Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Janelle Monae Gets Criticized For Wearing A Weave in Her New Video

By Tenisha Mercer

No sooner than Janelle Monae strutted her natural pompadour across the stage at the BET Awards, comes news that the natural-haired singer is getting flack about wearing a long, wavy weave in her new video, Dance Apocalyptic.

Oh, boy.


Calm down.

I love Monae's retro pompadour just as much as any other natural, but it's her hair. If she wants to rock a weave, who am I to say anything? I think her natural style makes her unique and stand out (the weave, not so much) but who am I to say anything about how she wears her hair?

I get it. We naturals want to represent. And where better to do that than in Hollywood? In fact, my posts about celebrities with natural hair are the highest-rated on this blog, consistently getting hits months and even years later. We want to know everything about the natural styles that celebs are wearing (even if they are wigs).

To Weave or not to Weave?

Maybe folks expected more, like a naturally kinky wig. 

But that's their expectations. Some folks are already pointing the figure that Monae has changed her hairstyle due to her recent fame (she's a Cover Girl spokeswoman). And Black women in entertainment have this long, complicated and dysfunctional relationship with weave. Which I really don't feel like getting into.

Must Janelle wear the natural world on her shoulders? Can't she just change it up and be done with it? Or is hair not really hair? We say it, but I don't believe that ish for one minute, sometimes.

What do you think?


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