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11 Sep

“Don’t Touch My Hair” : Empowering The Next Generation

“Don’t Touch My Hair” : Empowering The Next Generation

Solange Knowles said it best ladies, “Don’t Touch My Hair” in her iconic ‘A Seat at The Table’ 2016 album. But now here in 2022, sadly enough we’re STILL having this same conversation. 

Black Women we’ve all been there, within the workplace judged, over admired or continually questioned on the changes of our hairstyles. Whether buzz cut or braids, Black women and our hair are sometimes the subject of conversation, while our Caucasian counterparts proceed to navigate through the workplace freely. As if Black women don’t must tackle enough within the workforce, the alternative of our hairstyle is yet one more task added to the never ending list on any given workday. 

Studies show Black women were 1.5 times more likely to be sent home or know of a Black woman sent home from the workplace just because of her hair and it’s time to vary that narrative. 

Now with the official passing of ‘The Crown Act’ a law that forbids hair discrimination based on hair texture/ hairstyles, we might never must have this conversation again. 

Through the Essence Fest, Wealth & Power panel, Educator Dre Brown sat with Unilever President, Esi Eggleston Bracey and  Actress/ Media Personality Tabitha Brown to debate their experience with their natural hair in society while discussing the importance of The Crown Act and why getting it passed nationwide is so necessary. 

“If the act just isn’t passed in every state that implies that every state doesn’t allow freedom. It’s our right to walk around like this (in our natural hair state) if we wish to. So if every state doesn’t pass it, then we should not all free.” shared Tabitha Brown.

As of July 2022, The Crown Act has been signed into law in 18 states nationwide. To support the Dove Crown Act, and sign the petition visit www.Dove.com/Crown.

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