By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Lil Mama is proud to rock her natural hair. Although it’s always dope for anyone to embrace their natural selves and try something different, unfortunately even in this day and age, the acceptance of natural hair isn’t yet universal. And it’s not even universal with black people. There may be tons of natural hair bloggers and YouTube legends, but the mentality regarding rocking our natural kinks and curls isn’t always embraced or encouraged from the black community. As a fellow natural, I guess Lil Mama didn’t get that memo because she was quite shocked at the initial reaction from other black women when she uploaded a photo that revealed that she had gone natural and ditched the relaxers. Immediately after sharing a photo of her big gorgeous fro, many began to hurl insults over the internet about her wearing her natural hair, instead of wearing weaves or opting for a relaxer.
During a recent interview with LoveBrownSugar.com, Lil Mama recalls what she felt like the moment she realized that it would be other black women that would be so critical of her natural hair, that they would even resort to telling her she looked like a slave:
Lil Mama says:
“I posted the picture of my hair and people were like ‘Omg you look like a shocked slave!’ I didn’t get one comment from a white person about my hair. All of them came from the sisters that had these bullsh** helmut weaves looking like a fake a** Nicki Minaj. They don’t know who they are. And the people they’re looking to for guidance don’t know who they are either, which sucks.”
I can understand how Lil Mama feels, since when I first became natural, it seemed like white people were more accepting of it than black people, which was baffling to me. I remember being shocked that an Asian woman walked up to me and told me how much she loved my hair and wanted my kinky texture. Even when I was in Corporate America, white women would approach me daily about how much they loved my hair, my black woman hair. But now since so many more black women are going natural, the support system has extended at such a fast pace, that being natural has just gotten easier and it’s becoming more encouraged.
I hate that Lil Mama saw the ugly side of being rocking her natural hair, but the good news is, as more black women do the same; those all too familiar slave insults become the exception instead of the norm.
But she did go in a little, didn’t she?