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25 Natural Hair Bridal Styles for Your Wedding Day

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It is never too early to start seriously planning and thinking (ok, daydreaming for some of us…) about big hair for your big day. How you choose to style your hair on your wedding day is, of course, completely up to you. However, if you’re debating whether to go with a straight style, weave, wig, or keep it au natural — these 25 gorgeous natural styles just might persuade you to rock those roots your mama gave you! At least they have us swooning…

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1. Wash and Go with Chunky Bangs – don’t forget the  pretty flower crown!

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2. Pinned Updo with Loose Waves and Pinned Side Bang

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3. Beach Waves – this look can be achieved with or without heat!

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4. Tight Coily Updo 

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5. Natural Wash and Go  — Topped with a veil and/or hat

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6. Wavy Pin Curl Updo

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7. Layered TWA with Floral Headband

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8. Flat Twisted Crown and Veil

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9. Chunky Coils 

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10. Twisted Side Bang Updo

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11. Chunky Twist and Pin

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12. Toussled French Roll

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13. Braided Bun

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15. Messy Half Ponytail

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16. Petite Pompadour 

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17. Wash and Go with Stretched Hair — might need some heat.

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18. Low Bun

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19. Side Bun with Twisted Crown

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20. Roller Set Loose Curls

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21. Solange’s Textured Afro — dig out your pick…and start picking!

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22. Half ‘Faux-hawk’ — pinned back with flower clip

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23. Oversized Bun on Blown out Hair

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24. Afro with Flat Twisted Side Bang

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25. TWA with Hints of Highlights

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High Fashion Collard Greens for Sale

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In the words of Luke Cage, Sweet Christmas!

The last time I checked, which was yesterday when I was in Ralphs on a shopping excursion to make a soul food vegan meal, greens were only about 99 cents a lb. Not $66 to feed 8-10 people, cue Neiman Marcus.
So if you haven’t heard, not only can you buy a CHANEL bag and Gucci flip flops you can now purchase what Neiman Marcus calls “collard greens seasoned with just the right amount of seasonings and bacon”.
First off Neiman Marcus, what exactly is the right amount of seasonings and bacon? Who gave you this idea? Seriously, who told Neiman Marcus it was cool to start selling collard greens?
What’s next, Chitterlings with just the right amount of hot sauce? By the way who exactly is going to be purchasing these over priced perfectly seasoned Neiman Marcus greens?
Who Sway and how? Sadly, I don’t think Sway even has the answers. I’m not sure how well these greens are going to be selling over the holidays but my guess is they won’t be selling out like Patties Sweet Potato Pies. I’m just saying. Everything isn’t for everybody but who knows maybe, just maybe, they are actually good.
Would you buy them?
Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago, residing in Los Angeles! Follow her on instagram @ashleyreneepoet, twitter and personal blog why I Waited

Everything You Need to Know About Little Professor Skye for Your Little One

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It’s a beautiful thing when our children have positive representation, when they have someone who looks just like them to aspire to be, great things happen. That’s why we at tgin are so excited about the Little Professor Skye book series.
 
Created by Morehouse College graduate, Munson Steele and inspired by his Goddaughter, Skye Munson, the series of books opens up the world of science, technology, and arts to young readers.
 
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The heroine of the series is young Skye, an elementary school student who turns everyday things into countless adventures as she is always on the hunt to learn something new.
 
Skye is a diverse girl and has tons of hobbies. In her series she shares her love of tea time, martial arts, soccer, and dress up among many other things.
 
Sporting her signature curls she takes us through her day to day life of being a black girl who truly rocks!
 
Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago, residing in Los Angeles! Follow her on instagram @ashleyreneepoet, twitter and personal blog why I Waited

10 Books for Curly Kids

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Children’s books geared towards curly, natural cuties are popping up every where and we are definitely here for it! It is clear that representation matters not only to adults but to our children as well. We found ten books perfect for your natural haired little one and decided to share! Check them out.
1.My Hair is Beautiful Because It’s Mine!
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Paula Dejoie uses rhyme and wit to illustrate just how important it is to have a positive picture of self. This book oozes self love!
2.  I Love My Hair 
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In I love my Hair, little Keyana finds it hard to appreciate her coils as her mother combs through her curly tendrils each night. Her mother teaches her the importance of loving her beautiful curls.
3. Big Hair Don’t Care 
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Despite having the biggest hair in her entire school, Lola rocks it with confidence. Lola loves her hair as well as telling anyone who will listen just how much she adores it.
4. Happy to Be Nappy 
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In this fun and easy read, children are taught to celebrate the joy of being natural in a fun and rhythmic way.
5. Chocolate Me
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Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans partnered on this heart warming tale of a little boy who needed a little help to feel about his appearance! Mom came to the rescue and showed him just how special he was.
6. I Love My Cotton Candy Hair 
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This series follows caring little Charlie as she discovers all of the reasons to love everything about herself.
7. Emi’s Curly Cotton Candy Hair 
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At only 7 years old Emi has the right notion when it comes to loving herself and her beautiful curls and coils!
8.Bippity Bop Barbershop
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Little Miles get his first haircut as he is encouraged by his father and barber. He completes a right of passage that is so important to African American boys.
9.Penny and the Magic Puff Balls 
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After feeling down about her hair not being the same as the other girls in her school, Penny’s mom gave her two beautiful puffs that helped her discover the magic of not only her hair but that she had within her.
10. Princess Truly and The Hungry Bunny Problem
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This picture book follows the adventures of this princess and her enchanted hair!
Will you be purchasing these books for your cute, coiled and curly kids?
 
Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician,makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago,residing in Los Angeles! Follow her on instagram @ashleyreneepoet 
 

More Diversity for Barbie

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It looks like Barbie is evolving. After 55 years, the dolls we spent countless hours playing with are changing for the better.
Mattel has announced that little girls will have more choices when it comes to the iconic doll. Now your little one can choose between 4 body types (standard, petite, tall, and, curvy), 7 skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 24 hairstyles.
 
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Mattel says the change is “radical”.  Senior Design Director Robert Best said, “This is radical because we’re saying there isn’t this narrow standard of what a beautiful body looks like. This is what the world looks like.”
We agree!
Here’s what the team that created the new dolls has to say about the vision:
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPETP7-UfuI[/youtube] The dolls will be available this spring as part of the “Fashionistas” collection and can be pre-ordered now
What do you think of Barbie’s makeover? Will you be buying one?
 
Stephanie Kemp is a writer, poet, natural hair lover, and social media specialist. Follow her on Twitter @stephanie_poet.

Thank God It’s Natural ‘Moist Collection’ NOW in Select Target Stores

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Natural hair and skin care company Thank God It’s Natural launches full natural hair product line, now available for purchase at select Target locations nationwide.
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March 2015—Chicago, IL— Premier resource for women with natural kinks, curls and waves, Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), is partnering with Target Corporation to stock nationwide Target shelves with the full line of the newest tgin Moist Collection.  In an effort to appease the growing demand for natural, safe styling products designed for women (and men) with curly and textured hair, tgin Moist collection will be added to the hair care aisles of 257 select Target locations nationwide this March 2015.
The full tgin Moist Collection was developed by Harvard graduate, Chris-Tia Donaldson, and comes complete with five individual products making up a five-step healthy hair care regimen:
Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo
tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo—A luxurious lather of sulfate free formula leaving hair clean and free of buildup without stripping the hair shaft of natural oils. Infused with Pro Vitamin B5 for protection from breakage.
Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
tgin Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner—Chocked full of argan oil, cupuacu butter and green tea, our conditioning formula hydrates, smoothes and repairs parched strands with every use, promoting healthy hair growth.
Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer—Infused with shea butter and Vitamin E, giving dry strands the moisture they need and crave for soft, shiny, manageable hair. May also be used as a setting cream for twist-outs and/or curler sets. 
Honey Miracle Hair Mask
tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask—An instant make over for dry, damaged or colored treated hair. Raw honey creates softer, shinier tresses while jojoba and olive oils nourish and heal strands in need of repair.
Twist & Define Cream
tgin Twist & Define Cream—Enriched with decadent coconut and Vitamin E oils for smooth and shiny curly styling with long lasting definition, reducing frizzies and fly aways.

