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Things That Gave Us Life: The Natural Self Edition

Photo Credit:  Bjorn Iooss  for CR Fashion Book

Photo Credit: Bjorn Iooss for CR Fashion Book

Things That Gave Us Life: The Natural Self Edition


Our weekly roundup of the best things that happened online and IRL.

Williow Smith CR Fashion Book

Willow Smith—“Whip My Hair” singer and daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith— is looking all grown up these days. The young starlet was featured in CR Fashion Book in a fearless and edgy fashion spread. Willow, 14, shared a few of her 2015 goals with the magazine: “I want to embrace my full self, as natural as I can be.” We are certainly here for that Willow!

Flickr user:  Shawn Hoke

Flickr user: Shawn Hoke

What Happened, Miss Simone?—the Nina Simone documentary that everyone has been talking about—will be here this summer! Netflix will be releasing the documentary, directed by Academy Award-nominee Liz Garbus, on June 28.



The U.S. Postal Service previewed the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in honor of the legendary activist, poet, and author. The stamp captures the essence of the civil rights activist by featuring a quote from Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”


Grammy nominated and "Pieces of Me" singer Ledisi gave us chills with a recent performance of “Take My Hand Precious Lord.” It’ll take you straight to church.


A video of dancing skeletons was everywhere this week, and for good reason: It challenges all preconceived notions of love.


Thanks to, there’s no reason our headwrap game shouldn’t be on point. They’ve compiled 45 different headwrap looks for a variety of hair types.


Tony award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad will be starring in For Justice, a new show on CBS. The primetime drama will be produced by Selma director Ava Duvernay. The role is quite opposite the Clair Huxtable (loving mother and wife) character from The Cosby Show; Rashad will play Georgina Howe, a gay FBI agent working the civil rights division. Praises to Rashad and Duvernay for bringing so much diversity to the screen.


Lucy and Maria Alymer are more than just sisters. While Lucy appears to be white and Maria black, they are in fact fraternal twins! Their mother is biracial while their father is white. Genetically one twin inherited red hair, blue eyes, and very light skin, while the other inherited darker skin, dark hair, and brown eyes.

Ashley Poag is mater mea's intern and an aspiring multimedia journalist.