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The Big Payback: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Matthew Cherry Give Hair Love to Student Told to Cut Dreadlocks to Walk at Graduation

The Big Payback: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Matthew Cherry Give Hair Love to Student Told to Cut Dreadlocks to Walk at Graduation

Texas high schooler Deandre Arnold may not be walking with his graduating class at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, this year, but he will be walking the red carpet on Oscars night,
C’mon Kansas! Will the Sunflower State Be the Next to Ban Hair Discrimination? [Corrected]

C’mon Kansas! Will the Sunflower State Be the Next to Ban Hair Discrimination? [Corrected]

Toto, I don’t think we’re going to have trouble wearing our naturally textured hair in Kansas anymore—at least, we hope not. Read more...
Black Girls With Braids Reportedly Banned From Harlem Production of Black Nutcracker

Black Girls With Braids Reportedly Banned From Harlem Production of Black Nutcracker

Even in one of The Root’s Blackest Cities in America—black girls can’t wear natural hair for a black-themed musical production. Read more...
New Jersey Just Became the Third State to Vote to End Hair Discrimination [Corrected]

New Jersey Just Became the Third State to Vote to End Hair Discrimination [Corrected]

A mere week after presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation that would ban hair discrimination nationwide, his home state of New Jersey is making it official, passing a
Seeking to End Hair Discrimination Nationwide, Cory Booker and Colleagues Bring the CROWN Act to Congress

Seeking to End Hair Discrimination Nationwide, Cory Booker and Colleagues Bring the CROWN Act to Congress

After successfully passing in California and New York with at least six more states pending, the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) may soon be signed into law
CROWNing Glory: New York City Just Resolved Its First Hair Discrimination Case—and a Celebrity Stylist Is Going to Pay

CROWNing Glory: New York City Just Resolved Its First Hair Discrimination Case—and a Celebrity Stylist Is Going to Pay

“Heavy lies the crown,” they say—and for celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger, the punishment for the type of discriminatory practices that birthed the CROWN Act has come down heavy indeed, as she
‘Vanessa Huxtable’s Hair Was Not Always Perfectly Pressed’: Shonda Rhimes Talks Natural Hair Representation on Television

‘Vanessa Huxtable’s Hair Was Not Always Perfectly Pressed’: Shonda Rhimes Talks Natural Hair Representation on Television

On a mild-weathered Wednesday evening, I traveled toward Downey, Calif., to visit the Los Angeles County of Education and was swept with an immense sense of pride.Read more...
There's Still a Lot of Work to Be Done to End Natural Hair Discrimination

There's Still a Lot of Work to Be Done to End Natural Hair Discrimination

It's 2019, and children are still getting in trouble and even being sent home from school for wearing natural hairstyles featuring their un-chemically-altered texture. According to research from Dove,
Big Hair, Don’t Care: A 5th-Grader Stands in Defiance of the Policing of Black Hair

Big Hair, Don’t Care: A 5th-Grader Stands in Defiance of the Policing of Black Hair

“So, yesterday, I went to school, and I wore my hair in an afro like this...and a lot of people had a lot of mean things to say about it,” said Nashville fifth-grader Promise Sawyers, gesturing to her
From Jackie Aina to the CROWN Coalition, Black Women Lead Glamour’s List of Women Changing the Beauty Industry

From Jackie Aina to the CROWN Coalition, Black Women Lead Glamour’s List of Women Changing the Beauty Industry

It’s our turn. That’s the message Glamour magazine is giving black women, with the release of its “Women of the Year All Year” list honoring the biggest influencers in beauty. Of the 12 women the
Can We Live? California Becomes the Latest to Propose a Bill to End Hair Discrimination

Can We Live? California Becomes the Latest to Propose a Bill to End Hair Discrimination

Who’d think wearing a natural hairstyle would be as loaded as legalizing marijuana?Read more...