Bad Hair Review: Enact the CROWN Act

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Bad Hair Review: Enact the CROWN Act

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Hairy Situation

“One of the worst things that racism does in this country is it removes our past, and it rewrites it. And we’ve got to fight for it back,” Justine Simien said during an interview with theGrio about his Hulu original movie Bad Hair–a story that analyzes the autonomy Black women have regarding their hair.

Anna, played by Elle Lorraine, is an executive assistant at a Black entertainment network. When the station loses its target audience, the company begins to retool. Vanessa Williams’ character, Zora, is brought on as the new Vice President of Programming and begins holding interviews.

Anna fears for her job security, but she shocks Zora with a new show proposal. As a result, Zora offers Anna a position as an associate producer. However, she could not relish in her victory for too long: After being offered the position, Zora commented on Anna’s 4c hair texture. 

Zora’s assistant overheard the conversation, and she referred Anna to a popular hairstylist specializing in weaves. After a dramatic scene showing the sew-in process, we see Anna with a sore scalp and bone-straight black hair. 

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As Anna begins to settle into her new hair, the hair begins to settle into her. Consequently, she starts to have horrible dreams, and after a paper cut the hair sinks into her finger to drink the blood. These weird occurrences escalate into violent crimes. Feeling helpless, Anna runs to her boss that offers no help. In a climactic ending, Anna learns a lesson in embracing her natural hair. 

The movie was inclusive of different Black women. However, it is important to note the main character’s hair texture. Afro-textured hair defies Euro-centric beauty standards, while wavy and curly hair is more compliant with them. Women who have coiled hair find themselves taking extra steps to assimilate into a “professional” world. 

New Beginnings

Fortunately, Dove and the CROWN Coalition partnered to create the Crown Act. A bill prohibiting the discrimination of race-based hairstyles in the workplace. California became the first state to pass the bill into law. Soon after, other states began to introduce legislation similar to the Crown Act.

Georgia happens to be one of those states. Sen. Toya Anderson represents Georgia’s 43rd district. She sponsored a bill that would prohibit discrimination of race-based hairstyles in the work environment. If you would like your community to adopt laws similar to the Crown Act, contact the secretary of state’s office. You can also contact your local city halls to figure out how to introduce such legislation to your representatives–or run for office yourself.

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Taylor Shaw

Taylor Shaw graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Sociology. She is currently attending the University of Colorado to work on her journalism degree and has aspirations of running her own magazine and writing children’s books.

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