Did You Know That It’s #DuragHistoryWeek?

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All it took was one tweet from @fivefiths to get one of the most talked-about trending topics thus far this week. #DuragHistoryWeek is a celebration of all things du-rag.

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Du-rags have been around for ages, as has the mark they leave on the forehead if they’re too tight.

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If you don’t know a black person who’s owned a du-rag, you’re living your life wrong. The #duraghistoryweek hashtag has spawned some of the funniest, and even historical, photos of people wearing du-rags. From celebrities to random Twitter users sporting their favorite du-rags, here are a few of the best posts.

https://twitter.com/fivefifths/status/516901079637065728https://twitter.com/Seantaneous/status/516978016925532160https://twitter.com/RoyBeLike/status/516968807454085120https://twitter.com/LeanandCuisine/status/516995577025159168https://twitter.com/TheDiLLon1/status/516901788285665280

And who said only black people rock du-rags? White people have been Columbusing du-rags forever.

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https://twitter.com/Its_JustLawry/status/516961327475347456https://twitter.com/Lizzs_Lockeroom/status/517087343577419777https://twitter.com/tyronsaidso/status/516908540925972480https://twitter.com/CarsonMotz/status/517320495138893824

Did you know that the du-rag has an entry at Wikipedia? I’ll even forgive them for spelling it wrong. According to Wikipedia, the earliest use of du-rags was by 19th-century Ethiopian soldiers. But that doesn’t mean historical figures didn’t rock them, too.

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Look at Ras Mengesha Yohannes, son of Emperor Yohannes IV, on a horse, wearing his du-rag:

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The du-rag has evolved over the centuries from being used by black men with processed hair. It has also gone from being made from an old pair of stockings to a $5 product that can be bought from your local Korean beauty-supply store.

It’s safe to say that there’s history surrounding the du-rag, so it’s definitely worth celebrating this black hair-care accessory. I just don't recommend wearing one to a job interview.

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