We are wrapping up the month of Love with a video posted by SincerelyChrisandKim. They are covered in laughter throughout the video and I could not stop smiling, especially when Chris said that Kim no longer has to run from the rain. The best part, however, was hearing that their daughter is going natural too!
We shared the stories of a variety of couples….. young, veteran, interracial. It was fun watching the husbands sit in the hot seat and successfully pass their eight question tests. Despite their age and cultural differences, they responded unanimously with loving support of their wives’ choice to go natural.
Their choice, our choice involves so more than hair. The Love and Natural Hair tag illuminates how we thread love, family and freedom into our decision to return to our natural state. We hope that you have enjoyed watching!
His coach put him back in the game with fifteen seconds left in the fourth quarter and my son passed the ball instead of driving to the basket. We lost by 2. On the way home, his dad said to him sarcastically, “Son, you’re a very courteous player. BE A BEAST ON THE COURT! Be nice after the game.”
On my run this morning, I replayed the hard lost in my head ….. the pressure, the crowd, the last second attempts. How would I perform if I were in my son’s shoes? Would I be courteous or would I compete?
In running to find the answer, I began to kindly excuse myself from wondering if passerbys thought that my breathing was too loud and I was able to concentrate more on my breathing rhythm. I surprisingly dismissed the ever present concern of my ta-ta’s bouncing too much and I began to release the tension in my shoulders. And when the man whom I had passed up, caught back up with me right before our last hill and said to me “Go ahead, that’s not my pace.” I excused myself on ahead.
Zuri Hall and her boyfriend shares a video about natural hair and weave. It has “Excuse us for being silly and in love” written all over it. I hope you enjoy!!
Love has a way of weaving itself into our lives. Take our natural hair for instance.
On our rough hair days, Love holds us steady. It looks us eye to eye in the mirror when we think about returning to the Perm and tells us that our choice to be natural is more than our curls and fros. More than protective styles and growth checks.
Love shouts, “Your natural manes have the power to influence major markets.” It screams “Your naps and curls can embrace the Red Carpet.” And Love whispers, “Help a sick sister, mourn for your industry leader, and support your black brothers.”
Maybe one day Love will summon us to help heal a nation. It may ask us to consider the possibility of depositing our power into our dreams, into our communities and into those whom we love, for better or worse.