hair politics

Vanessa VanDyke Won’t Be Expelled for Her Hair But…

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She still has to style her hair according to school guidelines. Earlier this week, 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke, was threatened with expulsion from her private school unless she made changes to her hair. According to Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fl., Vanessa’s hair was considered a...

White Women With Black Hairstyles: Does It Miss The Mark?

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Photographer Endia Beal wanted to find a way to open up a dialogue on race, gender and expression, so she pulled out her camera and enlisted the help of various white women from Upstate New York. What resulted was Beal’s series called, “Can I Touch It?”...

For Tiana: A Care Package FULL of Locs of LOVE

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Earlier this week,  7-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from the Deborah Brown Community School because of her dreadlocks were deemed a faddish hairstyle and unacceptable according to the school’s policy. During an interview with the local news station, Tiana is seen crying because she...