Two black women and “the big chop”

I love this. Love the idea of a mother taking a bold step as an example for her daughter. Love a woman in media glare taking charge of her own beauty. I do have some reservations about this story. 1) Like a lot of mainstream coverage of black women and their hair, it fails to connect our preference for straight, long tresses with larger society’s preference for a European beauty standard. Without that connection, incessant wigging, weaving and straightening seems like some sort of strange African American cultural quirk. 2) Black women needn’t choose between long and straight and short and natural. Natural hair can grow long (although it may take longer to show length due to tightly wound coils). That said, this is a powerful offering.

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek,, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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