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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