BET Honors “Black Girls (Who) Rock”.

This year’s Black Girls Rock was one of my absolute favorites because some Black women were honored that I truly believe deserved to be recognized for their excellence in what it is that they do. Excellence. It is something many strive for but achieved by very few because excellence often times takes a great amount of work. Many of us want to “do” but don’t want to “do the work” necessary to achieve the greatness that we sit in audiences or in our living rooms to view. Most of us may just feel like we can’t withstand the pressure or the sheer nerve that it takes to be great. The comfort zone does not exist when you are standing on stage in front of thousands to perform or stand in a boardroom to pitch a brilliant idea. Achievers like Beyonce and many of her performer peers assume a personality for the stage. We have come to learn that her Alter Ego’s name is “Sasha Fierce”. She assumes an entire persona necessary to take charge and take the stage. In reality, the Alter Ego is probably very much more her actual personality than anything else. You don’t achieve greatness by just being able to perform on stage. A woman like her exude the same type of fierceness and grabs the reigns behind the scene as well.

A look at some of my favorites from “Black Girls Rock”:

brandy

Brandy’s performance was amazing and she looked fantastic.

tracee

Tracee was the hostess with the mostest. She did a wonderful job, as per usual.

kelly

Ok Ms. Rowland. Come through.

monica

Monica and her little baby girl looked like angels.

danai

Danai’s speech was spectacular.

rihanna

My favorite Bajan lady, Rihanna, told the girls to just be themselves. Message.

gladysknight

Ms. Gladys Knight was honored and she performed a medley of hits. Loved it!

honorees

The honorees stood on stage together at the close of the show and Ms. Shonda was beaming.

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Can we take a minute to just acknowledge how great Jazmine’s performance was and she is serving face and hair.

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My Braid Crush

Winter is the season for Protective Styles and there are a few ladies who we have been slaying braided styles lately. Braids don’t just serve as a great way to protect your natural hair from everyday wear and tear but it is also a fun way to switch things up. I’m not a fan of sitting the length of time for styles like micro-braids to get installed, upwards of 4 to 6 hours, so I’m more of a cornrow type of girl. In less than 30 minutes or an hour you are transformed into a braided goddess. I’m always down for that.

These are some of my favorite styles spotted on our favorite celebs:

Megan

Megan Goode completely rocked the heck out of these faux locs. I know, they aren’t braids but they count in my book.

gabunionbraids

Gabrielle, oh how I love thee and these micro braids. She is a better woman than me because my patience is not set up in a manner that allows for me to elver wear this style.

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JanelleMonet

Classic plaits on a classic woman. Janelle Monet looks great.

Kim

Yes, I’m adding Kim’s cornrows! We all know about these straightbacks. It is the Black woman’s go to for giving birth, after giving birth, vacation, or just a great Summer style. Someone put Kim onto the low maintenance greatness of the cornrow.

brandy

Brandy has been serving red hot braided styles since Moesha. We can always depend on her for some great looks.

Amandla

Amandla is new to me. She’s young and fearless with her hair and I love that. Here she wears the root braided and the rest of the hair loose. The choice of grey hair is very today.

Zoe

Zoe’s braids have almost become a staple style for her. She is inspired by her mother’s style and I’m here for it.

YAra

Blackish’s Yara did a braid combo. Loving the idea of braiding the single strand micro braids into a fishtail style.  

keke

Keke Palmer is the queen of switching things up. She goes from short to long and from weaves to braids. Love these funky twists.

We can’t possibly leave out these ole long skinny cornrows worn by Beyonce in “Formation”. Giving Susan Taylor realness.

 

Are you wearing a braided style? What type of style are you rocking and why?

Box Braid BossGirls. Your Favorite Celeb Rocking Box Braids Now!

Janet Jackson made this braided style immortal in the movie, “Poetic Justice”. In reality, this style was boss before Janet even rocked it and it continues to stand the test of time. Box Braids can be long and playful or short and serious (perfect office style).  These celeb beauties are currently rocking the mess out of box braids. They are using their Instagram feeds to show off and show out because these styles  are worthy of mentioning.

Some Reasons Why We Love Box Braids:

The style is versatile. It can be chic and sexy all at the same time.

It is so darn neat!

It goes with every outfit you can imagine. You can be the boho girl one day or the office head the next.

Brandy darn near grew up rocking the box braid. We loved Moesha in the box braid and we love Brady in the box braid. Here she is wearing the Marley Twist Still love it!.

Brandy darn near grew up rocking the box braid. We loved Moesha in the box braid and we love Brady in the box braid. Here she is wearing the Marley Twist Still love it!.

The Box Braids on Brandy. Find her on IG as 4everbrandy.

The Box Braids on Brandy. Find her on IG as 4everbrandy.

Estelle looks like a Nubian Goddess in a crown. Bella! IG: Estelledarlings

Estelle looks like a Nubian Goddess in a crown. Bella! IG: Estelledarlings

We are used to seeing Keke in long, flawy hair but these braids are a keeper. IG: Kekepalmer

We are used to seeing Keke in long straight hair but these braids are a keeper. IG: Kekepalmer

K Michelle is a soul singer who is not afraid to experiment with length or color. The braids are a change of pace and she looks beautiful wearing it. IG: Kmichellemusic

K Michelle is a soul singer who is not afraid to experiment with length or color. The braids are a change of pace and she looks beautiful wearing it. IG: Kmichellemusic

We love Wynter's music and style. she recently donned this chunky box braid and she made it all her own, sexy! IG: Wyntergordon

We love Wynter’s music and style. she recently donned this chunky box braid and she made it all her own, sexy! IG: Wyntergordon

So, Which one is your favorite box braid style? I wanna know.

Photos: Instagram