series of tweets: “Please don’t let girls start wearing dark lipstick again. I just think girls need to know that guys don’t really like black lipstick” “I think classic red is the sexiest or no make up at all . . . nothing too experimental” “Do girls even base any of they lip choices on what we like?” “I think girls be trying to impress other girls with all them weird ass lip colors lol” (Continue Reading…)

Over and Out: Ten Things We’re Tired of Explaining
Here at COCO, we’re all for open dialogue and the eradication of ignorance—but sometimes we’ve just had enough. To Whom It May Concern: Stop coming at us (and our hair) like we’re some anomaly. “Hair is like religion and we each have our own rituals,” cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis once said. Respect our rituals. We aren’t obliged to justify them. Here are ten things we’ve had to explain about our hair (to our men, White peers/co-workers, even other Black women) . . . and ten reasons why we’re over it! (Continue Reading…)

5 Myths About Locs
People shy away from considering wearing locs, or say they do not like them, for many reasons, most of which are based on misconceptions. The following locs myth list was compiled by Ansylla of My Hairitage Holistic Hair Care, which is located in Maryland. Along with hair services, My Hairitage offers various natural hair and advanced loc techniques and workshops in the US and abroad.

Locs are dirty.
I’m not sure why many feel that locs are not, and/or cannot, be shampooed as frequently as desired. Even in the early stages, locs can be shampooed as needed. Locs are hair. Good hygiene dictates that hair—all hair—be shampooed regularly. (Continue Reading…)

Designer Dolls
Move over, Barbie! There are some new chicks in town and they are ten times more fly than the all-American girl-next-door that we’ve all grown up with. Plasticladies—a site dedicated completely to dolls—features high-fashion versions of the plastic companions and collectibles. Since its inception in August, the Tumblr site has been getting crazy traffic and feedback on its eerily realistic doll features. Some of them look like runway models, others look like pop singers, and a few even look like video vixens; but they all look real. (Continue Reading…)

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