Tag Archives: Discrimination

“I’ve Had to be Okay with Being Invisible to Men” |Wednesday’s Word

I absolutely love this article!

Here’s what I know: I’m cute and I have a great figure. Whoever sees me, sees me. Those to whom I am invisible didn’t merit my time in the first place.–Carolyn Edgar

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I believe every woman who returns to natural hair via the big chop goes thorough what Carolyn went through. Although she went from mid-back length locs to a TWA, rather than from relaxed to natural hair, the shock of seeing one in a different way can be traumatizing and spur regrets if one does not do it for the right reasons…that reason (in my humble opinion) being because they want to! I think it makes you develop character, self acceptance and leads to self confidence.

Video: Operation Black Hair

 

This past April, the army rolled out new regulations that essentially discriminated against black women with natural hair. Sergeant Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard launched a petition taking issue with the approved styles, which are the “costly,” “time-consuming,” and altered ones like relaxed and weaved hair. But The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams decided to take it a step further – via Operation Black Hair, to educate others on the “complexity of black hair.”

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Korean Beauty Supply | Vote With Your Wallet

This parody sums up almost perfectly why I do not frequent Korean or any Asian-owned beauty supply stores.

Prior to going natural, I like many other women, frequented their local beauty supply store for products needed to care for my hair.  In my experience most, certainly not all, will follow you through the store or at the very least, keep a watchful eye on you through the video cameras from behind the counter. I find these practices to be completely disrespectful; it’s as if they’ve already convicted you of stealing from the moment you walk in the doors…Some refer to this as “Shopping while Black“, almost similar to “Driving while Black“.   Not only that but it’s worthy to note that these stores, mostly located in African American communities, do nothing to actually give back to the communities in which they reside.  Hair and beauty is a billion dollar industry in the black community so I understand businessmen/women wanting to get a piece of the pie, but what about your dignity as a customer?