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Danai Gurira couldn’t be prouder of her Zimbabwe roots. In fact, when she’s not fighting bad guys on The Walking Dead, Gurira enjoys writing plays that tell untold stories of African women. “I wanted to see women of African descent really get to have a workout onstage,” she told the wall Street Journal. And, of course the Zimbabwean-American actress rocks a TWA unlike any other.
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Perhaps YaYa Dacosta’s confidence comes from her thankfulness. “Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I’m smiling, sometimes I’m giving thanks for all the things I have, rather than worrying about the things I don’t,” the natural haired actress told the blog Doo Bop during an interview.
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Always full of laughs and smiles, the eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee is a motivational speaker who has held self-esteem workshops nationwide for young girls. We love her courage and her constant reminder that beauty starts within.
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Not only does Tia have great self-esteem on and off camera, but the actress also encourages her son to have it too. Last year when fans criticized Cree’s hairstyle, she took to Instagram and let everyone have it. “I am proud to have a SON that embraces his natural hair :). Hair length does not define your sex. Last I checked a penis and a vagina does. Pick up a book, educate yourself, and embrace cultures outside of your own and maybe you will see that there are PLENTY of MEN wearing top knots and MEN with long hair. Here’s a shout out to all the moms who have boys and girls with natural hair!”
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Leave it to Lauryn to tell it like it is! Remember her rant about racism, slavery on her tumblr page? “When you are beaten and penalized for being independent, or truly self reliant, then you develop a dysfunctional relationship with self-reliance, and a fear of true independence,” says the singer. We love her attitude!
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We love the hair scene in Belle where Mbatha-Raw wasn’t afraid to depict a young girl’s struggles with hair combing. Check it out here.
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