Nappys de Babi, a natural hair group in Ivory Coast, is paving the way for the re-introduction of natural hair care in the West African country. The word ‘Babi’ is the nickname of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s bustling capital.

In Ivory Coast, straight hair is the ideal. Many women use relaxers, or wear weaves and other extensions. Additionally fair-skin is highly desired and advertized, leading to the widespread use of carcinogenic whitening products.

According to one of the founders Miriam Diaby, “Society frowns on ‘afro’ hair overflowing all over the place.” Bibi Gagno, owner of the website, male stylist Ange-Dady Akre-Loba, as well as Liliana Lambert, a half-European, are part of Nappys de Babi to contribute to the de-mystification of afro-textured hair.

Nappys de Babi’s community has grown to 2,400 members. They hold meetings every two months to share hair care tips, information and their experiences of going natural.

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The Times got a lot of heat for the phrase, and Elignon defended the line and his profile of Brown in an interview with TPM on Monday.

Elignon lamented to TPM that those criticizing the phrase did not take the rest of the profile into account.

"I guess I will say I totally understand where people are coming from. But I think my problem is, I’m curious with a lot of the criticism if those people have even read the entire story because the opening anecdote involved Michael seeing an angel," he said. "I caution against cherry-picking one line or one paragraph because I would say largely everything before and after that is mostly positive about his life."

But when speaking to Sullivan, Elignon said that the “no angel” description “wasn’t perfect.”

"Hindsight is 20/20. I wish I would have changed that," he said.

In her blog post, Sullivan added that the Times should not have published the article on the same day as Michael Brown’s funeral, and she said that pairing it with a positive profile of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, “seemed to inappropriately equate the two people.”

She concluded however, by praising the profile as a whole.

"In general, though, I found Mr. Eligon’s reporting to be solid and thorough," she wrote. "I came away from the profile with a deeper sense of who Michael Brown was, and an even greater sense of sorrow at the circumstances of his death."

Really? A deeper sense of who Mike Brown was?