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    Linda Harding

    This article makes me feel very sad. In the skin care industry, students of esthetics are only taught how to treat European skin. Our skin, ethnic skin in general is a non-issue. Dean Credle’s position on hair for his business students lends itself to this notion that our visage is not relevant and not worthy of respect or consideration. I personally have never seen anything finer than a Black man suited down with a head of locs. It immediately commands attention and respect.

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    Vivianne Hardy Townes

    While I completely disagree with Dean Credle on this, there is a glaring error in the article, i.e. “Somebody needs to help ‘ol Dean expand his knowledge of African American history. It doesn’t begin in America. He’s obviously not familiar with the African Dynasties, Rulers, Kings and Queens who brought culture to the world stage.” African American history did begin in America – that’s why it is African American history and not African History, which is the over-arching history of people of African descent. Let’s keep our facts straight – our hair can and should be worn in any form that is individually-indicative of a person’s style.

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    admin

    Vivianne, I would also completely disagree with your assessment, and certainly not a “fact” that African American history began in America. It’s actually laughable. There’s extensive academic and historical documentation that “Africans” traveled to “America” long before Columbus got lost. See Lerone Bennett’s, “Before The Mayflower”; see Dr. Edward Robinson’s “Journey of the Songhai People”; or see Dr. Molefi Asante’s, “The African American People: A Global History” just for starters. As Malcolm X said, “A cat can have kittens in a oven…that don’t make them biscuits.”

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    Willie Grays

    This merely deepens my concern about the ‘mis-education’ of; and by the Negro.

    While dude be tripping over hair, the more important stats don’t change. No matter how many peasants that eventually come to America.

    One thing for sure, education for those of African Descent must be flawed if the best and brightest still has us in the worse socioeconomic conditions, a poor state of affairs and at the rock-bottom of the ‘desperate’ category.

    This Dean is apparently suffering from Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and need he be reminded that there is no more need to be the ‘House Slave’? How has ‘conforming’ reformed our way of life to the betterment of ourselves and humanity?

    We been played ya’ll!

    We are producing future minds that are whitewashed, backwards to the times we live and conditioned to be of benefit to others; and not ourselves. I refuse to support any Black student scholarship campaign because I see we give them money, they go off to school and when they finish they don’t come back to the community to use that education to uplift their own people; or immediate family. I have seen hundreds of youth win NAACP scholarships and ain’t rarely any of them ever came back; let alone joining that local chapter or making constant contributions to it which offered them hope and opportunity.

    Too many brainwashed souls merely fall right in line with their predecessors and 1) don’t shop or support Black businesses or even support our own organizations through payroll deductions; (as if they are conditioned to give all their money to the ‘United Way’ and Negro churches that keep them mentally obedient) 2)they make a bee-line to go live in white neighborhoods that don’t want them, 3) and many get so involved in ‘Greek’ that they forget their roots are from Africa! As Greeks they brand themselves, haze each other, act like gangs with colors, signs and symbols, and live out all that other debauchery associated with Greeks (Animal House) living… multiple sex partners, binge-drinking, self-mutilation and selling out their own for trinkets and false promises.

    Traditional Negro organizations beg and get a lot of money from white companies and the older negro crowd. In the end we just get another materialistic ‘Pseudo-American’ desperately seeking fake european features, taking on fake personalities and moving to live lives where the ‘facade’ is more important than the real.

    No wonder HBCU’s are on the endangered list and many won’t be spared the tough economic times ahead. To be quite frank, some need to be euthanized quickly before its leadership messes off another generation of potential great minds!

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    admin

    Willie-

    Give me the name of your church, cause Brother you are preaching it up and I can only say AMEN. As Dr. Claud Anderson has warned all who would hear through his lectures, books, and videos — we have now arrived at “terrible, hard, times.” In PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America he outlined in 2001 a scenario very much like that which you have painted.

    As for ‘ol Dean, he probably needs to retire because his mindset is etched in concrete. These young, Black, male aspiring MBA’s need to know that there are other definitions of “success” besides wanting to be a management consultant for some white company that feels uncomfortable with you because of your hair.

    There’s a $1.2 trillion Black consumer economy right here in the US, and 95% is spent with non-Black owned businesses. Oh, and there’s a Digital Divide in the Black community with lots of business opportunities if you’re a problem solver. And the “green economy” and energy are bubbling with trillions of dollars and Blacks are a captive, under-educated and under-served market. And speaking of your hair, young aspiring MBA, it’s BIG BUSINESS. Ask L’Oreal, Revlon, Alberto Culver or even go around Virginia and study the Koreans who are dominating the multi-billion dollar Beauty Supply Store market and building generational wealth. Their customers look like you — they’re 99% Black. The global African Diaspora needs some of you business-minded geniuses to help provide leadership, innovation and vision. And you can start locally and expand globally.

    This is not the message Blacks are receiving in MBA programs. The return on investment may help usher in the leadership change you mention. In the interim Africans throughout the Diaspora need to use the tools we have at our fingertips to re-program minds and improve our lives.

