AFROPUNK

... the other Black experience

FEATURE: "My Boss Asked Me to Straighten My Afro - So I Quit"

TV presenter Arisa Cox explains why she quit when her boss asked her tostraighten her afro, in a piece she recently wrote for The Huffington Post.
Exerpts: "After the three-month probationary period was up, I had a customary performance review with the news executive. And the bomb dropped. "You've worn your hair straight from time to time, we'd like you to wear it straight on the show." I could feel the heat rising in my body. Ears buzzing. "I'm not interested," I replied without a beat. I was told the request wasn't optional "if I wanted to keep my job."

I wasn't clutching my pearls, I was seething.

I remember raging to my mother over the phone right afterwards, floored that a middle-aged white dude had the balls to tell me, a modern black woman, in a country as diverse as Canada, how to wear my hair. My stubborn streak exploded. I didn't care about corporate desires for me or my appearance. My hair -- and all the identity and self-worth and cultural baggage attached to it -- was not up for debate. I refused to allow my image to be controlled in some boardroom that I was not also in." (...) "But reality exists in the grey areas. Not all black women who wear straight hair are self-hating, just as not all black women who wear natural hair like afros, twists and dreadlocks have transcended vanity."
Full piece here.
Ain't that something?


Views: 7071

Comment

You need to be a member of AFROPUNK to add comments!

Join AFROPUNK

Comment by NAKED TRUTH on August 18, 2014 at 10:53pm

THE WINNING HAND, GO ON QUEEN! MIGHTY MIGHTY QUEEN!  


Latest Activity

Ade Egun updated their profile
16 minutes ago
Shola Aurora posted videos
19 minutes ago
Shola Aurora posted songs
32 minutes ago
The Establishment posted a photo
50 minutes ago

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2017   Created by Matthew.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service


HOME
| MY PAGE | MESSAGE BOARD | BANDS | APX | BLOGS | MEDIA | FESTIVAL | ABOUT | MOVIES | STORE | CONTACT
©2013 AFROPUNK | BRANDED BY 7ONE8