Natural hair criticism is often weighted, carrying with it tinges of racism. Nowhere was that more apparent than in attacks on Lil Mama’s full Afro. A commenter even called her a “shocked slave.” Lil Mama addressed it for the first time at the Global Fusion Festival in Philly in an interview with

“I posted the picture of my hair and people were, like, ‘Omg you look like a shocked slave!’ I didn’t get one comment from a white person about my hair. All of them came from the sisters that had these bullsh** helmut weaves looking like a fake a** Nicki Minaj. They don’t know who they are. And the people they’re looking to for guidance don’t know who they are either, which sucks.”

Click here to see the rest of the interview and the picture Lil Mama posted.

It’s always troubling to see sisters attack each other, but the sting of these insults cuts deeper still when signs of internalized racism are present. The fact that commenters equated kinky hair with that of a slave shows just how ignorant and hateful people can be online.

What do you think of Lil Mama’s response to critics of her natural Afro?

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  • When I first went natural there was one young girl on my college campus who remarked that I looked like a slave. When my friend told me about it, I was really offended but now that I look back I don’t see why. For one, What does a slave look like? There were plenty of house slaves with “good” hair but guess what? They were still slaves. Secondly, there are people that will always be unhappy with themselves and try to project their insecurities on you. Keep brushing them off Lil Momma!

    • Karen

      Good point!

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