Deepica Mutyala recently became known on the Internet as the destroyer of all that is good when she ruined the curls of a black model named Malyia McNaughton during a live segment on the Today Show. Many, including McNaughton, don’t blame Mutyala at all.
Of the many pressing questions raised by the Rachel Dolezal circus that was wrapped in a trainwreck and dipped in a forest fire, one of the things that stands out most for me is: How did she get her hair so on point?
In an essay for Entertainment Weekly, Tracee Ellis Ross talks about the importance of black women on primetime television having the freedom to wear their hair the way it grows out of their heads.
The Hair Cuttery is not a member of the natural hair movement, it seems. Neal Carter spotted an ad clearly being targeted towards black women for a "Straightening Up" package in the window of the salon chain.
The September issue of O just hit stands, and the cover model is, as always, Oprah herself. But the joyous-looking photograph by Ruven Afanador is special: Oprah's hair appears in its natural state.
"My hair is called an Afro," says Isis Brantley in the video above. The Dallas hairdresser hasn't cut her hair since she was 12 years old. She says it was that hair that led her to be chased down by a TSA guard and subjected to an extra patdown. The TSA claims she left before the full inspection was completed.
Some black women with natural hair report receiving hair pat-downs from TSA employees — in some cases while white women with similar hair sailed through. Is this a case of racial profiling?
• Here is a fairly convincing argument for male circumcision: It may help prevent penis injuries. Circumcised men are less likely to experience minor injuries during sex, says a recent study.
I spend so much time looking forward, sometimes I need a reminder to look back, marvel, and appreciate how far we've come.
For the premiere of the fifth season of her talk show today, Tyra wore her real hair. Then she sat down to interview Perez Hilton and pretended like she doesn't read his site or hate his guts.