Here at AFW, we love seeing black girl magic getting more and more attention around the world. Representation in the media is one of the many fights people of color are continuously fighting every day. While strides have been made toward diversity and inclusion – like the new Little Mermaid live-action remake including a young black woman as everyone’s favorite mermaid!
Now, more and more black news anchors have been spotted across the countries have been spotted sporting some natural hairstyles on national television. Seeing these beautiful women wearing their hair naturally gives us so much hope for the future! Here’s our list of some of our favorite news anchors giving us natural hair realness!
1. Demtria Obilor – ABC8 in Dallas, Texas
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WOMEN DATING MEN FOR FREE FOOD🍴 Men, have you ever been the victim of a “foodie call?” 😩Ladies, do you do this? 🤔 Researchers from 2 California universities estimate that 1/3 of women go out on dates just to eat for free. I’m not a fan, but be honest & sound off in the comments 🗣I’m tryna see something 😆 Source: Azusa Pacific Univ. & UC Merced
2. Jazmin Bailey – NBC 2 in Florida
3. Jacque Reid – WNBC’s New York Live
4. Brittany Noble Jones – Formally at WJTV 12 in Mississippi
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For all of you following my EEOC case against WJTV & Nexstar here is an update. In 2017 I filed a formal complaint after my boss told me “my natural hair was unprofessional, the equivalent to him wearing a baseball hat to go to the grocery store: viewers needed to see a beauty queen.” I wasn’t included in station promos while pregnant and postpartum.🤰🏾If you know me, you know my main concern is reporting but a number of my investigations about race were shut down. My boss would say my story pitches and tweets weren’t “for all people.” After enduring a two month long investigation (while positively representing the station on tv each day) my boss was fired and replaced by another man with the same systematic behavior. Btw it was only after filing the complaint that WJTV finally offered me a storage closet to pump milk for my son 6 hours into my shift during normal business hours. 🤱🏾 I finally reached out to the EEOC in April of 2018 for help. The next month I was terminated while using my accrued sick time to care for my dying grandfather. I began working with Antonio Jones a federal investigator with the EEOC. He would ask questions like “how many white employees have to wear wigs in order to do their jobs?” Suddenly I got an email that Jones would be gone for 2 months. It has come to my attention that my federal investigator had to file his own lawsuit against the EEOC. His case documents allege he made “formal complaints regarding the district director and local director. Both of these directors improperly and illegally closed cases to help out certain employers whereas this reflected receiving kickbacks.” I turned in everything I had to the state hoping they would fight for me. To think the state could actually be working with the corporations and not for the people is beyond disheartening. I would reach out to the EEOC for more information but they are closed due to the government shutdown. 🤦🏾♀️ It is my understanding that my investigator has been protesting himself (SWIPE) He is an army veteran who was injured in Iraq. While on sick leave- due to his disability- his cases including mine were taken away and he was reassigned to another state. 🤷🏾♀️
5. Dana Whyte – WLNS in Michigan
I wore my natural hair on tv for the first time ever today! This has been an internal battle that I’ve been struggling with ever since I decided to become a reporter. Finally feeling true to myself 💗 #blackgirlmagic pic.twitter.com/f9x1u0XuQJ
— Dana Whyte (@WLNSDana) August 6, 2018
Moises is a full-time graduate student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY reporting mainly on food and restaurants but maintains overall emphasis on arts and culture.