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photo: via @kimkardashian Instagram

Another misguided journalist has attributed the rise of cornrows to the wrong individuals. In a recently published article by New York Post, the writer claims that the rise of cornrows was inspired by UFC fighters and Kim Kardashian.

Written by Alev Aktar, the article begins with the improper headline, “UFC is inspiring the hottest new hair trend.” Aktar starts the article by alluding to Sasha Obama’s choice to wear braided plaits at a state dinner at the White House. The author suggests that Sasha Obama is joining other celebrities who have chosen to wear the “new” hair style. Aktar also refers to the style as “Boxer braids” and “Kim [Kardashian] braids.”

“Fueled by celebrities and the popularity of UFC fighters, the center-parted reverse French-braid style has surged back into fashion. The woven look, dating back to ancient Africa, has been worn by celebs including the Kardashian clan,” Aktar wrote.

Although the article does credit the style to “ancient Africa,” it fails to site how Black celebrities have worn cornrows for decades. Beginning with high-profile actress Cicely Tyson in the 1970s, popular Black celebrities who have worn braids and cornrows in recent years include Serena and Venus Williams, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Tyra Banks to name a few.

Other prominent publications such as The Daily Mail and MTV UK have also reported on cornrows while leaving out Black celebrities who wore them first.

It would only take a few minutes to find out the truth. Publications such as the New York Post and others should have writers and editors who are equipped to do a Google search in order to discover who inspired the UFC Fighters and Kardashian clan to get cornrows. However, the author failed to do research and gives credit where it’s not due.

But it’s just a small reminder of how the mainstream society often ignores Black culture and, more specifically, Black women.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • Malibu Jones

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! I have no words.

  • Jae

    Babylon BS… We know the deal. Even Kim does. Media just like to be ignorant…

    • guest

      Right! I think they intentionally do this to get people talking and riled up. They know better.

  • Nigg_Newton

    I would AGREE!

    Black WOMEN should have NEVER shown their hair secrets to WHITE WOMEN…

    White WOMEN damn sure not telling BLACK WOMEN their hair secrets….YOU KNOW like how — STUPID BLACK WOMEN look with WEAVE that is — European COLORED, Textured and Length.

    • KWT

      Why do BLACK women try to look white women with their hair .. dying it blonde and red and such.. shades that NO BLACK woman would be naturally born with.. and what about straightening their curls out.. what ever happened to black pride?? I have not seen a black woman wearing an afro/ au natural. since the 70’s….

      • Nigg_Newton

        They do this because BLACK WOMEN are trying to attract WHITE MEN. I cannot find any other explanation, because BLACK MEN have rejected WEAVE, WIGS, and Fake hair…

        SO BLACK WOMEN are on their own doing that stupidity. Black WOMEN now need a CHECK-UP from the Neck-Up

        • LookInTheMirror

          I’ll bet that at least like one BLACK MAN on this post is attracted to WHITE WOMEN ? ?

  • awesome

    All I can say is Bull. Just another way of trying to say that something Black belongs to someone white.