Published on 12 August 2016 by Afrocks

Natural Hair In The Workplace: Let’s Keep Challenging The Euro-centric Idea Of Beauty


Black women with natural hair are unprofessional.

Well, at least that’s what you could believe if you submitted a Google search for “unprofessional hairstyles”. The images produced by the search are almost all of black woman with natural hair. As well as Google hitting the headlines earlier this year, the BBC also published an article about a black woman who was asked not to wear her natural hair to work and was encouraged to wear weave.

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Published on 10 July 2016 by Afrocks

Promoting Black Business: Calabash Of Culture Vegan Cafe in Sydenham, A Must-Go!

Whilst we are still waiting to officially launch Afrocks – our brand new website that will connect you with Natural Hair Stylist in Your Area (you can register to get notify when we launch) – and following our blog post on 26 freakin cool UK black owned businesses: here is a new episode! A quick video at the Calabash of Culture in Sydenham.

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Published on 6 July 2016 by Afrocks

26 Cool UK Black Owned Businesses We Picked Up From Twitter Hashtag #UKBlackOwnedBusinesses

Back in March when I was right inside the twists and turns of setting up Afrocks and getting the word out, I was already thinking about writing a fantastic blog post about Black owned businesses. Now is probably the right time: there is great hashtag going viral on Twitter #UKBlackOwnedBusinesses featuring literally hundreds of dedicated black people doing their thing. Here is a list of the most creative, fun, cool Black Owned businesses we found through this amazing hashtag!
PS: This is has been put together by the Afrocks team based on our own criteria, which are of course subjective. It doesn’t mean that other businesses not listed below aren’t good…

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Published on 11 June 2016 by Afrocks

41 Incredible Photos From AfroPunk Fest 2016 in Paris

You missed it!

Don’t worry, we gathered the best photos of the Fest for you! There are some pretty amazing style that will inspire you for sure!

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Published on 20 May 2016 by Afrocks

Let’s Big Up Ourselves With The Caribbean Justice Alliance!

Psssit, guess what is happening in Dominica right now… a revolution in modern storytelling, an assertion of a Caribbean radical subjectivity… We are getting our own superheroes oui. If you are into comics and animes, you are in for a treat with The Caribbean Justice Alliance project. What we like about this work is first of all the relatability of the characters. They are Caribbean and they rock natural hair in all shapes, styles and shades, just like you would find in the streets of Port of Spain, Bridgetown or Basseterre. Secondly, teenagers are fighting along with adults. This intergenerational cooperation makes it dynamic and progressive. We do not know exactly who the enemy is, but we can speculate that a team of proud black superheroes fighting along their youths is there to dismantle something big… like Babylon (Irie). We have to speculate because the creative team: Albert Pierre, Sean Francis and Daniel Pond, is keeping a tight seal on the story line. However they gave us indications on the characters, their powers and relationships and it sounds awesome! (they are such a tease). Here is what we gathered!

Similarly to most series with a plethora of characters — X Men, Naruto or Fairy Tale– there is a leader, in our case Lieutenant Yurumei from St Vincent, who dispatches the missions according to the hero’s power. The characters are indeed numerous and diverse with clear personality traits which presuppose great storylines!

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Published on 29 April 2016 by Afrocks

[Infographic] 13 Natural Hair, Black Beauty & Self-Confidence Quotes That Will Strengthen Your Soul

Sometimes you feel down. You lose confidence, or you feel like you will never going to make it. Some other times, you don’t feel beautiful when you look at yourself in the mirror, and are overwhelmed by self-confidence issues, deeply rooted inside your heart – affecting your soul.
Keep your Head up! Some of our greatest people fought the good fight for you – us! Read what they have to say.

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Published on 25 April 2016 by Afrocks

16 Natural Hair & Black Cultural Events You Haven’t Seen on Buzzfeed

Too busy to look for some pretty cool Natural Hair and/or Afro-Caribbean cultural events and festivals around? Afraid not, the Afrocks team have put together a list of events happening around the world (for those who love travelling!) for you to enjoy! There are some pretty cool stuff so it’s time to get excited!

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Published on 23 April 2016 by Afrocks

The Words We Use: What Google Can Teach You About Unprofessional Hairstyle and Self Love

I don’t know if you have come across this little story that has been going around the internet lately. It started on Tumblr and then moved over to Twitter and claimed that Google Image Search is racist. The reason for this is that if you do an image search for “unprofessional hairstyles” it only returns images of black women but if you look for “professional hairstyles” it will return only images of white women.

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Published on 12 April 2016 by Afrocks

6 Tips to Make the Best of Muay Thai When You Wear Locs

Muay Thai has been and is still part of my life, even if I am not training at a professional level anymore. For those who are not too familiar, Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is the a traditional martial art, form of close-combat and (now) national sport from Thailand. It is also referred to as the art of 8 limbs (using 8 points of contact as weapon – fists, elbows, knees and feet). There are still debates over Muay Thai history and heritage but most sources agree that it was used back in the 17th century by Thai warriors on the battlefield.

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Published on 29 March 2016 by Afrocks

The Problem with Natural Hair ‘Problems’ : 3 Things That Gets Me Thinking

That’s it, we have decided to put the relaxer away. We hardly wear weaves and wigs these days, and when we do, it is a protective method or a way to experiment with new looks or colours without damaging our hair. Yes, we are embracing ourselves, yes we are proud of our heritage and yes, we are beautiful black women… However, this newfound love for our hair needs to be alert and proactive because, I feel that the self-depreciating habits that we have all acquired through our socialisation or the constant exposure to the mainstream canons of beauty, can easily sneak their way on our path to self-validation.

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