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“My standard of perfection often paralyzes me, or makes me terrified, or makes me feel ashamed. Instead, if I can make space for the idea that the goal is not to be perfect, but the goal is to be me, then I get to revel in the mixed bag of what it is to be a human. Some moments are good, some are bad. Some days are good, some days are bad. We live in a culture where people are constantly telling us how to get what we want, and within that message is, You need to be something other than you are. So my antidote to that has been, What if the goal is not to get what I want, but to discover who I am, be who I am, and accept that?” – Tracee Ellis Ross, in NY Mag

Image via MyColoures.com by way of Essence


Tracee Ellis Ross wants you to love your hair


Let the church say, “AMEN!”

I love my hair because:

1. It has a mind of its own.

2. It’s big. And as a Southerner, the bigger the hair, the closer to God.

3. It’s fluffy.

4. It’s resilient! It survived tragic haircuts, bad dye jobs, and over 15 years of chemical processing.

5. It’s mine. And discovering it has taught me to love myself, as I am.

Do you love your hair? Tell us why in the comments!

Xo, Alexis

Best Dressed: Black Girls Rock!

We have to give it to Tracee Ellis Ross, who co-hosted the show with Regina King.  Ross, who also stars in BET’s Reed Between the Lines, rocked a floor-length Dolce and Gabbana gown bedazzled within an inch of its life.   It also served as a nice counterpoint to the all-white, floor-length Calvin Klein she rocked earlier on the red carpet.  View the slideshow below for other looks of the night from Regina King, Melanie Fiona, Taraji P. Henson, Jill Scott, Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond, LaLa Anthony (wearing Alessandra Rich), Elle Varner and Erykah Badu.  Only Erykah Badu (pictured with BGR recipient, revolutionary woman and Birmingham native Angela Davis) could pull off the bedazzled shoulder pads.

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And in other “haute” news: SCDD (@SameChicSouth) got retweeted by BET during the broadcast!

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