Keke's black hair history

She's giving some hair love for Black History Month.
2:53 | 02/24/20

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As you all know, February is black history month, I wan to take a moment to pay homage to our roots. A good family tree, today I'm not talking about those roots. I'm talking about these roots. The way African-Americans wear our hair isn't just about style but also a Snapchat of our history which is exactly why I want to talk at our want to talk at our tresses, our crowns, et cetera. Let's start with braids, from cornrows to plaits, often referred as protective styles, these 'dos first date back to ancient Egypt. Practicality meeting classic style. Next, came the press and curl. You have used the hot combs. I still got the burns to prove it. I digress. We all have madame C.J. Walker to thank in the early 1900s, also this made her the first female to ever become the a self-made millionaire. Okay, entrepreneur, get that money. Now on to afros. Civil rights clashes in the 1960s led to the rise of the classic hair styles, encouraging black communities to support natural hair dos. Made popular of the icons at the time, Jimi Hendrix and Diana Ross. If you want to reach out and touch -- don't. Unfortunately, the nonconforming hairstyles were criticized and labeled unprofessional, which led to the next phase, wigs, weaves and relaxers. Those who wanted to work in professional environments, they had to assimilate to find jobs finding any means necessary to straighten their hair in styles that were deemed acceptable by nonminority coworkers. We finally said, enough. Which leads us to now, just last year, California became the first state to pass the crown act, a law -- Yes, a law that prevents discrimination based on hair style and texture. Just think about that. It's taken centuries for someone to make it okay for us to wear our hair as it naturally grows out of our head. But today honey, we reserve the right to rock the way we wear our hair. It's our prerogative. Go ahead, rock your crown. In any way you choose. It's all beautiful. To all my brothers and sisters, I see you. And to the hairstyles of the past, with the history that's that. Today, "Ssk" salutes you.

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