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The tgin Moist Collection is formulated specifically for thirsty and dry curls, kinks, and waves, adding an intense hydration boost to every stage of a healthy hair care regimen. Each product is made in small batches with unique blends of natural botanicals and butters working gently yet effectively to infuse dry hair with maximal moisture. The result is healthy hair that stays soft, moisturized, and easier to manage with every use. The entire tgin Moist Collection is free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, lanolin, artificial colors, and animal testing—and gentle enough for children.
“My team and I have put blood, sweat and tears into years of research and development. There are little words to express how excited and grateful I am to see what once just an idea evolve into a full product line that has solved my own hair care dilemma—and hopefully will benefit women, like me, who struggle to maintain a healthy head of natural curly hair due to a lack of knowledge and resources,” comments Chris-Tia, Amazon best-selling author, and CEO/Founder of Thank God It’s Natural (www.thankgodimnatural.com).
Since 2009, tgin has provided thousands of women internationally with resources to improve a healthy hair care regimen. As a follow up to Chris-Tia’s Amazon #1 best-selling book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair, the tgin blog (www.tginblog.com) was created and rapidly proceeded with a complete line of products made with natural and organic ingredients for ethnic hair and skin, including shampoos, conditioners, styling aids, handmade soaps, body creams and lip balms. Under Chris-Tia’s leadership, the company plans to expand into healthy snacks, cookbooks, supplements, and fitness apparel in the near future.
“Our recent partnership with Target is one of many steps we’re taking toward continued growth. Now, not only is tgin an affordable and effective hair care solution, but is also highly accessible for those who prefer to shop in store. We’ve been asked repeatedly by Target shoppers just when will our products be available at Target? We’ve always taken into account the needs and concerns of our customers and so, naturally, we listened,” says Chris-Tia.
Along with select Target locations, the tgin Moist Collection can be purchased online at www.tginstore.com, on Amazon.com, and at local health and beauty supply stores nationwide and abroad. Each product retails for $14.99 and can also be purchased as a set at a reduced cost. tgin ships internationally with free shipping on domestic orders over $50. For more info on tgin products, visit www.thankgodimnatural.com.
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About tgin
tgin (www.thankgodimnatural.com)is an all-natural hair and skin product line for individuals  looking to live healthier lifestyles. At tgin, we believe in the healing powers of nature. From organic African shea butter to sulfate-free shampoo, our goal is to become the premier resource for natural hair and skin care. Living well and maintaining healthy, natural, and quenched curls, kinks, and waves does not have to cost a fortune. Each of our products is made in small batches using the finest natural and organic ingredients. None of our products contain parabens and phthalates and none of our products have ever been tested on animals. As we strive to bring you to a superior beauty experience, we have made it our priority to protect this beautiful planet and to give back to our community whenever possible—not because it’s trendy, but because it’s the right thing to do!

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Welcome a Son

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Congratulations are in order for Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. The couple has welcomed their second son.
Genesis Ali Dean arrived on December 27th at 1:52 AM weighing in at 6lbs 5oz.
The singer announced the birth on her Instagram page writing:
“The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy!! we are so grateful!! #blessings!!”
The couple who wed in 2010 already have a four-year-old son named Egypt.
Congrats to the couple!

Stephanie Kemp is a writer, poet, natural hair lover, and social media specialist. Follow her on Twitter @stephanie_poet.

Titi Branch, Co-Founder of Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair Care Line, Dead at 45

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Our hearts and prayers go out to the Branch family.
The Washington Post has reported that Titi Branch, 45, one of the co-founders of the super popular natural hair care line, Miss Jessie’s, died Dec. 4.  Titi’s death was  the result of an apparent suicide but that has yet to be confirmed.
Titi, who we all knew for her famous crown of fluffy blonde curls, was credited with creating Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, one of the brand’s signature products, and being the business mind behind the operations. Along with her sister Miko, they opened their  first salon dedicated to curly hair back in 1997 in Brooklyn, and launched their product line, named for their grandmother, in 2004. With a powerhouse marketing team, Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Cream and the Super Sweetback Treatment gained a cult like following and become a favorite of many natural-hair celebrities like Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry. Who could ever forget, “The Best Damn Curly Pudding, Period!
Miss Jessie’s was an inspiration to us all.  They were without a doubt the leaders of the pack when it came to natural hair care, becoming one of the first major hair care lines to gain distribution in  Target, making products for natural hair more readily available and mainstream. Even today, Miss Jessie’s can be found in Wal-Mart and major drug store chains, such as CVS, Walgreen’s, and Duane Reade, pioneering the way for other entrepreneurs like myself to follow in their footsteps.
“I get so inspired when people meet us,” Titi Branch told Ozy last December. “It’s just a hair product but to them it’s so much more. It has such an impact.”
We will always remember you Titi. Your legacy lives on. You are gone, but never will you be forgotten.
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12 Amazing Gift Ideas for the Natural Hair Maven

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Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way! It’s almost that time ladies! The holidays are approaching us! If you don’t crave the thrill of waiting until the last minute to slide into Walmart hoping they have something left that hasn’t been opened, ran over or ripped to shreds, that you can gift a friend, then you are probably planning your gift ideas now. It can be hard finding the perfect gift for your friends, especially the natural hair maven that knows all and has all regarding natural hair. Don’t fret we’ve got you covered. Five of them can be purchased right here on our website!  Here are our top twelve gifting ideas for the natural hair woman in your life!
1. Thank God I’m Natural
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Thank God I’m Natural! The book that started it all. Your friend will definitely appreciate this great read! Chris-Tia Donaldson takes us along her journey of becoming natural. From almost getting fired from a prestigious law firm, to tips on hair care and styling from some of the hottest hair stylist in the industry. Deemed the “Natural Hair Bible” by Essence magazine. Your friend will be thanking you for years to come for this gift that will last a lifetime.
 
