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Teyonah Parris With southern charm, an unparalleled drive, and a trademark smile, Teyonah Parris is making strong waves in the acting world! Teyonah is one of the latest additions to the critically acclaimed cast of AMC’s hit show MAD MEN. Currently she is in NY filming a number of feature films. The latest being “THEY CAME TOGETHER” where she is working with writer/director David Wain and Michael Showalter. Teyonah will be seen alongside Amy Poehler in this hilarious send up of the romantic comedy genre. You can also spot Teyonah’s smile in a McDonald’s commercial that is airing nationwide. Teyonah’s events: They Came Together- release date- June 27th Dear White People –release date- Fall Survivor’s Remorse- release date- Fall on Starz network

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16 Style Icon: Lupita Nyong’o 20 Caring for Your Hair. Healthy Hair Inside 22 The Truth About... Front Lace Wigs 24 Big Hair Don’t care: the look book 41 Pancho Moore-Behind the Shoot 42 We Are Onyx: Feature 44 Natural Hair Celebrity Stylist Secrets 48 Natural Solutions for Hair Growth 50 Naturalista ‘s Around the World- the Bahamas 52 Hair Smoothing Systems.. What’s What? 54 Spring Hair Color 56 What’s Our Obsession with Long Hair 57 Vintage Natural: Chaka Khan 58 Military Hair Restrictions

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Natura Magazine is all about inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women of color to love and embrace their natural beauty. Meet our team of influential women who are not only the heartbeat of Natura Magazine, but also a true representation of the evolving culture of women who are unique, daring, and driven to redefine the ideals of beauty.



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A WORD from the EDITOR


pring is here, and the aroma of change is in the air. This season is filled with growth, passion, prosperity, and an immense amount of energy. We have the opportunity to retire the burdens of the past, and rejuvenate ourselves for the better. A lot of times as human beings, we become mentally and physically stagnant in our current positions in life. We begin to accept mediocracy because we feel that our good isn’t good enough. We let our fears hold us back from excelling because we doubt our true potential. And, we end up placing the blame on others for our lack of success. Change is something that you have to want to do for yourself. It is a feeling that is deeply rooted inside of us all, and it is only felt when one has grown tired of failing, or being trapped in a stagnant position. It took me a while, but I have learned that my change and my growth is driven by me wanting to have more for myself, and not because of what some one else desires for my life. I once read a quote by Barry Manilow, that I would like to share: “I believe that we are who we choose to be. Nobody is going to come and save you. You’ve got to save yourself. Nobody is going to give you anything. You’ve got to go out and fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. So don’t give up your dreams.”

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I’m so excited to reveal our Spring issue to you, featuring the lovely and very talented Teyonah Parris. Our team has worked incredibly hard to bring you the best in natural hair and lifestyle, and I hope you enjoy every page of this new issue. This new edition is all about visual aids! For the first time our stories will be brought to life through pictures and video. As a consumer myself, I know how important it is to be entertained, and also stimulated in some fashion to hold my attention. Natura Magazine is your one stop shop, and each page will be an experience. Enjoy! Xoxo Malia


Arnold Turner-Los Angeles PHOTOGRAPHER

Pancho Moore - Los Angeles PHOTOGRAPHER

Shante’ Terry - Texas JOURNALIST Amber Legins- Ohio Graphic Design

Lisa Fuller - Charlotte PUBLISHERCELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST natural hair specialist/salon owner Andre Michaels- Charlotte of PHOTOGRAPHER

Bri Rhodes-Kinston NC JOURNALIST

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FASHION 60 Andrea Iyamah Swimwear showcase 68 Celebrity fashion: spotlight 70 Sexy Formal - a pictorial 76 Poetic Justice Jeans: Curves Ahead -Video 82 Natural in the City- LA 98 Naturalista’s Around the World-the Netherlands 100 Spring Fashion Trends 2014 102 Solshine Clothing 106 Hottest Spring Sandals



Andrea Iyamah Swimwear

Natural in the City of Angels


110 Day & Night Makeup-Video 112 Nail Colors of the Season 113 How to Battle-Dark Spots- Video


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116 Teyonah Parris- Cover Story 122 What’s on Deck- New in Entertainment 124 Artist Feature-Lediesi 126 Eye Candy- Micheal B. Jordan-Video 127 The Revolution-Revolt TV feature-Video 128 Women in the Media- Mara Brock Akil 131 New Artist FeatureJustine Skye-Video


Teyonah Parris Story

HEALTH & FITNESS 134 Dance Your Way to Fitness-Video 135 Detox Water Recipes-Video 136 Juicy Details on Juicing 140 Healthy Cooking

MIND, BODY & SOUL 146 Forever Jones-Family First 147 The Spoken Word Note to Self Video 148 Finding Your Gift 149 A Prayer

147Note to Self-Yazmin Monet Watkins

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What does having healthy hair mean to you? Is it soft, shiny, manageable curls? Or is it long luxurious tresses? However you define healthy hair is up to you, but one common thing to keep in mind is in order to achieve long lasting healthy tresses, you must maintain the health of your hair on the outside as well as on the inside. Turn the pages for articles on hair growth recipes, natural hair must haves for the season, and how to take care of your hair from the inside out.

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“I remember

a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin.”

Celebrity Style Icon

Lupita Nyong’o by: Chantel Walker

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saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one She is the first African and prayer to God, the miracle worker, was Mexican to win the Academy that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so Award for Best Supporting excited about seeing my new skin that I Actress and the first Kenyan would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to win an Oscar. to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of he is of Luo descent, but born in being just as dark as I had been the day Mexico City, Mexico and at the before.” time her family had been living Things began to change when she there for a few years already. The family learned of Super Model Alek Wek. relocated to their Native land of Kenya “My complexion had always been an when Lupita was still an infant. Primarily obstacle to overcome. I couldn’t believe raised in Kenya, her parents sent her that people were embracing a woman back to Mexico at the age of sixteen to who looked so much like me as beautiful. learn Spanish. She attended an all-girls It was perplexing and I wanted to reject school in Kenya and acted in school it because I had begun to enjoy the plays. Her professional acting debut was seduction of inadequacy. But a flower at the young age of 14 as Juliet in Romeo couldn’t help but bloom inside of me.” and Juliet. She later attended college in the United States. She graduated Lupita is without a doubt, a very talented from Hampshire College with a degree individual and she also owns and rocks in film and theater. After returning to any outfit and hairstyle she wears. Some Kenya in 2008 she starred in a television of her stylish hairstyles include the mini series called Shuga. In 2009, she wrote, puffs, shaded-in widow’s peak, sidedirected, and produced a documentary swept peak, pompadour, and curly called In My Genes, which won first prize bouffant just to name a few. Lupita is at the 2008 Five College Film Festival. She definitely representing the Naturalistas of was enrolled for a Master’s degree in today! acting at the Yale School of Drama and while there, she was the recipient of the Herschel Williams Prize.


You would think that being as talented as she is that she didn’t have any struggles, right? Wrong! She was teased about her skin. Part of her speech at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon: “I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only 18 | Natura Magazine - to view clip

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Healthy Hair from the


Written by: Chantel Walker o you think just because your hair looks nice and shiny on the outside that it is healthy? Think again! It’s not just about washing/co-washing, deep conditioning, moisturizing, etc. There’s more to healthy hair than


meets the eye. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this phrase, “You are what you eat”. Not only does the phrase relate to your physical appearance, but it also applies to having healthy hair. Most people do not know the latter, myself included, until just recently. If you have unhealthy eating choices, chances are your hair is not as healthy as you believe it to be. For instance, although I wash, condition, and moisturize my hair as needed, my ends are dry and split. I talked to a friend who has been a Natural Hair Care Specialist for over 12 years. She asked me some questions which you can ask yourself as well:

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1) Do you include enough Vegetables & Fruits in your diet? 2) Do you drink enough water on a daily basis?

As you can see, these questions are in regards to what do I put into my body. There are foods you can eat which can contribute to having healthy hair.


hese foods contain vitamins and nutrients that we need and also have those fats that our body can’t produce on its own. That fatty acid is Omega-3, which is found in cold-water fish such as Salmon. Other foods you can get Omega-3s from are Tuna, Mackerel, Walnuts and many more. My Hair Care Specialist mentioned eating Salmon as a choice to help get the nutrients I need to aid in having healthy hair.


e all know that our hair is mostly protein. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer says that without enough protein, our body can’t replace the hairs that we naturally shed every day and what we make can be dry, brittle, and weak. Having protein in your diet is very important because it promotes cell growth and repair as well as boosting hair strength. A good choice for protein would be chicken. The best way to cook your chicken would be to bake it.


onsuming enough water to make sure you stay hydrated is very important too. I admit that I do not intake enough water like I should. This is definitely a contributing factor as to why my hair is dry. The most common amount of water that is said to consume is 8 cups a day. How much water one should consume on a daily basis varies depending on one’s physical activity and the climate where one lives. Someone who is physically active will need to drink more water than one who isn’t because they sweat that water out while exercising. According to Mayo Clinic, our body makes up about . 75 percent of our body weight. When we lose that water n due to bodily functions, we must replenish it. Water gets rid of toxins in our body and it carries nutrients to cells all over. If you’re one like me who thinks water is just too bland on its own, add some fruit for good flavoring. This has definitely helped increase my water intake. to view clip


here are too many vitamins and minerals to list in which play major roles in having healthy hair. I will say that if you have trouble getting the vitamins and minerals needed, take a multivitamin. It never hurts if you take one once a day. I myself take a Multivitamin because of my Anemia and because my doctor has suggested it for that reason.


o like I said before, you can have the best hair regimen ever, but if you’re not eating healthy, your hair isn’t going to be the best it can be either. Eating healthy is beneficial because not only will your body be healthy, your hair will be healthy as well. It’s like killing two birds with one stone!

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The Truth about...

FRONT LACE WIGS by: Shanti Terry

Beauty. Society demands it. Not only does society demand beauty, it goes a step further by setting clear, rigorous standards for what is beautiful and what is not; and the standards are predominately European.

What’s disturbing about this issue is that the appeal of wearing a lace front or full lace wig/weave is easy to see and understand. They look very natural and provide wearers with instantly long, luxurious European- style hair.

When used properly and in moderation, weaves can give one’s hair a much needed break from manipulation and even protection from the harsh weather that comes with the changing of the seasons. They do have benefits, but they Unfortunately, as we grow up, these insistent suggestions are few and far between due to the fact that they are often concerning beauty become hardwired into our way of think- worn without extreme caution. ing. As a result, taking drastic and even dangerous steps to maintain these flawed “beauty rules” has become common, Their negative side effects are also often ignored, espeespecially amongst black women. cially with women who are in the spotlight, such as celebriAs a race, it seems that black women have always been willing to go the extra mile to conform to European standards of beauty. First there was the press and curl, which opened the door for potentially serious heat damage. Then there came relaxers, which have the potential to burn one’s scalp and hair off if used improperly. Now, we also have weaves and lace wigs. You can sew them in, clip them in, tape them on or glue them to your head. Whichever way you choose to do it, you risk extreme damage like:

Traction Alopecia Infection Hair breakage Skin irritation/ Scarring.

