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.
In today's New York Times, Ruth La Ferla contemplates the Afro; in today's WWD, Sarah Ballentine describes breaking her addiction to weekly blowouts. Apparently, natural is in.
The Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, Ohio issued a new dress code this month. In the letter — obtained by the blog Black Girl Long Hair — a lot of the things not permitted make sense: No sagging pants, no hats or caps, no frayed or ripped uniforms. But no afro-puffs?
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. Yeah...no. Talk about reducing something complex to something simple.
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…