#ybnKids: A New Coloring Book for Curly Cuties (FREE Download)

#ybnKids: A New Coloring Book for Curly Cuties (FREE Download)

Buy your curly cutie a copy for only $5.99! http://amzn.to/1diHPB4
Buy your curly cutie a copy for only $5.99! http://amzn.to/1diHPB4

Since starting the youngblacknappy blog over five years ago, it’s become more and more apparent to me how important representation is for the Black community. When mainstream media consistently reinforces features that don’t look like ours (pale skin, long blonde hair, narrow features, etc.) as beautiful, it’s difficult for Black and Brown folks to recognize the perfect beauty in ourselves. This is one of the main motivations behind sharing pictures of Black people rockin’ fierce fros, lovely locs, and other gorgeous natural hairstyles on our Facebook page and Tumblr.

Now that I’m a mother, it’s even more important for my family to seek out books, magazines, television shows, and movies that portray those who look like me, my husband, and my son as not only attractive but moral, intelligent, and powerful. We want to be surrounded by stories and images that affirm us and our people, empowering us to live lives of purpose and pride. Over the past two years, we’ve built our son, King Khaliq, a mini library of books featuring Black characters with a variety of complexions, hairstyles, and backgrounds doing everything from (playfully) breaking all the rules to double-dutching on their stoop in Philly to reading to their baby brother. However, as our baby has grown into an active toddler, it’s been harder for us to find activity books that are just as diverse. There are lots of books featuring kids that don’t look like mine, even some with Black kids as secondary characters – but we haven’t found many where kids of color are front and center. That’s why I was so excited to learn about The Curly Kid’s Coloring Book from CurlCentric.com; it’s a coloring book where every picture is a kid with kinky, curly, coily, or loc’d hair!

Even more than the adorable images of young naturalista’s flaunting their curly tresses, I love the motivation behind this coloring book:

The Curly Kids Coloring Book […]was created because Curl Centric understands the importance of representation. It is important for little girls with textured hair to see images that look like them. The book features more than thirty different images, including action shots, mermaids, princesses and ballerinas. The girls in the coloring books have also arranged their hair in a variety of styles that range from cornrow braids, puffs, two strand twists, bantu knots, wash and gos, locs and many more, to show girls with curly hair the amazing potential their hair has to be defined and redefined.

Not only is the book’s purpose rooted in pride and upliftment, but the coloring pages are super cute! Some of my personal favorites are of the little Black mermaids who aren’t afraid the get their natural hair wet! Ha! While this particular book is focused on Black girls, we’d love to see CurlCentric.com come out with another fantastic coloring book featuring Black boys with afros, locs, and more! Check out the samples of the coloring sheets below – and make sure you download the full sized images for your favorite curly cutie!


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#ybnartists: Meklit – Kemekem (I Like Your Afro)

#ybnartists: Meklit – Kemekem (I Like Your Afro)

If you’ve been a part of the online natural hair community for any length of time, you’ve probably gathered from various Facebook posts, Twitter chats, Tumblr feeds, and the adorable Fros & Beaus Instagram account that a man who loves and admires his lady’s kinky, curly, coily, or loc’d tresses is to be coveted. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I was so overjoyed why my own husband shared this awesome song and music video with me!  Read more

Our Natural Hair T-Shirts are BACK!

Our Natural Hair T-Shirts are BACK!

It’s been a while since we’ve offered our natural hair and Black pride t-shirts for sale online – but, finally, they’re back!

Old favorites like the Naturally Sweet™ Tee and new designs like our Queen of Coarse™ Tee are now available for pre-order in our Teespring Storefront! Place your order by May 19th to receive your shirts just in time for summer! Check out the designs below and don’t forget to get one for the Natural Queen or King in your life!

Update: Our baby and kids’ tees are now available in our #ybnKids shop!

Natural hair t-shirt featuring a cupcake with an afro pick.
Our signature natural hair t-shirt featuring a cupcake with an afro pick.
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What do you call a Black woman who rocks her crown of natural hair with pride? She’s a queen, of course.
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This royal purple Negus Tee is fit for a king.
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An homage to the famed Black Fist fro pick, the Fist Up Tee by youngblacknappy shows the pride you have in your Black hair-itage.
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Our Eye of Hairus™ Tee is inspired by the Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health.
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The Mother’s Love Tee celebrates a love and reverence for the cradle of mankind.