Sunday, July 8, 2012

Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden, Willow and Solange: N.I.C.E. at the BET Awards!

At the BET awards, there was a family that needs to be recognized from the N.I.C.E. vantage point.  Jada Pinkett-Smith wore beautiful braids, along with her daughter and her son released his braids for a seriously gorgeous natural  Hair style.  Presenting themselves in this fashion is so positive on so many levels.  First, it shows a mother that steps forward with her children, indicating to them and the world, that natural is cool enough, in terms of hair, and that braids are beautiful for such an occasion.  Secondly, it enables her daughter, who also chose to wear braids, to know  that her and her mom are fearless about hair as was already indicated by Willow in her "Whip My Hair" video which I wrote about previously in  a post entitled "Willow Smith Gets It Too: Wisdom from the Mouth of Babes!":
(see link: http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5275931766761393152#editor/target=post;postID=2386309609390715166)  There is no doubt that Willow understands that Natural Is Cool Enough but to see her mother reinforce it through her own natural style at a major event such as the B.E.T. Awards is a beautiful thing.
     As for Jaden, to see his beautiful crown of unfettered natural hair essentially says to the world, that indeed my hair is beautiful. It does not have to be cut and tapered but free and natural, hopefully leading other young boys and men to emulate this natural beauty.  So indeed, it was all about showing that Natural Is Cool Enough at the B.E.T. awards which is without a doubt N.I.C.E.!  Good job mother Jada (and  father Will) for helping your children to appreciate the power of being free to wear your hair naturally which is often a reflection of a consciousness of freedom.

Solange also wore a style of beautiful long braids at the B.E.T. awards, seated next to her sister Beyonce.  Solange really stood out with her natural style, truly exemplifying a sense of beauty that was uniquely different from many of the other female audience members.  Seeing her with her long, beautiful braids, no doubt, brings to mind the fact that the tradition of the simplistic yet long beautiful style of her braids is not a new concept but traditionally African and goes all the way back to antiquity.  For my prior post on traditional African hairstyles entitled
"African Hair In Antiquity: Natural Was Cool Enough!" check out this link: http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5275931766761393152#editor/target=post;postID=5206655196633774146
So Solange, like the Smith Family, made it clear that N.I.C.E. at the B.E.T. Awards.  Fabulous Solange!

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