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ties that feel they have to maintain a certain image. The most recent female celebrity that comes to mind is Countess Vaughn, from the hit 90’s television show, Moesha. Recently, Countess Vaughn appeared on a popular daytime TV show and revealed to the world the damage she did to herself by wearing front lace wigs repeatedly; without paying proper attention to negative side effects. Countess admits that she wore front lace wigs for over 5 years on a regular basis, using glue to attach the wigs to her head. Eventually she had an allergic reaction to an adhesive used to apply one of her wigs, which resulted in a severe infection. The infection caused Countess’ scalp to run with pus, the skin from her ears to fall off, skin discoloration as well as traction alopecia. How long did Countess allow these negative side effects to go on? The answer is a full 6 months!

There are likely hundreds of women around the globe who are subjecting their hair and their personal health to damage in order to appeal to societal and self-inflicted standards of beauty. If you are one of those women, you must break the cycle, starting with yourself. The best course of action would be, of course, to stop wearing these wigs and weaves all together. Dangers do not only arise from the way the hair is installed, they can also arise from maintenance once the installation has taken place. Even glue-less wigs, which are attached using combs and clips can cause traction alopecia. They rub against your hairline and your hair under the wig cap, causing damaging friction and tugging. If you are the sort who just can’t part with wearing weaves, wigs and extensions, then, please, begin using extra caution immediately. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Research, Research, Research! Take time to research what you are about to subject your hair to. Read up on the manufacturer you are getting your new hair from. Check out the ingredients on that glue or tape label, and always do a test patch on your skin, to see how your body reacts to it. Ask your friends about local stylists who have good reputations. Meet with them for a consultation, and ask all the questions you have before you continue on with your plans. If possible, allow a professional to help you with the installation. Pain Does Not Equal Gain: No hairstyle should ever cause you pain or discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that there is a problem. If the hair feels heavy, and weighs on your strands, consider removing it. If there is extreme tightness to the point where your scalp is sore and tender, then loosen it up. If your scalp is uncommonly itchy, consult your stylist. If you develop a rash, bumps or any other kind of irritation, seek help immediately. DON’T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS YOUR BODY GIVES YOU. Air. It. Out. If possible, avoid installing weaves and wigs that you can’t take off at will. Your hair needs to breathe, so getting something that allows your scalp to breathe, or that you can take off at night is a great idea.

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I always had a love for photography but, I began shooting after the introduction of smartphones, and discovering street photography. I wasn’t really utilizing my camera, until last year when I shot with actress Ashley Blaine Featherson. We ended up getting our first shoot together published, and after that I knew I loved it. However, my inspiration came from my daughter. One day she got her hair straightened and she said to me: “Look daddy. I look beautiful.” Of course I told her yes, but I also told her that she looks beautiful everyday even when her hair isn’t straightened. It was then that I began to really pay attention to television shows and advertisements, where I soon realized that my daughter has never really seen women that look like her. Even her dolls had straight her. That lack of imaging made me want to showcase more of the beauty that is around us. I began following and requesting women on Instagram and Facebook to shoot. I didn’t care if they weren’t models, I just wanted to showcase them so that more young girls could see their true beauty, and understand that they don’t have to wear weaves, perms, or straight hair to be beautiful. I had one young girl that rocked her natural hair to school one day and she was teased about it. That torment ultimately provoked her to go back to wearing her hair straight, as she always had. I partnered with her mom and

began showing her images of women rocking their natural hair, and a month or so later she fro’d her hair out on her own and wore it proudly. I put it on Instagram, and she ended up with 5,000 likes and reposts that day. I never thought about making an impact on the photography industry. I just love showcasing the true beauty of women as I see them. To me, there is nothing sexier than a woman rocking her natural hair. It doesn’t matter if it is big, low-cut, a TWA, I love it all. Big hair is obviously my favorite, and like a lot of women I have my hair crushes. So, when I see someone on the street I almost immediately have to stop and ask them to shoot. Kind of creepy I know, but I always start with a smile and “I’m sorry to bother you but, I love your hair!” Instagram: PanchoMoore Natura Magazine - | 41

WE ARE ONYX by: Malia Brown

We Are Onyx was inspired by co-founder of the brand Delali Kpodzo’s own personal battle that she experienced with her natural tresses. After years of taking the back seat to her own beauty, and relying on the hands of a hairstylist to maintain the health of her mane, she realized when she was forced to care for her own hair after her stylist cancelled her appointment that she had no idea how to manage her tresses. Looking for answers for herself, and a desire to help women who were experiencing the same struggles, she epiphanized a place where black women could come and get those answers. Teaming up with her friend and partner Myriam Bocobza, they collectively created We Are Onyx. Initially created to serve as a hair destination, it has now evolved into a beauty box that introduces women to high-end luxury brand beauty products. We Are Onyx is a total beauty destination. “It is a place for learning and it is a place for fun.” We Are Onyx offers online tutorials at a professional and D.I.Y. (do it yourself) level in beauty, health and fitness, wellness, skin care, and hair care. The beauty brand has teamed up with experts such as celebrity natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, and also skin care specialist and board certified dermatologist Dr. Meena Singh to offer you the best information as it pertains to your beauty. “We really want to give black women the information that we are not being given through mass media. We want to connect women with products that are actually good for us.” Distinguishing themselves from any other beauty box on the market, We Are Onyx is elevating the beauty experience by introducing subscribers to luxury products, and also including them in the selection process. “We are letting women know that there are high-end brands who make products that are excellent for you. We are trying to create a different kind of beauty experience.”Every month, Kpodzo curates 4 of her favorite beauty products in either hair care, skin care, make-up or any other beauty or lifestyle products. Subscribers receive 4 full-size or deluxe size products, and also a 5th product of the subscriber’s choice.

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“An OnyxGirl is a confident woman who knows her beauty, who wants to learn more about her beauty, is free to express herself, and feels confident in that self-expression.” “I would love for subscribers to walk away feeling empowered about their beauty. Feeling more confident, more informed, and having a better understanding of who they are and what their beauty really represents.” We Are Onyx represents the different types of black women who look different, sound different, and come from various parts of the world. It bridges a gap between our societal differences, and it unites black women by our common beauty heritage. “We want black women to know that we are here for you, and we are thinking of your beauty in particular in crafting our box.”


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Celebrity Hair Susan Oluwatoyin Otokuefor

Susan Oluwatoyin Otokuefor is a celebrity natural hairstylist, photographer, and wardrobe stylist. Known to many as Susy or African Creature, this 23-year old bombshell is on a mission to stake her claim on the hair and fashion industry. The reigning purple hair queen of NYC is known around town for hair amazing box braids, Marley twists, and natural hairstyles. Susan is also the woman behind some of Solange Knowles’ most iconic natural hair looks. Natura Magazine had the opportunity to chat with Susan about hair, style, and working with Solange. How long have you been doing hair professionally?

I’ve been doing hair professionally for about 5 years.

What inspired you to become a hairstylist?

I just really like making people look beautiful! Everyday you get to meet different people from everywhere. It’s actually a blessing.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating your hairstyles?

Most of my hairstyles are inspired by how I feel at the moment. I love doing new and different things to my hair. My I.D. is my hair so I like to keep it matching my personality.

Who/ what inspired your famous purple hair?

Well purple is my favorite color, and I always wanted to do a hairstyle that involved purple. I wanted a purple Afro, and then I wanted to do some braids. It sounded different, and I hadn’t seen anyone with it before so I gave it a try. Most of the styles that I do are trial and error. If I try it and it doesn’t look good, then I know that I’m not going to do it again.

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What are the styling techniques that you are most known for?

Marley Twists, Box Braids, any kind of big hairstyle, Crochet braids, and just any natural hairstyle.

What is your best advice on protecting your hair underneath your protective styles?

The first thing you need to do before getting a protective style, is getting a good clarifying shampoo. You need a shampoo that will remove all of the dirt from your hair but not dry your hair out. You also need a good conditioner for moisture, and then you can get a protective style. I really recommend taking care of your hair, and then getting a protective style.

How did you meet Solange Knowles? One day I was sitting in my room watching the Beyoncé “We Like To Party” video, and I saw Solange in the video and I kept saying I really like the way that she rocks her hair. I wanted to do her hair one day! That following December, the day before Christmas… I’ll never forget that day! I got a call that Solange wanted me to do her hair, and the rest is history.

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What’s one of your favorite hairstyles that you’ve done on Solange?

I like all of the hairstyles on her; I’m not going to lie. I enjoy all of the box braids, the Marley twists, all of them. She looks good in all of the hairstyles that she rocks.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating hairstyles for Solange? Is it something you both work on collectively or does she typically come up with her own styles? She is her own person. She thinks about what she wants before I get there, and she knows what looks good on her. I really love that about her. She knows what looks good, and that’s what she likes.

What are some of your favorite products to style with?

I like… Shea Moisture Oyin Giovanni hair care I love Coconut oil especially because it doesn’t make your hair too oily and it penetrates the hair very naturally. It’s really good for doing protective styles.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on reopening my online vintage shop that will be coming out this year called Susy’s Closet. I’m also currently working on a wig collection. It is going to be a variety of synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, and just different types of hair.

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Celebrity Hai Felicia Leatherwood

Q&A: The Transitioning Natural Felicia Leatherwood is a celebrity natural hair stylist, expert, educator, and what we like to call a true “natural hair guru.” She is the woman behind Jill Scott’s famous natural hairstyle’s, Teyonah Parris’ iconic up-do’s, and Kim Coles’ famous curls. Natura Magazine had the opportunity to chat with Felicia, and ask her your burning questions about transitioning, her favorite products, and so much more. What is the best way to transition from relaxed to natural?

If a person is really addicted to straight hair, and they are not actually eager to go natural but they just don’t want to wear relaxers then they can use TMS (Texture Manageability System) by Beautiful Textures. It is an amino acid based protein conditioner that helps women go from relaxed to straight but in the naturalist way. Another option would be to transition with curly styles such as the Bantu Knots, which is a curly wet-set, or some of the curl rods and do curly sets. You would trim off your relaxed ends little by little. Lastly, if you decide to do the Big Chop, it’s always good to have a little flavor. If you’re going to Big Chop, you should cut it a little shorter on the sides and leave more hair at the top for twisting. That will allow you to get more familiar with your hair while it is growing out.

About how long does it take to fully transition? - About 2 years if you’re transitioning from a relaxer. But, every one’s hair grows at different rates. You really have to make sure that you are constantly deep conditioning to ensure that your hair is at its healthiest point, growing out.

What are some styling options that you suggest while transitioning?

Double- strand twists with synthetic hair added. I wouldn’t suggest anything too heavy that pulls on the hair. Some women prefer wearing weaves. I would definitely suggest choosing a hair texture that matches your original hair texture. If you’re going to do braids, you have to make sure that you get a re-touch every 3 weeks, so the braids won’t pull the edges out. Also, be sure to hold the edges when the braider is around your edges, so the hair isn’t being yanked out from the scalp.

