South American leaf frog (Phyllomedusa bahiana) 

Picure by Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil

For the love of natural black hair: Bahian woman wins the first ever Miss Black Power Brasil contest! All I can say is “go, go on sistas!” Mad love to the efforts of so many black women throughout Brazil who have fought anti-African, racist sentiments of a Brazilian society that has always defined Afro-textured kinks, naps and curls as ugly or “cabelo ruim”, meaning “bad hair”. The last decade or so has seen a growing revolution wherever one finds people of African descent in Brazil (1). Across the country, women (and men) are saying, “it is not my hair that is bad; it is your racism!”