Lena Waithe Explains Why She Chopped Off Her Signature Locs: 'I Was Holding Onto a Piece of Femininity'
The politics of black hair in white spaces have sparked dialogue everywhere from the workplace to Hollywood. While we’re currently fighting the battle of locs being accepted in the corporate world, Hollywood is slowly but surely embracing the kinks, coils and wide spectrum of textures that come on the heads of black stars. It was once expected that a woman should either relax, straighten or weave her natural hair for the stage or screen, but these days, you’re more apt to find the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross or Lupita Nyong'o sporting their natural tresses. Along with those two leading ladies, we’ve compiled a list of 10 other celebrities who have embraced their natural hair both on and off duty.
We're still trying to wrap our heads around last month's federal court appeal that says choosing not to hire someone because they wear locs isn't a form of racial discrimination. This is especially disheartening news to accept when you consider the never-ending instances of black women's hair being policed at work and in schools. At first glance, this seems like the type of situation that leaves our collective hands tied. Au contraire; the power of social media has ensured that we'll never stop fighting against such an unfair court ruling. In an effort to keep the conversation going and promote conversation around such an important topic, we're highlighting beautiful black men and women who have taken a stand with the #professionallocs hashtag. See what some of them told us about why they choose to wear their locs with pride.