Thursday, April 9, 2009

Newspeople Tackle Natural Hair!

I know, I know! I said I was taking a break. But I kept seeing this video around the webs, so I couldn't go without posting it.

It's a news report by the Fox affiliate in Chicago -- about black women going natural so they the have freedom to exercise.

I work in the news bidness, but sometimes I can't help but shake my head and think to myself, "A bit late to the game, are we?"

And I'm not sure how I felt about the anchor banter. Or the use of the term "ethnic hair"... But enough about what I think. I want to know your thoughts. Give it a watch and discuss in the comments section.

And I'll go back to my blog vacation, I promise! :o)


9 comments:

SassyHazel said...

wow, i have been natural for about a year now, doing the braid thing. I stil am not great at styling my natural hair, in fact i'm terrible, but learning. I can't believe they actually put that on the news though. Although it is easier to work out natural.

FullComplexity said...

I can't believe she said, "that's one of the advantages of having ethnic hair; thank goodness there's one."

wow...

His Daughter said...

i have to give her props and i hope she keeps it. it looks beautiful. the "ethnic hair" thing doesnt bother me - i did'nt like the only one advantage thing. but myb she just havent had it long enough to appreciate it. i am happy they r taking notice though - kinda late but hey ill take it!

Bronze Trinity said...

I thought a lot of the anchor banter was offensive too. I agree with the line Fullcomplexity mentioned too. It seemed like the report was done from the position that straight hair is the norm and is professional and natural Black hair is not.

I thought it was really shallow and simplistic (typical of tv news) to only focus on having natural hair in order to exercise without commenting on other reasons or the pressure to have straight hair that Black women experience.

It bugged me how the White anchor asked "What the heck happened to your hair" as though its worse. It also bugged me that the whole attitude was that the hair was easier to manage not that it actually looked good. The segment was called going natural but they only showed straw sets and braids on women who might not actually have natural hair, it wasn't mentioned clearly. It was just done from a negative point of view.

I bet the female anchor will get a lot of racist comments and it would be a shame if those comments made her go back to straight hair. I mean can't anchors have curly hair or a looser curl, it has to be bone straight? They didn't mention at all how it is racism that makes employers discourage so called 'ethnic' hairstyles. I give the whole segment a FAIL!

Nicole said...

Ridic anchor banter aside, I stopped relaxing and put in braids so I could go to the gym. I kept sweating out my relaxer! I did find it interesting that the retired woman said she only went natural after she retired from corporate America, and the model who can "only do" straw sets. I say sod corporate america flaunt the kinks, curls, and naps with pride.

ValeriesWorld said...

Very interesting, I have been natural for seven years now and mostly my hair in flat twists. Straightened hair is nice on sometimes, but what an easy life it is when it is natural. Being natural, you are professional.

Naturally Beautifully ME!!! said...

I just posted this video! Being natural does have its advantages when it comes to working out but is it really unprofessional? I don't think so.

goldenchica said...

I was so glad this was working: I've seen it on other blogs but there was always an error when I tried to play it! I liked the article because I'm in college and just BC'd six months ago, so my family has a lot of questions about how I'll be considered professional with this hair.

LivingGolden said...

I was really offended by most of this. The message it seems to be sending is that natural hair is a sacrifice you have to make in order to be healthy. When I stopped perming my hair, I did so because I was tired of the chemicals and the constant routine. I think most naturals would feel the same way. Being able to work out/swim/whatever is just a side benefit, not the reason for going natural. I find the use of the term "ethnic hair" offensive because I find it's a term people use when they're not sure how to classify something related to non-white people/culture, i.e. ethnic food, ethnic clothing.

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