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Sheryl Underwood said something crazy on national television.
Nikki Minage is showing her ‘real hair’ on Instagram.
White women are trying black styles for art and photos.
Girls are in the middle of Central Park allowing random folks to touch their hair.
Schools are sending kids home because they have dreadlocks.
Beyonce did not comb Blue Ivy’s hair… again.
You have to love the hair community; we go hard with the shenanigans, controversial topics and stories of people that need our support.
I think the thing I admire most about this whole movement for lack of a better term is that we have claimed a sense of pride about our hair, and about who we are as a people.
I know that sounds very ‘Al Sharptony’ but there is value in the voice, and by voice I mean, blogs, twitter posts, instagram pictures, video opinions and Facebook posts, whatever platform you might use to share your thoughts and talents.
And this doesn’t apply just to the people producing content, it also goes for you reading and sharing the content. If I could pen an open letter to the media bloggers and readers alike, this is what I would say:
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Recognize the power of your platform
One of the best effects of having media platforms that allow for mass interaction is the fact that we have single-handedly kept individuals with bad behavior accountable.
If you choose to tweet your feelings of disdain because Wendy Williams said that “natural hair doesn’t belong on the red carpet”, your tweet along with many others will become a big enough voice that will actually cause the talk show host to be quiet for one second and listen for fear of losing her fan base.
Not only are celebs, who we once thought to be untouchable, listening to us, but our community organizations including schools with disparaging rules have been forced to listen and change their rules as well.
With that said, what we do does make an impact so we have to tread carefully with our new found power.