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An Update On Tiana Parker's Dreadlocks Controversy

An Update On Tiana Parker's Dreadlocks Controversy

By Bailey_Swilley

We told you about Tiana Parker last week and her school’s unfair and frankly, racist, ban on her dreadlocks. Since then, Tiana’s changed schools and her former school has lifted the ban. Although we’re glad to see that all this buzz in the media and online was enough to make a difference, it seems to be a case of too little too late.

However, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry is someone who is too perfect right now with her inspirational letter she wrote to the 7-year-old Miss Parker, telling her to celebrate her natural hair and of all the history associated with dreadlocks. She noted Bob Marley, Lenny Kravitz, and Willow Smith as awesome lock-rockers.

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She concluded with “It’s what’s in your head that is way more important than what is on your head.”

We think you’re right on Melissa! While Tiana’s family is still waiting on a formal apology from her former educators, this is no doubt a step forward for equality, for self expression, and of course, natural hair and beauty.

[Via Jezebel]

What do you think about all this controversy over dreadlocks?

Topics: Back to School, Beauty
Tags: news, school, hair, dress codes, dreadlocks

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Bailey Swilley is a writer, web production editor, and comedian living in Brooklyn. She loves to talk about dogs, musical theatre, and celebs... especially Beyonce.

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