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Vanessa Simmons to Isaiah Washington- Black Women Don’t Wear Weave Because they Hate Themselves



By TRN Staff Writer,

We’ve been here before.  If you’re a Black woman, you’ve heard somebody tell you how to wear your hair.  Employers said you could wear braids…other Black women tell you not to use relaxers…and yes, Black men joke about Black women wearing weaves.

Recently, actor Isaiah   Washington decided to give his two cents on the long running debate of how Black women should wear their hair.  Washington tweeted….


Yeah, it didn’t go well for Washington in the comment section….

Washington apparently thought his question was thought provoking, but it turns out it just provoked anger over a topic that Black women( and apparently some Black men) are tired of having to explain and defend.  Just because he started his question with “My queens” didn’t take away the stinging condescension implied.  The toll on Black women is only “emotional” because other people keep making it emotional.  No one talks about all the White women wearing weaves, hair extensions and wigs.

Lots of people were ready and willing to answer Washington, including Vanessa Simmons.  Reverend Run’s daughter had a sermon of own to preach on the subject.  Simmons told ESSENCE Magazine, “if a woman wears a weave it does not mean she doesn’t love herself. It’s just our way of expressing ourselves. And I feel like people need to understand that we aren’t running from who we are or think that we’re another race.”

Simmons pointed out that some women wear weaves as a way to protect their own hair from the daily stress of straightening,  ,changing color with harmful dyes or exposure to drying elements.  Sometimes a woman wants to change her look or sometimes she wants to try a shorter or longer length.  All of the above reasons fall under the umbrella of choice—theirs to make, not everybody else.  Simmons adds, “Changing our hairstyle is fun, and that’s what it’s all about — feeling good about yourself and being confident. I think the idea that we hate ourselves based on a hairstyle is the worst hair myth ever,

It is a myth…but why so many people feel they have a right to weigh in on the issue is the mystery.

What do you think…


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  1. GDN

    October 26, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    A lot of emancipated reverse-engineered matriarchal babbling. Hindus cut off their hair as demonic sacrifices to their elephant-headed gawd Ganesha, then sell it to pawn-in-the-game outspoken mammies, adding Edomite curses to generational curses of NEGROPEAN Disobedience to Yahweh, outlined in Deuteronomy 28 ??

  2. NBA is fixed

    October 24, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    How come black men never talk about white women wearing weaves? Believe me they do; especially the white women on tv.

  3. Shawn J

    October 24, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    No comment, except that I’m also a Black man and I don’t joke about Black women wearing weaves. In my honest opinion, Black women should wear their hair anyway they want! And besides, it’s their choice to make, and no one else’s! Seriously,man

  4. Tipper3

    October 24, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I am so sick and tired of some African-American men and women constantly talking about the skin color or hair of African-American women. First, we love the skin we are in, and second, we wear our hair for fashion. Braids, straightened, weave, it is our head and how we adorn it with hair it is our choice. Mr. Washington, you have better things to do than talk about women’s hair and so do other men. KIM IT!

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