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[Ed. note: Vintage Vixen is a new addition to the content family. In this section, you will find articles from Vixen's print days that are trendsetting and still the definition of sexy.]

Stacks? So passe. Finger wave? Not so much. And don’t even mention the Jheri curl. The ‘80s left a host of dated hairstyles in its wake, yet somehow, the weave endured, despite the “horse tail” jokes, men who desired the real thing, and academics who suggested it was a sign of wanting to be white. Weaves survived to become a multi-billion-dollar business around the globe. Modern weaves originated when one creative Ohio housewife, Christina Jenkins, invented and then patented an alternative to wigs in 1950. Throughout the 1960’s these bulky hair pieces were generally worn by chemotherapy patients and people with alopecia, a skin disease that causes hair loss. But by the 80’s, weaves beat out the once booming wig industry as the leading hair embellish-er. Today, large numbers of black women wear some kind of extensions, with some boldly changing looks the way others switch handbags. Weaves have a history as strong as the techniques used to put them in- whether sewn, braided, bonded, or glued. Lets take a look back on some weave trends throughout the years. --Ayana Byrd (VIBE Vixen, Spring 2005)

Big AND BAD: The 80’s
In the decade that ushered in the Gumby, asymmetric cuts, and hair bands, big bold weaves were a natural fit. For ladies who wanted to conjure a little Vanity 6, weaves provided what genetics may have denied them. Two bundles of hair and the right-technician and any look became possible. These weaves were teased and voluminous, often with an S-Curl wave. Back then you always knew when a woman had a weave. It was impossible to find a black woman in Hollywood without one. Janet traded her innocent press and curl Different Strokes look for “Miss Jackson if you’re nasty” weave. She was joined by legions, including Robin Givens, Lisa Bonet (whose hair seemed like it was a different length in almost every episode of A Different World) and Tisha Campbell and her crew of “wannabes” in School Daze. And with waist length tresses on supermodels like Iman and Naomi Campbell, the pages of magazines were soon filled with weaves, too.

Let’s Chill: The ’90’s
As the last decade of the millennium rolled in, the volume of big hair was turned down a few notches. Away went the industrial strength mousse and sprays, and stacks died a quiet death. Even Patti LaBelle clipped her follicular wings. yet in the face of Halle Berry and Toni Braxton- style short cuts, the weave showed its staying power. Straighter, sleeker looks took over where big hair left off. By the end of the decade, more than 1.3 million pounds of human hair were imported into the U.S. annually. Ironically just when it seemed almost believable that women could have grown the hair they were swinging, people to started come out the closet. With women like Tyra Banks and Toni Braxton professing about their weaves women overcame the fear of knowing someone knew about their hair.

A MultiCulti Hair Odyssey: The ’00’s
Schools, housing, and radio may still be segregated, but as we move farther into the new century, the hair weave industry is living Dr. King’s dream. Whether it was teens in the suburbs who wanted a little more bounce in their bobs or Britney Spears onstage with an extra bundle of blond, white women have literally attached themselves to the style like never before. As this rainbow coalition of the willing keeps the technique alive, black women have started to look beyond the lengthy, straight styles that have long been weave favorite. Once the hoopla from Erykah Badu’s dreadlock extensions died down, women in Harlem, Oakland, London, and Paris began experimenting with weaves of kinky hair.

Who knows what the future of weave may hold but if you believe it than you can weave it!

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Singer Whitney Houston is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Whitney Houston's Close Friend Robyn Crawford Details Romantic Relationship In New Memoir

Whitney Houston's personal life has been explored ten times over since her untimely passing in 2012 but one of her closest friends wants to share with the world the Whitney she knew and ultimately fell in love with.

In excerpts to People Wednesday (Nov. 6), Robyn Crawford presents a strong bond between the two in her new memoir, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. The singer and Crawford met in their youth while working at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey. From there, their friendship blossomed into something more romantic. With homophobia running rampant in the 80s, Crawford says they never looked at labels but enjoyed the experiences they shared together.

“We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay,” writes Crawford. “We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”

As their journey continued, Whitney's star began to rise which put allegedly put their romance on ice. “She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore,” writes Crawford. "Because it would make our journey even more difficult. She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us....and back in the ’80s, that’s how it felt. I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”

Whitney's relationship with Crawford was mentioned in the 2018 documentary Whitney. Created by the singer's estate, the film focused on the singer's legacy and didn't include first-hand accounts from Crawford. Family members were weary of their special friendship.

"I’ve never seen them do anything but I know that she was something that I didn’t want my sister to be involved with," Whitney's brother Gary stated in the documentary.

But Crawford is finally ready to tell her own story while "lifting" Houston's legacy.

“I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship,” she tells People. "I'd come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston is expected to hit bookshelves this fall.

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Keke Wyatt Announces That She's Pregnant With Her Tenth Child

Keke Wyatt has news to share that concerns expanding her family tree. On Monday (Oct. 14), the "If Only You Knew" singer revealed that she's pregnant with her tenth child.

"My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy!" she wrote on Instagram. "We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family."

The vocalist continued to state that fans can follow her pregnancy journey on her YouTube series The Keke Show where she gives an intimate look at how she balances her career and motherhood.


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My husband Zackariah Darring and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our new bundle of joy! We are excited to welcome the 10th addition to our beautiful family. Stay tuned for the release date & information for my new YouTube Series “The Keke Show” where you will see me balancing Wife, Mommy and Artist!!! Trust me.. it’s never a dull moment with my family. Love ya sugars💋💋💋 photo credit: @keever_west Styled/Designed by: @keever_west Asst: @freddyoart

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In an interview with The Christian Post, Wyatt said she believes she has "an anointing with motherhood" and looks at her children as fuel to keep striving in her career.

"I just don't believe in shutting down. I believe in that's what the Lord had for me," she said. "Babies don't get in the way of careers, we get in the way of careers. If that's what the Lord had for me from the very beginning, there's nothing nobody can do and nobody can say."

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Summer Walker's Debut Album Inspires Drake To Write New Music

Summer Walker's debut album Over It has everyone's heart aflutter, including Drake.

Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.


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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

Things have been looking great for the singer. Her album has topped Spotify and YouTube since it's release Friday and is expected to make a nice debut on Billboard's 200 charts.

Get to know the men behind Love Renaissance in our feature, LVRN's Reebok Collaboration Showcases Atlanta's Influence In Fashion.


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