A little over a month ago I saw Hair Love trending, and assumed it would be a thread showing pics of black women embracing their natural hair styles. But it was Mathew Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver's now Oscar winning short animated film Hair Love that was melting hearts and causing a sea of tears from people like myself. From a fathers attempt at styling his daughters hair, to a mother embracing her newly shaven head, the film represented fatherhood, a child's determination, and unity from an African American family rarely seen in an animated format. During Cherry and Toliver's acceptance speech they encouraged all to support the Crown Act. Crown standing for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, is a bill that would protect against discrimination based on hair texture and protective styles. This bill wouldn't just protect DeAndre Jordan, a high school teen who was told if he didn't cut his dreadlocks, he wouldn't be able to walk the stage during graduation. The bill wouldn't just protect Kerion Washington who was denied a job at six flags because of his locks, but it would also protect me. I'm not going to act like I grew locks because I knew the history of Rastafarians and the Biblical quotes that discourage the cutting or processing of their hair. It was because before my mother took her place with the angels, I watched her hair transform from two strand twist to a head full of locks, and she gave me the courage to do the same. Doesn't matter if you're rocking the Florida Evans style bush, an even steven, sister or dreadlocks, your education, or employment opportunities shouldn't be determined based on your refusal to conform to a baseless set of unwritten rules of what is and isn't acceptable. Go to thecrownact.com to sign the petition to make sure Hair Love Wins again.
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US VS US.. BY JACINTA HIGDON
The media has always rushed to shine a negative light on the African American community whether they are a prominent figure or just an average member of society. When African Americans were finally awarded the opportunity to change the narrative at the anchor desk, the expectations were they wouldn't allow themselves to be a pawn. Gayle King had the opportunity to interview Kobe Bryant's long time friend former WNBA player Lisa Leslie. During the interview King brought up previous sexual assault charges Bryant was acquitted of seventeen years ago. Lisa Leslie responded to Kings question by saying, "I have never seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way." Gayle Kings rebuttal was, "But Lisa as his friend you wouldn't see it." King initiating the question as if the history of the black man being falsely accused of raping white women never existed suggested she was aligning her self with the "Tear the black man down agenda." Snoop's viral response calling Gayle King out of her name along with the "before we come get you," statement was not only dramatic, harsh, and unnecessary, but also reckless. Fifty Cent also doubled down on the disrespect along with most who have access to social media. But where was this same energy when Abigail Disney tweeted, "The man was a rapist. Deal with it!" Maybe Snoop thought about all the white women who watch him and Martha Stewart and decided not to throw on his head wrap and attack the heiress to Disney. And since Fifty Cent has a new show debuting on the ABC network which is owned by Disney, guess he couldn't afford to lash out on Abigail who's comment was far more disrespectful than Kings question. Claiming someone has an agenda, while maintaining your own agenda voids your "Selective Outrage." If your counter to the "Tearing the black man agenda down" is to verbally attack and "Tear down black women" then it isn't us vs them, it will always be US VS US.