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What is the most important thing to keep in mind while transitioning? To be patient. Definitely don’t get confused by doing too much on the blogs. For the most part if you just kind of stick with a couple of great vloggers that have your hair texture on YouTube, and also read through Natura Magazine, you will get the advice you need.

What are the best ways to keep ones hair moisturized? The best thing to do is to definitely deep condition with a really good conditioner that has oil-based products in it because that is going to help. The other thing is to kind of know what your hair needs. A lot of people’s hair is dry because they either don’t have knowledge of products or they have a poor diet. They don’t drink enough water and they eat a lot of fried foods, which definitely is going to affect the hair and the scalp. If you’re going to be mindful of what you’re putting on your hair, definitely be mindful of what you’re putting inside your body. Moisture can happen at night as you sleep. There was a way back in the day when we wore jerry curls, where we would spray this juice on and cover our hair up with a bag, and in the morning we would have moisture. Women are going back to that, and calling it the L.O.C. method, but my way is a little different. My way is to use 1 part conditioner 2 parts water, and a little bit of olive oil, shuck up in a spray bottle.You would spray your hair and then put a plastic cap on at night. You would do this at least 3 times a week.You will notice a big change in your hair.You will also notice that your curls will start to form, and it will be easier for you to work with your hair.

4 category hair textures. Women who have a type 4 (kinky) hair texture do much better with creams. Like Coco Butter and Coconut Oil. Type 3 (curly) hair textures do really well with glycerin, and gel products to prevent frizz during the hotter months.

What is one piece of advice that you have for women transitioning back to natural?

- It really goes back to the patience. Patience is everything.You have to have patience with yourself and the process. Also, if you’re going to use YouTube as your guide, make sure that you find someone who has your texture of hair. Because if you don’t, you’re going to disillusion yourself and you’re going to be looking at the wrong thing when it comes to knowing the knowledge of your hair.  Find three hairstyles that you really enjoy, and that you feel can be your staple hairstyles as you play with other hairstyles because you know they work for you. Find three products that you really enjoy. Keep a staple of three things that you know will for sure work for you and if you don’t know what works for you, stay tuned to Natura Magazine online, and I’ll be posting every Friday.You will get some great advice from me as well as the magazine itself will give you a lot of great advice so that you will be able to figure it out.  

What are your favorite natural hair care products?

I really like … Natural Splendor Eden Body Works (Coconut Shea Line) TGIN (Thank God I’m Natural) Also, “Curls” just re-launched their product line so, for the women that are in the 2’s and 3’s hair texture category (which is a more curly, wavy texture) it is a really good product. The first three products that I mentioned are for women who have any of the type Natura Magazine - | 47

Natural Solutions to

Stimulate Hair Growth Lavender Oil: Lavender oil has a sweet and relaxing aroma that promotes hair growth by cleansing the scalp, which prevents issues with excessive dandruff and blockage of the pores. Dermatologists have also attested to Lavender oil as being a treatment to promote hair growth for Alopecia patients. “A study by a group of dermatologists in Scotland showed that 44 percent of alopecia patients who were tested experienced new hair growth when they massaged their scalp daily with lavender and other essential oils for seven months.”Dorie Kahn

How To Apply: If you’re going to use the Lavender oil by its self, then you can part your hair into 4 sections for manageability. Dilute the oil by mixing for drops of oil into your spray bottle or color applicator bottle. Massage oil onto your scalp for desired results. Recipe To Treat Alopecia 3 drops of lavender oil 3 drops of rosemary oil 2 drops of thyme oil 2 drops of cedarwood oil 4 tsp. of grapeseed oil ½ tsp. of jojoba oil

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is one of the most widely used natural products for healthy hair because of its versatility. Not only does it promote hair growth, but it also helps hair to retain moisture, prevents hair loss, maintains the pH level of the hair and scalp, and it reduces dandruff. One of the most common issues that people experience is Seborrhea. Seborrhea is triggered by an overproduction of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. The oil-like substance mixes with the oil and dust from the environment, which creates a build up of crust on your scalp, creating hair loss. Aloe Vera aids in removing the build up. How To Apply: 4 oz. of water 4 oz. of Aloe Vera gel 10 drops of an essential oil Directions: Add water and Aloe Vera gel to a small bowl and stir lightly with a spoon. Pour the contents into a spray bottle and shake. Add an essential oil of your choice and shake lightly again.

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Peppermint Oil: Is a great natural oil that aids in stimulating blood circulation to hair follicles, which promotes healthy hair growth. The oxygen carried by the blood, not only promotes hair growth, but it also prevents hair loss. The stimulated blood flow also carries nutrients that aid your hair’s roots in absorbing key essential elements to stay healthy. How To Apply: Part your hair into 4 sections to make applying more manageable. Dilute the oil by mixing 4 drops of oil into your spray bottle or color applicator bottle. You can also mix the Peppermint oil with other essential oils such as jojoba, olive, avocado, or almond oil for the best results. Massage oil onto your scalp.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil: JBCO works for all hair textures, and it helps to strengthen, moisturize, and thicken your tresses for healthy and rapid hair growth. It also increases blood flow to the scalp, while supplying nutrients to hair follicles. How To Apply: Apply small amounts of JBCO daily to your roots and scalp. Then massage the oil into your scalp using your fingertips. Once per week, use JBCO as a hot oil treatment, and massage it into your scalp. After applying JBCO to your scalp and hair, cover your hair with a plastic cap and go under the dryer for 15 to 30 minutes.


lot of women suffer from hair loss, or a lack of hair growth because of genetics, or the trials of everyday life. There are a lot of products on the market that promote hair growth, but they can place a huge burden on your pockets with the trial and error of finding which products work best for you. Solutions to stimulate hair growth don’t have to come from manufactured goods. They can come from the privacy of your own home where you can hand tailor your desired results. Hair growth comes with time, but why not have fun in the process! Check out these great natural products, that are great for your hair, budget, and they can be created in the comfort of your home.

Rosemary Oil: Has traditionally been noted as one of the most effective hair growth oils because of its ability to promote hair growth through increased circulation of the scalp.

Eggs: Eggs are a great product to use for hair growth, because they contain all of the major vitamins (A, D, E, B, B7) and nutrients to illicit healthy hair.

How To Apply: Try beating an egg and applying it to your How To Apply: Mix hair in order to increase oxygen together 2 tablespoons of rosemary oil and one ounce of and blood flow to the scalp. Rinse it out after 20 min. with grapeseed oil. Massage onto dry hair, for 2-3 minutes before cold water and shampoo. bathing or showering. OR Try diluting the rosemary oil with jojoba oil and gently massaging it into your scalp.

Onion Juice: Onions may sound like a weird solution to create hair growth, but it actually has a lot of great properties to promote healthy hair. Onion juice provides nourishment and circulation to hair follicles. Onions are high in sulfur, which is an active ingredient in regenerating hair follicles and reducing inflammation. How To Apply: Blend or chop onions and then strain the juice. Apply to hair for 15 min., and then wash thoroughly.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Is a great astringent to remove build up of dirt and grime off of your scalp to promote hair growth. How To Apply: Pour ACV into a spray bottle for easy application. Separate your hair into sections. Let sit for 30 minutes before washing your hair. Sources: jamaican-black-castor-oil-for-hair-growth/?page=2 to view clip

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the Republic of South Africa


Around the World

efore I reiterate on how exciting times currently are in South Africa for the Natural Hair Movement: let me give a little bit of background to our journey thus far. South Africa like many parts of the world, is a wonderful country inhabited by a beautiful people with many races, nationalities, heritages, tribes and above all else many strands of glorious hair. Showcasing ones natural hair is nothing new. Many women grew up having to keep their hair in short afros (TWAs) or opting for various protective styles and some women relaxed their hair from a very early age. Bottom line, we have gone through many ages and stages of hair and are still going through them. Some have found embracing the Natural Hair movement quite easy whilst others struggle for a number of reasons. I have also found that there are a great number of women who love natural hair but hate their hair and simply don’t know what to do with it.

The ‘Natural Hair Movement’ is on the rise. It is not so much a case of wearing our hair in its natural state but rather for us, the movement is about looking after our hair the way it should and needs to be looked after. Currently we live in exciting times whereby more companies are starting to cater to natural/ ethnic hair. I believe education and re-education is key in terms of healthy hair techniques and regimes

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(yes, Natura Magazine a market for your publication is waiting to be taped). We recently (Feb 2014) had the country’s first Healthy Hair Indaba (Indaba meaning discussion or conference) and different to the usual Hair Expos. An intimate affair hosting about 60 eager and open attendees (myself included) organized by 5 fabulous women all in the know about healthy hair, relaxed hair included and the care thereof. They shared their journeys, addressed some general hair issues such as hair breakage and also opened the floor to questions and answers. All attendees left with bags full to the brim with hair goodies and supplies to the extent that no one had an excuse to not take better care of their hair (see http://healthyhairindaba. In line with educating women in the country and the continent this event and ones like it will enrich and enhance the lives of many wanting to return to their authentic selves and helping them get there. More natural hair salons are planned to open employing and equipping skilled ethnic hair stylists to properly take care of our hair ( We all continue to be inspired and follow a number of American natural/healthy hair vloggers and bloggers. Closer to home we have http://www.myfroandi. com/ as well as or and http://www. to mention a few.

The Natural Hair Movement: South Africa

by: Joan Hillman

In terms of mindsets, we do struggle with the fact that hair is hair. A shampoo does not know that it is being placed on the head of a white person or the head of a black person, what is important and what we should be asking ourselves is ‘what does this product do to my hair and is it good for my hair?’ Too often when asked about what products to use be it shampoo or other, I get told that that is for white people...I quite quickly respond that hair is hair, try and see for yourself. I grew up using VO5 and Fructis shampoo and conditioner. For me it was the smell and how soft it left my hair. The natural hair movement here has been stalled by the lack of products that not only cater and promote the correct maintenance of natural hair but also lack of the ones that we see in the coveted vlogs and bloggs of our beloved American sisters such as Shea Moisture or Miss Jessies range.

The only way to obtain these if one had no friend or family coming from the States was to pay high delivery charges and then pay high customs fees. Earlier this year I made contact with more than 20 companies in the US and UK asking if they ever were going to start supply and distribution of their products in South Africa. Some responses were a disheartening no and some a hope filled yes. Three months later, the news is by far better than ever expected (woop woop … did I say exciting times?) A few local based importers

and distributors have made life ever so easy by having products such as Hairveda, Mixed Chicks, Shea Moisture, Miss Jessies, Eco-Styler, As I am Naturally etc. delivered to our doors after a few button clicks and for free to very minimum delivery charges. (www.,, www.thekinks. com ).These products cost much more as they are imported but what I know for sure is women will pay whatever the price for good products, we know when something is deemed an investment (don’t you think?) The health shops are also wonderful for finding coconut oil and raw shea butter to make one’s own mixes. Also in abundance and may have always been there just not looked at because they were in the ‘white people’s hair products’ aisles of the store are curly hair products from the likes of Lee Stafford, Paul Mitchel, Philip Kingsley, Tresemme Naturals, recently arrived Twisted Sistah, Aussie and Gosh products. Motions as well as ORS continue to up their game. So, soon we will have nothing much to complain about.

