Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Project Embrace




Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/21/her-daughter-was-taught-to-think-her-afro-wasnt-normal-so-she-created-a-billboard-to-change-that/?utm_term=.1d15f18e0d60



Summary: After realizing that her daughter and her daughter's friends did not see their own hair as beautiful and "normal" due to the culture of promoting long, straight hair, Lekia Lee bought a billboard to promote different types of hair. She wanted to show people that no matter what type of hair they have, everyone is beautiful; she wants people to be accepting of all different types of hair, and she does not want people to have biases based off of hair types. Through this billboard, she wants to show everyone that it is good to embrace and love the qualities they were born with. Ultimately, the daughter was excited to see the billboard.


Connection: This connects to the Black Power Movement that tried to remind people that "Black is beautiful." During the time of the Civil Rights Movement, people were also being separated and told they were not "normal" because they were not like the stereotypical people being portrayed in marketing.


Questions:

  1. Is this a good method of trying to change how people view their hair (and other qualities)?
  2. Do you think this will change how many people view themselves and their unique qualities?
  3. If you were in the mother's situation, what would you have done?

6 comments:

  1. I personally think it is a awesome idea. This is something I wish I had when I was little because you don't really see black people with their natural hair on the mainstream media. Growing up I think every little girl with ethnic hair struggles with how their hair looks. Some of us have people to show them that their hair is wonderful and there are some of us who don't and its really unfortunate that those of us that don't have people there for them can end up damaging their hair.

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  2. I think that this will help push them towards the acceptance of their culture and hair. I think that they should work with what they got and show it off in their own way because not everyone can have hair like theirs. It's unique! I think that if I was in the mother's situation I would try to compare hair to other ethnic groups because everyone is different but beautiful in their own way.

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  3. This is a great idea, because everyone is beautiful and unique in their own ways, and showing young girls that they are beautiful just the way they are, and giving them role models that match them, wil help grow confidence.

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    1. I agree with you, and I think confidence is a large part of growing up to be a strong individual that is able to contribute to create a society that accepts everyone with all their unique qualities.

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  4. I think this is a good idea because young girls should be reminded that they are all perfect and beautiful in their own way. They should not listen to society's standards that they set and love themselves just the way they are.

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  5. I think this is a good idea because young girls should be reminded that they are all perfect and beautiful in their own way. They should not listen to society's standards that they set and love themselves just the way they are.

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