Jamaican political leader Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was a big supporter of Pan Africanism – the return of the displaced African diaspora (blacks living in other countries) to their homeland of Africa. He predicted that a black king would unite the Africans.
This video speaks on how Haile Selassie — who was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930 — touched the hearts of so many Jamaicans and heavily influenced the Rasta culture.
In this video, YouTube’s Lauren Jackson discusses how she feels about her natural hair.
For me, personally, going natural and starting my locs was more of a lifestyle choice than an aesthetic one. I realized that I had been trying subconsciously to fit in or even blend into the background. To do that, I had to chemically straighten my hair and rock my super-thick hair in a ponytail or bun all the time. I had to wear makeup to feel pretty, and I had to buy clothes that were “in style.”
When I started going to the gym on a regular basis, I was make-up free, dressed down, and rocking my natural hair. The attention I garnered nurtured my confidence and lead me to ditch the full make-up, tamed-down hair, and look the way I naturally do.
It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I now am conscious of the amount of physical activity I get, how healthy the food that goes into my body is, and love rocking my super thick locs loose and free.
Like I said, for me, locking my hair was more of a lifestyle choice… a culmination of the positive changes I had been making.