News of the above needs to be spread even more together with the education and assistance of everyone in the know of all things healthy natural hair. Think people living out and promoting the Science of Black Hair. We are getting there and we will get there. After all is said and done, women here have the freedom to wear their hair however they want and change if they will, just with better care and maintenance, we are women, we are black women, we are African women and we rock.

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the Commonwealth of the Bahamas


Around the World

was walking through the grocery store the other day and I passed a young lady through the aisle who was wearing a bodacious twist-out that made my knees weak. Her hair was beautiful! Her curl definition was a work of art. Each strand of hair perfectly sprung from her head like it was sculpted; I’m trying to tell you she was working it! As I glanced at her from the corner of my eye, questions began flooding my brain like a tidal wave. I wondered what she used to get her hair to look like that? Gel? Which one? I bet its Ecostyler. Oil? Probably Coconut or maybe Castor. I wondered how long it took her to achieve that length? And what products does she use? I know you all can relate to my non verbal inquiry because these are the questions we naturalistas ask. The funny thing about my encounter was while I was subtly eyeing her twist out and simultaneously giving her my approving smile, she was nonchalantly checking out my teeny weeny fro’ and giving me her “you go girl” nod of approval! This scenario didn’t take place in a city in the U.S, in Canada or The United Kingdom, it happened in The Bahamas, Freeport City to be exact, a place where Bahamian women are daring to forgo the traditional image of beauty which was heavily defined by our history as a British Colony from 1718 until our Independence in 1973. These days all around the country Bahamian women can be seen wearing beautiful locks, braids, twists, bantu knots and afros proudly like a second skin. I am happy to report that The Natural Hair Movement is alive and growing in and throughout the islands of The Bahamas, and we too are encountering some of the same challenges faced by naturalistas in other countries around the world.

Acceptance – For many of us, the decision

to go natural opens the door to harsh scrutiny from friends and family. Many Bahamians consider a woman’s hair to be her beauty and that definition of beauty is long, straight hair. As a result, numerous women wear hair extensions and weaves not because

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it’s their personal preference but because they don’t think they are beautiful without it. Unfortunately, some Bahamian women, like many women of color in communities around the world, find themselves dealing with issues of self-worth stemming from stereotypes about their weight, skin tone, length and texture of their hair. Labels like “nappy head” “picky head” “seedy head” and “bad hair” can demolish a person’s self esteem. It takes a bold spirit to come against these narrow opinions about beauty and my natural Bahamian sisters and I agree that our hair is simply an expression of who we are on the inside and we refuse to be stifled by anyone. So, in the words of my wise old Bahamian grandmother “chile, if ya don’ wan see it, close ya eye”!

The Natural Hair Movement – Bahamian Style by Yolanda Hanna

Products – Access to natural hair products

is challenging in some parts of The Bahamas.You see, we’re a chain of islands laying in The Atlantic Ocean and the geography of the country can serious limit our access to hair products. We read the natural hair care blogs, visit websites and watch YouTube videos in search of hair care information but I think we all can agree that finding the right product for your hair takes some trial and error and for Bahamian naturalistas this process can be even more frustrating depending on which island you live. In Nassau, the nation’s capital city located on New Providence Island where the majority of the population lives, my friends tell me there is a good selection of products to choose from because the natural hair movement there is very strong. Products by Entwine Couture, Shea Moisture and Cantu Shea Moisture are among my friends favorite picks and Ecostyler Gel seems to be everybody’s must have styling gel here in the islands. (I personally had an attack of nerves a few weeks ago when every beauty store I visited was sold out of it.) Here in Freeport, the country’s second city on Grand Bahama Island, the population is smaller but the movement is growing and local beauty supply stores are willing to accommodate requests for specific products. My friend and fellow naturalista Samantha Williams, owner of Naturally Here Bahamas in Freeport, began retailing natural hair care products because she was unable to find products for her own hair. Her most popular brands right now are Shea Radiance is (the Conditioning

Mask awesome), Cantu Shea Butter, Aunt Jackie’s and Karen’s Body Beautiful. Popular oils are Coconut, Jojoba and Castor Oil (personally I’m an Olive Oil girl). Our warm humid climate influences product choices because there are certain products that work better in our tropical temperatures. Online shopping is also another option many use to explore new products or restock on our favorites. So you see, there is more to our islands than the beautiful images of sun, sand and sea cranked out by our highly paid PR machines. While many believe that all Bahamians walk around 24/7 in tank tops and flip flops and spend their days lounging beside turquoise waters on white sand beaches with a Junkanoo Group rushing in the background (Junkanoo is our Cultural Street Festival similar to Carnival), please believe there’s more to us than that. We are a country of beautiful women with beautiful hair textures and skin tones and we want to be included in international dialogues even if the conversation is simply about our hair.

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The Facts about


As naturals, we pride ourselves on the versatility of our natural tresses. We have the ability to experiment with different colors, hairstyles, and techniques, all the while staying true to our natural roots. In the natural hair community, straightening is a highly discussed topic. Many women would love to wear their hair straight as much as they do curly, but with the potential of heat damage and loosened curls, many women choose their curls over silky tresses. In a prefect world, naturalhaired women would be able to go back and forth between curly and straight hair without any damage to their curls. Well, the world may have just become a little more perfect with the creation of a new product by some of the top African-American hair care brands that allows women to go from natural to straight and back again without the harsh chemicals maintained in relaxers. Major black hair-care companies have taken heed to the progression of the natural movement, and have introduced a product on to the market that is supposed to be safe, affordable, and offer versatility to consumers. 54 | Natura Magazine -

What’s In It?

The straightening reversal system is a protein-based system that contains the Cysteine Amino Acid. Instead of the protein rearranging the chemical bonds in your hair, it actually fills the hair fiber with micro-sized amino acids that temporarily elongate hair strands while also strengthening the strands.

How Long Does It Last?

It is said to last anywhere from 6-12 weeks depending on the product. You can wash your hair at any time to return your hair to its natural state.

How Does It Work?


(Straightening Therapy System) 1) The hair is infused with micro-fine amino acids (Cystine Amino-Acids) that penetrate deep into the hair shaft into the cortex of the hair. 2) The micro-fine amino acids completely fills the hair shaft to reinforce and strengthen the hair. 3) When heat is applied the restructuring/

stretching process begins causing the molecules to align and the hair to gently elongate. The bonds of the hair are not broken, just stretched. 4) The cuticle layer is then sealed during the flat ironing process resulting in hair that is stronger, stretched and can be worn straight or curly, and silkier to the touch.


(nanoSmoothing System) The Huetiful nanoSmoothing System’s cysteine (amino acid) based formula uses the science of nano technology to infuse molecules significantly smaller than keratin into the hair shaft. Because the molecule is smaller than keratin, it can penetrate inside the hair shaft without the use of dangerous and harmful ingredients found in Keratin or Brazilian-type straightening systems. The cysteine temporary elongates the bonds of the hair. When proper heat is applied it creates a reaction that infuses essential hair proteins inside the hair and rebuilds the hair from the inside out.


(Texture Manageability System) The secret is the Inner-Active Leave-In Conditioner, which is infused with essential oils, natural butters and amino acids, and has no harsh chemicals. The Inner Active leavein conditioner penetrates the hair, causing it to elongate and soften while making it easier to detangle. Once the detangling process is complete, the hair is blow-dried and flat ironed, creating beautifully straight, touchable soft hair with unmatched body, movement and shine - all in a fraction of the time of most traditional straightening methods.

*The views presented in this article do not reflect the opinions represented by Natura Magazine.

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o the cold is gone, the sun is shining, you’ve revamped your wardrobe with bright colors, shorts and sandals, but you still have an itch…like something’s missing? Sounds like you have Natural Hair Spring Fever!

Natural Hair Spring Fever noun

Natural Hair Spring Fever:

1.This fever is often experienced during the spring season when all the world is bursting forth with new life and bright colors. Symptoms include: an intense, internal desire to change ones natural hair to create a fresh, new look. Treatment: generally relieved by getting a new cut or color that matches one’s inner glow from the coming of spring.

Color is the cure!

by: Shanti Terry

Now that you’ve been diagnosed, all you need to do is pick out a prescription (of color that is). Natura has the trending colors Sothis thespring cold for is gone, sunfrom. is shining, you’vemaybe revamped yourorwardrobe with colors, shorts and sandals, for you tothe choose Pick a shade, get a trim add in a new cut,bright and you’ll be cured in no time! but you still have an itch…like something’s missing? Sounds like you have Natural Hair Spring Fever!


Natural Hair Spring Fever RESPLENDENT RED: noun PERKY PURPLE: 1.This fever is often experienced spring season when all the world is bursting forth with new life and Wantduring to makethea statement? If this season has you bright colors. Try out a red hue. Red is a feeling lighthearted, happy • Symptoms include: an intense, internal desire to change ones natural hair to create a fresh, new look. bold color in general, but and cheerful, you’ll likely • Treatment: generally relieved by getting a new cut or color that matches one’s inner glow from the coming especially on natural hair. be pleased with a purple. of spring.

Add in a few streaks/

Purple hair is very popular

Now that you’ve been diagnosed, all you need your to do is pick out a prescription (of color that is). Natura has the highlights or color spring, trending colors for this spring for you to choose from. Pick a shade, maybe get a trim this or add in aand newrightfully cut, and you’ll whole head to dramatically so. Who doesn’t love the be cured in no time!

change your look. Be on the lookout for gawkers, as your Resplendent Red: hair will definitely get others’ attention.

thought of bouncy, flouncy purple curls?

Want to make a statement? Try out a red hue. Red is a bold color in general, but especially on natural hair. Add in a few streaks/highlights or color your whole head to dramatically change your look. Be on the lookout for gawkers, as your hair will definitely get others’ attention. BOUNDLESS BLONDE: CAREFREE COPPER:

Ever wonder if blondes do If you’re one to “go with the have more fun? Try it out for flow” and you’re always up yourself and see! Blonde for anything, especially an hair is a great choice for you adventure, then you might be if you’re ready for excitement a copper girl. Color it up with and a serious boost in your copper and don’t look back! level of confidence. There You’re hair will steal the are a million shades to choose from, so your options are show without you ever even having to try. limitless. Just have fun with it!

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Perky Purple: If this season has you feeling lighthearted, happy and cheerful, you’ll likely be pleased with a purple. Purple hair is very popular this spring, and rightfully so. Who doesn’t love the thought of bouncy, flouncy purple curls?

What’s our obsession with.... Long hair is an obsession with many women in the world today. As you walk through hair care aisles in grocery stores, you’ll see countless numbers of supplements, conditioners and the like, all promising long flowing tresses. Browsing the internet will yield similar results. You’ll likely find a smorgasbord of hair growth tips, tricks, and recipes for how to get long, healthy hair. Where does the desire for long hair come from and why is it so important to us? The true answer goes deeper than one might imagine. The intense desire for long hair is ingrained within each of us, and it goes far beyond simple vanity.


