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A New Hair Social Order

glam TWA, Katia by Dori Phelps So, first of all I want to state some givens. I’ve been black all my life. I don’t know what it is like to be anything else. My life experience consists of the fact that I have never been skinny: never very large but svelte is not a category …

Congress Demands U.S. Army Grooming Standards to Change

source by Devri Velazquez On Tuesday, March 27th, 2014 we published an article titled Are the Proposed Army Changes Discriminatory to Women With Natural Hair?. This post outlined the new regulations the U.S. Army’s AR 670-1 created on natural hair.  Read On!>>> The Congressional Black Caucus recently penned a letter to Secretary Charles Hagel of …

Reclaiming the word “Nappy”

PHOTO CREDIT: MARC BAPTISTE by Sabrina Perkins Nappy was never a word you wanted to hear or be associated with when I was growing up. I’m a part of Generation X, the latch-key kids, Atari players, the generation after the baby boomers. If you were born between 1965 and 1980, you are a part of …

My Curly Hair Was Holding Me Back at Work

by Sabrina Perkins 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 …

A Statement From the Parker Family- ‘7 Year Old Tiana Hopes to Continue to Inspire Young Girls’

(Photo courtesy of Curtis Young/Available on Associated Press) Last week I shared the heartbreaking story of 7-year-old Tiana Parker. She was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because her hair was deemed inappropriate and distracting. According to the school’s policy, ‘hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are …