By: Chelsea Davis-Bibb, Ed.D.
It is sad that in the year of 2022, bills and laws must be made to prevent discrimination against the African American race. Discrimination is not a stranger to African Americans as we’ve been dealing with this for many years. One recent bill that was passed was the CROWN Act, which stands for Creating a Respectful World for Natural Hair. This bill “prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s texture or style of hair.”
Hair has always been an important part of the African American culture. It is deeply rooted in our culture, and we take great pride in the versatility of our hair. I find it ridiculous that a bill has to be made in order for African American women to wear natural hairstyles. Over the years, some women have even been hesitant to wear their natural hair or natural hairstyles in the workplace. I know I have. It was noted that, “A 2019 study conducted by the JOY Collective said Black women were 80% more likely to feel pressure to change their hairstyles in order to fit in at the office.”
I’ve personally experienced hesitation for years about wearing natural hairstyles in the workplace. For many years, I had a relaxer to keep my hair straight, and I was told by different people at a young age to keep it straight for job interviews so I can look “professional.” This notion made me self-conscious about wearing my natural hair and other natural hairstyles. It also made me feel like others would judge me because my hair was not “straight.”
The idea of having straight hair was so that we could blend in and conform to what was deemed “acceptable.” It all started with the invention of the hot comb, which is known to be created by Madam C.J. Walker. Then there was the invention of the chemical relaxer by Garret Augustus Morgan Sr., who is known to have discovered his invention by accident. It was tools like these that have made some black women in society feel as if they needed these items to manage their hair and look “professional.”
It has been noted that the natural hair movement started with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s and came back alive during the early and mid-2000s. The natural movement came back in full effect and has been steady ever since, as I have seen more and more black women wearing their natural hair. Whether it is in commercials, or in the workplace, more and more black women are proudly wearing their natural hair, and it feels good to see. In addition, this includes men who may want to wear different natural styles such as an afro, braids, twist, and so much more.
Our natural hair is beautiful, and it is important that we instill this message into every black woman and man. This also includes our young black men, especially our young black women who may feel like they need relaxers, weave, etc., to fit in or to even feel beautiful. I tell my daughter all the time that she is beautiful, and her hair is beautiful so that no man can destroy or try to change who she is. Someone once said, “We don’t go natural, we return. Natural is where it began.”
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.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.