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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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Sheryl Underwood nasty afro comments

It never ceases to amaze me what comes out of people’s mouths. And when that person has influence across an international platform, well, it’s downright scary.

A few weeks ago on the show, “The Talk“, co-host Sheryl Underwood, in response to a story on Heidi Klum where Heidi describes saving the hair of her biracial children, Sheryl chimed in with the “enlightened” thought,  “Why would you want to save afro hair?

Clearly on a roll, she then felt the need to continue to share with the audience on a show seen all over the world, “You can’t weave Afro hair, you don’t never see us at the hair place going, look here, what I need, I need this curly, nappy, beady hair, that just seems nasty.”

View an excerpt of Sheryl’s comments

Ok. One might draw the conclusion that Ms. Underwood was “just joking”. She is a comedienne after all.  But when she responded to co-host Sarah Gilbert’s comment that she also saves her children’s hair. Our “girl” Sheryl continues to put her foot in her mouth by expressing that Sarah’s kids have “…probably have that beautiful, long, silky stuff… that’s not what an afro is.”   [Audience and co-hosts laughing in the background].  Really Sheryl?

I reviewed quite a few pictures of Ms. Sheryl for this article which I couldn’t share here because the pictures are copyrighted, (click here for pics. ) Be sure to scroll down to view the pics where she takes off her wig).  She wears straight-haired wigs and weaves. There are even a few pictures of her real hair – limp, lifeless and relaxed.  Her hairstyle, her choice. But to sit on national television and make derogatory comments about the hair that comes naturally out of our heads is beyond the pale.

Sheryl has since apologized, but the damage is done. Some of Sheryl’s supporters say that this is just a “joke”.  There are some things that you just don’t joke about.

Sheryl’s apology- Steve Harvey Morning Show

Author:  Dianne

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