Beauty & Aesthetic

Beauty and aesthetic looks at the continuous conversations around identity, self-presentation, and social performance; and the traditions, rituals and self-care methods in maintaining these activities. From grooming habits to dialogue around skin, this section explores outer glows and the illumination within.

9 Tips for mothers who take their sons to the barbershop | The Grooming Blueprint

Mothers take their sons to the barbershop more times than we know. Some are experts, while others are still figuring out how to get the best service. These essential tips can help you.

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Beard season and blackout disasters | Male Grooming

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It’s cold, and as the bruhs on the block say, “It’s beard season.” With the popularity of the dye-craze of blackouts, silently men are suffering for a style that’s not a good look for their health.

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Film stylist and image strategist, Nia Hooper-Mason, cultivates sisterhood in consulting

From Brooklyn to Hollywood then back home, a career in styling never prevents Nia Hooper-Mason from growing her tribe.

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Black Panther movie inspires conversation around African architecture | Podcast

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Ark Republic’s first podcast interviews Nmadili Okwumabua, an urban planner and founder of research company, Sub Sahara. As a professor and researcher who travels between Atlanta and Abuja, Okwumabua advocates to expand and develop modern African architecture.

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Toledo women’s group declares an ‘International Hijab Day’

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Turban, tignon, gele, veil, duku, head scarf, al-amira, hijab—all traditions from different parts of the world in which women adorn their crowns.

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Crown and Glory: Miss Universe 2017’s second runner up sports natural during competition

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The world continues to fall in love with  Davina Bennet, who receives accolades for wearing her natural hair for the prestigious pageant.

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