Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Black Hair Care Politics

October 14, 2009

Black Hair Care

I recently came across a ridiculous article published by Newsweek about Zahara Jolie-Pitt. First, I’m tired of the attention from mainstream media regarding black hair. What is up with their weird fascination about our hair? I begin noticing the attention shortly after Michelle Obama became our First Lady, and now with Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair”… it’s getting a little heated.

Here is a snippet from the article…

“In recent pictures it’s clear Angelina Jolie hasn’t taken the time to learn or understand the long and painful history of African-American women and hair. If she had I can’t imagine she would continue to allow Zahara to look like she has in the past few months. Photos of Zahara show the 4-year-old girl sporting hair that is wild and unstyled, uncombed and dry. Basically: a ‘hot mess.’”
Link to Full Article

Pause. I am so sick of people projecting their insecurities about their own hair onto others. Contrary to what this article suggests, there is nothing “unruly” about black hair. The fact that the writer chose to quote irrelevant gossip sites like MediaTakeout and Bossip does not help any of the mess she attempts to portray.

I love that Angelina let’s Zahara’s hair do whatever it chooses to do. It doesn’t look wild, dry, or uncombed to me. Maybe the writer would be satisfied if Zahara was walking around with a hundred different color balls or barrettes in her hair. Would that pass your faux “style” test? Would you not be satisfied until Angelina puts a caustic chemical relaxer in Zahara’s hair while she walks around with chewed up ear length hair as a result?

I don’t have time to write the long rant I want to, but I will definitely be sending Newsweek a nasty email about publishing this drivel and pure nonsense. Zahara and her natural hair are beautiful… I wish more mothers would take Angelina’s lead, and cut out the unnecessary manipulation and so-called “styling”. Allison Samuels, the ill-informed “writer”, obviously has her own issues to take care of before attempting to tackle Black Hair Care. What are your thoughts?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

PrdNatural October 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

I’ll repost the comment I wrote on Newsweek.

“I don’t know if I’m more disturbed by Ms. Samuels’s shallow and unnecessary critique of a four-year-old’s hair style or her vaguely disapproving statement regarding interracial adoptions.”

NEA October 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Truth is, I don’t see anything wrong with Zahara’s hair. I also agree that the sites she chose to back up her wrong thinking are just…wrong. Totally clueless.

Zahara’s hair looks clean and healthy. Her hairline and edges aren’t missing, and her head doesn’t look like a retail store Christmas tree.

I couldn’t register online (for some reason), when I tried to respond to that ridiculous article. Best for all that I couldn’t.

LS October 19, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I, too, was shocked that Newsweek would publish such a silly opinion piece; as thought it is anyone’s business what they do with their child’s hair! They aren’t obligated to do anything beyond provide a safe, loving home for their daughter, they certainly aren’t obligated to make sure her hair fits the some sort of “ideal” that the writer has in mind. And, even more irksome was her complete focus on Angelina as the parent 100% responsible for hair in the family; few fathers are as hands-on as Brad Pitt is, and yet he isn’t expected to do one single thing (by that writer’s standards) towards the hair-care of his daughter. Another example of her own prejudices and biases coming into play. So very disappointed in Newsweek!

P October 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Wow…I just read the Newsweek article and I’m torn between ripping the author a new one the size of Rhode Island, and brushing the whole thing aside and getting back to reality. Who bullies a 4 year old for God’s sweet sake?! Her hair is so cute, and who cares if its all over her head. Its sad that Black people are still trying to not be themselves after all these years, instead of accepting the possibilities of our uniqueness. If you want to straighten your hair because you think you look incredible and you’d rather be straight, then by all means do it. However, don’t try and tell the public that having straight, tamed hair helps Black girls “[have] the confidence that they can fit into the world at large without being seen as completely different.” Guess what honey, you are different. Straight hair doesn’t make you more “normalized” than me, with my wild, tangled, curly, beautiful mess.

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