Black women are stepping away from perms and processed hair in favor of wearing a natural. Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae are two women who have embraced the natural hair movement. While doing a sit down interview with Combat Jack at Genius Talks at BET Experience, Badu and Monae discussed their careers, music, and why they choose to embrace the natural hair movement.
“I think everything we do in America as Black people is a political statement,” Erykah Badu said. “We’re making a political statement when you’re wearing an Afro, or locs. It’s to be who we are, especially in a society that does not encourage that part of our beauty. The difference between someone who feels accepted and another person who doesn’t feel accepted. I’ve heard the saying that ‘I’d rather see a man with a natural mind and a processed hair than a man with a processed mind and a natural hair. It doesn’t matter as long as you are clear on who you are. But to rock a natural is a political statement and I like to see that as a part of my doctrine.”
Badu performed with The Roots later in the evening at Club Nokia and Monae introduced her Wondaland artists at the BET Experience.