Tag Archives: natural hair

Leave The Kids Alone: Black Children and Internalized Oppression

*sigh* It seems that a week doesn’t pass without some toxic, anti-Black foolishness making the rounds on social media. In today’s vlog I address particularly distasteful meme about Blue Ivy Carter:      

Whose Hair Is It Anyway

Over the past six months I’ve become increasingly agitated with the badgering and critique that black women who wear straight hair and/or weaves receive, mostly from “conscious black men”. This focus on dictating black women’s beauty choices truly perplexes me. A direct question to my brothers who are engaging in this behavior: why are our […]

Can I Live: A Rant on Natural Hair

It can be hard out here for Black women who do not straighten their hair and/or wear weaves. Over the past year a number of  stories regarding the treatment little black girls receive from other children and school administrators have come to light. In the latest incident 12 year-old Vanessa VanDyke was threatened with expulsion […]

On and On

The subject of natural hair is in the spotlight once again. Though I go easy on social media on weekends I did take note of the controversy that erupted on Twitter over comedienne Sheryl Underwood’s deprecating comments regarding natural hair.  I wasn’t shocked to hear of yet another Black celebrity treating one of the characteristics […]

Shades of Blackness: My Revolution Part I

“WOW…this is all…me”, I said as I stared at my reflection in the mirror. I beheld something that I had not seen since I was seven years old: myself with a full head of natural hair. It was October 1996, the beginning of my junior year in high school. Tisha had continued to press her […]

Shades of Blackness: My School Daze, Part II

*A note before we continue: the attached picture is a real ad from the 1940s. Sadly the message contained in it was still being conveyed when I was a teen, as we’ll see in this post. “So D, when are you going to stop relaxing your hair?” Here we go again, I said to myself. […]