‘African Hair’ by Esmeralda Yitamben

African Heritage

Zendaya (Source: Telegraph.co.uk) Zendaya (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)

Last year, one journalist made fun of actress Zendaya’s hair because she wore dreadlocks to the red carpet; this reminded me of when Viola Davis had sported a short ‘afro’ to the Oscars … as if it was wrong for a Black woman to be Black and wear her hair in natural hairstyles. Why should an African woman be made to conform to something she is not? What is wrong with wearing our hair the way God made it?Without the relaxers, and perms made to straighten or rather beat the African-ness out of oneself? Every style should be celebrated.Our cultures are so unique… and the way we dress our hair is so unique, and should be loved and appreciated for what it is, a definition of who we are.

Viola Davis (Wikipedia) Viola Davis (Wikipedia)

It is high time, African women accept, appreciate, and embrace their…

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