To begin explaining why it is that you and I crave long hair,Copper: we have to go back in history; at least as far back Carefree as Bible In the apostle If you’re one totimes. “go with theNew flow”Testament, and you’re the always up for anything, especially an adventure, then you might be a Paul wrote in Corinthians 11:15 “And isn’t long hairYou’re a copper girl. Color it up with copper and don’t look back! hair will steal the show without you ever even having woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her to try. as a covering.” (NLT). Here we see one of the oldest books in the world describes long hair as desirable. Let’s fast forward a bit now, to the European middle ages, where short hair was reserved for servants and peasants. Long hair was a symbol of wealth, health and status. With the theory of evolution concerning natural and sexual selection, long, hair is considered to be a sign of a healthy woman who can effectively reproduce. From these examples, you can clearly see that history has had a heavy hand in shaping the way long hair is perceived versus short hair. Moving forward to the 1500s, we’ll bring our focus in to Africa, before the first slaves were ever brought Boundless over toBlonde: America. In West Africa (where many slaves Ever wonder if blondes do have more fun? Try it out for yourself and see! Blonde hair is a great choice for you if you’re originated) there was only ever natural hair, and it not uncommon it to boost be very styled ready was for excitement and a for serious inhealthy, your level of confidence. There are a million shades to choose from, so ‘to the T’ and long. In the 1600s, when African Ameriyour options are limitless. Just have fun with it! can slavery began in America, the very first thing that happened to slaves when they were purchased was the cutting off of all their hair. So ere, with this Still, just because we have been conditioned to desire example, we see short hair equated with the horrors long hair, does not mean that we cannot conquer of slavery. the desire and learn to love our hair no mater what You see, you and I have been conditioned to desire length it is! The journey to natural hair is beautiful in long hair. We have all taken history classes where every stage of length, each stage allowing for differwe learned about the topics mentioned above, and ent styles. Challenge yourself today, to go after length the subliminal message of long hair being the best if you want it, but don’t obsess and love your hair at was locked away in every one of them. Today, when you see a commercial or ad for healthy beautiful hair, every length in between too. the models more often have long, flowing hair rather than short styles. Natura Magazine - | 57

Long Hair

Long hair is an obsession that many women experience. As you walk through hair care aisles in grocery stores, you’ll see countless numbers of supplements, conditioners, all promising long flowing tresses. Browsing the internet will yield similar results. You’ll likely find a smorgasbord of hair growth tips, tricks, and recipes for how to get long, healthy hair. Where does the desire for long hair come from and why is it so important to us? The true answer goes deeper than one might imagine. The intense desire for long hair is ingrained within each of us, and it goes far beyond simple vanity. To begin explaining why it is that you and I crave long hair, we have to go back in history; at least as far back as Biblical times. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote in Corinthians 11:15 “And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering.” (NLT). Here we see one of the oldest books in the world describes long hair as desirable. Let’s fast forward a bit now, to the European middle ages, where short hair was reserved for servants and peasants. Long hair was a symbol of wealth, health and status.

photo by Glenford Nunez


by: Shanti Terry

With the theory of evolution concerning natural and sexual selection, long, hair is considered to be a sign of a healthy woman who can effectively reproduce. From these examples, you can clearly see that history has had a heavy hand in shaping the way long hair is perceived versus short hair. Moving forward to the 1500s, we’ll bring our focus in to Africa, before the first slaves were ever brought over to America. In West Africa (where many slaves originated) there was only ever natural hair, and it was not uncommon for it to be very healthy, styled ‘to the T’ and long. In the 1600s, when African American slavery began in America, the very first thing that happened to slaves when they were purchased was the cutting off of all their hair. So, with this example, we see short hair equated with the

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horrors of slavery. You see, you and I have been conditioned to desire long hair. We have all taken history classes where we learned about the topics mentioned above, and the subliminal message of long hair being the best was locked away in every one of them. Today, when you see a commercial or ad for healthy beautiful hair, the models more often have long, flowing hair rather than short styles. Still, just because we have been conditioned to desire long hair, does not mean that we cannot conquer the desire and learn to love our hair no mater what length it is! The journey to natural hair is beautiful in every stage of length, each stage allowing for different styles. Challenge yourself today, to go after length if you want it, but don’t obsess and love your hair at every length in between too.


Chaka Khan Natura girl Chaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often cited as the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.The Video features a 19 year old “Big Hair Don’t Care” Chaka Khan singing “Sweet Thang” on Soul Train.

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recently released update to Army Regulation 670-1 has spurred frustration and anger in the hearts of ethnic female soldiers and citizens alike. The update of the regulation was intended to clarify several rules concerning grooming and style options available to male and female soldiers, including dress code, hairstyles and tattoos. In the minds of military leaders, the rules serve to preserve their commitment to maintaining a military appearance that the nation can be proud of. In the minds of many African American and other ethnic female soldiers who choose not relax their hair or wear wigs, it seems that their hair is once again under scrutiny in the USA, this time from the military. After glancing through the rules (which can be seen here), it’s easy to see why many feel that these recent changes were racially biased. Cloaked in obscurity, the military has all but blatantly come out and stated that they’d rather not see any type of ethnic hairstyle. The regulations include the prohibition of twists and dreadlocks, referring to them as “matted” and “unkempt”. Even rules for wearing cornrows are more stringent. According to the regulation, cornrows must start at the front of the head, be in uniform lines, and each one of their diameters can be no more than ¼ of an inch, with no more than an 1/8 an inch of scalp visible in between.

leave few options open for styling natural, ethnic hair. Limited styling options is the very reason that Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard was inspired to start a petition to have these regulations reconsidered. After six years in the military, Sgt. Jacobs stated that she is now at a loss for what she can do with her hair, since her staple styles, like twists, have been thrown out. Sadly, the petition Sgt. Jacobs worked to build will not result in a change (100,000 petition signatures are needed to warrant a response, and as of 4/18/2014, there were less than 20,000), and that is where the uprising will have to cease. The cowardice that these regulation makers have displayed in tip-toeing around their issues with natural, ethnic hairstyles is shameful and offensive. While many natural styles are now prohibited, the regulation made sure to include that wigs and extensions are most welcome. What a very convenient and ambiguous way to encourage women to embrace European standards of beauty. Hey U.S Military, I’ve got a new running cadence for you: It’s alright, it’s ok, Just put that natural hair away We don’t like the way you look, So at your hair we’ll throw the book Sound off No More

Sound Off To request such dimensions from any woman Natural Hair with thick hair is laughable, especially for those who do not have fine, European Sound off textured hair. The rules of the regulation NO more natural hair, we DON’T CARE!

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pring is in the air and we couldn’t be any happier! When Spring arrives it’s the perfect time to donate some of those bulky winter clothes and break out the floral prints and denim shorts. Brighten up your outfits and add some fun to your wardrobe! We’re here to inspire and guide you to the hottest trends in fashion. So stay tuned and take notes as we journey through the effortless colors and trends of Spring Fashion!

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The highly anticipated 2014 Swimwear Collection was released on March 15th. With a great variety of prints, cuts, and colours embedded into every piece, the collection maintains its retro aesthetic image while incorporating a modern ethnic twist to each bathing suit. The collection is currently available at www. shopandreaiyamah. com get yours now!

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Celebrity Fashion Spotlight Award Show Season

by Malayka Viney

Lupita Nyong’o stuns in powder blue Prada gown. Will and Jada show up hand and hand looking better than ever, and an expecting Kerry Washington shows off her cute little baby bump in a crop top. Award show season is the best time for celebrities to show off their amazing style as we all tune in to see who made the hot and the “not-so-hot” list. Some of the most watched award shows happen within a 3 month span from January to March so while we’re all combating the winter weather our favorite celebrities are heating it up on the red carpet.

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SEXY FORMAL Photographed by: Andre Michael Model: Najeedah Suber Designer: Avnah Couture Hair Stylist: Arlene Martin Make Up by: Whitney Mosley Means

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o the dreaded moment begins. It’s time to go shopping for new jeans. You’ve finally decided on a few styles and you’re headed to the dressing room. Ten pairs later you still haven’t found your perfect match. Should you size up should you size down or do you just decide these will do and you’ll just throw on a belt later. Finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans can be a HUGE struggle especially for women with curves. It fits on your waist, but way to tight on your hips OR it fits great on your thighs and hips but not on your waist. So you go through trying on endless options and walk away frustrated with no jeans. Well say no more! Poetic Justice Jeans is here to make buying jeans that fit YOUR body effortless.

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NATURA: What are Poetic Justice Jeans? PJJ: Poetic justice jeans are an answer to an age old fit problem for the girls with curves. “ How do I fit my Bum and hips and still fit my waist “ We have figured it out through a revolutionary fit and fabric combination . NO BELT REQUIRED ! NATURA: (In your opinion) What is the best thing about Poetic Justice Jeans? PJJ: We offer jeans to the curvasious girl that not only fit but are right on trend and at a fantastic price. Triple threat. NATURA: What do your customers love about Poetic Justice Jeans? PJJ: Consistent, fantastic fit with consistently new fashion items. NATURA: How did Poetic Justice Jeans get involved in Style Fashion Week LA? PJJ: Our niche is completely under represented in Fashion today . We wanted our Look and our girl to be represented in the mainstream fashion market.

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Los Angeles, the city of angels, and where stars are born. Natura Magazine models Joia, Markesha, Asia, and Monica took over the city, and showed how fierce, fun, and fabulous natural hair can be!

Natural In The City Hair StylistLisa fuller Wardrobe StylistJamie Lorraine Make-Up ArtistFelicity Villegas

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the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Around the World

24 years

Queenie Constancia

I’m from the island CURAÇAO but, after high school I moved to The Netherlands (AMSTERDAM) to continue my education and modeling career. I had my fro since I was 15 years old. It illustrates the open-minded, outgoing, crazy, funny person that I am. It’s so easy to handle --Wash & Go or | Open, Tease it & Go !! So this is why I loved my staple hairstyle --My Big Afro. I am a creative person and love expressing myself through fashion. My island girl style combined with current fashion is clearly noticeable in my daily life.  Fashion for me is a way to express myself, a combination of over the top and simplicity. I am an island girl so, I see my style as “island meets the big city”; which translates into classy, sexy, exotic, crazy, fun, weird and unique. Follow on IG: @Queensz

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When Spring arrives it’s time to put away those dark muted colors from Fall and winter, and bring out the floral print and pastels. Guess what ladies we’re all in luck because Pastels are HUGE for spring. With the color of the season being Radiant Orchid you’ll be sure to see that color everywhere, but don’t forget about the other hues. Purple may just not be your cup of tea, but don’t fret there’s nine other colors that’ll keep you looking fresh and right on trend.

