Hair Love Wins Liberating Oscar for Black Hair

 

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Hair Love is a short animated film that illustrates an African-American father doing his daughter’s hair. The film won the Oscar for best short animated film. Congratulations and thank you to Matthew A. Cherry, Karen Rupert Toliver and Sony Pictures Animation on this win. Black hair has been a topic of discussion for many decades. As a Nigerian-American woman, I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts.  Last year, I wrote an article about my favorite hair products and you can click here to read it. Hair Love’s win was very emotional for me because of the pain and shame I endured concerning my hair as a child and adult. I was told my course and thick hair was beautiful but I did not believe it. When I looked in magazines, watched television and read books, the characters did not look like me. They did not discuss my hair. When I was an adult and tried to shop for products for my hair, I could go to select stores and could not go into any store to buy my hair products. I have been wearing my natural hair since 2013.

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Now, I am now very comfortable in my hair and my skin due to God and a lot of change that has occurred over the last couple of decades. Now, I can go into almost any store and purchase products for my hair. I see a lot more people in magazines, television and books that look like me. I can style my hair anyway I want to style it and not worry about it.  I can walk into almost any salon and someone will know how to do my hair. The products available for my hair is vast so I do not have to compromise moisture and beauty for clean and growing hair. I know my hair is beautiful whether it is straight, curly, wavy, natural or with extensions. My hair is my crown but it is one aspect of me. I am a beautiful woman inside and out. This Oscar win is for all African-Americans and our hair. Our hair is beautiful. Hair Love has given our hair a worldwide stage for the beauty of our hair. Black hair is beautiful. Thank you Hair Love. Feel free to respond in the comments or on my IG page by clicking here.

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Published by Ada Orie

I am a Nigerian-American Christian woman based in Baltimore who writes about Christianity, dating, food, friendships and more. My goal is to provide a free and safe place where people can express themselves while learning from one another. Thank you for checking out my blog. I look forward to learning from you.

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