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Diaspora Style: Braids, Twists and Locs for the Summer

For some style inspiration, check out the standout braids, twists and locs that we've seen on women around the city.

DIASPORA—Braids, locs, twists and other protective hairstyles shine year-round, but they're especially great for the rapidly approaching summer months. These cherished looks offer durability and effortless glamor that will help our style continue to thrive as we approach sunnier days. They never fail us!


These hair styles exemplify the versatility of black hair and have become staples for so many of us—we can't wait to rock them non-stop this summer.

For some inspiration, check out the standout braids, twists and locs that we've seen on women around the city.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by Leon Williams.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo By David McDuffie.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo by David McDuffie.

Photo by Kobina DeGraft Johnson.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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