I recently got married, and I planned my wedding in three weeks. Continue Reading →
Curl friends, all too often in our hair journey we sacrifice length over the health of our hair. A major culprit that will set you back is the dreaded split ends. It is a challenge to grow hair healthy or long when your ends are frazzled and jagged. Continue Reading →
The Crutchfield Dermatology Foundation and Crutchfield family invite applications for their Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship. Continue Reading →
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Sex is everyone’s favorite topic; however, it can be very hard to discuss. Sexuality is already a hot-button topic, and when you add race to the mix it is like mixing chemicals in a mad scientist’s lab. Continue Reading →
This intergenerational child care center opened July 20 and is currently seeking participants heading into the 2015-2016 school year. Olu’s Center provides care for children six weeks to three years of age, preschool for children ages three to six, and before and after school care for children age six to 12. Continue Reading →
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The 39th Annual David M. Winfield Scholarship Awards Banquet honoring outstanding students of color will be held Sunday, June 7 at 6 pm at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel, Kellogg Blvd. and Wabasha Street, in downtown St. Paul. Continue Reading →
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Growing up Somalian in America is a walking contradiction. Both cultures are constantly at odds jockeying for which one drives my life. Continue Reading →
Shanasha Whitson is the WILLOW program coordinator at the Minnesota African American AIDS Task Force (AAATF). WILLOW, which has been around for three years, used to be a four-week program. It was formed by women who are HIV positive for other women who are HIV positive. Continue Reading →
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Prior to embarking on a career in Human Resources, I did not pay much attention to stereotypes or perceived notions about Millennials, Gen X-ers and Baby Boomers. However, as I have become a student of people, I have noticed differences among these classifications, and I have found myself asking, “Who are these people?”
The following report provides perceived characteristics and some factors to keep in mind when managing or working in intergenerational organizations. A 2013 study by EY, formerly Ernst & Young, includes insights from more than 1,200 professionals across generations and industries about the strengths and weaknesses of workers from different generations, based on the perceptions of their peers. The participants from the study were both managers and non-managers. The study finds, among other determinants, that Millennials are tech-savvy, Gen X-ers are entrepreneurial, and Boomers are fiscally conservative. Continue Reading →
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On March 31, 2014 the Army released an updated appearance and grooming policy known as AR670-1. In the proposed changes, unauthorized hairstyles include twists, both flat twists as well as two-strand twists; dreadlocks of any style; and cornrows must be uniform and no bigger than a quarter of an inch.
As you can imagine, this created an uproar in many communities and has taken many to social media to express their outrage over the U.S. Army’s new regulations on hairstyles, which have been called “racially biased’’ against Black female soldiers.
These regulations apply to all Army personnel, including students at West Point and those serving in the R.O.T.C. and the National Guard. Although no ethnicity was mentioned, it’s not hard to conclude that certain sections specifically pertain to Black women, since they refer to hairstyles like cornrows, braids, twists and dreadlocks — limiting or banning them outright.
For most Black people, hair naturally grows in a curly/coily pattern that makes the hair come up and out from the scalp, not down or flat on the scalp. Thus, styling options can vary based on texture.
The biggest concern isn’t that the Army does not have the right to enforce a conservative code; however, they must consider the diversity of hair textures. An article written in the New York Times stated, “Army’s regulations assume that all hair not only grows the same way but can be styled the same way. For example, one permitted hairstyle is a bun. Yet because of the thickness of a lot of black women’s hair, a bun is not always possible unless the hair is put into twists first. But twists and dreadlocks, no matter how narrow and neat, are banned in the policy and labeled ‘faddish’ and ‘exaggerated.’”
In the Army Times, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard, who wears her hair in two twists, stated, “I’ve been in the military six years, I’ve had my hair natural four years, and it’s never been out of regulation. It’s never interfered with my head gear.” Continue Reading →