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    Not only does art and music become hindered when cultural appropriation is shunned, but so does personal expression. For instance, it is a human right in the United States to express oneself freely, whether that expression be of religion, language, or even as simple as hairstyles. In March of 2016, a video taken at San Francisco State University went viral when an African American student confronted a white student with dreadlocks, accusing him of cultural appropriation. The black girl, Bonita Tindle, believed the other student’s hair was an act of theft of “her” culture (Silvera). Tindle is not alone. In the media, many people, black and white, have begun to virtually attack those who have typically black hairstyles such as cornrows and dreadlocks. Their reasoning behind the accusations is that the seemingly harmless hairstyles disregard…

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    Afrocentric Attractiveness

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    Present day African American ladies will support it by clarifying that they are not attempting to fit in with a Caucasian magnificence standard, however that they discover their common surface excessively remote; as if they have never worn it in its unique composition since adolescence. Valcin’s film, Black, Bold & Beautiful: Black women 's Hair; is a collection of interviews of African American ladies, even the maker, of assorted eras and encounters with their hair. Valcin herself chose to…

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    What Is The Locs?

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    became popular and Robert Marley did rock dreadlocks and did smoke marijuana, which he is most known for besides his music. What many individuals do not understand is that the dreadlocks were a political way of showing they will not be suppressed. Some even would die just to be able to wear their hair in dreadlocks.…

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    Regardless of the growth and resting phases of your hair being determined by genetics, a lot of people are able to grow their hair to a length midway down the back, successfully. A maximum length of hair growth of less than one foot would be uncommon. The natural restrictions on hair growth that govern eye lashes and arm hairs and prevent them from growing too much are the basis for these measurements. Dreadlocks are usually seen as being evidence of hair growth that is unlimited, however…

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    month, Just Bust is an all ages open mic held in downtown Madison. Individuals can dance, rap, sing, or perform poetry. It is free and open to anyone who is willing to listen or perform. Just Bust is led by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives(OMAI), whose mission is to provide innovative, culturally relevant hip-hop art programs to inspire engagement, learning, and activism for diverse communities. It is a safe environment to make yourself heard, since it is a judge free zone. I was…

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    I cut my hair! I had been speculating for years now. So I finally did it! So why did I cut it?? To be honest, I just woke up one day and decide against relaxing my new growth. I haven 't relaxed my hair in 5 months and the hair really grew!! What really made me choose to cut it was just the thought of having short hair and being able to enjoy it. Past experiences with short natural hair: Childhood When I was a child in Nigeria, I 'm sure my hair was cut short, and it was probably because…

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    Work Force Dilemmas

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    There are dark, medium and light complexions. Our hair is curly, or coils up; it is long or short; it can be worn as an afro, or dreadlocks. But being black goes beyond the color of my skin or my hair texture. It is a culture, that comes from rich African ancestry. Historically, there has always been a bias against black hair. In the 18th century black hair was categorized closer to sheep wool than human hair. The fair skinned black women with less kinky hair – often due to planation rape –…

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    excited about watching the pageants on television every year but, I never even considered myself on that stage. The older I get, the more diversity I see and that is what I love. I want my daughters to naturally consider themselves on that stage. Not just that stage, but on any and every platform. I want my daughter to grow up believing that anything is possible. Not in theory, but in reality. I celebrate these women who are breaking down barriers and opening doors, giving our younger…

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    The gym where I train and workout, the Dubuque Martial Arts Group, is a place where I know who I am. It is a place I can go to escape my problems for a while and release some stress. It's not the actual physical building, but rather the events that have occurred there over the years. It's where I have formed some of my closest friendships. It is the place I have invested years of hard work for many of my accomplishments. To some it may seem odd that a place associated with sweat, blood and…

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    Thick Hair Narrative

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    Cocoa colored, kinky haired, and thick lipped: I was never fully portrayed as beautiful. If you had the dark skin tone, your hair had to be straight. If you had the kinky hair, your skin had to be lighter, for it to be beautiful. If you had the thick lips, they were either fake or you were a white model. If you had any of these qualities alone you qualified as beautiful, but if they were all together you were runner-up. Until I was in about in 4th grade I was never fully aware of this. As…

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