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

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(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 unacceptable’. Shortly thereafter, I also…

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Exclusive Interview w/ Father of Girl Sent Home for Wearing DreadLocks- “We Just Want Our Story Heard”

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Tiana Parker This morning 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 unacceptable’.  KOKI, reported that Tiana’s father, Terrence Parker, pulled her out of classes…

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Afro Puffs, Politics and Privilege

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by Erica Thurman of EricaThurman.com  “So what? You wear your hair natural. Now, add darker skin to that. Add a different physique. How much harder do you think things would be for you? You’ve been acting like there is an equal playing field even among people who occupy the same category of oppression. The fact is that you’re a skinny,…

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The Politics of Natural Hair

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by Jor-El of Manemanblog.com Recently I came across a posting on Curly Nikki’s site that asked the question, “Does Natural Hair Make You Blacker?” If you are a Black American then more than likely you have explored this question or even had a discussion about it with friends. So does natural hair make you Blacker? In my opinion…yes and no….

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Michelle Obama and the Politics of Natural Hair

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Image taken from NaturallyCurly.com’s article‘Michelle Obama and the Politics of Natural Hair’ TerraD writes: A post on another curly blog, made me think….What would happen if Michelle Obama, our lovely First Lady, were to go natural? Now put your creativity cap on for today’s question: What would Mrs. Obama’s natural, signature style be? Twist out, Bantu Knot out, etc. Why…

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Tresses of Choice

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Check out this article on NYTimes.com. Big thanks to Ashley for the heads up! “When it comes to straightening hair or letting it be natural, the choice still pushes deep emotional buttons for many African-American women. Others ask, why can’t hair just be hair? Nine black women discuss their hairstyles and the attitudes surrounding their hair.” Listen, and weigh in!…

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