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Open Letter to Allure, The New York Times and Other "Lamestream" Publications: If You Don't Know, You Better Ask Somebody

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.07.2016 | Media
Ama Yawson

You know the drill. One of you mainstream, aka "lamestream," publications publishes an article or statement perhaps about a "current" topic and diverse readers lash out against you all for cultural insensitivity, cultural appropriation, or general cluelessness.

The Most Important Lesson to Teach Children

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education
Ama Yawson

The world has become a very uncertain place due to rapid technological and cultural change. We are reminded of change when we remember iconic companies that each employed thousands of people such as Enron, Pan Am, MCI Worldcom and Arthur Anderson. Those companies no longer exist.

WeNeedDiverseAnimation# Because BlackLivesMatter#

Ama Yawson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Media
Ama Yawson

How do we eliminate the bias against black skin which seems to be so inextricably linked to issues of discrimination that have a real impact on the progress of African-Americans? Economic investment, legal reform and improvements in education are certainly needed. But, I also believe that positive multicultural media is part of the solution.

E! Fashion Police Masks Racist Speech Towards Zendaya As Comedy

Ama Yawson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.

The Gift of Afro-Textured Hair In Pictures

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.06.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

In addition to interviewing Lurie Favors of Afro-State of Mind about the steps needed to overcome hair-bullying directed at afro-textured hair, I contacted thought leaders and asked them why afro-textured hair is a gift. These are their responses.

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

How to Get Rid of Black Women With Kinky Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The trend of integration in the natural hair movement may contribute to the erasure of kinky hair textures in the media.

Sunne's Gift's: 10 Reasons Why All Little Black Girls Should Rock Natural Hair

Ama Yawson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can't imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now.