Enter Solange Knowles, fresh out of the wig crypt and rockin’ a super cropped, all natural do.
You already know how I feel, right?
The comments I’ve been reading online have hardly been positive. They’ve ranged from calling it a desperate cry for attention, to disgustingly, comparing Solange to a cancer patient. That’s not funny, not by any measure.
I say go ‘head Solange. Rock your natural hair with pride. At first, you can expect a whole lotta hateration and negativity coming your way, but continue along this new path with confidence and bravery. You’re inspiring more people than you may realize!
edited at 12:44 p.m. — thanks to my friend Carmen of All About Race for letting me know, disappointingly Solange has already returned to the wig crypt. I’m left scratching my own natural head and wondering — was this a step towards being natural? Did the reaction scare her back to the fake-hair security blanket? Or was Solange not trying to make any kind of statement to begin with?
** edited Sunday afternoon, round 6:15 — thanks to the commenters who added the extra info that Solange responded on Twitter! I move slowly on the weekends…
NYMag.com reported it, but the quote was truncated. Here’s the whole statement verbatim from her Twitter page —
“seriously? lame. listen. if. i. wanted. to. make. a. statement. i. would. have. twitpic’d. photo shoot. ect. i. was. simply. taking. my. son. to. school. stupid. paps. took. pic. ive. had. my. hair. cut. like. this. for. two. weeks. i. was. NOT. inspired. by anyone. but. my. self. i. have. done. this. twice. in. my. life. i. was 16. i was 18. did. not care about your opinion. then. dont. care. now. dont. need. your. attention. or. your. co-sign. i am #3. trending topic. before. IRAN. &. some of you cant even locate it on a map. its sad.
dont. want. a. edge. up. or a perm. because. im not trying. to make this “a style” or a statement. i. just. wanted. to. be. free. from. the. bondage. that. black. women sometimes. put. on. themselves. with. hair. this. phase. of. my. life. i. want to spend . the time. the energy. and the money. on something else. not in the hair salon. im. not. mad. at . all of you. that have made your opinions known. and have sent negative. energy. my way. i expected this of you. you. have. the right to have. an opinion. so. do. i. ONLY reason i responded to this i have is because i was disappointed to see my name more talked about then #iranelection. we. gotta. do. better. people. happy. happy. joy. joy. “im no soul girl quipped with no afro, im just my god given name.”
That last quote comes from one of her songs, God Given Name. So there you have it, straight from Solange herself.
What do you think now?