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Cicely Tyson: “My Natural Hair Inspired a Movement” | Natural Icon Throwback

Who doesn’t love Cicely Tyson? A woman who has a career that has spanned five decades; an ageless beauty, an actress, and humanitarian! I recently came across a video where she says she set the off the Natural Hair craze during her time as a TV actress.

Shortly after appearing on live TV with her new haircut, Tyson was asked to audition for the series “East Side/West Side.” She landed the part of secretary Jane Foster, and kept the natural, short style. “That is what created the natural hair craze,” Tyson says. “I got letters from hairdressers all over the country telling me that I was affecting their business because their clients were having their hair cut off so they could ‘wear it like the girl on television.'”

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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