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Woman Becomes Multiple Amputee After Botched Booty Injections

I asked y’all before, but I need to ask again. Help me understand:

April Brown was once a cosmetologist, fashion designer, and working mother of two daughters.

She’s now a multiple amputee. She says hospitalizations after unlicensed cosmetic procedures led to life-threatening infections.

Professionals removed her limbs last year to save her life.

“I got the butt implants five years ago,” said Brown. “For five years, I lived in pain. Excruciating pain.”

April Brown won’t identify the unlicensed practitioner who injected her with silicone. She will only say it was somewhere near Western and Manchester. Brown tells us, her own lack of self-esteem issues are mostly to blame.

“They call it butt injections,” she says. “These things are done at pumping parties. They call it medical grade silicone but a lot of it is industrial grade silicone.”

Brown’s case recalls similar incidents in Florida.

But Brown feels she’s a survivor, empowered by the words of loved ones who feared she would die.

“We don’t validate each other,” she says. “We really don’t know how our friends feel about us, unless we have very expressive friends.”

Brown envisions a new career as a motivational speaker. Meanwhile, loving daughters Courtney and Dayne are grateful she’ll be home for Mother’s Day.


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Now, when I asked before, I got the following:

have you ever been on the bus and when it finally comes you dread having to stand up because you would have to stand up in front of a bus full of black folks looking at your square ass?

have you ever been at the atm and had a passerby scream at you, you aint go no asssss damn! nooooo ass!

you ever been chilling with your girls and start watching videos like, in them jeans, back that ass up, my neck my back and had a dumb look on your face because, you, a black girl, ain’t go no ass at all?

you ever been talking to your friends and one of them said, damn, yo! she got BODY!

you ever been around plus sized girls that talk about real women having curves and you are plus sized but minus ass?

you ever been reading comments on one of your favorite blogs and see a comment that reads , ”
They have different body frames then southern Black Americans, whereby their weight is sometimes distributed on top. Excerpted from Q&A Wednesday: Can We Talk About Booty Implants, Please? | A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss ”

I am southern, I am black, and I don’t have an ass.
It is not a norm in the black community to have an ass.

It is one of the most horrible feelings, and worst insecurities to have as a woman. a black woman.

you cant fill out jeans. you’re constantly pulling up your pants. your constantly being dissed by other black folks.

once my best friend in the whole wide world told me that her girlfriend called people with flat asses sponge bob.


the worst part is that people always say that white girls ain’t got no ass. i work with a lot of white folks and let me tell you. i rarely see white girls with flat asses. they may have little buts. but they at least have a round shape. it isn’t like a continuation of your back.

some days i stand in front of the mirror and slide my hands down my back and hope to feel a curve, and i never do.

black girls without asses are considered less authentic, less attractive, abnormal, weirdly shaped.

you ever go to a club & a guy friend gets behind you to dance and you feel like the world is coming down on top of you because you have nothing to toot.

dancing with no ass can be such a bad experience.

i say all of this to say that to say that people have their reasons for wanting the butt injections. and i can speak for black girls who grew up with a no ass complex.

your daily lipstick, your dove, your shampoo. all of these things have a high toxcity rate yet people use them everyday. think the fda wouldn’t put it on the market? think again and go to the skindeep website and learn that fda only test like 5% or less of most hygiene and beauty products. so while folks are criticizing folks for wanting or getting implants they do shit every day to risks there lives ( texting and driving, flying planes, sky diving)people do what they want to attain the quality of life they want to have. period. we all take risks.
some people dont want to be called and feel like
pancake ass
or white girl ass
or it looks like someone kicked your ass in

this is the kind of ass that lunges couldn’t grow or any other type of excercise. there is a lack of fat in the backside.

I think someone else said they would get butt augmentation in a heart beat. While, I always feel liek I would I dont think I wanna go under the knife. But I wish I could in a way.

It’s been a real tough rode and self confidence is hard to maintain to not have an ass. Our society puts a lot of pressure on asses and stop blaming pop culture because its not always that. sometimes its our favorite blogs that may assume all black women have ass. it could also be our best friends, or strangers on a bus.

So these are the kinds of folk who want/get implants.

…but then, I also got this:

There is no reputable doctor that could perform this procedure in the US, because as of now there are NO approved medical procedures–or rather, no approved safe injectible substances in the United States.

So…again. She’s lost multiple limbs. She said, “I got the butt implants eight years ago, so for five years I lived in excruciating pain.”

She “won’t identify the unlicensed practitioner who gave her the injections?”

Help me out? Also, can you please “validate” someone you love today, before she goes to a pumping party to get validation, in the wrong way, from the object of her desire?

By | 2017-06-10T11:25:29+00:00 April 8th, 2014|Standards of Black Beauty|31 Comments

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and crtified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because lol why not.