2. African Black Soap
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If your friend is as serious about her skin as she is about her hair, she will adore TGIN’s African Black Soap. African black soap has the ability to detoxify the skin by drawing out toxins from under the skin’s surface, leaving behind clean, gorgeous skin! At only $4.99 this is an amazing steal and wonderful gift!
3. TGIN’s Moist Collection plus Twist and Define cream
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Let’s keep this TGIN party going, shall we? No natural hair mavens hair wardrobe is complete without TGIN’s product line. The shampoo, conditioner, daily butter, and honey miracle mask all work effortlessly together to moisturize, detangle, condition and style the hair. TGIN’s twist and define cream is perfect at holding curls and twist in place without leaving any residue! These products will last your friend months on end and will keep her hair looking fabulous all year long!
4. Bling Tee
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A little bling anyone? Bling tee’s are back for the holidays! Give your girl the gift of bling, with TGIN’s fashionable and fun bling tees! Sizes range from small to XXL so they are perfect for the natural diva of any size!
 
5. Shea Butter
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You can’t have amazing hair and neglect your skin! TGIN’s shea butter comes in a variety of  amazing scents that your friend is sure to love! A crowd favorite is sugar pear! Pick up your gal pals favorite scent so she can keep her skin baby soft all winter! While your at it, get one for yourself! You will love it’s smooth buttery texture and enchanting aroma.
6. Satin Pillowcase
 
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Is your bestie way too fly to sleep with a bonnet, scarf or Ceily braids? Or at least that’s what she tells you. Keep her curls protected with a silk or satin pillow case! Silk pillow cases keep hair protected and are much better for a natural’s tresses than cotton pillow cases which can cause breakage. She will appreciate this gift of beautiful sleep without breakage.
7. Artwork
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If it’s one thing a natural truly appreciates, it is a depiction of themselves. A beautiful queen rocking her natural hair! Deck out your girls house with art work that she can truly appreciate. There are plenty of great and affordable pieces of artwork depicting natural hair women on etsy. Check out The Artista along with many other great artist on esty for some amazing pieces you can gift for any occasion.
 
8. Deva Curl diffuser
 
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The Deva curl Deva Fuser is perfect for winter! Does your girl love rocking wash n’ go’s, but never has the time to dry her hair? The Deva curl diffuser quickly dries hair all while creating perfect tendrils of curls! This gift is perfect for the girl on the go and will keep her curls perfectly defined even in the winter.
9. Huetiful Steamer
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Have you caught your friend walking around with a plastic bag on her head with oils dripping down the side of her face? If so, upgrade your girl immediately! Give your friend a huetiful hair steamer! The huetiful hair steamer works to hydrate, strengthen and condition hair. The steam lifts the hair cuticles allowing for conditioner and oils to deeply penetrate the hair shaft leaving hair well moisturized and conditioned.
 
10. Fashion scarf
 
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Is your partner in crime a fashionista? She will love having a stylish and sleek scarf that she can use on a bad or great hair day to add a little spunk to her do! There are so many great ways to wear hair scarves and she is sure to find one she loves!
11. Earrings
 
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Another popular item on Etsy! We are loving these natural earrings! If your friend is always including natural pride in her wardrobe, grab a few pairs of creative earrings for her! She will love them!
 
12. Nudred
 
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If your ace is starting the locing process or wants to keep her twa more defined, the nudred system is perfect at defining natural hair into short twist! This process only takes a few minutes to transform a short fro into a beautiful twist set!
There you have it! Twelve amazing gifts for the amazing natural hair woman in your life!
 
Which of these products will you be gifting your girl this holiday season?
 
Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician, Mac makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago, follow her on Instagram @Ashleyvsrenee!

 

Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson this Weekend in New Orleans

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Singer, fashionista, and Beyonce’s younger sister Solange, 28, tied the know with her director fiancé Alan Ferguson, 51, this weekend. The two who’ve been engaged since June, have been very good about keeping things private, so it’s to be expected that the wedding would be kept low key.
The entire wedding party and guest donned all-white with Queen Bey, 33, in a short, fitted white dress. Solange sported a stunning Humberto Leon for Kenzo floor-length gown with an attached cape.
House of Dereon designer Mama Knowles, 60, kept it classy in a long-sleeve, floor length gown. Earlier in the day, Solange and her fiance rode white bikes through New Orleans while she wore a white Stephane Rolland jumpsuit. She then changed into her gown for the ceremony in the Holy Trinity Church in the Bywater area. ok
This will be Solange’s second marriage. She was previously married to Daniel Smith and has a 10-year-old son, Julez from the union.

Congrats to Solange and Alan. May you have many years of happiness!
 
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And then there was the after party. Solange Knowles and her new husband led the way in a second line parade, a New Orleans tradition, joined by Beyonce and Jay Z.  The couple danced the night away with friends and family, making us  jealous that we weren’t invited.

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Stephanie Kemp is a writer, poet, natural hair lover, and social media specialist. Follow her on Twitter @stephanie_poet.
 

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