Am I Missing Something, Here?

In a recent issue of Esquire, Brad Pitt gave a shout-out to Carol’s Daughter as being good for “black-person hair.” What’s the big deal?

When my girl Fresh over at Crunk & Disorderly posted about it, the ensuing discussion provoked 276 comments and counting! Most people seem to be nonplussed, but a few took offense to his description of “black-person hair.” Not me. Being a black person, that’s what I have, right?

Ethnic won’t work, because that is an excessively broad term. Kinky opens up a whole different can of worms. Naturally curly might have been a way to go, but guess what? Brad is a dude. Dudes don’t usually mince words about stuff like that. I don’t really care about the specificity of ethnic labeling.

I’m just proud that Braddy knows what products she’s using, and recognizes that Zahara needs lots of moisture for her adorable little fro. I hope he’s using the hair milk on her. That’s good stuff.He’s just educated legions of white parents on how to care for the locks of their adopted black children. I know it’s easy (and fun!) to hate on the A-listers, but I’ve got nothing but respect for Brad, Angie, and their rainbow tribe. If y’all need a babysitter, holla at Afrobella.

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  1. I agree, when I posted about it on CL some people were trippin about his statement. I didn’t take any offense to it.

  2. Excellent! People always want to start a racist word battle over nothing!

  3. Shonquayshah says:

    not like he said…”this lil’ pick-a-ninny’s beady beads was crunchy”…i don’t know WTF they are on over there at c+d!!! someone needs to CTFD! calm the eff down, okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! for-real-ah!

  4. oh please how many men, of any race can mame their childrens hair care products. what is really crazy is that Kate Moss is on the cover of a british newpaper,representing the face of AIDS in Africa. oh yeah and the itch is in black makeup. there is something about that that aint right. what there were no African models to be used for this ad? that’s right the Black models are all so busy working they don’t have time for such things. and can i just say Kate is the face of AIDS. she’s a coke head that has sex with a heroin user, that likes to paint pictures with his blood. sorry for going off topic.

  5. I also agree with you Afrobella…give me a break!

  6. I agree, Bella! What is the big deal? He realizes her hair requires different care – I wasn’t offended in the least. People need to find other things to get their panties bunched up about!

  7. Totally agree with you on this one Afrobella

  8. He said nothing wrong, people should be happy he’s not put weave in her head. I don’t like to see kids with weave in their hair, it bothers me. I personally think he is helping alot of white parents who are unsure of what to do with their black child’s hair.

  9. I agree with you. At first I was actually worried that the media would jump all over Brad and Angelina, and then Nancy Grace would start interrogating white parents that adopt black children, and there’d be experts giving statements and a huge backlash against Brad and adopted families and black children. I really hope that doesn’t happen. I didn’t find what he said to be offensive. He was just being ‘real’. I’m just glad that he takes the time to care for his daughters hair, and he has sense to know that her hair has different needs from his own. I think he’s just trying to educate other people about it. I always feel bad for black girls with white parents, because their hair usually looks bad (I’m just sayin’…) from putting on Suave gel and stuff like that. At least Z will have a healthy head of hair and smell good too. Now I better not catch him trying to “Just for Me” that little girls head!

  10. I’m glad he recognizes this…Too many non-black parents adopt black children and the poor little babies running around ashy with nappy hair because their parents don’t understand the upkeep of their black beauties. I don’t take offense to his comment. He is handling his business as a new daddy to a black child…I would love to be a fly on the wall as they learn the ins and outs of grooming a black child’s hair and person.

    Go BRAD!

  11. 70ssoulchild says:

    This just makes me love Brad even more! I totally agree with you Afrobella, what’s the fuss? Please! We have troops overseas fighting and we’re getting upset about “black-person hair” comment? Thank goodness Brad recognizes that Zahara’s hair needs are different than Maddox’s and Shiloh’s. He is truly in love with his children which is so refreshing to see. I’m thanking God that he and Angie haven’t tried to slap a “kiddie-kit” on Zahara’s beautiful hair. I’ll join you in that babysitting offer ;-)

  12. I’m one more person co-signing what you’re saying Bella. I just went natural about a year ago and it’s been a struggle finding products that work on my hair because my old products made for relaxed hair only ain’t gettin’ it!

    I know a black couple that put a texturizer in their one-year-olds head because they said it was too rough to deal with. Trust me, if Brad and Angie had permed that girls hair, that would have set me off.

  13. Brad Pit is low on brain cells. He should have called Zahara’s hair “afro-textured”, which is what it is. Dumb-azz cracka!

  14. I def. feel that he could’ve worded it better. But ah well, at least it shows they’re using good grooming practices with the kids.

  15. People spend too much time worrying about politically correct terminology when they should really be focusing on the fact that at least Brad and Angie have recognized that Z has different needs and are willing to search and find them. They could have just mohawked her out like Maddox! And just look at how much trouble WE have trying to find products that work on our own hair. Personally as the mother of my own afro-american head of hair AND my daughter’s I’m happy to have one more person giving me suggestions! And to top it off he’s promoting a BLACK OWNED BUSINESS! He could have recommended some Ken Paves crap or something.

    We need to stop antagonizing the few people in the world who just love PEOPLE. It neither makes any sense or any advancement of our people to constantly whine and pick at a few words. ACTION IS WHAT COUNTS!

  16. earthtone says:

    Right on Nakia! You said it perfectly. Just today someone asked me about hair products for their niece who is black ( they are white). They live in Greenbay, Wisc. which has a majority white population. They don’t know where to go to get her hair done. I was touched that she cared enough to ask. The little girl is not just the adopted black girl, she’s her niece. One of my coworkers recommended a relaxer, but I jumped in and told her I would get back to her on what products are good. The little girl is only 6 and even with a relaxer the parents still need to learn up keep. So people need to stop hating on Brad. He meant no disrespect.

  17. i think it’s cute. Ignorant, but cute. He’s doing the best he can without being educated about our hair…hell…many of us aren’t even educated about our hair…give him a break….DANG!

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