Beautiful As Is: Is Bias Against Natural Black Hair Shifting?

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An Instagram video recently earned more than 500,000 views and another 300,000 likes on Twitter showing Ariyonna, a 4-year old dark-skin black girl, calling herself ugly. 

She was crying as an Atlanta hairstylist, Lil Wave Daddy, was doing her hair. 

“You are so pretty,” the hairstylist told her as she comforted her with affirmations.

“I’m black and beautiful,” Ariyonna says at the end of the video.  

A 4-year old understands the beauty standards that lead to unfair judgement and bias.

A deep and long history of bias against natural black hair has been shifting, and with the Netflix release of Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, we might be able to catch a glimpse into just how far we’ve come. 

California became the first state last summer to sign into law the CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair)…

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