In the age of the internet, keeping up to date with what’s happening should seem to be so simple, but with so much information coming out every day you can easily look over some big stories happening now. As you might have guessed, a fair amount of my time is spent reading, absorbing and obsessing over articles I find and I don’t want you to miss a thing, so here are 7 stories I loved that are trending now!

South African students protest their school's rules on natural hair

We're no strangers to the words used to describe natural hair. Unkempt. Untidy. Unpresentable. Distracting. Just this month a Louisiana high school was lambasted for their arguably racist school policy stating that "hair styles that are extreme, distracting, or attention getting will not be permitted. No dreadlocks, cornrows, twists, mohawks and no jewelry will be worn in hair." Now, students at Pretoria Girls High in South Africa are protesting their school's stance on natural hair.

Zulaikha Patel is a 13 year old student at Pretoria Girls High in South Africa, who told CNN "the issue of my hair has been a thing that's followed me my entire life, even in Primary I was told my hair is not natural, it's exotic, my Afro was not wanted or anything like that and then the issue followed me to High School." We've been following the protest, and not surprisingly our NaturallyCurly Facebook community has shared an outpouring of support

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Natural hair in Elle Canada

ELLE Canada is paying tribute to black hair in their September issue, featuring a collection of hairstyles including afro puffs, baby hair and braids. Their Beauty Director, Vanessa Craft, shared on Instagram that she has "wanted to do a shoot like this for a long, long time - a visual love letter to the girls I grew up with and the women we all have all become. Hair is such a hugely important part of our world and I wanted to celebrate it authentically. (P.S. I have worn every hairstyle in this shoot at some point in my life. Bantu knots is a personal fave)." 

That TODAY show segment

Even if you didn't catch Deepica's natural hair segment on the TODAY show, you probably saw the backlash on social media. This is what actually happened .

Twitter clapped back

Once again Gabby Douglas was receiving hateful comments online over hair, and Twitter users snapped back at the trolls. These are the
best Twitter clapbacks to Gabby Douglas's hair .

Real curls on the runway

Embracing natural hair texture and color is making big waves on autumn and winter catwalks
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Taylor Swift's making a comeback

Taylor Swift was seen sporting her classic waves once again! C'mon Taylor, bring back the curls.
Alicia Keys with no makeup at the 2016 MTV VMAs
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Alicia Keys is keeping it natural

Alicia Keys puts her best face forward at the 2016 MTV VMA’s showing off her natural beauty with no makeup.

Stan Lee speaks out

Stan Lee is defending the decision by the directors to cast Zendaya Coleman as Mary Jane.