Dame Dash Files For Full Custody, Claims Rachel Roy Pulled A Knife On Him

Well, that escalated quickly. After news broke of Dame Dash owing Rachel Roy $42K in child support, the former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO upped the ante by seeking full custody of their two daughters and claims that his ex-wife is batsh*t crazy.

TMZ reports:

Damon Dash’s not about to give up custody of his daughters to an ex-wife he claims drove drunk with one of the girls, stole diamonds from him, and threatened to cut him with a knife.

Jay Z’s ex Roc-a-Fella partner filed docs demanding full custody of 15-year-old Ava and 6-year-old Tallulah — and laid out some terrifying allegations about the girls’ mother Rachel Roy.

In the docs, Dash says Roy threatend his life on several occasions — once by throwing plates at him, and also by pulling a knife on him. He says sometimes the threats came in front of little Tallulah.

Dash paints a “Mommie Dearest” image of Roy — saying he witnessed her driving drunk with Tallulah in the car — and adds he’s heard heated arguments between Ava and her mom … where they call each other “bitch” and get physical.

Roy’s also one helluva a jewel thief, according to Dash. In the docs, he says she stole 2 diamond chains — worth $10k each — and a suitcase. Not your Samsonite either … it’s a Bottega Veneta worth $5k!

And Dash says he’s been blacklisted at Tallulah’s fancy L.A. private school, Buckley … because Roy told the school he’s not allowed to see or pick up their daughter.

As we previously reported … Roy accused Damon of being an unfit Dad for a slew of reasons. She filed for a restraining order, which was granted.

Sorry Dame, that’s definitely considered kidnapping in a court of law, sir. In any case, this legal situation is bound to get stickier.

Photo: Flashpoint/WENN

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Fabolous Spits Flames On “Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta F*ck Wit (Freestyle)” [LISTEN]

Fabolous continues to blaze tracks in his #FridayNightFreestyles series. This time, he snatches Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F*ck Wit”

Hear the Brooklyn rapper’s latest bars below. Also, be sure to check out last week’s release.

Photo: YouTube

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Nana from Virginia // Type 4 Natural Hair

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What is your name and where are you from?
N: My Name is Nana Agyemang. I am from Ghana but live in Virginia.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
N: I have been natural for 5years. Being a dancer in college put a lot of stress on my hair. I would be in practice 3-5 days a week. My hair would be sweaty and I was adding lots of heat in my hair and my leave out .Consequently, my hair began to break off. A friend of mine encouraged me to start wearing full head weaves to protect my hair. I did that for about 6 months and when it was time for my next installment, my friend said “your hair is practically natural. You only have a little perm ends left– let’s just cut it off.” I became fully natural from then.

How would you describe your texture? 
N: I honestly do not look too much into the hair scale but comparing my hair to some people who have simple hair as me, I would definitely say I’m in the 4’s.  My hair is fine yet coarse if that makes sense. The texture in the middle is much coarser than the textures within the perimeter of my hair.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
N: I am very simple with my natural hair. I normally wear my hair in twist outs or a simple bun. Twist outs help elongate and stretch out my hair. I also love doing perm rod sets because they last a really long time, and look better as they get older. I’m a very simple girl when it comes to hair products. Shea butter is my cocaine!!! It’s my holy grail for this afro life lol. I know some people despise the smell. So to subdue the smell, I use a few dabs of peppermint oil into the mix. I also add coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil to add some other essential benefits.

What does wash day look like for you?
N: It depends. When I have a lot of build up, I like to do the ACV (apple cider vinegar) method. I dilute it with water, section my hair, and focus on my scalp. I usually leave that in for about 30 mins .Then, I will follow up with Tresemme shampoo, condition it with Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner and leave-in. Finally, I would do a twist out with my shea butter mix with essential oil such as coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N: I can easily wear an effortless yet classy bun – high or low.

How do you combat shrinkage?
N: OMG I don’t even think I have mastered the art of combating shrinkage lol. I simply stay away from styles such as wash and go. I like to keep my hair in stretched styles such as twist outs, and I use the pineapple method to elongate my coils/curls at night.

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Tell us about your hair color!
N: Initially I did my color on my own. I used Clairol Textures and Tones Honey Blonde and Blonde. I mixed both colors together. Then, I decided to straighten my hair and my hair dresser decided to correct my color due to the imbalanced pH level in the box colors sold in the stores. I believe it loosened my curl pattern when I first colored it. However, that didn’t last long.  My tight coils/curls surfaced again in some months.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
N: The hairs by my temples have a mind of their own. They are so thin and fine. I had braids some few years back and my hair fell out in that area. I’m still struggling to grow that area back. So I’m very delicate in that area and treat it with care.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N: Twist Outs, Perm rod set, buns, finger curl, braid out, almost everything really with the exception of wash and go … for now lol. My natural hair is LIMITLESS really.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N: I would say a wash and go but I think I just need to master a process that works best for me — because we all know one does not simply wash and go. Also, I’ve said in the past that I wouldn’t be dare seen in a twist up do. Nope you couldn’t catch me slipping. Yet, I found myself rocking that hair style. I didn’t look like Celie from Color Purple after all lol. And if I may add, I had a bomb twist out after I took it down. Killing two birds with one stone for sure! So you see, never say never when it comes to natural hair styles. I’m now open to any and everything

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
N: Yes! You can find me on Instagram @Ashanti_Empress
YouTube:  Curls-AuNatural

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7 Natural Nigerians to Follow on Youtube

Last week, we featured “6 Natural Afro-Latinas to Follow on Youtube“.  This week, we are showing you 7 natural Nigerian vloggers.  Naija, stand up!

1. NaturallyTemi

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NaturallyTemi is Yoruba, which is one of the major tribes in Nigeria.  Her YouTube channel features hair style tutorials and gorgeous makeup looks. You can also find her on instagram: @naturallytemi.

2. Mezecurls

 

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Mezecurls, also Nigerian, is fairly new to YouTube but has numerous videos uploaded already.  She demonstrates how to create unique hair styles and also shares a bit about her natural hair journey.  What’s more?  She was a long-term transitioner – about 3 years!!!  You can find her on Instagram as well: @mezecurls.

3. Geri

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Geri is Igbo, which is another major tribe in Nigeria.  You may recognize her from many articles on here and she also was a BGLH Style Icon in 2012.  Her channel covers natural hair care and hair style tutorials.  She also has an informational hair care blog titled Geraldine the Great.

 4. Taiwo

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Taiwo is a Yoruba who was born in Italy and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.  On her YouTube channel, she shares numerous hair style tutorials and a bit on her hair care journey.  She was also a BGLH Style Icon last year.  Below is a quote (from that article) in which she discusses her experience as a natural in middle school and high school:

I was also bullied heavily and multiple peers would come up to me just to taunt me about something dealing with my African background and appearance, including my hair. I also often envied those who were considered to have “pretty hair”—those who appealed to more Eurocentric ideas of beauty. As a result, I would find myself hiding behind weaves, braids, or other types of extensions. But even when I tried to feel my “best”, I never thought that I was being my true self or ever really good enough for me. I really grew tired of how detrimental my thinking was, so in December of 2011 I made a New Year’s Resolution to truly experience the meaning of accepting myself and acknowledge that self-love is the best love. That marked the beginning of my natural hair journey.” – Taiwo

5. JoStylin

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JoStylin, also Nigerian, has been mentioned on here for her gorgeous, long kinky hair.  Her YouTube channel contains tons of useful videos on hair care, many of which I have watched more than once.  She also has a few vlogs on her life in Turkey and her move to Ghana.

6. Ijeoma of KlassyKinks

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Next is our very own BGLH contributor, Ijeoma of KlassyKinks.  She is Igbo having been born in Nigeria and raised in the United States.  Her YouTube channel covers many hair-related topics but mostly touches upon hair styles and her own experience as a natural, particularly as a kinky sistah.

7. Chiaka Valentina

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Last but not least, is Chiaka, an Igbo born in the United Kingdom.  She shares amazing hair style tutorials – a few of which have been posted in our natural styles series – on her channel.  You can also find more of her looks on Instagram: @chiakavalentina.

Are you subscribed to any other natural Nigerian vloggers? Let us know in the comments below!

