‘Today’s’ Hair Tips for Curly Girls, Nia Long’s New WE tv Series & More Drama Surrounding Whitney Houston Biopic

by | July 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, The Divide, The Talk

"Today" co-anchors Willie Geist and Tamron Hall listen as celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright shares tips for curly hair. (Photo: TODAY)

Happy Hump Day! Much to share today including “Today” co-anchor Tamron Hall’s natural hair care tips, Nia Long dishing on her new TV series “The Divide” with the ladies of “The Talk” and the latest drama surrounding Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic. Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (Zoe Saldana’s pregnant!) and not (the teen missionary who allegedly molested Kenyan children). Enjoy!

 Sometimes, what often seems too small or insignificant actually turns out to be a huge milestone.

And that was the case when NBC “Today” co-anchor Tamron Hall donned her naturally curly Afro hair on TV for the first time ever a few weeks ago. She showcased it again Tuesday morning and as usual, Ms. Hall looked stunning. Now, Tamron isn’t the first woman to do this. Remember the photo of Oprah Winfrey sporting a perfectly rounded ‘fro when she was an anchor in Baltimore. And there have been sistas in more recent years who sported their natural coils on camera.

The reason why Tamron’s move is gaining headlines is because it’s still a rarity. Very rare. It seems that many of the black women who proudly embraced their tightly-curled locks during the ’70s straightened them out by the time President Ronald Regan took office. Though you have a number of black women who ditched chemical relaxers and pressing combs in the ’90s (myself included) it wasn’t until the past five or 10 years that more black women began wearing hairstyles that showcased their natural hair textures. Thus people call it the “natural hair trend” (kind of annoying phrasing but that’s another topic for another day). I even wrote a column last September discussing how I forwent a career in broadcast journalism for one in print because I was wearing my hair in its naturally coily state and TV journalists weren’t. Not even white girls.

And that’s something else that this new “Today” show segment, titled “Tamron’s Tuesday Trend,” does: addresses the concerns of women of varying ethnicities with curly or tightly coiled hair. It may not be very popular with some sistas to include nonblacks in any discussion about natural hair (I get their concerns) but the truth is that spirally hair, no matter its tightness or the race of the individual’s head it sprouts from, is often (and ignorantly) deemed less professional than pin-straight ‘dos. So some people, despite their desire to sport two-strand twists, braids or long spirals, will stick with what’s safe and presumed acceptable. Save for the brave few–no trends needed for them! Hey, I said it once before and I’ll say it again: Black women will inspire others to embrace their curls again. If we did it for the big butt … lol.

As you can see, this is a topic I can discuss in length for a while. I’ll spare you today and will instead direct you to check out Tamron Hall and her hair stylist Johnny Wright, the man behind First Lady Michelle Obama’s “bangs,” tips for curly girls.

“Tamron’s Tuesday Trend”

 There’s so much great TV coming out featuring people of color, especially women. And Nia Long’s new WE tv series, “The Divide,” is one them. I have to confess that I heard about this show and saw photos but completely overlooked it ’til Nia’s appearance on “The Talk” Tuesday.  It’s always nice to see the beautiful Ms. Long and as you’ll see from the clip below, she talks about her handsome sons, Massai, 13, and Kez, 2, and “The Divide.” She plays the ambitious Billie Page, a corporate attorney, who’s married to District Attorney Adam Page, played by Damon Gupton (“He’s an amazing actor,” Nia says.). “She’s smart and she’s well-dressed. She has a great wardrobe,” Nia says of her character. Clarke Peters, who many know from HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme,” plays Adam’s father. After watching her on “The Talk,” I quickly watched the first hour of “The Divide’s” two-hour series premiere. It was good and I look forward to checking in on this show regularly. Have you seen it yet? If not, feel free to watch part one below and then part two here.

Nia Long on “The Talk”

“The Divide” series premiere Part 1

 Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic, “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,” continues to draw controversy. This time Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, speaks out, asking, “please let her rest,” according to The Wrap.  Honestly, the photo of YaYa DaCosta as Whitney on the cover of her 1987 “Whitney” album looks so-so to me. But, I do think YaYa’s the best choice for the role as far as known actresses go. They have the same physical likeness and I believe she’ll do a good job acting in this Angela Bassett-directed film. Now, as talented as I think Deborah Cox is, her voice isn’t Whitney’s and that’s a bit noticeable to me from the biopic snippets I’ve heard. As far as criticism goes, the Houston clan lost credibility with me a long time ago. Not only did they personally benefit from Whitney’s death with the 2012 Lifetime reality show,“The Houstons: On Our Own,” but in many ways, according to reports, some of the family members enabled Whitney’s poor behavior. And for her family members to allow Bobby Brown to be blamed for introducing Whitney to drugs when it was in fact her brother Michael Houston is shameless (Oprah Winfrey got that admission out of him). Whew! As you can see, this is another subject I can go on about. Instead, check out “Entertainment Tonight’s” latest coverage of the drama.

“E.T.” goes behind the scenes of Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic

CLICK HERE FOR MY WEEKLY WATCHLIST

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Zoe Saldana pregnant with her first child (Congrats!).
NOT: “Gentle Giant” Eric Garner dying after NYPD put him in a chokehold (…).

HOT: Kerry Washington and hubby Nnamdi Asomugha taking daughter Isabelle to Disneyland (Aww…).
NOT: Oklahoma missionary Matthew Durham, 19, allegedly raping and molesting several Kenyan children (WTF! Unfortunately, this type of behavior by outsiders is nothing new to Kenya. SMH.).

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