Black TV Newswoman Vows To “Go Natural” With Her Hair

At the beginning of reporter Rochelle Ritchie’s TV news career, she was told she had to get hair extensions. Like millions of black women, Rochelle has worn long, shiny extensions and wigs because she thought it made her look more professional. For six years, she “faithfully” wore wigs and weaves and progressed up the corporate ladder. But that’s come to an end. “After years of manipulation, I took the break step of going natural,” she now says on this great five-minute-long segment on WPTV. From now on, Rochelle will be reporting from West Palm Beach, Florida, with just her own ‘do — and she looks gorgeous. Rochelle also talked to the mother of a young daughter who was getting teased at school for her natural hair, so the mom decided to make a drastic hair choice herself. If seeing the little girl talk at the end of this post doesn’t make you tear up, your heart is made of stone. [WPTV via Feministing]

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