AT: Hi, tell us a little about yourself? What makes you tick?
EC: Oh, I’m SO bad at the “tell us a little bit about yourself” question. So I’ll just say I fell in love with writing when I was seven years old, and that love of story has guided my path ever since
AT: How would you describe natural beauty?
EC: I think it’s making the choice to dictate your own terms of what is beautiful.
AT: How has that definition of natural beauty true in your life?
EC: At one point I just kind of decided I was gorgeous. That’s been the gift of my 30s. Someone could come up right now and try to tell me otherwise and I’d be like, “No, you’re wrong. And moreover, you’re an idiot if you can’t see it.”
AT: What inspires your style?
EC: I don’t have a very specific style. I grew up with Madonna and so I try to change up my look yearly. I rocked glasses and sweater vests last Fall, and right now I’m transitioning into yet another look – something really simple and funky.
AT: What are your most valuable qualities?
EC: I think everything is funny. Even the things that aren’t funny. That comes in handier than one would suspect. Also, I’m in head-over-heels love with the human race.
AT: If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower? And how would you change the world with it?
EC: I think like every other mom out there, I really would just adore the ability to multiply. I don’t know if that would change the world, but it would certainly help with my to do list.
AT: When and Why did you go natural with your hair?
EC: I went natural when I was 17. Basically because I was both political and lazy. I wrote all about it here CurlyNikki and here BGLHonline
AT: What are your favorite hair products?
EC: If Oyin Handmade ever goes public, I’m going to be the first to buy stock. I use their Whipped Shea Butter, Shine & Define, Brown Sugar Pomade, AND their Whipped Pudding. They seriously need to like put me on a poster or something, b/c I represent.
AT: What is your favorite hairstyle?
EC: I love putting in four cornrows at night along with some whipped pudding and Shine and Define and Aloe Vera Gel. It takes 15 minutes and your hair looks awesome when you take them out.
AT: What movie is guaranteed to make you laugh?
EC: I don’t rewatch movies. But back when I did, UNDERCOVER BROTHER was my go-to.
AT: What do you love about wearing your hair natural? Greatest challenge?
EC: I love the versatility of natural hair and how the growing out process MAKES you change. Just when I get settled on one style, my hair kind of outgrows it. I love that. I find nothing challenging about being natural.
AT: How does the media influence your self-image?
EC: Rather positively. It feels like there are a lot of natural women in commercials these days. But even when there weren’t, that was cool. I like being different.
AT: What is your victory statement or positive self-talk? What allows you to rise above inundation of negativity. What keeps your beauty pure on the inside?
EC: There’s a line from “The World Should Revolve Around Me,” this fantastic Little Jackie song and it goes, “There’s only one me in the galaxy.” And then there’s another line: “Ain’t nothing gonna come between me and my Afro.” I absolutely live those two lines.
AT: Is there anything else you would like to add?