Texas Finally Realizes The Difference Between Braiding And Cutting Hair


Philadelphian Patrice Banks couldn’t find a female auto mechanic when she needed to get her car fixed six years ago, so she quit her job as a materials engineer and took a degree course to become a mechanic herself. Now she leads workshops for women who are wary of whether or not mechanics are trying to swindle them, to teach them everything they need to know about how their car works and how to perform basic repairs. Next up for Banks will be her own auto shop, which, she says, will be “beautiful” and true to her roots as a manicure enthusiast – nail salon and all. [ABC]



It’s not just heavy-handed legislation that keeps abortion inaccessible to women who are in more rural locations and need it the most – it’s also that, in the first place, there’s a lack of educational and hands-on learning opportunities for medical students and doctors in residence. In the second place, doctors who do have that education, either by luck or resourcefulness, tend to cluster in regions where abortion is already accessible and where the law is friendlier to their practice. It makes sense, but it’s leaving women in places like Kansas and South Carolina in need. [Atlantic]



Texas has been requiring hair braiders, who don’t use chemicals or tools, to adhere to the same licensing requirements as barbers and cosmetologists for – well, as long as anyone can remember. The licensing requirements require training on sanitation and teaching space that doesn’t even apply to hair braiding, and it’s resulted in all sorts of bureaucratic red tape and even sometimes arrest for noncompliance for hair braiding entrepreneurs. Thankfully, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill exempting hair braiders from these pointless requirements, in hopes that it’ll encourage the growth of small businesses in Texas. [RawStory]



In celebration of the Blu-Ray release of Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Friday Foster, here’s a profile of blaxploitation force-of-nature Pam Grier and a handy analysis of her movies and the part they played in the 70s conversation about social change. [Flavorwire]
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