“Cornrows are moving away from urban, hip-hop to more chic and edgy. “Just one Cornrow or a couple on the side is really cool, but they have to be on the right person with the right clothing. Obviously, McQueen is very gothic and strong, so that customer is looking for that Elizabethan or ‘Game of Thrones’ edginess.” ~LA Times
Read that quote? Tell me if you find anything wrong with it? So Cornrows, which have been around since ancient times and deeply rooted in the Black community just got cool? And the reason this is happening is because it is now moving away from what is described as Urban/Hip Hop (might I add, a Black stereotype) to something more chic edgy, high fashion and White. Folks like to get mad at us when we try to read more into things than we should, but I have no idea how that quote can be seen as anything other than insulting.
Just last week, J-Lo and Iggy Azalea made big butts cool and the thing to have, then Shonda was accused of being a typical “Angry Black woman” due to her new Black characters, who have some of the same emotions as her White ones in her rather successful dramas. White media has been really doing the darn thing when it comes to backhanded insults, and then retracting their statements as Twitter gives them well deserved tongue lashings.
Why should we be insulted
For me, it’s the fact that if I wore Cornrows back in the day, or even prior to it being somewhat ‘acceptable’ by a certain section of society that makes all things ‘right’, I would have been called out. I would have been considered too urban for my job, or too ghetto to attend a function with elites – in other words, not good enough.
When we as young girls sat between our mother’s legs to get the style done to protect and keep our hair safe and intact for the week, everyone looked down on it as just something Black people did. Nobody gave a rat’s behind about our hair practices, and now all of a sudden it is widely accepted and allowed. Should we be saying, “Thank you for the validation, LA Times”?