There is something particularly violent about White women being the phenotypic referent of beauty in every social space. While it can make life logistically difficult for folks who do not share physical characteristics with whites (like hair, skin type, figure, etc.), the real problem arises when that difference is seen as a flaw. This is especially frustrating in public spaces like the workplace as a Zara employee recently learned when she wore box braids to work.
This story brings institutional racism to the forefront of the conversation, but at this point, is that to anyone’s surprise?
A family in Hopewell, Virginia said that their seventh grade child was forced to leave his private school because he would not cut his dreadlocks.
What kind of world is it where an honor roll student is getting suspended because of a…design in his hair?
A mother in Alabama is voicing her strong, adamant opinions because her 7-year-old student was sent to the principal’s office and initially suspended because the school did not like the design of his new haircut.
Women in the United States Marines will now have the ability to wear twisted and locked hairstyles during their service.
An interesting trend executed by white women on social media is emerging.
A growing number of Caucasian females are using the #nappyhair hashtag to describe their locs.
Ever since she was born, Blue Ivy has been in the spotlight. It’s a no-brainer when you have Jay Z and Beyoncé for parents.
But the narrative has primarily revolved around the child’s hair. So much to the point where a Change.org petition was created to get the celebrity duo to comb it.
The following piece originally appeared on Jet.com. It was written by Krishana Davis and appeared under the title of “Leave Blue Ivy’s Hair Alone!”
By: Krishana Davis
In the past three or four years as natural hair has become more mainstream—kinky curls are popping up on the heads of actresses in television commercials, curly girl products are invading the aisles of your local Target and blogs and vlogs dedicated to natural hair care are swarming around the web. With nearly as much speed, an army of women, some natural and others not, have popped up in the comments section of posts about natural hair to critique, comment on and often slander women’s choices as they go through their natural hair journey.
25-year-old Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin is a criminal justice student at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
As she was standing near a bus stop along Highway 281, she began taking pictures of a police speed trap. Her actions landed her in the back of a squad car.
A Michigan police officer yanked a young mother’s head back and hacked off her hair while she was in custody. And it’s all been recorded on video.
The incident, which took place at a Warren, Michigan jail was captured by surveillance cameras placed in the facility.
A young girl who faced expulsion for her natural hair has been allowed to remain enrolled in her school. 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke says that school officials gave her one week to decide whether to change her hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando.
Vanessa has attended the parochial school since the third grade.