Jul 14, 2019
We have a special bonus episode today, about some big news
coming from the state of California.
We're talking about hair. In today's bonus episode, we will be
discussing a ban on discrimination against natural hair that was
recently passed in California. The act banning this discrimination
was introduced by the Democratic senator, Holly Mitchell, and it is
changing the course of history in America. Tune in now, to find out
We also have an already-recorded episode coming up, where we're
talking about the history of black hair in America. That will be
followed by a second part, which will come out later this summer,
featuring some of the very popular first-person
- On Wednesday, July 3rd, Gavin Newsom, the Governor of
California, signed into law the Crown Act.
- The Crown Act makes California the first state to ban workplace
and school discrimination against black people for wearing
hairstyles such as braids, twists, and locks.
- The act was introduced by the Democratic senator, Holly
Mitchell, a black woman from Los Angeles who wears her hair in
- California is the first state to explicitly state that those
hairstyles are associated with race.
- Hairstyles which were previously defined as professional have
historically been founded on a Eurocentric model, based on straight
- People who don't have European features feel that they need to
fit the Eurocentric model in order to be considered
- Professional women also sometimes feel that they have to fit
the masculine norm in order to be considered professional.
- What Gavin Newsom had to say about the discrimination that
black Americans face.
- The beauty company, Dove is part of a coalition pushing for
more hairstyle protections.
- Barbershop Books has just been featured in the New York Times
and they are adding a layer of involvement into the importance of
black barbershops in the United States, this time focusing on the
literacy of black boys.
- And... The US Women's National Soccer Team beat the Netherlands
in the FIFA World Cup! But we're still fighting for equal
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