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Florida's Hope Scholarship Looks to Stop Bullying But Leaves Out Black Students

Why are Black children always targeted for their hair?

Florida's new school voucher program was designed to help students escape bullying in public schools by giving public funds to students to attend private schools.

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UPDATE: Christian School Changes Natural Hair Policy After Backlash

The school had rejected Faith Fennidy's hair extensions stating, "Only the student's natural hair is permitted."

After a social media video went viral showing Christ the King Elementary School student Faith Fennidy being sent home crying because the school rejected her hair extensions, the school announced on Monday it has withdrawn its policy that "Only the student's natural hair is permitted."

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Christian School Says Black Girl's Hairstyle Isn't 'Natural,' Sends Her Home: Video

"My sister Faith and many little Black girls wear extensions ... the school sneakily added in a policy that no extensions, clip-ins or weaves are allowed," Steven Fennidy said in a Facebook post.

UPDATE: Aug. 29, 2018

After a social media video went viral showing Christ the King Elementary School student Faith Fennidy being sent home crying because the school rejected her hair extensions, the school announced on Monday it has withdrawn its policy that "Only the student's natural hair is permitted."

"School officials said when the issue arose, they immediately reviewed the policy and recognized that there may have been sensitivities that needed to be addressed," according to WDSU.

Fennidy and another student who showed up to Christ the King in Terrytown, La., with hair extensions are now able to return to school after their attorney filed an injunction.

"Neither family have yet to do so," reports WVUE.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Her Struggle with Severe Hair Loss

"'Oh my God, am I going bald?' It was one of those times in my life when I was literally shaking with fear," Pinkett Smith said.

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Hairstyles have both cultural and political significance within the Black community. From locs to Afros to press and curls, the intricacies of hairstyles are especially understood among Black women. It's an extension of self-expression.

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'Afro Queen' Miss Jamaica's Natural Hair Celebrated

Amid Miss Universe contestants with straight, blown-out hairstyles, Black women on social media admired Davina Bennett's Afro.

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Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett competed wearing her natural hair at this year's Miss Universe pageant, causing a social media stir in admiration of the "first Afro queen."

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Lupita Nyong'o Slams Magazine for Editing Out Her Natural Hair

"There is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against Black women's complexion, hair style and texture," Nyong'o wrote.

Lupita Nyong'o took a stand against her natural hair being digitally altered for the cover of Grazia UK magazine. The Oscar-winning actress refused to allow "unconscious prejudice" and set standards of beauty negate her "beautiful, kinky, coily hair."

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'Game of Thrones' Star is Happy Her Natural Hair Stands Out

"My hair is a part of my mixed-race heritage. It's a part of me," said Nathalie Emmanuel.

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Nathalie Emmanuel's decision to wear her natural hairstyle as a professional actress is not only self-affirming, but shows women that it's possible to be your authentic self in Hollywood.

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NFL Player-Turned-Filmmaker Celebrates Natural Hair

Matthew A. Cherry's upcoming animated short film, "Hair Love," tells the story of an African American father learning to style his daughter's hair.

Images courtesy of "Hair Love" character designer, Vashti Harrison (@VashtiHarrison)

A pro football player who switched careers, swapping his cleats for cameras, is focusing his next film project on a subtle slice of life many can relate to: the relationship between an African American father, his young daughter and her hair.

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Taraji P. Henson's New Short, Curly Hairstyle Has Meaning

Henson's stylist shared the reason behind the cut, and DiversityInc asked Tamika Katon-Donegal, an L.A.-based Black actress, why she wears her natural curls.

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Actress Taraji P. Henson's short haircut showcases her natural curls, which her longtime stylist Tym Wallace said shows she's all for "Black girl magic."

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Study: The Social Psychology Behind White Biases Against Black Natural Hair

White women "had the strongest explicit attitudes that were negative. The significant bias is a challenge for Black women that has to be acknowledged," Alexis McGill Johnson told DiversityInc.

"The 'Good Hair' Study: Explicit And Implicit Attitudes Toward Black Women's Hair," released last week, reveals that even though more Black women are embracing natural hairstyles, biases toward natural hair continue to exist — even within the Black community.

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Report: Beauty Products for Black Women Have More Health Hazards

Researchers say ingredients in products pose a risk of hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive damage and cancer.

An analysis of hair and beauty products marketed to Black women found that approximately 1,177 products contain more potentially harmful ingredients than products promoted to the general public.

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