Tag: Natural-hair

NFL Player-Turned-Filmmaker Celebrates Natural Hair

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. Matthew A. Cherry, a wide receiver who played with…

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

“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. Alexis McGill Johnson Alexis McGill Johnson is the co-founder and executive director…

Report: Beauty Products for Black Women Have More Health Hazards

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. Last week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington-basednonprofit and nonpartisan environmental organization specializing in research and advocacy, released the report “Big…

Federal Court Rules It's OK for Employers to Prohibit Dreadlocks

An insurance claims processing company in Alabama, Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS), refused to hire Chastity Jones, a Black woman, because she has dreadlocks. In a 3-0 decision, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of CMS last week, asserting that it’s legal for companies to refuse employment based…

Gabby Douglas: Women Athletes Subjected to Bullying, Sexism on Social Media

The Olympian faced unwarranted scrutiny by the public, which is a reflection of greater societal issues. By Sheryl Estrada Reuters In a repeat performance, during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio social media users criticized Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas while she represented the United States with athletic…

Black Marine Pushes Corps to Expand Hairstyle Policies

By Sheryl Estrada Staff Sgt. Cherie Wright. Photo credit: DVIDS Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller approved on Monday locks and two-strand twist hairstyles for women serving in the Marines. Staff Sgt. Cherie Wright played a major role in theapproval. Wright was an advocate and a sponsor…

Hair Braiding Hindered by Iowa Laws

The Institute for Justice (IJ) is again joining Black women in the fight to deregulate state laws that restrict African-style hair braiding services. The IJ, along with hair-braiding entrepreneurs Aicheria Bell and Achan Agit of Des Moines, Iowa, filed a civil suit in Polk County District Court on Oct. 28…

Natural Hair: To Straighten or Not To Straighten

By Sheryl Estrada Angela Green, weeknight anchor for WNCT in Greenville, N.C., stands by the advice she gave an intern to straighten to her natural hair “just to please everybody.” In acell phone videoposted on her Facebook page last week labeled “Natural hair or nah” Green askedviewers to weigh in…