Going natural, ‘fro frisking and the politics of hair

  • In East Texas this month, Gladewater school officials told Kienjanae “K.J.” Hooper that she couldn’t walk in graduation until she removed her braided extensions.
  • In Texas earlier this year, Houston-area Barbers Hill Independent School District, told DeAndre Hill he could not go to his prom in his dreadlocks, which extended below the shoulder.
  • In 2019, Michigan school officials at Paragon Charter Academy in Jackson County denied Marian a school photo because of her bright red hair extensions.
  • In 2017, twins Mya and Deanna Cook were barred from extracurricular school activities, including prom, until they removed their hair extensions.
My hair in its natural state: curly and free.

My hair — while strong, long and my dominant feature — is a carefully crafted myth that can easily be shattered by stuff like “the wind,” “water” or “the scarf fell off while I was asleep.” — Danielle C. Belton

The Ivana wig by Especially Yours. I’d kill for that curi definition.

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Walker is the host of Positively Joy, a multicultural podcast that takes a mostly Christian look at the search for light in all seasons. www.positivelyjoy.com

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Walker is the host of Positively Joy, a multicultural podcast that takes a mostly Christian look at the search for light in all seasons. www.positivelyjoy.com

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