Tamron Hall wears natural hair for the first time on national television. She looks gorgeous everyday, so why is this a big deal…
Previously Published on Clutch Magazine in January 2014
I get it; it’s just hair. Only…it’s not.
As I read though the comments on Tamron Hall’s Facebook page commending the NBC anchor for publicly coming out as natural (apparently, only her close friends and family knew it before), I didn’t feel happy that yet another Black woman in the mainstream was embracing the texture God gave her (although, I recognize this is indeed awesome), I got a little sad.
“It still saddens me that Black women have to ‘come out’ as natural,” I wrote on a friend’s Facebook post sharing Tamron’s too-cute picture. “I mean, this is the hair we’re born with and yet we are taught to hate it from the jump.”
The picture got me thinking. When will it stop being noteworthy that Black women have embraced the hair that grows out of our heads?When will it stop being celebrated because it’s just the norm and not seen as some political statement or a trend or something Neo-Soul (is this still a thing?) fans do to show that they are down with the people.
When will Black women’s natural hair just be considered commonplace and normal and acceptable?
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