author – activist – faculty – mom
It’s outrageous! A young girl in Florida was threatened with expulsion from school if she didn’t cut/straighten/change her hair. “It’s puffy and I like it that way,” said Vanessa VanDyke. The school has backed down, and taken expulsion off the table, but I’m still furious. Earlier this year, we saw girls targeted by school officials for dreads and afropuffs. These racist attacks on girls are unconscionable.
This week, I’ve been stressed trying to get my Puffy Hair Project together in time for the holidays. I was feeling overwhelmed, like maybe I had taken on too much. But if Vanessa VanDyke didn’t back down, I’m gonna make this book happen. I usually post on Friday, but I’m posting today.
So if anything good can come out of this vicious attack on a young African heritage girl, let it be this:
1. the #livingwhilenatural hashtag on twitter (thanks to @brokeymcpoverty)
3. Vanessa VanDyke’s victory!
4.#HappyAfroDay on Ebony.com
5. my Puffy Hair Book is AVAILABLE NOW for pre-order in time for Black Friday, which I have decided to call #BlackHairFriday.