Friday, September 2, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday, September 2nd.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Conrad Black says prison has made him more humble.
Currently, Apparently humility includes a photo-shoot for a major celebrity magazine.
This is The Current.
The Politics of Black Hair - Shante Nance
We started this segment with a clip from Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair ... an exploration of black women's hair and the lengths some go to in their quest for sleek, straight locks.
The subject is a bit of a political minefield ... something U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin -- herself a black woman -- found out earlier this week when she connected the obsession with hair relaxants to increased rates of obesity. Her argument? That women in general - but African-American women in particular - spend so much time and money on their hair ... that they skip the gym for fear of sweating it all away.
More and more though, black women are choosing to skip the straighteners and wear their hair naturally. But it turns out that trend, too, is fraught with politics.
Laura Adiele made that complaint earlier this summer, after an officer with the American Transportation Security Administration searched her hair as she was going through airport security. Less than a month later, Shante Nance says she she had the same experience when she went through security at the airport in San Antonio, wearing her hair in a natural afro. Shante Nance was in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.
Shante Nance says she felt she felt unfairly singled out when her afro was searched at the airport in San Antonio. Following the incident, the Transportation Security Administration had this to say, in a statement:
TSA does not profile based on race or religion. All passengers are thoroughly screened coming through the screening checkpoint. Additional screening may be required for clothing, headwear, or hair where prohibited items could be hidden. A passenger may be referred for additional screening if the security officer cannot reasonably determine that their head is free of a detectable threat item. The passenger will be offered the opportunity to be screened in a private area.
The Politics of Black Hair - Noliwe Rooks
Noliwe Rooks has spent a lot of time looking at the politics of black hair. She's with the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, and author of Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture and African American Women. Noliwe Rooks was in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Politics of Black Hair - Trey Anthony
Trey Anthony is an award winning Canadian playwright who spun a popular tale highlighting the importance of hair for black women. She's the creator of da Kink in my Hair, which wrapped up its run in Toronto last weekend. Trey Anthony was in Toronto.
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