Long before Lupita Nyong’o’ graced the red carpet with her dark skin and short natural hair, Cicely Tyson sparked a natural hair movement as far back as the early 1960’s. In Cicely’s interview with Oprah’s Master Class, she explained how she had a role as a young Ugandan woman. It only felt right that she cut her hair and did so without telling the director or production. Her short natural hair was a hot success and led to a secretary role on the show East Side/West Side. She was urged to keep her hair exactly the way it was and it proved to be a big hit. She received mail from beauticians all over the country saying she was affecting their business because everyone wanted to cut their hair like the character on TV. Soon after, the natural hair movement of the 1970’s exploded. Cicely no doubt being the first character on national tv to inspire woman all over the country. Later in 1972 she proudly wore cornrows as the character Rebecca in the highly Oscar nominated film Sounder. Cicely Tyson’s impressive acting career spans nearly 65 years. Even in 2015 she is still making natural hair history. Just last week on the ABC network’s hit program How to get away with Murder, Cicely was seen combing main character Annaliese Keating’s natural hair out. Today we salute Cicely for not only her contributions in acting, but being a natural hair pioneer.
Hep Magazine was a monthly publication of Good Publishing Company of Fort Worth Texas. The company also published Bronze Thrills and Jive magazine. These magazines all have similar story lines based on true confessions of ordinary people and celebrities. The magazine was popular in beauty and barber shops because of what was considered “risque articles” which were not suitable reading in black families homes. Publication of this magazine had ceased by 1977 and had been in circulation for almost two decades.
Something a little special today! Yesterday I was booked on a commercial for Vitamin Water Japan. I was having a conversation with one of the crew members about 16 Stone Vintage, when she mentioned Nobu McCarthy. Low and behold I found this gorgeous Canadian- Japanese model and actress. Boy, is she a beauty. See Nobu is action on the Barney Miller show below.