The black community has dealt with the myth of good hair vs. bad hair since slavery. Though the hair texture of people of African descent is prone to be curly, the majority of black women often seek a remedy for their "bad hair". The "good hair" by definition is straight, long and flowing and easy to get a comb through. "Bad hair" as defined by popular culture is just the opposite, unmanageable, extremely curly, and "nappy". By definition the hair that our Creator blessed us with at birth should be appreciated and looked upon as beautiful, however in the black community for a large majority of women & men, unlike other ethnicities that take pride in their natural hair, many in the black community look at their natural, "nappy hair" as a burden of disgrace, as socially unacceptable.
The 4th Annual Happily Natural Day and 2nd Annual Black Freedom Weekend which will take place next weekend, 24 - 27 August 2006, were created to uplift the cultural and ethnic pride of Africans worldwide ... (Read more)
The above photo, by Elvert Barnes, was taken on 7 September 1997 at the 12th Annual Smithsonian Black Family Reunion on the National Mall in WDC.