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Who Said Black Girls Can't Grow Long Hair?

From the time I was a little girl, I've always had a fascination with long hair. Tying a towel, nightgown, or scarf to my head and vigorously whipping it from side to side was a regular playtime occurrence.

Maybe it had something to do with envy, but the one thing that always stood in the back of my mind was just how fast and just how long my Latina and White friends' hair would grow. I couldn't quite figure it out, but at a young age I came to the conclusion that Black girls just didn't achieve that kind of length. Looking around me, it was an easy assumption to make. My own hair was curly and baby fine, and at its longest, went just past my shoulders. My younger sister was the opposite, with immensely thick, kinky strands, but even her locks wouldn't reach past the tipping point. Just about everyone in my family, including my Black friends, had short or medium-length hair, so it was safe to conclude that super-long, natural Black hair didn't exist.

I was so accustomed to seeing weaves on almost every Black woman, that I used to believe that Black girls just had some kind of genetic predisposition to shorter hair. Some say that this seeming phenomenon is a result of the damage we do to our hair on a regular basis. Relaxers, heating tools and other instruments of hair torture are to blame for us not being able to achieve great lengths. And maybe it's just the fact that our texture is deceiving to the eye, since tightly wound coils don't always tell the truth about length. Regardless, it wasn't until later on in life that I began to realize that Black girls do, in fact, grow long hair without the assistance of a weave or mixed blood, both of which is believed to be the only ways in which a brown girl's hair could crawl down her back. I can remember being a young adolescent and coming across a Black girl just about my age with over 15 inches of hair and literally being in a state of awe. It was truly a rare sight for me, as strange as that might sound.

After that, I started to see more and more women of my complexion with hair like Naomi Campbell . . . except that it was real. This just goes to show that hair length can be a powerful thing. As women, we are made to believe that hair is an extension (no pun intended) of our beauty and inherent femininity, and that without it, we're not as beautiful as our lighter-skinned counterparts. Something so insignificant tends to hold an overwhelming amount of weight, driving us to unnatural, enhancing measures.  I now know that our hair has the ability to get as long as it wants, but some people's hair just stops at certain points--Latinas, Whites and Asians included--and looks good either way.

-Princess Glover

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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