Saturday, November 27, 2010

"Going Natural" makes the news

Sometimes as a natural hair blogger and enthusiast, I am still always shocked when natural hair makes the news. Be it shown in a good or bad light. And quite frankly, I've seen it more in a negative light than a positive one. Remember the story about homeboy who couldn't go to his homecoming dance because of his locs?

But then there are stories like this one. Either it was a super slow news day in West Palm Beach, Florida or natural hair is really a big deal. You already know what I think.


Watch. And tear up if you're mega sensitive like me.


13 comments:

Shana said...

I got so teary watching this...same reasons I did it once and for all but most importantly for my children-for my son so he can see all forms of beauty and for my baby girl so she can see her own.

janel said...

hey b--i certainly got a lump in my throat watching this, but because the reporter said that she was worried about appearing professional---WTF?!? if your hair is neat, clean, suits your face and personality and you present yourself as professional, WHY wouldn't you appear professional? believe me, i've seen some "melanin-deficient" folks that are "professional" that look like "who-did-it-and-why?" at work and they are still perceived as professional, even on their worst day. why are we still at the stage of "we (black folk) have to be twice as good, look twice as "professional", do twice as much work, etc." to be perceived as professional or "worthy" of anything? i went back to natural/started locs for ME, not because i wanted to be professional; i'm already professional, no matter how i wear my hair. 'nuff said! love ya girl!

SASSY said...

Love this! Girl u are always on time...I needed to see this. Luv u girl!

Sheryl

TBASS said...

I didn't think I was sensitive...but I guess I am because I too teared up!! However, it is stories like this one that makes me proud to be au natural....and I hope my confidence can shine through to help someone else...keep it up ladies...you never know what little one is watching!!! STRONG LIKE STONE..EVERY COLOR BROWN!!!

Natasha Vincent, Crazy about personal care! said...

It was great to see a variety of women BCing. Interesting support from co-workers, too.

I wonder if the extension community will try to find less aggressive solutions? But then again, it seems to me that extensions/weaves were meant to be temporary styles mainly for theatrical use...not daily wear.

Can't wait for locs to make the mainstream news in a positive way.

Shantana R said...

I didn't think I was going to get emotional either...but towards the end...it just made me feel proud...thanx for sharing this story with us! def inspirational...now time to share this story with the world!

IMPerfect said...

Just the pick me up that I needed!

Lace Wig Guru said...

I am not even natural and no disrespect natural is not for me at the time, but I got teary eyed as well because I feel like this is a beautiful yet powerful movement stating that its okay to be natural and it should be accepted and not classified as nappy! Thanks for sharing keep up the good work!

LA Jefferson said...

This was wonderful, Loc Rocker! I cldn't help becoming emotional watching because I remember the days feeling unpretty because my hair wasn't long & flowing. Matter a fact I was just telling my daughter how in my days if wearing my hair straight that I only loved it when it was freshly done. Even though today I still get a bit frustrates with my locs (usually when it's time to wash & retwist) but I've been happiest with my hair since I locked. However, I do wonder what I'm going to do with my hair after locs.

Execumama said...

I felt such a sense of pride watching these women kick the stereotypes and stigmas right in the ba-hine! I'm SO gonna show this to my girlies tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this!

so blu is ninja too said...

I never thought I would be all sensitive about natural hair. But watching this baby girl... I've been natural for 5 years and it's the first time that I truly understand what's going on . I've worn extensions non stop since jan 2010. And I feel the need to somehow come out of those and back to my natural hairstyles. thanks

Loc'd Essence said...

Thank you so much for posting this. It's good to see a Black woman in the media finally begin to come to terms with her natural self. But it's so sad that our young girls are still struggling with their natural beauty. We've got to work harder to build their esteem. Thanks again.

Expanding Beauty said...

Thanks for posting this vid!!!!