Solange and Melissa Harris Perry Talk Black Girl Magic


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

One fierce former TV host, one talented artist, and the sound of hundreds of Stanford University students yassss-ing at the same time.

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Ava DuVernay explores racism and criminal justice in "13th"


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

From slavery to Jim Crow, from police to employers, racism has been a part of our narrative as people of color.

Legendary filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores how our justice system has been driven by racism in a new Netflix documentary, "13th."

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Got Locs? Here's Why You're Not Getting the Job.

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 by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

As if we don’t have enough to worry about with our natural hair, a federal court has ruled that dreadlocks are a reason not to give someone a job.

After Chastity Jones accepted a job offer from Catastrophe Management Systems in Mobile, Alabama in 2010, a white HR manager told her that her locs were against company policy because, "they tend to get messy, although I'm not saying yours are, but you know what I'm talking about." After refusing to change her hairstyle, her job offer was withdrawn.

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Tell 'Em Why You Mad, Solange


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Solange just wanted to dance.

Solange, her husband, Alan Ferguson, her 11-year-old son Julez, and his friend attended an electronica concert at the Orpheus Theater in New Orleans over the weekend. Their group was "4 of about 20 black concert goers out of 1500 here. 4 out of maaaybbe 20 out of 1500," Knowles tweeted.

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Across the world, women and girls are fighting for equal pay, equal rights, and access to quality education. In South Africa, students at the Pretoria High School for Girls are fighting against racism.

#StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh started trending on Monday after a 13-year old student was pulled aside by a teacher and told that her afro was too unruly. After deciding that her controversial speech about employment in South Africa and the ills of apartheid would lead to a suspension, the institution used its code of conduct to support the decision.
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Celebs Speak Up for Justice


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

We've criticized athletes and celebrities for not using their platforms to speak about the injustices in our community. We've called them to the carpet for remaining tight lipped in the face of the mass shooting in Orlando or the massacre of Black men across our country.

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via TheRawStory by Travis Getty 


The ACLU of Louisiana has come to the defense of a Rastafarian boy who has been suspended from school and forbidden to return until he cuts his dreadlocks.

The boy was sent home from South Plaquemines High School when classes resumed Aug. 8 because his dreadlocks extended beyond the collar of his shirt, in apparent violation of the school dress code.

After he returned to school the following week with his hair pinned up, school officials told the student his dreadlocks remained in violation.

Rastafarians believe Leviticus 21:5 forbids them to cut their hair, and dreadlocks are central to their religious beliefs.

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My Curly Hair Was Holding Me Back at Work



When I first went natural I was terrified of going out into the world with my new hair. It was my own hair but there was no straightening, wig, or weave to cover my curly texture.

It was just me.

I was received with welcome arms from most, but I did notice the silent stares by others. Despite that, I can honestly say I was treated no differently. Then, I switched jobs and it was like going from day to night. My immediate supervisor (who did not hire me, by the way) made it known that she did not like my curly/coily hair. The few times I would straighten my hair she would shower me with “ooohs” and “ahhhs” and “it’s so pretty this way.”

The last time I wore it straight to the office, she went so far to say, “it’s professional when you wear it straight and you should keep it this way.” I was stunned, infuriated, and high-tailed it to the ladies room to ruin my style with water and my spray bottle. Needless to say, it was the beginning of the end for that job and yes, there were other problems but the main problem was me not being accepted as me.

Are the Proposed Army Changes (AR 607-1) Discriminatory to Women with Natural Hair?


Thursday, March 19th, new army regulations as it relates to grooming and appearance were leaked online. The leaked information included a PowerPoint, Army Regulation 670-1 leader training, with explicit details and pictures explaining the new polices. Many of the new guidelines directly affect African American women in the Army.

Updated Female Grooming Standards include the following:

Clarifies unauthorized hairstyles (dreadlocks & twists)
  • Twists
    • Defined as twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a rope-like appearance.
    • Although some twists may be temporary, they are still unauthorized.
    • This includes twists formed against the scalp or in a free-hanging style.
  • Dreadlocks
    • Defined as any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair (or extensions).
    • Any style of deadlock (against the scalp or free hanging) are not authorized.
    • Any unkempt of matted braids or cornrows are considered dreadlocks and are not authorized.
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