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School Rejects Black Child for His Dreadlocks, Calls Police on His Dad: #GrowingUpWhileBlack

C.J. Stanley Sr. walked his son outside of the school, and filmed his reaction to discrimination.


C.J. Stanley Sr. took his six-year-old son to A Book Christian Academy in Apopka, Fla., for his first day at school, but C.J. Jr. was turned away because of his dreadlocks. The school had a policy on no long hair for boys, and the fact that C.J. offered to put his hair in a pony tail didn't help.

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Lena Waithe Explains Why She Decided to Cut Off Her Locs​

Waithe is no longer letting stereotypes stand in her way.


For many Black women, hair is tied to identity. Award-winning screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe said queer stereotypes prevented her from cutting her hair, until now.

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Amandla Stenberg Passed on 'Black Panther' Role to Make Room for Darker-Skinned Actors

"I recognize 100 percent that there are spaces that I should not take up," Stenberg said.

Amandla Stenberg, 19, best known for her role in "The Hunger Games," explained in a recent conversation at the TIFF Next Wave Festival in Toronto why she walked away from the audition process for Ryan Coogler's box office smash, "Black Panther."

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Black Entrepreneur Buys Essence to 'Return Ownership by the People It Serves'

SheaMoisture founder Richelieu Dennis acquires the media brand from Time Inc.

Richelieu Dennis

Richelieu Dennis, founder and chairperson of Essence Ventures, purchased Essence Communications, which includes the magazine and its parent lifestyle brand, from Time Inc. The media brand that has been embraced by Black women since the 1970s returns to being ran by an entirely Black-owned independent company.

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Banana Republic Manager Who Told Black Employee to Remove Braids Fired

After being told her hairstyle is too urban, Destiny Thompkins took to Facebook to expose "blatant racism and discrimination."


A white Banana Republic manager who informed Black employee Destiny Thompkins that her box braids hairstyle is too "urban" and "unkempt" for the clothing store and wouldn't schedule the 19-year-old for shifts unless she removed them is now out of a job.

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Black Marine Pushes Corps to Expand Hairstyle Policies

Sergeant was catalyst to bring Marines in line with the rest of the armed forces in regards to twist hairstyles.

By Sheryl Estrada

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Natural Hair: To Straighten or Not To Straighten

A North Carolina TV news anchor sparks national debate with Facebook posting on natural hair.

By Sheryl Estrada

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Hair Braiding Regulations in Texas Continue to Unravel

Texas has impossible regulations on the hair braiding industry impeding upon the businesses of Black women, which a new bill may change.

Photo By Shutterstock

By Sheryl Estrada

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Fashion Police Attack Black Hair on Oscars Red Carpet

Guiliana Rancic, host of E!'s 'Fashion Police', made stereotypical and offensive comments about actress Zendaya Coleman's dreadlocks during the show's critique of Oscars red-carpet fashion.

Zendaya Coleman

By Sheryl Estrada

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QVC Hosts Mock Black Model's Natural Hair

Host Sandra Bennett has apologized after video surfaced of her mocking a Black model's natural hair on live TV.

By Sheryl Estrada

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Titi Branch, Black Beauty-Industry Queen, Dies at 45

Branch, the co-founder of Miss Jessie's natural-hair products, was found dead at age 45.

By Chris Hoenig

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