Celosia Orange TOPSHOP Petite Flower Lace Tee $76


Paloma Miss Selfridge Linear Fishtail Top $120

Hemlock Alice + Olivia Wesson one-shoulder silk-chiffon dress $198

Sand ORSAY Shop - aktuelle $18

Placid Blue Topshop Double Layer Shell Top $64

Radiant Orchid Elmer in color orchid

Freesia MAISON RABIH KAYROUZ long sleeve blouse $544

Dazzling Blue Vince Camuto Lena Tote $278

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Spring 2014 Trends

By Malayka Viney

Yes! Spring is here! Break out those maxi skirts, crop tops and sandals. Spring is the perfect time to refresh not only your life, but your wardrobe. There are some great trends this season that you should consider adding to your wardrobe. Perfect for spring break, the beach, or a stroll at the park. What would be a better way to start the season than with some bright new additions in your closet? White lace/ monochrome Cream Crepe Wrap Shorts $30 Jelly sandals JuJu Baby Jelly Sandal White $55 Kimonos (w/ or w/out Fringe) Pink Floral Fringed Hem Kimono $36

Crop tops Chelsea Flower Embroidered Crop Top $159

White jumpsuits Miss Selfridge Embellished Shoulder Playsuit $80

Pastel floral print Ted Baker BINNDY Floral printed cover up $125

Eberjey Golden Girl Bralet $50

PHILOSOPHY Printed cotton shorts $295

Printed Separates TOP: BLACK LILY PRINT BOXY JACKET$100.00 Leather topshop boxy leather jacket biker pink $370


peers the more I wanted to rock it. I loved styling, creating, and shopping for adults but once I had my daughter I found a love in children’s clothing. I started realizing that my passion was dedicated to my daughter. It was her time to shine because she’s now my world. I created and put together different outfits for her and shared them on Instagram and Facebook. I received so much positive feedback from family, friends, bloggers, and my followers. Everyone wanted to know where I shopped. I thought the clothing in popular retail children stores were boring. They didn’t give kids a chance to be fun and creative. Most of the online websites that do have the “fashionable” clothing are pricey but there are some great websites and boutiques that gave children’s clothing life at a decent price.  I had so many ideas and visions of what I wanted my daughter to wear and sometimes I found it hard to find what I was looking for, so I decided to create my own children’s line.


SOLSHINE CLOTHING The name SOLSHINE Clothing originated from my princess Solee. She’s my sunshine (Sol), my soul and my heart.


ashion has always been a major part of my life. Since I was younger I loved standing out from the crowd, I never wanted to look the same as those around me. I am Dominique, that’s who I wanted to be and represent. I used my fashion sense to create and put together outfits that spoke of me. The more outrageous the shoes or outfits were to my

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The name SOLSHINE Clothing originated from my princess Solee. She’s my sunshine (Sol), my soul and my heart. My vision for this line was to create clothing and accessories that were affordable but yet very stylish. I wanted to give kids a voice to speak through fashion with creativity, uniqueness, and fun. The vision of SOLSHINE clothing is mixed with Afro centric, Boho, and Hipster style. I love exuberant patterns and designs.  I’m inspired by the one and only Solange Knowles and of course the African heritage.  These two have inspired my work greatly. Solange Knowles takes chances in the fashion industry and I can relate to her 100 percent.  She gives off a positive, funky, playful, sophisticated and powerful look.  The African heritage is known to be powerful, bold but yet elegant. African patterns and designs are bold and standout and I absolutely love that so I had to incorporate these visions in my work. As you may have noticed kids are always trying to put on adult accessories so I wanted to make something fun and colorful made just for them. The sunglasses are handcrafted designs that have so much personality as any child would.  Everything is created with love and patience. I take pride in what I do. This is not a job this is my passion. I have so much fun creating and designing that I feel extremely blessed to do something I love and get to share with you all.

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The Hottest SPRING Sandals! the season! Perfect for a of s al nd sa ng ri Sp st tte The ho t out on the town gh ni y nc fa a or rls gi e th casual day with of shoe lovers all around. vy en e th be to re su e ar s oe these sh

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Ledge Color Blocked wedge day sandal $250

New Look Gala Wide Fit White Laser Cut Double Strap Flat Sandals $37.61

Just fab Lilias $55

Topshop Rated Metal Tip Sandals $80

Cooper leather gladiator sandal $60 Orange HIgh Leg T Bar Barely There Sandals $98

Range’ Padded Vamp Strap Sandal $90

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Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Flat Sandals $398

2014 Vacation Must Haves By Malayka Viney

Hot Bikini…Check! Sundress…Check! Cool Shades for the beach…Check! So what else do you need? There are a few things that every woman needs to bring with her on vacation, & now that we’re all getting our body ready for summer you can’t forget to get your beach bag ready too! We’re here ready to supply you with some of our top favorite vacation essentials for the season.


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1. Bathing suit (1 piece & 2 piece) 1 Piece: Tory Burch madura ONE-PIECE $250 2 Piece: TRIANGL NEW-YORK NOIR-1 $79 2. Floppy Hat BOLD Stripe Floppy Hat $48 3. Beach tote Accessorize Seabreeze Tassel Beach Bag $54 accessorize vera bradly clear beach tote $68 4. Sandals Rosemary Print Sandals $100 5. Sun skin product Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom Moisturising Cream $32 beauty Daily Physical Defense® Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ $46


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6. Spring/Summer white dress MADEWELL Circlelace Dress $129 madewell 7. Sunglasses Gasoline Glamour Lady Sings The Blues Shades $65 8. Sheer scarf (keeps you warm on those chilly summer nights & doubles as bathing suit cover up for the beach) Joules Wensley Bouquet Print Polyester Chiffon Scarf Navy $33 johnlewis Natura Magazine - | 109

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o maybe you’re a pro makeup artist and love getting inspired by new beauty trends. Or your new to the entire world of beauty products and the thought of doing your own makeup just makes you cringe. No worries! We’ve got tons of tutorials and tips that will not only inspire the pro but help the newbie feel confident enough to try something new. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to make those pesky dark spots disappear, or you are wondering “What’s that new reddish-orange lip color everyone is wearing?”. We’ve got it all here! So take a look. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Day& Night

Makeup Looks

By Malayka Viney

Whether you’re new to applying makeup and just want a quick daytime look or you’re ready to take it to the next level and you want something sexy and smoky for a night out on the town. These tutorials will prepare you with the right products and tips to turn you from a novice to a pro in no time! (Day) The Perfect 3 Min. “on the go” Face watch?v=NDMnLl32lIM to view clip

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Andre Michael Photography is a

full-service, one-stop photography company specializing in capturing a visual legacy either instudio at Andre Michael Studios or onsite with location and event photography. With over 15 years of diverse experience with a variety of people, events and clients worldwide – models, celebrities, editorials, events and more, Andre Michael Photography offers flexible, customized, and full-service experiences. Whether you desire comp cards, editorials, location photography, advertising, retouching, headshots, or capturing a special event, Andre Michael Photography has the solution for you. Drove by decades of unsurpassed passion for photography, Andre Michael Photography believes in going the extra mile to get you what you want.


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Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick in Madame Tulipe $28.5

NARS Cosmetics Timanfaya pencil $25

By Malayka Viney


e’re all used to seeing women rock a red lip, but for spring let’s opt for a bright orange. It’s a great fresh alternative and it looks amazing with almost every skin tone. The options are endless when it comes to the brand, but don’t forget when rocking a bold lip Keep the rest of your makeup neutral, Stick to a matte finish, and Wear it with confidence!

Sephora Collection Color Lip Last- Orange Rocks $13

Maybelline New York Color Sensational

MAC Tangerine Dream $16

Bobbi Brown Lip color in Orange $25

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DARK MARKS by: Hailey Ray


ark marks are common among women of all shades. The causes of skin discoloration vary from burn scars to acne scars, reaction to a product or maybe from birth. Whatever the case may be there are a variety of solutions to fade or completely remove the blemish.

Ambi has many products that act in removing discoloration and is used by many women, including my grandmother who has used the product for years. They offer a whole line of products from foaming cleansers to daily moisturizers that also help prevent breakouts. I would caution those of us with sensitive skin, as well as those using the fade cream for their whole face as it does have bleaching agents.

Coco butter is a great natural product to aid in fading as well as prevention of stretch marks. Used overtime on the whole body it can sooth dry skin. It comes in many forms and strengths but I recommend 100% coco butter stick available at most drugstores. For an even more Natural remedy lemon juice can be applied directly to the skin or drunk with a glass of water. This is especially good for burns and acne scars, and drinking lemon water which has citric acid, kills bacteria that causes acne.

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Parris by: Malia Brown

“I am a dreamer. I am a go-getter. I am a believer in God, and in creating a life full of happiness that you want for your self. I’m always evolving, and I try to allow myself the space to evolve.” Photography by: A. Turner Archives Make-Up Artist- Starlynn Wardrobe Stylist- Zoe Battles Hair Stylist: Lisa Fuller

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ith a smile that could light up a room, and a presence that doesn’t go unnoticed, Teyonah Parris is a natural born star. Originally from South Carolina, Parris was a self- proclaimed tomboy and beauty queen striving to stand out from the crowd and distance herself from stereotypes. Parris is naturally fueled by an incredible amount of passion and drive to become a master of her craft, and she is definitely gaining the attention of audiences. “I am a dreamer. I am a go-getter. I am a believer in God, and in creating a life full of happiness that you want for your self. I’m always evolving, and I try to allow myself the space to evolve.” Unveiling her talents to the world in 2010, Parris demonstrated her versatility and wide range of skills in groundbreaking productions such as: the Great White Way and the Silver Screen. She also starred alongside Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def in the Broadway show “A Free Man Of Color”, and she starred in her first feature film “How Do You Know”, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd. “How Do You Know was my first paid gig. It was overwhelming in that it was my first movie, and I’m up here with an awardwinning actress, sharing the screen with her. It was a bit daunting, but it was a great shoe in to seeing what the world was like.” Not only is Parris popular in the film, television, and theatre industry, but she is also highly recognized in the natural hair community for her out of sight Afro’s, sultry up-do’s, and her close connection with encouraging women to embrace their natural beauty. Starting her transition back to her natural hair in 2009, Parris quickly realized that her journey encompassed more than just the metaphysical dilemmas of learning and growing out her hair. “As many women who transitioned from

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perm to natural know, that it’s never just about the hair. You discover a lot more about yourself, which I was not expecting. Learning what my standard of beauty was, and looking at yourself in the mirror and learning to be ok with what you see, is and was a process.” Out of all the amazing natural hairstyles that Parris has graced the red carpet with, her two favorite looks were from the 2013 SAG Awards, and this years Essence Black Women In Hollywood event designed by celebrity natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood. When Parris is not on the red carpet, she loves to rock her Afro puff, and she is a huge fan of the “As I Am” product line. As an actress working in the entertainment industry, Parris defies the norm with her appearance, and she exemplifies the beauty of natural hair and being comfortable in ones own skin. “You have to want to do it. You cannot want to do it because someone is telling you to or because you feel pressured to. It has to be something that you really want because that will give you a reason to always come back to when you have those moments of weakness and helplessness. Which is why I wanted this for myself. I’m not doing this for anybody else.” Casted as the first black employee at Don Draper’s law firm on AMC’s hit show Mad Men, Parris plays Dawn Chambers a sassy young woman who is trying to make her stamp on the world. “Dawn is a young woman of her time who is really just trying to get ahead. I don’t think that she is trying to cause any fuss in the process, or draw any attention to herself. It really is about the work and the quality of work, and making a name for herself in that

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way.” Parris was able to relate to her character on the show because just like Dawn, she is all about her work, and anything extra surrounding what naturally comes with being in the limelight, comes secondary to her. The Mad Men role came at a transition period in Parris’s life, when she was having a hard time landing roles. “I had moved to Los Angeles that January, and I hadn’t received any call backs or traction in the city. And, I said I think its time to go back to New York.” Just as she was beginning to make plans to move back to New York, she was casted to be on the show originally for one episode, which later evolved into a reoccurring role. “I was excited because I watched 1 or 2 episodes and I knew it was a well written show. My thoughts were that this is going to be great! They’re going to take their time with the character, and let it evolve organically.” This fall on Starz, Parris will be starring in

“Survivor’s Remorse”, which is executive produced by LeBron James. “Survivor’s Remorse” explores the world of a professional basketball player, and all the trials and tribulations that come a long with being a star athlete. Parris will be taking on the role of Missy, wife of Reggie Vaughn. “Missy is a very modern, takes no bull crap kind of woman. She is a wife, a graduate of Penn State, and she is very smart, and she knows what she wants. This role will definitely be a switch up from what we are used to seeing Parris in. The show is filmed in modern times, and Parris’s character Missy is definitely different from Dawn Chambers. Teyonah Parris is a star on the rise. Her amazing talent, determination, and work ethic will definitely catapult her to the top of the industry. She exemplifies a true artist, and she embodies the Natura woman—confident, fierce, and fabulous.

