Locks or dreads


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There seemed to be a lot of confusion once my story on the little girl and her right to wear dreadlocks was published. People claimed her dreadlocks in the picture were breads and a debate ensued in the Washington Post’s comments section. They are in fact dreadlocks but can look like braids as they are twisted and small scale. Rodje Malcolm of Jamaicans for Justice pointed out that nobody in Jamaica complained about the picture when it ran because people are more familiar with different styles here.  Hair is still so political, even that of a five-year-old girl.

There was also a little bit of an issue when the Guardian ran a picture (twice!) of braids, not locks. But it is resolved now.

A woman also contacted me about a documentary she produced about natural hair. Check it out here.