Black History: Dreadlocks
By: Isaiah Robinson
Dreadlocks — the traditional, yet controversial hairstyle has been around for centuries. Despite the issues we’ve come across in European society, it’s important to understand the reasons and the impact the style has on one’s culture and spirituality.
It is unknown the exact date the hairstyle originated, but, according to the book, “Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles,” by Dr. Bert Ashe, professor of English and American studies at the University of Richmond, the first written evidence is in what is now India’s Vedic scriptures, which show the deity Shiva wearing the style. “The word used in the Vedic scriptures is ‘jaTaa,’ which means ‘twisted lock of hair,” he writes.
Others can argue that first examples of dreadlocks date back to ancient Egypt, where dreadlocks appeared on Egyptian artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with dreadlocks have even been recovered from archaeological sites.
In the Old Testament, the book recounts the tale of Samson and Delilah, in which his strength was directly linked to ‘the seven locks on his head.’ And Delilah said unto Samson, “Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound.” And he said unto her, “If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web,” Judges 16:13 King James Version.
Many who grow dreadlocks do so for religious or spiritual reasons. Most religions embrace dreadlocks as a sign of holiness—of those who are most dedicated to the path—to the point of taking a sacred vow.
Others who grow their locs from different faiths look at their hair as a form of strength and power, plus a disregard of vanity and things of this world.
The hairstyle is also a Rastafarian belief that knotted hair prevents energy from escaping through the top of the head and hair, allowing it to remain in the body and aid in the strength of mind, body and spirit.
In the 1980s, stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Marley and Jean-Michael Basquiat brought dreadlocks to mainstream media, giving Black Americans what could be called “cultural permission” to wear locs, which lead the way for artists in the ‘90s, including Lauryn Hill, Ani DiFranco, Boy George and Lenny Kravitz to rock the style, too.
In today’s workforce and in public schools, the hairstyle has been through many wars as violating dress code policies and workers arguing that the style is a threat, messy or unprofessional.
Many celebrities and people of other races try to wear the hairstyle, only to only end up misappropriating the style and offending African Americans, it’s flattering to know that we still influence others’ cultures who may have previously deemed the style as offensive. Keep rockin’ ‘dread heads!
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
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