Here for the Royal Wedding Hair, the Natural Ones Especially

Last Saturday, American Actress Meghan Markle married her fiance Prince Harry of Windsor at the St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in London, England.

The event infused much of Markle’s African American lineage including Episcopalian Bishop Michael Curry who stirred attendees in person and across the globe watching on TV, the Internet and various devices streaming the early morning nuptials with his love-themed sermon that included Negro spirituals and quotes from the late great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A young Brit musical genius of Sierra Leonean and Caribbean parentage, Sheku Kanneh-Mason from the world renown musical Kanneh-Mason family performed a few cello solo pieces.

 

And equally notable was the selection of Ben E. King‘s R&B song “Stand By Me” performed by a famed South London Gospel Choir called The Kingdom Choir. Besides the fact the group’s rendition of the song was soulful and quite appropriate for a secular piece at a religious ceremony, the choir themselves had gentle movements and were dressed impeccably in coordinated clothing of blush pink, grey and blues.

And topping their heads was all sorts of natural styles from pompadours to the conductor grey flat twists, I was loving it, similar to the reasons I shared about Meghan Markle’s mom’s locs, but also because at a time when natural hair is not often celebrated and often times is political and weaponized. (Kids are still getting punished and kicked out of schools for wearing their natural African hair), it is great to see it on a national stage with so many people to admire it in all glorious forms.

I loved choir director Karen Gibson’s cornrows pompadour look.

Check out my screen shots from the video of the performance below: