'Love & Basketball' Star Sanaa Lathan Celebrates World Afro Day — Check Out the Throwback Pic

"Love & Basketball" star Sanaa Lathan shared a picture of herself embracing her beautiful afro hair to commemorate World Afro Day and she looks so gorgeous. 

Sanaa Lathan loves her curls and she ain't afraid to show it. The "Brown Sugar" actress recently celebrated World Afro Day with a stunning photo of herself rocking her natural hair. 

In the photo she shared on Instagram, Lathan looked gorgeous as she flaunted her short curls. Her luminant skin glowed as she flashed her pearly whites at the camera. 

Sanaa Lathan attends Step Up's 14th annual Inspiration Awards on June 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Sanaa Lathan attends Step Up's 14th annual Inspiration Awards on June 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images.

SANAA LOOKS STUNNING

Lathan put on a pair of tear-drop shaped earrings with fringes. Rocking a casual white tee, she kept the makeup to the minimal. Even her smokey eyes were not very done, yet she looked stunning. 

Lathan chopped off all of her hair last year and revealed the new look on Instagram.

The actress decided to chop her locks back in September 2018 for a movie. When she first made a huge decision, she was terrified because it was a massive, life-changing step for her. 

In a 2018 interview, she revealed that her character in "Nappily Ever After" was in crisis and it was an emotional story. Her character had to shave her head so Lathan obliged. 

 EMBRACING NATURAL HAIR

After the dramatic chop off, Lathan's exes and other men started calling her, hoping to get back together. Although she was scared to cut off her hair, she felt like it was perfect timing. 

Lathan chopped off all of her hair last year and revealed the new look on Instagram. Naturally, her look caused a stir on the internet and she was showered with love and support

Speaking to EW about how she got involved in the project, Lathan revealed how she first thought they could get a nice, realistic bald cap for the role. Shaving her head was out of the question. She said:

"Then, as I kind of dived into Violet’s journey, and really thought about the themes of the movie, I just knew that I couldn’t not shave my head, so I went from there."

WHY SHE SHAVED HER HEAD

On top of that, "Nappily Ever After" was kind of a love story that was about falling in love with one's authentic self and embracing their bodies and hair just the way they are. 

That is why the actress was so committed to telling the story. Before that, she always took care of her long mane that almost reached her waist. She never even colored her hair. 

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