Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Discusses Being Fired and Regrets. An exclusive interview with Rhonda A. Lee to discuss her natural hair drama and firing from Louisiana-based news station.
Rhonda Lee began our interview by expressing “I transitioned for selfish reasons.” With a birthday approaching in 2000, she was tired of the damage that her hair was experiencing. “My hair just seemed to get shorter and shorter” said Lee as she describes an accidental transition to natural hair by gradually trimming the damaged ends. “It kind of snuck up on me”.
With short natural hair, she began to receive more attention from the opposite sex. This was an eye opening moment. “They found me attractive in my own hair.” She defines the hair that God gave her as freedom. “I don’t have to straighten my hair another day in my life.” She believes that going to such great extents to change your physical appearance “can be damaging to not only your hair but inner self and character”. She stated “I have never been happier than I am with my natural hair.”
Unfortunately, Rhonda Lee was rocking the boat by sporting a teeny weeny afro on television. She received backlash from news directors and viewers. She was offered positions on the condition that she changed her hair. The response was “we would like to hire you, but we have to do something about your hair”. Although Lee was experienced and qualified for the job, something as superficial as hair became the determining factor. “How about you wear a wig or just grow it out some” and other suggestions were made. Lee felt these requests were unreasonable, “my counterparts were not asked to change the ethnicity of their hair”.