tis beautiful is it not


Months of planning, a full day of bumping along the roads of southern China, 3 hours of hiking up these mountains, and once we got to the top, I only had 5 minutes to capture what I could on my camera before it POURED. It rained so hard you couldn’t see 2 feet in front of you. For some reason, I just sort of laughed hysterically. Nature doesn’t give a hoot if you want to see Her in a certain form. The very next morning, at the crack of dawn, the clouds opened up, and Long Ji Ti Tian unfolded in its absolute beauty. Funny the way it is

Shocking History: Why Women of Color in the 1800s Were Banned From Wearing Their Hair in Public
Woman in Tignon credit “Did you know that in late 18th century Louisiana, black and multiracial women were ordered to cover their hair in public?” My sister asked me. “WOW. Really?” I replied. I'd ...

“Apparently, women of color were wearing their hair in such fabulous ways, adding jewels and feathers to their high hairdos and walking around with such beauty and pride that it was obscuring their status. This was very threatening to the social stability (read: white population) of the area at the time. The law was meant to distinguish women of color from their white counterparts and to minimize their beauty.Black and multi racial women began to adopt the tignon, but not without a little ingenuity. Many tied the tignon in elaborate ways and used beautiful fabrics and other additions to the headdress to make them appealing. In the end, what was meant to draw less attention to them made these ladies even more beautiful and alluring.This bit of history only makes me feel even more proud about wearing my natural hair out or in pretty head wraps.“