Melissa Harris-Perry (msnbc) recently devoted a portion of her show to the topic of black hair. Specifically discussing “the politics of black hair” her guests included actress Nicole Ari Parker of Broadway’s Streetcar Named Desire, University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler, cultural critic Joan Morgan, and CurlyNikki.com founder Nikki Walton.
If you don’t know anything about black hair, like zero information except that it is different from your own, then watch the first video. It’s short and informative. Go ‘head, learn yourself something.
The rest of the clips are equally enlightening and if you have the time I recommend you watch them. Even better, forward it along to a young lady who might be experiencing a hair crisis right now. Don’t sleep, WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE!
PSA: “Teachable Moment”
“How Black Hair Matters”
“There’s Big Business in Black Hair”
“The ‘Great Moments’ In Black Hair”
My favorite quote came from Joan Morgan re her extremely close cropped hairstyle:
The first layer is what do these so-called radical choices mean. Mine is not that radical, I’m really lazy when it comes to hair. Three hours before your producer called, I had just stepped out of the barber’s chair. Summer? I just don’t want to do anything. That is the reason for this. If you start with “Hey Nubian Queen, you’ve already missed the boat.”
I’m not gonna front, I’m getting closer and closer to that line of thinking. Straight, curly, natural, relaxed, weaved or locked, if you’ve got more than 2 inches of it then you have work to do – ALWAYS!
Last point – I don’t care who you are, what color you are, ethnicity, gender, etc, nor do I care if you also happen to rock your own natural hairstyle DON’T EVER TOUCH A WOMAN’S HAIR WITHOUT ASKING FIRST! Whew. I didn’t think I would need to spell that out but apparently it is a problem. If it’s a close friend that’s one thing but if the woman is a complete stranger and you are simply curious then don’t be surprised if you get cussed out or worse (punched in your throat) for taking liberties. Curiosity is fine but use some common sense people. Sheesh!