I don't want to insinuate that discussions about how racism impacts Black men are not important. Of course they are. But Black male issues constitute the vast majority of conversations about oppression towards the Black community.
It's Q1, recruiting season, and whereas I don't have any job interviews lined up right now, I was suddenly apprehensive about having an "ethnic hairstyle" in front of people who would be scrutinizing everything about me, not only my professional qualifications.
The shift from relaxers to natural hair, often referred to as the natural hair movement, is the source of many of the potentially major changes occurring in the market.
I've been a fan of one particular natural hair vlogger, Taren Guy, for a little under a year now. Guy began vlogging about her natural hair journey in June 2009 and has since continued, creating videos that cover a wide range of hair topics, as well as general issues facing women.
Do you know how hard it is to find a black girl with hair like yours? It was my first peek into the supposition that my hair does not belong to me but, rather, is part of some trenchant responsibility and deeply engaged in identity politics whether or not the body/mind attached to it desires such.
Color is sensational. Color is electrifying. And color can be, well, kinda confusing. Especially when going in alone without your professional stylist. No matter what your color conundrum, here are some sure-fire tips for achieving perfect color every time.
Whether fried, dyed or laid to the side, unless you're the head that's wearing it, the stylist behind it, or an innocent bystander eager to offer a compliment or trade hair tips, leave the hair alone.
A wealth of knowledge for upcoming makeup artists and hairstylists.
Mothers, tanties and teachers: It breaks my heart to tell you this but you unknowingly slipped something toxic in your home-cooked chicken soup for the soul and fed it to your daughters and granddaughters. You told us that in order to enter woman-hood and embrace all the beauty that comes with it, we must undergo a painful rite of passage called the chemical relaxer, perm or hot comb.
Please understand that with all the many issues that are facing blacks in the public sphere, hair should be something we should all strive to look past as a debate.
After a lot of soul searching, tons of products, a few emotional breakdowns and plenty of prayer, I was finally able to embrace my natural hair. But like they say, "it takes a village" -- which is why my journey would not be complete without the awesomeness that is Anthony Dickey.
"My hair was broken, extremely short and I developed patches of psoriasis on my scalp that never went away."
The growing number of white women who are choosing to cultivate their curls instead of straightening them are not referred to as a movement in the way that black women's shift to natural hair is.
You Can Touch My Hair was a way of telling those who have stolen a touch how it makes me feel -- like an object put on display. But I also wanted to use it as an opportunity to further understand why someone might think that act or solicitation is okay and why black hair is such a novelty.
She gently touched my hair and gleefully exclaimed "it's so soft." While that was a sweet sentiment, I was left feeling of awkward and violated -- even though I allowed the touching. However, I loved that fact that opening myself to this opportunity in turn invited a very real and honest conversation with the woman.
In the "You Can Touch My Hair" exhibit, the Others, black female participants, consent to the ogling in hopes of deconstructing the curiosity for mutual education. The exhibit and the exhibited are forced to confront each other's questions about race.