“My ultimate goal as an actress is to do great work. I want to do work of quality, and substance that people can relate to. I want to create art that speaks to people.” - Teyonah Parris

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MUSIC April 29

Styles P, ‘Phantom and the Ghost’ May 5

Chris Brown, ‘X’ May 6

Tech N9ne, ‘Collabos: Strangeulation’ Atmosphere, ‘Southsiders’ May 13

Ice Cube, ‘Everythang’s Corrupt’ IamSu!, ‘Sincerely Yours’ May 20

Blu, ‘Good to Be Home’ June 3

50 Cent, ‘Animal Ambition’ TBA

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Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life [Kindle Edition] Sarah Jakes Don’t let your past keep you from a full future. Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential megachurch pastors in the nation.

COMING SOON Publication Date:June 17, 2014 Forever an Ex: A Novel [Kindle Edition] Victoria Christopher Murray Three Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

MOVIES X-Men: Days of Future Past Friday, May 23, 2014

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Think Like A Man Too Friday, June 20, 2014

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Hercules Friday, July 25, 2014   

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. to view clip

22 Jump Street Friday, June 13, 2014

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Ledisi Anibade Young is an eight-

time Grammy-nominated American singer– songwriter and actress. Her first name means “to bring forth” or “to come here” in Yoruba. Ledisi is known for her jazz influenced vocals.

In 2007, Ledisi signed a major record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album in August of that year, titled Lost & Found, which sold almost 217,000 copies and earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist. In 2008, Ledisi released her Christmas album, It’s Christmas. In 2009, Ledisi released her fourth album Turn Me Loose, which earned her 2 more. Her new album “The Truth” is out now, She is also on tour with Robert Glasper in partnership the magazine “Essence” Grammy nominations. to view clip

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Full Name: Michael Bakari Jordan Birthday: February 9, 1987 From: Santa Ana, California Height: 5’11 ½ “(1.82 m) Hobbies: Cooking If you weren’t an actor what do you think your next career choice would be? “Honestly, I would probably be in the kitchen. My dad’s a chef, he caters, he run’s a food bank. I grew up around food, I grew up in the kitchen. I would have went to culinary school but I have a problem with authority and people telling me what to do [laughs] but I probably would have been in culinary school working on my own restaurant probably.” Favorite Sport: Basketball

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THE REVOLUTION By: Brianna Rhodes From music groups to alcoholic beverages, he has done it all. When Sean “Puffy” Combs, said, “Can’t stop, won’t stop” he meant it. The Entrepreneur, and business mogul has done it again, this time with a television network called Revolt TV. After teaming up with Time Warner Cable and Comcast, Revolt has been one of the largest launches in cable TV history when it was released in the fall. Being a big contributor to music, Combs designed Revolt TV as multimedia platform for a new generation of urban artists and entertainers. Released in fall 2013, the network keeps viewers updated on new music, news, and interviews. The program also focuses on live performances, talk shows, and television. Revolt TV covers it all. Combs developed Revolt with a mission to reach out and impact music and popular culture. The network is only available to Time Warner Cable customers and is one of the four new minority-owned independent networks distributed by the cable provider. Combs developed the network to reach out to urban artists, entertainers, and markets all over the United States. Since its release on October 21, 2013, Revolt has received a lot of buzz on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The network has gained a lot of success featuring popular artists such as Nas, Rick Ross, and Chris Brown. The slogan for the network is a great fit. Combs was confident that with the network, “The Revolution Will Be Televised” and since its release, it has. Natura Magazine - | 129

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o you love watching BET’s Being Mary Jane or The Game? What about one of black television’s classics, Girlfriends? If you do, Mara Brock Akil is the mastermind behind all of these great shows. Born in Kansas City and receiving her education from North Western University, Brock Akil started her writing career in 1994 on Fox’s network with a show called South Central. From that point on, the rest is history. Brock Akil is famous for bringing popularity to black television as a writer and producer working with shows such as Moesha and the The Jamie Foxx Show. Let’s not forget that she was the creator of Girlfriends and The Game. Brock Akil is known for giving African Americans a voice in mainstream Hollywood as she creates shows that reach out to people of color. Most of Brock Akil’s audience are African American women, as she wanted to focus on bringing the realities of black women’s lives to the small screen.

new groundbreaking show on BET called, Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union. Being Mary Jane is about a news anchor who deals with the struggle of managing her romantic life, job, and home life all on one plate. When the show first aired in July, it received 4 million views from viewers ranging from age 18 to 49. Brock Akil has been in the game for many years now, and she knows exactly what to do to make a show succeed. Brock Akil is not only a television producer and writer, but she also sees herself as being a sociologist as she learns to observe, study, and learn from women in her work. She likes to focus on the struggles and hardships that women face, and she brings these realities to the screen to show that all women deal with the same issues in their everyday lives. Brock Akil has not only even given black women a voice on television but, also in the African American community as a whole. And for that, we thank her for having such an impact on being a trailblazing writer and producer. html

Brock Akil has also worked for the big screen by taking on the role to help remake one of 1970’s popular film, Sparkle staring the great Whitney Houston. Sparkle was the last movie Houston starred in before she past. Now in 2014, Brock Akil, has a created a

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n an age where influence and reach is determined by the amount of followers one has on social media, Justine Skye effortlessly dominates the competition. The R&B singer-songwriter rose to notoriety simply by being herself and letting her undeniable vocal ability shine. In 2010, Justine covered Drake’s “Headlines” and racked up nearly two million You Tube views purely from word of mouth. Since then, Justine’s popularity has only grown with over 40,000 followers on both Tumblr and Instagram respectively. But if you ask the violet curly-haired chanteuse how she and her group of eclectic and creative friends continue to stand out and keep people’s attention, she’ll tell you its all organic. “We’re just being ourselves, living our lives and putting our pictures on the Internet. I think what people like most about me is that I keep it real. I’m just real with you.” Justine was 8 years old when her grandfather, Assemblyman N. Nick Perry of the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn, New York realized she had a gift. Justine accompanied Perry to political events where she would often sing the National Anthem and the Black National Anthem. However, Justine was still nervous about her talent. “I always knew I could sing, I just didn’t think I was that great because of all the other singers out there. In my mind, I was like ‘I’m just a girl from Brooklyn.’ “ Justine soon left her insecurities at the door. In 2010 she attended a BMI music panel with her mother, entertainment lawyer, Nova Perry, who has represented everyone from Eightball & MJG, Lloyd, Machine Gun Kelly and Eric Hudson. It was during the Q&A portion, Justine

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surprised everyone. “They were talking and I don’t even know what they were talking about but I just knew there were a lot of music executives. During the Q&A, I walked up, grabbed the mic, and I asked ‘Can I sing for you guys?’ they were like sure. I sang “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro and that’s when my mom realized I was serious about singing because that was really gutsy to do.” After wowing the panel, Justine began to make strides towards her career, which included vocal lessons and writing songs about her every day life, which she would then turn into songs. In 2012, Justine started working with producers August Rigo and Eric Hudson whose musical resume includes Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige. On the seven-track EP, which helped her ink a deal with Atlantic Records, Justine fuses traditional 90s soul, but also sprinkles in hip-hop, alternative and dub-step elements to create a unique sound unlike anything in today’s musical landscape. The free-flowing harmonies and relaxed beats are reflective of Justine’s calm, laid-back demeanor. When writing and recording, Justine said there’s no structure in the studio, she just does what came naturally to her. “August and Eric would ask me how I’ve been? How I’m feeling? Whatever mood I was in they would then create a beat around my mood, and we lay down melodies and start writing. We let it feel its ways out and once we have the melody and the beat then we start developing the story once the foundation has been established. It’s all random.” Justine also realizes the impact that she along with her music will have on other brown-skin girls. Justine isn’t naive to the fact that there aren’t a lot of entertainers who look like her, and hopes with her music, other girls will

learn to love themselves. “A lot of young girls come up to me and say I make them love their skin. A lot of dark-skin women feel insecure because they only really see the light-skin women in entertainment, you don’t see brown-skin women singing. If I can make it, I think it’ll give a lot more girls hope.” Justine is proof being yourself not only works, but is contagious. There’s no gimmick or planning behind her talent and relatable personality. Justine isn’t trying to impress; she’s just living her life. “I want people to know who I am I want people to know how I think. All my songs are personal. I just want people to connect to my music and to me.

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Being healthy, and staying fit is an essential part of life. Our diets and exercise habits, have a direct affect on our internal and external well being. Working out and staying healthy doesn’t have to be a drag! Turn the pages for recipes, tips, and learn an all new style of fitness. Natura Magazine - | 135

simple, fun, and they get the job done. Pole dancing and Strip Teases are also popular dances in the fitness world. This dance technique aims to boost confidence while also boosting your muscles. Pole dancing exercises focus on improving your upper and lower body strength. It’s a great activity to try with friends or for your own personal enjoyment. There are companies that sell poles that can be installed at home.

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ancing has become the hot new way to get in shape while having fun, and looking good while doing it. An exercise technique once taught exclusively by gym instructors, can now be done in the comfort of your own home. So, grab your girls and your cute workout clothes, and move your body the beat.

Twerking is one of the hottest dance exercises out! A dance technique that was once thought to only be executed at a social gathering , is now used as a great exercise to tighten your butt and twerk off the pounds. This exercise requires you to control your hip and butt muscles to the beat of the music.

Zumba is the best dance exercise for burning calories. This fitness sensation combines easy to learn dance moves, culture, and fitness into a fun experience. There are Zumba DVD’s available for your home enjoyment, and also video games offered on the Wii and Xbox Kinect that will work you out just as hard as you would in the gym with an instructor. Zumba classes are to view clip to view clip

Working out doesn’t have to be boring! Dancing is a great exercise technique for cardio and strength training. Move your body to the beat and Dance Your Way To Fitness. 

