Blue Ivy, black women, hair and self-hatred

Angela Davis and the glory of natural hair, circa 1968. Image: redlist.com

Angela Davis and the glory of natural hair, circa 1968. Image: redlist.com

 

 

 

 

 

… Because it was time to change my life/To become the woman that I am inside /’97 dread locks all gone /I looked in the mirror and said HEY/ I am not my hair … – India Arie (Song lyrics – “I Am Not My Hair”)

BET recently suspended a producer after a joke about Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, aired on the network’s video countdown show 106 & Park. Blue Ivy is a 2-year-old who wears an Afro—and rocks it well. She was the talk of the Internet after joining her mother and father on stage Sunday as Beyoncé won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Blue Ivy clapped for her mom and danced in the audience while her mom performed . . .

Click here to read about the Blue Ivy hair controversy in context and the writer’s hair-story.

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