Great debate, lost of interesting Views Kiwi ..x
Really wished i could've commented as an African American.
I think that in a since we are trying to redefine the definition of beautiful hair although largely unconsciously. When we embrace our hair we are definitively saying that it is beautiful because we believe enough in it to be natural. I think that is was brings more people over to the natural than anything else.but there will still always be people who are determined to live in ignorance.it is our job not to listen to them.puellaenaturalioasis.blogspost.com
The video was very interesting until I got to the part with one young lady bringing up the difference between British black women and African-American women. I agree you are very lucky to know where you are from, thats a blessing, more important to know where you are going though. I'm Black American. I use "black" because I was not born in Africa. I was born in America. Once again there is a divide amongst black people, first it was dark skinned vs lighter skinned.Now naturals vs permed vs weaved.I say "who cares!!!!!"Be yourself, be individuals.No matter what society looks at us all the same, no matter what continent you landed onSignedFed Up in the USA
Hello beautiful people:) I really appreciate this post. The more we express why we are who we are the easier it becomes to just be. I do however have to sound off on homegirl's slightly ignorant comment about Black or "African" American's not knowing where we are from. Ask pretty much any Black American where they are from and they will break it down for you to the street name. My name is Teresa and I am from Oakland, 72nd Street and Bancroft. We have a culture, we have our roots, and sweety if you're watching Tyra you certainly are familiar with that culture and those roots. Also, I've watched all episodes that Tyra has had on hair and she most definitely never said that - as a woman who wears weave and relaxes her hair, she was in no place too. She simply points out that we all must love ourselves for who were are and what we would like to present to the world, and kudos to that. In fact, if you merely listen to our music or pay attention to our art you easily can identify where our people call home. Jay Z is Brooklyn, Kanye is Chi-city ( Chicago), Beyonce is Houston, Spike Lee is Brooklyn,Ray Charles is Georgia, and the list goes on and on. We understand that we may not be able to trace our roots back 400 years, it's unfortunate but trust, we moved past that. People have an incredible power, its called adaptation. Black Americans have adapted to their environment and made it home. Although we may not be able to claim our roots all the way back to our continent of our genetic origin, we do embrace the roots we've seeded here. And lastly Jamaicans, and the brothers and sisters from the Caribbean are in the same boat as us...they were brought from Africa to the islands which were colonies!Black folk aren't indigenous to the Caribbean but were brought on boats to those places just as they were to the rest of the Americas. So the only critique I have is this, for more productive conversations, follow this rule of thumb; get your facts straight before you participate. Otherwise keep doing what you do and always be naturally you, however that may be :) much love-T
Very interesting discussion.
This was very interesting. Like many others who have commented before me, I also wish I could have said my two cents as a Black American. I also wish some of the naturals in that room would've been more vocal. The woman who made the comment about African American women, made it seem like she had a pass to wear a weave b/c she knew her roots. I don't wear weaves, but I don't think African American women who do are doing it simply because they don't know where there African roots are. Should I not wear the dreadlocks I wear since I don't know where my ancestors are from? A lot of them said they wore the weaves only b/c it's how they liked it, and it is more "convenient". However, it seemed more like they wore relaxers and weaves because it is the norm and they don't necessarily want to stand out b/c of the attention it draws from curious people. And I don't understand why that one women was making negative comments about weave only to find out she had a relaxer. That just didn't make sense to me b/c both looks are in line with natural African texture. I don't have a problem with it, but I think it's weird to bash weave wearers when your hair is chemically altered.Thanks for posting.www.youtube.com/cjanaew
interesting debate but seriouslyyyyy???it's just HAIR people....stop the natural hair nazi thing...as a natural hair woman I thin the less you "fight" the more you impact on the relaxed girls..anyway thanks for the videooo..I luv the acceeeeents!
I don't know why black people always have this debate, black vs lighter skin, natural vs permed vs extension. When we wil look at each otehr like individuals. What I like does not concern anybody just me. If I don't know where I come from, what is your problem??? Just pray for me and get over it
I really enjoyed watching this debate. If I may add my own two cents, the decision to go natural cannot be forced on anyone. The way I see it, it's a realization or should I say a revelation some people come to. Some will and some won't. Of those who do, it will depend on their understanding of history and society as well as strength of their intuition regarding social justice, for lack of a better word. At the end of the day, I still believe that it's just hair.
This is an amazing post. I would have loved to be a part of this discussion. As Berry stated above, African Americans are full of culture and know our roots. Being both African American (first generation born in the States) and Caribbean American (family from Caribbean) I can speak from both sides and say that we definitely know our roots. I would also like to add that Caribbean Americans do know that they are not indigenous to the Caribbean, but still consider their place of birth home, similar to African Americans. I think it's important for us not to judge each other based on our choice of hairstyle. I'm certainly relieved that we've come such a long way to a place where we can have this type of discussion.
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