Posts tagged "black hair"

Tulsa School Sends 7-Year-Old Home From School Because Afros, Dreadlocks Are “Unacceptable”

What kind of racist bullshit is this?! A charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent a seven-year-old Black girl named Tiana Parker home from school because her dreadlocks were considered "unacceptable." But dreads aren't the only  hairstyle that's not A-OK with Deborah Brown Community School: according to Raw Story, the school policy state…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2013

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will "correct the information" in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org] School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Debate This: Should Black Women Allow Others To Touch Their Hair?

This week, Antonia Opiah, the founder and editor of the black hair site Un-Ruly.com, launched a temporary exhibit on black hair texture. Noting that non-black people have long held a fascination with black hair, and that she'd frequently been asked by total strangers if they could touch her head, she created…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 7, 2013

I Always Wanted To Ask: The Frisky & Madame Noire Discuss Good Hair Vs. White Hair

When we sat down to record our "I Always Wanted To Ask" video series with Madame Noire, we discovered that there were a couple of questions we had for each other that kind of overlapped, including on the topic of hair. Veronica, Brande and Victoria wanted to know whether we, a…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 29, 2013

Rhonda Lee, Black Meteorologist, On Getting Fired For Speaking Out About Her Hair

Two weeks ago, we were disturbed to learn the story of Rhonda Lee, a black meteorologist who was fired from KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, after she responded in the comments, kindly and politely, to two racist Facebook posts written by viewers on the station's page. One of the racist posts, in fact, had even bee…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2012

Will You Lighten Your Hair For Summer?

Typically, light hair is for the summer and dark hair is for the winter. But recently, I decided to buck the trend and colored my hair jet black (well it was supposed to be Midnight Blue, which is black with a hint of dark blue, but I have yet to notice any blue). It had…
By: Annika Harris / April 20, 2011

“Sesame Street” Schools Black Girls On The Beauty Of Their Hair

"Sesame Street" has aired a new song, "I Love My Hair," aimed at young black girls to teach them to value and love their natural hair. The character dances and sings in every little girl hairstyle imaginable, from a small Afro to ponytails to cornrows to twists. This is an important lesson for black girl…
By: Annika Harris / October 15, 2010

Quotable: Chrisette Michele Explains Why She Shaved Her Hair

"A lot of times [black women] go through different things with processing our hair from relaxing to color treatments, especially with heat styling so being out on the road I had to do a lot of that every day from show to show and it was my price for beauty. The turning point for me…
By: Annika Harris / May 13, 2010

African-American Hair Braiding Salons Tied Up In Legal Battles

Bureaucracy has not taken kindly to practitioners of African-American hair braiding. In Illinois, there's been a crackdown on salons that offer the service and haven't conformed to the state's ridiculous regulations—if you want to braid hair, you need a cosmetology degree and a license, which takes hours of time and thousands of dollars. While…
By: Leonora Epstein / May 4, 2010

Essence’s Makeover Tool Not So Magical For Natural Women

I was really excited when I learned Essence.com had launched a makeover tool, "Makeover Magic," because I thought it would give me some options for styling my locks. Boy, was I wrong! Not only does the tool not have hairstyles for dreadlocks, but it doesn't feature any natural hairstyles. Most of the looks are one…
By: Annika Harris / December 22, 2009

Whoopi Goldberg: “The Reason Black Women Want Straight Hair Is Because It’s Manageable”

Today on "The View," the ladies discussed "Good Hair," a documentary by Chris Rock. Whoopi Goldberg made the startling revelation that black women don't straighten their hair because they want to be white, but because they want manageable hair. "It's less about the larger culture and more about 'I don't want…
By: Annika Harris / October 7, 2009

We See Chick Flicks: Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”

Starring Chris Rock, Nia Long, Al Sharpton, Raven-Symoné, and Andre Harrell Directed by, Jeff Stilson Written by Lance Crouther, Chris Rock, Chuck Sklar, and Jeff Stilson Have you ever sat in a gym locker room and wondered why black women don't wash their hair after an invigorating workout? Or wondered how your black coworker went…
By: Annika Harris / October 7, 2009

Black Hair: The Debate Untangled

To straighten or not to straighten is still a heated debate within the black community, as the New York Times article, “Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics” points out. The topic came up recently when 11-year-old Malia Obama was criticized for wearing her hair in twists while visiting Rome this summer. She wa…
By: Annika Harris / August 28, 2009