Black Girl Threatened With Expulsion Over Hair Goes Back to School

After allegedly being told that she would have to leave her school unless she cut her hair, 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke has returned to classes Monday at Faith Christian Academy without making any changes to her self-described "puffy" hair. » 12/02/13 1:50pm 12/02/13 1:50pm

The Misguided Campaign to 'Bring Back the Afro'

When is a compliment not really a compliment? When is praise not really praise? Here's a hint: When you're a white man reminiscing about the good old days, when black people wore Afros. Talk about reducing something complex to something simple. » 4/02/13 6:00pm 4/02/13 6:00pm

How To Give Barbie An Afro (And Call It A Halo Instead)

People who were part of the Black Pride movement of the 1960s also took pride in wearing their hair natural instead of using straightening combs or chemical relaxers. Their pride in African culture was an Afro-centric view that really shook (read: terrified) most middle-class Americans. The way they wore their hair was … » 12/16/11 6:00pm 12/16/11 6:00pm