Professor and Author Melissa Harris-Perry hosts one of the newest shows on MSNBC. She is constantly discussing and challenging the status quo in relations to politics and culture. As the natural hair revolution takes root and the conversations on black hair continue, Perry tackles this topic with a panel of natural hair African American women including: actress Nicole Ari Parker, natural hair blogger Nikki Walton, Professor Anthea Butler, and cultural critic Joan Morgan.
Perry notes in the opening of the show that it was time to do a show on “black hair” as most of the feedback for her show mentions her hair, which is braided. She goes on to review the basics of black hair for all viewers who don’t understand why black hair is always such a hot button topic for some. While others are upset at the idea of her “Black Hair 101” teaching as if we didn’t already know our own hair, Perry and her panelists get a few things right and her teachable moment hopefully sank in for those who don’t understand that the hair that grows out of the black woman’s head is as political as the election this year. Beauty, acceptance, and power are tangled up in black hair. Here are five truths this panel left viewers with: