It’s as if we’re running out of things to write about. As a fellow natural hair blogger, I try not to write about the obvious. All of the topics I’ve listed above are those topics that we fall to just to get out of real writing. They’re easy, they’re opinionated and require little to no research.
I, Charish, am not here to chicken out. When I’m writing to you, I will not act as though you’re the lowest common denominator. The larger “Natural Hair Empires” who left their grassroot beginnings long ago are getting boring and lacking substance.
They were important in the beginning when I was making my transition. I needed information and community to help me feel confident about my choice to go natural. But now it seems those blogs are running on a loop. When you try to break out of the pre-recorded loop, democracy is suddenly scorned.
Evelyn made a comment on a popular hair website disagreeing with the writer’s stance on traditional family roles and was immediately shut down. By shut down, I mean her comment was deleted. Is that really democracy? This blog I speak of, is a woman who started out in one democratic hair journey and has now ended up being preachy, one-sided and terribly off topic.
Do I care about you using petroleum in your hair? No, of course not. But I will tell you the truth about petroleum and let you decide what you want to do with that information. That’s what a journalist does. Anything more is tyranny. Anything less is irresponsible.
Another issue with the natural hair community is that it’s just as exclusive as the straight hair community. Don’t the curlies already know how it feels to be alienated? Yet we write with this closed attitude as if our audience is an incredibly small niche. Aren’t there other common themes that run through our lives that allow us to let people in instead of shutting them out?
Examples of exclusion would include this curl type obsession some of us have. The war between wavy curls and kinky curls is tired and potentially damaging to our collective message. Let’s talk about something more helpful. Some of my favorite blogs are focused on hair but work on other inclusive themes. For example, Retro Natural deals with natural hair and retro style, which is something that a lot of different kinds women can get on board with.
It’s my hope that Evelyn and I do the same with our blog. We cater to a few different audiences and not to the drama that is: “Does your man hate your natural?” I frankly don’t have time to spend on that stuff when I could be researching something better. Something more informative.
So I ask you, the reader, to demand more of your journalists. To ask them to have integrity. I love and appreciate the readers we have and can only assume that the reason you keep coming back, is because you like our substance. It means a lot to have an audience that wants to be well informed. We’re not trying to be the Frontline of the 60 Minutes of all hair blogs but we’re working on elevating ourselves and you to question the information presented to you on a daily basis.
Don’t be afraid to engage us in a democratic dialogue about books, food recipes, labor issues, bantu knots vs. 2 strand twists, and the 2012 Election. We welcome the discussion and the debate because we respect what you have to say. Because we think you’re a pretty smart and diverse audience.