Ohio School Bans Afro Puffs and Braids!?! What Are Your Thoughts on This?

The Lorain Horizon Science Academy in Ohio is facing heat from the natural hair community after a copy of a letter to parents that included a ban on afro puffs and ‘small twisted braids’ was posted online. The dress code restrictions highlight an age-old struggle that naturals face from both within and outside of the black community. Our hair is viewed as radical, funky or unruly in its natural state, and restrictions are sometimes placed on us in academic and professional settings that do not extend to our non-black counterparts. Is this a good restriction to be included in an … Continue reading Ohio School Bans Afro Puffs and Braids!?! What Are Your Thoughts on This?

Subtle Racism: Thoughts Please!

by Dawn Boykin Many of experience subtle racism on a daily basis, knowingly and some of us unaware. For me, I am becoming more centered on the motivation of individuals who can’t stand the thought of diversity in the modern world. Most curious about those individuals who cringe on the mere thought of the possibility of a mixed child. Really? A child that doesn’t have a say in the matter but who is ridiculed and looked down upon before even having the chance to take their first breath of air. Or what about those individuals who would jump over a bridge and commit suicide than to accept that they have … Continue reading Subtle Racism: Thoughts Please!