I was reading the forums, as usual, and came across the above picture of an anchor woman who wears her natural hair while at work. The post was described as historic. Natural hair on the news always seems to make the ‘news’ because we typically do not see anchor women sporting natural hair. The only problem is I don’t see it as historic.
I get it though: we do feel it’s ‘a thing’ to have our natural hair sported on television because years ago it wasn’t very popular, but these days we see natural hair in commercials, in movies, on magazine covers, and pretty much everywhere, so it isn’t a stretch to see it on the nightly or day time news.
In a perfect world, having your natural hair while hosting a daytime news show or a night time one shouldn’t be a problem since your hair is literally growing out of your head like your other co-anchors. It shouldn’t be something that is ‘normalized’. But nothing is perfect, right?
Even though I do not see it as historic, I do see it as trendy. We saw the likes of Tamron Hall rocking hers the other day, and of course that was a big deal because it was the Today Show, and it was her first time. Was it historic? Eh not really, but it was interesting and blog post worthy.
Historic or not, I like the fact that natural hair is making its way to the nightly news without a ton of resistance. On the forums the women support the idea whole heartedly, acknowledging that it is good to see that women can wear their own hair if they choose to everywhere on mainstream television.
Let us know what your thoughts are. Do you view the fact that anchor women are wearing their natural hair on the news more often as historic? Or do you just see it as a trend that is here to stay?
Lena Clark says
Oh shut up
Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe says
None of the above – it’s just a personal decision not to apply chemicals that damage hair
Davida Hann Brotherton says
Its beautiful… Period.
Pamela Smith says
What I don’t get is when they finally start wearing their hair natural, why not just wear it. Why the big freakin production? Why are they acting like they started a movement? I mean if it’s your choice to wear your hair then wear your dayum hair. I truly didn’t have a parade when I went natural.
Alicia Anderson says
The only thing I can think of is that some studios have language in their contracts that basically states they have “control” over a person’s look and unfortunately most studios prefer straight hair. To be able to wear your natural hair and not have your job threatened I guess is historic in this particular industry.
I guess they forgot about Oprah and her teeny weeny afro back when she was a little known anchor in Chicago…
Tafara Tapfumanei says
Well its hostoric I guess because wearing your natural hair can be made into such a big deal by these white folks. But I think the more you see people on tv wear there natural hair it will help others to have confidence and before you know black women will finally stop trying to look european.
Tafara Tapfumanei says
LOL! I work in tv news and wear natural hair on air. I know others who do to. It’s not that uncommon in local markets but obviously people can’t get local news from other places so if it’s not where they live, then they don’t know about it.
I mean “others who do too”. sorry
I think it’s here to stay, even though many of “the locals” here in our town didn’t nessasary like it when she changed it!
She is a great reporter and her hair is no her work!
lilly Moore says
I think it is ridiculous that wearing your natural hair is history!