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HISTORY OF HEADWRAPS & WHY THEY AREN'T JUST A RUNWAY ACCESSORY

Headwraps are statement-making accessories and cloth head coverings that garnish the heads of Black women across the globe. 

In Ghana, they’re known as dukus. In Nigeria, the Yoruba people refer to them as geles. In South Africa they’re called doeks. In Botswana, headwraps are known as tukwis.  But no matter what you call them, headwraps have a rich cultural history originating in Africa.

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PROTECTIVE WINTER HAIR CARE FOR NATURAL HAIR (and why it's important)

Colder temperatures often cause Type 4 Hair or textured hair to become drier, more breakage-prone and tangled. As humidity drops, coarser or textured hair cuticles begin to lift and become depleted of moisture. 
 

Aside from frigid temperatures, common winter accessories such as wool hats, scarves and coats also produce dry, frizzy hair. This is why hair masks, deep conditioners and braided protective styles are essential habits to keep textured hair healthy during the winter months. Here are a few need-to-know tips for caring for natural hair in the winter.

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A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO EDGES

For many women of color, no hair look is complete without reaching for gel or edge control to get their baby hairs swooshed, sleek and slayed.


Popularized in the 90’s by the likes of celebrities such as Chilli from TLC and LaToya Jackson, baby hairs or edges are experiencing a full on resurgence in the age of Instagram influencers. Ranging from the ‘I woke up like this” effortless, yet chic baby hair look to the crafty, intricate webs of waves, edges are the perfect finishing touch to textured hair looks.

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TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL REMOTE LEARNING

As students begin to return back to school, remote learning continues to be a component of the learning experience for all WNY districts. For parents of children with special needs, remote learning has a unique set of challenges.
 

From behavioral challenges to technological challenges, adapting to the ‘new normal’ requires parents to utilize several strategies to foster a successful learning environment. Here are some tips to help your child get the best out of learning from home.

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UB’S BLACK FACULTY: DWINDLING & ISOLATED

Omar David has never had a black professor.
 

Most UB students haven’t.
 

UB’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion website says the university prides itself on the diversity of its community. But black students and black faculty feel left out of the diversity conversation.

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PASS THE ADDY

Kara Rodriguez* doesn’t feel smart enough to study for big exams without Adderall.
 

Erika Hussein’s* tight-knit family is strict about grades. She’s afraid to disappoint them and calls Adderall a “necessary evil.”

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ERIC HOLDER INTERVIEW

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sat down with Spectrum Senior News Editor Ashley Inkumsah for a Q&A session before he spoke at UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday night. 

 

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A NETFLIX WAY OF LIFE

Ten years ago, going out to see a movie with a group of friends on a weekend night was like a ritual.
 

But that ritual seems to be changing and exchanged for nights huddled around laptop screens.

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