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Free the ‘Fro!
Free the ‘Fro!

By MONIQUE YOUNGER on Jun 07, 2021

If children, the natural extension of their parents/household, are allowed to be seen outside the house looking unkempt, like a ‘ragamuffin’, what does that say about their parents? Wild, wooly hair would surely garner inevitable comparisons to Buckwheat, (the dark skinned Black boy on Little Rascals) and that was unacceptable – for little Black girls or boys.

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Scholarly Research on Black Men’s Hair
Scholarly Research on Black Men’s Hair

By MONIQUE YOUNGER on May 03, 2021

It has been extremely important to me, as the mom of a young Black man, to find hair icons for him to look at and find himself reflected in the world.

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Respectability Politics
Respectability Politics

By MONIQUE YOUNGER on Mar 08, 2021

A black child’s proximity to mainstream respectability is a kind of social barometer for many black parents. Respectability politics, the tendency of a minority group to police its unique cultural practices, is not universally accepted as good practice in black communities. 

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Relax, Don't Do It!
Relax, Don't Do It!

By MONIQUE YOUNGER on Feb 08, 2021

Hair relaxers have been in use since the early 1900s. A hair relaxer is a cream that reduces the natural curl pattern of your hair by breaking down the hair strand and chemically altering the texture. Most people who decide to get their hair relaxed have curly hair who want it stick straight without the frizz. 

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