It can’t be avoided anymore, the social networks are hot on the topic after Debra Patta put her nose in it, on her TV Show, and now sisters won’t leave the topic alone!
Respected social commentators have also joined the disscision:
”my white friends wear afro wigs at their birthday parties to DANCE and get FUNKY and SILLY. My black friends wear weaves when to go to WORK, to get MARRIED, a weave is a very SERIOUS THING…”
But it’s not the first time that natural African hair has been in the center of a greater arguament. The Black Panther movement of the 70′s coined the phrase ”Black is Beautiful” in encouragement of sistas wearing their afros out, unironed. Icons of the time include Angela Davis and Kathleen Cleaver, women who ‘wore their hair as a crown’.
But not everybody is weave bashing now, lets not get carried away! A commentator not willing to let assumptions fly, Busisiwe Radebe, had this to say.
“As an african woman she should know being african goes way deeper than an accessory, its a soul thing! Let’s also not be shallow and minimise africanism to a mere accessory that u can wear on and off whenever u like.”
And when you look at black women making it happen without excusing their ‘blackness’ around us today, really what’s hair got to do with it?
Now ya’ll know I’m no cheerleader for weaves hell until they invent ones that comb themselves and make coffee in the morning, I’m not to sure you’ll see me in that! But I’m no advocate for naturals either! I have hair that makes me cry when I comb it, I’m just waiting for warmer weather before I cut, colour and relax! But will that make me less black?