Posts tagged "Black Hair"

Why the Oscars needed Viola Davis more than Viola Davis needed an Oscar

Why the Oscars needed Viola Davis more than Viola Davis needed an Oscar
Thankfully, a Black woman winning an Oscar would not have been a new thing. We have Halle Berry, Hattie McDaniel, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Monique, and as of yesterday, Octavia Spencer to thank for that.  Yet, in the days, hours, and minutes leading up to this year’s Academy Awards, I was crossing my fingers and... Read more »

When Diversity Goes Wrong: Hair Products for Black Actors on Grey's Anatomy

    [Grey’s Anatomy’s next child star, “Luther” – child of Christina Yang and Owen Hunt.]   I was late jumping onto the “Grey’s Anatomy” bandwagon but once I got into it, I was hooked. I loved the soliloquy-like monologues. “I need you. I need you because I am broken…broken…broken…and no one else can fix me.” I... Read more »
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