Drugstore Products, Indie Prices: Drugstore Companies Hike Up the Prices on Products for Natural Hair

For the last five years or so that I’ve been natural, one of my biggest pet peeves is that my favorite products mainly can’t be found locally. They’re already more expensive than most drugstore products I’ve bought, and then I have the pay shipping on top of that. When you add it all up, it can be a lot, and who has time for all of that? Thank goodness for supply and demand, right? As the natural/curly hair community grew and demanded products made for our hair, mainstream companies were happy to oblige (and take our money). I saw more and more forum threads pop up about new lines that would be available in Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and the like. I ran to CVS after launch announcements, peered on the shelf, and voila! Natural hair products. But hold on…why is this 8oz conditioner $14 at CVS? **Scratch record** Before I continue, I want to make it clear that I have no issue paying higher prices for better quality products. But let’s compare two drug/beauty supply store gels (Pricing based on online prices).

31.2 cents per ounce: Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Aloe Vera Gel, Dimethicone Copolyol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polysorbate-20, Benzopehonoe-4, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

About 67 cents per ounce: Aqua, Glycerin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Polyvinylpyrrolidone, Polysorbate 20, Parfum, EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional

If you look at both product’s ingredients, neither are incredibly stellar. A couple of beneficial ingredients here and there, but mainly consisting of water, glycerin, and carbomer. But the product that’s 67 cents an ounce is marketed towards natural hair, while the other one is just a regular gel. I’ve actually used both of them, and they are very similar.

About 26 cents per ounce: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Behentrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance, Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG 150 Distearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

 

16 of Our Favorite Posts from the First Ever #BlackOutDay

On March 6 and 7, #BlackOutDay pretty much broke the Internet. Well, maybe not the whole internet, but definitely Tumblr and Twitter. Created by Tumblr users Y.R.N and nukirk, the objective was to change the narrative around black beauty and culture.

In a show of community and solidarity, for … 24 hours, we are exclusively posting and reblogging pics, gifs, videos, selfies, etc. of Black people. We want to show that Black History is happening today, right now. That we are all Black History.

Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram users were encouraged to share selfies, videos and gifs of themselves and others with the hashtag #BlackOutDay.
Take a look at some of our favorite posts from that day:

1. Important cultural information was shared. The Girl Scouts organization stood in solidarity of #BlackOutDay by coming through with a powerful historical photo.

2. Saheela Ibraheem, who was accepted to Harvard University at age 15, has been dubbed on of the world’s smartest teens.

3. This Ethiopian beauty shows off a gorgeous traditional style.

4. And this adorable girl was a favorite…

5. Some used the opportunity to highlight unconventional beauty, like this cutie with vitiligo.

6. And these sisters, one of whom has albinism…

7. Or this lady, with gorgeous freckles…

8. Some pictures were simply about ‘stuntin’ and slaying.. Like these

9. And these…

10. And these… #werk

11. #BlackOutDay was an opportunity to affirm our girls. Like this young lady who is teased at school simply for being black…

12. We were reminded that black truly does not crack… This man is 100 years old!!

13. Celebrities got in on it. Actor Orlando Jones was feeling emotional…

He even tweeted out a photo of him and his Dad! Awww!

14. Actress Zendaya Coleman rocked a dashiki with pride

#blackoutday #weareallbeautiful ???? A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on

15. Funny lady Jackee gave us a real nice flashback post. Is that the 227 set we see?

16. Understandably the day brought attention, and questions, from people of other races. They were reminded why movements like this are important…

What did you think of #BlackOutDay? Did you participate? Share some of your favorite #BlackOutDay posts with us below!

Trinidad James Hosts Art Gallery Event In Oakland [VIDEO]

Trinidad James is riding his independent wave from the surfs kicked up on No One is $afe. Recently, the gold-plated rapper brought a successful culture clash of his Atlanta sensibilities with the vibrant climate of Oakland by hosting a Nic Nac Event Planning art gallery.

Oakland Hot Plate was the headquarters for the exquisite event that brought together many of the top creative artists from all over the Bay Area on March 6.

“We just wanted to bring a good vibe out her to Oakland,” James said to the packed house. “A lot of peace of light.”

Afterwards James posed for pictures and saluted all the artists for the work.

Peep the behind-the-scenes, Keoni Mars and Meez-produced video below.


Photo: GoldGangTv

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