Contemporary Negro– Free t-shirt giveaway!

No one likes naps as much as I do. I’m not talking about delightful afternoon siestas, I’m referring to the coily/kinky hair I was blessed with. The hair that used to be criticized everyday when I was a child, and teased when I was a teenager. The hair that gets so many people frustrated and leaves so many black women over-sensitive and defensive. The hair that can be one of the most controversial topics on the planet in black culture.  The hair that requires the most tender, loving care.

I love my hair, it’s no secret. I’ve been wearing it short and natural for many, many years now. It has been much shorter, and I don’t mind it either way. I’m not one of those “holier than thou” natural women who judges everyone by what they choose to do with their hair… because after all, it’s theirs. Personally, I’ve never really been extremely focused on just growing out my afro because I think it looks beautiful short. I go as far as moisturizing it everyday, and deep-conditioning it every so often (although not enough) so I look presentable.

To me, hair is just exactly what it is…hair. I don’t spend hours or days working on it or conceal it under wigs for growth. I sometimes get giant box braids and bantu knots with extensions. I just really love afro-styles, but I appreciate all healthy hair no matter how it’s worn. I really think life is much more than the hair one carries, but it exists, so we talk about it. I also don’t judge people who treat their hair differently than mine, whether they’re relaxed, wear straight extensions, or dreadlocks. Everyone should have their own preferences no matter what people think. I just know that I appreciate a good ‘fro when I see one whether it’s extremely short, medium, giant, highlighted, curly, kinky, or colored.

When I saw this t-shirt on my friend, Avi’s website, I just had to purchase it! Avi is a graphic designer with an eccentric style. He is now based in Brooklyn New York, and he’s one of the coolest people I know. He is everything New York City stands for. Fun. Interesting. Ambitious. Creative. You name it!

Now that I’m done rambling… I have another t-shirt to giveaway (LARGE/men’s in the color white) to one lucky winner! The tee I’m wearing now is a small/men’s.

To win, answer the following questions in the comment box below:

 Is hair important to you? How do you wear it? What’s your favorite hairstyle? What if Batman gets bitten by a vampire? (OK, you really don’t have to answer the last one.)

I will pick one lucky person on Saturday, September 1 randomly. U.S. residents only.  Be sure to leave an email address to be contacted if you win! You can also like my page on facebook.

If you don’t win, you can always purchase one of these shirts or other cool stuff at:

19 Comments on Contemporary Negro– Free t-shirt giveaway!

  1. Dianna
    August 12, 2012 at 9:59 am (4 years ago)

    How can I get a shirt

  2. Madame Bavardages
    August 12, 2012 at 5:01 am (4 years ago)

    Why oooh why U.S. residents only :-) I answer anyway, just to share a little bit ok?
    Is hair important to me? The answer is between yes and no. I mean, I can spend long hours making box braids with extension ( I do it on my own) and at the same time I love short hair. I cut mine almost every year, I like it short and natural. I can’t have a blog dedicated to hair only and even though I sometime read some blogs/articles about it, I find it very boring. Super exaggerated hair routine and additional extra care…not for me.
    How do you wear it?
    Short :-) twists, twist out, mini-fro…
    My favorite hairstyle?
    Mini-fro, Big Afro, twists, box braids…As long as it is versatile, I like it.
    I like your hair just the way it is on your pics, beautiful Paola.

    • findingpaola
      August 24, 2012 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

      Maybe next giveway will be include international. I love your reply. I started a blog solely dedicated to hair, then I didn’t see the point because although I liked my hair healthy and pretty looking, I didn’t really want it to be the only that defined me. I have so many interests and other things I would like to share with the world! I do occasionally peak at some interesting hair blogs though. :) And thank you for the compliment!

  3. Harriet Eshun
    August 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Is hair important to you?
    As I was growing up I had natural hair and later, when I was an early teen, I was forced to perm it. During that period, I did a lot of weaves. Although my hair was very healthy, it would start breaking when I had regrowth so I had to continuously perm it. I did not like my hair permed, there was no volume or character, it was just straight and flat. About 4 months ago, I decided I did not want my hair permed any more! I had enough! So 5 weeks ago, I cut all my hair off and now I have beautiful shorty natural kinky-curly hair, and I love it! It’s very healthy and it’s growing fast! Hair is very important to me because (in some way) it reflects a person. Since I cut my hair, my friends always make comments like “I love your courage to accept and love your hair in its natural state. I wish I was bold enough to do that”. I love hearing that from people because I think it’s important that Black women embrace their hair and stop conforming to Society’s ideology of ‘beauty’.

    How do you wear it?
    I wear my hair almost different every two days! My hair so very easy to experiment with. I try new routines of twist outs every week to see new results and recently, I have learnt how to create the short dreadlocks look. I wear my hair complete natural all the time now! Sometimes, I have mini twists, sometimes- mini braids, curly, clown out, and sometimes completely kinky! On days when I have an outiing, I still my hair with a small turban at the back, leaving some hair at front in a messy circle, it looks great!

    What’s your favorite hairstyle?
    My favourite hairstyle is the Janelle Monae Mohog! It’s what I call AFROTASTIC!

    What if Batman gets bitten by a vampire?
    LOL!!! We need to debate about this. I think I have a cure if that happens, I don’t want to give it away though. Oh BTW, I gave Batman his powers, what ever anyone says is a lie!!!

    • findingpaola
      August 24, 2012 at 10:04 am (4 years ago)

      I love the name of your favorite hairstyle! Do you have a picture of you wearing it!?

      • Harriet Eshun
        August 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm (4 years ago)

        Thanks :) Yes, how do I post the picture?

        • findingpaola
          August 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm (4 years ago)

          Just a link will suffice! Thank you!

  4. Cia
    August 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Is hair important to you? Claro que si! Important enough that I gave her a birthday and a first and last name.
    How do you wear it? Anyway I like (; from cornrows, twist, knotty, out, small, big, pulled back, mind grabbing, with twirls, with swirls, with curves, with kinky, with slides of curls, hidden into buns, elegant waves, extended hearts of braids, or with a kaleidoscopic coils. I don’t limit Indigo to barriers. I let us do our thing.
    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Yikes . This is a tricky question. I am highly indecisive so I will choose any variation from braids and twist.
    What if Batman gets bitten by a vampire? I would pray over Batman, he’s way too cool to be a vampire. But wait . . . aren’t vampires the actual monsters that turn into bats in the old films? Oh my, that means that Batman is a vampire? hmm . . . maybe not . Is there even a reason why Batman is named Batman… perhaps there is as we both can tell I do not know why. Maybe Batman has his name from being quick and swift like a bat. Anyway, I would pray over Batman and somehow the venom from the vampire would dissolve into nothing. So he’ll continue to be Batman the man with the awesome gadgets .

    Thank you for this opportunity ! I love your name btw, how is it pronounced ?
    And I apologize I do not have a facebook account to like you page.

  5. Her Highness (@slionqueen)
    August 11, 2012 at 7:46 am (4 years ago)

    Hair is really important to me and because I was blessed with ethnic hair or naps x) I try to keep my hair healthy and hydrated in order to wear my hair out curly/frizzy and rock my favourite hair do’s which include a style that consists of my hair being french braided (cornrows) on one side (half of my head) and plain curly on the other.. It gives my hair a faux hawk and well to answer the last question, Batman would become some sort of a mysterious bat/vampire crime fighting creature if he was bit by a vamp :s I hope he never does though!


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