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I Am Not My Hair Am I Analysis

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India Arie was one of the artists referenced to a room filled with students because of her bold but relatable message when she sang “Good hair means curls and waves, bad hair means you look like a slave. At the turn of the century it's time for us to redefine who we be. You can shave it off like a South African beauty, or get it lock like Bob Marley, you can rock it straight like Oprah Winfrey if it’s not on your head it's what's underneath and say, hey, I am not my hair.” The discussion of hair is relatable to everyone because it is something we all have to deal with in our life. However, Blacks in particular have struggled with accepting their hair as it is because Black hair does not fit the description of what the media projects to be beautiful or professional. Instead, the media tells Black women that the more European your hair looks or you look, the more beautiful you are. Fitting in to the European standard of beauty has been a struggle for Black women. In the Black community, Black women wear their hair in many different styles. While there is nothing wrong with these styles, the discussion that took place Feb. 6, 2017 in Twombly lounge, “I am not my Hair… Am I” addressed loving oneself inside and out, loving black hair and being proud of every kink,…show more content…
Some agreed that they find themselves straightening their hair just to get and keep a job. Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Education Sandra Gilot-West who also teaches University 1002 Prep for Professional Life on campus said that in her training for this course, she made it a point to project that the course and instructors need to talk about intersectionality. “There are many things that are unprofessional that has nothing to do with professionalism but cultural competencies. We have to start changing the norm and it starts at home but it has to be taken into the classrooms,” said
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