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Detox Water Detox Water is a popular trend right now. You’ll see people at work, the gym, or out on the street withabout their 75% concoctions. Detoxing a great Our body contains beverage, untilisnow thatway is. of getting rid of we toxins mostare common method of water. Whether likeinit the body. DetoxThe drinks a popular today is by ingredients which on you specific or not, water is aadding major key factor beverage thattake allows One thing is for certain,toyou knowyour thatbody, it haswhile to be in thejobs. efficiency of our bodies. cleanse beneficial if you drinkingsome it, who normally It hasvery an affect on the waysee people also adding flavor to don’t drink a lotwork, of water. our internal organs and your water. For every recipe also on our skin. Water has there are different benefits. For every recipe, there are different areyou always had the reputation Here arebenefits. some justHere to get somea boring just to get youofstarted.started. of being choice

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This is beneficial when you are trying to get that flat tummy. 2 liters water (Flush out toxins in the body and hydrate our body) 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (Helps cleanse out your Sassy Water system, aids in digestion, and This is beneficial when settles your stomach.) you are trying to get 1 medium cucumber, thinly that flat tummy. sliced (Makes for excellent rehydration, and it contains 2 liters water (Flush anti-inflammatory properties, out toxins in the body Combine all ingredients in a as well.) and hydrate our body) large pitcher and let flavors 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon freshly gratedblend ginger (Helps cleanse overnight. (stimulates the digestive track, out your system, aids in digestion, and settles stimulates bile production, and your stomach.) flat-belly-diet/flat-belly-diet-and-sassythins out bile, which allows it to water?page=2 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced (Makes for flow more freely.) There are many different excellent rehydration, and it contains anti12 mint leaves (Mint adds nice variations inflammatory properties, as well.)you can try. Overall, refreshing flavor and helps you this is a(stimulates great way to increase 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced the digest more effectively. Mint of water andand stay digestive track, stimulates your bileintake production, also helps relax cramped up healthy. thins out bile, which allows it to flow more stomach muscles.) freely.) 12 mint leaves (Mint adds nice refreshing flavor YouTube Videos: and helps you digest more effectively. Mint also helps relax cramped up stomach muscles.) Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and let flavors blend overnight. Lemon Water Detox - Health Benefits of Jillian Michaels Lemonare Water tox Water There many different variations you can try. https://www. Overall, this is a to great way view clitohttps://www. p increase your intake of water and stay healthy.

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Juice It!!


by: Chelsee Pompey

Juicy Details on Juicing for Healthier Living

n apple a day, keeps the doctors away and so does all the other fruits, and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are a vital part of the diet. They are universally known to provide the nutrients, vitamins, and other important supplements that promote healthier living. recommends that half of your plate contain fruits and vegetables. Let’s face it, no one can afford to neglect the health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. They lower the risk of a number of diseases and have little to no calories and fats. With such a positive reputation you would think people would eat tons of fruits and vegetables but they are actually disliked by many. Parents struggle to get their children to eat them, college students survive on pizza, and many fast food restau-

rants don’t even offer them. With the world moving at a rapid speed it can be hard to fit in your necessary food groups, well this is before juicing became popular. Juicing extracts the juice from whole fruits and vegetables. It basically puts all of the vitamins and minerals of whole fruits and vegetables in liquid form. Juicing isn’t any more beneficial than eating fresh fruits and vegetables but it does serve as a great alternative. It also makes digesting the fruits and vegetables a lot easier. Juicing can reduce the risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help remove toxins from the body, and help you lose weight also. As you know, for every pro there has to be a con. Some of the cons of juicing include the lack of fiber, side ef-

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fects, and food safety. Juicing removes the natural fibers necessary for lowering cholesterol levels, preventing constipation, and providing nutrients that digest slowly and make us feel full faster. Some side effects of juicing, if not done correctly, include vomiting, diarrhea, and foodborne illness. It is recommended that you wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly and drink your juice as soon as possible to prevent these side effects. Because the drink is raw and has not been put through a pasteurization process it shouldn’t be stored for later use. Juicing can be time consuming. But once you get the hang of it you will notice the decrease in the time it takes you to juice. You can look up recipes online or create your own delicious mix. watch?v=OzID275GIcI

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Black Girls RUN! was launched in 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks (pictured in the top photo) created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the AfricanAmerican community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. Since it’s humble beginnings, Black Girls RUN! has launched more than 70 Black Girls RUN! running groups across the nation with 65,000+ members. The groups range from the most novice to the most experienced runner in hopes to educate African-American women about health and fitness and provide a support system to help them reach their goals. 140 | Natura Magazine -

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Three Cheese Mac and Cheese Author: Alison Ball Cook time 1 hour 30 mins Total time 1 hour 30 mins Serves: 4-6 Ingredients

8 ounces elbow macaroni 3 ounces bacon (about 3 strips), sliced crosswise into ½-inch pieces 1½ teaspoons minced garlic 3 eggs 1½ cups evaporated milk ½ teaspoon salt, plus more for the pasta water ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 11/2 cups) 2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated (about ½ cup) 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about ½ cup)

Instructions Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Inactive time: 10 minutes Total: 38 minutes 1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. 2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until just tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, and set aside. 3. While the pasta is cooking, heat a small sauté pan over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain the fat from the bacon-garlic mixture, and transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. 4. Add the drained macaroni to the bacon mixture, and stir to combine. 5. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and evaporated milk together. Add the 1 /2 teaspoon salt, cayenne, nutmeg, and grated cheeses, and mix well. Add the macaroni-bacon mixture, and stir well to blend. 6. Transfer the macaroni to an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish or gratin dish of similar size. Using a spoon, gently spread the mixture to form an even layer. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the macaroni and cheese from the oven and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Savory Spring Recipes

Spicy Chicken Tagine Ingredients 1 orange 4 chicken thighs, 4 chicken breasts, halved, skinless but bone-in 2 tsp. kosher salt ½ tsp. ground black pepper 2 cups chicken stock 2-3 tbsp. harissa (if you don’t like things too spicy, limit to 2) 2 tbsp. sweet paprika 1 tbp. cumin 1 tsp. turmeric 1 preserved lemon, cut into small wedges 10 whole garlic cloves, peeled 2 fennel bulbs, cut into ½-inch thick wedges 2 leeks, light green and white parts only, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces, divided in two parts Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the ends off the orange and stand the fruit on one flat end. slice off the orange peel with as little of the white pith as possible and put aside. Squeeze juice from the orange; you should get about ¼ cup — top up to one cup with extra store-bought orange juice. Season the chicken pieces with salt & pepper. Put the chicken stock, orange juice, harissa, paprika, cumin and turmeric into a large Dutch oven. Mix well. Put in preserved lemon, orange peel, garlic cloves, fennel, leeks, and ½ the mint. Add the chicken pieces and toss everything together until well coated. Cook covered for 1½ hours. Turn chicken pieces over and mix again and cook for another hour. Remove the lid and bring the pot to the table and sprinkle remaining mint leaves on top. The chicken meat will just fall from the bone. Serve with wedges of crusty bread Spring Green Onion Soup Author: Alison Ball Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (optional) 12 bunches scallions (finely chopped) 5 garlic pieces (minced) ½ inch ginger (peeled and chopped) Salt and freshly-ground black pep per, to taste 5 cups vegetable broth Instructions In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, add olive oil and coconut oil then add the green onions, garlic, ginger. Sauté for a few minutes, until the onions are softened, then add broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Puree with hand-held blender until smooth, and heat gently (do not boil). Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve warm. Natura Magazine - | 143

STAY FIT WITH FIVE Spring Cocktails

Pineapple Delight: 170 calories 2 oz. SKYY Infusions Coconut 2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple 2 oz. Club soda Splash of pineapple juice Squeeze of lemon Mix in a shaker and pour over ice in a tall glass; garnish with sliced pineapple.

Skinny Bloody Mary: 117 calories 1 1/2 ounces vodka 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 4 ounces V8 light 2 teaspoons lemon juice Dash of salt and pepper Celery stalk & lime for garnish A few drops of hot sauce (optional) Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.

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Skinny Pear Margarita: 90 calories 1-ounce tequila 1/2 ounce of peach nectar Few squeezes of fresh limejuice Citrus zest for garnish Combine all ingredients in a shaker and pour into martini glass then garnish with lime.

Strawberry Mojito: 95 calories 8 ounces club soda 1 ounce white rum 10 mint leaves 4 sliced strawberries 4 lime slices (1/2 of lime) 1 tsp. agave syrup Ice Combine all ingredients, serve over ice.

Skinny Sangria: 173 calories 4 sliced apples 4 sliced oranges 1 pound of grapes, halved 3 bottles white wine 1 can diet lemon-lime soda 1 can club soda Combine all ingredients in to a large pitcher. Chill. Serves 16 at 173 calories per serving.

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Forever Jones is a Christian gospel group formed by husband and wife DeWitt and Kim Jones and their five children. Husband and wife DeWitt and Kim Jones grew up in Washington and came from musical backgrounds in their families. They had been writing songs since the 90s. DeWitt enjoyed some success as a songwriter when singer Ron Kenoly recorded DeWitt’s song “Use Me” for the 1994 album God Is Able. The song has since become a staple in many churches and has been covered several times, most notably by the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.


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Finding your gift and

using it

by: Hailey Ray

It’s an important part of life to find your special gift, and put it to good use. While it may sound cliché everyone has a gift. It could be a more obvious one like singing or dancing, or maybe something more hidden like the ability to stay cool under pressure or taking care of others. Whatever the case may be in order to figure this out, you have to take a look at your quality’s and preferences in order to know what you’re working with, and then how you will use it. What do you spend most of your time doing? When I was younger I was always a little more advanced than the average adolescent. If it wasn’t a website, book club, magazine, or business idea then I was probably working on trying to be the youngest person to write a best selling novel. Long story short I was always planning, writing and creating, which isn’t something that everyone likes to do or is good at. Look at the things you spend most of your time on throughout life, even if some of the projects are incomplete. What are the things people constantly compliment? Maybe you are the next biggest success story in your field. (Personality Quiz:

What do you hate to do…I mean really hate. Just as important as it is to find what you love, and it also important to discover what you don’t. Now if your one of those people that hate everything, then think in terms of tolerable an intolerable. I have always hated math. It just is one of those things that makes me feel extremely

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uncomfortable, upset and confused, which may sound dramatic but it’s right on. Because of this fact, I know that I could never have been happy being a scientist or doctor because it requires so much math. Think about the areas of life that you just cannot picture yourself doing for more than 3 minutes and gear far, far away. (Career Quiz:

Once you know what you are good at, its important not to squander it away by not using it or getting into foolishness. When people don’t think they’re good at anything, sometimes they just look for pleasure and acceptance in harmful ways. Even if you are not the best at what you believe your special gift is, continue to work at it everyday and learn from someone who is. No one started out at the top of the game without a little hard work and determination.

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Natura Magazine Spring 2014  

Natura Magazine is an online publication/natural hair blog that celebrates natural hair and healthy lifestyle living. The main purpose of th...

Natura Magazine Spring 2014  

Natura Magazine is an online publication/natural hair blog that celebrates natural hair and healthy lifestyle living. The main purpose of th...