Anthony Dickey wrote –
I’m still in awe of how the timing in our lives is so gradual and perfect. Just enough time goes by to learn how wrong life can be and what there is to learn to make it right. Images like those of Hush Puppy from the filmÂ Beasts of the Southern WildÂ — a beautiful, courageous, little black girl with perfect natural hair and an imagination — helps to take you away from old stereotypes and brings you closer to the person and their story. There is courage, freedom, history and pain in that hair. It’s her crowning glory!
And then she is trapped. Trapped by the notion of beauty that does not come always come naturally. Fried, dyed and laid to the side for the red carpet. I had hoped that after Viola Davis showed us how glamorous natural hair could be last year, that we would start to see more natural styles celebrated on Oscar night.
Our mammas protect us, and tell us how beautiful we are. Girls feel safe in the confines of their home and community. Once they transition to school they often enter a world where they start to believe that straight hair makes a girl pretty. It isn’t long before they come home asking to wear their hair like the pretty girls. How do we combat this?
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