  1. Monica May 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    I know full well what it’s like to be a black girl with a flat booty. It does create insecurity. Mine isn’t even *that* flat, but compared to the cultural expectations it isn’t “good enough”. All my life I have to hear “you still don’t have any ass though”. My boyfriend gives me compliments on my butt and it’s hard for me to believe, especially since my ex used to call me “Spongebob Square Ass” smh I kid you not. Lunges and squats have helped give me shape, but I will never ever have a large butt. I happen to have found someone who accepts it. Thankfully, I will not get ANY cosmetic surgery because it’s a risk I’m not willing to take. In the grand scheme of things, I simply HAVE to find validation elsewhere.

  2. Jocelyn May 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    I feel sorry for this woman because society tells us if we don’t look a certain way we aren’t attractive and now we are doing anything to make that happen. I have also been talked about because my butt is not flat but it isn’t as big as the stereotypical “black woman’s butt”. But as I lose weight I rather find ways to shape my butt but I refuse to “try” something life altering as these butt implants have become.

  3. Vee May 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    OMG my heart goes out to this lady. May she be an inspiration to other women dealing with insecurities.

  4. Daria May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    My dad used to call me “suction butt” since I would put such an emphasis on having perfect posture and I had a flat ass. Maybe if I slouched more…? Anyway, I’m 33 now and after years of being embarrassed by not having an ass and missing out on the high-waisted jean trend because they made my ass virtually non-existent, I’m finally doing heavy squats, weight lunges, and deadlifts and, although it may be muscular and not “phat”, I am very happy with the butt I’ve built from scratch. My little sister, on the other hand, went and had surgery to augment hers.

  5. BlackBerry Molasses May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM - Reply

    I remember a few years ago when my mother, best friend and I went out for a walk (this is when I first started exercising) and MY OWN MOTHER announced “Christina has NO butt!” This coming from my African watermelon booty-ed mother, who I favor so much in the face– this crushed me. It hurt. And when I told her she was like “Oh, get over it.” But I couldn’t get over it.

    I think part of my weight training motivation was a quest for ass. When I asked my other big bootied friends where they got theirs and they were all like “Pork.” or “I was just born this way I guess”. Well, I don’t dine on the swine and I was not about to try and eat my way to an ass because its not guaranteed that the fat will go there. Based on my body type, when I gain it goes straight to my boobs. I have more than enough.

    So I became best friends with lunges, squats, the gluteal setting in the elliptical, the stair master… all in a quest for a bigger booty. What I got was a more shapely booty that became more prominent because I lost weight around my waist and lower back.

    I don’t know if my ass will ever be like my mom’s. Even when she was small, she had a booty and I’m built more like her sister who is busty and flat bellied. At least now, I have something that fills out jeans and dresses and toots skirts up nicely. But the insecurity remains. Whenever I see women with more ass and hips than me, I lust after her curves. I don’t think it will ever go away…. because the one woman I look up to as my closest body aspiration told me mine wasn’t good enough.
    She’s surely forgotten she even said that… but I never forgot.
    Its real out here, but I’m learning to love, accept and care for myself every day.

  6. Stefanie May 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM - Reply

    We must validate ourselves. but reading this story has made me vow to think twice when I want to talk about a woman who does not carry fat/weight on the butt…

  7. Kaila Heard May 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM - Reply

    I would like to think that stories like this would lead people to self love, embracing their unique curves but I don’t think so. I remember when there was a slew of articles and “specials” about the hardships women who had undergone botched breast implant surgeries were facing….and breast surgeries remain among the most popular surgeries to this day.
    I think messages about ‘loving yourself whether you look like the ideal or not’ appeal mostly to people who are willing to buck the norm or rebel against the system.
    Otherwise, a lot of people want to have the advantages that having the ideal assets provides. And even with my body loving principals to uphold, I understand.
    Whew, this was just a long way for me to say that this unfortunate outcome will not be the end of butt pumping surgeries.

  8. J May 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM - Reply

    Men make me sick. LOL My husband said that I don’t have an ass, but guess what? He doesn’t have an ass either and his ass is wider than mines, so take that. LOL Personally I don’t think men really care…they may prefer a nice round one, but in the end it doesn’t matter because I’ve been married twice. Besides you should never let anyone validate you. It’s just the way God made us.

  9. Vana May 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Reply

    I hear black men say all the time that they want a woman with a phat behind. So it is no wonder why some black women want to do this to themselves. I have never gotten negative feedback on my own behind. But if I ever did, it still would not motivate me to do something like this. But I understand the pressure and the ridicule a black women with a flat behind might face. It can be really painful and she may do anything to remedy the situation. And unfortunately there are people waiting to profit from such insecurity and put black women’s lives in danger.

  10. Tanya May 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM - Reply

    Very sad story, I understand her to a certain point. I’ve known since I was in the 7th grade that I lacked a behind, I purposely wore long shirts to cover it. As I became a woman I had more chest than behind and the men I dated claimed not to be into big butts but big thighs(I have but that’s another story,lol). When I work out in the gym I purposely focus on making it a nice shape, I know I will NEVER have a behind you can sit a drink on but just maybe it might be nice enough to get a second glance. Our society is so superficial, it eats away at so making people’s self esteem. You have to be be strong-minded and or spiritually grounded not to be sucked in by society’s approved body image.

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