About a week ago, a friend and I were having a discussion over whether a black celebrity’s child needed a haircut. My friend stated the child’s hair was too wild and kinky. In his defense, I informed my friend there was nothing wrong with his hair. Furthermore, I asked him to explain his reasoning for his stance. I knew there was more to his comment than he wanted to admit. The black community has its own set of struggles, including ingrained self-hate through many years of slavery and racism. Unfortunately, some of us have been conditioned to believe there is good hair vs. bad hair, but, in reality, there is no such thing. Whether your hair is coarse or straight, long or short, black or blonde, there’s nothing wrong with it. We, as a people, must appreciate and embrace our differences, instead of letting them divide us, pitting us against each other. You can’t fully love yourself until you are comfortable with who you are and what makes you unique. Be proud.
Photography: Alex Zebrowski