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    Vivianne Hardy Townes

    Admin, Laughable? Really? African Americans are Americans of African (often Black African) descent not Africans of American descent. There is a distinct difference – e.g. the Songhai people are AFRICAN people, not American or African American people; Africans indeed travelled to the Americas well in advance of Columbus – again the noteworthy descriptor is Africans, not American or African Americans. Don’t want to continue to split hairs with you (no pun intended), but I do think it important not only to present facts but to correctly apply then in context.

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    Emile Sissac Jr.

    @Admin: I would like to add two interesting and fact-filled books which Dean Credle and others can read concerning “African-American” history and Black hair:

    (1.) Dr. Ivan Van Sertima’s “They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America” details many of the Pre-Colombian commercial and cultural interactions between Continental Africans with Native Americans across the entire Western Hemisphere. These historical events occurred “before” the advent of slavery and other negative connotations that have unfortunately become associated with all things “African” and “African-American.”

    (2.) Audrey Davis-Sivasothy’s “The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care” is a great encyclopedic publication that stays true to the title. The author truly provides exceptional information about the scientific structure of human hair, textured hair properties and principles, and many professional approaches to Black hair care.

    The prohibition of natural hair locks is nothing more than a systematic approach to reinforcing self-hatred and degradation of a unique culture. No other ethnic group faces such persistent opposition. The beauty and uniqueness of Black hair design, especially braidings, cornrows and dreadlocks, is one of the primary reasons why Black individuals wear these hairstyles. It enhances your individuality, reinforces positive self-esteem and defines one’s cultural identity, all of which are extremely important to not only African-Americans but A-N-Y-O-N-E!

    Culture is the foundation upon which an individual builds a personal identity. It is a reference point from which one becomes grounded throughout life. From a historical standpoint, Black people have had to suffer and overcome enormous amounts of social, psychological and political baggage concerning natural and physical beauty. In many ways, it is still somewhat controversial within our society today. But as more of us use alternative means of re-educating ourselves, about our “true” history, these differences become less complicated and more supportive of the positive facets of Black hair care.

    My personal opinion of that “fear” is at the root of anything different outside of what’s familiar. Hence, hair locks are both challenged and despised by fearful people who are challenged by “hairstyle diversity”. I have always found beautiful locks worn by Black men and women to be strikingly noticeable and visually appealing, which makes these individuals stand out from the “norm”. Of course, this is the core of the reason why such hairstyles are banned in most corporate environments.

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    MaMa Akosua

    Rather than spending any time talking about this mentally dead man,a collaborator in the colonization of our people, we need to concentrate on freeing the minds of his young students. After all this is 2012 not 1862 or 1954. Where are the students who love themselves above the illusion of inclusion? Where are the people and mentors who have said and will continue to say hell no to the madness! The sure fire way to keep institutional racism alive is to play this game of “I got to get in where I fit in” or ” I got to do what I can to get a job, even if it means selling my soul and identity” Shame, shame. Young brothers and sisters there is a great difference of being the wise spook who sat by the door and a complete sell out to one’s self, family, community, heritage, and ancestors. Study our story and raise your consciousness. We need bright yet willing and courageous people to say enough is enough. Conforming to the devil’s evil, corrupt modern day system of debt slaver,y does not insure acceptance nor does in insure a job nor success.

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    admin

    @Viviane: yes. laughable. I gave you some references which are merely the tip of the iceberg. So there is no need to split hairs. I choose to accept the scholarly research, documented and physical evidence, and scientific and DNA results over your “facts”. But thanks for commenting and we can agree to disagree.

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    admin

    @Emily – great information.

    Thank you for sharing. I was not familiar with Audrey Davis-Sivasothy’s book, but it sounds very interesting and I’ll have to check it out. I hope other readers will do the same.

    I agree with your assessment regarding fear. There is a fear of the unknown, fear of change, and fear of loss of “majority” status that makes living in an era of increased diversity very challenging for some. The increased access to information is also making it difficult for people to promote lies and propaganda as truth and “facts”. We’re waking up, connecting and going to the source. It’s uncomfortable for those who want to maintain the status quo and be “conservative”.

    The internet, mobile communications, ease of travel and voice and video communications is changing the game and opening minds in new ways.

    A great event where natural hair, wholistic health and beauty are explored and discussed is the annual International Locks Conference held in Philadelphia. I’ll be presenting a session on marketing at this years event. Check out http://www.LocksConference.com

    Also, Mama Akosua who commented above is the primary organizer. Hopefully you can attend.

    Peace+blessings

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    Vivianne Hardy Townes

    @Admin – indeed we agree to disagree. Gotta think, however, that you have some Republican leanings since you continue to discount facts to wit, all of the “scholarly research, documented and physical evidence, and scientific and DNA results” speak to the presence and influence of AFRICAnS IN AMERICA. BTW, some of those scholarly researchers, documentarians and scientists hail from the same institution of the misinformed Dean. and other bastions of education such as Howard University, Harvard University, Yale University, etc. suffice it to say that all of us who are descendants of enslaved Africans living in America understand the African proverb loosely translated, that until the lion tells the story, it remains the history of the hunter. Peace and Blessings.

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    DONALD

    This is one HBCU that I would not give, a penny with a hole in it.

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