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Coco Austin is responding to critics accusing her of cultural appropriation.

Ice T’s wife shared a photo last week of her new summer hairstyle … braids. She suggested in the post that it took a long 8 hours to style, but that she loves her new summer look. But here’s where things got controversial — Austin named her new hairstyle “Da Coco Swoop.”

Folks instantly started accusing the mother of one of appropriating black culture. One user commented, “Had she just showed the style and kept her mouth shut it wouldn’t be a problem with me, but then she renames the braids is a huge problem. That is cultural appropriation. She didn’t do it to be malicious. She that white subconsciousness wants to rename the style. What white people have been going for CENTURIES. Furthermore, Ice T is on my coon list for not defending his people. Prime example of what Dr Umar meant when he said when you another race you marry their culture and agendas too.”

Someone else simply wrote, “Cultural appropriation on fleek.”

Following the firestorm of comments, Coco fired back with a series of Instagram videos.

“So, recently I got social media’s panties in a bunch because I did braids to my hair. This is so stupid,” she said. “I can’t believe I’m talking about it, and I believe this shouldn’t be turned out to be a race thing. But, this is what happened: I did my braids and I called them the Coco Swoop.”

She continued, “I name all my styles that I do to myself. These are called the Coco Swoop. The braids before were called the Bo Derek braids. And it’s a Coco-ism. I’ve always done it.”

“Why can’t we all rename hairstyles or braids? That sounds so stupid. Why is everybody claiming something they shouldn’t? I know braids have been around for thousands of years. Don’t you think I know that,” the reality star asked her fans. “If I want to wear a pineapple on my head, then I should be able to wear a pineapple on my head and call it the Pineapple Cocowop. I don’t know. You see where I’m going with this? Why is everybody hating?”

According to Austin, this should not be a race war. “People rename hairstyles all day long. Look [at] Beyonce. Beyoncé, she does this hairstyle, and now it’s the Lemonade, but no one’s gonna get mad at her, right? So, at the end of the day, this shouldn’t be a race war,” she said.

Austin addd, “This should be a ‘human thing.’ Right? Everybody should be able to do it. It’s a ‘human thing.’ Give that a shot. Not a race war. It has nothing to do with race. But this just goes to show you that no one reads the captions underneath pictures, otherwise you would understand that this is not an issue. It’s something that I do. It’s a Coco-ism.”

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  1. Lenord Ogans

    July 24, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    You live in a country that allows freedom of self expression and speech.You be you and they will be they.

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting

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Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”

 

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