Tag: Hair

A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results

More than 150 men and women in American prisons were exonerated in 2018, according to a recent report by a registry that tracks wrongful convictions. Combined, these individuals spent more than 1,600 years in prison, a record for the database, which has data back to 1989. The leading culprit in convicting innocent people was official […]

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Overlooked No More: Rose Morgan, a Pioneer in Hairdressing and Harlem

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Nichelle Gainer Rose Morgan and her friend Oletha White were driving from Chicago to New York in White’s brand-new 1938 Ford when they began crossing the George Washington Bridge. Morgan looked up and saw the […]

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There’s No Afro Emoji. These Women Want to Change That.

Many people connected to the African diaspora have Afros. And like anyone else, they send emojis to their friends — a zombie, say, or a mermaid or a genie. But which emoji can they use to represent themselves? Right now, 2,823 emojis are recognized by the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that provides standards for text […]

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Black-Owned Beauty Month, Day 23: Can Iyanla (or Anyone) Fix My Hair?

Photo: Maiysha Kai As we’ve progressed through the many looks of Black-Owned Beauty Month, hair felt like the final frontier. But while I’ve been testing out some of our leading cosmetic and skin care brands daily, I’ve also been quietly trying out a range of hair care products, with some very specific goals in mind. […]

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Upper East Side Salon Under Investigation for Racial Discrimination

Former workers at a luxury Upper East Side hair salon that is under investigation for racial discrimination said this week that they were told by the management there that Afros and box-braided hairstyles did not reflect the upscale image of the neighborhood. Three women who worked as receptionists and are black, and three other former […]

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Big City: The Decriminalization of Black Hair

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] This week, the City of New York, through its Commission on Human Rights, officially banned discrimination based on hairstyle, making it one of the rare municipalities in the country to codify the link between prejudice and personal presentation. What […]

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Skin Deep: Duckie Thot Is Breaking Beauty Barriers

Is the runway more diverse? In the midst of the catwalk spectacles that take over New York, London, Milan and Paris this month, Duckie Thot, an Australian model now living in New York, would like to think so. Certainly the 23-year-old, who has a L’Oréal Paris contract, reflects changing perceptions in an industry that hasn’t […]

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‘Hair’ Gets Cut From NBC’s Live Musical Lineup So They Can Focus On More Famous, Family-Friendly Shows

Getty Image It always sounded too good to be true: A live musical take on a show partly known for its nudity airing on NBC. And yet we came awfully close to Hair, the counterculture’s finest Broadway sensation, joining the likes of The Sound of Music, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, and last month’s Rent. Alas, […]

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The Blackout: It’s Black History Month and I’m Blacking Out My Beauty Routine

A sampling of my current unused black-owned beauty stash (clockwise from top left): Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Foundation; Danessa Myricks Color Fix; Girl & Hair Refresh Hydrating Milk; Scotch Porter Body Scrub; Alaffia Creme Hair Mask; Danessa Myricks Cream Pigment Palette; Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Concealer and Flyliner; Danessa Myricks Color Fix; Fenty Beauty Killawatt […]

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A Black Wrestler Had to Cut His Dreadlocks After a White Referee’s Ruling

A black high school wrestler with dreadlocks was forced to make a choice: cut his hair or forfeit his match. He was told by a referee that his hair and the hair cover he was wearing violated wrestling rules during a competition on Thursday in southern New Jersey. Andrew Johnson wanted to compete. So he […]

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